Sometimes, an average wedding venue is simply not enough. Secluded beaches and cavernous banquet halls are reliable go-to’s if you want something more luxe, but if you and your significant other’s taste tends to veer more towards the regal side of things, then you’ve got to say your “I dos” in a place fit for royalty. And by that, of course, we mean a castle — the most majestic and unforgettable of wedding venues. You need a destination wedding.
Here are six of the most luxurious castles on earth — perfect for your destination wedding. We’ve covered all the bases, from remote American castles (yes, they exist) to a sprawling French chateaux. You’re sure to feel like kings and queens in any of these venues.
6. CHILLON CASTLE – SWITZERLAND.
Nestled inbetween scenic Lake Geneva and the majestic Swiss Alps, Chillon Castle has inspired many famous figures over the years, from Victor Hugo to Lord Byron. It boasts a beach, a chapel, underground rooms, and four great halls-perfect for the couple who can’t quite choose where they want to wed. Not to mention, the castle makes its own wine, making beverages never too far away. Call 021 966 89 10 or visit http://www.chillon.ch/en/castle for more information.
5. SULLIVAN’S ISLAND CASTLE MUGDOCK – SOUTH CAROLINA.
If you crave the luxury feel of a castle with a little more tropical of a location, the church turned castle turned house on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina fits the bill. Located on the peak of the island, this small castle is away from it all on the waterfront. You can sip cocktails on the numerous balconies that look over the waterfront, or use the complimentary kayaks to explore the bay surrounding the island. For rental information, call 1 843 513 6466.
4. PALAZZO DI PALERMO – SICILY.
Built around a sixteenth century tower, this private castle in Palermo, Sicily is a fully contained oasis. The six bedrooms and bathrooms overlook a large private garden that has lakes, alleys, and a canal system that links the different garden exhibits. The inside of the castle has maintained its seventeenth century charm, with whirling frescos and crystal decked chandeliers in abundance. This castle is available through http://www.rentavillaeurope.com/property.php?no=ITSIC00347, or you can call 206 417 3444 for more information.
3. CASTLE OLIVER – IRELAND.
Located in the rolling hills of county Limerick, Castle Oliver rests in the heart of southern Ireland. Famous (or infamous) for playing host to Kim and Kanye’s honeymoon, this castle is decked out in rich fabrics and dark woods that exude aristocracy. Staying here will make you feel like royalty, whether that’s Irish or the American pop culture variety. Call (011) 353 0639 1826 or visit www.castleoliver.ie for information on renting the castle.
2. ODESCALCHI CASTLE – ITALY.
In Rome, Italy, Odescalchi Castle is built on the shore of the scenic Lake Bracciano. Known for hosting Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ 2006 nuptials, it boasts a historical museum with artwork from the Middle Ages, as well as impressive Renaissance architecture. This means plenty of high stone walls and towers for a little privacy for your own history-making vows. For more info, call 39.06.99.80.23.79, email [email protected], or visit http://www.odescalchi.it/.
1. CHATEAU D’ESCLIOMONT – FRANCE, for your destination wedding.
Chateau D’Escliomont is located in the heart of romance, nestled in the woods between Paris and Versailles in France. It is the fairy tale ideal, complete with balconies, turrets, and a moat surrounding it. Built in 1543 by the Lord of Esclimont, the Chateau is rich with history as well, making it the perfect mix of magical and historical for your special day. Call +33 (0) 18.104.22.168.15, email [email protected], or visit http://www.grandesetapes.com/en/ for more information on booking your ceremony.
Which of these is your ultimate castle wedding getaway? Let us know below in the comments.
Written by Katherine Mueller and Erin Kayata from Destination 42