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Budget Wedding Venues Edinburgh

Budget Wedding Venues Edinburgh

Weddings are an expensive undertaking, not to mention the fact that they are among the most stressful life events imaginable. However, with some careful planning and a sprinkling of imagination, you can get the wedding of your dreams on a relatively small budget.

In my experience as an Edinburgh-based wedding photographer, I have had the pleasure of photographing lucky couples on their big day in some of the city’s most prestigious venues. I have also been pleasantly surprised by the quality of service, location and decor of the less expensive wedding venues.

Let’s take a look at some of the best budget wedding venues Edinburgh has to offer.

1. Thomas Morton Hall – Less than £1000 to hire

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First dance at the wedding of Liv and Drew in the Thomas Morton Hall, Edinburgh. Taken by Gavin Hill Photography

When lit up and nicely accessorised, The Thomas Morton Hall is a stunning venue with a gorgeous sweeping staircase, high ceilings and other period features. It has a large stage that will accommodate even the most sizeable wedding bands! Due to its Art Deco design heritage, The Thomas Morton Hall exudes a feeling of grandeur, especially when the evening party gets under way.

The kitchen is ample, and can cater for at least 100 guests comfortably, and most of the venue can be tailored and decorated to your individual taste. It’s a DIY service here, don’t expect a concierge and wedding planner. You can arrange prior access with venue management to get the place spruced up, but you will need to clean up after yourself. The Thomas Morton Hall is excellent value for money and in my opinion, the best budget wedding venue in Edinburgh.

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2. Edinburgh Registrar Office at Lothian Chambers – From £260

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Bridesmaids looking up at the happy couple at the wedding of Melissa and Kenny at The Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh, image taken by Gavin Hill Photography

I recently had clients come all the way from Liverpool specifically to get married in Edinburgh’s Registry office. The interior of the building is very grand; it has a beautiful staircase complete with red carpet, marble floors and a viewing space outside of the ceremony rooms, creating a stunning backdrop that look great in your final wedding photographs.

The main ceremony room is wood panelled adding to the grand feel, and the view from the window is of the World-famous Royal Mile. I have photographed a few weddings here over the years and love to take couples on a romantic stroll down the Royal Mile after their ceremony. Unfortunately, the Registry Office doesn’t have catering facilities, so I would recommend taking full advantage of the many fantastic restaurants and party facilities in the surrounding area.

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3. Have a Humanist wedding in a venue of your choice!

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view across Edinburgh from Calton Hill at sunset with bride and groom in foreground

Funnily enough, I am in the process of planning my wedding, and my fiance and I are investigating the ultimate in DIY wedding chic! We are both non-religious, so have chosen to go down the Humanist wedding route.

*UPDATE – We got married and it was awesome. DIY weddings aren’t for everyone, but for us, it worked really well and more than under budget in comparison to some of the quotes we received.* 

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me DIY’ing


We are both creative individuals and are looking to serve local craft beers, locally sourced food and are asking some friends to DJ at the evening bash. We have hired a barn from a local farmer and are going to have a Great British Bake Off themed wedding. We are planning to have bunting, home-made decorations and are preparing the flowers and table decorations on our own.


Fees for a humanist celebrant may vary, but with no venue fees attached, and with the laws in Scotland being different from those elsewhere in the UK you can, within reason get married in a location of your choosing.

So get your thinking caps on. Do you have a friend or family member with a big garden? How about a Portobello beach wedding? I even know of a couple that got hitched at the top of Arthurs Seat! The location choice in and around Edinburgh is extensive, and as long as you can convince a Humanist Celebrant to do it, you are all set.
Always check first to ensure it is public space. Otherwise, you may find you need permission from the council in advance.