Popular wedding venue uses pioneering 3D tour tech to allow couples to virtually 'visit' before booking

Newhall Estate in Carlops, Midlothian, has long been a popular choice for weddings and special occasions, but was one of the many venues across Scotland hit hard by the travel and event restrictions brought in to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Newhall Estate's virtual tours technology will let couples explore the popular wedding venue with state of the art 3D captures and renditions of furnishings, layouts, fixtures and views

Now, the Midlothian wedding venue has overcome the obstacles for couples looking for their ideal spot to tie the knot, with new technology letting couples virtually ‘visit’ their venue and plan their weddings online using pioneering virtual tour technology.

Newhall Estate has deployed 3D technology, built on Matterport developed by Scottish firm 360 Virtual Studios, to allow couples the chance to scope out the venue and realise its potential as a wedding venue despite the limits of lockdown.

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Prospective customers will be able to use the technology to explore detailed and realistic renditions of the space and its specifications, with the self-guided tour technology letting them to so at their own pace and from all angles.

Director at Newhall Estate Jak Kennedy said: “This technology has given couples the confidence to book our venue without seeing it in person and has been a crucial element helping to keep us afloat during the pandemic.

“It allows us to make best use of time because staff and customers no longer have to make multiple visits to check the layouts and measurements as it is all available in exact detail at any time online.

“Our interactive floor plan has been a game changer for couples organising sleeping arrangements for the main house and has helped people plan for guests with specific requirements.”

Michelle Milnes, founder of 360 Virtual Studios, said: “It is fantastic to hear how powerful this has been for Newhall Estate. We’ve proven beyond all doubt is that this technology does far more than showcasing properties for sale.

“This is just the beginning. On the strength of what we have achieved here, we have now launched 360 Virtual Studios aimed specifically at galleries, exhibition spaces, venues and specialist retailers. The potential is incredible.”

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