As a country, Britain is famous for it's historical buildings, and none of these is more spectacular than a castle. If you want a unique fairytale wedding, then a castle wedding venue is the ideal place to say 'I do'. From impressive feasting halls to tall stone towers and Gothic architecture, having a castle wedding is the ideal way to feel like royalty for a day.
Castle wedding venues are perfect 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 fabulous photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
Castle Wedding Venues in North Yorkshire - Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have a civil ceremony at a castle wedding venue?
Most castle wedding venues in North Yorkshire will have a civil ceremony license, allowing you to have a legally binding marriage in one of their rooms or in the grounds. If you want to marry in the castle grounds, then contact the venue to check they hold a license for outdoor ceremonies. If your chosen castle venue doesn’t have a civil ceremony license, 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 North Yorkshire?
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. 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 North Yorkshire.
Is it easy to find castles in North Yorkshire that will be wheelchair accessible?
If you are looking for a wedding venue that has easy access for wheelchairs, then you will be impressed by how accessible castle venues can be. Due to most castles in North Yorkshire 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.
How much do castle wedding venues cost to hire?
You may be surprised at how affordable a castle wedding venue in North Yorkshire can be. Even huge palaces and historical monuments don’t always need a mammoth wedding budget, so it’s always worth enquiring. For couples on smaller budgets and hoping to save money on their castle wedding in North Yorkshire, 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 North Yorkshire?
Couples who don't want to do much decorating at their wedding venue will find that a castle in North Yorkshire is the perfect option. 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 North Yorkshire?
A classic fairytale wedding theme works wonderfully 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 North Yorkshire 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 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!