7 Great Places To Get Married In Ireland

Ireland has long been known for lush green countryside, its great hospitality, and as a place with a friendly welcome for everyone. Not forgetting of course it’s myths and legends. But it can also boast some of Europe’s most beautiful hotels. All this together makes Ireland a wonderful choice for a wedding. So if you think you would like to marry in Ireland, take a look at these 7 hotels, and see if any of them are right for you.

1. Clontarf Castle, Dublin

The location of this magnificent 12th century castle hotel makes it a perfect venue for a fairytale wedding. The castle is surrounded by some of Ireland’s finest countryside, yet is only 5 miles from Dublin airport, 2 miles from the city centre, and just a short walk from the sea.

Staff here can cater for up to 450 guests, but are just as happy to host a small more intimate wedding, including civil ceremonies. Various packages are available and a typical wedding package, including reception in the great hall would include:

  • Red carpet welcome and champagne on arrival
  • Personalised place cards, table plan, menus, cake stand, flowers, and top table display
  • 4 poster bed in the luxurious bridal suite
  • Champagne breakfast the following morning in your suite
  • Complimentary parking and reduced hotel room rates for your guests

2. Ballygally Castle, Co. Antrim

This hotel lies along the beautiful Antrim coast, on the beach, not far from the famous Giant’s Causeway, and the Glens of Antrim, and just 24 miles from Belfast. Weddings here in this 17th century castle offer all the elegance and charm you could ever wish for.

Make time to check out the history of the castle, which dates back to 1625, and the stories of the Lady Isabella, the friendly resident ghost who wanders the corridors.

Here at the Ballygally Castle your wedding will be overseen from start to finish by your own personal member of the management team. And at the end of a perfect day, retire to the bridal suite, and enjoy breakfast the following morning in your suite as you enjoy views over Ballygally Bay.

The backdrop of the sea, the rugged cliffs and mountains and views of Scotland in the distance make this hotel a wedding photographer’s dream.

3. Sneem Hotel, Co. Kerry

The location of the Sneem hotel make this a perfect choice for a wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one. Nestled in Golden’s Cove, and boasting 22 acres of beautiful gardens this hotel is a magical place to begin your new life together.

Here at the Sneem hotel you can be sure of a perfect wedding day –  where nothing is too much trouble for the staff who will always make certain you have a wedding that exceeds all your expectations.

But the location of this hotel is what makes a wedding at the Sneem extra special. And this includes the world famous Ring Of Kerry. Travelling around this circular route will take you through villages and bustling market towns and allow you to discover some of the most beautiful beaches and bays in Europe.

4. Kildare Spa Hotel and Country Club, Co. Kildare

Known affectionately as ‘The K Club’, this romantic country house is set in 550 acres of beautiful green countryside on the banks of the River Liffey.. From the moment you arrive you will be in the capable hands of a dedicated wedding planner who will make certain you have the fairytale wedding of your dreams.

This hotel has a choice of banqueting suites for your wedding dinner, where you will be served food prepared by award winning chefs. And staff and management are happy to cater for small intimate weddings of less than 20 guests right up to large formal affairs with up to 350 guests.

There will be a resident make-up artist on hand on the morning of your wedding to make sure your make-up lasts all day, and you look your best from start to finish on your special day.

5. The Aherlow House Hotel, Co. Tipperary

One of Tipperary’s finest hotels, standing adjacent to the Glen of Aherlow National Park is the Aherlow House Hotel. Thanks to it’s location which is classed as an area of outstanding beauty, this hotel has become known as ‘a jewel in the pine forest’, and is now one of Southern Ireland’s most popular wedding venues. You can be sure your wedding day here at the Aherlow hotel will be the day you have always dreamed it would be. A wedding package here would include:

  • A red carpet welcome, with champagne and orange juice and tea and coffee
  • Services of a dedicated wedding coordinator
  • A 5 course meal with wine following your wedding – chosen by you and prepared by top chefs
  • An evening reception supper to end your day
  • Your wedding night in the luxurious bridal suite
  • Champagne breakfast served in your suite the following morning
  • Complimentary accommodation for both sets of parents in one of the hotel’s luxurious bedrooms

6. Summerhill House Hotel, Co. Wicklow

The Summerhill Hotel has become one of Ireland’s most popular venues for Civil Ceremonies. One venue for your civil ceremony and your reception means a complete wedding package in one place, so no travelling for you and your guests during your wedding day.

But if you prefer a traditional church wedding, then there are several churches nearby. I think this hotel has one of the most comprehensive website I have come across during the time I have been researching this post.

So if you are thinking of tying the knot in Ireland, I urge you to take a look – especially be sure to read their ‘15 great reasons to get married at the Summerhill House Hotel’.

7. Waterford Castle Hotel, Co. Waterford

If you have always dreamed of getting married in a traditional Irish castle, then the legendary 16th century Waterford Castle Hotel may be the venue for you. Imagine a traditional castle, on an island, exclusively yours for your wedding celebrations.

The castle can cater for up to 120 guests, and larger parties can use a marquee in the castle grounds. Each wedding is individually organised by an experienced wedding coordinator to your wishes. Special offers and reduced rates apply for mid-week weddings.

All this makes the Waterford Castle Hotel a very attractive venue, whether you are planning a blessing, a civil ceremony or a more traditional wedding.

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