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9 of the Quirkiest Wedding Venues in Ireland

Whether you want a grand, lavish wedding with hundreds in attendance, or a small, cozy and quaint celebration for your big day, Ireland has a plethora of breathtaking spots for a day (or weekend) to remember forever.

29 Apr

Weddings is one of our passions at Celebrant Ireland, but what's a big day without a charming venue to host it in?

We've been around the circuit, conducting ceremonies in some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring spots across the country.

Gathered below are the top 9 locations that you should seriously consider amongst your plans.

1. Killruddery House

Killruddery House and Gardens, Wicklow

Killruddery House is a beautiful mansion laid atop a magnificent 17th century foundation, perfect for a picturesque ceremony.

Each holding up to 180 guests, The Orangery and The Grain Store provide a magical, luxurious space to host your dream wedding. For a smaller gathering, take your reception to The Library, The Drawing Room or the beautifully ornate Dining Room, which boasts a marvellous stucco ceiling and tall windows that peer out onto the venue's long ponds.

  • Capacity: Up to 180 guests
  • Location: Bray, Co. Wicklow

2. Loughanmore Court

If you want a completely bespoke, unforgettable wedding experience, look no further than the ambitious landscapes of Loughanmore Court.

Stretching from a beautiful Irish mountain backdrop down to a cozy, modern beach house overlooking the Irish Sea, there's no shortage of awe-inspiring views here.

Boasting a spacious 200-year-old converted rustic barn to host your ceremony, to their beautiful marquee with a panoramic view of your surroundings, it's hard to find a venue more suited to practically all of your wedding needs.

Take a look at the video below and see for yourself.

  • Capacity: Up to 250 guests
  • Location: Jenkinstown, Co. Louth

3. Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple, Derry

This breathtaking temple perched on a cliff edge off the north-western coast of Northern Ireland looks like something from a movie.

Take the WOW factor to your big day by hosting your ceremony in the super exclusive Mussenden Temple, walk along the vivid gardens and historic ruins of Downhill Demesne while taking in the surrounding ethereal scenery.

  • Capacity: Up to 100 guests
  • Location: Castlerock, Co. Derry

4. Shannon Princess

Shannon Princess, Westmeath

The Shannon Princess is the perfect way to explore what the river Shannon and her loughs have to offer. Guests onboard will enjoy all the indulgent comforts of their own private floating luxury hotel, with a professional crew in attendance.

A unique twist on an alternative and intimate venue, The Shannon Princess provides luxury accommodation for up to 10 guests in five en-suite cabins.

Deluxe accommodations include air conditioning, a deck side spa pool, touring bikes, Wi-Fi and delicious dining. Set your watch to Shannon time and watch the world float by.

  • Capacity: Up to 10 guests
  • Location: Athlone, Co. Westmeath

5. Inish Beg Estate, Co. Cork

Inish Beg Estate, Cork

Go big or go home in this vast 97-acre estate in Co. Cork. Host a wedding of any size in a plethora of locations around the Inish Beg Estate grounds, holding anywhere from 2 guests to 350.

With overnight accommodation available for up to 52 guests, and several beautiful venues scattered around the huge estate like The Boathouse or The Octagon Marquee, there's something for everybody here.

You and your guests can enjoy exclusive access to the entire estate, including all 10 self-catering venues within at a very reasonable rate.

  • Capacity: Up to 350 guests
  • Location: Baltimore, West Cork

6. Tigh na Ghra, Cliffs of Moher

Tigh na Ghra, Clare

Guests come from around the world to the Cliffs of Moher to celebrate an important milestone in their lives to the backdrop of a spectacular setting.

If you want to put a spotlight on your special day with one of the most breathtaking backdrops you can imagine, then Tigh na Ghra is your venue.

Host your ceremony to the soothing waves of the Atlantic Ocean and celebrate with a toast in a warm, sheltered, purpose-built venue that provides you with a perfect location whatever the weather.

  • Capacity: Up to 18 guests
  • Location: Doolin, Co. Clare

7. St. Peter's Tin Church, Laragh

St. Peter's Tin Church, Laragh

This beautiful Swiss-Gothic tin-clad church is perfect for a mystical woodland wedding.

A gift from mill owner James McKean to his wife after their honeymoon in Switzerland, The Tin Church stands amongst ferns and ivy, and is surrounded by nature.

Host a ceremony to remember here, and disconnect in the most magical way from the rest of the world, for just a little while.

  • Location: Laragh, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

8. The Boathouse at Mount Druid

The Boathouse, Mount Druid

Perfect for a zenned-out, serene drinks reception, The Boathouse at Mount Druid offers a photographic lakeside view to enjoy some relaxation time with your guests.

Pair your reception with a ceremony inside the nearby Tin Chapel, and take a leisurely stroll across the hill to finish off your big day in style.

  • Location: Castletown Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath

9. Smock Alley Theatre

Banquet Hall, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Take your ceremony to the banks of the Liffey at the unique, spacious Smock Alley Theatre. This restored 17th century Theatre Royal holds up to 250 guests, and comes with amazing acoustics for a musical, memorable wedding.

Steeped in history, the Smock Alley Theatre with its marvellous Banquet Hall and multi-tiered theatre is the perfect place to enjoy a big day to remember.

  • Capacity: Up to 250 guests
  • Location: Temple Bar, Dublin

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