Stunning Castles Where You Can Get Married Even If You’re Not a Royal
Even before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their wedding venue, it probably seemed inevitable that they’d choose a castle or a palace. But you don’t have to be a member of the royal family — or marrying into the royal family — to have a wedding at a castle. In fact, you don’t even have to have a passport to visit many of these castles. After all, there are many castles where you can get married right here in the United States.
Below, check out the most fairy-tale-ready castles where you could tie the knot.
1. Biltmore House
- Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Martha Stewart recommends the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, as one of the most gorgeous castles where you can get married without leaving the United States. The chateau-style mansion ranks as the largest privately-owned house in the nation. It dates to the height of the Gilded Age. And in addition to its gorgeous architecture, the property features an expansive front lawn where up to 500 guests could watch you exchange vows. Plus, you and your guests can enjoy spa treatments, horseback riding, and even winery visits without having to leave the property.
Next: This Michigan castle boasts gorgeous grounds.
2. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
- Location: Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
One of the most beautiful castles where you can get married is the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Michigan. Despite the beautiful architecture of the home, Martha Stewart characterizes the landscape as the real pride and joy of the property. Landscape designer and conservationist Jens Jensen designed the grounds with woodlands, meadows, and wetlands. The naturalistic style offers a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.
Next: You can choose from two castles on this New York property.
3. Guggenheim Estate
- Location: Port Washington, New York
A few of the castles where you can marry boast gorgeous ocean views. That includes the mansions at the Guggenheim Estate, also known as Sands Point Preserve. Located in Port Washington on the north shore of Long Island, the property offers two excellent venue choices. You can choose Hempstead House, a 50,000-square-foot Tudor-style mansion. Or go with Falaise, a Norman-style mansion. Either way, you and your guests will enjoy an expansive lawn and gorgeous gardens.
Next: This Massachusetts castle has art and architecture from several medieval periods.
4. Hammond Castle
- Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
The property’s architect built Hammond Castle between 1926 and 1929. Inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. had it constructed on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The architectural features of the structure — plus the extensive collection of art and artifacts inside it — span several medieval periods. And Hammond’s project inspired John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to create what is now known as The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Manhattan. You could have your wedding or reception in the Great Hall, the Renaissance Dining room, the Courtyard, or the Oceanside lawn.
Next: This remains the only castle in the United States where royalty has lived.
5. Iolani Palace
- Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
You don’t need to be royalty to celebrate at a castle in Hawaii. But you may feel like it at this royal residence: Martha Stewart reports that Iolani Palace served as the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy until 1893. As such, the publication characterizes Iolani Palace as the only true castle on American soil. You can exchange vows on the gorgeous palace grounds, then celebrate at the Iolani Barracks. Or you could even host your event at the Coronation Pavilion and lawn.
Next: Gilded Age millionaires built this Nebraska property.
6. Joslyn Castle
- Location: Omaha, Nebraska
You can find castles to get married in across the United States, even in the midwestern state of Nebraska! The 35-room Scottish Baronial Revival mansion cost $250,000 to complete in 1903, or about $7 million in 21st-century dollars. (Gilded Age millionaires George and Sarah Joslyn built the property.) As Martha Stewart reports, the castle “allows weddings to take over its grounds and first two floors.” So you and your guests can enjoy the grand architecture and beautiful grounds no matter where you plan your ceremony and reception.
Next: This Louisiana castle overlooks a river.
7. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
- Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol might not sound like the most likely wedding venue. But Martha Stewart puts it on the list of castles where you can get married because of its neo-Gothic medieval style. New York architect James Dakin designed the capitol building on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The building currently houses a museum, and Martha Stewart reports that “black-and-white checkerboard flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows give the space a festive, New Orleans-style air. ”
Next: This castle is located right in the city of Atlanta.
8. Rhodes Hall
- Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Martha Stewart reports that many people refer to Rhodes Hall as Atlanta’s “Castle on Peachtree.” The property boasts Romanesque Revival architecture with a traditional Victorian interior. The historic residence has stained glass windows and a grand mahogany staircase. Plus, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the city from the building’s roof. As Martha Stewart notes, you can have your reception either indoors or outdoors at this property.
Next: This Rhode Island property hosted numerous Gilded Age parties.
- Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Roseclif is one of the many gorgeous mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and one of the castles where you can get married. In fact, Roseclif has Newport’s largest ballroom. The mansion dates to 1902, and it hosted many incredible events during the Gilded Age. Martha Stewart reports that the property’s architect modeled it after Grand Trianon, a baroque pavilion in Versailles that King Louis XIV built as a getaway. You’ll enjoy gorgeous views both indoors and outdoors. (Think a French-style ballroom with a trompe l’oeil ceiling, and a terrace with beautiful ocean views.)
Next: This castle mimics the design of a property in England.
10. Searles Castle
- Location: Windham, New Hampshire
Next on Martha Stewart’s list of the castles where you can get married? Searles Castle, an English Tudor castle on a 175-acre New Hampshire estate. Edward F. Searles, an interior decorator and antique collector, commissioned the property. Architect Henry Vaughn designed the residence in the style of Stanton Harcourt Manor in Oxon County, England.
Next: This castle offers numerous options for your ceremony and reception.
11. Thornewood Castle
- Location: Lakewood, Washington
Martha Stewart points to Thornewood Castle in Washington state as the perfect example of old-world architecture. The property offers both indoor and outdoor venues for your wedding. (Perfect for staying prepared for Washington’s rainy climate!) You can plan your ceremony and reception in the Sunken English Garden, the Lakeside Lawn, the front Castle Lawn, the Loggia, the Ballroom, or the Great Hall. Plus, despite the distinctly old-world aesthetic, Martha Stewart reports that Thornewood offers some very modern amenities. (Think lakefront fireworks and on-site helicopter landings.)
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