Medieval Moods

 

If you’re looking for inspiration for music to set the mood at your medieval themed wedding, then I can’t recommend the Mediaeval Baebes enough. Their music is really enchanting. Their lyrics are inspired by medieval texts and played on classical instruments.

I was lucky enough to see them on a couple of occasions at the Joust Festival at Berkeley Castle and they were very compelling to watch and hear.

 

Speaking of Berkeley Castle, it’s a stunning venue in Gloucestershire and perfect for a medieval wedding with it’s amazing feasting hall and beautiful grounds.

 

 

The castle is exclusively yours for your special day and you can feel like royalty for a day and dine in the great hall, where real fires can be lit in the winter to have that added romantic ambiance.

 

 

 

Melville Castle, Edinburgh

Melville Castle is a stunning gothic castle situated in Edinburgh and only 20 minutes away from the city centre.

The castle itself would be a striking and gorgeous backdrop for your romantic wedding.

The castle is available for exclusive use for your special day, whether you require it for a whole weekend or one day and can cater to most sizes of wedding party. The ballroom can hold up to 100 guests. Perfect for a masquerade themed wedding.

A purpose built heated marquee will also be available from Spring 2013.

For more information, you can contact the team at Melville Castle at their website.

Lyme Park

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Lyme Park in Stockport has a very special place in my heart.

I first encountered it on the television screen when it was Pemberley in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

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Many will recognise the great house in the famous wet shirt scene from this adaptation, but dripping Mr Darcy aside, the house stands in such majestic and beautiful surroundings that I fell in love with the house as I did with the romance between Elizabeth and Darcy.

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I have been lucky enough to walk the grounds and deer park and stand in awe at the scale and grandeur of the house. It has been too many years since I was last there.

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Unfortunately, Lyme Park is not licensed for civil ceremonies, however they do offer evening marquee receptions.

I was reminded of Lyme Park as a result of watching The Awakeningwith my husband.

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I have always associated the house with safe romance and I’m so familiar with the house as Pemberley. However, it was interesting to see Lyme Park in a more atmospheric, spooky setting.

Eastnor Castle

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So, you’ve won the heart of the handsome prince, you have the princess dress. What about the fairytale castle?

Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, with views of the stunning Malvern Hills, is a dream come true wedding venue, with its dramatic turrets, lake and surrounded by trees.

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Bedrooms are grand and luxurious, several with four poster beds. Imagine retiring to this kind of setting for your wedding night. Oh, swoon!

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Eastnor is also licensed for civil ceremonies which can be held in the Gothic drawing room.

For more castle wedding venues, visit a wedding venue directory such as http://www.weddingvenues.com/