Have you always wanted to feel like a princess for a day? Well your wedding may be just the chance you have been awaiting! Read on for suggestions about planning a romantic castle wedding that is fit for royalty.
There are actually a variety of approaches to take for a castle wedding. There is the opulent over-the-top type of castle, adorned with gilt at every turn. Then there is the slightly run down shabby chic type of castle that is a bit off the beaten path. And there is even the brand-new castle, built especially to host special events like weddings. The type that best suits your wedding will depend on your style, your location or willingness to travel, and of course, your budget.
The grand wedding in a centuries old European castle is a celebrity favorite. From Ireland to Italy to France, the rich and famous can be found renting out entire castles to accommodate their jet-setting guests and to provide the perfect backdrop for their wedding celebration. If your budget is limitless, by all means feel free to emulate those stylish newlyweds! However, even for those whose wedding budget is a bit more down-to-earth, a castle wedding can be a possibility.
Certainly, the oldest and most authentic castles will be found in Europe. Happily, you do not have to marry into a royal family to be able to host your wedding in a genuine castle in the Old Country. Many are more than happy to rent out a part of the premises for weddings (if you are not leasing the entire castle for your guests, obviously this will cut way back on the cost). Ideally, it would be wonderful to rent a castle located in the part of the world from which your ancestors hailed. For example, if you are a proud son or daughter of Erin, what could be more amazing than holding your wedding in a magnificent old Irish castle?
If trans-Atlantic travel is not in the cards, look for a castle closer to home. In some regions, there are actual old stone castles which can be rented. If not, look for the grandest and most regal reception venue in your locale. Another fun idea is to go with the fantasy style royal wedding that can be held at Disneyworld. Who wouldn't want to be Cinderella for a day?
Once you have found your dream venue, it is time to start making more of the wedding plans. As with any wedding, the bride's attire will take center stage. For a romantic castle wedding, you will want to find a wedding gown that is fit for a princess. Look for details such as rich embroidery, luxurious fabrics, and full ballgown skirts. Keep in mind that castles are old, and so anything too modern will look out of place.
This regal opulence should extend to your choice of accessories. Unless you are actual royalty, a full suite of bridal diamonds may be out of reach. However, you can create a fabulous look with custom bridal Swarovski necklaces. As simple or as elaborate as you like, bridal necklaces that are custom made with Swarovski crystals will give you a lot of glamor and sparkle without hurting your budget. Finish off your regal attire with a gorgeous tiara and a long flowing veil.
The rest of your wedding design should be equally fabulous and magnificent. Tall impressive centerpieces, top-notch bands, and feasts fit for a king are the hallmarks of a castle wedding. And last but not least, don't forget to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime wedding photographs that can be taken at a spectacular castle.