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As a country, the UK is well known for it's historical buildings, and none of these is more magical than a castle or a palace. For those hoping for the ultimate fairytale wedding day, then a castle wedding venue is the best location to get married. With historical beauty, Gothic fortresses and banqueting halls, having a palace wedding is the perfect way to feel like royalty on your wedding day.
Castle and palace wedding venues are perfect 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 spectacular photo opportunities
- You're flexible with your ceremony times
Frequently Asked Questions - Castle Wedding Venues in Isle of Wight
Is it possible to have our civil ceremony in a castle wedding venue?
Most castle wedding venues in Isle of Wight 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, make sure you confirm with the venue that they are licensed for outdoor ceremonies. If your chosen castle venue aren't able to hold civil wedding ceremonies, then you can always enquire about having your wedding ceremony at the nearest registry office or having a humanist ceremony, before hosting your wedding reception at the castle.
Can I have a religious ceremony at a castle wedding venue in Isle of Wight ?
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 making your enquiry with your chosen castles make sure you ask whether it is possible to have a religious wedding ceremony on site.
Can I have a civil or religious ceremony at a palace wedding venue in Isle of Wight ?
If a palace is offering their space for weddings it is more than likely that they are licensed for civil ceremonies. As for religious ceremonies, you will want to check if they can accommodate cultural traditions like a Chuppah or a Hindu fire ceremony, if they can then the answer will be yes.
Are there castle and palace wedding venues in Isle of Wight that are wheelchair friendly?
If you need a wheelchair friendly castle or palace wedding venue, then you may be amazed to know how accessible these venues can be. You will find that because many castles and palaces in Isle of Wight are tourist attractions for their local area, it's important that wheelchair users can be accommodated. Although, you may find that there may be areas of the castle or palace that are 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 or palace wedding venue?
You'll be pleased to know that castle wedding venues in Isle of Wight are certainly affordable. Even huge palaces and historical monuments don't always need an extravagant wedding budget, so it's always worth enquiring. If you're on a tight budget and want to save money on your castle wedding in Isle of Wight , 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 Isle of Wight ?
Castles in Isle of Wight 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 its breathtaking tapestries, historic artwork and medieval candelabras. However, as they're often listed buildings, there may be restrictions as to how you can decorate. It may not be possible to hang certain decorations, with many castle's not permitting paper confetti.
What themes work for a castle wedding venue in Isle of Wight ?
A classic fairytale wedding theme works wonderfully for a castle venue. Think horse-drawn carriages, ball gown wedding dresses, roses and sparkling 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 Isle of Wight often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and a fabulous medieval feast will have your wedding guests in love with your castle wedding.
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!