Romantics at heart will love the idea of living out their own fairytale with a castle wedding. And, with so many charming castle wedding venues to choose from in the UK, it's easy to make your wish come true.
From moody turrets and drawbridges to spires and moats, there's no denying that castles are beautiful places to tie the knot. As well as providing a stunning location for your big day, castle wedding venues are a real delight for wedding photographers who'll have so much fun coming up with inventive ways to capture your celebration on camera.
So if exchanging vows with the love of your life in a fortress is a way to make all of your dreams come true, browse our edit of the best castle wedding venues now.
Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire
An 18th-century gothic wonder Allerton Castle is now a fairytale wedding venue. There's no grander ceremony space than Allerton's Great Hall, with its 50ft-high vaulted ceiling, oak-panelled walls and a red-carpeted central staircase for that all-important entrance. The opulent silk-wallpapered Drawing Room will make for lovely group shots if the British weather keeps you indoors.
Augill Castle, Cumbria
Yes, there are towers, turrets and open fires, but the best bit about Augill Castle? It's all yours to rule over for the weekend. Exclusive use of Augill includes 14 bedrooms for guests, and even a 12-seater cinema! Exchange vows in the Music Room with its grand piano, before throwing a banquet fit for heads of state in the majestic blue and gold dining room.
Drumtochty Castle, Scotland
Crack out the kilts and roll out the bagpipes for a proper Scottish castle wedding - and, yes, there's even a loch. Set deep in the Highlands in the privacy of a 350-acre woodland estate, Drumtochty Castle is all yours for the weekend. Choose your ceremony spot from the pretty St Palladius Church, just a short drive from the castle gates, one of the castle rooms, or even on the shores of the loch.
Bovey Castle, Devon
Imposing and atmospheric, this stately five-star hotel sits on a ridge overlooking its 275 acres in Dartmoor National Park. Garden ceremonies at Bovey Castle can be held in either the Summerhouse at the end of a flower-lined 'aisle', or the Portico on the South Terrace with views of the surrounding moorland. Should the weather not play ball, there are plenty of grand rooms inside, as well as 64 stylish bedrooms and a sumptuous spa.
Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire
It's not just the towers and ramparts that are impressive at Thornbury Castle - the four-poster in the Tower Suite is reputedly the widest one in England. Inside, this Tudor castle looks exactly as you'd picture - all heavy oak doors, suits of armour, ornately carved ceilings and heavy tapestries. There's a banqueting hall that's ideal for your feast where you'll enjoy locally sourced ingredients including wine from the hotel's 500-year-old vineyard.
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
Eastnor Castle did a royally good job standing in for Windsor Castle in W.E., a biopic of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson (played by James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough). Located in the Malvern Hills, this impressive castle is striking on the inside too, with an armour-lined Great Hall and a Gothic Drawing Room where you can exchange vows. You'll feel like royalty when you wed in the Gothic Drawing Room (there's also a pretty church 10 minutes away which can seat 150). Dine in the Great Hall with its 60ft-high ceilings or for a bigger bash, pitch a marquee next to the lake.