Where happily ever after beginsâ€Ś
These pictures set the sceneâ€Ś now come and make your own memories
Welcome A fairytale setting for the wedding of your dreams, with the very best of subtle modernity. Call it the best of both worlds if you wish, we simply call it Atholl Palace. From the moment you drive along our magnificent tree-lined avenue, to the day you depart Atholl Palace as a married couple, our expert wedding team will make sure that this is where happily ever after begins. From our decadent function suites, to our opulent turret suites, and from our manicured gardens to our lavish spa, Atholl Palace has everything on offer to make your dream wedding become a reality. So relax and watch whilst the best day of your life unfolds at Atholl Palace.
You sa y ‘I Do’ We sa y ‘Can Do’
Location The Scottish Highlands, wild and rugged, have a timeless magical quality. At their very heart, where the River Tummel meets the River Tay, sits the historic small town of Pitlochry. The Atholl Palace Hotel sits on Cnock Farrie, the watch hill, in 48 acres of parkland and gardens, overlooking the town and the scenic splendour of the surrounding Highlands Pitlochry is geographically ideally located for touring Scotland, and is popular with many regular visitors for its many varied attractions.
Pitlochry & Perthshire Pitlochry and its surrounding area have much to offer the visitor to Scotland in addition to its spectacular location. One of the high spots is our Festival Theatre. Each year from May to October the theatre stages a series of six plays, with daily evening performances and matinĂŠe performances on Wednesday and Saturday. The traditional skill of malt whisky distilling can be viewed (and sampled) at our two local distilleries - the contrasting Blair Athol and Edradour, the smallest in Scotland, both within easy walking distance ofthe hotel. The dam and fish ladder in Loch Tummel are a dramatic addition to the scenery and allow visitors a better chance of seeing salmon leaping. Visitors new to Scotland will be fascinated by the spectacular views that present themselves at every turn, the variety of wildlife and the easy access to some of the most spectacular untamed wilderness in Europe. Our staff will be happy to help you find the locations and points of interest that will most appeal to you and make your visit memorable.
Bedrooms Almost all of our 108 bedrooms offer panoramic views of the glorious Perthshire countryside. You can escape to a bygone era and stay in one of our turret Suites. These are superior double-bedded rooms with an elevated lounge at the top of the Turrets. Alternatively, our valley rooms have superb south facing views of the Tummel Valley and garden view rooms overlooking the lawns and tennis courts to Craigower Hill and Ben-y-Vrackie. We also have a range of feature rooms, which have canopied beds or romantic four poster beds. Every room has more than just the comforts of home. All the usual refinements of private bathrooms, telephone and colour TV are provided. Many of our guests enjoy the excellent sports facilities and activities that are available both on-site and at nearby locations. Locally, Pitlochry golf course is one of the most scenic in Britain, excellent fishing is available as are activities such as quad biking for groups of 12 or more. Within our 48 acre parkland we have tennis courts, the venue for the annual Highland Tennis Championships and a nine hole â€˜Pitch and Puttâ€™ course. Amongst the rhododendrons on the front lawn is a putting green.
The Manor House Set on a plateau at Corriebruach just south-west of the hotel, the Manor House was originally built in 1871 for the owners of the hotel. This former Victorian mansion has now been considerably upgraded to offer a relaxing, peaceful haven with up to ten rooms finished to a high standard. Within very easy walking distance from the main hotel, the Manor House also has separate vehicular access and parking. The secluded location benefits from plenty of natural light, whilst retaining a certain solitude and privacy. The whole Manor House may be taken as a complete unit, for parties of up to 20, or individual rooms and suites can be taken according to choice. As a whole it would be perfect for a family party attending a wedding.
Our Suggested Timetable for the Big Day Whilst you are very welcome to suggest your own preference as to how your ‘Special Day’ should go, our years of experience lead us to recommend the following itinerary: 1.30pm Your arrival for the Ceremony. Ceremonies outside the hotel should begin at 12.30-1.00pm 2.00pm
Drinks, canapés & photographs
3.45pm After passing through the receiving line, your guests will take their seats for the meal. You may or may not choose to be piped in to the top table, as the brand new Mr & Mrs! 4.30pm
The meal is served
6.00pm Speeches. It is normal for the Best Man to be in charge of proceedings at this point. 7.00pm Any invited evening guests will be arriving at this time and welcomed by the Bride and Groom. 7.30pm Bride and Groom take the floor for the first dance, signalling the start of the evening’s entertainment. 9.30pm The evening finger buffet is served 12.30am Cloaks and carriages Whilst your private bar will close at 12.30am, our Stagshead bar will remain open for hotel residents.
Wedding Etiquette To help you prepare for your special day we have prepared a suggested wedding etiquette.
Toasts & Speeches
This is a formal greeting of your guests before you conclude the drinks reception. It is not essential, but does ensure that you meet all your guests:
These follow the meal and are usually made in the following order: • The Bride and Groom – This is normally by the Father of the Bride or a close friend, the reply is made by the Bridegroom. • The Bridesmaids - Proposed by the Bridegroom after his reply to the first toast. The response to this is made by the Best Man • Nowadays, although it is rare, the bride may also wish to say a few words!
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Bride’s Mother Bride’s Father Bride and Groom Groom’s Mother Groom’s Father Bridesmaid - Optional Best Man - Optional
Cutting the Cake This is announced by the toastmaster or Best Man, the first slice is then cut by the Bride and Groom. During speeches the cake is sliced for your guests. The cake may be displayed and cut during the drinks reception, before the start of the meal. The cake can either be served with coffee after the meal or with the evening buffet.
Top Table Seating Plan When preparing your seating plan the traditional layout is usually as follows: Chief Bridesmaid
You can, of course, change the layout to your preferred requirements.
For the Wedding Reception of a Lifetime Of all the events in life there is probably nothing more memorable and important than your Wedding. To provide the perfect setting what could be better than a characterful building with its own local history and retaining the features and furniture of its period. The Atholl Palace provides all the ingredients, added individuality and charm for your day. Our professional caring staff are on hand at all times to make sure the big day goes off without a hitch, whether it is a small family affair or a grand social occasion.
Cake Stand & Knife
Plant a Tree
For all weddings at the Atholl Palace Hotel our policy is to serve a preset menu; for avoidance of doubt this means that there is not a multi choice option. This is based on experience of catering for many very special gatherings, coupled with our assurance of the highest quality of service.
We are happy to make available an 18” square or round cake stand and knife. If you need advice of cake suppliers, please ask.
Planting trees are a wonderful way to commemorate your special event. Trees provide a host of benefits whether they are planted in your own back yard or across the globe. Trees can, like sponges, help sequester carbon and thereby reduce the impact of man-made CO2 emissions. Locally, trees provide habitat for wildlife, food for people and animals, and stabilize the soil. A tree lasts for generations and you can come back each year and see how it has grown. Ask us for more information.
Should, on the day, anyone express a wish to have something else, we will readily assist. We will of course offer vegetarian and other specialist options if required. We don’t offer menu tasting but do invite the Bride and Groom to enjoy dinner in the restaurant with our compliments.
Table Plan We supply menu cards, table numbers, table plan display and help you with your table settings. We would also supply white table linen and napkins. We can also offer place cards for a small charge.
Master of Ceremonies A member of our Management Team would be delighted to guide you through the formalities on the day, if required, and we could (at an extra cost) provide a uniformed Master of Ceremonies.
Bar & Drinks We have a recommended choice of drinks for your reception. Private bar facilities are available, and drinks may be charged to your wedding account or served on a cash basis. We don’t allow corkage.
Wedding Ceremony We are able to cater for couples who wish to hold their wedding ceremony in the hotel, however room hire charges will apply.
For weddings of 40 or more, the Bride and Groom are invited to be our guests at the hotel for accommodation and breakfast on their wedding night.
Sorry, no fireworks or Chinese lanterns are allowed under any circumstances.
Soak up nature itselfâ€Ś
Lavender Spa We have created the Lavender Spa which enjoys spectacular views of the Scottish countryside. Our spa draws on its heritage as a Victorian health hydro, using the powers of our natural spring water which comes from the mountain of Ben-y-Vrackie which stands over Pitlochry. These waters are used as a tonic and are unique to the Atholl Palace as is the fresh Highland air. A perfect retreat, the spa combines hands on treatments and relaxation in our thermal
rooms and spa pools. We have created an exclusive menu of luxury performance treatments from Phytomer. Phytomer, meaning plants of the sea, combines marine extracts from oceanic plant life to create performance skincare whilst maintaining a natural organic solution to innovative face and body care. Our expert therapist will select a personalised experience from the number of treatments that are unique to the Lavender Spa.
The Lavender Spa is an ideal hideaway designed to offer an escape to time itself, providing a perfect place for day dreaming while you let your cares dissolve away, restoring a sense of balance and harmony to your mind and body. Our team are on hand to get you ready. One thing is for sure, when you leave, you will long to return and we look forward to welcoming youâ€Ś
Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5LY, Scotland www.athollpalace.com
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