As a country, the UK is famous 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 ideal place to say 'I do'. From gothic fortresses to ivy-covered towers and feasting halls, having a castle wedding is the ideal way to feel like royalty for a 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 fabulous photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
Frequently Asked Questions - Castle Wedding Venues in West Wales
Is it possible to have our civil ceremony in a castle wedding venue?
Most castle wedding venues in West Wales 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, be sure to check that the venue has an outdoor ceremony license too. If your chosen castle venue doesn’t have a civil ceremony license, 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.
Can I have a religious ceremony at a castle wedding venue in West Wales?
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. It's important to check with your chosen castle venues to find out whether having a religious ceremony on site is possible.
Are there many castles in West Wales that are easily accessible for wheelchairs
If you need a wheelchair friendly castle wedding venue, then you may be surprised by how accessible castle venues can be. Due to most castles in West Wales being local tourist attractions, it’s important that wheelchair users can be accommodated. There may be areas of the castle that are steep or unsuitable. 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?
Castle wedding venues in West Wales can be surprisingly 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 Wales, 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 West Wales?
Castles in West Wales are ideal for those not wanting to do much decorating at their wedding venue. After all, they’re often sumptuously decorated in the first place. A castle's decor is difficult to imitate, with it's breathtaking tapestries, historic artwork and medieval candelbras. 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 West Wales?
A classic fairytale wedding theme is ideal 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 Wales 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!