From Noor Fares’ One Thousand and One Nights-inspired wedding in Normandy to Sabine Ghanem’s Dangerous Liaisons-themed nuptials in Rome, there’s been no shortage of fantastical, fairytale-esque weddings this summer that have left us both speechless and daydreaming of over-the-top wedding-venue possibilities. Click through the gallery to discover ten of the most beautiful castles in the world and get inspired for your very own big day.
Château de Voisin, France
Located just outside of Paris, the magnificent Château de Voisin is where Peter Copping’s first bride, Saudi Arabian PR Executive Haifa Snobar, and husband Mohammed Abu Ghazaleh recently chose to celebrate their nuptials in the company of 450 guests.
Adare Manor, Ireland
This neo-gothic, 840-acre estate is located in the charming and historic Irish village of Adare, Co. Limerick. The chateau-turned-hotel features a golf course, bikes to hire, and an on-property spa, so your wedding party will have plenty of entertainment options pre- and post-‘I dos’.
Tel: (+35) 3 6160 5200
Castle Howard, England
This ornate, luxurious 18th-century home is set in a property that boasts over 1,000 acres of parkland with a breathtaking array of fountains, lakes, and temples, perfect for a garden wedding. Fees to rent Castle Howard begin at AED 86,000.
Tel: (+44) 165 364 8333
Odescalchi Castle, Italy
Want to exchange nuptials like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? First, head to the magnificent Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. Next, be willing to dish out around AED 36,000 – which is the starting price for one of the medieval castle’s customizable wedding packages.
Tel: (+39) 6 99 80 2379
Oheka Castle & Estate, USA
This magnificent mansion, which rests on Long Island’s highest point, can accommodate 400 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 1,000 guests for one of its famous Great Gatsby-themed affairs.
Tel: (+1) 631 659 1400
Highclere Castle, England
Keen to get married in Downton Abbey? Now you can – for a cool price tag of AED 88,000. This gloriously romantic castle promises to turn your wedding day into a period drama. Costumes optional.
Tel: (+44) 163 525 3210
Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland
Pull a Victoria and David Beckham and get hitched in Dublin at this gothic castle set on 560 acres of manicured gardens. For those particularly keen to follow in the power couple’s footsteps, be sure to include the 18-piece live orchestra the Beckhams are rumored to have hired for their big day. The price of a wedding at Luttrellstown Castle begins at AED 47,747.
Tel: (+35) 3 1860 9600
Château de Challain, France
The Château de Challain offers full-service destination wedding packages that include a makeup artist, watercolor artist, jazz band, and fireworks to make your wedding day even more memorable and magical.
Manoir de Lebioles, Belgium
Set in the heart of the Ardennes forest and dubbed Belgium’s Versailles, the Manoir de Lebioles pretty much guarantees the most stunning back-to-nature wedding photos imaginable.
Tel: (+32) 87 79 19 00
Rosecliff Mansion, USA
Originally commissioned by the heiress to a Nevada silver fortune, the Rosecliff property in Newport, Rhode Island, is one of the most well-known mansions in the United States. And it’s no wonder, considering the estate’s ocean views and colorful gardens.
Tel: (+1) 401 847 1000