8 Gorgeous Castle Venues Right Here in the US
What's the best way to feel like royalty on your wedding day? Book a castle—really! Here are six stunning castles and sprawling estates right here in America you can book for your wedding.
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
With 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, an indoor pool, gym and a bowling alley, the Biltmore Estate is America's largest home. The 8,000-acre estate was built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt and modeled after the classic chateaus in France. Have your wedding there and you can exchange vows on the tented lawns with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forests, and host your cocktail hour in the Gallery, which has amazing floor-to-ceiling windows. Want to arrive in true 19th-century style? The Biltmore Estate also offers carriage rides for couples.
Falkenstein Castle, Burnet, Texas
Located 50 miles west of Austin, this 174,240-square-foot castle feels like something out of a dream. Modeled after the Neuschwanstein castle in Germany, Falkenstein Castle captures the romance and culture of a different period. Say your vows in the grand Gothic Chapel, with its arched doors, 35-foot-high ceilings and hand-carved French altar. Then head to its scenic Lily Pond or Butterfly Garden for fantastic photo ops.
Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
By 1947, American newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst had transformed his father's sprawling California ranch land into an exquisite retreat, his La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill), or Hearst Castle. The property's complex now includes the main structure with two grand towers and 165 rooms, three guest houses, pools, fountains and 127 acres of gardens.
Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii
Truly a castle built for a king, Iolani Palace is the only official royal palace in the United States. King Kalakaua erected this extraordinary 104-room palace in 1882 in American Florentine style. You can host your wedding on the grounds of Iolani Palace or, for your reception, consider the Iolani Barracks, which sits adjacent to the palace.
Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, New York
Say "I do" overlooking the Hudson River at Lyndhurst, a stately Gothic Revival mansion that will take you back in time and make everyone feel like royalty. Only 35 minutes outside of Manhattan, this 67-acre estate offers so many settings for your nuptials. Walk down the aisle on the great lawn or through the lush rose garden, enjoy views of the Hudson at cocktail hour from the veranda, then eat and dance the night away in the carriage house and courtyard.
OHEKA Castle Hotel & Estate, Huntington, New York
Built in 1919 and named after Otto Hermann Kahn (the philanthropist who built it), OHEKA Castle Hotel & Estate, an hour outside of Manhattan, is the second-largest private residence ever built in America (right behind the Biltmore Estate). The French-style mansion has 126 rooms, has been largely restored, and serves as a hotel, spa and a dramatic wedding venue. The castle has several rooms to accommodate parties of all sizes, from 450 guests for a ballroom reception to a banquet with 30 friends and family in the Addie Kahn Room.
Pythian Castle, Springfield, Missouri
Constructed in 1913, the 40,000-square-foot Pythian Castle is home to an exquisite theater and ballroom, which are decorated in a royal purple, red and gold color palette. For more intimate weddings, ceremonies can be held on the front steps with the castle as a backdrop. And to make sure you're on familiar ground during your first dance, the venue offers dance lessons too.
Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, Rhode Island
Featured in several Hollywood hits, like The Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses, Rosecliff is home to Newport's largest private ballroom and a grand, heart-shaped staircase—perfect for your wedding party photos. Finished in 1902, this palatial estate is one of the ornate Gilded Age mansions of the turn of the century, making it just the spot to host your elegant New England nuptials.