With my obsession of castles and history - especially with royal families, I am so excited for tomorrow's Royal Wedding at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
I've dusted off some of my many tourist books that I've collected over the years and have chosen my favourites where you can have your very own fairy tale castle wedding!
Unfortunately, not just anyone can get married at St. George's Church in Windsor Castle like Prince Harry and Meghan, but those who can, have to apply to marry there. These include knights, residents of Windsor Castle, and residents of the College of St George - dammit!
So lets check out some castles where you're able to tie the knot...!
1. Hever Castle
Walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn. This castle is set in the midst of the beautiful Kent countryside with a walled rose garden, landscaped grounds and a stunning lake. Magnificent wood panelling with richly carved columns made of Italian walnut decorate this castle together with a fine collection of antique furniture dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Your ceremony can take place in the Castle Inner Hall, where on the walls hang portraits of Tudor monarchs: Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI.
You can hold your banquet-style wedding breakfast in the Castle Dining Hall, where your guests can admire the Tudor décor.
Hever Castle are having a Wedding Showcase on 24th May, so register on their website and check out this fabulous wedding venue.
2. Lympne Castle
This castle is just delightful and you have sole access for your entire wedding day - which means no members of the public wandering around, photo bombing your wedding photos!
If you're looking for a medieval dream wedding, this is the venue for you. Dating back to the 13th century you can say your vows in either The Great Hall with wooden roof beams and gothic arched windows, or in the West Wing in front of an Edwardian style bow window which overlooks the south east coast. There are so many secret parts to this castle which your guests will love to explore! We give this castle a 10/10 for a medieval mixed with a romantic feel.
3. Hedingham Castle
Venturing back to the Norman period with this towering castle, this venue boasts beautiful landscaped gardens creating breathtaking wedding photos.
Making your way up the spiraling stone staircase to the majestic candlelit Banqueting Hall, you can say your vows under an impressive Norman arch where once upon a very long time ago, Kings and Queens sat! Following your ceremony, head to the magnificent Tapestry Floor, one floor below, for your wedding breakfast where your guests can awe at the incredibly historic surroundings. For a truly magical setting, go and visit Hedingham Castle.
4. Herstmonceux Castle
Herstmonceux Castle is a 15th century moated castle set within a 600 acre estate surrounded by woodland and formal themed gardens. You and your guests can enjoy stunning parkland, lawns and gardens, as well as an enclosed court yard and bridge entrance over the castle moat. Inside there’s a range of beautiful rooms to choose from depending on the size of your party. With the Ballroom, Elizabethan Room or Conference Room you can get married in an intimate rustic room with an open fireplace and high ceilings. If you’re looking to have your wedding breakfast in a grand and majestic room, then check out their Ballroom. What a venue to hold your wedding at! This moat is just amazing.
5. Westernhanger Castle
Westenhanger Castle is a stunning medieval castle in the Kent countryside dating back to the 16th century. With exclusive use of the Castle, Manor House, Gardens, Marquee and surrounding land, you can wow your guests with this castle’s turrets and stunning marquee which is surrounded by medieval walls. The original architecture and beautiful gardens will create the most incredible backdrop for your wedding photographs – and check this out, dogs are allowed, so your pooch could be your ring bearer!
Viewing venues for your wedding really is one of the best things when planning, so make sure you view plenty of them and explore all the hidden secrets these historic venues have to offer!