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9 Ideal Venues to Suit your Wedding Style

As Ireland’s top wedding website, it’s our duty to let our newly engaged readers know about the ins and outs of planning a wedding, so here we go: Choosing a venue isn’t the easiest task to tick off your to-do list. There, we said it. BUT the good news is, once you have your venue set, everything else usually falls right into place. Now, there are plenty of things to consider when picking the perfect wedding venue – price, proximity, yada yada yada… but ultimately you should LOVE the place you’re going to spend one of the most important days of your life, so opt for somewhere that suits your personality and style as a couple (while not getting into serious debt, obvs). Looking for a private, secret estate to spend time alone with friends and family? Or perhaps an intimate, alternative space in the heart of the city takes your fancy? Do you have your heart set on a romantic and magical castle wedding? Or maybe you want an all out laid-back festival vibe for you and your guests to just relax and have fun? Whatever type of wedding venue you’re looking for, you’ll find it on weddingsonline! Here’s just a few of our favourites to get you into the swing of things…

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The ‘Substance AND Style’ Bride…
Bellinter House Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath
www.bellinterhouse.com

Capacity: Up to 200

The impossibly stylish Bellinter House, located in the heart of the Meath countryside, is the ideal venue for couples looking to create a private, relaxed and informal wedding day. This Georgian manor house is yours to create a wedding day that is unique to you, with personal touches and tastes tailored for by the house’s dedicated wedding team. Bellinter is exclusively yours for you and your guests to relax and enjoy throughout your wedding celebrations. The effortless style of the house creates a luxuriously laid back feel, where period features mix seamlessly with chic and contemporary décor.

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The ‘Queen of the Castle’ Bride…
Barberstown Castle, Straffan, Co. Kildare
www.barberstowncastle.ie

Capacity: Up to 280

The beautiful Barberstown Castle is a step back in time to a place where warmth and grandeur walked hand in hand. This stunning setting is perfect for couples looking for their own piece of heavenly history, in a beautifully restored 13th century castle. The venue retains many of its authentic features, and it’s exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and impressive tapestries serve to create an intimate and magical atmosphere that will both inspire and endear guests.

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The ‘Laid-Back Festival’ Bride…
Mount Druid, Co. Westmeath
www.alternativeweddings.ie

Capacity: Up to 200

If the ever-so-elusive ‘alternative’ wedding venue is what you’re after… look no further than the avant-garde Mount Druid in Co. Westmeath. Mount Druid is a playfully quaint venue for couples with their hearts set on a unique, fun and somewhat unorthodox wedding day that guests will be speaking fondly about for years to come. The venue has two different ceremony locations to choose from – the intimate, colourful, tree-hugged ‘Chapel’ and the alternative ‘Tin Chapel’. Enjoy a drinks reception in the Summer House, overlooking the onsite lake before wowing your guests with a comforting dinner in the rustic and romantic barn-style reception room, complete with beautifully restored banqueting tables and DIY décor to die for. Guests can stay the night in the venues enchanting teepee tents, glammed up yurts or contemporary cottages – it will certainly be a wedding to remember.

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The ‘Sun-Worshipping’ Bride…
Coconuts by the Sea, Lisbon, Portugal
www.lisbonweddingplanner.com

Capacity: 80-300 guests

Every couple hopes the sun will shine over their wedding party and one way to certify that you’ve done everything you can to ensure a beautiful big blue sky is by leaving the green green grass of home! If you’re planning a wedding abroad, the luxuriously sleek ‘Coconuts’ is well worth a look. Literally a stone’s throw from the ocean (even if you throw like me!) ‘Coconuts’ in Lisbon, Portugal is everything you dreamed a wedding abroad could be –  clean, sleek & modern finishes, a sun-filled white reception room, sheet glass windows with views over the lapping waves on the marina and the ultimate wedding ceremony by the sea… Guests won’t only be wowed by the venue, they’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to how to spend the days before and after the big one – lounging with cocktails on the Lisbon Coast or taking in the sites and sounds of the nearby historic centre of Cascais…

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The ‘Effortlessly Eclectic’ Bride…
Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Cork
www.ballinacurra.com

Capacity: Up to 120

Winner of the 2013 weddingsonline Exclusive Venue of the Year, Ballinacurra House exudes effortless style from every angle. The private country manor, originally built in 1791, is available exclusively to couples for the duration of their wedding celebration, so that they can relax in their own personal estate and get on with what’s most important – enjoying themselves. If you value privacy and intimacy, the 40 acre estate in Kinsale, Cork, might just be what you’re after. Guests will be more than impressed with the house’s array of accommodation, including individually-themed en-suite rooms, large traditional stone cottages and a four-bedroom coach house. The magnificent south-facing walled gardens envelop the estate and lead down to the surrounding woods, they also feature an outdoor entertainment patio, croquet lawn, playground, picnic lawn, stream and pond for a romantic stroll around a venue where privacy is the ultimate luxury.

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The ‘Everything in its Right Place’ Bride...
Radisson BLU Farnham Estate, Cavan
www.farnhamestate.ie

For the couple who wants to put their wedding into the safe hands of the professionals while they enjoy the often-too-short engagement period, the Radisson BLU Farnham Estate might just be the perfect venue. The elegant 16th Century Farnham Estate in the heart of Co. Cavan’s enchanting countryside encompasses everything one needs to create their dream day – luxury, style and a flawless service from initial enquiry until even after the day has been and gone. The grounds of Farnham Estate lend themselves to a beautiful backdrop for the most magnificent wedding photographs, while the venue itself is luxuriously appointed to create a magical and romantic atmosphere for the entire wedding party.

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The ‘Magical Romance’ Bride…
Harvey’s Point, Donegal
www.harveyspoint.com

Capacity: Up to 320

Harvey’s Point is a venue that pulls out all the stops to make each of their weddings magical. Authentic Irish hospitality and attention-to-detail are key at this fairy tale wedding venue, which is set on the shores of the stunning Lough Eske, and every taste is catered for. Guests are sure to enjoy the hotel’s mix of comfort and luxury, and couples looking for a romantic atmosphere and a spectacular service that will surprise even on the day itself shan’t be disappointed!

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The ‘Heart of the City’ Bride…
No. 5 at the National Gallery, Dublin
www.nationalgallery.ie

Capacity: Up to 300

If you’ve got love for the streets, why not spend your wedding reception in the heart of the city, surrounded by Irish culture and history? No. 5 at the National Gallery has been open to weddings for just over a year now and provides the most stunning surroundings for a truly unique and wonderfully intimate wedding. No. 5 is a meticulously restored Georgian House which forms part of the sprawling National Gallery of Ireland. Its décor flawlessly blends the old with the new creating a warm and majestic atmosphere that can’t be found in many other settings. This indisputably distinctive venue has all the character and charm Dublin is loved for, and is perfect for couples looking for a most memorable day in the ‘big smoke’.

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The ‘Calm Blue Ocean’ Bride…
Armada Hotel, Co. Clare
www.armadahotel.com

Capacity: Up to 380

The Armada Hotel, perched on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean provides the most picturesque setting for a laid back, luxurious wedding. If you’re looking to get married with the calm blue ocean as your backdrop, it doesn’t get much better than this. Wedding receptions are held in the spectacular Atlantic Suite, where floor to ceiling windows offer floods of natural light and the most magnificent sea views. Wedding menus are created for every palette and appetite, with dishes utilising the finest and freshest local ingredients to create a wedding meal that’s as memorable as the day itself.

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For more amazing venues to suit your wedding style, search our venue directory | Main image from www.bellinterhouse.com

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Karen
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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  1. Avatar heather says:

    I was wondering if anyone out there could tell me what Castle Dargan in Sligo is like as a wedding venue.. any pros or cons thanks

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