Weddings in an Unknown Future
A few months ago, the Events Team at Riddle’s Court was at the start of what was shaping up to be our busiest year to date. After re-opening following our restoration by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust in September 2017, we have quickly evolved to become one of the premier unique venues in Edinburgh. This wasn’t done alone; we are lucky to have worked with some fantastic staff members within our team, as well as a wonderful range of suppliers and couples to produce some spectacular weddings.
But now, along with so many other businesses and organisations, we are facing an unknown future due to the current global pandemic. Here at Riddle’s Court, we are doing everything possible to ensure that our couples and partners are cared for to the very best of our ability, whether this means postponing their wedding, researching livestreaming options, looking at possible social distancing measures for their celebration or more generally maintaining as open a communication channel as possible. We are here to listen and consider every possible scenario that a couple might look to examine. With an ever changing climate, we have to be able to adapt and coordinate accordingly for the new world we’re about to step into.
While adhering to government advice and directives, we aim to reopen the doors to Riddle’s Court as soon as possible. In the short term we will need to take smaller steps to ensure the safety of our guests and our staff, meaning that celebrations may not exceed 26 people. On the governments’ green light it would be our intention to offer smaller wedding ceremonies and controlled private dining experiences by mid-summer 2020.
So, how might this look for new and existing couples? We’ve been working hard on packages and ideas for hosting smaller weddings at Riddle’s Court, to make sure as much of the wedding remains in place as possible. You can find our information pack on Smaller Wedding options on our Resources Page here. While our capacities in the rooms may change dependent on social distancing advice, our ability to assist the planning process remains unchanged – we want to help you make the most of the situation. But, whether you’re interested in a smaller gathering, a live-streamed ceremony, a more intimate meal or even a ceremony and party package for when lockdown is lifted, then we can help. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not ask us about our filming capabilities and organise a screening of the ceremony for all of your loved ones? To make a reception at a later date even more special, consider an affirmation or renewal of your vows - ask your celebrant, minister or other officiant what your options would be!
We hope that working on our smaller events will help to pave the way for larger gatherings and celebrations further down the line. Ultimately, we want all of our couples and their guests to know that we are working hard to ensure that Riddle’s Court is as accessible as possible, and that while some events might not be how we planned them for some time, those that can take place will be as incredible as all our couples, whether new or old, deserve.
If you are interested in a small wedding or celebration with us at Riddle’s Court, please do look at our Resources Page for more information. We are looking at our own capabilities as a team and seeing how best we can utilise the beautiful spaces at our disposal. We want to see guests back in our building as soon as possible, contributing to its 400 years of history; because, ultimately, that’s what the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust is here to do.
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