A COVID-Safe Wedding Reception

Wedding Couple on Arthur's Seat

A COVID-Safe Wedding Reception

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Planning a small wedding in light of the coronavirus pandemic has become the new norm in 2020. There is no right answer on the decision couples make in light of whether they consider getting married now to be more important or to delay things for that big celebration further down the line. It is ultimately their personal preference. 

At Riddle’s Court we have had both scenarios, where couples have opted to hold off until next year and beyond in the hope that larger celebrations will go ahead in some capacity, and other couples who have wanted to explore options for the autumn and winter periods.

City Chambers Ceremony
Littles and Loves by Francesca

For Jess & Ethan, getting married on the 17th September 2020 was what was most important to them. Travelling to Edinburgh with their nearest and dearest, having already had to reschedule their wedding with different venues on numerous occasions before the big day eventually arrived. Intending to get married at the Registry Office, they had hoped to host their reception in a nearby restaurant – a socially distant meal for 15 guests. Following a local government announcement restricting the number of households that could meet in a restaurant, their booking was cancelled. Luckily for Jess & Ethan, Jess’s mum did her own research and found Riddle’s Court. With exclusive use, the bright Library Room at Riddle’s Court would suit them perfectly.

So with only a week to go, the couple got in touch and secured a booking with Riddle’s Court. The team has organised full weddings in 5-6 weeks in the past, but seven days to prepare was an ultimate record! Between drawing up the seating plans to account for different households, stocking up for the bar and sourcing suitable decorations, the Library Room was transformed into a beautiful evening wonderland full of fairy lights and flowers.

Wedding Breakfast in the Library Room
Littles & Loves by Francesca

Our onsite catering team at Scott’s Kitchen were kind enough to cater a three-course meal from their kitchen, and supply the perfect space for a drinks reception beforehand downstairs overlooking Victoria Terrace. And, luckily for the couple, our onsite apartment, the King’s Chamber was available for them to retire to. Everything came together so easily in the week of planning, that by the time Jess and Ethan first visited Riddle’s Court the day before, all they had to do was drop off the cake and carry out some last minute decorating!

The day itself was a beautiful, intimate and relaxed occasion. Although, for the team it felt unusually strange to think that earlier in the year we had been catering for weddings of up to 60 guests and more! After a beautiful ceremony at the City Chambers with their loved ones, the family came to Riddle’s Court and enjoyed a wonderful evening full of food, drink, cake and some emotional video messages from loved ones unable to attend.

Library Room Couple Watching Speeches
Littles and Loves by Francesca

Jess and Ethan were wonderful to work with, and the team at Riddle’s Court were delighted that we could help rescue what should be one of the happiest days of their lives.  With lots more ceremonies and receptions scheduled there is still plenty to keep the team here on their toes!

If you are interested in a smaller ceremony at Riddle’s Court, please email the team via events@riddlescourt.org.uk or call us 0131 510 8789. With the role out of a COVID vaccine planned, we are planning optimistically for larger events in 2021 and dates are filling up fast – please get in touch for more information.

Stay safe!

Couple on the Royal Mile
Littles and Loves by Francesca


Introducing the King’s Chamber

King's Chamber Bedroom

Introducing the King’s Chamber

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Nestled away within the 16th century terracotta walls of Riddle’s Court in Edinburgh, is this newly renovated apartment. With an elegant mixture of historic architectural features and modern additions, it provides the perfect addition to our bespoke weddings taking place in Riddle’s Court, as a very special and unique honeymoon suite.

Celebrating elsewhere in Edinburgh, whether with us or at another special venue? Get in touch with us for more information on our availability.

The bedroom lies underneath a ceiling of restored 16th century painted beams and was once the hall in which King James VI of Scotland hosted a Royal dinner party. It’s now part of this warm and comfortable apartment with a tasteful mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings. 

Our standard venue hire package includes 2 nights in The King’s Chamber, which can accommodate a relaxing evening and morning before your big day getting ready with your friends and family, followed by a restful first night as a married couple after your wedding.

Some of our favourite wedding photos come from these precious moments on the morning of the big day, getting ready and having fun. There’s always delicious food, sparkling prosecco and lots of laughter. You can easily accommodate hair and makeup artists, as well as your stunning dress and accessories. 

The lounge is a great base for your closest friends and family to get ready and relax before the wedding begins and as a calm place to disappear to throughout the day if anyone needs it. 

Inviting your photographer in during the morning will allow you to capture some of the best memories of the day. We adore these elegant photos and candid moments. 

Perhaps one of the best parts about using The King’s Chamber is having a place to stay in the very same building as your wedding venue, and enjoying a beautiful space on the morning after your big day. A quiet moment is precious after a long day laughing, partying, eating and chatting with all of your favourite people.


King's Chamber Bedroom

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