And they lived happily ever after…
What should you do if the man of your dreams has proposed to you? Yes, you choose a venue that is also straight outta your dreams! And a castle would perfectly complete your fairytale story. From medieval exteriors and opulent, modern interiors to gourmet tasting menus and underground wine cellars galore, the world’s best castle hotels lavish guests in luxury. Apart from the glamour and pictures, castle weddings offer ‘exclusivity’ in times of COVID and serve as a perfect option for a grand, intimate affair. If you’ve got your heart set on feeling like you’re in a fairytale on your wedding day, a castle wedding is a perfect option for you. Just pick one of these 10 magnificent castles as your wedding venue from around the world.
1. Ashford Castle, Ireland
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Ashford Castle is an idyllic setting for a truly awe-inspiring wedding. This 800-year-old castle has an incredible history, a fairy tale location, and was recently voted the Best Hotel in the World. The castle’s 83 bedrooms, suites, and Lakeside Hideaway Cottage will accommodate up to 160 guests, allowing you and your wedding party to enjoy the full castle experience without interruption.
2. Chateau de Chambord, France
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Encompassing all the romance and celebrated style of France and in the heart of the celebrated Loire Valley just a couple hours drive outside of Paris, the exquisite Chateau de Chambord harkens back to an era of opulence. With its classical soaring turrets above and sparkling moat below, Chambord is one of the most recognized castles in the world and is a photographer’s/travel enthusiast’s/princess’s dream.
3. The Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
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Once the home of Bavarian royalty, the grounds of Neuschwanstein Castle were opened to the public in 1886 and attract over one million visitors a year thanks to its majestic views overlooking the German countryside. The design is the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle—but totally beats tying the knot amongst thousands of amusement park goers. Couples that are interested can contact the grounds to learn more about their wedding ceremony options.
4. Biltmore Estate, USA
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This vintage-style mansion was built in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt, and is situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It boasts 250 rooms and is America’s largest home. Devise a full wedding weekend for out-of-town guests complete with a spa day, horseback ride, and winery visit.
5. Taj Falaknuma, India
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Falaknuma means ‘Like the sky’ or ‘Mirror of the sky’ – and it is little wonder that the stately Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad continues to be a magnet for illustrious families who choose it as a wedding venue. Situated 2,000 feet above the historic city of Hyderabad, the hotel exudes the class and refinement of the erstwhile Nizams with its blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. Its 60 beautifully restored rooms, stunning Reception Room and 22 spacious halls ensure there is ample venues for myriad wedding events. One of the highlights of this regal property is its immense collection of Venetian chandeliers which is said to be the largest in the world.
6. Emirates Palace, UAE
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One of the most expensive hotels ever built, the seven-star Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi is striking with its traditional Arabian design elements that include a grand dome and 114 smaller domes in colors reflecting different shades of sand found in the Arabian Desert. With sumptuous furnishings, palatial interiors and a stunning view of the Indian Ocean, the hotel is spread over a million meters and has 302 deluxe luxury rooms, 92 suites, landscaped gardens, 1002 chandeliers made with Swarovski’s premier Strauss crystals and the region’s largest ballroom with a capacity for 2,500 guests.
7. Thorngrove Manor Castle Hotel, Australia
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If you’re looking for a castle backdrop to your wedding, but unable to travel to Europe for the opportunity, this may be the next best thing. Thorngrove Manor is a timeless and romantic castle that will transport you to a world of decadence, romance and architecture at its finest.
8. Rosecliff, USA
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The snow-white terra cotta mansion, with classic lines, features the largest private ballroom in Newport and a heart-shaped staircase that provides the perfect frame for your wedding portraits. Famous for its social gathering, this venue that has appeared in the movie ‘The Great Gatsby,’ is a perfect way to implement the old-Hollywood charm to your modern-day castle wedding.
9. Culzean Castle, Scotland
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Rising majestically from the clifftop, looking out towards the Isle of Arran, Culzean is an iconic Scottish castle set in a large country park. You and your guests will be transported back in time, to a period of 18th-century high-class living. They have tailored wedding packages and can accommodate up to 100 guests.
10. Castello di Miramare, Italy
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Just a 30-minute drive north of Trieste—the photogenic heart of Friuli Venezia-Giulia—Castello di Miramare has one of the most scenic locations for your wedding. Trieste is one of the most romantic cities in Italy. The imposing Miramare Castle at the top of the hill that shares the same name is the ideal backdrop for your wedding photographs. The sea will envelop your most important moments offering unforgettable sunsets.
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