Couple book wedding in unfinished venue

MOST brides-to-be have enough to worry about planning colour schemes, buying favours and hoping that the new in-laws won’t fall out on the big day.

But one woman has taken her matrimonial stress levels to another level by planning a wedding in a venue that won’t be completed until just days before the ceremony.

And to make matters worse, it’s also 370 miles from her home.

Megan Crofts and her fiancé Eric Hewlett will become the first couple to marry in a new venue being created by the Royal College of Surgeons when they celebrate their nuptials on May 23. But the venue has yet to be completed, with workmen still on-site.

Miss Crofts, a former James Gillespie’s High pupil, booked the venue months ago, despite never having had the chance to take a tour round it, picturing exactly where the ceremony will take place, where the cake will be cut and where the first dance will get under way. But the bride-to-be insisted she was confident everything would go to plan on the big day.

Miss Crofts, who now lives a six-and-a-half-hour drive away in Bristol, said: “It may seem a little risky to book a wedding in a venue that we haven’t yet seen and is so far from home, but the team at the venue have made everything so easy, so we know we are in excellent hands.

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“Of course, some aspects of the planning have been difficult, for example, figuring out flowers and themes was a little tricky because we haven’t seen the interior or any colour scheme.”

Miss Crofts, who is a doctor, added: “Living so far away has also been a little tricky but the team at the venue have been great at liaising with my parents.”

It won’t be the first time the family have celebrated at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Miss Crofts’ father, who worked as a surgeon at 
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons.

She said: “A retirement party was held for my dad at the Royal College and it was such a stunning setting that I always had it in mind as a potential wedding venue.

“When we heard of the new venue was under construction, we asked the co-ordinators to show us the plans and after a few sneak peeks of the space during its renovation, we could really see the venue’s potential as the ideal setting for our wedding.”

The new conference and events venue is a three-floor former languages school on Hill Place, in the Southside. It will be accessed via a pillared entrance opposite the Festival Theatre and will sit between the Playfair Hall and the Quincentenary Conference Hall.

Scott Mitchell, the College’s commercial director, added: “We are thrilled to have a wedding already booked at the new venue, it is the perfect start for us and we’ll be doing everything we possibly can to make sure it gives the perfect start to Megan and Eric’s marriage.”

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