If you’re anything like us here at Digital Coven then you will never, ever turn down the opportunity to let your spooky side out! So when we saw this recent survey by Hitched looking into the surge of popularity when it comes to Halloween wedddings, we weren’t suprised at all!
Even better, more people getting married are open to having it at a haunted house. Now, we’re delighted by this news as we’ve always loved haunted houses (and have even done an cleansing or two in our times, but those are blog posts for another day)
- More Brits (13%) are planning on getting married during the Halloween weekend in 2022 than they did in 2021, with more than 2,078 weddings planned around October 31st (Why weren’t we invited to these weddings, huh?)
- Almost a quarter (24%) of those polled say they would get married in a haunted house or castle, with another 1-in-10 saying that it would “depend”
- More than a third (36%) say that they would not avoid getting married on Halloween, with another third (34%) saying knowing a venue was haunted would not put them off
- Brits are searching online for ‘haunted castles’ around 1,000 times across the UK every month on average
Top 8 Haunted Wedding Venues in the UK
- Warwick Castle – Warwickshire – 110,000 Google searches per month
Who wouldn’t want to get married in one of the most famous castles in British history? But be warned; iconic Warwick Castle has more than a few skeletons in its closet. One of its many supernatural lodgers include Sir Fulke Greville, a tower resident allegedly murdered by his manservant, Eeeek!
- Alnwick Castle – Northumberland – 49,500 Google searches per month
Alnwick Castle is a memorable wedding venue as it was also a set location for Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Nice! The castle is also rumoured to play host to a hunchback vampire who stalks the grounds and spreads disease in its wake – remember to bring a mask!
- Wollaton Hall – Nottinghamshire – 46,819 Instagram tags
The incredible Grade I listed Elizabethan Wollaton Hall is a regular haunt for ghost hunters, eager to hear the murmuring voices in the corridors and catch a glimpse of the White Lady in Room 19.
- Blickling Hall – Norfolk – 18,100 Google searches per month
This National Trust wedding venue stands on the site of a mediaeval manor rumoured to be the birthplace of the famous Anne Boleyn. No if you know one thing about Emma ta digital coven, it’sthe fact that she is a Anne Boleyn superfan! Hopefully you have better luck in your marriage than she did! Best to visit on 19th May, the anniversary of her execution and reportedly the best time to spot her headless ghost.
- Pendennis Castle – Cornwall – 10,369 Instagram tags
Green fields, sea views and a historical venue part of the English Heritage group make Pendennis Castle a gorgeous wedding venue. It’s also home to some fabulous creepy activity via a host of ghostly sounds including children’s laughter, footsteps on the staircase, and the terrifying screams of former kitchen maid ‘Maud’.
- Amberley Castle – West Sussex – 9,900 Google searches per month
Thrill-seeking couples should definitely consider saying their vows in the Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle. It boasts twelve acres of landscaped gardens, mediaeval stonework, and enough space for up to 250 guests; 251 if you include resident ghost Emily, a young girl said to be hanging around the Herstmonceux Room.
- Lumley Castle – Durham – 9,900 Google searches per month
Believed to be the most haunted place in County Durham, this 14th century manor house is a seriously scary venue. The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is a likely uninvited guest, along with the mischievous phantom Black Jack, who enjoys playing pranks on guests.There are even themed escape rooms that you can book and play on site. Lumley Castle itself is beautiful, so if you want a scenic wedding, go ahead and book it… if you dare.
- Farnham Castle – Surrey – 7,963 Instagram tags
This picturesque wedding venue has more than one supernatural guest. Farnham Castle is said to be home to a spooky monk, phantom-like voices and ghostly children running across the upper balcony. If you’re lucky (or unlucky), you might even catch a glimpse of the shadowed figure which haunts the guardroom, and the young girl who lives on the staircase. I don’t about you but we’re booking our tickets already!
For the full list of the 13 most popular haunted wedding venues, Hitched has a full list over on their webiste : https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/organising-and-planning/haunted-wedding-venues/ Just make sure to invite us if you do plan a sppoky wedding!
Would you have a wedding at a hunted house or have you? If so let us know below as we’d love to hear all of the tea on how it went…I mean, talk about ghoul, I mean, cool!
Until Next time!
Featured image from hitched