Whether you’re planning an elopement for two, or an intimate gathering to include your nearest and dearest, our team will work with you to make sure that your day is everything you imagined.
Surrounded by peaceful parkland with the River Leader flowing by, Thirlestane offers you privacy and seclusion, yet is conveniently just 40 minutes south of Edinburgh. Each elopement can be treated with absolute discretion upon request.
We pride ourselves on offering an extremely flexible service and every special day is tailored to the happy couple. There are a range of spaces where you can say your vows, from our traditional Panelled Room, to the grand State Drawing Room, to the rustic Vaulted Cellars. We offer outside spaces too, including the Castle Terrace which overlooks the parklands, or why not get married under the ancient tree in the castle’s former Rose Garden?
Our team would be very happy to answer any questions that you have and to discuss your wedding aspirations in detail. If you would like to arrange a private show-round either in person or virtually, then please do contact us.
Q1. How many guests can you accommodate in the day and the evening?
A1. We have a range of spaces that can accommodate anything from two people to 1000 people. We will suggest the best spaces for you based on your desired numbers.
Q2. How long can I provisionally hold a date for?
A2. We can hold a date provisionally for a period of 10 days.
Q3. Is the Castle licensed for Civil Ceremonies?
A3. Yes, we are licensed for all types of ceremonies.
Q4. What accommodation do you have available?
A4. The castle has five luxury apartments (8 bedrooms) which sleeps a total of 16 people. There is other accommodation nearby which we can provide you a list of to help your planning process.
Q5. Will we have access to a wedding co-ordinator?
A5. Yes, the venue hire includes a member of staff on the day and in the lead up to your wedding, however please note that this is not a full wedding planning service. We can recommend wedding planners suited to your requirements so please let us know.
Q6. Are catering and other suppliers included?
A6. No. Upon booking we will provide you with our ‘Preferred Supplier List’ which contains lists of vetted suppliers that have worked with the castle before. You can select who you would like to work with and have individual contracts with each of them. We work with you and the supplier on logistics.
Q7. Do you allow Marquees and Stretch Tents?
A7. Yes, we have recommended suppliers for marquees and stretch tents. These can be pitched in the Rose Garden, Front Lawn, Cobbled Courtyard or Terrace area.
Q8. Is there a curfew?
A8. Evening celebrations are to end at 12.00 midnight with carriages at 12.30am. Guests are advised to pre-arrange taxi hire.
Q9. Do you allow confetti?
A9. Yes, we allow bio-degradable confetti such as flower petals however this is outside only.
Q10. Is there parking at the castle?
A10. Yes. We have a car park close to the castle entrance for guests staying in the accommodation. If non-accommodation guests wish to park at the castle we have a separate car park on the castle drive.
Q11. What are your payment terms?
A11. There is a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the venue hire upon confirmation of your reservation. A further 60% is due 6 months prior to the wedding and the final 20% is due 8 weeks before the wedding. All deposits are non-refundable. An additional refundable damage deposit of £500 is required 8 weeks prior to the event date.