Love was in the air this summer at Norwich Castle as dozens of couples said ‘yes’ to the city’s attraction.
With the pandemic wreaking havoc on the wedding industry, there was an element of catching up for the museum-based registrar and still is to some extent.
However, as restrictions began to ease, lovebirds once again flocked to Norwich Castle, the venue enjoying a busy summer of couples taking marital vows.
Following the disruption of 2020, the peak wedding season of 2021 saw normal service resume at the castle, as scores tied in the historic building.
A spokesperson for Norfolk County Council said: “From April to the end of September this year we will have held around 300 ceremonies at Norwich Castle which is typical of the summer season.
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“The last three months of 2021 will see the number of couples getting married at the castle more than double compared to 2019.
“This is because more and more people are happy to have a fall or winter ceremony this year.”
But due to pandemic-related cancellations, the castle faces a backlog of reservations, with the council warning people may have to wait until spring 2022 to enter.
The spokesperson added: “We are grateful to all the couples who have shown patience as the ceremonies were changed or rescheduled with each lockdown.
“We hope that all of the couples who celebrated at Norwich Castle and all places in Norfolk during the pandemic were able to have a special and memorable day for them given the difficult circumstances.
“Availability for future ceremonies can be found on our website and we recommend couples look into Spring 2022 for the next availability. We really can’t wait to see more couples hosting their ceremonies at Norwich Castle and all Norfolk venues in the future. “
Weddings have been rife at the castle for more than five years, with functions moved there after the Churchman House registry office closed in 2015.