GGs Yard Wedding Guide - Everything you should know in 2021.
Here is our GGs Yard Wedding guide with everything you should know about planning your wedding or elopement at one of the most beautiful ba...
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GGs Yard Wedding Guide – Everything you should know in 2021.
Here is our GGs Yard Wedding guide with everything you should know about planning your wedding or elopement at one of the most beautiful barn wedding venues in Dumfries and Galloway.
I have photographed many GGs Yard weddings since this venue opened its doors in 2018. I created this guide to share everything I’ve learned about having the best wedding day ever at this beautiful venue. I’ll let you know how to book the venue, essential things to consider and exciting locations.
If you’ve landed here, chances are high you’re considering GGs Yard as your wedding location. However, are you ready to learn everything you need to know about having a wedding at GGs Yard in Dumfries and Galloway?
Where is GGs yard?
GGs Yard is in Dumfries and Galloway, Southwest Scotland. It is approximately 2 hours from Glasgow, 2.5 from Edinburgh and 3.5 from Manchester. The easiest way to the venue is by car. The closest train stations are Dumfries and Lockerbie, which are 45 minutes for Dumfries and an hour away from Lockerbie. Prestwick Airport is the closest at around one and a half hours away. Additionally, guests coming from Ireland can take the ferry to Cairnryan then follow the A75 to the venue!
Why choose GGs Yard for your wedding ceremony.
There are many options for wedding reception venues in Scotland, but none of them are quite as unique. In addition to being in one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland, GGs sits right on the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, . The venue sits on the hilltop overlooking the Solway Firth with rolling moorland hills behind you. Because of its location, you can see the Isle of man on a clear day and Ardwell Island just in front.
The venue is a 250-year-old converted barn meticulously restored bringing a rustic-luxe feel to the space. Keeping original brickwork and gigantic windows floor to ceiling throughout it feels welcoming and also light and airy.
People have compared it to the Western Isles of Scotland for its remote and rugged beauty all around. The owners Vicki & Duncan McConchie and all their staff are there to make sure you have the best wedding ever.
Of course, the location has lots of space with each one designed with your wedding in mind.
How many guests can ggs yard hold?
GGs Yard can hold up to 200 guests during the day with space for 350 total guests for the evening reception.
Spaces inside GGs yard wedding venue.
The bridal suite sits in its own nest above the ceremony wing. The suite has lots of space for all the bridal party to get ready in with lots of natural light. The venue doors are closed until just before the ceremony, allowing you to see how everything comes together.
If your partner is getting ready upstairs with the Bridal Party, you don’t have to feel left out! Why not sit in the cosy Whiskey snug room? Have a tipple or two before the ceremony and soak in everything that is going on.
The ceremony wing is a unique and long space, with seating for up to 200 guests it’s perfect for all weddings. Making your grand entrance down the staircase from the Bridal Suite. The top of the Aisle that’s directly beneath the beautiful floor to ceiling windows that flood the room with light. It has original stone walls, rustic exposed beams, and views overlooking the sea it’s a one-off ceremony location.
Choosing to get married in a less traditional location you can opt for GGs own Hilltop view. Overlooking Southwest Scotland in all its glory, you really can tie the knot on top of the world!
When you’re ready for your speeches and dinner, you will take your place in the Grand Gallery. The room will sit up to two hundred people, with a beautiful rustic-luxe barn look. The venue needs minimal decor as the building provides so much character itself. You can choose to go with round tables or banquet style. Top tip, place your top table underneath the magnificent stags head above the fireplace. The fireplace frames your top table perfectly for the speeches and lets you take advantage of those views!
Accommodation : Snugs
Lastly, GGs Yard has on-site accommodation with 18 beautiful snugs. They have views of the sea, some with hot tubs and each decorated with a beautiful theme. The venue has a cottage as well for someone needing a little more room. There is extra accommodation nearby dotted about nearby in Gatehouse of Fleet and Auchenleire Caravan Park.
Best timing for your wedding.
Firstly, to make this super clear if you want to have your wedding at GGs, I suggest you check availability. It’s an incredibly popular venue, so popular they get lots of mid-week weddings too. Weekends are in high demand, now filling up for Summer 2022 weddings.
Southwest Scotland has very changeable weather like the whole west coast, but the most settled months are (May-June) (Sep-October). This is not a guarantee for good weather! Weddings any time of the year here are incredible. The hilltop is bright, luscious green in the summer with lots of ferns and heather strewed across the hill. When winter sets in those ferns die off giving it a golden colour.
Amazing Locations for your couples photos.
One of my favourite parts of any wedding day is your couples photo session. I always make sure that we work as quickly maximising the locations and having the most fun possible!
GGs has two central photo opportunity locations: Hilltop or Beach.
Hilltop – My favourite of the two, because I live for the hills. The views at the top are a double-whammy. With the rolling fields and sea view behind you or turn 180 degrees, you face into the hillside. The interior view of the rolling hills is beautiful and feels so sparse and remote, almost like Glencoe. If the sun is out, you can usually grab a picture-perfect sunset any time of the year.
Beach – Likewise Mossyard beach is only a 5-10 minute drive from the venue. Be sure to weather adequate footwear for the beach. The beach has a beautiful view overlooking the Irish Sea, with lots of rocky outcrops. If you and your partner love walks along the beach, then this location is a must for you.
Furthermore, there are also lots of amazing little photo locations across the venue, including the beautiful patio area behind the ceremony wing. Nevertheless GGs comes alive in the evening with lots of fairy lights, creating a fantastic backdrop for darker photos. For anyone planning a winter wedding, the sunsets directly over the sea!
Why should you consider booking GGs?
There are many reasons why you should books GGs Yard for your wedding. but here are some of my top reasons:
Firstly, it can hosts up to 200-day guests with 350 for the evening reception.
Secondly, it’s family-run venue, with customer service at its heart.
Exclusive use in beautiful surroundings.
Killer locations for your couples pictures.
Lastly, it’s an incredible space for live entertainment.
Are you convinced that you should have your wedding ceremony at GGs Yard yet? Here is a link to their website.
Do you want to get married at GGs Yard?
Lastly, If you’re ready to plan your own wedding or elopement at GGs Yard, I would love to help you capture the big day. Get in touch and let’s make it happen! I have had the pleasure to have shot over 20 weddings in the venue so I know everything like the back of my hand. Be sure to check out a few galleries of beautiful Weddings I have shoot at GGs Below!
Cameron captured our wedding day in an effortless natural style, blending emotion, intimacy and authenticity to create images and memories that will last us a lifetime. His support, reassurance and confidence allowed us to relax on the day and from the first time we met him we knew he would contribute in a professional yet personal way. Cameron’s wedding photos are the gift that keep on giving and I cannot thank him enough for giving us everlasting memories of an amazing day that you can’t quite absorb at the time. - Claire & Alan.
We knew after a quick coffee, he was the one to capture our wedding day. He listened to what we did/didn’t want, gave us a good idea as to what to expect on the day and kept in touch right through the planning process. On the day, he more than our photographer, he was helping organising us all, keeping our daughter entertained to name a few. Cameron was the photographer at my cousins wedding prior to ours so the whole family knew him and really feel he made such an effort to get to know us all. - Kate & Chris.
Anyone getting married or needing professional photos should give Cameron a call!! This guy is a proper gentleman who was willing to listen to what we were looking for and capture all the magical moments of our wedding. He came highly recommended to us and we would never hesitate in recommending him to anyone. Vicki & Ally.
It was so great to have Cameron capturing our wedding. We were initially unsure about having a wedding photographer as we were worried about taking time away from our guest etc. but after speaking to Cameron he reassured us it wouldn't be intrusive on the day and he was absolutely right! He's also a lovely guy. Rebecca & Alan.
Received our wedding pictures today from Cammy, I was going to write this review before I got my pictures because I already knew they would be amazing. He is so much more than a photographer, I can’t recommend him enough! On our day he helped so much getting everyone organised and helped with so many little things that we never even thought blown! He was extremely organised and kept us calm and relaxed the whole day. Our pictures are absolutely beautiful, I can’t stop looking at them! From the day we initially met him to book right through until dropping our pictures off he couldn’t do enough for us, had so many personal touches and was just so friendly and helpful! If I could only recommend one supplier from our whole day it would 100% be Cammy!! Look no further than Hemera Visuals!
We chose Cameron to photograph our wedding back in April this year and it was the best decision we made, Cameron made us feel so comfortable through out the whole day and was great with our son also! Nothing was a bother to him and we had great laughs along the way! Have already recommend to a few of our friends soon to be married too! Thank you again Cameron! We loved every photo!! Charlotte & Callum.
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