We all remember where we were the day Prince William married his university sweetheart, Kate Middleton, and, since then, we’ve been waiting for our very own Prince Charming to sweep us off our feet and take us to our castle (well, one can fantasise anyway). And now, with wedding season fully upon us (you can't move for weddings these days), we're rounding up the most luxurious castles to host your upcoming nuptials. Hey, it might be a pipe dream, but a girl can still dream, right?
Hever Castle, Kent
With a history dating back over 700 years, this beautiful 13th century castle is an idyllic venue for your big day. It has three areas available for weddings, including the castle itself – so you can waltz around pretending to be a princess (like our very own Kate) to your heart's content. The Astor Wing – which houses the Tudor Wing and can accommodate up to 64 guests – is a wonderful setting for your ceremony, as well as the Guthrie Pavilion, set in the breathtaking Italian gardens overlooking the lake. The grand Tudor building, once home to Anne Boleyn, is a fabulous place to say ‘I do’ and celebrate with a glass of bubbly with your new hubby.
Drumtochty Castle, Aberdeen
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Tucked away in the beautiful woodland glen, this enchanting venue is an oasis of peace and tranquility for your Scottish wedding. The 19th century castle is the stuff your fairytale wedding dreams were made of, and it would be difficult to find a more magical setting for your upcoming nuptials. The castle attracts couples from all around the world, looking to create the classic Scottish wedding – so make sure your groom-to-be and his ushers have packed their favourite kilts. St. Palladius Church – where your ceremony can be held – is just a short carriage ride away from the castle gates and you and your guests will be serenaded by bagpipes as you enter the church. However, your ceremony and reception can also be held in the castle grounds, or even by the picture perfect loch.
Thornbury Castle, South Gloucestershire
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If it’s a traditional countryside wedding you are looking for, then Thornbury castle will surpass every one of your expectations. The grand castle, which has been the playground of royalty since 1511, is the perfect spot for a truly Great British wedding. The ceremony can take place in either the lounge or the library area and afterwards, you and the guests can take to the landscaped grounds, Pimms in hand and enjoy the breathtaking views. Thornbury is renowned for its fine dining cuisine and the castle has its very own award-winning chef who will prepare an exquisite wedding menu. And after your meal, you and your groom can take a pre-party nap in your luxurious bedroom - complete with giant four-poster bed and ornate dressing room – before spending the night celebrating in the opulent Tudor Hall.
Hampton Court, Surrey
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This beautiful palace is the epitome of luxury. Originally built in 1514 for one of Henry VIII’s most trusted advisors, the palace is one of only two surviving castles out of the many Henry owned. Located in Herefordshire, you’ll feel like royalty as you walk down the aisle in this wow-factor wedding venue and say ‘I do’. The ceremony typically takes place inside the castle and afterwards, you can enjoy a bottle of fizz in the grounds as you live the life of K-Midds. You can also spoil your family and friends with a stay in one of the castles 24 sumptuous and elegantly furnished bedrooms for one night. After all of this, we can confidently predict your wedding is going to be one to remember.
As the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this gorgeously decadent palace is the perfect venue to marry the love of your life. This beautiful palace is the sort we wouldn’t mind living in ourselves, surrounded by 275 acres of lush green fields and a breathtaking lake. Originally built as a two-storey mansion, the palace has evolved into a fairytale wonderland that will leave your guests in awe as they arrive on your big day. The ceremony and reception takes place in The Orangery, built in 1704 and widely regarded as ‘the world’s most beautiful orangery’, which will provide a stylish backdrop for your wedding photos, leaving you with lasting memories of your spectacular royal wedding.