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Learn more about one of our stunning venues in this interview with Selina Van Hagen, Sales Manager at the gorgeous Edinburgh Zoo.

This interview has first appeared on Elegant Wedding Venues.

Elegant Wedding Venues: Hello Selina, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. Please tell us about the Mansion House and Edinburgh Zoo. What makes this venue so unique?

Selina Van Hagen: That it is set in the middle of a Zoo! With over 200 years of history steeped in tradition, the Mansion House is the striking centrepiece to Edinburgh Zoo. It is a place where the sights and sounds of the animals and beautiful 80 acres of gardens bring your senses alive.

EWV: Being set in the middle of a Zoo certainly does make it unique! What do guest LOVE about this venue?

SVH: What couples love most about getting married at the Zoo is having exclusive use of the house to design each room to the needs and requirements for their day. Flexibility in our packages also means that couples can design their day to suit them. The zoo around the house is an added bonus and makes for wonderful pictures! Some of our brides have even been lucky enough to lead the Penguin Parade – you can’t beat that for a photo opportunity.

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Every couple is individual and being able to design the day to suit them is fantastic, something a lot of venues cannot offer. Furthermore having a Zoo around the house, what other added bonus can you want?! How important do you think the catering is for weddings?

SVH: Good quality, delicious catering is definitely high on the list of couple’s requirements. Here at the Zoo we have wonderful set wedding menus, but are also open to any suggestions that the couple may have for their wedding breakfast. For example we served fish and chips and an ice cream cart for a wedding breakfast a while ago! We are also moving away from the traditional evening buffets of bacon rolls onto more exciting street food options such as build your own burger stations and our Mexican food cart.

EWV: Sounds like Edinburgh Zoo have the catering covered! What type of Wedding packages do you offer?

SVH: We have three main packages starting from £80 per person. We have designed these packages to be simple and inclusive of what we found couples were requesting. The packages include more as they go up in price. For example our Lord Salvesen package at £110 per person includes everything from canapés and drinks to a Piper! This package is great as it means we can organise a lot of the main details on the couple’s behalf, leaving them to spend more time on the personalised detail of the day. We also have an all-inclusive winter and Sunday wedding package.

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EWV: That is a fantastic offering of packages, this allows more couples the opportunity to have their ‘big day’ at the stunning Edinburgh Zoo. What is the biggest thing you have learnt about weddings?

SVH: That no two weddings are the same and every wedding is unique to the couple. Couples have complete flexibility in terms of menus, set up or décor and timings meaning that they have full input into their special day. Exclusive use of the venue also means that the Mansion House is home for the day!