If there’s one thing we love here at weddingsonline, it’s a marquee wedding. Marquees are the perfect wedding venue for couples looking for a blank canvas on which to paint the picture of their personality as a couple for their big day. What’s more is that it can be great fun coming up with different colour schemes and alternative styles to make your beautiful big white space come alive. Unique marquee venues are popping up all over the country as contemporary couples choose to mix and match their personal style with all the comforts of a chic country house or manor, and we’ve chosen these as our top eight marquee venues.
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The Millhouse, Slane
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Those in search for a romantic garden setting for their wedding celebrations needn’t look much further than The Millhouse in Slane, County Meath. The Millhouse is renowned amongst ‘alternative’ wedding fans, who value a subtle and serene setting in which to create an event that is always one-of-a-kind. Bespoke weddings are what The Millhouse is all about, and their enthusiastic, talented and dedicated directory of suppliers work hard to tailor weddings entirely to the bride and groom. The Grand Pavillion on the front lawn of The Millhouse is the setting of choice for most couples looking for a magical, laid back area to make their own, and can hold up to 300 guests.
Hotel Doolin, Clare
Photos via Hotel Doolin website
Specially tailored marquee weddings at Hotel Doolin in Clare are always a delight. Couples are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild when it comes to making the space their own, but if they’re lacking inspiration of course the dedicated team at Hotel Doolin is on hand to give their advice. Hotel Doolin itself is a beautiful space for entertaining guests before they make their way out to the beautifully manicured lawn and into the magical marquee, and while guests are enjoying the sunshine and cocktails, you can head off with your photographer and grab some of the most incredible photos from the stunning scenery that surrounds.
The Marquee at Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
Photos via Mount Juliet website
Mount Juliet Estate, set next to the historic Kilkenny city, is one of the oldest surviving walled estates in Europe. Its outstanding beauty and privacy make it one of Europe’s most exclusive and romantic wedding venues. The backdrop of the beautiful country estate makes for an idyllic location for your wedding photos. Marquee Weddings at Mount Juliet can cater for up to 240 wedding guests. The marquee is located in the clubhouse area of the hotel, in a central courtyard area. For marquee weddings the drinks reception is held in Mount Juliet House with the full reception taking place in the marquee, only a few moments walk away. This gives couples the opportunity to experience the joys of both a beautiful Georgian Manor House and a contemporary marquee venue. The marquee can also be located beside Mount Juliet house overlooking the River Nore*.
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The spectacular Clonabreany Estate set in the gateway to Boyne Valley consists of two restored Georgian Houses and is a true hidden oasis in the heart of Co. Meath. Wedding banquets are held in the adjoining marquee, which is full of character and style, while the private courtyard on the estate is a real treat for guests. Ten beautifully finished self-catering houses and sweet old-country feel private sibin ensure that the party can continue into the night with traditional music and great banter.
Kippure Estate, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
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Kippure Estate is undeniably one of Ireland’s more unusual venues, and has been home to some of the most interesting and eclectic weddings we’ve seen this side of the sea. The romantic Estate is privately set on 240 acres of secret valleys and ancient woodlands, hugged by purple heather soaked granite mountains and shaped by the meandering River Liffey – a more than ideal backdrop for some hauntingly beautiful wedding photos. A grand marquee can be set up for large weddings, and is perfect for couples who want to put their own stamp on their day. Kippure is a unique, tranquil and exquisite setting, ideal setting for couples who wish to plan a personal and memorable celebration.
Photos via Ballybeg House website
“A bohemian style wedding in an idyllic location in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere” so goes the adage of one of Wicklow’s most romantic exlusive wedding venues. At Ballybeg there is the opportunity to take your vows in an outdoor ceremony with the spectacular and serene gardens and grounds as your backdrop. Personalise the entire estate as much as your heart desires to create your own unique and personal setting. Guests will adore the venue’s quirky Victorian style marquee, which has played host to over 200 weddings in the last five years, each with their own unique vibe. Ballybeg is different to any other wedding venue and the team prides themselves on knowing that everyone who comes to Ballybeg for weddings leaves “happy, contented and suitably replenished in both mind and body!”
Bellinter House, Meath
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Standing majestically on the banks of the River Boyne in the rolling landscape of County Meath, Bellinter House exudes period glamour and a unique contemporary style to ensure it meets the mark for a ‘wedding venue with a difference’. Bellinter offers exclusive use of the house and grounds for weddings, to ensure yours is a private, relaxed and informal celebration. An outdoor ceremony under the majestic trees that surround the historic manor house is a must, as is a luxury drinks reception in the colourful and contemporary confines of the house itself, before personalities shine through in the venues beautiful and bespoke marquee. The Bellinter Marquee can cater for up to 200 wedding guests and the house includes 35 guestrooms.
Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant
Photo via Jacks’ Coastguard website
Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant, with its panoramic views across to Rossbeigh Beach and Inch Peninsula in Co. Kerry, is truly a unique wedding venue. Winner of weddingsonline’s Restaurant Venue of the Year 2012, Jacks combines impeccable service and superior food with its breathtaking surroundings to create a wedding celebration that’s guaranteed to impress even the most discerning of brides and grooms. The restaurant can in fact cater for up to 130 guests but if you’re throwing a larger celebration, the team can arrange a high quality marquee to fit seamlessly in with the timeless, elegant décor of the entire venue.
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