Way back when, I did a post or two on different venues in the area. As a wedding photographer here in sunny Scotland, I've had the opportunity to visit some new ones, so thought I'd provide a little update on the blog.
Cruden Hall -Greenock
This isn't a huge function room, but the owners do offer a range of built in services, such as bar, DJ etc. that can provide a full package without much extra needed. This is most suited to smaller weddings, with the upper balcony and main floor providing space for people to break away from the main party if they want to. The frescos on the wall can be quite attractive, but they are high up for the most part. The wedding arch they arrange for newly arrived couples is at the main exit, so the ghostly glow of fire exit signs can sometimes stray into the wedding pictures. Friendly and welcoming staff. The dedicated wedding coordinator is a handy point of contact.Parking in the street around the venue can be difficult.
The Lounge -Largs
Although the Lounge is a restaurant/bar it does have a small function room and it is possible to hire the whole place for a wedding. Once again, it seems most suited to the smaller weddings, providing a cosy and intimate feel, with the bar providing a comfortable break out area between meal and dancing. The food is excellent and the staff are very welcoming. The decoration is eclectic, with a boutique feel to it, so may not suit everybody's taste. The Lounge is on Largs's high street, so it can be a bit busy outside but it is very handy for the nearby churches and registry office.
Sloan's is a bit of a landmark in Glasgow and many different events are held up in the Ballroom and other function suites. It's a good venue, as long as nobody minds stairs, for small and mid sized wedding parties. The ballroom provides a good venue for the meal and for dancing later, with a bar built in, to save people having to go down to the ground floor pub area. Because of its popular location, visitors might have to contend with the markets in the alleys leading to the venue and the usual flow of customers in the lower floor. The central location makes it easy to get to and from on public transport, which is great, considering the stresses of parking in Glasgow. The staircase can make a nice feature in photographs for small family groups and is only a step or two away from the ballroom itself.
Park Circus - Glasgow
The registry office at Park Circus is very well maintained and pretty in places, but it is a production line that is run slickly by the registrar and the assistants. Shots are taken at 2 or 3 points around the building (the upper landing spoiled slightly by the health and safety barriers raised higher than the original bannisters). Because of the fixed locations, couples may find their pictures match just about everybody elses. It is just at the edge of the Kelvingrove park, so there are plenty of opportunities for more relaxed outdoorsy shots with the couple, time allowing. It is best not to try and get pictures taken on the steps (other couples and guests coming in and out) unless you are the last couple of the day.The neighbours don't appreciate random parties of wedding guests on their steps, which can add a sour note to a wedding photo. Just round the corner are the big steps down the side of the hill and these can make a great place to arrange a large wedding group in interesting ways.
The Chartroom - Inverkip
The Chartroom is a restaurant beside the marina in Inverkip and offers a function room for the ceremony, meals, dancing etc. It benefits from a nice location (providing you like boats) and a personal approach to organising the wedding. It might be a little cramped in times of bad weather, as the main bar is quite small and the regulars may block up other areas. Outside there is a decked area that provides a vista over the marina and towards the houses that block the view to the sea. A short drive away though you can access the small beach in front of these houses, or a wooded path that leads through the woods at the shoreline. These can make for great little breakaway spots to get some pictures of the bride and groom away from the main party. Cars can be brought round to the front of the chartroom on the path overlooking the marina, which can make for more attractive photographs than if they are taken in the carpark at the back (where the bride will usually arrive).
More to follow at a later date