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Top Unusual & Alternative Wedding Venues in Ireland

If you’re looking for an unusual wedding venue that captures your heart and wows your guests, you’re going to love what we have for you today! Our guide to top alternative wedding venues in Ireland includes everything from chic and unique country houses, luxurious castles, elegant restaurants and magnificent manor houses fit for your wedding day. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair in the countryside, a laid back and quirky celebration by the sea or a big shindig in a hidden wedding venue near Dublin City – we have the venue for you!

Unique & Alternative Wedding Venues in Ireland Part 2

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Clonabreany House, Crossakiel, Meath

Capacity: 220 | View Profile

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. Couples can look forward to having exclusive use of the venue whether it is a small and intimate gathering or a large celebration for up to 220 guests. Wedding banquets can be held in the Banqueting Hall or 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 which sleep over 80 people and sweet old-country feel private sibin ensure that the party can continue into the night with traditional music and great banter. Civil ceremonies and blessings can be carried out in their beautiful new civil ceremony suite with views of Sliabh na Caillighe and the mystical Loughcrew Cairns or for those that dream of saying ‘I Do’ outdoors, their woodland setting offers a truly magical and memorable backdrop.

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The Angler’s Rest, Strawberry Beds, Dublin

Guest capacity: 120 | View Profile

The Angler’s Rest is a venue enjoying increasing popularity as an alternative venue for an intimate and unique wedding day. The stunning setting on the banks of the River Liffey at the Strawberry Beds combined with its tremendous reputation for fine food and its proximity to Dublin city centre make The Angler’s Rest an ideal choice for couples looking for an impressive and memorable wedding venue near the capital. The dedicated team work together with their couples to ensure that no stone goes unturned on their quest to make each wedding as personal and as special as it ought to be. Wedding photos can be taken at the nearby Pheonix Park as well as at the beautiful backdrop of the venue itself.

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Ballybeg House, Arklow, Wicklow

Guest capacity: 160 | View Profile

Laid-back, cosy, romantic and warm – the idyllic Ballybeg House has been the venue of choice for couples searching for that unique venue that not only offers a serene and dreamy setting for their big day, but that can plan and seamlessly execute the perfect wedding celebration. Ballybeg has hosted over 200 weddings in the last five years and continues to surpass expectations. An exclusive venue, it’s yours throughout your entire celebration. Create your own personal haven with the help of Ballybeg’s visionary wedding team who will ensure that everything is to your exact specifications throughout. The venue’s speciality is a personalised Victorian Marquee for weddings of up to 130 guests and an outdoor ceremony in their beautifully manicured gardens with the Wicklow Hills as a backdrop is a picturesque moment that will warm the heart of any guest, no matter what the weather brings.

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Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Louth

Guest capacity: 200 | View Profile

Bellingham Castle, located in the heart of the medieval village of Castlebellingham in Co. Louth, just 45 minutes from Dublin, is the spectacular setting that wedding dreams are made of. This breathtaking castle venue offers an exclusive setting where you can enjoy your day in the privacy of your own historic venue with the most spectacular surroundings. The castle overlooks the River Glyde with its own weir and millrace, and is set on 17 acres of mature woodlands and gardens. Enjoy arrival drinks and canapés in the castle’s elegant period drawing rooms or cosy library before indulging in an unforgettable meal that uses only the freshest and finest local ingredients. Guests will certainly understand what is meant by the term ‘wow factor’ when they approach this majestic castle via a private, tree-flanked driveway before being swept into a magical, fairy-tale wedding celebration.

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Blackhall Place, The Law Society of Ireland, Dublin

Guest Capacity: 160-180 | View Profile

The stately and prestigious Blackhall Place is one of the finest properties in the country in which to hold a bespoke, unique city wedding. The headquarters of the Law Society in Ireland provides a historic setting for couples to exchange vows in a wholly exclusive affair. The President’s Hall with its beautiful feature stain glass window and high ceilings is the room of choice for civil ceremonies. There is also an opportunity to hold a marquee wedding on the grounds for a contemporary city wedding with a larger guest list.

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Bellinter House, Bellinter, Navan, Co. Meath

Guest capacity: 180 | View Profile

This stylish Georgian Manor House is a gorgeous mix of informal period glamour and chic and contemporary décor, creating a warm, laid back and luxurious setting for your celebrations. Bellinter House is exclusively yours for you and  your guests to relax and enjoy throughout your wedding celebrations and can cater for small, more intimate parties or more lavish weddings with up to 200 guests. The dedicated team are on hand to help you create a unique and personal wedding that reflects your style. An outdoor ceremony can also take place on the grounds underneath their weeping beech tree or you can avail of the Classic Vaulted Ceremony Room in the East Wing of the House.

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Marlfield House, Gorey, Wexford

Guest capacity: 145 | View Profile

The family-owned Marlfield House has been welcoming guests to the most romantic of country houses for over 35 years. A unique and idyllic setting, this magnificent mansion house set on 36 acres of lush green grounds is a perfect choice for couples looking for a peaceful and private setting to enjoy a chic and stress-free wedding celebration. The fairy-tale house is exquisitely appointed with open fires, authentic antiques, historic artworks and fresh floral arrangements to create a warm, dreamy atmosphere. Guests at larger weddings will feel right at home in the candle lit conservatory dining room which overlooks the parterre garden and meticulously manicured lawns, while those lucky enough to attend a more intimate celebration will enjoy the unique, elegant settings of the Print Room as they are treated to a sumptuous wedding meal.

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The Millhouse, Slane, Meath

Guest capacity: 300 | View Profile

The beautiful surroundings of orchard gardens and river set against the grandeur of the Old Mill makes for a dramatic setting at The Millhouse, Co. Meath. Every wedding held at this stunning country house is different and their wedding team prides itself on creating a bespoke celebration to reflect the personality of the couple, no matter what it may entail. The house itself combines beautifully bespoke contemporary décor with old world charm to create a unique, laid back but luxurious space to host your wedding ceremony and reception. The Millhouse can recommend the ultimate suppliers to plan a truly bespoke event, completely tailored to your needs – whether it’s an elegant affair in their Grand Pavillion or a laid back picnic and BBQ by the river nearby, in their own words there is no party “too lavish, crazy, beautiful or perfect.”

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The Red Door Country House, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Guest capacity: 160 | View Profile

Nestled among mature trees and landscaped gardens, The Red Door Country House stands proudly on the banks of Lough Swilly in the historic village of Fahan, just a few miles south of Buncrana in Inishowen, Co.Donegal. The exclusive setting, unrivalled scenery and fantastic variation in colour in every season provide a stunning backdrop for wedding celebrations. Traditional open fires in the bar and ‘Kate’s Room’ enhance the homely atmosphere and these areas provide a perfect meeting place for guests before and after dinner. Wedding ceremonies and receptions are held in the beautifully appointed ‘Willow Room’, ‘Violet Room’ and ‘Scarlet Room’.

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Mount Druid, Castletown Geoghegan, Westmeath

Guest capacity: 200 | View Profile

Couples craving something unusual and fun will adore all that Mount Druid has to offer. Located in a peaceful 100 acre parkland, this boutique wedding venue offers up something different from their intimate Tin Chapel where you can say ‘I Do’ to their lakeside Boat House or Summer House where you can enjoy pre-dinner festivities. Their rustic and romantic barn-style reception space is the ultimate in shabby chic and is the perfect spot to enjoy a night of fun and dancing before guests retire to one of their many luxury accommodation options – contemporary cottages, enchanting teepees and quirky yurts.

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Rosedale House, Shankill, Co. Dublin

Guest capacity: 300 | View Profile

The romantic Rosedale House is a classic exclusive wedding venue with a unique and contemporary twist – this elegant country house is not only home to some seriously stylish themed rooms, it also has its own private nightclub and luxurious piano bar. The romantic, private Rosedale is neatly tucked away in south county Dublin, overlooking the Irish Sea. Guests will no doubt be bowled over by the rustic countryside feel which is brilliantly contrasted by the elegant, modern interiors of this historical house. Although the venue is ideal for an intimate celebration, it can cater for a larger event with a purpose built marquee set in their walled garden. Treat your guests to cocktails in the piano bar the night before the big day, and a hog roast in the Rose garden the day after, or create your own bespoke weekend with the help of the wedding team. Whatever you choose, it will be truly unforgettable.

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Ballymagarvey Village, Balrath, Co. Meath

Guest capacity: 226 | View Profile

Ballymagarvey Village needs to be on the list of every couple looking for a stylish and serene wedding venue that they can call their own for the entirety of their wedding celebration. This stunning 18th Century Flaxmill Village nestled away in County Meath is simply a haven of peace and tranquillity, and ideal for a couple who wants complete privacy from the moment they arrive. The meticulously restored country house is the focal point of this charming setting and has nine luxurious yet homely rooms for the bridal party to retire to when the sun comes up. Over 100 acres of parkland surround the main house, allowing for an abundance of photo opportunities. Guests can have their pick of seven beautifully appointed courtyard cottages to lay their head for the night. {Photos by Kathy Silke Photography}

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Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

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The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club is located in the heart of Dublin city. The building’s history captures a mix of olde world charm and storybook romance – creating the perfect location for your Dream Wedding. The Club overlooks Dublin’s landmark St. Stephen’s Green. It is just a short walk from University Church, the Utilitarian Church and Pepper Canister Church, and right across the road from the calm, tranquillity and natural beauty of the park.

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.
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