1. Unforgettable wedding ceremony
Travelling from a church or registry office can be inconvenient and take up precious time on your wedding day. On the other hand, having your ceremony in a soulless function room can be a less than inspiring alternative. Getting married in a castle gives you the best of both worlds; the history and atmosphere of a church with the convenience of having your ceremony and reception all in one place.
2. Party like the 'A' list
Castle weddings have long been a favourite of the rich and famous. Luckily, these days you don't always have to have a bank balance like Madonna to get married in a castle. Experience a taste of the high life for yourself by having a castle celebration that looks like a million dollars (but costs much, much less!).
3. Your exclusive venue
Built to shelter their inhabitants from hostile invaders, castles are by their very nature, private and secluded places. What better place to escape from the outside world on your wedding day? Hiring a castle wedding venue on an exclusive use basis will add to the special atmosphere.
4. Breathtaking wedding photographs
A castle is the ultimate backdrop for wedding photographs. Ancient arches, turrets and crenulations, stained glass and leaded windows, paintings, suits of armour, formal gardens, and fountains - the photo opportunities are endless.
5. Quintessentially British wedding
The royal wedding of William and Kate and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations ignited our national pride. What could be a more quintessentially British setting for your wedding than tying the knot in a priceless part of our national heritage?
6. Dine like royalty
At a castle you should expect the very best in service, cuisine, and attention to detail. It's the perfect setting for an elegant formal wedding breakfast - you could even choose four or five courses instead of the standard three for a fabulous wedding banquet.
7. Be queen for a day
Your wedding is the one day in your life when you get to be the centre of attention - why not make the most of it by being queen for the day? You could really go to town and wear the fairytale princess dress you've always dreamed of or draw inspiration from recent royal weddings.
8. Be king for the day
Castle weddings are not just for the princesses. Surrounded by acres of grounds, some castles offer country pursuits that could be fun for the groom and groomsmen such as shooting, 4×4 driving or archery.
9. Save a king's ransom
Opulent interiors with oil paintings, rich tapestries, grand fireplaces and chandeliers, will make elaborate decorations unnecessary - potentially saving you money. Simple wedding stationery and floral arrangements will look wonderful and could cost less - you could even make some yourself.
10. Create your own history
Castles have long and colourful histories filled with drama and intrigue. By marrying in one, you become part of a centuries old story of romance and true love.