Unusual Wedding Venues in Scotland | Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh




Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, is an ideal place for creative couples who want a wedding venue that’s contemporary and not entirely blank canvas. The renovated former Victorian baths that house Dovecot Studios is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. This means it’s in a really accessible area for all who’ll be attending. The architecture of the building and its surrounds is impressive. There are various spaces for hire within the building itself: whether you’re having an intimate sized wedding or numbers up to 250, you’ll likely find something to suit.

Interested? Read on.



1. Central Edinburgh + the Old Town

Full disclosure. I’m completely and utterly biased. As someone who loves Edinburgh and who’d move there in a heartbeat, Dovecot is one of my favourites. As a city, Edinburgh has it all plus a castle, plus a decent sized hill – Arthur’s Seat – all nestled within the confines of a thoroughly walk-able city. Dovecot is in Edinburgh’s Old Town which has been an official UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Simply put, the Old Town is very, very old. Dating back to the Medieval era, it’s a labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, all amazingly well preserved and steeped in the city's history. If you decide you’d like some wedding photos outside Dovecot, you don’t have to go far to find yourself an iconic Edinburgh architecture backdrop. There’s plenty of options for folks looking for alternative, creative group and couple portraits. 




2. Tapestry Meets Victorian Baths

Yup. You read the heading correctly. The building itself used to be the Infirmary Street Baths. Inside, there are various nods to this. It was refurbished and Dovecot Studios took residence in 2008. Dovecot as an organisation has been going since the beginning of the 20th century. Today, Dovecot works to commission, collaborating with architects, interior designers, museum curators and private collectors as well as putting on exhibitions and going on tour. All in all, it’s a pretty cool place. Back to the Victorian baths bit. From the street view, you’d never think it was once a communal swimming pool. Once inside, you’re struck by an impressively large, light open space that was once filled with water. There’s a welcoming sense of space and height and is ideal for a larger sized wedding. 



3. Personalise

A couple choosing to hold their wedding at Dovecot Studios are personalising their day by virtue of opting to marry in such a culturally significant space. Beyond the statement of the venue itself, there’s plenty of other ways Dovecot Studios can reflect your personal identity. Check out some styling highlights from Laura + Patrick’s recent winter wedding:




Modern | City | Creative | DIY | Contemporary Art Lover





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I'm Carole-Ann; boss lady at Harper Scott Photo and exceptionally well versed in the world of the off beat, creative + unconventional wedding. My aim is to help you with your hunt through the internet to find authentic inspiration about where best to hold your wedding. I'd recommend my Definitive Guide to Scotland's Most Alternative Wedding Venues next.