All the romantic nooks, secret places, breathtaking art and architecture and of course all the stories told on every step….
Chateaux, Castles, monasteries (or any historical buildings really) full of charm, mystery and romance are hands down one of my favourite things. I am utterly in love with any building that falls into this category. I love to wander around, soaking up the atmosphere and explore. It just really fuels my imagination and inspiration.
If we are going on holiday or even just doing a little trip, you can bet that visiting a few chateaux is right at the top of our holiday to do list. Places like Loire Valley or Czech Republic leave me literally swooning and clapping my hands with excitement, with some real beauties like Chenonceau, Chambord, Cesky Krumlov, Karlstejn and Hluboka to name a few of my favourites.
So if you are also charmed by this kind of romance and beauty, and perhaps dreaming about a small and intimate wedding in a beautiful castle with a gorgeous outdoor space, this is definitely the one place for you to consider in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey Channel Islands (also know as Gorey Castle)
This place is one of the dreamiest places in Jersey – and it will most certainly be a memorable place which sets the perfect scene and mood for your intimate wedding. Over looking the sea, with views of the french coast and the cutest little harbour of Gorey.
You can sip on chilled champagne right at the top of the castle battlements with your wedding guests, whilst you enjoy the view, gentle breeze and lulling of the ocean.
As for some of the basic facts for you. The castle is located on the East coast of Jersey, and was built to protect against French invasion, over 800 years ago. It is also one of the best-preserved castles in Britain.
– striking backdrops for your wedding
– breathtaking views over the east coast, the sea and France
– various backdrops for your wedding photos
– various indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony (Medieval Great Hall – civil ceremonies; religious ceremonies can be held inside the Chapel of St George or at an outside altar at the heart of the castle)
– various locations for your reception drinks (the de Carteret, Garden, the Middle Ward or the Grand Battery)
– knight fighting reenactment and entertainment available (including firing of the cannon)
– wedding receptions can be held in a marquee in the lower castle or in a choice of rooms inside the castle.
The only disadvantage is that to reach the top of battlements (where the medieval great hall is) there are many steps, and therefore not very easy to access for elderly or disabled people
Some basic information:
Ceremonies available – Civil, religious and civil partnerships
Capacity ceremony 100
Reception marquee capacity 130
Reception in the castle up to 60
Receptions on site until 1.00am
Biodegradable confetti permitted
Red wine permitted
Stiletto heels permitted
Only one wedding on site at a time and you also get a wedding co-ordinator.
The castle has a music licence and receptions can be held till 1 am with a choice from various caterers
As for the actual process, here is an excerpt from the fabulous Jersey Heritages’ website:
“We are here to help with the plans for your wedding day. The Jersey Heritage Wedding Co-oridnator will initially show you around the site, advise on plans and arrangements and be on site throughout the day to ensure all runs smoothly. For those getting married overseas, Jersey is the perfect location as wedding law only requires couples to be resident for 72 hours; to find out more read the information on Jersey wedding law in the link below.”
To learn more about the castle and hire options.
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Telephone +44 (0)1534 633312
Guest accommodation and things to do in the area
The castle is located just above a gorgeous little village and marina, full of fabulous restaurants (Sumas & Feast to name a few); as well as plenty of charming hotels and guest houses at the village and along the beach promenade.
There is literally everything you can think of to do there…. a few shops, nice beach near by as well as a really good golf course. Not to mention plenty of options for walks, water sports and exploration…
Not to mention the fact of easy and frequent bus route to the town and other parts of the island. If you have a hired car, there is also ample of parking.
And here are a few more photos to give you an idea of the place & a wedding there.