Every woman looking to get married wants her day to be perfect. That is why choosing things such as the wedding dress, shoes, rings, and of course, the venue can take up so much of the wedding planning process. If you are tying the knot in Ireland, finding the best wedding venue is especially hard, because there are so many spots to choose from. To help you out, we have rounded up nine of the best venues for weddings in Ireland.
1. Ballymagarvey Village
When it comes on to wedding venues in Ireland, Ballymagarvey Village not only has the ideal backdrop but also a storied history to match. The 800+ year-old property was once the home of a princess and boasts architecture from the 12th and 13th century. Suitable setups are available to accommodate anywhere from 50 to 226 guests.
2. Gougane Barra Hotel and Church
This church-hotel combo is considered one of the most romantic, dreamy, and attractive places to get hitched in Ireland. In fact, the location has played hosts to marrying couples from all over the world. All within walking distance, the hotel is built alongside the Gougane Barra Lake while the St. Finbarrs Oratory church is situated on its own ancient island. The overall experience promises eye-catching photo ops and unforgettable moments.
3. Ashford Castle, Galway
Another 800-year-old establishment, Ashford castle has been hailed as the best hotel in the world and the most romantic getaway in Europe. Weddings here are the epitome of luxury and dreaminess. It is perched on the Lake Corrib shore and offers a bunch of attractions and amenities to keep you and your guests entertained, fed, and pampered.
4. Dromoland Castle Hotel
What sets Dromoland Castle Hotel apart from its counterparts as a wedding venue in Ireland, is its grand, yet laidback appearance. The five-star property is located in County Clare and offers sprawling greenery, as well as unmatched elegance and breathtaking views all around. Keeping your wedding ceremony here means plenty of Insta-worthy shots and a day worth remembering.
5. Angler’s Rest, Castleknock
Voted among the 100 best wedding venues, Angler’s Rest is readily mentioned when looking for places to say “I do” in Ireland. A stone’s throw from Dublin City, it offers an enchanting atmosphere and is also known for providing delectable food choices. It is even more impressive for wedding photos due to the fact that it is located beside the picturesque Phoenix Park and close proximity to River Liffey.
6. Luttrellstown Castle
If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Luttrellstown Castle was the place in Ireland where David and Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham said their vows. The 15th century, 560-acre property has also hosted royals and offers stunning gothic and medieval architecture. Boasting well-manicured lawns and bodacious ballrooms, the castle is versatile enough to accommodate all your wedding planning preferences.
7. Virginia Park Lodge
Once a hunting lodge, this 18th century country home is another favorite for couples seeking a suitable wedding venue in Ireland. In fact, Virginia Park Lodge was awarded the title ‘Country House of the Year’ for 2018, and is an all-in-one setting for weddings, receptions, dinners, and other events related to the nuptials. Its secluded location overlooking a lake also makes it suitable for outdoor destination weddings.
8. Adare Manor
If you’re after the classic fairy-tale wedding, you should definitely consider Adare Manor. With perfectly-sculpted grounds and stunning architecture, you are bound to feel like you are getting married in an actual palace. In addition, it offers the perfect backdrop for standout pictures and the versatility to support the exact kind of wedding you have in mind.
9. Inish Beg Estate
Looking to have a wedding that incorporates a host of outdoor activities? How about exchanging vows on your very own private island? The Inish Beg Estate is a lovely, secluded property and a perfect outdoor wedding venue. In addition to quaint cottages and magical scenery, guests are welcome to take part in fishing, birdwatching, boating, or just relaxing.
Choosing the best location to have your wedding can be challenging for any bride. But we hope the venues listed above will make the decision easier for you.
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