As a country, the UK is famous for it's 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 ideal place to get married. From impressive feasting halls to tall stone towers and Gothic architecture, having a castle wedding is the perfect way to feel like royalty for your big day.
A castle wedding venue is just the thing 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 would like unique photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
Castle Wedding Venues in East London - Frequently Asked Questions
Can we have our civil ceremony in a castle wedding venue?
Most castle wedding venues in East London 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, then contact the venue to check they hold a license for outdoor ceremonies. If your chosen castle venue aren't licensed 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 I have a religious ceremony at a castle wedding venue in East London?
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! You may find that if your castle venue doesn't have a church or chapel on site, then there may be one not too far away. 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 castle wedding venues in East London that are wheelchair friendly?
If you are looking for a wheelchair friendly wedding venue, then you may be surprised by how accessible castle venues can be. Due to most castles in East London 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.
How much do castle wedding venues cost to hire?
You may be surprised at how affordable a castle wedding venue in East London can be. Even huge palaces and historical monuments don’t always need an enormous wedding budget, so it’s always worth enquiring. For those on a strict budget and need to save money on your castle wedding, then opting for a midweek package or marrying in an off-peak season is a brilliant way to cut costs.
Do castle wedding venues in East London have limitations on decorating?
Castles in East London 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 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. There may be limitations on hanging decorations, with many castles unable to allow paper confetti at all.
What themes work for a castle wedding venue in East London?
A classic fairytale wedding theme would be the ideal fit 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 East London often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and your guests will certainly enjoy a tasty medieval feast.
We also find that Christmas is an ideal time of year 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!