When you read the fairy tales and watch the Disney movies, getting married in a Castle is pretty standard, right? The Princess marries in the grand Castle with her big gown, the sparkly tiara, and handsome Prince and they all live happily ever after. Whilst you may roll your eyes at the cliche Disney-like image, having your big day in a Castle is not as far-fetched and unrealistic as you may think. It does not have to be all singing all dancing either if a grand affair is not quite you. Working with a wedding planner can help tailor the day perfectly to your preferences and desires to make it truly reflect the two of you.
Great Britain boasts a variety of traditional British castles providing incredible backdrops and landscapes. You can feel close to your friends and family with the intimacy of Castle banqueting, but also in your own little World in a remote location surrounded by the beauty of the countryside and historical experiences.
Castles are usually offered exclusively to avoid the danger of having to share your venue with another couple as can so often happen at large hotels or venues. Become lost in your own big day, many of which have accommodation facilities either inside of the Castle or located on its grounds.
You can create your own fairy tale or take a more traditional Medieval twist on your Wedding day with the assistance of your specialist planner. Castles can create an incredibly romantic atmosphere with so many options available to you. If you are thinking more King Henry than Rapunzel, then check out our favourite Medieval traditions below to get your creative juices flowing and spark your British Castle inspiration!
The veil, the great protector
Brides wearing a veil has become less popular in recent decades, although is now making quite a comeback. The Wedding Veil was actually introduced in Medieval times by Knights returning from the Crusades. The veil symbolizes purity of the Bride and it covering her face was believed to protect her from evil.
Orange is the new… well… the flower!
Flowers at Weddings became incredibly popular in Medieval times and have remained so since; whether they be decorative around the room or venue, table centrepieces or worn by various members of the bridal party. One particular trend was using beautiful orange blossoms. These were rare and symbolized wealth; only the rich could afford such expensive flowers. Rich oranges can be complemented by warm reds, bronze metallic’s and autumnal elements for Weddings in the colder seasons or brightened with pinks or yellows for a colourful, summery feel.
Make a mess
There is nothing quite like a Medieval Feast! Banqueting became very much the centre of any social event with big, hearty meals taking a great focus at Weddings. As with most banquets, guests would be sat into small groups, very similar to arranging your seating plan nowadays, although these small groups were frequently referred to as a ‘mess’. Each ‘mess’ of guests would share the food served on the table. Alike a buffet, large dishes would be placed in the centre of the table and guests could help themselves to the delicious variety on offer. Three courses were very traditional although, just like we still see with some Weddings, up to seven courses were often indulged in! From soup to cheese, exquisite foods very similar to what we still eat today would be served although no ‘mess’ dare start the course before the Bride or Groom!