No bride can deny that they dream of having their wedding in a castle at least once (or in our case, 100 times). Many brides-to-be would love to marry their Prince Charming in their fairy tale wedding inside the perfect castle. But did you know that you didn’t need to be born into royalty to be able to marry at a castle? We’ve rounded up a list of 10 castles you can get married in to help you get started in planning the perfect wedding!
10 Castles You Can Get Married In
1. Casa Loma
Located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, Casa Loma is one of the more well-known castles in Canada. With it’s Gothic revival style, Casa Loma is host to beautiful estate gardens. Numerous rooms are available, and a gorgeous view of the Toronto skyline makes this Canadian castle the perfect setting for any fairy tale wedding.
2. Dundurn Castle
Not far from Toronto, in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, lies another gorgeous castle where couples can host a ceremony. Dundurn Castle is a beautiful Neoclassical mansion that was built in the 1830’s and has many of the original design flourishes preserved. You can choose to say your vows outside among the lovely grounds or opt for The Coach House or the Cockpit Theatre.
3. Boldt Castle
Located on the border between Canada and the United States, Boldt Castle is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in New York. Boldt Castle sits on Heart Island on the St. Lawrence River and boasts a romantic design. The history of the building has a love story of its own, as former owner George Boldt built the lavish home for his wife Louise. You can host your ceremony here for around $200 USD, making it both dreamy and practical!
4. Biltmore House
Built over 120 years ago by the heir to the Vanderbilt fortune, George Vanderbilt, the Biltmore House in North Carolina only gets more beautiful as it ages. The estate can host up to 500 guests and has many luxuries for guests including a spa, horseback riding, winery tours and more. You need to have a royal wedding budget for this venue, though, as wedding packages start at $20,000.
5. Belvoir Castle
If you’re looking to recreate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, then Belvoir Castle in England may be just the venue you’re looking for! This stunning castle is actually still home to members of the Royal Family, the 11th Duke of Rutland, so you’ll feel like a real princess here. The grounds host a chapel for religious ceremonies and can accommodate up to 130 guests. After a formal ceremony, parties can make their way “below the stairs” to dance the night away in the Old Kitchen or relax on the comfortable furniture in the Old Servants Hall.
6. Glamis Castle
Another great addition to our list of castles you can get married in is the Glamis Castle in Scotland! These royal grounds have been a favourite for brides and grooms looking for a unique venue. The space offers dozens of rooms you can choose from for your ceremony and reception. To top it off, the grounds are home to extensive gardens perfect for those romantic wedding photos.
7. Ashford Castle
Situated in the quiet village of Mayo, Ireland, Ashford Castle is an 83-room hotel that overlooks the idyllic countryside. This castle is the former home of the Guinness family (yes, the popular ale company!). You and your guests will feel like royalty at this castle thanks to it’s Medieval-style architecture and elegantly-decorated rooms. With exquisite interiors, a wealth of estate activities and even a state-of-the-art spa, you’re sure to have an exceptional experience here.
8. Chateau d’Esclimont
One castle that we think might be close enough to rival Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s venue is the Château d’Esclimont in France. The castle is a Renaissance jewel and is a perfect venue for a romantic wedding. The location is 150-acre property with 52 guests rooms and suites. There are many activities to enjoy, and a spa to relax and get ready in for your big day.
9. Hluboká Castle
Located in the Czech Republic, Hluboká Castle is a favourite among newlyweds. This Renaissance-era castle overlooks a breathtaking view of the Czech countryside. Every bride needs to add this to their list of castles to research for their upcoming wedding. It is one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic!
10. Neuschwanstein Castle
This list wouldn’t be complete without this real Disney Princess castle! Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany was built by King Ludwig II and was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland. The castle was open to the public in 1886 and attracts over a million visitors every year. Celebrate overlooking the German countryside, but make sure to avoid being cursed by any evil sorceresses!