The weather in Ireland may be crazed and unpredictable, but one thing is certain – we have some of the most breath-taking, magical wedding venues imaginable. The Irish countryside is dotted with charming manor houses, dreamy castles and opulent hotels capable of holding their own in the global luxury stakes.
Planning your big day, whether it is an intimate gathering of your nearest and dearest or a banquet on a grand scale, will be made all the more exciting once you feast your eyes on these incredible Irish wedding venues. Our list has something for every couple, whether it is a fairy-tale feel, a unique rustic country venue or an unforgettable celebration fit for royalty you dream of.
Cloughjordan House, Co. Tipperary
For a venue that is exclusively for your Big day, surrounded by just your closest loved ones, Cloughjordan House is a perfect choice. Set in rolling countryside, this beautiful manor house is like a blank slate waiting for you to put your stamp and personality on it to create your dream day.
A beautiful ballroom will bring to life your vision and your guests will feast on rustic fare prepared with homegrown produce plucked from the grounds. As the day after is now an event in itself, you can book the House for a whole weekend and keep the party going the next day with a BBQ in the authentic Argentinian Asado pit.
The Millhouse, Co. Meath
The Millhouse is a wedding venue like no other, offering a unique ceremony and reception space of a restored factory building, with exposed brick walls and a high, open-beamed ceiling. This space can be customised to create your perfect rustic, shabby-chic interior, bespoke and personal to your own style.
Located on the banks of the River Boyne, dotted with Mill buildings from a by-gone era and home to a fairy-lit Courtyard and Orchard, The Millhouse provides a beautiful backdrop for photos before an elegant reception in the charming Pavilion.
Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Co. Kerry
There are few venues in Ireland capable of providing a back-drop as stunning as the sweeping panoramic views of the Lakes of Killarney from the Aghadoe Heights Hotel. Holding your reception here means you have to look no further for a scenic wedding photo spot with the stunning McGillycuddy Reeks overseeing your big day.
As well as being a prime beauty spot, this luxurious five star property offers tailored wedding packages for an opulent affair, whether it is on a grand scale booking out the entire venue or a more intimate gathering in The Penthouse, with jaw-dropping views from each.
Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny
Mount Juliet is home to one of the best hotel restaurants in Ireland, Michelin-starred The Lady Helen Dining Room under the direction of Chef Ken Harker. A gourmet wedding experience for 95 of your nearest and dearest can be yours at The Lady Helen Dining Room and Tetratema Parlour, housed in the stunning Manor House.
Winter weddings are particularly sought after in the Manor House as the Georgian elegance of Mount Juliet lends itself perfectly to an enchanted Christmas wonderland feel. If summer nuptials are on the cards, Mount Juliet also offers a bespoke Riverside Marquee package, with gorgeous views over the River Nore, for up to 250 guests.
Marlfield House, Co. Wexford
Marlfield House in the sunny South East has old world charm in spades, as well as a kitchen team which is quickly gaining a reputation for culinary excellence in The Conservatory restaurant. A proud member of Ireland’s Blue Book and the exclusive Relais & Chateaux collection, Marlfield House is a romantic gem tucked away in 40 acres of woodland and a dreamy wedding destination for lovers of fine food. For weddings with over 50 guests, Marlfield House can be exclusively yours for a gourmand’s dream celebration – a five course dinner followed by a midnight cheese and port feast – now that’s something to fall in love with.
Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street
Fallon & Byrne is easily the most recognisable artisan food store in Ireland, a mecca for lovers of fine food and the go-to for obscure ingredients. The third floor of the Exchequer Street flagship store transforms into a ballroom, “a bouquet’s throw from Grafton Street”, a blank canvas for any theme your heart desires.
At Fallon & Byrne you are guaranteed exceptional food far from your run of the mill wedding fayre, whether it is an eight course tasting menu or a canapé reception. The cherry on top? Have your wedding photos taken amongst the deserted aisles of the store downstairs – the ultimate foodie couple’s keepsake.
The g, Co. Galway
If you want your venue to ooze designer glamour, look no further than the uber chic g Hotel, the 5 star jewel in Galway’s crown. Designed by the world renowned Philip Treacy, the g offers ultra-modern, kaleidoscopic decor – a stunning backdrop curated by Ireland’s premier designer. The expansive and stylish g suite is perfect for parties of up to 180 guests and there is also the more intimate Linda Evangelista Penthouse Suite overlooking Lough Atalia to turn into your catwalk for a day of celebrating in style.
Dylan Hotel, Dublin
In leafy Dublin 4, boutique Dylan hotel is a feast for the eyes with slick and sophisticated modern design throughout. Effortlessly chic, Dylan is a venue filled with character and an inimitable designer feel. For a funky, colourful and style-driven celebration, allow the team at Dylan to roll out the red carpet and treat you like the VIP you are on your wedding day. Intimate, bespoke and unforgettable weddings are the order of the day at luxurious Dylan.
Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare
Dromoland Castle is regarded as one of the most stunning luxury castle properties in Europe, making it an ideal venue for a fairy-tale affair. Beautiful original features such as vaulted ceilings, arched balconies and stained glass windows will transport you back in time on your big day and ascending a grand staircase at Dromoland will feel like stepping into your own happy ever after. Dotted with portraits of the royal descendants who once inhabited the Castle, the majestic banqueting suite is named after High King of Ireland Brian Boru – making this a uniquely Irish fairy-tale venue steeped in history.
Castle Durrow, Co. Laois
In the heart of Ireland’s historic Ancient East lies Castle Durrow, dating back to 1716 but restored to its former glory as an idyllic modern day regal retreat. Castle Durrow offers beautiful period features throughout, harking back to times past to create a fairy-tale ambience for your big day. Toast your storybook ending on the banqueting terrace, overlooking the lush, flower-filled walled garden and the rolling ancient hills – celebrating at Castle Durrow will ensure your wedding day is timelessly elegant in every way.
The Ivory Pavilion at Galgorm Castle, Co. Antrim
Just forty minutes from Belfast, Galgorm Castle is home to the Ivory Pavilion, a truly beautiful Marquee located in the Walled Garden of the centuries old estate. The property is fully licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and you can choose to hold yours in the rustic Walled Garden or Castle Forecourt before taking celebrations into the elegantly draped Pavilion. It is safe to say that the ethereal Ivory Pavilion offers something a little different, with an almost mythical feel.
Clonabreany House, Co. Meath
For a Summertime wedding, Clonabreany House offers a gorgeous woodland backdrop for an outdoor ceremony at the Tunnel Wood on the grounds of the estate. With upper and lower lakes on the grounds offering picturesque photo opportunities, a beautiful farmhouse with 37 guest rooms and a Marquee which can hold up to 220 guests for the reception, Clonabreany House can be tailored to suit your ideal day.
Cliff at Lyons, Co. Kildare
Cliff at Lyons is the ideal venue for a ceremony steeped in the idyllic beauty of the countryside whilst shielded from the unpredictable Irish weather! The Orangery Restaurant, a breath-taking glasshouse surrounded by lush green gardens, can be converted to a ceremony space with rustic country charm and an outdoor feel.
The Lyon’s Estate is now part of the Cliff Group behind the Michelin-starred Cliff Restaurant in Ardmore, so the influence of group Executive Head Chef Martijn Kajuiter will ensure your wedding breakfast is as stunning as the surroundings in which it is served. Interestingly, Cliff at Lyon’s resident Head Chef Nathan Dimond was married at Lyons, so knows better than anyone how magical a wedding here must be.
The K Club, Co. Kildare
Modelled on an 18th Century French Chateau, The K Club is a breath-taking venue fit for royalty. Versaille-like grandeur comes as standard at the K Club. Manicured gardens and 550 acres of parkland provide the back drop for an unforgettable day and it would be impossible not to feel like a King or Queen taking over this palace for your celebration.
There are numerous banqueting options at The K Club, from the sprawling gold-gilded Legacy Suite to the more petite Arnold Palmer Room. Located in the old house, the John Jefferson Smurfit Room is achingly elegant, reflecting the K Club’s rich heritage in it’s opulent decor. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful spot for an intimate ceremony or reception, with sweeping views of the gardens and the River Liffey.
Powerscourt Hotel, Co. Wicklow
One of Ireland’s most palatial venues, Powerscourt Hotel is undoubtedly a wedding destination to satisfy the luxury lover in you. With stunning scenery in the form of the Sugar Loaf mountains and nestled in the heart of the Powerscourt Estate, this 5 star resort has played host to many a star-studded celebrity wedding, and celebrating your nuptials here will certainly make you feel like a VIP. Palladian splendour steeped Powerscourt Hotel is an adaptable venue for all seasons and wedding sizes, whether you dream of an enchanting candlelit winter reception for close family and friends or a splendid summertime feast for 400 guests.
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