The Cow Shed Crail – Such An Amazing Rustic Space To Create Your Dream Wedding

by Michelle

The Cow Shed Crail is a traditional farm steading sitting on the outskirts of the beautiful fishing village of Crail. Just 15 minutes drive from the historic town of St Andrews.

The Cow Shed retains many characterful original features alongside on trend contemporary touches providing you with a ‘blank canvas’ venue which oozes that kind of shabby chic charm that’s so incredibly popular amongst couples looking to create their own unique, relaxed yet elegant wedding day.

Image Source: Claire Fleck Photography

The Cow Shed can be dressed in any style you wish, but it really comes into it’s own when styled with a rustic, boho, vintage vibe, a quick scroll down through the gorgeous photos below will attest to this.

With such a flexible and charming venue just waiting to be enjoyed, we’ll pass you over to the team at The Cow Shed now to tell you more.

Tell us about your venue

The Cow Shed Crail is a beautiful DIY Venue set in the East Neuk of Fife.  We are located 10 miles from St Andrews and just outside the historic fishing village of Crail.

The venue has 3 unique spaces inside which allow for a flexible venue in both summer and winter.  The Workshop and Barn offer high ceilings, original wooden beams, original stonework and plenty of light.

Image Source: Claire Fleck Photography

The steading marquee is a magnificent space with a marquee roof but lovely stone walls.

The courtyard is perfect for your drinks reception in the summer months.  A blank canvas that looks great as it is, or can be dressed up with fairy lights, festoon lights, flowers, ribbons, round tables, rectangle tables, the list is endless and the choice is yours!

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?


Claire Fleck

Image Source: Claire Fleck Photography

Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?

Yes – you get exclusive access from 10am the day before your wedding until 3pm the day after.

 Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?

The Barn can take 150 for a ceremony, the marquee can seat up to 230 but 150 still leaving space for a dance floor without having to clear tables away later.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

We just offer the venue as it is a DIY venue, however we do have a list of fantastic suppliers who can put packages together for you if you dont’ want to look after all the details.

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?

No – we have a list of recommended suppliers but you do not have to use them.  Couples are free to choose their own caterers.

Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?

Yes – if you plan to sell alcohol you must obtain the relevant license.  As a venue we do not charge corkage.

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?

Couples can choose their own wedding entertainment, however we do have an in house sound system that we like bands to use.

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Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?

Yes, we have self catering cottages which are walking distance (some only 50m from the venue).  We can sleep up to 40 within walking distance.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?

No – we provide a point of contact at all times in case of any issues but they do not coordinate the day for you.

How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?

10am the day before the wedding.

Image Source: Claire Fleck Photography

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

Absolutely – we have the outside courtyard, an outside garden area with spectacular views over the firth of Forth.  You also have access to any of the surrounding fields.

Image Source: Claire Fleck Photography

A short drive away you can find the beautiful Crail Harbour or some lovely beaches.

Image Source: Duke Photography

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?

To go with their gut instinct – in addition, make sure you look at photos of past weddings to help you get a feel of the different looks you can achieve in the space.

Suzanne Black

Image Source: Suzanne Black Photography

No two weddings are the same so you really can make the venue exactly how you want, looking at previous weddings helps to get the creative juices flowing!

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?

Horse drawn cart arriving to surprise the bride, the smells of some delicious street food catering, seeing the marquee transformed with the most magical lights and ribbons/flowers and hearing the bagpipes always sends a shiver down my spine.

Image Source: Suzanne Black Photography


All images courtesy of The Cow Shed Crail

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