As a country, the UK is well known for it's historical buildings, and none of these is more spectacular than a castle. If you want a unique fairytale wedding, then a castle wedding venue is the ideal place to say 'I do'. From impressive feasting halls to tall stone towers and Gothic architecture, having a castle wedding is the perfect way to feel like royalty on your wedding day.
A castle wedding venue is just the thing 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 want some incredible photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
FAQ on Castle Wedding Venues in South London
Can we have our civil wedding ceremony at a castle venue?
Most castle wedding venues in South London 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 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, prior to hosting your wedding reception at the castle.
Will I be able to have a religious wedding ceremony at a castle venue in South 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! If you are unable to find the right castle wedding venue with a chapel or church on site, then do have a look as there may be some near by. Be sure to ask your chosen venues when enquiring about religious ceremonies to find out if this is a possibility.
Is it easy to find castles in South London that will be wheelchair accessible?
If you are looking for a wedding venue that has easy access for wheelchairs, then you may be amazed to know how accessible castle venues can be. As many castles in South London also act as tourist attractions for their local area, it’s important that wheelchair users can be accommodated. However, the castle may have areas that are deemed unsuitable for wheelchair users. 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?
You may be surprised at how affordable a castle wedding venue in South London 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 in South London, 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 South London?
Couples who don't want to do much decorating at their wedding venue will find that a castle in South London is the perfect option. After all, they’re often sumptuously decorated in the first place. With their hanging tapestries, stunning artwork and beautiful candelabra, a castle's decor is truly unique. 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 South London?
A classic fairytale wedding theme is perfect 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 South London often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and a heavenly medieval banquet will certainly give your wedding guests something to remember your special day.
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!