Having considered several Scottish venues for our wedding in July of 2013, we decided on Glenbervie as it's location suited both sides of the wedding party, it looks stunning and, on the day, it would be exclusively ours. We visited the venue on an open day and were given a full tour of the hotel and the coach house and it is stunning - a great mixture of modern luxury and traditional style. The coach house is pretty special and offers spacious, and stylish additional accommodation a few hundred metres away from the main hotel.
We worked with Shona who guided us around the hotel and helped with our plans. We found her to be pleasant and professional and as long as both parties exchange information and expectations, there really should not be any issues. The venue contract for the booking seems a little formidable as it is used for corporate events as well as private functions, but we were relieved to find the staff were flexible with terms and allowed us to change some items with no fuss at all.
Although well versed in hosting weddings, we at no time felt as if we were on a wedding conveyor belt - and this was certainly the case on the day. The speed the staff do the turn-a-rounds is amazing and the venue looked just as we had hoped for our event. We were able to view every room prior to our booking and although the room layout plan we were given, to help with our allocation of guests, suggests some rooms are small, this is not the case. The plan is rubbish, the rooms are great!
The choice of food and drinks packages is extensive and you can mix and match as you please. There was never any pressure to upgrade, but advice was given as to what works best. Two small points here - the hotel charges for a menu tasting night which we thought, given the amount of money the hotel would be getting for the booking, was cheeky and we did not take them up on this offer. The other point was the high percentage of guests the hotel insisted we catered for at the evening BBQ (around 90%) although, on reflection, this cost is probably to cover the high number of staff that were there on the day to assist with the smooth running and efficient service. That being the case, it was money well spent.
The staff had an excellent "can-do" attitude and went out their way to help guests - providing extra sun shade and ensuring everyone was well fed and watered during the day.
The food was excellent - the evening BBQ was raved about too! However, breakfast is a little informal. This is due to the lack of a designated breakfast area and the need to turn the room around for the next event, however a little more thought could go a long way here. The service was good and the food was good but it just felt a little too informal and "make do". Or maybe that was due to the hangovers...
We had fantastic weather for our wedding and the venue really had a chance to shine - the outdoor seating area proved to be a perfect size. In terms of value for money - the venue is expensive but the level of service we received was excellent. The room prices are a little dear, especially if you are asking any guests, outwith the bridal party, to pay for their stay. Maybe the venue hire costs should be a little higher and the room costs lower? The cost of the coach house seems high initially, but it breaks down to a reasonable cost per room if you manage to occupy all of the bedrooms.
All things considered, I would heartily recommend Glenbervie as a wedding venue. The staff ensured our wedding was stress free and flowed well and our guests all enjoyed the venue.
- Also Known As:
- Glenbervie House Hotel Larbert, Scotland