Frequently Asked Questions
Question - Why did you build a Castle in Alabama? We built the castle because we choose to live a fairytale life. Click Here to read OUR love story. The castle is our personal residence that we are blessed to be able to share with others on their wedding day.
.Question - Are overnight stays available? Sorry, No.
We have been asked numerous times to operate as a B&B... We don't get up that early, and both of us are horrible cooks!
Question - Are you a "Full Service" Venue? Yes, but you are welcome to use your own wedding vendors as well. We can highly recommended vendors that are familiar with our facility and provide exceptional service.
Question - Are your Weddings all Medieval Style? No, In fact, most are very traditional. We custom build every wedding to the brides specifications. Rustic, Modern, Country, Steam Punk, Bling, Dr Who, Disney, Woodland, Military, Scottish, and Masquerade are some of the many types of weddings we have had the pleasure of planning.
Question - Do we have to use your preferred service providers? No. We have hand-picked our preferred service providers not only because of their high quality performance with exceeding expectations, but also because they are experienced in working at our unique wedding facility. With that said, you may choose to bring in your own service providers to our venue.
Question - Can we bring in our own alcohol? Yes, you may bring in your own alcohol. The Sterling Castle does not have alcohol for purchase. We do require that you have a bartender.
Question - What do you recommend for ceremony music? We have several sound systems that are available for your Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Reception. We offer full Master of Ceremony / DJ services as well. On occasion, brides like to have string quartets or other musicians.
Question - When & where do we get ready? We provide a private bridal suite that brides and bridesmaids are welcome to come in and use for the day of the wedding. We also provide a room for the guys to get ready, and they can have use of the game room with pool table and darts while they are waiting for their princess to get ready.
Question - Will someone be present during our event? Yes. Our staff is present during your entire event.
Question - Are there any service providers you recommend? We try to match our wedding and event vendors to your personal tastes, We will be happy to discuss any needs you have as we get a "feel" for your Wedding.
Question - What is your availability? Our weekends book up pretty fast .Check our Calendar, call 205-699-9486, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find availability for your date.
Question - How do I reserve The Sterling Castle? When is the balance due? For Full Service Weddings, a $2000.00 non-refundable retainer is due upon the day you secure your date. This payment can be made with cash, personal check, or money order. The final balance is due 60 days prior to your wedding date.
Question - How many people can fit in the castle? We have held weddings and events with over 60 guests inside the castle, and can accommodate 300 guests in the Reception Area.
Question - Do we have to clean up afterwards? For "Full Service" events, the only thing you need to take with you the evening of your wedding is anything you want to keep. Everything else (trash cans, dirty linens, bathrooms, floors, etc) we take care of for you!
The DIY Package has a refundable $500 Cleaning Deposit. (refundable after your vendors clean up).
Question - Can we decorate as we wish? We understand that each bride has her own taste and style, therefore we allow each to decorate accordingly. We do ask that nothing is attached to the walls or ceilings without our help. No silk flower to be dropped outside.... Fresh petals only.
Question - When can we decorate? If you are decorating your own wedding, and not using our decorating services, we will confirm decorating times prior to your wedding. If we are not reserved the day prior to your wedding, then you may come in the day prior and decorate between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. If we are booked the day prior to your wedding, then you may either come in after 9 a.m. on your wedding date. You can hire one of our decorators ($100 for the first hour, $75 for each additional hour) to set up your final touches.
Question - What happens if it rains? We have room for small weddings of 60 inside, more for a standing ceremony. For larger events, we have a covered picnic pavilion our 4000 square foot Great Hall... no worries!
Question - Can we bring items to the venue early for storage? If we are not booked the day prior to your wedding, then you may bring items in early.
Question - When do you need a final count? We will need a final count 30 days prior to your event to set up properly and to provide correct numbers for your caterer. Please try and be as accurate as possible.
Question - How close are hotels to the Sterling Castle? Our preferred hotels are within only a few minutes of The Sterling Castle. The Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn are in Calera only 17 miles away. Candlewood Suites is in Alabaster only 20 miles away. I will be happy to reserve rooms for your guests.