The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel, in Edinburgh has launched a unique Hybrid Wedding Experience, offering couples the chance to bring loved ones together with virtual guests in a newly designed celebration.

With an uncompromised guestlist connecting in-room and virtual guests, picturesque views of Edinburgh castle and bespoke bouquets, The Balmoral has ensured that despite current restrictions, special occasions can continue with a little imagination.

The Balmoral Hybrid Wedding Experience allows the couple to communicate directly with their virtual guests and see them in real-time as they tie the knot. Catering for up to 20, socially distanced in-room guests and up to 200 virtual guests from anywhere in the world, the hybrid wedding experience helps loved ones join you on your special day, from the comfort of their own home.

A fully interactive experience, virtual attendees can set the scene, dress up, pour a glass of Champagne and mingle with in-room guests and of course, toast the married couple. Dial-in guests will receive a personalised order of service and instructions to connect to the wedding party. For all those at home, a wedding favour gift box can be delivered ahead of the service, including Champagne and a slice of wedding cake, thoughtfully designed by The Balmoral’s very own pastry chef, delivered to doorsteps to ensure each guest can join the celebration in real-time. Couples can also opt to add a keepsake wedding favour from Edinburgh Jeweller and Silversmith, Hamilton & Inches or a whisky tasting from the hotel's very own Whisky Ambassador, who can cater to all guests, virtual and in the room.

With a present celebrant, the legal service can be fully personalised and broadcasted live to virtual guests who can each receive a recording of the experience. Ahead of their special day, couples will receive a one-to-one consultation with The Balmoral’s dedicated wedding planner and an expert technician, ensuring they rest assured that sound and visuals will be of the highest standard whilst they exchange their vows. The flexibility of the space allows couples to create a stunning bespoke backdrop to their ceremony, with a unique name and date visual and personal imagery surrounding them, all within the romantic setting of The Balmoral’s Holyrood Suite. Couples can also mark the occasion with breathtaking photography on the rooftop of the hotel, below the iconic clock tower and with the spectacular Edinburgh skyline in shot. 

Richard Cooke said: “With so many sadly having to postpone their weddings this year, we want to offer something to hopeful couples that celebrate their union, with a luxurious, unforgettable and truly personal day, without too much compromise on who can attend. While not everyone can be there in person, the ability for vast virtual dial-ins, means that no one will miss this special moment. We will ensure it is a cherished and unforgettable day - every detail will be taken great care of.”

For those looking to exchange vows in 2020 and beyond, or for those who have sadly postponed or canceled their wedding plans, the stunning venue offers an unforgettable day, right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. The Hybrid Wedding Experience at The Balmoral starts from £195 per person, based on 20 in-room guests.

To find out more or to book a future Hybrid Wedding Experience, please contact  The Balmoral’s existing wedding packages are still available: The Royal, The Balmoral & The Crown.

About The Balmoral

Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 187 contemporary rooms and opulent suites. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant as well as the hotel’s all-day dining venue Brasserie Prince. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at SCOTCH.

About Rocco Forte Hotels

Founded by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi in 1996, it is a collection of 15 luxury hotels and resorts with a unique character. All hotels are iconic addresses, both historic and modern, carved out of magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Run by a family that has been involved in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are characterized by a distinctive approach to service, which ensures guests experience the best of the destination and surrounding areas. Rocco Forte Hotels includes: Hotel de la Ville, Hotel de Russie, Rocco Forte House, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown's Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotels Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg. Next openings: Villa Igiea in Palermo and The Westbund Hotel in Shanghai in 2021.