An interview with James and Tania Wood who had a traditional Scottish wedding at Winton House for 65 guests.
“Tania had family connections to the wider area around Winton, and we looked at a number of castle wedding venues. As soon as we walked in to Winton House, however, I don’t think there was any doubt in our minds: we knew this was such a beautiful and yet intimate venue that it captured what we were looking for perfectly for our autumn wedding.
“We had our closest family and friends with us on our wedding day, most of whom came from around Britain and Ireland, with a French contingent who stemmed from Tania’s parents’ decision to retire to France ten years ago.
“The format for the day was rather traditional: we were married at Pencaitland Parish Church, where we’d been attending Sunday service for over a year; Tania wore white and James wore a kilt; we had a 1950’s touring limousine as our wedding car, the wedding breakfast, then speeches and a ceilidh.
“Our wedding party plus their children stayed over at Winton until Sunday and we didn’t go on honeymoon until the Monday, which meant we were able to spend a little more time with everyone.”
What was the feedback from guests?
“’What a wonderful experience – a genuinely Scottish wedding!’, ‘We really enjoyed the reception, and we’ve been to a lot of them recently.’ ‘What a beautiful day’ – these are just a flavour of the many amazing comments we had about our wedding day, which only describe a portion of how brilliantly we think it went ourselves!
“Everyone in the team does everything they can to make sure your special day is exactly that: the most memorable day of your life. No detail was overlooked, and the team really seemed to care how the day went. For both of us, though it’s a cliché, it really was the most perfect and happiest of days – and a large part of that is thanks to the entire team at Winton.”
Is there anything that makes Winton House stand out?
“It’s hard to pick out one detail among so many: the stunning location; the wonderful décor and works of art; the well-appointed bedrooms and facilities for guests. But as the old adage would say, it’s the people that make a place, and if pressed I would say it’s the quality of what “Team Winton” give to their guests that make the experience so unforgettable. And that includes Francis’s skills with board games!”