At Kinkell Byre we have an amazing ceremony room within the venue itself. The breath-taking starlight canopy, custom-built for us by the brilliant i-Light Productions, suits any type of ceremony in any season and leads your guests perfectly through the versatile venue from the ceremony room, to the reception area and dancefloor.
It’s no surprise that our unique Scottish barn venue is usually booked up well in advance but….
WHAT ABOUT THAT VIEW!
We are of course slightly biased, but I am sure many of you will agree that the view from outside Kinkell Byre is simply stunning and without a doubt one of the venue’s best features.
We have views right up the North East coast of Scotland with Arbroath, Stonehaven and as far as Cruden Bay visible on a clear day. Coupled with the unique microclimate we are blessed with here on the east coast of Fife, granting us as many sunny days as the south of England, it’s surprising we’re not seeing more garden ceremonies taking place!
The sea view is not the only advantage to an outdoor ceremony; your guests will all be positioned perfectly to sit back in awe and watch you arrive in style. Whether you are arriving in an elegant vintage car, a funky VolksWagen Campervan or, as we saw earlier this year, on a massive fire engine, a garden ceremony means that all your guests will see you coming down the winding road, and arriving at the top of the aisle.
What kind of Entertainment does an Outdoor Wedding have?
There are endless options for outside entertainment at our versatile location, and don’t worry, there’s plenty of space for you to take advantage of. Take your pick of the lawns, gardens, gravelled area, or maybe even the beach.
Surrounded by the fresh St Andrews air and lush greenery, it would be very fitting to tie it all together with some traditional, but powerful, Scottish music. A full Scottish Pipe Band would certainly get the blood pumping and ground your wedding in a little Scottish history; traditionally the bride and groom march to the sound of bagpipes as their first dance! There are a few solo pipers we’d recommend from working with them before, like Balmoral Piper, or St Andrews Piper, but if a full Scottish Pipe Band strikes your fancy, just get in touch and we might be able to suggest someone.
Or to go a little more modern and fun, why not hire circus performers to put on a show? Circus and Street Entertainers are becoming more popular as wedding entertainment, and could include anything from fire performances and sword swallowers, to balloon animal performers and stilt walkers. Warble Entertainment offer a pick-n-mix style of entertainment, so you can book your own unique mix of performers. If there are going to be a lot of children at your wedding, a brilliant option would be a circus workshop to keep the littl’uns entertained; they’ll have a ball learning how to juggle (but hopefully won’t be attempting to swallow any swords just yet!). And with our large grounds, the area is flexible enough to encompass a circus tent whilst keeping it separate from the rest of the celebrations so as not to take away from the scenery.
A more classic outdoor form of entertainment would be lawn games, like bowls, horseshoes, or croquet, all sure to get the families mingling and enjoying themselves. Activities are ideal for breaking the ice. A more unique lawn game these days is giant Jenga – you just need a pallet to sit them on, and you’re good to go!
You could create a smaller and more intimate ceremony in our sunny south-facing country garden, with a background of trees, greenery and the historic water tower. Our garden was recently referred to as “the secret garden”, the mythically rejuvenating garden from English literature, and they got it spot on. It’s tucked away on the grounds which really gives it a romantic storybook vibe; perfect for a magical ceremony.
Get in touch with us at Kinkell Byre to discuss how you want your wedding to look and feel, and we’d be more than happy to advise on the kind of decorations you might need, who we’d recommend, how to get the right look, etc. Kinkell Byre is a very versatile wedding venue, with even more versatile staff who are keen to create the wedding of your dreams!
Happy wedding planning!