26/06/2020 | Wedding

What Makes Farnham Castle Different?

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Bride and groom walking out of Farnham Castle with friends and family

There are dozens of things to consider when choosing a wedding venue. This article shares why Farnham Castle stands out from so many other wedding venues in Surrey.

Wedding venues come in all different shapes and sizes in Surrey, but having hosted weddings, parties and events for 900 years, we know that we have enough versatile space and grounds to advise you of how and where we can host your perfect celebration with us.

What makes Farnham Castle in Surrey a unique wedding venue? Below, we’ve listed 10 reasons as to why we think our historic wedding venue stands out from the rest!

  1. Farnham Castle’s History

You don’t have to love history to choose an historic castle wedding venue for your big day, but lots of our couples do. You may think that an historic wedding venue may appear dark and dated, but Farnham Castle has been updated extensively over the years and offers light, bright space throughout, with the added bonus of historic architecture and features, and stained-glass windows unlike any other venue.

  1. Grounds and Gardens

Aside from the spectacular Great Lawn, Farnham Castle is surrounded by historic walls and boasts a Norman Keep. Overlooking the pretty town of Farnham in Surrey, Farnham Castle offers unique photographic opportunities across the Surrey wedding venue’s grounds – don’t forget to look for our blue doors!

  1. Wedding Ceremonies On-Site

Farnham Castle offers 5 locations for civil wedding ceremonies plus 2 Chapels for Church of England wedding ceremonies. Capacity wise, The Great Hall can seat up to 200 wedding guests for a wedding ceremony, and the Lantern Hall up to 150 guests; for more intimate weddings, The Library can seat up to 77 guests and of course there’s the stunning Winchester Suite for just over 100 guests. The Norman Chapel seats up to 80 guests, and The Bishop’s Chapel up to 60 guests,  but live streaming of ceremonies can mean that all your guests can see you make your vows, if you choose one of our two Chapels but want to invite more guests to the Castle for your wedding. From Spring 2021, Farnham Castle will be offering outdoor weddings – available to book from now! Click here to find out more from our team.

  1. In-House Kitchen Team

Farnham Castle’s Head Chef, Simon Lloyd, has been leading the kitchen for over 14 years. His experience and his passion for culinary creativity is clear and apparent with every dish presented. Farnham Castle receives outstanding reviews for the food it serves, and if a couple were ever looking to present something a little different than offered by our current wedding menus, Simon and his team are always delighted to discuss individual ideas and create bespoke menus.

  1. Planning Expertise

Farnham Castle has a full team of wedding specialists, ready to help you plan a perfect wedding. From your initial enquiry, through to your wedding day, our in-house team of experts will help guide and support you throughout your wedding planning journey. They’ll even be there on the day of the wedding to support you with any last-minute requests.

  1. Wedding Privacy

The approach up to Farnham Castle is extremely special and knowing that your wedding celebration will take place within the Castle walls couldn’t feel more private. Our teams are also very discrete when helping you plan your special occasion, regardless of how big or small. We are here to help you!

  1. Accommodation

Farnham Castle is a private venue with 33 characterful en-suite bedrooms on-site, all with views of the grounds, and are ideal for any wedding guests wishing to stay overnight. Our bedrooms comprise of single, twin and double rooms, plus an extra glamorous Honeymoon Suite for the newlywed couple to enjoy on their wedding night. The following morning, guests and the newlyweds can meet for breakfast in The Library before saying goodbye to Farnham Castle.

  1. Bridal Preparation Suite

Not every wedding venue in Surrey will be able to offer a gorgeous bridal preparation suite such as The Gatehouse – and you won’t realise how valuable having this opportunity is, until you think about how stress-free it will be to prepare for your wedding on-site. Our unique 3-bedroom cottage allows bridal parties access from 8am on the morning of the wedding so that the bride and her best girls can get ready for the wedding in complete comfort. Why not order a food hamper with celebratory Champagne to enhance your bridal prep? Our teams can make this happen! Hair and Makeup stylists may be invited into The Gatehouse, so that everything is kept private until the bride and bridesmaids make their way across the courtyard and up Fox’s Steps, into Farnham Castle ahead of the wedding ceremony.

  1. Wedding Suppliers

Our teams will help you plan the general format for your wedding, but when it comes to decorating your day, we can introduce you to our hand selected list of wedding suppliers, all of whom have worked with couples at Farnham Castle many times over. For inspiration on how to decorate your wedding at Farnham Castle, browse our gallery, or check out our popular Pinterest page – a platform full of unique wedding décor ideas to inspire you ahead of your big day.

  1. Photographic Opportunities

There are an unlimited number of wedding photo hot-spots in and around Farnham Castle. From the backdrop of the Castle and Keep to The Great Staircase, high ceilings and dramatic windows. The character of this historic building is just unlike any other wedding venue in Surrey, or the world for that matter.

If you’d like to find out more about hosting your own special day at Farnham Castle, please complete this form and one of our wedding specialists will email you a brochure.

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