Are you a hopeless romantic whose heart goes thump at Disney movies? Have you always dreamed of getting married in a castle, a place or a manor? While most of us commoners will not be able to snag a prince like Meghan Markle, you can still channel your inner princess at a plethora of venues. We curated a list of five fabulous spots where you can tie the knot Cinderella-style!
Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia
Ljubljana Castle offers a plethora of wedding experiences. For a civil wedding ceremony, the happy couple can choose from 9 venue locations, ranging from simple to more luxurious. Locations include several renovated historical halls, the Castle vineyard, and the Castle moat. For a more traditional wedding, couples can opt for a church ceremony, which takes place in the 15th century chapel of St. George. Ljubljana Castle also hosts and can organize wedding receptions in one of six castle halls.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
Ashford Castle, the incredible 800-year-old 5-star castle hotel set on 350 acres in County Mayo on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, offers a spectacular fairytale dream wedding come true. With a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains, the historic 13th-century castle hotel today features 83 guestrooms, suites, and a Lakeside Cottage. Having welcomed royalty, heads of state and celebrities, Ashford’s experienced in-house wedding planners are equipped with all the skills, talent and enthusiasm required to make every moment utterly magical. Couples can even hire the entire estate so it’s exclusively theirs.
Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire, England
Built in 1666 by the Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, Cliveden House has a long list of royal guests; from Meghan Markle, who famously stayed there the night before her wedding, to Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. The castle is set on 376 acres of perfectly manicured National Trust gardens and sits on the banks of the River Thames. Part of the Relais & Châteaux association, Cliveden treats its guests like royalty. The castle is perfect for weddings, honeymoons and everything in between. Located just 30 miles from central London, it’s the perfect escape from the city!
Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
Blantyre, the historic five-star property and estate in the Berkshire Mountains is nestled on 110 acres and is a stunning country manor like no other. It’s one of the only remaining gilded-age mansions in the Berkshires. Couples can toast their nuptials in the world’s only Dom Perignon champagne salon, dine in private alcoves with fireplaces and chandeliers, and unwind in the property’s boutique spa.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice, Italy
A true floating fairytale, San Clemente Palace Kempinski sparkles in a lovely private island brimming with luscious landscapes, breathtaking views, and royal charm. One of the many magical venues to unite is an ancient church on a private Venetian island.
Stacey Marcus is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle writer, publicist and content strategist. Her work has appeared in Boston magazine, Boston Common, Bride & Groom Magazine, Destination I Do, Modern Luxury Weddings Boston and Chicago, Ocean Home and playboy.com among others. A former senior editor at New England Bride Magazine, Stacey is also a publicist for non-profit organizations and small businesses. She is the author of a children’s book, A Bed for Every Bear: Tuck’s Tale. Stacey enjoys writing about travel, trends, and romance.