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 tall stone turrets to Gothic architecture and banqueting halls, 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 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
Frequently Asked Questions - Castle Wedding Venues in Sussex - West
Can we have our civil wedding ceremony at a castle venue?
Most castle wedding venues in Sussex - West 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 the nearest registry office or having a humanist ceremony, before having an unforgettable wedding reception at the castle.
Will I be able to have a religious wedding ceremony at a castle venue in Sussex - West?
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 there isn’t a church or chapel on site, then there may be one close by. It's important to check with your chosen castle venues to find out whether having a religious ceremony on site is possible.
Are any castles in Sussex - West wheelchair friendly?
If you need a wheelchair friendly castle wedding venue, then you will be impressed by how accessible castle venues can be. Due to most castles in Sussex - West 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 are the costs involved in hiring a castle wedding venue?
It is surprising that castle wedding venues in Sussex - West can certainly be affordable. Even huge palaces and historical monuments don’t always need an enormous wedding budget, so it’s always worth enquiring. For couples on smaller budgets and hoping to save money on their castle wedding in Sussex - West, 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 Sussex - West?
Couples who don't want to do much decorating at their wedding venue will find that a castle in Sussex - West is the perfect option. 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. 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 Sussex - West?
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 Sussex - West 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!