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
I’ve just added a Weddings Abroad Photography Package to my wedding photography offer.
I myself got married abroad, in a beautiful medieval castle on Lake Garda in Italy. It was absolutely perfect for us, with the stunning scenery, delicious food and drink and very chilled out celebration with close friends and family. Malcesine is a gorgeous place for a wedding and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
I go to lots of lovely weddings but luckily I have never felt I could have done things better for my own wedding- except for the wedding photography. We paid to cover the formal stuff, but not the rest, and thinking friends would capture the day on their point and shoot cameras was a mistake- they weren’t there to do that, and so much got missed. As a wedding photographer now I kick myself at the opportunities missed and moments not captured of my own wedding day.
So, if you are getting married abroad remember the photography is can still be a really important part of your plans. You may get the resort photographer, who turns up and shoots some posed portraits and delivers the disc of straight out of camera jpegs with your breakfast the following day. You may get someone who doesn’t speak much English. You probably won’t get to meet them beforehand, scope out their style or work with them on an album afterwards.
If you book my destination wedding package you get the reassurance of a professional UK based photographer, someone who you can deal with before and after the wedding as well as on the day. Your photos are professionally edited and finished, and presented on disc and in a quality album to tell the story of your day. As well as full coverage of your whole wedding day I offer a more relaxed Day After portrait session for you to make the most of your location.
I’m currently offering bookings for Weddings Abroad at a £500 discount to my normal package price, plus expenses. Just fly me there, and put me up for a minimum of 3 nights.
I’m available for destination weddings for UK couples anywhere in the world. Just get in touch and tell me about your plans!