Many couples dream of having a romantic wedding in a castle setting. But exchanging vows against a royal backdrop requires much advance planning and presents some formidable challenges. Here are some tips to help you make your dream of a fairytale castle wedding come true, as well as a couple of unique location suggestions.
Think about what style of decoration you want for your wedding to ensure that it harmonises with the architectural style of the castle. Do you prefer something quietly sophisticated? Then it would be best to choose a classicist or renaissance style building. But if you like it a little more magnifical, look for a baroque style castle with an artistically decorated facade and playful ornaments. Or do you prefer rustic medieval charm? Then a Gothic or romantic style castle might be just right for you.
Look at the size of the castle halls beforehand to see how many wedding guests they can accommodate. The last thing you want is to have too little space for your guests. On the other hand, it would also not be a good idea to only have a few guests in a massive hall. But it is not only the number of wedding guests that is decisive for determining a suitable hall size. Also take into account that you might need space for a buffet or for dancing.
When choosing a venue, the surroundings are also important. Do you need good transport connections for your guests and the catering? Then it might be a good idea to choose a centrally located city palace. On the other hand, a remote manor house in a beautiful natural setting guarantees beautiful wedding photos, even though it might not be that easy to reach.
More often than not, old castles and palaces have their own wedding chapel. This is ideal if you want the festivities to begin immediately after the wedding ceremony and avoid long travel times. So, remember to reserve the chapel and request the services of a chaplain in due time. Your guests will thank you!
One drawback to having a castle wedding: Due to their historical and cultural significance, restrictions apply for many castles. This could include a prohibition of open fires, sparklers on the wedding cake or even dancing on the age-old parquet floor. So, it is always a good idea to ask the organisers beforehand.
Even though a marriage is intended to last a lifetime, the wedding reception is not. Find out whether the venue offers accommodation facilities so that your guests do not need to travel too far late at night (or rather: early in the morning) to find a place to sleep. Many castles that serve as wedding venues also have so-called castle hotels for the wedding guests. Consider staying there yourself and spend the night in an elegant honeymoon suite.
It won't come as a surprise if you’ll never want to leave this royal lifestyle ever again. In this case, you could always consider buying your own castle. Although this won't automatically buy you an aristocratic title, it will earn you a slice of the royal magic that is inherent in all castles and palaces.