Edinburgh World Heritage

Assembly Rooms - I do

As you are sitting enjoying your meal, it is not hard to imagine that this spectacular room was the perfect setting for blossoming love and romance.

On 21 November 1953, Robert and Elizabeth Blance, affectionately known as Bob and Elma, had their wedding reception within the Edinburgh suite.

Describing life during the 1950’s Bob remembered the post-war years could be dull and drab. Bob had a job as porter at the Festival Club (now Jamie Oliver’s restaurant where you sit now). Elma  was employed as a secretary to the City Chamberlain. Bob’s job  in the Assembly Rooms meant he was lucky to be allowed to rent the space for his own wedding.Without this discount a wedding in such a grand building as here wouldn’t have been possible.

The Assembly Rooms was an “important part of Edinburgh social life” and to attend an event here, as Elma said, was “certainly a very special occasion.” None more so than their wedding day. The magical glittering chandeliers and open fires set the scene, and Bob remembers the Assembly Rooms in all its glory as a “fairyland.” Almost sixty years have passed since that special day but Elma vividly recalls a dear friend saying to her, “Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a couple enjoy their wedding day so much Elma!”

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