As a country, the UK is well known for it's historical buildings, and none of these is more magical than a castle. For those hoping for the ultimate fairytale wedding day, then a castle wedding venue is the best location to get married. From tall stone turrets to Gothic architecture and banqueting halls, having a castle wedding is the ideal way to feel like royalty on your special day.
A castle wedding venue is ideal for couples who:
- 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 Devon
Can we have our civil ceremony in a castle wedding venue?
Most castle wedding venues in Devon will have a civil ceremony license, allowing you to get married legally 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 aren't able to hold civil wedding ceremonies, then you can always enquire about holding your ceremony at a register office or having a humanist ceremony, prior to hosting your wedding reception at the castle.
Can castle wedding venues in Devon facilitate religious ceremonies?
Many castles have a 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 discussing your wedding with your preferred castles, be sure to find out if having a religious ceremony is possible at that specific castle in Devon.
Are any castles in Devon wheelchair friendly?
If you are looking for a wedding venue that has easy access for wheelchairs, then you will be impressed by how accessible castle venues can be. Due to most castles in Devon being local tourist attractions, 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.
What is the cost of hiring a castle wedding venue?
Castle wedding venues in Devon can be surprisingly affordable. Even huge palaces and historical monuments don’t always need a mammoth wedding budget, so it’s always worth enquiring. If you are looking to save money on your castle wedding and are having to stick to a budget, then opting for a midweek package or marrying in an off-peak season is a brilliant way to cut costs.
Will there be restrictions on decorating a castle venue in Devon?
Castles in Devon 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. You may not be able to hang decorations or bunting, and many castles will not allow paper confetti.
What themes work for a castle wedding venue in Devon?
A classic fairytale wedding theme is ideal 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 in Devon 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 an ideal time of year for your castle wedding is at Christmas, 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!