Abbey weddings will continue

Wedding ceremonies are here to stay at Arbroath Abbey.
Wedding ceremonies are here to stay at Arbroath Abbey.

Local couples will be able to continue to make their own love declarations at Arbroath Abbey after a new decision by Historic Scotland.

In 2012, the Arbroath Herald/Guide & Gazette revealed that the local landmark had stopped offering the site as a wedding venue.

But after a campaign was mounted in the Herald and Gazette and by the Arbroath Abbey Action Group (AAAG), weddings were re-instated by Abbey custodians, Historic Scotland, for a year-long trial period until March of this year.

But on Tuesday, Harry Ritchie, chairman of the Abbey Action Group, received the news that the Abbey would be continuing to offer its wedding services to couples into the near future.

And now Mr Ritchie is hoping potential newlyweds will consider the Abbey in their wedding planning to ensure the venue stays available to those wanting to use it.

He explained: “This is really good news as we seek to encourage greater usage and awareness of the Abbey.

“I think Historic Scotland deserve credit for this decision which demonstrates their commitment to fully realising the potential of the site in a wide variety of ways.

“It would be fair to say that whilst, on the back of the public awareness campaign mounted by AAAG, interest in holding weddings at the Abbey has increased, but is still short of the levels we would all wish.

“So I would encourage anyone planning a wedding in the next year or two to give serious consideration to having Arbroath Abbey as a backdrop to the service.”

More information on holding a wedding at Arbroath Abbey can be found by accessing the Historic Scotland website.