The Royal Botanical Gardens | Milena & Richard

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Bride & Groom stood next to giant trees in The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh

Milena & Richard's Wedding at Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh

Of all the places in the world that I love to visit, Scotland is up there. I mean right up top. I’ll never forget the first time I got to Edinburgh and being welcomed by such a well maintained and historical city that just prides itself on its heritage. Not to mention the drive through the Trossachs and into the Highlands and Glencoe. To call it a photographer’s dream would be an understatement. But that’s enough about my love for Scotland, now back to the important stuff; photographing the wonderful wedding of Richard and Milena at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh.

The photos are fantastic! We’re so happy with them. They capture all the right moments, showing how happy a day it was for everyone. The colours are exceptional and the quality excellent

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Planning Your Wedding Day at Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh has to be one of our favourite wedding venues in the UK. The venue is so picturesque and allows couples planning a wedding there choice and flexibility about how exactly they celebrate their wedding day. With its stunning gardens, range of locations for ceremony and reception and great city-centre location it is easy to see why it is such a popular wedding venue in Edinburgh.


The Royal Botanical Garden is situated near the Stockbridge area of the city and is a 10-15 minute walk from Edinburgh city centre. The excellent transport links mean the venue is great for guests travelling from further afield. This wedding venue comprises of 70 acres of stunning formal gardens and tranquil woodlands, which make it is easy to forget you are in the Scottish Capital City.


The venue can cater for a real variety of different sized weddings due to the range of choices when it comes to ceremony and reception options. From smaller intimate wedding ceremonies with up to 32 people to much larger affairs for between 150 to 200 guests.


There is no accommodation for guests at this venue, however, it’s city centre location in Edinburgh makes it easy to source reasonably priced accommodation locally. One thing to note however is that at peak times such as the Edinburgh fringe festival or winter fayre this can increase dramatically and be more difficult to source.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Options

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has an impressive array of choice and flexibility when it comes to planning your wedding day. Below you will find an overview of some of the basic combinations you can consider.

Outdoor Ceremony Option: Redwood Grove

Also known as the John Muir Grove after the famous Scottish explorer, and writer Redwood Grove is perfect for those wanting an outdoor wedding ceremony. There is nowhere more romantic in Edinburgh than exchanging wedding vows under the canopy of this magnificent grove. A short walk from Caledonian Hall it is located in the heart of the Gardens and has a capacity of 120 guests or 40 if seated.

Indoor Ceremony/Reception Option: The David Douglas Room

Located within the much larger John Hope Gateway this room is perfect for those couples who are planning a smaller more intimate wedding for between 20 and 40 wedding guests. The David Douglas room has wonderful views across the Garden thanks to its floor to ceiling windows and private terrace.

Indoor Ceremony/Reception Option: Caledonian Hall

The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s herbarium known as Caledonian Hall dates back to 1820. This stunning space with its high ceilings and large windows has an air of traditional formality to it. Ideal for medium to larger weddings it has a capacity for between 60 and 120 wedding guests with the attached Pavilion building perfect for a romantic indoor wedding ceremony if the weather turns bad or during the colder months when an outdoor ceremony isn’t suitable.

Indoor Reception Option: John Hope Gateway

With a capacity for between 120 and 200 guests, this is the largest wedding space Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has to offer. One of Scotland’s most sustainable buildings the floor to ceiling windows provide amazing views over the Gardens giving the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. The John Hope Gateway opens out onto an Outdoor Terrace which is the perfect location for your wedding guests to relax, enjoy drinks and take in the beautiful backdrop that is the gardens.

Contacting The Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

Official Website:
Address: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
Phone Number: 0131 248 2909

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