The castle is an ideal venue for your wedding if you are looking for a beautiful setting with the opportunity to do something that is really personal – because you have the freedom to choose and arrange every aspect of your special day. From the moment you receive your guests until the last dance is over, its up to you to decide the look, the timetable, the menus, the entertainment, and all the little details that makes your wedding uniquely yours.
Of course, this takes a lot of time and planning but we can give you some guidance to help you reach the right decisions for you. You have to be ready to invest a bit of your time, and discover your talents. Organising your own wedding day is a significant commitment that you make as a couple, knowing you have the help of family and friends – not unlike marriage – and indeed it can be an excellent preparation for married life, if it's a realistic choice for you.
What do we supply?
We offer you the use of up to six reception rooms of which the largest are the Ballroom and Armour Gallery each seating 150/170 guests, or nearly 200 with a compact table layout. The other rooms range from two-thirds to one third the size. The rooms open off each other, each has a different character and style, most with polished oak floors, high vaulted ceilings and working fireplaces for log fires. We supply the rooms entirely unfurnished or with some furnishings, and you transform them into dining rooms, dance rooms and sitting-out areas by hiring your chairs and tables and borrowing a few of our sofas.
In addition, we have a lovely enclosed, lawn courtyard which makes a perfect entrance, and backdrop for champagne, canapés and photos to start your reception, or to escape into for a breath of fresh air later in the evening.
We are not licensed for marriage services, but can hold a service of blessing in the chapel following a registry office marriage. The chapel within the castle and can seat 70-100 people and is licensed for all Anglican worship. If you qualify for marriage in this parish (see the Church of England website) then you could marry in the beautiful parish church of St Brandon's, adjacent to the castle.
What will it cost?
There is a flat rate for use of the venue, plus a charge per room that you use, and heating as required, so the cost will depend on the size of your event but is likely to be in the range of £3,500 - £4,500 plus VAT
What do you have to do?
You hire the chairs, tables and anything else you want to use; choose and book any musicians, arrange the caterers and (generally through the caterers) all other staff and bar staff you need. In the three days before your wedding you set the rooms up to your own design and add what flowers or decoration you choose. In the day or two after the wedding you (or a team of relations!) tidy it all away again.