The 13 Most Amazing Castle Wedding Venues in the U.S.
Planning a special day that's full of enchantment? You're going to want a storybook setting to match. While you'll find castle wedding venues scattered all across the country, one that truly checks all the boxes is sure to have palatial architecture, manicured gardens, a spot for an impressive dance floor, and chandeliers galore. For all that and more, look no further than these 13 gorgeous castle wedding venues located around the US. Complete with ages-old architectural details and gorgeous grounds, there's no better place to start your happily ever after than at one of these ultra-regal spots.
The Ashford Estate in Allentown, New Jersey
Dreaming of a wedding day that's fit for a royal couple? Head to The Ashford Estate in Central New Jersey where this picturesque estate beckons with fountains, gardens, arbors, pine trees, and aged stone walls. Couples and their wedding parties can also enjoy getting ready for the big day on site—the Ashford castle has an elegant parlor decorated with damask wallpaper, as well as, a distinguished library with leather furniture. Enjoy a ceremony in the ivy-covered barn and later move things into the grand ballroom which features a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers, and gold Chiavari chairs.
The Ashley Castle in Chandler, Arizona
If ever there was a venue that embraces the fairytale wedding aesthetic from top to bottom, it'd be The Ashley Castle, which was built in 2006 as a medieval-chic event venue. You'll find Gothic Revival-inspired touches throughout the property, from the suits of armor inside to the wrought-iron gazebo at the center of the sculpture garden outside. The icing on the cake? The Ashley Castle is one of few venues that actually embraces firework shows, so you can end the night in an ultra-dazzling fashion.
Bill Miller's Castle in Branford, Connecticut
This romantic wedding venue near the Connecticut shoreline flaunts equal parts elegance and rustic flair. The castle was originally built in the 1880s as a horse barn before the Miller family transformed it into a gorgeous wedding venue in the '60s. Now crystal chandeliers adorn its original reclaimed wood beams and the space is lit by the glow of roaring fireplaces. Bill Miller's Castle offers four separate wedding ceremony spaces including a gorgeous gazebo, a tree-encircled outdoor ceremony area, a chapel, and lastly, a ballroom with three-story with soaring cathedral ceilings.
The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina
If you're in search of a truly show-stopping fairytale wedding venue, the Biltmore Estate will no doubt fit your vision. The 19th century estate built for George Washington Vanderbilt II spans a whopping 178,926 square feet and was modeled after French Renaissance chateaus. Today the property boasts a winery, farm, inn, and several gardens, so the possible backdrops for your "I do's" are practically endless. For larger parties, consider hosting your wedding reception on the sprawling lawn in front of the home, or for smaller events, the the 1895 conservatory is a perfect fit.
Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan
This northern Michigan castle wedding venue truly embraces the regal theme. From its stone exterior and turrets to event spaces with names like "Knight's Castle," it seems the only element missing here a dragon. But while Castle Farms is fit for kings and queens, it's certainly more modern-meets-medieval in style than it is kitschy. The venue features a few different indoor and outdoor celebration spots, including the "King's Great Hall" which boasts two balconies offering views of a garden down below.
Castle in the Clouds in Moutonborough, New Hampshire
This lakeside New Hampshire castle wedding venue is a true breath of fresh air. Built in 1914 as a 16-room country estate on a mountaintop overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, the wedding venue offers both stately interiors and majestic natural surroundings. Castle in the Clouds boasts a number of enchanting features including a garden with a glittering fountain, a vintage trolley that will transport guests between venues on the property, and a ballroom with rustic beams and views out to the surrounding mountains and nearby lake.
Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia, Colorado
The castle the Cherokee Ranch and Castle is as equally gorgeous as its wildlife-filled setting. That's because the century-old structure, which was modeled off of 15th century Scottish castles, is surrounded by 3,400 acres of protected land just 30 miles from Denver. Say "I do" out on the lawn surrounded by elk, wild turkeys, antelope, and cattle and then enjoy 200-mile sight-lines out to the surrounding peaks from inside the Great Hall as you hit the dance floor during your wedding reception.
Hammond Castle In Gloucester, Massachusetts
Experience a destination wedding with no passports required at Hammond Castle. Located on the coast of Massachusetts, this beauty of this venue certainly rivals that of any castle you might find in Ireland or Scotland. The stunning cliffside castle was built in the 1920s to echo Medieval architecture per the vision of its owner, an inventor who wanted to use the home to showcase his Medieval and Renaissance artifacts. Between its ocean views, unparalleled architecture, and courtyard filled with lush tropical plants, romance is surely in no short supply here.
Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California
The Mission Inn brings European romance to life in sunny southern California thanks to two onsite chapels (one with Tiffany stained glass windows and a gilded 18th century altar) and several reception venues built in the Mission-Revival style. The Grand Parisian Ballroom, one of the venue's most opulent settings, was built to emulate the great hall of a European castle with 19-foot ceilings, dramatic damask draperies, 100-pound crystal chandeliers, and gilded cherub sculptures. Translation: It checks all the boxes.
Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York
This Long Island castle wedding venue is all about show-stopping glamour, reminiscent of Versailles. The mansion was built between 1914 and 1919 for banker Otto Hermann Kahn, and today features several ballrooms with towering ceilings, wood floors, and chandeliers as well as lawns and gardens that also function as event spaces. While the manor itself is stunning, it's also the grounds, notably the sunken French garden at the front of the home, that give it that extra wow-factor. Plus, fun fact: In addition to serving as a hotel and wedding venue, Oheka Castle has also been featured in a number of music videos including Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." Oh, and the in-house caterer will make your wedding planning experience a breeze.
Rhodes Hall in Atlanta, Georgia
Built in 1904 as the residence for a prominent furniture maker, Rhodes Hall is one of very few of Georgia's Romanesque Revival homes, a style characterized by arches and towers. Today, it serves as a museum and event space, but still intact are original features like stained glass windows and a spectacular mahogany staircase that's practically made for your grand entrance. In addition to utilizing the first floor of the granite structure for your soiree, events can also be held on the front porch and lawn.
Sands Point Preserve in Sands Point, New York
Sands Point Preserve, a 216-acre estate on Long Island, boasts not one but two regal wedding venues. The first, Hempstead House, is a 40-room manor designed in 1912 with a ground floor that's perfect for hosting a grand ball. The second option is a smaller but equally enchanting house dubbed Castle Gould, complete with a clock tower and medieval-inspired hall with high ceilings and wood beams. In warmer months, you might also entertain out on the property with the rose garden or Long Island Sound as the backdrop for your special day.
Thornewood Castle Inn & Gardens in Lakewood, Washington
While compared to many European countries the US isn't exactly known for its storied castles, Thornewood is as close to the real deal as it gets. In the early 20th century its original owner Chester Thorne built the home using pieces from from a 400-year-old castle that he had shipped from England and reassembled onsite to create a Tudor Gothic manor in the Pacific northwest. These days, celebrations at Thornewood take place outdoors in the sunken English garden surrounded by lush florals and sculptures or in the Great Hall in front of a grand fireplace with light pouring in from an array of 16th century stained glass windows.