As a country, the UK is well known for it's historical buildings, and none of these could possibly match a castle wedding. If you are wanting a beautiful 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 on your special day.
Castle wedding venues are perfect for you if:
- You would like a fairytale wedding
- You're a big fan of history
- You don’t want to do a huge amount of decorating
- You would like some spectacular photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
FAQ on Castle Wedding Venues in Central Scotland
Can I have a civil ceremony at a castle wedding venue?
Most castle wedding venues in Central Scotland will have a civil ceremony license, enabling couples to be legally wed in one of their rooms or in the grounds. If you want to marry in the castle grounds, contact the venue to make sure they have an outdoor ceremony license. If your chosen castle venue isn't licensed for civil ceremonies, then you can always enquire about having your wedding ceremony at a registry office or having a humanist ceremony, before having an unforgettable wedding reception at the castle.
Will I be able to have a religious wedding ceremony at a castle venue in Central Scotland?
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. When making your enquiry with your chosen castles make sure you ask whether it is possible to have a religious wedding ceremony on site.
Are there many castles in Central Scotland that are easily accessible for wheelchairs
If you are looking for a wedding venue that has easy access for wheelchairs, then you will be astonished by how accessible castle venues can be. Most castles will be a tourist attraction in their local area and is therefore important that wheelchair users can be accommodated. Although, you may find that there may be areas of the castle that are unsuitable. Be sure to ask your venues ahead of time if accessibility is top of your priorities list.
How much will it cost to hire a castle for our wedding venue?
Castle wedding venues in Central Scotland can be surprisingly affordable. Even huge palaces and historical monuments don’t always need a mammoth wedding budget, so it’s always worth enquiring. For couples on smaller budgets and hoping to save money on their castle wedding in Central Scotland, then opting for a midweek package or marrying in an off-peak season is a brilliant way to cut costs.
Will there be limitations on decorating a castle wedding venue in Central Scotland?
Castles in Central Scotland are ideal for those not wanting to do much decorating at their wedding venue. After all, they’re often sumptuously decorated in the first place. With striking artwork, historic suits of armour and unique architecture, a castle's original decor is impossible to reproduce. However, as they’re often listed buildings, there may be restrictions as to how you can decorate. Many castles will not allow paper confetti and you may be restricted on whether you can hang decorations or bunting.
What themes work for a castle wedding venue in Central Scotland?
A classic fairytale wedding theme is perfect for a castle venue. Think horse-drawn carriages, ball gown wedding dresses, shimmering chandeliers and deep red roses 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 in Central Scotland often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and a fabulous medieval feast will have your wedding guests in love with your castle wedding.
We also find that Christmas is a beautiful time for your 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!