We’ve all seen the amazing photos from a castle wedding – soaring turrets, rolling green fields, a day of general royal, epic proportions. There’s no denying that castles are in a league of their own where show-stopping wedding venues are concerned.
If you’ve decided the castle wedding life is for you, you’re in luck. We’ve teamed up with wedding suppliers to create a guide on how to find the right castle venue and what questions to ask before booking to ensure you get the exact royal treatment you and your partner deserve.
This one might sound a little odd but stick with us. A lot of castles—that are still standing, might we add—you remember from your history lessons are surprisingly available to hire, as, for many of these buildings, weddings and events are their bread and butter.
Is there a castle you visited as a child that you can’t get out of your head? Somewhere you’ve read about that looks like it could be your dream spot with a sunset behind it? Do your research and send out some queries. Some venues that don’t advertise availability for weddings might make an exception if it’s just a reception, or for a smaller party, so it never hurts to ask.
There’s no way for one person to have an endless knowledge of wedding venues, at least not right off the bat. That’s why wedding directories are so handy – they’re a bank of wedding venues (and usually much more), putting a vast selection of spots all in one place. Think of them as the all-in-one phonebook for weddings.
That said, many of them will have a selection of castle wedding venues if the area you’re looking in has a selection. You can easily find a guide to castle venues in Ireland or chateaus in France.
Visiting your prospective wedding venue goes without saying – you’ll want to see it in person to make sure it’s the right place for your big day. Plus, due to their historic nature, castles come with certain restrictions that other wedding venues might not have.
For that reason, you’ll want to come prepared for your visit with a list of questions for the venue’s event planner. Some things you’ll want to consider are:
Your venue is easily the biggest consideration for your wedding day—besides what you’re going to wear, obviously—so you’ll want to make sure you’re asking all the right questions to ensure you get exactly what you want.
There are so many castle wedding venues out there, the biggest question is, how do you choose? Just remember to enjoy the process, and know that whatever castle you go with, your wedding photos are bound to be royally stunning.