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Starting the New Year with ‘I do’ - unforgettably romantic winter wedding at the Signet Library

When Harriet and Adam, who live in Dundee, decided to get married they always knew the date would need to be before Adam was sent back overseas with his career in the army. The day fell just a few days after the New Year and meant that the couple would celebrate a winter wedding before parting.

The Signet Library was exactly what they were looking for – a stunning architectural choice set amid the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. As Harriet and Adam were traveling from Dundee they chose to stay over in the nearby Fraser Suites which offered them the perfect base for their special day.

With a wintery silver and blue colour theme for the ceremony in the Lower Library the couple were married in a civil ceremony. They took full advantage of the dramatic Signet staircase for their group photos before enjoying a canapé reception in the Lower Library with an array of moreish bites from wild rabbit Cheddar rarebit to a peppered blue lamb with essence of fresh mint and pea.

As a dramatic aside the groom’s mother broke her arm just before the ceremony. She managed to make it through the service and was then whisked off to Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary where she was treated and released in time for the main course! A testimony to the cool head of Dr Father-of-the-Bride and a fantastic A&E service from the NHS!

Upstairs the Library was a study of classic elegance with elegant cream and gold table linens and soft golden lighting for the wedding dinner. The couple chose round tables and gold and green chairs. The Wedding Breakfast menu featured our signature ‘Scottish Tapas Trio’ of crumbled haggis with a salad of heritage potatoes, a creamy Dunsyre blue parfait and a mull cheddar and chutney glazed smoked haddock. A classic French apple tart finished off the meal served with apple strudel ice cream, sweet apple crisp and an apple brandy caramel sauce.

The evening featured the Upper Library transformed as a dancefloor and dramatised with magenta and salmon pink lighting and the ever fabulous Callanish providing an effervescent mix of contemporary and traditional ceildh music.

The elegant bride and groom in full dress uniform were nicely complimented with staff in formal black tailcoats, white tie and bistro aprons. A lovely and very special day enjoyed by all the guests and, most importantly, by the happy couple themselves and their young daughter Flora.


“Thank you. …to you, Ian and the team for a fantastic wedding day, it ran like clockwork despite the last minute hiccups and we loved every minute.”
– Harriet

Venue: Signet Library
Photography: Duke Photography
Flowers: Planet Flowers
Music: Callanish

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