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 ideal place to get married. With historical beauty, Gothic fortresses and banqueting halls, having a castle wedding is the ideal way to feel like royalty for a day.
Castle wedding venues are ideal 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 some spectacular photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
Frequently Asked Questions - Castle Wedding Venues in Staffordshire
Can we have our civil wedding ceremony at a castle venue?
Most castle wedding venues in Staffordshire 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, make sure you confirm with the venue that they are licensed 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 having your wedding celebrations at the castle.
Can I have a religious ceremony at a castle wedding venue in Staffordshire?
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.
Are there castle wedding venues in Staffordshire that are wheelchair friendly?
If you need a wheelchair friendly wedding venue, then you will be impressed by how accessible castle venues can be. As many castles in Staffordshire also act as tourist attractions for their local area, it’s 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 do castle wedding venues cost to hire?
You'll be pleased to know that castle wedding venues in Staffordshire are certainly affordable. 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 Staffordshire, 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 Staffordshire?
Castles in Staffordshire 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 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. 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 Staffordshire?
A classic fairytale wedding theme is ideal for a castle venue. Think horse-drawn carriages, ball gown wedding dresses, beautiful roses and glittering 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 Staffordshire 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!