Whitby Castle, Rye, New York
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Located northeast of New York City, this castle overlooks Milton Harbor and Long Island Sound, but looks like it belongs in a storybook. Built in 1852, it mimics many of the original details found in Whitby Abbey in England, and you can schedule your big day to take advantage of the entire property—ceremony under an arch out front, cocktails on the sweeping patio and dinner in the grand ballroom—to fully appreciate the elegant charm Whitby Castle has to offer.
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Beardslee Castle, Little Falls, New York
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For those interested in a more intimate ceremony, consider a castle wedding in the small city of Little Falls, New York, about an hour west of Albany. The natural vinery growing on the exterior of Beardslee Castle adds an otherworldly charm to photos, and when guests are really ready to let loose, they can head to the dungeon for after-hour drinks seemingly from another era.
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Pythian Castle, Springfield, Missouri
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A 40,000-square-foot castle in the state's third-largest city, the interior of Missouri's Pythian is just as breathtaking as the exterior thanks to its lavish splashes of red, purple and gold. Make like a princess trapped by an evil villain and head to the tower for photos, where your groom can be your very own knight in shining armor (or tux, because that looks better).
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Castle Hotel, Orlando, Florida
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For a modern affair, this Central Florida venue may be perfect for your castle wedding. With Bavarian-inspired walls, ornate glass gates, chic ballrooms and the famous spires every castle must have, Castle Hotel is fitting for the upscale bride who wants a location as unique as she is.
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Castle Ladyhawke, Tuckasegee, North Carolina
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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Castle Ladyhawke is a venue that bleeds medieval authenticity—from their intricate spiral staircases and lavish bedroom suites to the cathedral-like Great Hall perfect for an indoor ceremony. The best part? The caretakers even thought of the guys, so while you spend the day getting ready they can relax at the on-site pub with modern features like billiards, darts and a flat-screen TV.
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Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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Built up high in the Ossipee Mountain Range, this venue gets its name because, well, it looks like a Castle in the Clouds. A wedding here would be one surrounded by nature, thanks to the vintage trolley rides that transport guests amidst lake and mountain views. And with the option to choose a ceremony on the front lawn, a gorgeous carriage house terrace or a ballroom with exposed beams and wrought iron banisters, you really can't go wrong.
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Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
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If you're looking for a big castle wedding, Biltmore Estate can most definitely deliver. With 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, an indoor pool, gym, and even a bowling alley, it's safe to say your guests will not only be entertained, but also might even get lost! Not to worry, though: Signage is an easy fix, and there's no way everyone attending won't feel the luxury as you exchange vows on the estate's grounds (with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forests, of course). Follow it up with cocktail hour in the Gallery, where you'll be greeted with floor-to-ceiling windows to keep your eye on all the natural beauty Asheville, North Carolina has to offer.
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Searles Castle, Windham, New Hampshire
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Grab your fairy godmother because at Searles Castle you get to become Cinderella. Brides have the option to enter via a real-life Cinderella carriage (or a limousine, but are you really going to choose that instead?), and the 175-acre English Tudor estate has a circular ceremony site perfect for your videographer to get a 360-degree view as you exchange vows. You just have to make one promise: Even if you don glass slippers, try not to flee at the stroke of midnight.
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Oheka Castle, Long Island, New York
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If you were born in the Roaring Twenties—or at least imagine how fabulous life would have been if you were—a castle wedding at Oheka is the perfect venue for you. Inspired by the Chateau in France, this estate was built in 1919 and offers the European ambiance many crave, but you only have to travel a few hours outside of Manhattan to get it. Have your guests dressed to the nines for your big day to really enjoy a party vibe reminiscent of the time, then let them sleep like royalty in one of the property's luxurious guest rooms or suites—but not before indulging in a slice of $2,000 buttercream wedding cake, which every couple receives when booking.
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Falkenstein Castle, Burnet, Texas
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Add some dramatic flair (of the non-Bridezilla variety) with a wedding at Falkenstein Castle. Your ceremony photos will be flooded with rich shades of red and gold—juxtaposed with arched doors and 35-foot ceilings—in the Gothic Chapel. Follow it up with scenic shots by the Lily Pond and Butterfly Garden to really round things out.
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