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

Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina

This estate is the largest privately-owned house in the nation. | Smithsonian Channel via YouTube

  • 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

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

If you love the outdoors, this property is perfect for you. | Edsel & Eleanor Ford House via YouTube

  • 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

Sands Point Preserve, or the Guggenheim Estate

There are multiple mansions to choose from on this property. | Sands Point Preserve via YouTube

  • 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

Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts

New Englanders should know about this castle location. | XFINITY Get Local On Demand via YouTube

  • 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

Iolani Palace in Hawaii

This looks like total paradise to us. | Drone Services Hawaii via YouTube

  • 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

Joslyn Castle in Omaha, Nebraska

This beautiful castle is known for being an amazing place for weddings. | KMTV 3 News Now via YouTube

  • 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

Louisiana's Old State Capitol

This castle comes highly recommended by Martha Stewart. | Louisiana’s Old State Capitol via YouTube

  • 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

Rhodes Hall in Georgia, the headquarters of the Georgia Trust

The architecture of this castle makes for the perfect fairytale wedding. | SPR Atlanta via YouTube

  • 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. 

9. Roseclif

Roseclif mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

The ballroom in Roseclif is said to be absolutely gorgeous. | The Rhode Show via YouTube

  • 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

Searles Castle in Windham, New Hampshire

Here’s another perfect location for a beautiful New England wedding. | USA Tourist Attractions via YouTube

  • 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

Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington

There are plenty of great spaces in and around this castle to celebrate your special day. | CNN Money via YouTube

  • 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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