As we bid adieu to 2023, we look back on a year that was filled with love, laughter, celebrations and welcoming new faces across Rosebery Venues. Coming into the new year we thought it the perfect time to reflect on some stand out moments over the last twelve months. Here's hoping 2024 is just as wonderful!

The year began with ‘weddings on the brain’ (our internal team’s personality encapsulated). Anticipating upcoming trends in weddings is something our expert team excels in, and we saw the increasing desire for more intimate and private ceremonies.

In response to demand, we introduced our Wee Weddings package! Designed for up to 12 guests this package is exclusively for couples who refuse to compromise on excellence, even with a smaller guest list. It's the ultimate choice for those dedicated to perfecting every detail, even for smaller affairs.

2023 also marked the introduction of new ceremony spaces designed specifically for intimate gatherings. Our newly opened walled garden and charming library spaces cater to different tastes and seasons, providing the ideal venue for a couple’s vision, whether they are seeking an al fresco event or a formal space steeped in heritage.

In January we welcomed wonderful Kirsty, now a very familiar face amongst the Castle team! Taking the helm as our Sales and Events Manager at Barnbougle Castle, Kirsty has had a busy year overseeing numerous events. For a glimpse into her world, you need only look to our Instagram where we frequently highlight some of the incredible work our team oversees. Additionally, this year marked the arrival of John Wilson as our Operations Manager. A devoted family man and a true gent, John brings decades of experience to the team, and we would be lost without him..

Earlier this year, we hosted our inaugural Rosebery Steading open day which was an absolute delight! It was a fantastic opportunity for us to fling open the barn doors (so to speak). We met lovely couples and learned more about what they were dreaming of for their special day. Another open day is scheduled for 28th January 2024 so save the date for what will provide an exclusive sneak peek into this one-of-a-kind venue. Please reach out to secure your spot as this is by appointment only!

As we skipped into spring, we invited the very talented Lock Stock Studios to Rosebery Estate to begin capturing a year on our magnificent grounds. This gave us a whole new level of appreciation of our wonderful surroundings, taking in the wonders of rural life, from flowers blooming to little lambs jumping in the fields. Agriculture plays a pivotal role throughout our sprawling estates, supporting a balanced mix of tenanted and in-hand farms, producing a bounty of cereals and oilseed rape annually!

March saw us in the spotlight as cover stars with the publication of The Sunday Times Style Magazine. The feature showcased Barnbougle Castle as the stunning backdrop for a high-fashion photoshoot starring the lovely Delphi Primrose, shining a spotlight on the Tartan Exhibition at the V&A Dundee. Summer then arrived and ushered in a flurry of gorgeous weddings, each one as unique as the couples celebrating.

As the landscape donned its autumnal hues, and people headed back to work after the summer holidays, we saw the return of corporate soirées. We have welcomed some stellar guests over the last few months, from SITE Scotland, Laing’s the jeweller with Rolex, Chanel, William Grant & Sons, Diageo, Genesis Cars and Tiffany to name but a few. A special thank you goes out to the wonderful Destination Management Companies, who passionately promote Scotland, bringing wonderful groups to Edinburgh to experience our exceptional hospitality across Rosebery’s venues.

Ending the year on a high note, we are delighted to announce that our new accommodation for newlyweds, the Water Tower is now officially open for bookings - hurrah! Nestled in breathtaking surroundings, it offers a perfect start to married life. Breakfast with a breathtaking view—could it get any better?

A huge thank you to every bride, groom, and guest for celebrating with us in 2023. We wish you well as you journey together into a new year and in some cases, to celebrate first anniversaries! Our appreciation also goes out to our amazing suppliers who consistently deliver excellence for us and our clients. We are a lucky bunch!

If you'd like to be part of the Rosebery Venues story in 2024, feel free to reach out to our team to start planning your event or enquire about joining our team!