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30 January 2014

Castle Weddings

Church and register office weddings are becoming less popular,as there are so many alternative venues to choose from these days. Have you ever thought of getting married in a castle? You may have been heard of various celebrities getting married in a castle, and there are now lots of them licensed for civil weddings. There is a variety of sizes of castle available, often with more than one room available for the ceremony and reception so they can also cater for the smaller wedding party. The following venues may be of interest.

Wales is famous for it's castles and Caerphilly Castle is the second largest in Britain. It can comfortably hold 150 guests for dining with a minimum of 70 recommended due to it's size. It is easily reached from the M4 motorway and is just to the north of Cardiff, making it accessible for a large number of people.

Over the border in Herefordshire, and within easy reach of the M5 and M50, is Eastnor Castle near Ledbury, set in the beautiful Malvern Hills. The Drawing Room is licensed for civil ceremonies and can hold up to 80 guests, while the State Dining Room can also accommodate up to 80 diners. For larger parties a marquee can be erected in the grounds. Eastnor Castle has the bonus of 12 guest bedrooms so you can wine and dine the night away and crawl to your bed in the castle.

Scotland has numerous castles licensed for weddings, ranging from the relatively simple to the grand. Although not the largest, Ackergill Castle near Wick, on the far north-eastern coast of Scotland, is one of the best-appointed, catering for up to 120 guests and able to sleep up to 54. I'm sure it would be well worth the journey.

Traquair House, situated in the beautiful Borders, is probably the oldest castle in which you can get married, dating back to 1107. It caters for both civil and religious ceremonies, with it's chapel holding up to 50 guests for a religious ceremony while the Dining Room accommodates the same number for civil marriages. For a small, intimate ceremony, the Lower Dining Room can hold up to 8 guests. Various outside areas can also be used, such as the Maze or the Walled Garden, and these would be beautiful in good weather. Trquair House also has three double bedrooms available, so the bride and groom can stay the night if they wish. What a place to wake up in!

Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye is no longer intact but you can get married in the beautiful setting of the Sculptured Ruin. GOing to the Isle of Skye is romantic anyway.

Blair Castle, to the north of Pitlochry and just off the A9, is on a larger scale. As with Traquair House, this castle is licensed for both religious and civil wedding ceremonies. The State Dining Room can cater for 150 guests while 220 can be accommodated in the Ballroom. Some accommodation is also available in the castle grounds.

This article should have given you an idea of what sort of thing is available, and if you search locally I am sure you will find your dream castle somewhere nearer to home.
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