We just love hearing about couples who are opting for a more intimate affair. Weddings with your nearest and dearest can be incredibly special. Couples love knowing they have invited only those they absolutely must have with them! There are lots of great reasons couples are choosing smaller weddings over having everyone they know. One of those reasons is the gorgeous wedding venues which cater to small weddings.
Today we are rounding up a selection of Ireland’s best venues that accommodate small weddings. Located all over the country, and offering beautiful gardens, world-class food and stunning reception halls, you will love these venues!
Irish Wedding Venues Perfect for Small Weddings
Durhamstown Castle, Meath | Capacity: 150 | View Profile
Durhamstown Castle is a seriously old castle with a great big barn for feasting and dancing. Plus two houses for guest overflow, all opening onto a large restored courtyard. They also have a ceremony barn to get married in. Every wedding is exclusive. Not a marquee or Chiavari chair in sight! And it’s only 40 minutes from Dublin, Dublin Airport and Ferry port.
“We had our wedding here in December 2019. Sue and Dave were so accommodation throughout the process and we fell in love with them as much as the venue. It’s very ethereal and suited everything we hoped for. If you want an old word dreamy place with great food and great wine I recommend it here. We hope to come back to celebrate an anniversary sometime. NOt to mention us being allowed to have our dogs at the wedding which was so important to us and many couples nowadays.” – Emma and Jonathan
New Forest Estate, Westmeath | Capacity: 20 – 250+ | View Profile
A beautiful 17th Century Irish Manor House full of character and history. Set in a 300 acre Country Estate in the heart of Ireland. New Forest Estate is a popular wedding venue due to its beautiful setting in the center of the Estate. This ensures privacy for you and your guests.
“I cannot recommend this venue enough. Not only was the venue and its grounds amazing but the staff that came with it were second to none. We both live in Donegal and any time we came down to talk to the staff regarding wedding details they were more than accommodating. Nothing is a problem for Jimmy and his team and to be honest they made us feel very relaxed about the whole process. We did have some concerns about things but to be honest soon as we highlighted these to Jimmy it was all sorted. I honestly cannot recommend them enough.” – Teresa
The Three Towers at Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway | Capacity: 150 | View Profile
An exclusive venue set in the beauty of Ireland’s rural west, say your vows indoors or out and customise your day your way. The Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen is yours for the day for a post-ceremony drinks reception and service or buffet-style meal for up to 80 people. With more than 30 acres of gardens, fields, and 2,000 acres of Coillte forest, the centre is a photographer’s dream.
“This is a very intimate and unique venue for a wedding. The staff are exceptionally nice and give a lot of personal attention. The food was everything that we hoped for (and many of the ingredients were fresh from the garden). The surroundings of the centre are beautiful for walks, the accommodation is excellent and the dining area is particularly cosy.” – Tessa and Arnold
Ballykealey House, Carlow | Capacity: 250 | View Profile
Ballykealey House combines history with every modern convenience. Nestled beneath the Blackstairs Mountains on mature parkland your photographer will have numerous vantage points in which to capture stunning and memorable images of your romantic day.
Clone House, Wicklow | Capacity: 60 | View Profile
The beautiful, cosy setting of the house and grounds provide the optimal choice for small wedding celebrations (20 – 60 guests) as it provides a special and intimate setting throughout the day, ensuring both you and your guests a wonderful time.
The Twelve Hotel, Galway | Capacity: 120 | View Profile
This boutique out of town Galway hotel provides the stylish luxury, attentive service and vibrant location you want for your guests and wedding party. Plus, your wedding catering is provided by West at The Twelve, one of the finest Galway restaurants, presenting local seasonal cuisine and a presentation to help make your wedding event truly memorable.
“Everything from start to finish was exceptional. Fergus and his team are very accommodating and provide excellent service. For smaller weddings the quality of the food and attention to detail make The Twelve excellent value and an excellent choice for a wedding.” – David and Ruta
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.