The 14+ Most Popular St Andrews Wedding Venues

St Andrews wedding venues

St Andrews wedding venue – where to get married?

This small seaside town known for being the home to the oldest university in Scotland, and also the home of golf. Many international students met their partners while attending the St Andrews University, so it is nothing unusual to travel back to Scotland to get married. And so is St Andrews a vey popular destination for weddings and a home to one of best wedding venues in Scotland.

The town is quite small and you can get to the major attractions within walking distance so choosing St Andrews wedding venue for hosting both a ceremony and a reception, seems like a great idea. There is a list of popular places in the town:

St Salvator’s Chapel

Founded in 1450, this gothic chapel is one of two collegiate chapels belonging to the University of St Andrews. To get married in the St Salvators Chapel, one of the parties must have a connection to the university of St Andrews or the local area. This makes St Salvator’s Chapel wedding a very unique experience.

The chapel is perfect for wedding photos, there is a sheltered space at the back I use a lot for family group photos. The lawn is a popular photo location too with College Halls in the background.

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Anna and Mike leaving St Salvators Chapel as a married couple.

Lower and Upper College Halls

Located in St Salvator’s Quad, just across from the Chapel, Lower College Hall is a great venue for a wedding reception. It can accommodate up to 152 guests. Upper College Hall can be reached via a grand staircase, and is a suitable for the evening reception and dancing. It can host wedding ceremonies too. The lawn in the front of the halls is always well maintained. With stunning chapel in the background, it is a location for many wedding photos.

Located in the heart of the town, it is probably the most convenient St Andrews wedding venue.

Check their website for more information.

Guests mingling outside the Lower College Halls in St Andrews.

Old Course Hotel

Know also as a golf resort & spa, the hotel is a luxurious resort overlooking the Old Course and West Sands Beach. This iconic hotel is a home to weddings too and is offering a range of spaces. The light filled conservatory can sit 190 guests while The Ballroom can accommodate 130 people for a dinner. The hotel got a new extension recently, the Hall of Champions, which can host 450 guests.

Wedding packages here.

A view from the Old Course Hotel over a golf course in St Andrews. German speaking humanist conducting wedding ceremony at the Old Course Hotel.

Forgan’s St Andrews

Possibly the most modern wedding venue in St Andrews. Think more of a restaurant with quirky industrial look! Forgan’s is located only 3 minute walk from the St Salvator’s Chapel, it is worth considering as a wedding reception venue.  It offers spaces suitable for small weddings for up to 48 guests or bigger events for 140 people. If you are not into traditional venues, Forgan’s is good alternative.

Forgan’s website


Rufflets Hotel

Rufflets is a luxury hotel located a short drive from the town. This dog friendly hotel offers a range of suites, bedrooms, cottages, lodges and even shepherds huts! Nestled in 10 acres of private grounds, there is a plenty locations for wedding photos at Rufflets. The Drawing Room can host small weddings for up to 24 guests  while Garden Suite can host 150 guests. You can have both indoor or outdoor ceremony at Rufflets and the venue is pretty flexible with last minute arrangements.

Rufflets Hotel 

Wedding venues near St Andrews

These are out of town venues, located close to the main road they are very accessible for travelling wedding guests. Some provide on-site accommodation, and some are just 10 minute drive from the town.

St Andrews wedding barn – quirky farm conversions

Let me say this: you won’t find more wedding barns in any other area in Scotland. St Andrews wedding barns are really cool venues with easy access to the beach and outstanding views to the sea.

Kinkell Byre

Kinkell is the oldest barn venue. This large converted farm building has an easy access to the coast. Beautiful red doors make a lovely backdrop for the photos. There are two spaces suitable for a wedding ceremony and Kinkell offers onsite accommodation too.

Sophie and Kenny in various locations at their wedding at the Kinkell Byre, St Andrews wedding barn.

The Cowshed Crail

Probably the most impressive St Andrews wedding barn – and I must admit, I haven’t worked there yet! The Cowshed offers unique spaces – a barn, a marquee, a courtyard and a roundal. The steading marquee can seat up to 200 guests and there is onsite accommodation for 60 people.

Kincaple Farm

This is a new venue which includes a barn and luxury self catering holiday cottage. I would say it is most suitable venue for micro weddings. Kincaple Farm has a beautiful orchard which makes a great space for drinks reception and wedding photos. They also offer an indoor space,  The Shed,  which can host a dinner and dancing.

Hannah and Mike leaving Kincaple Farm's driveway while guests are throwing confetti. Wedding guests enjoying the evening reception at Kincaple Farm, one of wedding barns in St Andrews.

Falside Mill

Falside is one of the newest barn wedding venues near St Andrews. The venue can host up to 200 people for a wedding ceremony or up to 400 guests for a reception. There is a small courtyard too, really cool space for the evening reception. Check more photos from Falside Mill wedding.

Tables set up and decorated for a wedding at the Falside Mill near St Andrews.

The Rhynd

A cafe, event space and wedding venue all in one. The Rhynd can host wedding from 20 to up to 300 guests and the farmhouse can provide an accommodation for up to 9 people. This is another venue on my wish list !


St Andrews wedding venue – exclusive use

Exclusive use venues guarantee privacy during the event as well as security. Many venues will offer rooms for bride or groom to get ready in the morning as well as all inclusive accommodation for your wedding party. Choosing exclusive venue can also guarantee you won’t need to travel anywhere and can spend quality time with your guests.

Cambo Estate

Cambo Estate is my favourite venue near St Andrews. It has everything needed to create amazing wedding photos. The house, walled garden, woodlands and even a private beach! The courtyard at Cambo is a beautiful space for a meal and dancing with plenty of natural light. A dream for your St Andrews wedding photographer.

Cambo House. St andrews wedding venue , decorated for Izzy & Callum's wedding. Isabel and Callum saying vows at their outdoor ceremony at the Cambo Estate in July.

Kinnettles Mansion

Stunning mansion with a Victorian walled garden. Kinnettles is available for small gatherings and events and offers 8 beautiful decorated rooms. It has small home cinema too! The lawn outside the house can host an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Sonja doing the speech at her small wedding at Kinnettles Mansion, new St Andrews wedding venue. Wedding couple posing for their photos in the orchard at the Kinnettles Mansion.

Carphin House

Formerly known as Carphin by St Andrews, the venue got new owners in 2016 and went through transformation. Set in 15 acres of private land, it is suitable for micro weddings as well as bigger celebrations. The dining room can seat 20 guests while big weddings take place in Papakata teepees. I started my career as a wedding photographer by taking photos of weddings at Carphin so feel a bit nostalgic whenever I go back!


Crail Community Hall

Budget friendly St Andrews wedding venue, local community hall in Crail. This venue is perfect for couples with creative ideas and DIY skills. The venue can be decorated with the help of local suppliers. There is a lovely park in front of the hall suitable for drink receptions.

Cory & Joshua’s wedding in Crail

Cory and Josh having a moment during their wedding at the Crail Community Hall.

St Andrews Pictures – scouting best locations for your photos

If you are having a wedding in St Andrews and wondering where to go for your wedding photos, here are some of my ideas.

West Sands Beach

Really beautiful beach in St Andrews. Parking is very accessible and free and there is plenty of space on the beach so you can get away from the crowds. Depending on the light and wedding timings, I suggest going to the beach for your evening shoot.

Simone and James kissing during their photoshoot on the West Sands Beach in St Andrews.

St Andrews Harbour

A typical harbour in a Scottish fishing village, very picturesque. There is something magical about photos in the harbour with seagulls and lobster cages in the background. Harbours are usually busy but I like to take photos even when other people are walking around.

Lisa and Alex in the harbour on their St Andrews pre-wedding session.

St Andrews Cathedral

These cathedral ruins in St Andrews are very popular location for wedding photos. Time slots need to be booked in advance and the ruins were closed for the visitors for some time so check beforehand if you are planning to visit.

Fife coastal path

Starting from East Sands beach, this part of the coastal path includes various cliffs and rock formations, and you will need a bit more time to explore it fully.

Couple posing for their St Andrews pictures on the East Sands Beach.

Lower College lawn

The lawn just outside St Salvator’s Chapel is perfect for family group photos and couple shoot. There are usually a few tourists wandering around but it is a great space especially if you are getting married at the Chapel.

Couple walking towards St Salvators Chapel in St Andrews.

St Andrews weddings

I’ve photographed many St Andrews weddings over the years, let me share a few stories from the past.

Lisa & Alex’ wedding at the St Salvator’s Chapel & The Seafood Restaurant

Lisa & Alex have traveled for their Scottish wedding from Vienna. We met a month before for their engagement photos in St Andrews. The ceremony took place in St Salvators Chapel followed by drinks reception at Hotel du Vin. On the way to the restaurant, we stopped by the West Sands Beach to take some wedding photos. The meal took place at The Seafood Ristorante by the sea, very cute place with great food.

Wedding speeches in the Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews.

Hannah & Mark’s Kincapple wedding

Hannah & Mark traveled to St Andrews from London. Their sweet wedding ceremony was performed by Hannah’s mother. Drinks reception took place in the orchard, it was cool but dry. I really loved this small intimate venue and dancing in the small barn. Beautiful flowers were made by Jenny from Studio Seapink.

kincapple wedding orchard reception