Find castle and palace wedding venues in East Lothian


For a wedding day beyond your imagination, you won't find a better option than a castle or palace wedding venue. Luckily, the UK is home to hundreds of awe inspiring castles and historic palaces, all of which make for a fairytale wedding venue. Choose your favourites in East Lothian below…

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As a country, Britain is famous for its historical buildings, and none of these could possibly match a castle wedding or a palace wedding venue. If you are wanting a beautiful fairytale wedding day, then a castle or palace wedding venue is the ideal place to say 'I do'. With historical beauty, Gothic fortresses and banqueting halls, having a castle or palace wedding is the ideal way to feel like royalty on your special day.

Castle and palace 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 want some incredible photo opportunities
  • You're flexible with your ceremony times

Frequently Asked Questions - Castle and Palace Wedding Venues in East Lothian

Is it possible to have our civil ceremony in a castle wedding venue?

Most castle wedding venues in East Lothian 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, be sure to check that the venue has an outdoor ceremony license too. If your chosen castle venue doesn't have a civil ceremony license, then you can always enquire about having your wedding ceremony at a registry office or having a humanist ceremony, prior to having your wedding celebrations at the castle.

Is it possible to have a religious ceremony at a castle wedding venue in East Lothian ?

You may find that many castles have a 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 your castle wedding venue doesn't have a chapel or church, then you may be able to find one near by. Be sure to ask your chosen venues when enquiring about religious ceremonies to find out if this is a possibility.

Can I have a civil or religious ceremony at a palace wedding venue in East Lothian ?

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 East Lothian that are wheelchair friendly?

If you need a wheelchair friendly castle or palace wedding venue, then you will be astonished by how accessible these venues can be. As many castles and palaces in East Lothian also act as tourist attractions for their local area, it's important that wheelchair users can be accommodated. However, the castle may have areas that are deemed unsuitable for wheelchair users. Be sure to ask your venues ahead of time if accessibility is top of your priorities list.

How much do castle and palace wedding venues cost to hire?

You may be surprised at how affordable a castle or palace wedding venue in East Lothian can be. 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 East Lothian , then opting for a midweek package or marrying in an off-peak season is a brilliant way to cut costs.

Do castle wedding venues in East Lothian have limitations on decorating?

If you're hoping not to do too much decorating at your wedding venue then a castle in East Lothian is perfect. 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. Many castles will not allow paper confetti and you may be restricted on whether you can hang decorations or bunting.

What themes work for a castle wedding venue in East Lothian ?

A classic fairytale wedding theme is ideal for a castle venue. Think horse-drawn carriages, ball gown wedding dresses, shimmering chandeliers and deep red roses 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 East Lothian often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and a heavenly medieval banquet will certainly give your wedding guests something to remember your special day.

We also find that Christmas is a beautiful time 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!