If you're looking for a standout venue for your destination wedding, it's time to give a castle some serious consideration. Aside from the obvious draws — hello, you can get married in a castle — there are tons of logistical reasons why it's worth checking out a turreted locale for your nuptials. With tons of space to house your guests, a gorgeous backdrop for your vows, and lots of local history to absorb, these beautiful castles are the perfect way to truly feel like the king and queen on your big day.
We're spotlighting three amazing destinations for your fairytale "I dos!"
Why here: Ashford is a castle, seen above, with a capital C, with a glittering lake, endless lawns, and major historic cred. (It was built by the de Burgo family in 1228.) And with 83 guest rooms, it's the right size for a buyout.
Where to wed: Get married in one of two churches or in the walled Victorian gardens, then do diner in the lakeview dining room.
Insider tip: Ashford offers archery and falconry lessons for any members of your party who want to pick up new skills.
Why here: The official home of Hawaiian royalty until 1893, America's only actual palace remains sacred ground to locals.
Where to wed: Get hitched in the courtyard of the old military barracks or on the lawn of Coronation Pavilion, where King Kalãkaua and Queen Lil'uokalani were crowned.
Insider tip: You can't get married inside, but you can arrange for guests to take tours of the palace's galleries, where the royal family's crown jewels are displayed.
Why here: Built in 1893, this storybook resort in the walls of the old city just emerged from a $75 million renovation.
Where to wed: Take your first dance under the chandeliers of the huge Grand Ballroom in front of up to 1,000 of your closets friends.
Insider tip: Organize a cable-car trip to the top of Montmorency Falls. The views of the St. Lawrence River and Île d'Orléans are mind-blowing.
Keep this in mind if you do settle on a castle, though: Many castles, particularly in Europe, don't have the 21st-century amenities we're used to — like heating. Find out exactly what you'll need to bring in before signing on the dotted line.