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Getting Married at Kingsmills

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This August we were delighted to welcome high-school sweethearts Ruth and David to celebrate their special day. We recently caught up with the smitten newlyweds to hear all about their beautiful wedding experience at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness and were simply delighted to hear that the wedding had been of the utmost success.

At Kingsmills, we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer our guests the chance to get their hair done on the premises at Aurora. Ian and his team made sure Ruth, her mum, her mother-in-law and the bridesmaids were well looked after and didn’t need to worry about lifting a curling tong never mind leaving the hotel! The girls also got their make-up done professionally in the hotel making their girly morning most relaxing; only the best for our wedding parties.

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Ruth described their humanist wedding ceremony as “everything we wanted” and was so glad that their little girl was able to play such a notable part in it too. Their perfect day did not stop there. With the sun shining, the guests were able to enjoy drinks and canapes in the beautiful Kingsmills fairytale gardens whilst the children danced around the grounds in excitement. The guests then retreated to the hotel to enjoy the “beautiful” meal where our staff kept busy ensuring the meal was served to perfection. The speeches soon began and Ruth’s dad constructed a slideshow taking the happy couple on a trip down memory lane. Kinky Karma struck up the music and the happy couple and their guests happily danced the night away! After a night of excitement, the couple returned to the Bridal Suite and were welcomed with a congratulations plate serving up shortbread, chocolate muffins and raspberries.

The next day guests were able to roam the beautiful Scottish gardens, go for a swim and enjoy a spot of breakfast: the perfect ingredients to rid any hangover!

Here at Kingsmills we have a range of wedding packages to suit every taste; we pride ourselves in ensuring each wedding we host is as close to perfect as possible and make it our aim to send you to the next stages of married life in complete contentment.

Top Five Idyllic Honeymoon Destinations

At Kingsmills Hotel, we ensure any wedding hosted in our fairytale grounds is tailor made to match each and every couples’ tastes, wishes and expectations. Not only do we vow to make your wedding one of the most memorable days of your life, but we also vow to send you off to your honeymoon destination in loved-up, stress-free bliss. Just like a wedding should be a unique experience for a couple, so should their honeymoon. To help you find your ideal honeymoon, we’ve compiled a list of five idyllic destinations.

1. The Maldives

The Maldives encapsulates white sandy beaches, rich green palm trees and lukewarm turquoise waters providing the idyllic backdrop for smitten lovebirds. Whether you wish to spend your days relaxing on the beach with a cocktail, exploring the tropical fish in the corals or visiting the local fishing villages, the Maldives has it all.

2. Venice, Italy

Imagine beginning married life with a romantic trip down the Grand Canal whilst you and your spouse enjoy fresh local wine soaking up the culture, architecture and history of Venice. Fancy spending afternoons exploring hidden back streets where musicians, artists and stalls line the cobbled streets and restaurants serve up delicious local delicacies then the Italian city built on water could be perfect for you and your partner.

3. Paris, France

If you’re looking for a honeymoon immersed in charm, tradition and romance, where better to go than the City of Love itself. A picnic under the stars at the Eiffel tower, shopping in the Champs Elysee or visiting the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral, you most certainly won’t be stuck for choice in the French capital. And before you leave, why not leave Paris a souvenir of your honeymoon and put a lock on the Love Lock bridge across the river Seine.

4. Thailand

If you wish to kick start married life with a bit of an adventure, why not visit Thailand? Spend a couple of days in Bangkok to begin with and then head either North to the mountains for hill walking and elephant riding or South to the beaches for island hopping and canoeing. That would be a holiday to tell the grandchildren about!

5. The Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora

The perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, this beautiful honeymoon destination provides a cocktail of white sands, turquoise lagoons, luxurious spa treatments, fitness facilities and water sports. The Resort has a huge range of accommodation available ranging from luxurious villas to over-water bungalows constructed on stilts above the sparkling South Pacific ocean.

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Three Surprising Wedding Cake Trends

When it comes to selecting your wedding cake, traditionally it has been a toss-up between choosing royal icing or buttercream, chocolate cake or traditional fruit cake, cute cupcakes or a multi-tiered showstopper. But have you ever considered pork or Stilton? Here at The Kingsmills Hotel, we can open your eyes to the wonderful world of alternative wedding cakes…

It seems that grooms – who, let’s face it, are often excluded from many wedding decisions – are starting to find their own voice, and push back against the girliness of the whole affair. Over the last couple of years, more savoury, ‘macho’ alternatives have started to emerge in the form of pork pies, Guinness cake (yes really!) and giant masterpieces constructed solely of blocks of cheese. What is going on?

A delicious wedding cake trend

Guinness Cake – bring ‘the black stuff’ to your big day

According to The Fine Cheese Company, purveyors of every type of cheese wedding cake imaginable for over 10 years, grooms are becoming increasingly interested in the details of a wedding purely on the basis that they are starting to put their hands in their pockets to fund their weddings themselves. Furthermore, cheese goes so much better with wine at the evening reception! The Fine Cheese Company claims that their multi-tiered cheese creations look every bit as elegant as a traditional wedding cake, whilst also being more substantial and doing a better job of filling up hungry wedding guests.

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The Hannah Cheese Wedding Cake

It is more challenging to make a pork pie look elegant, but Lincolnshire pork pie makers Adams & Harlow seem to have nailed it. They have conjured up a five-tiered extravaganza, consisting of pork and chicken pies, each hand-crimped around the edges and decorated with ribbons and flowers. I’m sure you will agree that the end result is actually rather aesthetically pleasing.

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Adams & Harlow pork pie wedding cake

 

Whatever kind of wedding cake strikes your fancy, one thing is for sure: you are no longer restricted to the traditional fruit cake, and have free reign to use your imagination and make it a focal point of your wedding celebration. If you are a bride or groom to be, and are looking for a stunning wedding venue in Scotland – make sure you take a look at Kingsmills Hotel for the perfect Highland Wedding!

Autumn Weddings at The Kingsmills Hotel

Autumn, the Season of Colour, is a truly magical time to hold your traditional Scottish wedding. Crisp orange sun-gilded leaves, acorns crunching underfoot, crab apples and the delicious waft of freshly baked pumpkin pie – what could be more romantic?

The Kingsmills Hotel, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, boasts four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in an elegantly restored 18th century building – perfect for luxury weddings in Scotland all year round. Our garden weddings are notorious for their magical fairytale atmosphere, with our grounds forming the perfect tranquil back drop for those all-important wedding snaps.

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In Scotland however, we would be foolish not to take the notoriously inclement weather into consideration when planning a wedding. Outdoor weddings can be a risk – Autumn doesn’t seem quite so romantic when you’re trudging through soggy leaves with your dress hitched up to your knees. You will be relieved to hear that we offer a variety of sheltered areas for both your ceremony and your reception, ensuring that your day runs smoothly whatever the weather. Alternatively, a fantastic way to bring the outdoors to your big day without the need for umbrellas and wellies is to host your wedding reception in one of our tasteful indoor reception rooms overlooking the grounds. Each of our five function rooms has a different understated personality, meaning that they make a brilliant foundation for your personal tastes on the big day.

The Kingsmills Hotel’s dedicated wedding co-ordinators take pride in creating a personalised, tailored service, and truly get to know each bride in person to ensure those special touches of luxury. If you’re planning your dream Scottish wedding, this is undoubtedly one of the most appealing wedding venues in Scotland. Check out the our wedding brochure (http://www.kingsmillshotel.com/planner/food-and-beverage) for inspirational wedding ideas or give us a call on 01463 257 102 to speak to an expert and get the ball rolling.

Planning the Perfect Stag Weekend in Inverness

More often than not, these days the stereotypical stag weekend tends to involve groups of rowdy lads jumping on a plane to Prague and trekking through the city in morph-suits drinking their body weight in beer! Here at The Kingsmills Hotel and Kingsclub & Spa, Inverness, we offer more traditional and cheaper stag weekend options in beautiful Scotland, designed for the more sophisticated gentleman.

 

Our stag packages include activities such as mountain climbing, distillery tours and sailing, whilst our leisure club is the ideal place to unwind. We offer fantastic room rates in a wide selection of beautiful bedrooms, all with full access to The Kingsmill Hotel’s excellent facilities.

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If golf is your game, Inverness offers an incredible selection of idyllic courses, whilst the surrounding scenic Highlands offer exciting golfing challenges in some of the world’s loveliest and most diverse landscapes. The Kingsmills Hotel is proud to have special partnerships with some of the best Scottish golf courses, offering a selection of fantastic golf breaks at courses including Castle Stuart Championship Golf Course, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, The Nairn Golf Club, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club and Inverness Golf Club. Have a look at our golf packages here.

 

Whatever you are looking for from your stag weekend, our dedicated team of golf specialists can work with you to create a tailor-made golfing weekend in Scotland. We can organise tee times on multiple courses throughout your weekend, and will cover off practical planning elements such as sorting transportation, meaning that all you have to worry about is not being out-done by the Father-of-the-Bride in the golfing stakes!

 

scotch whisky, luxury hotel inverness, stag weekend scotland, malt whiskyAfter all that time spent outdoors, you will be ready for some of the very finest Scottish cuisine. Look no further than our selection of on-site restaurants, including the elegant Inglis Restaurants, and the airy Conservatory Brasserie. We also offer exquisite private dining rooms for group dining, which are perfect for stag celebrations. Why not wash down all that delicious grub with a night-cap of the finest Scotch whisky – we can even arrange a whisky tasting as part of your evening.

 

 

The choice is yours – this is your stag weekend. Give us a call on 01462 257 100 to get the ball rolling…

Kingsmills Hotel – making your Highland wedding dreams come true

Dreaming of the perfect romantic Scottish Highland wedding but got no idea where to start? Look no further than Kingsmills Hotel Inverness. Located in four sprawling acres of beautiful landscaped grounds just five minutes from central Inverness, Kingsmills Hotel is a stunning restored 18th century building oozing traditional charm.

 

Our varied selection of reception rooms gives you the space and flexibility to tailor your wedding reception exactly as you like. The classic 18th century architecture of the original exterior is echoed in many of our exquisite wedding function rooms, which combine Celtic grace with a uniquely modern elegance, creating the perfect backdrop for your all-important wedding photos. Whatever your individual wedding reception ideas, the understated elegance of each venue creates a perfect canvas for you to personalise your day and express your own tastes and style.

 

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The timelessly elegant Burns Room.

Our largest wedding reception venue is The Burns Room, which epitomises the tradition and luxury at the heart of The Kingsmills Hotel experience. Offering stylish dining for up to 80 guests, The Burns Room is laden with original features and boasts beautiful natural light.

 

If you are planning a more intimate wedding celebration, we have a selection of three smaller wedding reception rooms for you to choose from. The Torgorm Room is a lovely cosy setting for smaller weddings of up to 24 or 40 guests. You can seat 24 guests at a traditionally elegant single table, or alternatively seat 40 guests around 4 round tables. The recently refurbished MacLeod Room, boasting original architectural features is an understated and elegant choice, seating up to 24 guests. The smallest of our wedding venues, The Adams Room, is also one of the most charming, featuring a traditional open log fire, original features and seating for up to 22 guests.

 

The Kingsmills Gardens provide one of the most sensational and romantic backdrops for any Scottish wedding. Catering for up to 100 guests, the gardens provide a fairytale wedding setting, offering you a choice of sheltered areas for both your ceremony and your reception, meaning that there is no need to worry about our unpredictable Scottish weather affecting your big day!

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The Kingsmills Gardens make the perfect fairytale wedding setting.

 

You can view our full wedding brochure, containing menu options, a suggested wedding timeline, details of special wedding extras in our Kingsclub Spa as well as a list of the top wedding suppliers in the Invernessshire area here.

 

Simply tell us your requirements and vision for the day, and your dedicated Kingsmills Hotel wedding co-ordinator will discuss our wedding packages options, taking care of all the details. Give us a call on 01463 257 102 to get the ball rolling – your dream Highland wedding is yours for the taking with the Kingsmills Hotel!

A Disney Wedding at Kingsmills Hotel– Craig to the Rescue!

Here at the Kingsmills Hotel there is never a dull moment! And on Good Friday this year, we had a very interesting phone call from one of our guests on their way to stay at the hotel, and it makes for an excellent story!

 

Miss Degroot and Mr Eastman, a couple from the USA, were travelling around Scotland on the Adventure by Disney Tour, which is based loosely on the latest Disney Pixar  film ‘Brave’, which is set in and around the highlands of Scotland.  The Adventure by Disney tour, gives guests the chance to “walk amongst lush landscapes where ancient stone castles rise from the mist, heralding a proud heritage that served as the inspiration and backdrop for the Disney•Pixar animated film Brave. Our Scotland adventure puts you in the footsteps of royalty, loyal clans and quite possibly a mythical sea creature.” 

 

Kingsmills Hotel have been hosting guests from around the world, that watched Disney Pixar's Brave, and have went on a journey to Scotland to experience the land that inspired the film!

Kingsmills Hotel have been hosting guests from around the world, that watched Disney Pixar’s Brave, and have went on to journey around Scotland to experience the land that inspired the film!

The Disney tour highlights Scottish landmarks such as the following:

 

 

Prior to this once in a lifetime trip Mr Eastman had proposed and Miss Degroot happily said “YES”! They went on to coincide their trip with their nuptials and planned that on the last stop of their tour, the two would marry in Edinburgh Castle. How romantic! However, when the couple were on their way to stay with us at the Kingsmills Hotel, the story took a turn for the worst and we received a call on the Friday afternoon from the Isle of Lewis;  the bride had been informed that her wedding dress, that was meant to be delivered to their hotel in Edinburgh (from the Far East) ready for the Big Day, would not arrive until the following week, when they were due back in US, and  the wedding was taking place 48 hours from the bad news being delivered!!

 

Tensions were running high and our General Manager, Craig Ewan, took matters into his own hands and arranged for local bridal shop,  “Dress 2 Impress” on Castle street in Inverness which is owned by Iona Peace, to remain open through Friday evening so that on arrival in Inverness the bride could choose and have a fitting for a replacement dress.  In the end, Miss Degroot was able to find a replacement gown last minute, the couple were able to enjoy the rest of their stay at the Kingsmill Hotel and their stopover in Inverness. They then continued onto Edinburgh where the wedding took place without further hitch! The happy couple and Disney were surprised and immensely grateful for all our efforts. The couple thanked us greatly and we also received a thank-you letter from the Operations Director of Adventures by Disney. And everyone lived Happily Ever After!