LOVERS leaping to tie the knot at one of Scotland’s newest and most romantic destinations are expected to gather in the shadow of the Grampian foothills this/next month (March 27) for a wedding fayre extraordinaire.
Fasque House, just 25 minutes from Aberdeen, at Fettercairn is to open its doors for the first time since being purchased by Fasque House Properties.
In the last eight months, managing director, Douglas Dick-Reid, and his wife, Heather, have turned the main mansion house into a spectacular wedding venue and conference centre.
The historic Georgian mansion, the former family home of William Gladstone – one of Britain’s most famous Prime Ministers, is to host an exhibition of some of the best wedding service providers in the North-east of Scotland in a bid to help brides plan their big day free from stress.
Everything from florists to photographers will be on hand between noon and 4pm on Sunday, March 27 at the first free exhibition of its kind to be held at Fasque House.
While the North East of Scotland area has always been popular for weddings among couples from across Scotland it is now increasingly seen as a top romantic spot for overseas visitors. It is estimated that around a quarter of all weddings involve a couple, or at least one of the main participants, who are not resident in the country.
Wedding car providers, florists, photographers, local hoteliers, restaurants and shops are all doing their bit to support the growing wedding industry which is estimated to be worth in excess of £500 a million a year to the national economy.
“After all the doom and gloom over the last couple of years when a lot of people were delaying their wedding plans there appears to be a change in attitude. A lot of folk are looking for a boost and a wedding certainly lifts the spirits,” said Heather Dick-Reid.
“We have already had a number of enquiries for later in the year and next Spring. We’ve even had one from a lady who’s interested in booking for February 29 next year as a surprise for her boyfriend. That’s some surprise.”
Fasque House is one of Scotland’s most prestigious private stately homes boasting several reception rooms and bedrooms, including a self-contained three-bedroom bridal suite, over three floors and 33,500sq ft of elegant space.
Weddings and civil ceremonies can be held inside the magnificent entrance hall in front of an elegant double cantilevered staircase, believed to be the largest of its type in the UK, which is naturally lit by a giant ornate cupola.
Corinthian columns, arched doorways, decorative stucco cornices and ceiling roses adorn the reception rooms along with decorative marble or timber fireplaces and original cast-iron grates which provide a luxurious insight into the grandeur of a bygone age.
Outside the house acres of rolling lawns, peacocks, white deer and an abundance of wildlife provide an ideal romantic backdrop for wedding photographs.
“Fasque House is a photographer’s paradise. Even on a dull day it has a magical quality. It is a perfect location for a wedding,” said Stewart Cunningham of Great Scot Photography.
“For most women, and the majority of men, a wedding is still the most important day of their lives and they want to celebrate it in a perfect location.
“I regularly get enquiries from people in America, Europe and across the UK who are looking to get married in Scotland because they have family and historical links or because they are in love with the heritage and history that places like Fasque can add to their wedding.”
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