Who says the “the finest drawing room in Europe” won’t work for a perfectly sized, intimate affair for 50 people? Don’t get us wrong, we love a big wedding but sometimes small is best. This past winter we hosted a particularly lovely, perfectly sized nuptial for just 50 guests in the stunning Upper Library. As it happens The Signet is as elegant a setting for the few as it is for the many.
This chic, wintery and contemporary wedding was set off by The Signet’s elegant drawing room, gorgeous ceilings and impressively columned grand space. Our bride and groom chose to have a simple, civil ceremony in the Lower Library, followed by a delightful, formal dinner in the Upper Library.
As dinner was a small evening affair the Upper Library was transformed with a single long table allowing all the guests to sit together and giving the party a truly intimate feel. A modern, white, silver and black theme ran throughout the day and the table was beautifully set with over 600 candles giving the room a glowing warmth and enchanting guests with the soft, flickering light as the early afternoon grew dark. Planet Flowers created an atmospheric and ultra chic feel with tall calla lilies and mirrored surfaces.
The food was a feature from start to finish with a menu reflecting perfectly the bride and groom’s contemporary tastes and giving our chefs an opportunity to delight. Beautifully presented canapés featured aromatic braised chicken and mushroom in puff pastry, crispy haggis with lavender and honey crème fraiche and a rustic mini tart of cepes, shitake and chives. The starters were a study in contrasts with smoked Shetland salmon set off by Persian lime and pickleberries with cracked pepper or a delicately tossed salad of poached quail egg, watermelon, pomegranate seeds, pink grapefruit and ricotta. Main courses were equally special – a choice between marinated Lanarkshire lamb rump with rosemary and barley casserole or sea bass and champagne with steamed vegetables presented ‘en papillote’ with fennel butter.
Only a spectacular dessert would do to follow and the couple didn’t miss a trick, choosing a poached pineapple scented with lemongrass and chili and served with coconut ice, chocolate marquis and salt peanut toffee popcorn quinoa.
Our couple met at St Andrew’s in University and live in Edinburgh – they knew they were looking for something special for their big day and when they contacted us about a small wedding party we eagerly agreed to show them what we could do. While The Signet can comfortably host hundreds it is also a lovely and elegant choice for the truly stylish smaller wedding.
“Thanks again for a very memorable day for not just both of us but for all our friends and family too.''
– Michelle Chian
Venue: Signet Library
Cake: 3D Cakes
Photography: David Bryce Photography
Flowers: Planet Flowers
Music: Jazz Band