Its not just princesses who get married in a castle. There are lots of castle wedding venues in Hampshire and Dorset where you can feel like royalty for the day. Castle wedding venues can be set in rooms with rich tapestries, roaring fireplaces and wooden panelling, dark and cosy and perfect for a candlelit banquet. Other castle wedding venues are light and airy, with high ceilings and big arched windows or are rustic, tumble down ruins, with simple stone walls ready for your personalised decorations. Most will have courtyards and balconies, walls and towers to explore, and make beautiful spots for your photos.
Southsea Castle in Portsmouth looks out over the sea, with a black and white lighthouse watching over ships in the Solent. In the heart of Southsea seafront, it’s a great location for a seaside wedding and you can go for photos on the beach and the bandstand. In the summertime the ramparts are a beautiful spot to sit and watch the sun go down over the water, and guests can spill out of the fixed marquee for drinks in the enclosed courtyard. If you are considering Southsea Castle for your wedding venue, I recommend checking out the Friday night Champagne bar on a sunny evening, with chilled out tunes and bubbly, it’s a perfect end to the working week.
At the other end of the seafront, the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth also sits on the seawall, overlooking the entrance to Portsmouth harbour. The archways, steps, walls and tunnels are great for photos, while guests will enjoy looking out to sea from the top of the tower. Inside, the ceremony and reception rooms are cosy and atmospheric.
Another seaside castle wedding venue is Highcliffe Castle near Christchurch and on the edge of the New Forest. A more elegant venue, built in the 19th century, Highcliffe has been restored after fire and offers a bright, light filled ceremony room looking out over the gardens, and a reception room. The castle itself has a dramatic front façade with huge doors and a perfect undercover spot for photos if its rainy. The main spot for photos though is the down on the sandy beach which is easily accessed from the castle grounds.
Lulworth Castle in Dorset is an imposing tall keep set in beautiful countryside by the stunning Jurassic coast. Another old castle restored after a fire, the inside is bright and fresh, with high ceilings, wooden floors and warm stonework. With several big areas inside, the wedding party can move through the different spaces from ceremony to wedding breakfast to evening reception, and there is loads of space outside for drinks in the grounds.
Beaulieu Domus is another consideration if you are looking for a wedding venue with the castle feel. The Domus sits within the ruins of the 800 year old Abbey in the Beaulieu estate in the New Forest. The beamed room, hung with tapestries, has a distinctly medieval feel, and the courtyard and surrounding grounds are pretty and ramshackle. I just love those arches.
What is the best Castle wedding venue? Imagine a deep blue lake, surrounded by rocky mountains and lemon and olive groves. A picture perfect medieval castle perched on the edge of the lake, overlooking the terracotta rooftops of the village it defends. I got married in Malcesine Castle on Lake Garda in Italy and think it was the most perfect wedding venue in the world.
Destination Wedding Photographer Amy Wass- Weddings in Italy, France and Worldwide
Barn wedding venues are the quintessential choice for rustic, country style weddings. A wedding in a Barn is perfect for a relaxed wedding which you can stamp your personality to. We have lots of stunning Barn wedding venues in the Hampshire and West Sussex area, set in pretty villages and amongst cornfields and downland.
I’ve photographed lots of lovely Barn weddings in the South, and wanted to share a few photos, tips and ideas if you are considering getting married in a Barn. You might think a barn seems a little rough and simple for a wedding, but most Barn wedding venues are beautiful buildings with high beamed ceilings, lit with fairy lights and chandeliers, and set in beautiful gardens looking out on fields and woodlands. The Tithe Barn in Petersfield has a high vaulted ceiling to rival most churches, while the gardens at Bury Court Barns are charmingly landscaped like any Country manor. I love photographing barn weddings, when you can have relaxed photos in a golden cornfield, or looking out across hills and pastures.
The uncomplicated decor of a wedding barn allows you to stamp your own style on your wedding, and barn wedding venues can be be gorgeously decorated with flowers, bunting, pom poms, lights, garlands and personal touches. Unlike a hotel, you will not have to share your venue with other guests, and you can often choose your own caterers or menus so you really have the wedding how you want, whether it be a relaxed hog roast or elegant 7 course dinner.
Most Barn wedding venues are licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can get married and hold your wedding reception all in one easy place with no bother moving guests from one place to other. Of course Wedding Barns are also perfect for wedding receptions if you are getting married in a pretty country church nearby. Some venues, such as Upwaltham Barns, Southend Barns and Rivervale Barns have separate buildings for your ceremony and reception, and many even have break out areas such as bars, quiet rooms and covered courtyards ideal for grandparents to escape the music, or kids to play. Some venues even have accommodation on site, with cosy cottages or bed and breakfast rooms for Bridal preparations and the first night of your honeymoon. Barn weddings allow you to have an outdoorsy wedding with the confidence you have a warm, dry and atmospheric retreat from the elements, so they are suitable for weddings in Spring, Autumn and Winter, as well as for Summer weddings.
If you are considering a Barn wedding here are some local venue’s you may want to look into.
Wedding Photographer at Barn Wedding Venues in Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey