Five Tips For Castle & Cathedral Weddings


Castle & Cathedral weddings in places such as the Cotswolds or further afield, have become increasingly popular as couples seek to tie the knot in a fairytale setting fit for royalty. With its rich history and majestic architecture, the area is home to some of the world's most breathtaking castles, providing the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony and reception. 


From the Cotswolds' picturesque countryside to Cornwall's rugged coastline, couples can choose from a wide range of stunning castles, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience for their special day. In this article, we'll share five tips for couples planning a castle wedding. 


Tip One

Naturally, you might think castles or Cathedrals are mainly for big weddings. But some castles have small chapels and halls, so they are perfect for more intimate ceremonies. For example, Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire has St. Mary's Church, which is still used for services today and is stunningly beautiful.

Tip Two

Consider the logistics when you are making your shortlist of regal venues. Castles are typically located in rural areas, which can be challenging to access for guests. Make sure you consider transportation options for your guests and factor in accommodation nearby the castle. Or choose one that has accommodations, like Clearwell Castle.

Zara Davis Wedding Photography Clearwell Castle Forest of Dean 5 castle wedding tips rain

Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean

Tip Three

It's good to know what is permitted on-site before you book your vendors. The use of drones, smoke bombs, pyrotechnics, and fireworks at castle weddings in Gloucestershire may be subject to local regulations and policies, and heritage laws. It is advisable to consult with the Castle/Cathedral staff to know what is allowed.

Zara Davis Wedding Photography Sudeley Castle Winchcombe Cheltenham Cotswolds Gloucestershire Cathedral Gardens

Sudeley Castle nr Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Tip Four

Always check if catering is done in-house or outsourced. If it is outsourced, ask if you can have a choice of which catering company is hired. Often in-house catering is more affordable, so a castle with in-house catering might save you some money if you are on a tight budget. Also, ask if food and drink menus can be customized.

It's your special day, so nice to have some flexibility to design a menu you are excited about. 


Tip Five

When it comes to venues, most castles are dreamy places for photo shoots. But they are also very spacious, so a solid plan for the photography is essential. I've shot at most of the castles in my local area of Gloucestershire, including one of my favorites which is Berkeley Castle, but I have Warwick Castle and Thornbury Castle on my wish list. I always love to hear the couple's favorite spots and have my own list of recommended castle corners that can't be missed. 


I hope this article has helped you on your romantic journey of finding the best castle for your wedding. As always, drop me a line if you want any advice about venues, photography, or anything wedding-related.

Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire