The wedding is a dream come true and we love to elevate the fantasy with visions of grand staircases, sweeping landscapes, and breath-taking interiors. When it comes to our big day, we want expansive, immersive, extravagant experiences. We want to create a scenario for memories that will stay with you and your guests forever and a day.
What better way to do that than to have your wedding take place between the walls of an actual castle? Better yet, you can make that a reality without leaving your shores. Yes, you can indeed exchange vows under the roof of a castle whether you’re in Europe or the States. You can even do so on a budget and without needing to marry into a royal bloodline.
Read on. We’ve rounded up 10 castles where you can walk down the aisle and begin the next phase of your life!
This is one of the few castles on our list still owned and occupied by royals, but it’s been reimagined as a destination for families and event gatherings. There are playgrounds, trails, and regular events. But the venue is truly noted for its wedding amenities that include formal gardens and gorgeous, grand interiors. Located in Leicestershire, six miles west of Grantham, your coupling will join the long list of newlyweds who started their new lives at Belvoir Castle.
Inspired by the baroque Grand Trianon of Versailles, the Rosecliff encompasses the French château ambiance you’ve been dreaming of. But what makes the venue truly spectacular is you’ll find the castle in Rhode Island! Built in the early 20th Century, the venue’s hosted thousands of weddings and social gatherings.
Nestled in the idyllic village of Mayo in Ireland sits Ashford Castle. Erected in 1228, the structure’s distinct, majestic, medieval architecture reeks of royalty even after its official conversion to a hotel. The décor promises elegance and sophistication, from the darn near intimidating grand stone gates to the royal design of the rooms. Having your wedding here promises to elevate your wedding or honeymoon status to new levels.
The Château d’Esclimont is a striking vision located just outside of France (one of the world’s most romantic cities). The property encompasses 150 acres of well-groomed greenery and stunning views. There’s even a moat! A centuries-long part of the LaRochefoucauld family legacy, you’ll find the castle nestled between the Chartres Cathedral and Versailles Palace.
Before being opened to the public in 1886, the Neuschwanstein Castle grounds were the home of Bavarian royalty. Over a million people a year visit to take in the majestic views of the surrounding German countryside. The architecture was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Neuschwanstein Castle is the fantasy every prince and princess could hope for.
The Biltmore House is over a century old and has grown incredibly popular as a wedding day destination. The spacious grounds offer horseback riding, a spa, and winery tours. The Biltmore, opening in 1895, pioneered sustainable land use protocols and advancements in farm and field-to-table programs. Today, your wedding guests can stroll or picnic by the lagoon, bask in the brilliance of seasonal colors, and take in the outdoor wine bar.
In 1376, Sir John Lyon and Princess Johanna christened Scotland’s Glamis Castle by being the first couple to wed there. Since that day, these royal grounds remain a hub for couples in search of a grand setting to tie the knot. From expansive gardens and landscapes perfect for romance, Glamis Castle has six centuries of history, wondrous gardens, and soaring firs.
Hluboká Castle is a favored venue for couples looking to make their fairy tale come true. You’ll find the castle in a region of the South Bohemian Czech Republic called Hluboká nad Vltavou. There are stunning landscapes of the Czech countryside everywhere you turn as well as the Renaissance-era castle that promises to throw you back in time.
Constructed in 1919, Gillette Castle is historic, accessible, and surprisingly affordable. At first glance, you might think that Gillette Castle is arguably a backdrop for a King Arthur movie set in Olde England. But you’d be surprised to find out the castle sits in East Haddam, Connecticut. The surroundings exude a sense of old-fashioned, timeless love and are well-suited for a fall wedding.
10. Oheka Castle
Seeing a pic of Oheka, you’d never suspect the castle rests on Long Island in the state of New York. The estate looks like a château in France and will give your wedding day the fantasy ambiance you want without the expense of traveling across the waters. Enjoy the majesty and embrace elegance, all within the confines of a distinctly American vibe inspired by classic French architecture.
Whether it’s deciding where to marry or knowing how to choose the right music for your wedding, Brass Animals is ready to advise all newlyweds on how to craft the perfect day for their union. To learn more about our suggestions for having your dream wedding at a castle, click on any of the links.