Weddings at Dalswinton Estate

Katy Coltart - Friday, August 25, 2017
Think legends of the Scottish monarchy, rolling forestry and vast enchanting moorlands… Sounds like the magical location you’ve been looking for?
Dream Wedding Venues in Dumfries

It’s no secret that the team here at Queensberry Events are a wealth of local knowledge. But when planning your big day, you might not be lucky enough to live a stone’s throw away from your dream venue. That’s why we’re partnered with some of the most exclusive venues and breathtaking locations throughout Scotland and Northern England.
With so many amazing wedding venues in Dumfries alone, we’ve decided to feature our newest venue in this week’s blog.

The Historic Dalswinton Estate

From the distinctive Watchman clump of trees atop the Dalswinton Moor, the estate stretches through dense forest and rolling hills down to the Northern floodplain of the River Nith. A strategic location, it was used both by Scottish King, Robert the Bruce and his rivals, during their tussle for the crown in the fourteenth century.
Marquee Weddings in the Walled Garden
The winding paths and surrounding trees make Dalswinton Estate’s charming walled garden the perfect site for your wedding marquee. Set your reception in an enchanted forest, day or night, using outdoor lighting and one of our clear sided marquees. The garden setting naturally lends itself to a chic, country style wedding. Why continue the theme inside with your own floral centrepieces and marquee decorations?

Ceremonies in Dalswinton Church

Nestled within the grounds of Dalswinton lies the red Barony Church. Only 5 minutes away from our marquee site in the walled garden, it’s just the place for couples seeking an intimate wedding venue in Dumfries.

Wedding Photographs by the Loch

If you’ve ever attended a lochside wedding, you’ll already know that there’s something quite magical in the serenity of the water’s edge. The walled garden at Dalswinton opens up onto the lochside making it the ideal location for capturing those special memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Couples searching for an exclusive country wedding venue in Dumfries are invited to contact us to arrange a viewing. Realise your dream wedding with the help of our experienced event planners at this spectacular rural escape, just 7 miles from Dumfries.

How to Keep Your Guests Cool at a Summer Wedding

Katy Coltart - Thursday, June 22, 2017
You’re finally planning the idyllic summer wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

Think wildflowers, warm sunshine and teary eyed in-laws.

But we’ll hazard a guess that a dose of sunstroke and a pair of singed thighs weren’t on your list of favours.

Because as much as it’s ‘your’ day, we know you want your loved ones to remember your wedding day for the right reasons.

With everything from guest hydration to small marquee hire - we show you how to avoid those sizzling ceremony faux-pas and keep your guests cool for an epic summer wedding.

Before the Big Day

Get real on those invites.

Forewarning guests of your plans for the day will help avoid an uncomfortable ceremony. If your summer wedding will include an outdoor ceremony where there is minimal shade, be sure to highlight this so that your loved ones can prepare and dress appropriately.

Don’t forget to show your guests you are thinking of them! If you will be booking a small marquee hire to provide a shaded area, let them know. Older guests and those with small children will feel more relaxed knowing they can cool off if they need to.

Before the ceremony

Everyone has illusions of their wedding day being the one where everything runs to time, the bride appears just as the guests are seated and the ceremony itself is swift and irresistibly sweet.

But even the best-laid plans can go awry. So if you’re planning for a short 15-minute ceremony in the height of summer, make sure you prepare to keep your guests comfortable - even if there is a delay.

Consider small marquee hire

Even if you’re throwing a big marquee reception, a smaller marquee can provide a welcome shaded area on a hot summer’s day. Our pagoda marquees come in sizes starting from just 6 x 6m with standing room for 54 people or space to host a ceremony with 40 guests! These pint-sized luxury marquees also offer a budget friendly solution for post-ceremony tipples or a place for guests to cool off before or after an outdoor ceremony.

Set-up for sun protection.

You can add a personal touch by providing your own customised sunglasses, bottles of suncream or parasols to protect your guests from the sun and provide a momento of the day. Make these little extras available for guests to pick up as they arrive at the venue.


During the ceremony.

Place coolers packed with ice water and fruity infusions strategically at the end of the isles. Hydrated guests are happy guests! And when they migrate to the bar after the ceremony, consider starting guests off with a low alcohol cocktail or beer to help them rehydrate after their stint in the sun.

No burnt bums.

Don’t have guests on the edge of their seats for the wrong reasons. Avoid metal and even wooden seating options for summer days. Instead, opt for fabric seating options or invest in fabric seat cushions to keep your guests comfortable during the ceremony.

After the ceremony

Rehydrate: avoid the hard stuff.

It might sound like a drag, but kicking off the festivities with a lower ABV beverage can actually make for a happier experience all round. Dehydration can make people irritable and light headed, so offering lower alcohol refreshments will help to revitalise guests after a stint in the sun. You can have fun with this by including mocktails for wee ones and teetotallers, too!

Posh ice poles

If there’s one thing wedding guests love, it’s a touch of nostalgia! Especially if it’s edible. Classic ice-poles are a fun reception appetiser that can be enjoyed by everyone. Their plastic wrappers make them (reasonably) clean and easy to eat whilst mingling post-ceremony.

Posh ice-poles are super easy too. Jump on the latest trend for prosecco-pops or try designing your own cocktail-inspired ice lollies by mixing your favourite tipples with fresh fruit or fizz for a signature treat.

Want to throw an epic summer wedding that you and your guests will remember - for all the right reasons?

Get in touch with our events experts who can talk you through everything from the most appropriate seating options to festoon lighting to illuminate your small marquee hire.

Keep up to date with us on Instagram for our latest wedding day inspiration!

3 Reasons Why Wedding Marquees are Super Practical

Katy Coltart - Friday, June 02, 2017

It’s no secret, we LOVE a marquee wedding! If you want to make an impact, there’s no feature more stunning than an elegant white pole marquee with flowing peaked roof (oh, but don’t tell the bride). But looks aren’t everything! Short and sweet, here are just 3 totally practical reasons to have your own wedding marquee.

  1. 1. Where the heart is. There’s just something so romantic about a wedding at home. Everyone’s so relaxed and the atmosphere is chilled out and friendly. The location naturally holds sentimental value for you both, but for lots of your friends and family too. And you don’t have to have a stately home or acres of garden space to set up your wedding marquee at home. Our pagoda marquees are ideal for intimate receptions where space is at a premium and they can be joined together to give you exactly the space that you want.
  2. 2. All features great and small. Whether you’re planning a family affair or the party of the year, a wedding marquee gives you ultimate flexibility when it comes to the guest list. Pop a few pagodas together to get hitched at home or hire a speciality wedding marquee for a well-attended formal doo. Our stunning pole wedding marquees are custom made in New Zealand due to their superior quality and are extendable by 42m each, in 6m increments. That’s not including your pagoda chill out area or sophisticated pop-up cocktail bar. A small fete pagoda is a great low-cost option if you need a bit of extra square-footage to house the catering team, too. If you’re not into self restraint, the right wedding marquee will give you complete freedom over your guest list.
  3. 3. A room with a view. You’ve finally bagged that venue you’ve always dreamed of… So make the most of it! Really make your surroundings a focal point of the celebrations by choosing open sides or clear walls for your wedding marquee. Picture panoramic views of your dream location whilst you and your guests toast to the happy couple. Does your wedding fantasy involve dinner under the stars? Less Lady & The Tramp and more Montague & Capulet - our brand new Clearspan marquees are about to become the hottest new wedding trend this year, if we do say so ourselves! Delightful in spring and summer, make the most of the outdoors with minimum risk to those certainly-not-spray-tans.

We could go on… Looking for your perfect wedding marquee? Book an appointment at our open weekend on 9th and 10th June near Dumfries to see our gorgeous marquees in the flesh.

Get in touch with us to make an appointment and let’s talk about your dream wedding!

Queensberry Events Real Wedding Profile - Stuart & Angie

Katy Coltart - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stuart and Angie Burgess got married in a marquee from Queensberry Events on their farm in New Abbey, in Dumfries and Galloway, on May 21, 2016. They are now looking forward to the birth of their first child, due on their first wedding anniversary!

Wedding romance…

S: We were at school together. The first time I ever met Angie was when her mum was dropping her brother off at cubs but we didn't speak to each other – we were about seven or eight. Then we were at secondary school together.

A: We got together at our friend's wedding in 2014.

Local attractions…

S: We wanted something that was quite personal to us. We are right next to Sweetheart Abbey, and Criffel, so it was like a ready-made site for a marquee.

A: We found that locally, the venues are quite small and split into different rooms, so we thought it would be nice to keep everyone all together and then nobody would miss out on any chats throughout the night. We thought it would be nice to have it at home and outside. It was in the field behind the cottage, and you can see Sweetheart Abbey, Waterloo Monument and Criffel so it's a really nice background for it.

Path to true love…

A: We had 120 people through the day and another 100 at night, so we got a 12x30m marquee with a wooden floor, with clear walls along the front and along one side, so you can see the monument, Criffel, the Abbey and the fields.

S: We had a path from the field gateway to the marquee door lit up with festoon lights so people knew where to go, and the path was lined with pro-floor to stop muddy shoes and heels sinking into the grass – it did a great job as it had been so wet the day before.

Picture perfect…

A: We got married down at Southwick Church at 1pm, then went to Carsethorn, where I'm from and got some pictures done down on the beach, came here and got a few in front of Sweetheart Abbey, and then headed to the marquee for the meal.

Helping hands…

A: We had some help from friends and we had help from my friend Hannah Jamieson, who owns a company called Silver Events she came and did the tables and all the napkins, and brought us a lovely postbox to put all our mail in. We did the table decorations by ourselves. For the table centrepieces we got my bridesmaid's husband to cut up little logs and we got little baby-size green wellies and filled them with flowers from Donna Craig at Darling Buds in Castle Douglas. The wellies came in handy because we gave them to some of the kids afterwards!

Getting creative…

A: We had the marquee from the Wednesday to the Monday which gave us a day or two before the wedding to get everything set up.

S: Because it's a marquee it's a bit more work for yourself, but it's as much work as as you wanted it to be, really.

A: On the morning of your wedding, decorating is the last thing you want to be thinking about. It was so good to have the extra time. We were still in it the night before though – I think we could have got carried away and went on forever!

S: It was quite handy that the marquee was still there on the day after the wedding so we had a BBQ.

Planning made easy…

A: Will [Duncan of Queensberry Events] had some templates on his website that we looked at, so that was good. That helped us decide where we were going to put the tables. We had the bar area in the marquee itself, so we got his whisky barrels for people when they were standing at the bar – that worked really well. The Steamboat Inn from Carsethorn did the bar and they did a great job!

Natural and rustic…

A: Everything was quite rustic. We did our invites by ourselves with craft card and Stuart's tartan on it, the Douglas tartan. The flowers were things like thistles. The style wasn't exactly "thrown together", but nothing was perfect. We had bunting round the edge of the marquee and big milk churns at the entrance.

S: It was kind of farmery, with the wellies on the tables.

Dress to impress…

A: Colour-wise, our bridemaids were in pink and the napkins on the tables were tied with pink bows, and the flower girls had gold sequenced dresses on. My dress was gold underneath with an ivory overlay from Charlotte Boyd.

S: We rented our Blue Arrochar tweed jackets and Modern Douglas tartan kilts from Stewart Highland Falkirk.

A: Our wedding date was actually picked by when my make-up artist was free! Hannah Mason did my make-up and Sonya McQueen at the White House Hair Salon did my hair.

Almost blown away…

A: The weather the whole of the night before couldn't have been any worse, it was awful. It was so windy, it was blowing a gale.

S: The next morning I was awake at 4am and up checking the marquee, but there was nothing to worry about - it was absolutely fine. And then the weather came good and it was sunny!

A: It turned out to be a beautiful day.

Good food and great beats…

S: The Green Tea Room did the catering for the main meal. Angie's mum did a massive evening buffet and she also made the cake – she has her own cafe in Dalbeattie called DeCaff.

A: We had a band called Fortebeat, from Airdrie, and they were great. We were so lucky to find them. We got engaged on September 1, and the week after that we went on holiday and literally spent the whole week planning because we knew we wanted to do it quite quickly, with us being into shows with the horses and cows etc, so we wanted to have it before show season. All the bands we knew were already booked so we went to a night at the Lochside House Hotel where Fortebeat were showcasing and just booked them that night because they were so good.

S: They did a great range of music from all the eras. I don't think they had played in a marquee before but they had such a good time they played for an extra hour and the place was bouncing! Everybody was up dancing.

Paradise for kids…

A: It was great for the kids – they were playing in the long grass with the sashes off the end of the pews at the church, using them as ribbons. It was lovely to get photos of that. You didn't need to worry about them, you could see them all the time through the windows.

Plotting the future…

S: We would definitely recommend a marquee wedding, there was something that was just so nice about getting it ready for the wedding.

A: It did exactly what we wanted - it kept everyone together. We have had quite a few people come and say to us how much they loved our wedding that are now getting married, and they are looking into marquee weddings as well, but they are not as lucky as us to have a plot on our back doorstep!

What we actually hired from Queensberry Event Hire:

12x30m Queensberry Wedding Marquee French Doors, suspended wooden flooring throughout, Ivory roof, wall and pole linings, 42m of panoramic clear walls with 3 Montreux chandeliers on dimmer controls. And fairy light canopy over dance floor. Two 30kva generators; luxury toilet block, 6x6m cater tent, 160 chiavari chairs, 16 5.6ft round tables, 2 lime wash bar units, 10 6ft tables, PA system, space heater, 100m pro floor, 25 shepherds hooks, 100m of festoon lights

Blog: Claire Henderson

Photo Credits: Craig Dawson,