As a country, the UK is well known 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 best location to get married. From gothic fortresses to ivy-covered towers and feasting halls, having a castle wedding is the perfect way to feel like royalty for your big day.
A castle wedding venue is ideal for couples who:
- Want a fairytale wedding
- Love history
- Don’t want to do a huge amount of decorating
- Want some incredible photo opportunities
- Flexible with your ceremony times
FAQ on Castle Wedding Venues in Northamptonshire
Is it possible to have our civil ceremony in a castle wedding venue?
Most castle wedding venues in Northamptonshire will have a civil ceremony license, which will allow you to legally marry in one of their rooms or in the grounds. If you 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 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 having your wedding celebrations at the castle.
Can I have a religious ceremony at a castle wedding venue in Northamptonshire?
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 your castle wedding venue doesn't have a chapel or church, then you may be able to find one near 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 Northamptonshire.
Are any castles in Northamptonshire wheelchair friendly?
If you need a wheelchair friendly wedding venue, then you may be surprised by how accessible castle venues can be. You will find that because many castles in Northamptonshire are 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.
What is the cost of hiring a castle wedding venue?
You'll be pleased to know that castle wedding venues in Northamptonshire are certainly affordable. 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.
Are there decorating restrictions on castle wedding venues in Northamptonshire?
Castles in Northamptonshire 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. It may not be possible to hang certain decorations, with many castle's not permitting paper confetti.
What themes work for a castle wedding venue in Northamptonshire?
A classic fairytale wedding theme is ideal 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 Northamptonshire 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 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!