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Welcome

to the One fab day 100 best wedding venues 2018

This is the sixth edition of our independent guide to the best places to get married in Ireland. Created by the Editorial Team at One Fab Day, who have visited over 300 venues around the island of Ireland - north and south. The venues in this guide are our personal choices - the places we think our readers will love. Encompassing all styles, sizes and budgets, the unifying feature among this eclectic mix is an emphasis on quality, service and respect for the importance of a wedding for the couple and their guests. Among the pages you will find barns, country houses, boutique hotels, farms, theatres and restaurants - anything you can imagine could be possible. We hope you find it useful and that your perfect venue is among our 100 Best.


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Dublin

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How to Choose the Perfect Venue

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Ulster

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Questions for Venues

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Leinster

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Wedding Styling 101

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Home

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Annacarriga

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Ashford Castle

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Ashley Park House

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Ballinacurra House

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Ballintubbert House

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Ballybeg House

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Ballyfin Demesne

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Ballymagarvey Village

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Ballymaloe House

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Ballynahinch Castle

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Ballyvolane House

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Belle Isle Castle

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Belleek Castle

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Bellingham Castle

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Bellinter House

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Blackwater Castle

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Blairscove House & Restaurant

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Borris House

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The Cliff Townhouse

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Clonabreany House

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Clonwilliam House

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Cloughjordan House

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Coolbawn Quay

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Coopershill House

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Crom Castle

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The Dean

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Drenagh

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Dromoland Castle

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Dromquinna Manor

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Dunbrody Country House

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Dunraven Arms Hotel

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Fallon & Byrne

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Glenlo Abbey

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Gloster House

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Gregans Castle

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Hilton Park

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Horetown House

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Langtons House Hotel

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Larchfield Estate

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Lisnavagh House

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Lissanoure Castle

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The Listowel Arms Hotel

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The Lodge at Ashford

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Longueville House

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Lough Cutra Castle

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Luttrellstown Castle

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Lyrath Estate

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The Marker Hotel

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240

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Markree Castle

81

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Marlfield House

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Martinstown House

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The Merchant Hotel

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The Merrion Hotel

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The Millhouse

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Mount Druid

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Mount Falcon

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Mount Juliet

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Powerscourt House & Gardens

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Rathmullan House

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Rathsallagh House

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Royal Hospital Kilmainham

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Sheen Falls Lodge

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The Shelbourne Hotel

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Smock Alley Theatre

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Step House Hotel

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Tankardstown House

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The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery

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Temple House Estate

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Tempo Manor

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Tinakilly Country House

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Trudder Lodge

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Tullyveery House

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Viewmount House

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Virginia Park Lodge

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

Capacity 60

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.

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We Loved: The food! Modern, fresh and perfect for a couple to indulge their guests with gastronomic delights.

The Cliff Townhouse 22 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2. theclifftownhouse.com +353 (0)1 638 3939

Capacity 80

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

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

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

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.

Capacity 120

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

Dublin’s most famous epicurean emporium offers a beautiful space to create your own style of wedding, in the heart of the city. We Loved: The variety of menus available, from formal 5-course to tapas-style dining, is great for adding flexibility to the celebration planning.

Capacity 120

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

The last word in luxury 5-star hospitality, the Intercontinental offers a level of service and elegance that’s hard to put into words. 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.

Capacity 350

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The Marker Hotel Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2. themarkerhoteldublin.com +353 (0)1 687 5100

Cutting-edge style in the heart of Dublin, the Marker offers a completely different wedding experience to any other venue in the capital. This is 5-star luxury with a cool, urban vibe. One for tastemaker couples.

Capacity 240

We Loved: The option to tie the knot on the rooftop terrace with its spectacular 360 degree views of Dublin. Talk about wow factor!

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

This stunning Georgian townhouse provides the most sophisticated backdrop for an elegant celebration. 5-star service in the city. We Loved: The feeling of luxury as you walk through the doors, knowing every detail will be looked after.

Capacity 90

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

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.

Capacity 1,100

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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The Shelbourne Hotel 27 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. shelbourneweddings.ie +353 (0)1 663 4500

Capacity 350

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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 boast fantastic views over the Green.

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

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Capacity 250

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 make this room on the river a sight to behold.

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


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

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.

Capacity 120

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

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.

Capacity 170

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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{ How to Choose the Perfect

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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, so 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 to do are a) set your budget and b) your number of guests. These two numbers are going to be incredibly important in finding the right location, but they’re not the only factors. It’s really essential to consider your priorities – both of your priorities – be it food, quality or quantity of accommodation, activities, location, view, amenities, proximity to home or transport, style of rooms, exclusivity, or just a particular vibe that you are looking for. These are the things to bear in mind when the eventual compromise comes, or when comparing one venue with another.

Decide a Look & Feel Once you’ve thoroughly discussed what’s important to you both and what you would like to include in terms of décor or ideas, a feeling for what kind of celebration you would like should be forming: boho festival or summer garden party, rustic bbq-style or five star foodie heaven. Having an idea of the ‘look and feel’ you’re going for, really makes the venue search much easier – you’re looking for the venue that suits your style of celebration. This clarity will whittle your list of possible venues down to a manageable shortlist. 100 Best Wedding Venues 2018 | 21


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 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.

Don’t Fight the Venue Décor, Work with it If you’ve a very set idea of what your colour scheme, theme, or look for the wedding is going to be, then it’s important to consider the colour scheme of potential venues carefully. The décor of the venue will be the backdrop for your event. A luxurious hotel lends itself to elegant décor, and rustic style decoration will just seem odd and out of place. If you’ve fallen in love with a venue, it’s for a reason. Be clear about why you love the place, and create the celebration you truly want.

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

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Belle Isle Castle Lisbellaw, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. belle-isle.com +44 (0)28 6638 7231

Capacity 120

If your dream wedding location involves a castle on a private island, then Belle Isle is where the dream can come true. The mix of old world and modern luxury, plus a wealth of accomodation, means your guests can be close by and spoiled rotten.

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We Loved: The ceremony location choices - the ministrels gallery or the perfect, natural amphitheatre outside the front door are both lovely.

The Carriage Rooms at Montalto Spa Rd, Ballynahinch, Co. Down. thecarriagerooms.com +44 (0)28 9756 6100

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Capacity 180

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.

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We Loved: The opportunity to stay at the main house at Montalto, with the venue’s welcoming staff to look after your every need, should not be missed.


Castle Leslie Estate Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. castleleslie.com +353 (0)47 881 00

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.

Capacity 260

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

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.

Capacity 80

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

Capacity 250

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One of the finest family estates in Ireland, Drenagh balances the charm of a grand family home with modern luxury – accommodation and amenities include a cinema and swimming pool. We Loved: The gardens at Drenagh are a wonderland of surprises, crowned by the magical moon garden where ceremonies are held.

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

Capacity 150

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.

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We Loved: Food is incredibly important, with seasonal produce sourced directly from the walled garden and the estate.

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Larchfield Estate 375 Upr Ballynahinch Rd, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. larchfieldestate.co.uk +44 (0)28 9263 8025

The courtyard at Larchfield contains the rustic wedding dream come true – the converted barn boasts exposed stone walls, wooden beams and wrought iron chandeliers. We Loved: If the walled garden wasn’t charming enough, they have alpacas and miniature donkeys.

Capacity 300

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Lissanoure Castle Loughguile, Co. Antrim. lissanourecastle.com +44 (0)28 2764 1132

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

Capacity 300

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

Capacity 150

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.

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We Loved: You’ll go a long way to experience anything as magnificent as grandeur of The Great Room Restaurant. It has to be seen to be believed.

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

Capacity 40

There’s a reason why Newforge is a multi-award-winning establishment. Five minutes into your visit to this intimate family-run country house, and you’re hooked. Foodies who want an intimate celebration - you’ve found your wedding venue.

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

Capacity 120

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

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.

Capacity 150

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

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The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery Grand St, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. taproomhilden.com +44 (0)28 9266 3863

Capacity 200

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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: With home-brewed beer made on site, and the tipis that reside in the courtyard all summer long, The Tap Room is ready for bigger celebrations – it’s party central.

Tempo Manor Tullyreagh Rd, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh. tempomanor.com +44 (0)28 8954 1450

Capacity 300

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The option to have your wedding at home is not available to many, but Tempo Manor offers the same feeling but even better - their beautiful house is grand yet cosy, and the Langhams excel at making you feel like this is truly your home from home. We Loved: The setting of the house right on the edge of the lake offers the perfect backdrop to beautiful portraits.


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

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.

Capacity 200

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

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!

Capacity 300

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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. 34 | One Fab Day


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?

• Do you have a policy of only one wedding per day?

• Are there any changes planned to the building before the wedding (renovations, painting etc)?

Ceremony • Which rooms are licensed for ceremonies?

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

• Is it possible to have a ceremony outside?

• Do you have a service charge for organising the ceremony outside?

• What is the changeover plan for converting to reception?

The Reception • What type of tables do you

• Can I move things around and

have (shape, size, top table)?

decorate to suit my purposes, or

Are there options?

do I have to leave everything as is?

• Is any décor/stationery provided

• If I want to set up and decorate

(menus, centrepieces, red

the venue the day before the

carpet, flowers, cake stand)? Are

wedding, can I gain access?

there alternatives available?

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

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Private Venues • Can I have a marquee in

• Are there any preferences

the grounds? What capacity

for suppliers? Is there an

can be accommodated?

in-house caterer etc?

• Do you have a preferred marquee provider or can we organise our own choice?

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• Are kitchen facilities available for use?


The Food & Wine • Is a complimentary menu and wine tasting included? How

• Is the champagne toast complimentary?

many people can attend?

• How much wine is included

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

per person/how much champagne/tea & coffee?

• Wine choices – what are the wine choices and upgrade costs?

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

• Do you charge a corkage fee? • Is there an option for dinner the night before or a BBQ the day after?

The Party • Where does the band set up?

• Will the band have to go through

Where is the dancefloor/how

the reception to set up or is

big is it/does anything have to

there separate access?

be moved for the dancefloor?

• Does the wedding venue

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

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

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

• Is there a charge for a bar extension?

to be during changeover?

• Do you have microphones in

• What time do guests have to leave the venue?

the venue for the speeches?

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

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

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

• Is there a lift/facilities/ access for elderly guests and

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

• Is there somewhere secure to store wedding gifts?

those with disabilities?

• Is there enough parking for my

• Does the venue have public liability insurance?

guests and is it complimentary?

Accommodation • Is the bridal suite included

• Are there B&Bs and other

in the price? Are rooms

hotels in the area for guests?

provided for the parents?

Can you provide a list?

• What accommodation does the venue offer? Will there

• Are there reliable taxi companies in the area?

be discounted rates for guests at the wedding?

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• When is the check out time?


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

• Are discounts/packages dependent on certain numbers of guests booking accommodation?

• What’s the cancellation policy? What costs are incurred if the numbers on the day differ to the final numbers?

• Are there special reductions for off-peak (e.g. Mon – Thurs or Oct, Nov, Jan – March)?

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No.1 Pery Square Georgian Quarter, Limerick, Co. Limerick. oneperysquare.com +353 (0)61 402 402

Capacity 85

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

Adare Manor Adare, Co. Limerick. adaremanor.com +353 (0)61 605 200

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Capacity 350

Quiet luxury awaits at the grand manor of Adare, one of Ireland’s most famous 5-star establishments. Adare village is one of the prettiest in Ireland – great for second-day entertainment.

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We Loved: The epic Minstrel’s Gallery at Adare has no equal – 132ft of sparkling chandeliers illuminating silver and crystal on tables of crisp white linen is the real Downton Abbey experience.


Annacarriga Lough Derg, Killaloe, Co. Clare. annacarriga.com +353 (0)61 376 777

In an idyllic spot overlooking Lough Derg, five minutes from Killaloe, this glass-fronted marquee is tailormade for a wedding with a difference. A whole village of holiday accomodation available for all your guests makes it the ideal spot.

Capacity 300

We Loved: The complete feeling of isolation makes it perfect for a party that lasts into the wee hours.

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

Enjoying a beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Ourna, Ashley Park and its distinctive, green, colonial-style veranda, is like a life-size Victorian doll’s house for you to play in. We Loved: The 80 acres of grounds offer a variety of beautiful options for ceremonies.

Capacity 300

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

Capacity 180

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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 new addition of the Cuban Cocktail lounge will give your party an added twist.

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

Capacity 180

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The ultimate foodie wedding venue, Ballymaloe House offers options to 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 add that personal, family-run feeling.


Ballyvolane House Castlelyons, Fermoy, Co. Cork. ballyvolanehouse.ie +353 (0)25 363 49

If you dream of a boho-chic celebration, this elegant country house with festival attitude specialises in bespoke events for cool couples. From the brilliant bar to the loft chill-out area, the converted barn is the perfect party venue.

Capacity 140

We Loved: If your guests are as hippy-chic as you are, then they will adore the beautifully-organised luxury glamping.

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Blackwater Castle Castletownroche, Co. Cork. blackwatercastle.com +353 (0)22 26 333

Deep in the Blackwater valley, high on a promontory overlooking the majestic river, Blackwater Castle is a place where you can feel like a medieval lord and lady of the manor in your own private fiefdom.

Capacity 130

We Loved: The idea of a ceremony either by the river, down a path through a wooded glade, or high on the terrace looking out over the valley.

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Blairscove House & Restaurant Durrus, Co. Cork. blairscove.ie +353 (0)27 611 27

Capacity 100

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.

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We Loved: From the restaurant dessert bar to the apartment bathrooms, every element of this property is decorated with a connoisseur’s eye.

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

Capacity 220

What makes this a great hotel is the atmosphere of relaxed comfort in luxurious surroundings, where the guests are wowed but put at ease at the same time.

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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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Cloughjordan House Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary. cloughjordanhouse.com +353 (0)87 969 0824

You’ll immediately feel right at home in the 800-year-old, familyowned Cloughjordan House. The woodshed and ballrooms are rustic wedding wonders, where those with an ache for styling can obey all their creative impulses, while the forest and front lawn are perfect for ceremonies. We Loved: Cloughjordan has its own cookery school, so you’re going to be spoiled when dinner arrives on the table.

Capacity 180

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

Deep in the Irish countryside, down a winding country lane, you happen upon an idyllic Irish village, right on the lakeshore. Here, hidden from the world, you can gather family and friends for the perfect weekend retreat and a right old hooley.

Capacity 200

We Loved: The warmth and hospitality is second to none anywhere in Ireland.

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Dromoland Castle Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare. dromoland.ie +353 (0)61 368 144

Capacity 300

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Your search for the ultimate Irish castle is over – the medieval pile of Dromoland is everything you can imagine and more. We Loved: The double-height Brian Boru hall, with mezzanine galleries, is perfect for a banquet of epic proportions.

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

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Capacity 180

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.

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We Loved: For ceremonies held in Kenmare, guests travel by boat from the town to the dock at Dromquinna – a trip to remember!


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

An old world 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.

Capacity 250

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

Sitting at the centre of the beautiful landscape of the Burren, Gregans Castle is reknowned for its food, which is guaranteed to wow your guests. We Loved: The Martyn Suite is everything you dream of in a bridal suite. Not only is there a four-poster bed, but a private garden too!

Capacity 80

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

Capacity 350

A private island just outside Baltimore, Inish Beg is a secret hideaway that’s perfect for hosting a small party in the boathouse, or a blowout in a marquee.

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We Loved: The gardens are full of hidden treasures, their winding paths are a joy to explore, or as an aisle to a woodland wedding ceremony.

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

Capacity 220

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Kilshane provides all that you could want for a proper weekend house party wedding, including 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.


The Listowel Arms Hotel The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry. listowelarms.com +353 (0)68 215 00

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

Capacity 350

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

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 and dance floor in the basement is an unexpected gem.

Capacity 140

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The Mustard Seed Ballingarry, Co. Limerick. mustardseed.ie +353 (0)69 685 08

Capacity 75

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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. We Loved: The hospitality at The Mustard Seed is so fantastic that you will never want to leave, trust us!

Parknasilla Resort & Spa Sneem, Co. Kerry. parknasillaresort.com +353 (0)64 667 5600

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Capacity 180

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.

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


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

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

Capacity 200

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Waterford Castle The Island, Ballinakill, Co. Waterford. waterfordcastleresort.com +353 (0)51 878 203

A 16th Century castle on a private island, accessible only by private ferry, Waterford Castle is unique among Ireland’s castle hotels. The building has remained largely untouched since it was a private house, so it is smaller, more intimate and more authentic than other larger castles. We Loved: The fun factor of the ferry ride over! And the interior is outstanding - every room wows.

Capacity 120

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Ballintubbert House Ballintubbert House, Ballintubbert, Co. Laois. ballintubbert.com +353 (0)41 988 4771

Capacity 300

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With a mix of vintage, old world, boho and contemporary, style lovers, this is the venue for you! Ballintubbert has been lovingly restored and decorated to create a private wedding venue par excellence. We Loved: The gardens at Ballintubbert are a jewel and it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic spot to celebrate the best day of your life.

Ballybeg House Ballinglen, Co. Wicklow. ballybeg.ie +353 (0)40 238 841

Capacity 160

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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: The renovated courtyard is perfect for your ceremony, and it really must be seen to be appreciated.


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

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

Capacity 130

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

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

Capacity 220

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

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Bellingham Castle Castlebellingham, Co. Louth. bellinghamcastle.ie +353 (0)42 937 2176

Capacity 200

Set in 17 acres of magnificently maintained gardens and grounds, Bellingham is a true fairytale castle recently completely renovated to the highest standards of luxury. A place to spoil yourself.

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We Loved: The wolfhounds! Ri and Saoirse, the pair of lovable hounds that call the castle home steal the show and melt the hearts of guests.

Bellinter House Navan, Co. Meath. bellinterhouse.com +353 (0)46 903 0900

Capacity 180

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For a contemporary twist on the country house retreat, Bellinter brings 21st Century style to a classic Palladian mansion. We Loved: Fancy a pool party on day two of your wedding? Board games, billiards or BBQ? Bellinter’s staff go out of their way to get creative.


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

Dating from 1169, Borris House is one of the oldest grand houses in Ireland, and ticks all the boxes for a country estate. The Kavanaghs will make you feel right at home. We Loved: The contemporary, rustic-chic banqueting space is a surprise and delight – perfect for putting your own style stamp on.

Capacity 160

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

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.

Capacity 150

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

Capacity 360

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

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

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Capacity 185

This 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.

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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.


Cliff at Lyons Celbridge, Co. Kildare. cliffatlyons.ie +353 (0)1 630 3500

A luxury space for celebration, Cliff at Lyons is a renovated 18th Century estate village. Sitting by a picturesque waterfall, the converted Mill is decorated in French country-inspired tones creating a soft and relaxed atmosphere. We Loved: The Orangery is a beautiful space for a wedding ceremony – imagine exchanging vows in front of the huge 18th Century fireplace.

Capacity 180

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

Combining the best of all worlds, Clonabreany is a newly-developed private wedding venue, but 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: The little bar in the courtyard is the perfect retreat for second-day celebrations.

Capacity 220

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

Capacity 220

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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 21st Century luxury. We Loved: The swimming pool in the basement. This is glamour, Irish country house-style! We’re moving in.

Dunbrody Country House Arthurstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford. dunbrodyhouse.com +353 (0)51 389 600

Capacity 120

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.

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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.

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Gloster House Brosna, Birr, Co. Offaly. glosterhouse.ie +353 (0)505 47 948

Set on a 150-acre estate right in the heart of Ireland, Gloster House is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered and cherished by the most discerning of couples. Lovingly restored to its former glory, this is a private wedding escape that is picture perfect.

Capacity 180

We Loved: Every single room in the house is an architectural wonder. We were bowled over by how beautiful the house is. Your guests definitely will be too.

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

Those with a taste for a party will love Horetown House, a stunning house with beautiful Georgian rooms and a newly-built garden room. Summer or winter, the team can look after you. We Loved: Heading downstairs to the 1692 bar, the shoes come off, the music hops, and nobody asleep upstairs can hear a thing.

Capacity 140

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

Capacity 350

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

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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.

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

Capacity 250

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.

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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.

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

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.

Capacity 160

We Loved: Leaving the reception dinner in the Orangery along a candlelit path to the 19th Century grain store for an amazing party in a rustic barn.

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

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

Capacity 300

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

Capacity 200

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

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

Capacity 150

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Just a stone’s throw from Dublin City Centre, Luttrellstown has been host to many a celebrity and royal family member 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 luxurious experience you will never forget.


Lyrath Estate Dublin Rd, Co. Kilkenny. lyrath.com +353 (0)56 7760088

Perfect for couples who like to be pampered, Lyrath has an awardwinning spa within a beautiful historic setting. This sanctuary of tranquility will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated, ready for the party to begin!

Capacity 180

We Loved: Superior hotel accommodation for all your guests means you’ll get to see everyone again for breakfast.

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

A real Irish welcome awaits you 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.

Capacity 140

We Loved: The food is exceptional, and the newly opened Duck Restaurant in the courtyard now offers a great evening-before option for a family celebration.

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

Capacity 200

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

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

Capacity 240

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Beautifully situated by banks of the river Boyne, the Millhouse is a wedding venue par excellence. Great food, great decรณr, 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.


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

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

Capacity 200

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

Famous for its golf course, and 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.

Capacity 220

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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Palmerstown House Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown, Co Kildare. palmerstownhouse.ie +353 (0)45 906 901

Capacity 120

Just a 30-minute jaunt from Dublin city centre, you can find yourself at the heart of your own 900 acre private estate. Only recently opened for private weddings and events, Palmerstown House offers a fairytale experience for modern romantics.

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We Loved: The tiered manicured gardens around the house are truly beautiful and a gateway to an amazing 900-acre of parkland. A stunning location for an outdoor ceremony.

Powerscourt House & Gardens Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. powerscourt.com +353 (0)1 204 6000

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Capacity 160

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.

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We Loved: The entrance hall, used for ceremonies, is a masterful renovation – its exposed-brick walls contrast perfectly with the grandeur upstairs.


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

The quaint house at Rathsallagh has the feeling of an old world 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.

Capacity 250

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

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.

Capacity 200

We Loved: The cocktail bar on the first floor for a glamorous nightbefore soirĂŠe.

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

Capacity 230

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

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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.

Tinakilly Country House Main street, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow. tinakilly.ie +353 (0)40 469 274

Capacity 220

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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 250 people.


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

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-brick walls and a bar in the old dairy – genius!

Capacity 140

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

The epitome of charming country house hotel – pretty, old world reception rooms, and lovingly-tended gardens to wander through, this comfy cosy spot is just idyllic.

Capacity 80

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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Wedding Styling

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Keep the Styling Simple the Fantastic Five Areas Once wedding planning starts, a whole new world of design and styling opens up to each couple. At first organising all of these little details might seem overwhelming, but in fact styling a wedding is perfectly manageable once you break down the various tasks. There are two major parts to wedding styling that should compliment each other: the first is what the bridal party will be wearing – the wedding dress, bridesmaid outfits and groomswear; the second is venue dÊcor. At the venue you will be adding final touches, not redecorating (though a few have been know to try). To help you, here are the five areas at the venue where you will need to use your styling skills. 74 | One Fab Day


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

Capacity 180

If anywhere epitomises 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.

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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.

Ballynahinch Castle Ballinafad, Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway. ballynahinch-castle.com +353 (0)95 31 006

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Capacity 140

Straight out of a Gothic romance, Ballynahinch Castle is found at the end of a winding driveway, on an incline above a lake, deep in the wilds of Connemara. Ballynahinch has the feeling of a secret that few have discovered.

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We Loved: The surrounding woods and moors come alive in autumn in a stunning explosion of colour.


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

Nestled in the woods near Ballina, Belleek is a castle in the proper sense of the word. Cosy and eclectic, with its eclectic medieval and Gothic-inspired interiors, it’s one-of-a-kind and perfect for a winter wedding.

Capacity 200

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

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.

Capacity 20

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Glenlo Abbey Kentfield, Galway City, Co. Galway. glenloabbeyhotel.ie +353 (0)91 519 600

Capacity 170

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Newly refurbished to an impeccable standard, the Glenlo offers warmth and great Irish hospitality in a classic country house hotel – your guests will love it. We Loved: The pullman carriage in the grounds offers a unique option for a special family dinner the night before.

The Lodge at Ashford The Lodge, Cong, Co. Mayo. thelodgeac.com +353 (0)94 954 5400

Capacity 186

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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 shing if you’re so inclined. We Loved: The view down Lough Corrib during dinner – what a backdrop!


Lough Cutra Castle Lough Cutra Lodge, Gort, Co. Galway. loughcutra.com +353 (0)86 222 9184

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

Capacity 160

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Markree Castle Clooneenroe, Collooney, Co. Sligo. markreecastle.ie +353 (0)71 916 7800

A family home and grand castle all-in-one, Markree is majestic and homely at the same time. The castle also boasts its own Victorian chapel that can be used for civil ceremonies.

Capacity 170

We Loved: Unusually for a country house in Ireland, the beautiful dining room at Markree seats 170 in stunning surroundings without the need for a marquee.

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

Capacity 220

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More luxury boutique hotel than traditional country house, this former hunting lodge delivers the best of Irish hospitality – fine food, beautiful surroundings and impeccable service - with a modern twist. The Elemis spa is the ultimate indulgence. We Loved: An intimate night-before dinner in the Kitchen restaurant would be the perfect way to kick off the celebrations.

Temple House Estate Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. templehouse.ie +353 (0)71 918 3329

Capacity 170

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

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

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

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

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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.

Capacity 70

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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.


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.

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If there was only one piece of advice

the love, laughter and sheer joy

we could share with you, it would be

of when you two became one, will

this: invest in the very best when it

be what you treasure. And most

comes to your wedding photography.

importantly, what you have to

Forty years from now, those

share with generations to come.

photographs detailing all the small

So find the person you connect with,

intimacies and the big moments;

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 2018 and on OneFabDay.com, we’d like to say a huge thank you.

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Getting married in Something to bear in mind, while searching for the perfect venue, is the most important part of the entire wedding day - making those vows to one another. Whether you wish to have a religious or civil ceremony, the ceremony will have some bearing on your choice of venue, so before you make the all important decision, have a glance through our key points about the requirements 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

• Essential documentation you

ceremonies vary from church to

will need: baptismal certificate,

church so it is essential to meet and

confirmation certificate and a letter

discuss your request with the priest

of freedom from each parish you

of the parish to ascertain whether

have lived in since 18.

your request can be granted.

• You must complete a Marriage • It’s imperative to confirm the details

Preparation Course and provide a

- church, date, priest (registered

certificate to the priest in advance

solemniser) a minimum of three

of the wedding.

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

Further information www.accord.ie

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Civil Wedding • Meet with your registry office well

• Civil ceremonies are performed

in advance. You must notify them

by civil registrars from Monday to

a minimum of three months in

Friday only, never at weekends

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

• If you wish to marry at a venue

marry.

outside of the registry office, check that it is licensed for civil ceremonies, or you will have to organise this.

• Ceremonies outside the registry

Further information General Register Office: http://bit.ly/gro_ie

office may only be performed by

Legal Ways to Marry:

registrars on prescribed days at

http://bit.ly/legalinfo_ie

certain times, and incur extra cost. Each county office has its own rules, check with your chosen office on the details. 88 | One Fab Day

Citizens Information: http://bit.ly/citzensinfo_ie


Humanist Wedding • Since April 2013 when the Civil

• A humanist wedding ceremony

Registration Amendment Act 2012

is a secular celebration. The

came into force, couples have

form of the ceremony is very

been offered the opportunity

flexible and led by the wishes

to legally marry in a humanist

of the couple and can include

ceremony, with the officiant

poetry, readings, vows, music and

a celebrant accredited by the

traditions according to your own

Humanist Association of Ireland.

preferences. Each celebranat will have templates that you can review

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

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

Registrar of Marriage a minimum of three months in advance.

• To discuss arranging a humanist wedding, you should contact

Further information www.humanism.ie

a celebrant directly, details

Humanist Celebrants:

are provided on the Humanist

http://bit.ly/findcelebrants

Association website (link below).

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Other Religious Ceremonies • All couples must give notice to

• Ensure that the officiant is on the

the Civil Registrar of Marriage

register of solemnisers so that the

a minimum of three months in

marriage will be legal.

advance.

Further information

• You will need to contact the authorities of the religion in question and discuss any

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

requirements they may have.

NORTHERN IRELAND Please note that the above information relates to processes and requirements in the Republic of Ireland. For information on the requirements in Northern Ireland please refer to the following resources: 90 | One Fab Day

Further information Northern Ireland Requirements: http://bit.ly/northernwedding


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Brought to you by team at One Fab Day, 100 Best Wedding Venues 2018 is an indispensable guide for couples tying the knot in Ireland. The ind...

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Brought to you by team at One Fab Day, 100 Best Wedding Venues 2018 is an indispensable guide for couples tying the knot in Ireland. The ind...