If you cast your mind back to when you were a little girl, did you dream of getting married in a castle? For romance and decadence, a dreamy castle wedding is just all kinds of wonderful. You’ll have an amazing backdrop to your big day and, when it’s styled perfectly, it will be a wedding that your guests will never forget. If you’re searching for inspiration or wondering where to start, here are some ideas for a castle wedding that you’re just going to fall for…
Images: Top Row Left via Bridal Musings by Steve Steinhardt | Top Row Right via Chic Vintage Brides by Lara Lam | Second Row Left - Precious Heiress Jewellery Set by Glitzy Secrets | Second Row Right via Bridal Musings (as before) by 2 Brides | Third Row Left via Rocky Mountain Bride by Cassie Madden | Third Row Right via Pinterest | Bottom Row via Coco Wedding Venues by Fiona Kelly
Of course, the first thing to do is to find your castle and whether you’re in the UK or further afield, there’s plenty of choice. Take a look at Coco Wedding Venues or simply search for castle wedding venues in the area that you’re looking at. Once you’ve got your venue booked, it’s time to start planning all those decorations and details that will make your wedding day truly gorgeous.
Let’s start with your outfit. Firstly, you need a dreamy dress and I’d be tempted to shun the traditional ballgown dress and opt for something softer and more romantic. Think of a flowing skirt and a dress with the most flattering lines. I’d also say that a veil is an absolute must-have and the longer, the better! Finish your ensemble with some statement jewels. The Precious Heiress jewellery set and the Classic Romance tiara would be perfect for a stylish castle wedding.
Black tie weddings are becoming increasingly popular so this could be the ideal dress code for your big day. Could there be a more sophisticated look? I don’t think so! If you’ve got any mini bridesmaids or flower girls, a traditional dress will definitely bring the cute factor – add a sash to match your wedding colours for the final touch.
Images: Top Row Left via Vogue by James Frost Photo Blog | Top Row Right via Wedding Chicks by Carla Gates Photography | Second Row Left via Style Me Pretty by Taylor & Porter Photography | Second Row via Style Me Pretty (as before) via Edward Osborn Photography | Third Row Left via Pinterest (as before) | Third Row Right via Style Me Pretty by Nastia Vesna Photography | Bottom Row - Classic Romance Tiara by Glitzy Secrets
When it comes to the details, the first clue that your guests will get about the style of your wedding day is from your invitations. So, choose really stunning invitations with a luxurious feel to make a big impact. You could opt for a classic letterpress invitation or a more modern style with handmade paper, watercolour and calligraphy. Don’t forget a wax seal on your envelopes!
Now, let’s move on to the decorations themselves. Firstly, you have to think ‘lavish’ – this isn’t the time to work the minimalist look! Instead, indulge with dramatic, impressive arrangements and installations. Every castle really has to have a grand, sweeping staircase and these are just perfect for dreamy photos. So, make sure that they’re looking amazing by adding lots of lanterns, candles, flowers and foliage to create a real centrepiece.
Your tables also need to be looking their best. You could choose sparkling tablecloths, golden cutlery and crockery and glassware that’s also edged with gold. Add white napkins, white flowers and keep the table tops clear for maximum impact. Alternatively, bring in layers and textures and colour for a slightly wilder, yet crazily romantic look. Layer plates and napkins, flank with beautiful cutlery and glassware and then add tall candles and oodles of flowers in a more undone style. Take your lead for the look of your tables from the castle itself – a grand and impeccable venue needs the former option whilst a more rustic, laid back location is ideal for the latter.
You can also use the castle to inspire other details. A champagne tower would be incredibly popular with your guests, a string quartet or harpist would be super entertainment and if you can learn a classic waltz for your first dance, you’ll knock everyone’s socks off! And, if you want to arrive on horseback, you absolutely should…
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