Find Castle Wedding Venues
For a true fairytale wedding, you can't beat a castle wedding venue. Luckily, the UK is home to hundreds of beautiful castles, all of which make for magical wedding venues. Pick your favourites below…
As a country, the UK is famous for our historical buildings, and none of these is more magical than a castle. If you want a romantic fairytale wedding day, then a castle wedding venue is the perfect place to tie the knot. From gothic fortresses to ivy-covered towers and feasting halls, having a castle wedding is the ideal way to feel like royalty for a day.
Castle wedding venues are perfect for you if:
You want a fairytale wedding
You're a big fan of history
You don’t want to do a huge amount of decorating
You want some incredible photo opportunities
You're flexible with your ceremony times
Most castle wedding venues will have a civil ceremony license, which will allow you to legally marry in one of their rooms or in the grounds. If you do want to marry in the castle grounds, be sure to check that the venue has an outdoor ceremony license too. If your chosen castle venue doesn’t have a civil ceremony license, then you can always enquire about holding your ceremony at a register office or having a humanist ceremony, before hosting your wedding reception at the castle. Most castles have large spaces that are perfect for banquets and dances, so bigger weddings aren’t often a problem.
Often, castles have their own chapel or church on site, which is where its inhabitants would have religious services. This means that you may be able to have a religious wedding ceremony without leaving the castle grounds! If there isn’t a church or chapel on site, then there may be one close by. Be sure to ask your chosen venues when enquiring about religious ceremonies to find out if this is a possibility.
If you need a wheelchair friendly wedding venue, then you may be surprised by how accessible castle venues can be! As many castles also act as tourist attractions for their local area, it’s important that wheelchair users can be accommodated. However, there may be steep towers or areas where this isn’t possible. Be sure to ask your venues ahead of time if accessibility is top of your priorities list.
You may be surprised at how affordable a castle wedding venue can be! Even huge palaces and historical monuments don’t always need a royal wedding budget, so it’s always worth enquiring. If you’re on a tight budget and want to save money on your castle wedding, then opting for a midweek package or marrying on an off-peak season is a brilliant way to cut costs.
Castles are perfect for couples who don’t want to do lots of decorating at their wedding venue. After all, they’re often sumptuously decorated in the first place! With incredible artwork, hanging tapestries, candelabra and suits of armour, castle decor is hard to replicate. However, as they’re often listed buildings, there may be restrictions as to how you can decorate. You may not be able to hang decorations or bunting, and many castles will not allow paper confetti.
A classic fairytale wedding theme works wonderfully for a castle venue. Think horse-drawn carriages, ball gown wedding dresses, roses and sparkling chandeliers and you have the perfect castle wedding theme.
If you’re a history lover, then a medieval wedding theme is also perfect for a castle. Castles often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and your wedding guests will love a delicious medieval banquet.
We also find that Christmas is the perfect time to have a castle wedding, as castles are often richly decorated for Christmas with candles, trees and traditional touches. Take advantage and have a beautiful winter wedding in a castle!
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