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Welcome to the One fab day 100 best wedding venues 2016 In the four years since starting this guide, we’ve

This guide is our personal list of the best places to celebrate

seen huge changes in how weddings in Ireland are

in Ireland. Not just a list of 5 star hotels or luxury resorts,

celebrated. We see lots of amazing new trends each

this list was created to suit all styles, budgets and guest

year, but 2015 saw a permanent change to weddings

lists. With a range of private islands, country manors,

in Ireland with the vote for marriage equality.

modern hotels and traditional castles, we’ve created a list

As a result, 2016 is going to be an exciting year. We’ll

of really special places with something for everyone.

start to see the full force of the new legislation which

We’re really proud to present this unique,

finally gives all couples the freedom to get married.

independent guide, the One Fab Day 100 Best

We’re excited to showcase lots of these happy

Wedding Venues 2016. We hope you find it useful

occasions in our Real Weddings on onefabday.com.

as you plan your wedding. Wishing you all the love

We've spent the past few months scouring the country

and luck in the world for your new life together.

for the very best places to celebrate with your friends and family. We’ve visited a huge range of venues and met some amazing hoteliers, owners and wedding planners all with something special to offer couples. We’ve curated a list of the very best 100 and we hope you find a special place that suits the type of celebration you want to have. 100 Best Wedding Venues 2016 | 3


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Map and Key

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Wedding Styling 101

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How to Choose the Perfect Venue

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Great Photography

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Getting Married in Ireland

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Hotel

Restaurant

Country House

Castle

Capacity

Intimate

The number of guests that

Intimate venues specialise

can be accommodated at a

in smaller weddings, or

seated wedding reception.

have dedicated rooms available for smaller parties.

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No.25 Fitzwilliam Place Ashford Castle Ashley Park House Ballinacurra House Ballintaggart House Ballybeg House Ballyfin Demesne Ballymagarvey Village Ballymaloe House Ballyvolane House Belleek Castle Blairscove House and Restaurant

  15 Borris House   16 BrookLodge

& Macreddin Village

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Marquee

Exclusive

Venues with a marquee offer the

Exclusive venues offer exclusive

option to have your reception in

hire of the property for your

a marquee or tipi on the grounds.

wedding day, where only your

Some venues have their own

wedding guests will be allowed on

marquee, while others require

the premises. Some venues have

you to arrange your own.

a minimum number of guests, before exclusive hire is available.

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Carton House Castle Durrow Castle Leslie Estate Castlemartyr Resort Christ Church Cathedral The Cliff Townhouse Cloghan Castle Clonabreany House Clonwilliam House Cloughjordan House Coolbawn Quay Coolclogher House Coopershill House Crom Castle Cromleach Lodge Dean Hotel Drenagh Estate Dromquinna Manor Dunbrody Country House Dunraven Arms Hotel Fallon & Byrne Fota Island Resort Gregans Castle Hilton Park Horetown House Hunter’s Hotel Ice House Hotel Inish Beg Estate Inishbofin House Hotel Intercontinental Hotel Jack’s Coastguard The K Club Killashee House

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Kilshane House

King’s Inns Langtons House Hotel Lisnavagh House Lissanoure Castle The Listowel Arms Hotel Locks 1 Windsor Terrace The Lodge at Ashford Longueville House Lough Cutra Castle Luttrellstown Castle Lyrath Estate Marlfield House Martinstown House Merchant Hotel The Merrion Hotel The Millhouse Mount Druid Mount Falcon Mount Juliet The Mustard Seed Newforge House The Olde Post Inn Oliveto at the Kingston Hotel

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Rathsallagh House Royal Hospital Kilmainham Sheen Falls Lodge The Shelbourne Hotel Smock Alley Theatre Step House Hotel Stephen's Green Hibernian Club

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Temple House Estate The Three Towers Tinakilly Country House Trudder Lodge Tullyveery House Viewmount House The Village at Lyons Virginia Park Lodge The Westbury The Westin Dublin Wrights Anglers Rest

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Lough Cutra Castle

Coopershill House

Gort, Co. Galway loughcutra.com +353 (0)86 222 9184

Riverstown, Co. Sligo coopershill.com +353 (0)71 916 5108

Fulfilling every ideal of what a castle should be, Lough Cutra is a Victorian gothic fantasy, a place to spoil your guests – dining under gorgeous ceilings, dancing beside suits of armour and drinking champagne. An experience unlike any other. We Loved: No matter the time of year, the view out across the lake is phenomenal.

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The warmest welcome west of the Shannon is to be found at Coopershill, where cosy rooms filled with family ephemera are perfect for an intimate party. We Loved: Food reigns supreme, farm to fork is the mantra, and with a Ballymaloe-trained chef at the helm, your rumbling tummy will be spoiled rotten.

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Ice House Hotel

Inishbofin House Hotel

The Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo icehousehotel.ie +353 (0)96 235 00

Inishbofin, Connemara, Co. Galway inishbofinhouse.com +353 (0)95 458 09

The cute cottage exterior of the Ice House visible from the road belies a cutting edge design and a truly distinctive venue in which to celebrate.

To really get away from it all for your wedding, you can't go much further than an island in the Atlantic. With spectacular views and super food, Inishbofin makes the trip worthwhile.

We Loved: The view across the river is as spectacular in winter sitting by the fire, as summer sipping drinks on the terrace.

We Loved: The 'weekend away' feeling – having all the guests together, meeting, mingling and truly relaxing.

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Belleek Castle

Cloghan Castle

Belleek House, Ballina, Co. Mayo belleekcastle.com +353 (0)96 224 00

Kilchreest, Loughrea, Co. Galway cloghancastle.com +353 (0)91870102

Nestled in the woods near Ballina, Belleek is a castle in the proper sense of the word. Cosy and eclectic, with its eclectic medieval, gothic inspired interiors it's a one of a kind and perfect for a winter wedding. We Loved: For an old style castle banquet, the dining room, with its vaulted ceilings and a huge fireplace couldn't be more perfect.

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For the adventurous sorts who want a full DIY wedding, the 13th Century tower house at Cloghan Castle is perfect - you are simply handed the keys and the place is yours. We Loved: Seven beautiful bedrooms complete with four poster beds, Cloghan is everything you imagine in a medieval castle, and so much more.

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Mount Falcon

The Three Towers

Foxford Rd, Ballina, Co. Mayo mountfalcon.com +353 (0)96 744 72

Loughrea, Co. Galway slieveaughtycentre.com +353 (0)90 974 5246

More luxury boutique hotel than traditional country house, this former hunting lodge combines the best of Irish hospitality – fine food, beautiful surroundings and impeccable service - with a modern twist. The Elemis spa is the ultimate indulgence.

Fully devoted to a greener way of celebrating, The Three Towers is the ultimate wedding location for those who want their wedding to be eco-friendly, natural and organic.

We Loved: An intimate night-before dinner in the Kitchen restaurant would be the perfect way to kick off the celebrations.

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We Loved: The Honeymoon Lodge is quite possibly the cutest spot to spend a wedding night in Ireland.

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Temple House Estate

The Lodge at Ashford

Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, Co. Sligo ahouse.ie +353 (0)71 918 3329

Cong, Co. Mayo thelodgeac.com +353 (0)94 954 5400

A vast Georgian mansion sitting in a vast private estate, Temple House is the very epitome of Irish aristocratic country living. Helena and Roderick are wonderful hosts. They understand people want a great party and will help you plan it your way.

The cosy Lodge at Ashford makes the most of its position at the head of Lough Corrib. For a weekend wedding party in the west, the wealth of activities to entertain guests is second to none: lake cruises, falconry, even fishing if you’re so inclined.

We Loved: The 12th Century Knights Templar castle and lake make a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony.

We Loved: The view down Lough Corrib during dinner – what a backdrop!.

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Ashford Castle

Cromleach Lodge

Cong, Co. Mayo ashfordcastle.com +353 (0)94 954 6003

Lough Arrow, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo cromleach.com +353 (0)71 916 5155

If anywhere epitomizes the Irish castle ideal, it must be Ashford Castle. This fairytale gothic castle sits majestically on the shores of Lough Corrib, offering the essential 5-star luxury experience.

With a more homely feeling than a classic hotel, Cromleach's warm family atmosphere is due in no small part to the fact that husband and wife team Christy and Moira and many of their team have been together for years. Experience in creating enjoyable weddings is in big supply.

We Loved: Make those dreams of a Downton Abbey wedding come true in the Connaught Room. The most beautiful room in the castle is a step back in time.

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We Loved: The views from the first floor banqueting room across Lough Arrow are simply beautiful.

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How to Choose the Perfect Venue Simple steps to finding and perfecting your ideal place to celebrate. So you’re newly engaged, keen to find the perfect place, set a date and get the wedding planning properly underway. While it might be tempting to leap in, start visiting venues and just book somewhere to get it sorted, it’s worth taking a little time first to consider a few key factors. Before visiting venues, it’s important to have decided your priorities, and what kind of wedding you both have in mind, in order that you can agree on the perfect place.

The venue is going to be the most important factor in making your dream a reality, and once booked, the amenities, décor and atmosphere of the venue will form the basis of the style of wedding you’re going to have. So choosing the venue is something you should take time over and consider carefully. To help you, we’ve put together some tips and things to consider before making that all-important choice.

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Decide your Priorities Before starting your venue search, the two first things

Decide a Look & Feel

to do are a) set your budget and b) your number of guests. These two numbers are going to be incredibly

Once you’ve thoroughly discussed what’s important to

important in finding the right location, but they’re not

you both and what you would like to include in terms of

the only factors. It’s really essential to consider your

décor or ideas, a feeling for what kind of celebration you

priorities – both your priorities – be it food, quality or

would like should be forming: boho festival or summer

quantity of accommodation, activities, location, view,

garden party, rustic bbq-style or five star foodie heaven.

amenities, proximity to home or transport, style of

Having an idea of the ‘look and feel’ you’re going for,

rooms, exclusivity, or just a particular vibe that you are

really makes the venue search much easier – you’re

looking for. These are the things to bear in mind when

looking for the venue that suits your style of celebration.

the eventual compromise comes, or when comparing

This clarity will whittle your list of possible venues down

one venue with another.

to a manageable shortlist.

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Consider the Season When choosing a wedding venue, it’s a good idea to take account of the time of year you’re considering for your celebration, because you want to make the most of your venue’s natural unique charms. Beautiful gardens will be a joy for guests to wander around at a summer wedding, but won’t look their best in November. Likewise, magnificent reception rooms with warm and cosy fireplaces would be wasted in June, but will be wonderful at a winter wedding.

Make it Personal The very best weddings are not those with the biggest budgets or most extravagant entertainments, they’re the ones guests remember because they were the most personal, and reflected the personalities of the couple. The truly personal celebrations feel like the greatest party that couple could ever have. They’re the ones that people go home saying “that was so… Karen and Dave”. In order to achieve this personal feeling, it’s essential to have a sit down and chat about what you are both interested in and passionate about, and how you could incorporate those elements into the wedding.

Be Prepared to Compromise Remember, compromise is key – it’s unlikely any one venue will be absolutely perfectly on brief, but recognizing your priorities before starting your search, will make the final decision so much easier.

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Don’t Fight the Venue Décor, Work with it If you’ve a very set idea of what your

The décor of the venue will be the

in love with a venue, it’s for a reason.

colour scheme, theme, or look for

backdrop for your event. A luxurious

Be clear why you love the place, and

the wedding is going to be, then it’s

hotel lends itself to elegant décor, and

create the celebration you truly want.

important to consider the colour

rustic style decoration will just seem

scheme of potential venues carefully.

odd and out of place. If you’ve fallen

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Ballyfin Demesne

Ballymagarvey Village

Ballyfin, Co. Laois ballyfin.com +353 (0)57 875 5866

Balrath, Navan, Co. Meath ballymagarvey.ie +353 (0)41 982 5959

Once inside the gates of Ballyfin, prepare to step into another world. This is the zenith of grand country house living, there's simply nothing to compare to the beauty and luxury of this 5 star experience.

Ballymagarvey is a does-it-all private wedding venue – a newlyrenovated country house with on-site accommodation for 50 guests, separate reception rooms, cosy bar and banquet hall in the converted millers' cottages.

We Loved: The beautiful rooms, the manicured gardens, the view to the lake, the premier service – in short, everything.

We Loved: The feeling of privacy with perks - the staff come in and cook breakfast the next morning for everyone!

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Clonwilliam House

BrookLodge & Macreddin Village

Woodenbridge, Arklow, Co. Wicklow clonwilliamhouse.com +353 (0)87 234 6742

Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow brooklodge.com +353 (0)402 36 444

A private haven in which to celebrate in style, Clonwilliam has been recently renovated to the highest standards, and now blends the very best of old school country house living, with the best of 21st century luxury. We Loved: The swimming pool in the basement! This is glamour Irish country house style. We're moving in.

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Boasting the only certified organic restaurant in Ireland, BrookLodge is a venue for gourmands who want good food and great atmosphere just an hour from Dublin. We Loved: The quaint little chapel in the woods, which you find by crossing a bridge over a babbling brook, is romance itself.

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Borris House

Hunter's Hotel

Borris, Co. Carlow borrishouse.com +353 (0)59 977 1884

Newrath Bridge, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow hunters.ie +353 (0)404 40 106

Dating from 1169, Borris House is one of the oldest grand houses in Ireland, and ticks all the boxes for a country estate and the Kavanaghs will make you feel right at home.

Step back in time with this secluded old fashioned inn (one of the oldest in Ireland!) Ideally located in the heart of Wicklow, right by Mount Usher gardens and Avoca, visit between May and June to make the most of their romantic gardens and great food.

We Loved: The contemporary rustic chic banqueting space is a surprise and delight – perfect for a putting your own style stamp on.

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We Loved: The cosy feeling of a home from home - the staff will do everything to ensure your day feels like the only one in the world.

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Castle Durrow

Lisnavagh House

Durrow, Co. Laois castledurrow.com +353 (0)57 873 6555

Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow lisnavagh.com +353 (0)59 916 1473

A superb country house hotel is the combination of a beautiful property, with the special character of a private house, and the superior service and facilities of a modern hotel.

Each time Emily and William Bunbury throw open their home for a wedding, the celebration is absolutely unique. The house is full of nooks, crannies and family history, while the gardens enchant.

We Loved: On a Summer's evening, the French doors of the banqueting room are thrown open and guests can wander through the romantic walled garden.

We Loved: The library is utterly beautiful, a room that transports you to another era (through a hidden door!)

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Carton House

Ballybeg House

Maynooth, Co. Kildare cartonhouse.com +353 (0)1 505 2000

Ballinglen, Co. Wicklow a.ie +353 (0)402 38 841

One of Ireland's finest hotels, housed in one of Ireland's finest Georgian mansions, Carton House more than lives up to the weight of expectation.

Ballybeg House is nestled down a quiet lane between Aughrim and Tinahely. The view across the hills of Wicklow makes the most perfect backdrop for a ceremony on the lawn.

We Loved: When it comes to getting ready on the big day, nowhere can beat the space and luxury of Carton's bridal suite.

We Loved: Ballybeg House is nestled down a quiet lane between Aughrim and Tinahely. The view across the hills of Wicklow makes the most perfect backdrop for a ceremony on the lawn.

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Dunbrody Country House

Horetown House

Arthurstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford dunbrodyhouse.com +353 (0)51 38 9600

Foulksmills, Co. Wexford horetownhouse.ie +353 (0)51 565 633

Much more than your average country house hotel, Catherine and Kevin Dundon's gastronomic haven in Wexford also boasts a spa for an extra spot of pampering.

Those with a taste for a party will love Horetown House. A stunning house with beautiful Georgian rooms and newly built garden room. Summer or winter the team can look after you.

We Loved: Kevin personally heads to the kitchen for each wedding and actively encourages visitors, so an impromptu cooking lesson could be on the cards.

We Loved: Heading downstairs to the 1692 bar, the shoes come off, the music hops, and nobody asleep upstairs can hear a thing.

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Killashee House

Langtons House Hotel

Naas, Co. Kildare killasheehouse.com +353 (0)4 587 9277

67 John St, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny langtons.ie +353 (0)56 776 5133

Set in 280 acres of parkland Killashee House is a fusion of old and new. Catering to wedding parties of all sizes the house offers the best of Victorian grandeur and modern luxury.

Langtons is a Kilkenny institution, a maze of individually designed rooms, offering options for large and small parties, each with the wow factor.

We Loved: The original house has recently undergone a complete and exacting restoration, bringing the house back to its glory days as a Victorian hunting lodge.

We Loved: The Set Theatre, with its amazing interior will make your guests jaws drop to the floor. It's got Style with a capital S.

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Mount Druid

Clonabreany House

Castletown Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath alternativeweddings.ie +353 (0)44 922 6679

Clonabreany, Crossakiel, Co. Meath clonabreanyhouse.ie +353 (0)46 924 3814

A truly unique venue in Ireland, a glamping paradise with its own corrugated iron 'chapel' – Mount Druid is the place for those couples looking for a festival style celebration or boho ball.

Combining the best of all worlds, Clonabreany is a newly developed private wedding venue, with superb service and a host of amenities. Accommodation on-site is essential for a private wedding party, and when it's as lovely as in Clonabreany, it's a treat for your guests.

We Loved: A luxury yurt bridal suite – pity you will only be heading to bed at dawn.

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We Loved: The little bar in the courtyard is the perfect retreat for second-day celebrations.

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Lyrath Estate

Killruddery House and Gardens

Dublin Rd, Co. Kilkenny lyrath.com +353 (0)56 776 0088

Southern Cross, Bray, Co. Wicklow killruddery.com +353 (0)1 286 3405

Perfect for couples who like to be pampered, Lyrath has an award winning spa within a beautiful historic setting. This sanctuary of tranquility will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated, ready for the party to begin! We Loved: Superior hotel accommodation for all your guests means you’ll get to see everyone again for breakfast.

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Long renowned for the beauty of its gardens and the romance of the views, the opening of Killruddery's lovely orangery offers an opportunity to celebrate in style. We Loved: Leaving the reception dinner in the orangery along a candle lit path to the 19th century grain store for an amazing party in a rustic barn.

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Marlfield House

Martinstown House

Courtown Rd, Gorey, Co. Wexford marlfieldhouse.com +353 (0)53 942 1124

The Curragh, Co. Kildare martinstownhouse.com +353 (0)4 544 1269

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A real Irish welcome awaits at Marlfield House, the warmth and hospitality is second to none at this beautiful country manor, and the gardens are a romantic's dream come true.

For an intimate house party in idyllic surroundings just an hour from Dublin, Martinstown House will wow your guests. The reception rooms are ornate yet cosy, the gardens serene.

We Loved: The food is exceptional, and eating in the dining room or in the adjoining conservatory is a treat.

We Loved: The attention to detail, and those special extra touches that make owners Edward and Roisin the most fabulous hosts.

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Powerscourt House & Gardens

Mount Juliet

Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow powerscourt.com +353 (0)1 204 6000

Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny mountjuliet.ie +353 (0)56 777 3082

Enjoying the iconic view of Powerscourt gardens to the Sugar Loaf, sipping champagne under the soaring ceilings of the ballroom – it's an Irish wedding dream. We Loved: The entrance hall, used for ceremonies, is a masterful renovation – its exposed brick walls contrast perfectly with the grandeur upstairs.

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Famous for its golf course, perfect for grooms who fancy a round of golf in the morning to ease the nerves – Mount Juliet offers a wealth of options for weddings, from the elegance of the Georgian dining room to the more rustic-chic Hunters Yard restaurant. We Loved: A fun surprise for guests, the cosy pub in the basement can be yours exclusively for second day celebrations.

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Rathsallagh House

The Old Mill, Slane, Co. Meath themillhouse.ie +353 (0)41 982 0878

Rathsallagh, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow rathsallagh.com +353 (0)45 403 112

Beautifully situated by banks of the river Boyne, the Millhouse is a wedding venue par excellence. Great food, great décor, lovely atmosphere. What more do you want? We Loved: The recently renovated mill with its exposed brickwork and original ironmongery has a Brooklyn loft feeling completely unlike any other ceremony location.

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The quaint house at Rathsallagh has the feeling of an olde worlde inn. The dining room is surrounded by a variety of cosy rooms, creating an intimate atmosphere before and after the meal, which you are sure to relish, given Rathsallagh's premier reputation. We Loved: The immaculately tended gardens are a joy to wander with a glass of champagne, or as a place to exchange your vows.

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Step House Hotel

Tankardstown House

Main St, Borris, Co. Carlow stephousehotel.ie +353 (0)59 977 3209

Rathkenny, Slane, Co. Meath tankardstown.ie +353 (0)41 982 4621

A little treasure, the Step House Hotel is a unique combination of boutique hotel and country inn. Fabulous food, warm hospitality and beautiful accommodation add up to make a wedding hotspot in the heart of Carlow.

Located just outside the picturesque village of Slane, Tankardstown House offers the privacy of your own country estate with the superb service you would expect of a 5-star hotel.

We Loved: The cocktail bar on the first floor for a glamorous night-before soirée.

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We Loved: The beautiful grounds include a walled garden, which has a BOSE sound system installed – it makes a magical location for an outdoor ceremony.

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The K Club

The Village at Lyons

Straffan, Co. Kildare kclub.ie +353 (0)1 601 7200

Celbridge, Co. Kildare villageatlyons.com +353 (0)1 630 3500

Surrounded by 550 acres of mature woods, parkland and magnificent formal gardens, the K Club is one of Ireland's most famous properties. Renowned for 5-star service and catering to guests every whim.

A luxury space for celebration, the Village at Lyons is a renovated 18th century estate village. Sitting by a picturesque waterfall, the converted mill decorated in French country-inspired tones creating a soft and relaxed atmosphere.

We Loved: The huge variety of activities available from clay pigeon shooting and horse riding, to golf and the spa – everyone will be kept busy.

We Loved: The conservatory is a beautiful space for a wedding ceremony – imagine exchanging vows in front of the huge 17th century fireplace.

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Tinakilly Country House

Trudder Lodge

Main St, Rathnew, Wicklow tinakilly.ie +353 (0)404 69 274

Trudder, Newcastle Co. Wicklow trudder-lodge.com +353 (0)87 642 9237

An old favourite that's experiencing a new lease of life and set to become quite the favourite for larger weddings, Tinakilly is just an hour from Dublin, but a world apart. We Loved: The state of the art marquee, decorated in keeping with the house, so you have that country house feel for 220 people.

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A private country house with a grass tennis court, basement bar, walled garden and listed gardens – Trudder Lodge has it all. We Loved: The marquee is like no other, roofing the courtyard to provide a unique space with exposed block walls and a bar in the old dairy – genius!

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Viewmount House Dublin Rd, Co. Longford viewmounthouse.com +353 (0)43 334 1919

Need some inspiration?

The epitome of charming country house hotel – pretty olde worlde reception rooms, and lovingly tended gardens to wander through, this comfy cosy spot is just idyllic. We Loved: With a reputation for the finest food in the midlands, Viewmount's tables will ache with delicious delights and your guests will love you for it.

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Ashley Park House

Ballinacurra House

Nenagh, Co. Tipperary ashleypark.com +353 (0)67 382 23

Kinsale, Co. Cork ballinacurra.com +353 (0)21 477 9040

Enjoying a beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Ourna, Ashley Park and its distinctive green colonial-style verandah, is like a life- size Victorian doll's house for you to play in.

Just outside Kinsale village, Ballinacurra is an oasis of complete privacy, where Des and Lisa McGahan pride themselves on creating magical celebrations.

We Loved: The 80 acres of grounds are a joy to explore – from woodland to secret gardens, the pathways meander and your guests will be entranced.

We Loved: With each room individually designed and decorated in fantastical fashion, Ballinacurra has a surprise around every corner.

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Ballintaggart House

Ballymaloe House

Ballintaggart, Dingle, Co. Kerry ballintaggarthouse.com +353 (0)66 915 1333

Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork ballymaloe.ie +353 (0)21 465 2531

Judging by the weddings we've shown on One Fab Day, Ballintaggart is the home of the maddest hooleys in Kerry. The house speciality is a WedFest, perfect for the couple who want everyone to relax and party. We Loved: Taking advantage of the beauty of its situation, a wander to the beach across the road makes for amazing photos.

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The ultimate foodie wedding venue, Ballymaloe House offers options for smaller parties in the house, and now with The Grainstore in the grounds, larger weddings can be managed. We Loved: The food (of course) and the various Allen family members popping up everywhere adds that personal, family-run feeling.

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Ballyvolane House

Blairscove House and Restaurant

Castlelyons, Fermoy, Co. Cork ballyvolanehouse.ie +353 (0)25 36 349

Durrus, Co. Cork blairscove.ie +353 (0)27 611 27

Dreaming of a boho-chic celebration? This elegant country house with festival attitude specializes in bespoke events for cool couples. From the brilliant bar to the loft chill-out area, the converted barn is the perfect party venue. We Loved: If your guests are as hippy-chic as you are, then they will adore the beautifully organized luxury glamping.

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The ultimate gourmet retreat, Blairscove is a restaurant par excellence situated in the most secluded location in West Cork, enjoying stunning views across Dunmanus Bay. We Loved: From the restaurant dessert bar to the apartment bathrooms, every element of this property is decorated with a connoisseur's eye.

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Castlemartyr Resort

Cloughjordan House

Castlemartyr, Co. Cork castlemartyrresort.ie +353 (0)21 421 9000

Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary cloughjordanhouse.com +353 (0)87 251 5694

What makes a great hotel is creating an atmosphere of relaxed comfort in luxurious surroundings, where the guests are wowed, but put at ease at the same time. We Loved: The dogs! Our two pals make this beautiful hotel a real home from home. And the range of things for your guests to do is fantastic.

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Step through the door and you'll immediately feel right at home in the 400 year old family-owned Cloughjordan House. The ballroom is a rustic wedding wonder, where those with an ache for styling can obey all their creative impulses. We Loved: Cloughjordan has its own cookery school, so you're going to be spoiled when it comes to the table.

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Coolbawn Quay

Coolclogher House

Lough Derg, Co. Tipperary coolbawnquay.com +353 (0)67 281 58

Killarney, Co. Kerry coolclogherhouse.com +353 (0)64 663 5996

Deep in the Irish countryside, down a winding country lane, you happen on an idyllic Irish village, right on the lakeshore. Hidden from the world, you can gather family and friends for the perfect weekend retreat and right old hooley. We Loved: The warmth and hospitality is second to none - relax and enjoy.

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Seated at the foot of the Kerry mountains, but just on the edge of Killarney, Coolclogher is the perfect place to retreat and celebrate in elegance. We Loved: The feeling of calm that comes from placing yourself (and your wedding) in the hands of Mary and Maurice. Their passion for hospitality and attention to detail means every wish will be fulfilled.

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Dromquinna Manor

Inish Beg Estate

Sneem Rd, Kenmare, Co. Kerry dromquinnamanor.com +353 (0)64 664 2888

Inish Beg, Baltimore, Co. Cork inishbeg.com +353 (0)28 217 45

The Brennan Brothers of the Park Hotel have brought their super standards to the Manor at Dromquinna, a private Victorian mansion with stunning views overlooking Kenmare Bay. There's even glamping on site for your more adventurous guests. We Loved: For ceremonies held in Kenmare, guests travel by boat from the town to the dock at Dromquinna – what a trip to remember!

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A private island just outside Baltimore, Inish Beg is a secret hideaway perfect for hosting a small party in the boathouse, or a blow-out in a marquee. We Loved: The gardens are full of hidden treasures, their winding paths are joy to explore, or as an aisle to a woodland wedding ceremony.

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Dunraven Arms Hotel

Fota Island Resort

Adare, Co. Limerick dunravenhotel.com +353 (0)61 605 900

Fota Island, Co. Cork fotaisland.ie +353 (0)21 488 3700

An olde worlde Inn of a kind rare in Ireland, the Dunraven Arms hotel is quite simply a gem. We Loved: The deliciously homey feeling that pervades every part of the hotel – the staff make sure you are well looked after. The food, too, never disappoints.

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Ideal for those who enjoy the elegance of olde worlde, but with modern luxury, Fota offers every amenity you can imagine in the quiet seclusion of a private estate. There are a myriad options for your guests to enjoy in the area. We Loved: The spa facilities provide the perfect way to unwind before the big day.

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No.1 Pery Square

The Listowel Arms Hotel

Georgian Quarter, Limerick, Co. Limerick oneperysquare.com +353 (0)61402402

The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry listowelarms.com +353 (0)68 21 500

Behind the façade of a classic Georgian townhouse, Limerick's premier boutique hotel, No. 1 Pery Square, offers intimate options for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

A local treasure in Kerry, but a gem long hidden from the rest of us, the Listowel Arms is the epitome of charming country hotel and the food is fantastic.

We Loved: Sumptuous elegance in the heart of the city – proving not every wedding needs to be in the heart of the countryside.

We Loved: The gorgeous Georgian dining room complete with vintage crockery and silver cutlery is luxury of a rare sort.

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Parknasilla Resort & Spa

Sheen Falls Lodge

Sneem, Co. Kerry parknasillaresort.com +353 (0)64 667 5600

Kenmare, Co. Kerry sheenfallslodge.ie +353 (0)64 664 1600

One of Ireland's premier resort hotels, Parknasilla is a luxurious oasis, perfect for the ultimate indulgence. The cottages in the resort mean there's also plenty of accommodation available.

Overlooking Kenmare bay, and recently having undergone a full renovation, the Sheen Falls Lodge offers a wealth of activities and amenities in the most picturesque surroundings.

We Loved: A choice of two amazing bridal suites to luxuriate in - the 1700sqft Presidential Suite, or the famous Princess Grace Suite. Would it be wrong to want both?

We Loved: Quietly elegant, the Sheen Falls' impeccable service makes every moment spent there a joy.

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The Mustard Seed

Gregans Castle

Ballingarry, Co. Limerick mustardseed.ie +353 (0)69 68 508

Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare gregans.ie +353 (0)65 707 7005

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A destination restaurant beloved by many, the Mustard Seed is more country home than house – it's a place where style and comfort are in equal abundance.

Sitting at the centre of the beautiful landscape of the Burren, Gregans Castle is renowned for its food, which is guaranteed to wow your guests.

We Loved: The staff, led by Dan Mullane, are so fantastic, you will never want to leave. The food is awesome too!

We Loved: The Martyn Suite is everything you dream of in a bridal suite, not only a four poster bed, but a private garden too!

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Jack's Coastguard

Kilshane House

Killorglin, Co. Kerry jackscromane.com +353 (0)66 976 9102

Bansha Rd, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary kilshanehouse.ie +353 (0)62 824 44

Renowned for the quality of its food, especially that freshly caught each morning, the warmth of hospitality is a match for the culinary skill in the kitchen. We Loved: For larger weddings, a marquee can be set up on the lawn with glass panels to enjoy the panoramic views out over the Inch peninsula.

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Kilshane provides all that you could want for a proper weekend house party wedding, especially the great accommodation for your guests in the mews houses. The staff are well-versed in modern wedding activities, so day-after bbqs and football matches are no problem at all. We Loved: The Orangery at Kilshane makes an unforgettable setting for exchanging your vows.

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Longueville House Mallow, Co. Cork longuevillehouse.ie +353 (0)22 471 56

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Farm to fork is the philosophy underpinning this food-lover's paradise, and you can dine in unique style in the beautiful 19th century orangery. We Loved: The options for ceremonies in the grounds – from courtyard to orchard. The bar & dance floor in the basement is an unexpected gem.

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QUESTIONS FOR VENUES Once you’ve narrowed down your shortlist of potential venues there are just two key questions you need the answers to before talking to any venue you’re interested in: Does the venue have enough seated capacity to accommodate your guest list? Is your date free? Beyond those basic questions, there are a lot of big and small issues that need to be ironed out with your potential venue. This list is designed to give you a broad overview of the kinds of things you should ask in order to minimise any surprises later down the line. Remember, when visiting multiple venues, keep a note of the answers at each, for comparison later on.

First things first • Who will actually be here on

• Is the venue available for exclusive

the day? Is there an in-house

use? If so, is there a minimum

wedding coordinator?

amount of guests that have to book accommodation for exclusivity?

• If there is a coordinator, will they be there for the

• How flexible are your packages?

duration of the reception?

• Are there any changes planned to • Do you have a policy of only one wedding per day?

the building before the wedding (renovations, painting etc)?

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Ceremony • Which rooms are licensed for ceremonies?

The Food & Wine • Is a complimentary menu and wine tasting included? How many people can attend?

• Is the ceremony to take place in the same room as the reception?

• How much wine is included per person/how much

• What is the changeover plan

champagne/tea & coffee?

for converting to reception?

• Wine choices – what are the wine • Is it possible to have a

choices and upgrade costs?

ceremony outside?

• Do you charge a corkage fee? • Do you have a service charge for organizing the ceremony outside?

• Is the champagne toast complimentary?

The Reception • What crockery/linen/cutlery is provided as part of the package?

• What type of tables do you have (shape, size, top table)? Are there options?

• Is any décor/stationery provided (menus, centrepieces, red carpet, flowers, cake stand)? Are there alternatives available?

• Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes, or do I have to leave everything as is?

• If I want to set up and decorate the venue the day before the wedding, can I gain access?

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• Are there any additional charges for bar staff/waiting staff?

• What time is the meal served? • Do you cater for special dietary requirements? Coeliacs? Vegetarians?

• Is there an option for dinner the night before or a BBQ the day after?


The Party • Where does the band set up? Where is the dancefloor/how big is it/does anything have to be moved for the dancefloor?

• Does the wedding venue already own a sound system with adequate speakers or will that need to be rented?

• Will the band be able to set up beforehand or does it have to be during changeover?

• Will the band have to go through the reception to set up or is there separate access?

• Do you have microphones in the venue for the speeches?

• Can I hook an ipod/laptop up to your sound system?

• Is there a late bar? How late will the bar be open?

• Is there a charge for a bar extension?

• What time do guests have to leave the venue?

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Facilities • Can the bridal party get ready at the venue?

• Is the venue child friendly? What facilities are available for entertaining children?

• Is there a lift/facilities/access for the elderly and disabled?

• Is there enough parking for my guests and is it complimentary?

• Is there a heated outdoor space for smoking or where my guests can mingle?

• How many toilets are there? Where are they located?

• Is there somewhere secure to store wedding gifts?

• Does the venue have public liability insurance?

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Private Venues • Can I have a marquee in the grounds? What capacity

Financial • Is there a payment schedule? What kind of deposits are required?

can be accommodated?

• What’s the cancellation policy? What • Do you have a preferred marquee provider or can we

costs are incurred if the numbers on the day differ to the final numbers?

organise our own choice?

• Are discounts/packages dependent • Are there any preferences for suppliers? Is there an

on certain numbers of guests booking accommodation?

in-house caterer etc?

• Are there special reductions • Are kitchen facilities available for use?

for off-peak (e.g. Mon – Thurs or Oct, Nov, Jan – March)?

Accommodation • Is the bridal suite included in the price? Are rooms provided for the parents?

• What accommodation does the venue offer? Will there be discounted rates for guests at the wedding?

• Are there B&Bs and other hotels in the area for guests? Can you provide a list?

• Are there reliable taxi companies in the area?

• When is the check out time?

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Castle Leslie Estate

Crom Castle

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan castleleslie.com +353 (0)47 88 100

Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh cromcastle.com +44 (0)28 6773 8004

In the hands of the Leslie family since the 1660s, Castle Leslie overlooking the green lake is a fairytale castle in every sense. We Loved: Cutting the cake with the Castle Leslie sword is a tradition stretching back generations and really makes you feel part of the family.

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An epic estate hidden from the world among the lakelands of Fermanagh, this is the place to play lord and lady of the manor in high style. The truly authentic aristocratic country house experience. We Loved: Exchanging vows in the beautiful stone conservatory, a special moment guaranteeing spectacular photos.

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Drenagh Estate

Hilton Park

15 Dowland Rd, Limavady, Co. Derry drenagh.com +44 (0)28 7772 2649

Clones, Co. Monaghan hiltonpark.ie +353 (0)47 560 07

One of the finest family estates in Ireland, Drenagh balances the charm of a grand family home with top notch service that you'd expect from the finest hotels. We Loved: The gardens at Drenagh are a wonderland of surprises, crowned by the magical moon garden where ceremonies are held.

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A private home for a private celebration, Hilton Park is synonymous with country house hospitality. The 9th generation of the Madden family, Fred and Joanna are a cool couple full of ideas, with their finger on the pulse of modern weddings. We Loved: Food is incredibly important, with seasonal produce sourced directly from the walled garden and the estate.

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Lissanoure Castle

Newforge House

Loughguile, Co. Antrim, BT44 9JP lissanourecastle.com +44 (0)28 2764 1132

Magheralin, Co. Armagh newforgehouse.com +44 (0)28 9261 1255

Step into the enclosed courtyard of Lissanoure Castle and into a wedding wonderland. The converted stables arc into a unique curved room which offers intimacy and cosiness in abundance. We Loved: The attention to detail giving the larger barn space plenty of character even for a very large wedding. A rare find.

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There’s a reason why Newforge is a multi-award winning establishment, five minutes in this intimate family-run country house and you’re hooked. Foodies who want an intimate celebration - you’ve found your wedding venue. We Loved: The house is a delight from the individual bedrooms to the elegant dining room. A true escape.

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Orange Tree House 1 Portaferry Rd, Greyabbey, Co. Down orangetreehouse.com +44 (0)28 4278 8103

Originally a church dating back to the 1820s, Orange Tree House has been recently renovated and converted into a specially designed wedding space, by a hugely experienced team. One to watch!

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We Loved: The idea of celebrating after your ceremony overlooking the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough.

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The Olde Post Inn

The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery

Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co. Cavan theoldepostinn.com +353 (0)47 55 555

Grand St, Lisburn, Co. Antrim taproomhilden.com +44 (0)28 9266 3863

Rural restaurants are rare gems. The Olde Post Inn in its idyllic Irish village setting among the lakes of Cavan, is the perfect place for a small family gathering in the country.

Tucked away in a leafy suburb of Lisburn, The Tap Room is the acclaimed restaurant at Hilden Brewery. The converted loft space provides a great option for smaller numbers.

We Loved: Great food, lovely atmosphere, wonderfully friendly staff and a cosy turf fire – isn't this what Irish hospitality is all about?

We Loved: With home-brewed beer made on-site and the tipis that reside in the courtyard all summer long, ready for bigger celebrations – it's party central.

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Tullyveery House

Virginia Park Lodge

Killyleagh, Downpatrick, Co. Down tullyveeryhouseweddings.co.uk +44 (0)28 4482 8226

Virginia, Co. Cavan virginiaparklodge.com +353 (0)49 854 6100

A family home for almost 300 years, when Tullyveery opened its doors for weddings every care was taken to make the experience truly once in a lifetime. We Loved: Moving through the different spaces in the house and gardens from a ceremony in the walled garden to drinks in the converted bar in the courtyard, there's a new spot to discover around every corner.

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A labour of love for the Corrigan family, Virginia Park Lodge is where chef Richard celebrated his own wedding and now provides the best experience to couples looking for a country house experience with the best of modern service. We Loved: Who wouldn’t want Richard Corrigan personally overseeing their wedding meal? What a treat!

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Rathmullan House

The Carriage Rooms at Montalto

Rathmullan, Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal rathmullanhouse.com +353 (0)74 915 8188

Spa Rd, Ballynahinch, Co. Down thecarriagerooms.com +44 (0)28 9756 6100

For a weekend wedding escape, this hideaway on the shores of Lough Swilly may well be completely perfect. The two miles of sandy beach at the bottom of the gardens and a variety of activities will keep your guests occupied on the second day.

The very highest standards of contemporary design have brought new life to these historic buildings on the Montalto estate. The result is a wedding venue par excellence, where every detail has been thought of and you are guaranteed an amazing experience.

We Loved: For parties of more than 70, the house becomes exclusive, so guests can really unwind.

We Loved: The opportunity to stay at the main house at Montalto with host David Anderson to look after your every need should not be missed.

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The Merchant Hotel 16 Skipper St, Belfast, Co. Antrim themerchanthotel.com +44 (0)28 9023 4888

If your dream is of a glamorous Great Gatsby affair, then The Merchant, one of Belfast’s true landmarks will be the place your dream comes true. An Art Deco fantasia, it’s simply beautiful. We Loved: You’ll go a long way to experience anything as magnificent as grandeur of The Great Room Restaurant. Has to be seen to be believed.

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Table Plan Add a personal touch to the entrance space, by getting creative with the table plan, creating an escort card table, or using an innovative guest book to get your guests talking.

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Cake Table It's an area that is often neglected, but a beautiful wedding cake should be presented properly and in pride of place where everyone can admire it.

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Dining Tables The central focus of the evening entertainment - artfully arranged dining tables bring a look together. But remember to consider the background décor of the dining room.

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Outdoor Décor For summer weddings in particular, create a focus for your guests by including outside spaces in your décor plan. Simple touches such as signage, candles and simple floral arrangements bring a look together.

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Ceremony Décor Whether you’re having a church, civil or humanist wedding, the place where you make your vows deserves a special treatment.

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The Westbury

The Shelbourne Hotel

Grafton St, Dublin 2 doylecollection.com +353 (0)1 679 1122

27 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 shelbourneweddings.ie +353 (0)1 663 4500

One of Dublin’s most famous hotels, The Westbury has a prime location. A hop, skip and a jump from Grafton Street, it’s the perfect spot for couples who want a chic and elegant wedding, with the city buzz on your doorstep. We Loved: So many photo opportunities - from St. Stephen’s Green to Grafton Street, you won’t be short of interesting backdrops.

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Dublin's Grande Dame, the Shelbourne needs no introduction – it has been one of the city's premier establishments for over 100 years. We Loved: The smaller reception rooms upstairs offer a range of options for smaller parties and enjoy fantastic views over the Green.

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Christ Church Cathedral

Fallon & Byrne

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8 christchurchcathedral.ie +353 (0)1 677 8099

11 -17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2 fallonandbyrne.com +353 (0)1 472 1010

A wedding below ground? The Crypts below the Cathedral offer a unique opportunity to create an event with the wow factor.

Dublin’s most famous epicurean emporium offers a beautiful space to create your own style of wedding, at the heart of the city.

We Loved: For a party big enough (500 guests) the actual cathedral can be used for a banquet – now that would be epic!

We Loved: The variety of menus available, from formal five course to tapas style dining, is great for adding flexibility to the celebration planning.

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Intercontinental Hotel

No. 5 The National Gallery

Simmonscourt Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 intercontinentaldublin.ie +353 (0)1 665 4000

89 Merrion Sq West, Dublin 2 nationalgallery.ie +353 (0)1 661 5133

A complete renovation has given one of Ireland’s premier 5 star hotels a completely new lease of life and with that a new star wedding venue is born.

Art lovers will rejoice at the notion of marrying at the National Gallery, in the elegant private rooms of No. 5 South Leinster Street, overlooking the atrium entrance hall to the gallery.

We Loved: The sumptuousness of the accommodation where luxury is the name of the game. And of course the spa is a treat perfect for a bridal party.

We Loved: Even if your wedding party is larger, it is possible to hire the rooms just for civil wedding ceremonies.

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King's Inns

Luttrellstown Castle

Henrietta St, Dublin 1 kingsinns.ie +353 (0)1 874 4840

Castleknock, Dublin 15 luttrellstowncastle.com +353 (0)1 860 9600

A more historic and elegant set of spaces you will be hard pressed to find, the Honorable Society of King’s Inns combines ancient and modern in a beautiful city setting. We Loved: Certainly endowed with a wow factor, the dining hall will be a revelation for your guests as it’s a space very few have had the honour of visiting.

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Just a stone's throw from Dublin city centre, Luttrellstown has been host to many a celebrity and lots of royalty over the years. Its long history as the ultimate aristocratic party venue gives it pedigree without parallel. We Loved: Dining in the rooms at Luttrellstown is a luxury experience you will never forget.

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Dean Hotel

No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place

33 Harcourt St, Dublin 2 deandublin.ie +353 (0)1 607 8110

No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 25fitzwilliamplace.ie +353 (0)1 669 4646

Achingly cool, this is the city venue for those who want cutting edge style with the laid-back vibe that only Dublin can offer. We Loved: The epic views of Dublin’s skyline from Sophie’s Bar provide the greatest backdrop to your pre-dinner drinks.

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This is a venue for city sophisticates who enjoy the finer things in life, and want their wedding day to be an intimate and luxurious experience. This is your very own city townhouse for a day with a modern twist. We Loved: The food! Modern, fresh and perfect for a couple to indulge their guests with gastronomic delights.

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Locks 1 Windsor Terrace

Oliveto at the Kingston Hotel

1 Windsor Terrace, Dublin locksrestaurant.ie +353 (0)1 416 3655

9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin oliveto.ie +353 (0)1 280 0011

If informal yet refined elegance is your idea of the perfect wedding celebration, then look no further than Locks 1 Windsor Terrace nestled in a quiet spot along the Grand Canal in Dublin's south suburbs. We Loved: A meander along the canal is a lovely jaunt on a fine day, perfect for some subtle city wedding snaps.

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A short trip out to Dun Laoghaire on the Dart takes you straight to the door of Oliveto. With its fantastic views out over Dublin bay, you couldn't ask for a better spot to celebrate on a sunny day. We Loved: Sharing platters of Italian-inspired delicacies with family and friends, makes for a great atmosphere and a fun wedding.

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Smock Alley Theatre

The Westin Dublin

6/7 Exchange St Lower, Dublin 8 smockalley.com +353 (0)1 677 0014

35-39 Westmoreland St, Dublin 2 thewestindublinweddings.com +353 (0)1 645 1440

A real gem in the centre of the city, Smock Alley's exposed brick walls, ornate plasterwork ceiling, and stained glass windows from the theatre's time as a church mean this room on the river a sight to behold.

Right at the heart of Dublin's centre on College Green, this former bank turned 5 Star hotel, offers the very best of superior service and attention to detail.

We Loved: The space is super versatile for ceremony or reception, it's a blank canvas all your own.

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We Loved: The Banking Hall in the Westin is without doubt the most magnificent reception room in the city. A hidden gem, it has to be seen to be believed.

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Stephen's Green Hibernian Club

The Cliff Townhouse

9 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 sghc.ie +353 (0)1 677 4744

22 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 theclifftownhouse.com +353 (0)1 638 3939

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One of Ireland's oldest members clubs, offering a quiet and refined place to enjoy fine dining overlooking the capital's finest square, now welcomes non-members to celebrate in their gorgeous rooms.

The city sister of the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford, the Townhouse maintains the standards of gastronomic delight set by the hotel, but overlooking St. Stephen's Green it has a more urban edge – a very stylish choice.

We Loved: As a location for making vows or dining, the card room with its beautiful glass domed ceiling makes for an epic location.

We Loved: The décor is the last word in contemporary classic – a fusion of Irish style and international chic.

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Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Wrights Anglers Rest

Military Rd, Dublin 8 rhk.ie +353 (0)1 612 9903

Strawberry Beds, Dublin 20 anglersrest.ie +353 (0)1 820 4351

Offering a wide variety of rooms and spaces, which could cater equally to a large extravaganza or a more intimate celebration, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham is one of Dublin’s gems hidden in plain sight. We Loved: The gardens and grounds of the Royal Hospital with their epic views stretching across the Liffey to the Phoenix Park are a true oasis in the city.

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One of Dublin's true hidden gems, The Anglers Rest perches on a hill overlooking the Liffey by Castleknock village. Renowned for warm welcomes and truly excellent food. We Loved: The cosy rooms with their roaring fires create the perfect winter wedding atmosphere 15 minutes from O'Connell Street.

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The Merrion Hotel Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2 merrionhotel.com +353 (0)1 603 0600

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This stunning Georgian townhouse provides the most sophisticated backdrop for an elegant celebration. Five star service in the city. We Loved: The feeling of luxury as you walk through the doors, knowing every detail will be looked after.

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GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY is something we’re really passionate about at One Fab Day. It’s what makes your memories come to life. It’s what helps us to showcase how amazing weddings can and should be. If there was only one piece of advice we could share with you, it would be this: invest in the very best when it comes to your wedding photography. Forty years from now, those photographs detailing all the small intimacies and the big moments; the love, laughter and sheer joy of when you two became one, will be what you treasure. And most importantly, what you have to share with generations to come. So find the person you connect with, who has a great eye, who can really capture the magic of your wedding day in all its glory, and make those lasting mementos you will treasure forever… To all the wonderful photographers who have allowed us to share their work in the 100 Best Wedding Venues 2016 and on OneFabDay.com, we’d like to say a huge thank you.

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HOME They say "there’s no place like home" and there’s definitely nothing quite like a wedding at home. Not the cheapest option by a long shot - trust me - but if you have the space, the inclination, and lots of energy, then a wedding at home is a way to celebrate without parallel. We loved: The absolute freedom to do what you like, when you like, how you like it. The sense of connection – not just making memories, but adding to a lifetime of memories.

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GETTING MARRIED

IRELAND Something to bear in mind, while

the ceremony will have some

searching for the perfect venue, is

bearing on your choice of venue, so

the most important part of the entire

before you make the all important

wedding day - making those vows to

decision, have a glance through our

one another. Whether you wish to

key points about the requirements

have a religious or civil ceremony,

for marriage ceremonies.

This information is intended only as a brief overview of the process to get you started, please refer to the websites at the bottom of each section for a full explanation of the most up to date requirements.

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Catholic Wedding • Policies on conducting marriage ceremonies vary from church to church so it is essential to meet and discuss your request with the priest of the parish to ascertain whether your request can be granted.

• It’s imperative to confirm the details - church, date, priest (registered solemniser) a minimum of three months in advance.

• Arrange an appointment to give notice to the Civil Registrar of Marriage (minimum of three months in advance), in order to obtain a Marriage Registration Form (MRF).

• Essential documentation you will need: baptismal certificate, confirmation certificate and a letter of freedom from each parish you have lived in since 18.

• You must complete a Marriage Preparation Course and provide a certificate to the priest in advance of the wedding.

Further information www.gettingmarried.ie

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Civil Wedding • Meet with your registry office well in advance. You must notify them a minimum of three months in advance, but there is often a longer lead time for certain popular dates and times.

• For civil ceremonies, you must register with the registrar of the county in which you intend to marry.

• If you wish to marry at a venue outside of the registry office, check that it is licensed for civil ceremonies, or you will have to organize this.

• Ceremonies outside the registry office may only be performed by registrars on prescribed days at certain times, and incur extra cost. Each county office has its own rules, check with your chosen office on the details.

• Civil ceremonies are performed by civil registrars from Monday to Friday only, never at weekends.

Further information General Register Office: http://bit.ly/gro_ie Legal Ways to Marry: http://bit.ly/legalinfo_ie Citizens Information: http://bit.ly/citzensinfo_ie

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Humanist Wedding • Since April 2013 when the Civil

Other Religious Ceremonies • All couples must give notice to

Registration Amendment Act 2012

the Civil Registrar of Marriage

came into force, couples have

a minimum of three months in

been offered the opportunity

advance.

to legally marry in a humanist ceremony, with the officiant a celebrant accredited by the Humanist Association of Ireland.

• A humanist wedding ceremony is a secular celebration. The form of the ceremony is very flexible and led by the wishes of the couple and can include poetry, readings, vows, music and traditions according to your own preferences. Each celebrant will have templates that you can review

• You will need to contact the authorities of the religion in question and discuss any requirements they may have.

• Ensure that the officiant is on the register of solemnisers in order that the marriage will be legal.

Further information: Religious Ceremonies: http://bit.ly/religiousinfo

and adapt and will assist in the development of your celebration.

• As with religious ceremonies, each couple must give notice to the Civil

NORTHERN IRELAND

Registrar of Marriage a minimum

Please note that the above information

of three months in advance.

relates to processes and requirements

• To discuss arranging a humanist wedding, you should contact a celebrant directly, details are provided on the Humanist Association website (link below).

in the Republic of Ireland. For information on the requirements in Northern Ireland please refer to the following resources: Northern Ireland Requirements: http://bit.ly/northernwedding

Further information www.humanism.ie Humanist Celebrants: http://bit.ly/humanistcelebrants

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Venue

Page

Capacity

Hotel

No.1 Pery Square

33

85

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No.5 The National Gallery

53

50

No.25 Fitzwilliam Place

54

60

Ashford Castle

12

180

Ashley Park House

30

250

Ballinacurra House

30

150

Ballintaggart House

30

80

Ballybeg House

22

160

Ballyfin Demesne

20

130

Ballymagarvey Village

20

220

Ballymaloe House

30

180

Ballyvolane House

31

140

Belleek Castle

11

200

Blairscove House and Restaurant

31

100

Borris House

13

160

BrookLodge & Macreddin Village

20

150

The Carriage Rooms at Montalto

47

180

Carton House

22

360

Castle Durrow

21

185

Castle Leslie Estate

44

260

Castlemartyr Resort

31

220

Christ Church Cathedral

52

120

The Cliff Townhouse

55

80

Cloghan Castle

11

120

Clonabreany House

23

220

Clonwilliam House

20

220

Cloughjordan House

31

180

Coolbawn Quay

32

200

Coolclogher House

32

30

Coopershill House

10

20

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Crom Castle

44

80

Cromleach Lodge

12

200

Dean Hotel

54

120

Drenagh Estate

44

250

Dromquinna Manor

32

180

Dunbrody Country House

22

120

Dunraven Arms Hotel

33

250

Fallon & Byrne

52

120

Fota Island Resort

33

300

Gregans Castle

34

80

Hilton Park

44

150

Horetown House

22

200

Hunter's Hotel

21

40

Ice House Hotel

10

100

Inish Beg Estate

32

350

Inishbofin House Hotel

10

150

Intercontinental Hotel

53

350

Jack's Coastguard

35

130

The K Club

26

350

Killashee House

23

250

Killruddery House and Gardens

24

200

Kilshane House

35

220

King's Inns

53

200

Langtons House Hotel

23

300

Lisnavagh House

21

200

Lissanoure Castle

45

300

The Listowel Arms Hotel

33

350

Locks 1 Windsor Terrace

54

40

The Lodge at Ashford

12

186

Longueville House

35

140

Lough Cutra Castle

10

160

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Venue

Page

Capacity

Luttrellstown Castle

53

150

Lyrath Estate

24

180

Marlfield House

24

140

Martinstown House

24

120

The Merchant Hotel

47

150

The Merrion Hotel

56

90

The Millhouse

25

240

Mount Druid

23

200

Mount Falcon

11

220

Mount Juliet

25

220

The Mustard Seed

34

75

Newforge House

45

40

The Olde Post Inn

46

120

Oliveto at the Kingston Hotel

54

130

Orange Tree House

45

120

Parknasilla Resort & Spa

34

180

Powerscourt House & Gardens

25

160

Rathmullan House

47

150

Rathsallagh House

25

250

Royal Hospital Kilmainham

56

1,100

Sheen Falls Lodge

34

200

The Shelbourne Hotel

52

330

Smock Alley Theatre

55

250

Step House Hotel

26

180

Stephen's Green Hibernian Club

55

96

Tankardstown House

26

250

The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery

46

200

Temple House Estate

12

170

The Three Towers

11

70

Tinakilly Country House

27

220

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Trudder Lodge

27

160

Tullyveery House

46

200

Viewmount House

27

80

The Village at Lyons

26

160

Virginia Park Lodge

46

300

The Westbury Hotel

52

120

The Westin

55

170

Wrights Anglers Rest

56

100

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Image Credits

Front Cover:

Great Photography:

Brosnan Photographic

IG Studio Photography

Inside Cover:

Connacht:

Paula McManus Photography

Darek Novak Wedding Photographer

Contents:

Ulster:

Carmen and Ingo Photography

Paper Window Wedding Photography

How to Choose the Perfect Venue:

Munster:

SOSAC Photography

SOSAC Photography

Corrine Crennan Photography Questions for Venues: Paula McManus Photography Wedding Styling 101: SOSAC Photography Getting Married in Ireland:

Leinster: Aspect Photography Dublin: Simple Tapestry Wedding Photography Home: We Are The Mastersons

Elisha Clarke Photography Paula O'Hara Photography

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