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 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 would like unique photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
Castle Wedding Venues FAQ in West Midlands
Can we have our civil wedding ceremony at a castle venue?
Most castle wedding venues in West Midlands 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, be sure to check that the venue has an outdoor ceremony license too. If your chosen castle venue aren't able to hold civil wedding ceremonies, then you can always enquire about holding your civil wedding ceremony at a registry office nearby 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 West Midlands?
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 discussing your wedding with your preferred castles, be sure to find out if having a religious ceremony is possible at that specific castle in West Midlands.
Is it easy to find castles in West Midlands that will be wheelchair accessible?
If you are looking for a wedding venue that has easy access for wheelchairs, then you may be surprised by how accessible castle venues can be. As many castles in West Midlands also act as 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.
How much will it cost to hire a castle for our wedding venue?
You'll be pleased to know that castle wedding venues in West Midlands are certainly affordable. Even huge palaces and historical monuments don’t always need an extravagant wedding budget, so it’s always worth enquiring. For couples on smaller budgets and hoping to save money on their castle wedding in West Midlands, 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 West Midlands?
If you're hoping not to do too much decorating at your wedding venue then a castle in West Midlands is perfect. 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. 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 West Midlands?
A classic fairytale wedding theme is perfect for a castle venue. Think horse-drawn carriages, ball gown wedding dresses, glistening chandeliers and 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 West Midlands often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and a fabulous medieval feast will have your wedding guests in love with your castle wedding.
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!