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Wedding Venues with the Most Beautiful Ballrooms

From banqueting halls in Dublin to Gothic castles in Offaly, church conversions in Clare to enchanting modern newcomers in Cavan, we check out the wedding venues with the most beautiful ballrooms.

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Luttrellstown Castle, Castleknock, Dublin 15
Van Sty Ballroom Accommodates up to 120 Guests
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The stunning Luttrellstown Castle is a real fairy tale venue in an ultra convenient location for those residing in the capital. The historic castle has the wow factor in spades, from the impressive walled gardens and majestic facade to the luxurious interiors such as the cosy olde-world library and of course the magnificent Van Sty ballroom. The ballroom is in fact everything you don’t expect from a castle venue – it’s bright, fresh and airy and has an almost modern feel. The stunning dome roof, eye-catching paintings and authentic fireplace give it its classic feel, while also allowing for personalisation of different aspects of the space. Read more…

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Powerscourt House & Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Georgian Ballroom holds up to 170 Guests
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Another stunning venue in a convenient location to the capital and nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains is the glorious Powerscourt House & Gardens. Guaranteed to impress from the second you arrive at the arch of the long mile drive, Powerscourt is all about luxury and grandeur with a focus on intimacy and the striking double-height Georgian ballroom is the focal point of it all. Beautifully adorned with Grecian style columns, floor to ceiling windows and elaborate plasterwork, the ballroom is luxury and light, delicately balancing the opulence of the old world with the elegance of the new. Read more…


The Westin Hotel, Dublin City
The Banking Hall Accommodates up to 170 Guests
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The Westin Hotel in Dublin needs little introduction. An icon in its own right, the Westin is a name synonymous with splendour and style, a unique and peaceful setting in the heart of Dublin’s bustling metropolis. The restored 19th Century Banking Hall brings you back to a time of indulgence and is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on those lucky enough to spend an evening basking in its splendour. The room itself showcases many of its original features including the opulent marble pillars, mahogany doorways and the extraordinary ornamental flourishes that make the space so remarkable. Read more…


Virginia Park Lodge, Co. Cavan
18th century Marchioness Room Accommodates up to 90 Guests
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Overlooking the serene Lough Ramor in the Cavan countryside, Virginia Park Lodge is a former 18th Century hunting estate that is making a serious impact in the wedding world. Snapped up in 2014 and lovingly restored by chef and restauranteur Richard Corrigan, the chic and elegant setting is fast becoming one of Ireland’s most sought after venues. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was all down to the sumptuous food, but of course it’s not just the dishes that make this stunning setting extra special, but the magnificently appointed interiors, including those in the bright and romantic Marchioness ballroom. The ballroom has style in spades and is the perfect setting for those hoping to create an intimate and bespoke celebration. Read more…


Rathsallagh House, Dunlavin, Co.Wicklow
Marquee Accommodates up to 250 Guests
Dining Room Accommodates up to 120 Guests
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The incredibly chic Rathsallagh House is home to some of the most stylish weddings we’ve seen throughout the years. A 17th Century Country House, Rathsallagh draws you in with its charm, allowing you to experience its romantic ambiance in a setting that’s entirely yours for the duration of your celebration. And if it’s a bespoke wedding you’re after, you’ll get the chance to put your unique stamp on things in Rathsallagh’s impressive marquee. A light, bright space overlooking the beautiful sprawling gardens, it offers a stunning canvas for couples to paint their version of a dream wedding. Of course if that doesn’t float your boat you can choose instead to hold your reception in the intimate olde-world style dining room which offers warmth and luxury in equal measure and adds to the real country house experience. Decisions, decisions! Read more…


Glasson Lakehouse, Glasson, Athlone
Banqueting Suite Caters for up to 300 Guests
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If your heart is set on a chic and contemporary venue with lashings of light and a view to die for, Glasson Lakehouse could be the place for you. The superb new Banqueting Suite takes full advantage of its setting with panoramic views overlooking the lake and is the ideal layout for guests to feel intimately involved but with plenty of space. The Banqueting space also allows for real personalisation of the room, perfect for couples who want to build their unique version of a dream day. Read more…


Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare
The Great Hall Accommodates 220 Guests
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The unique church conversion that is Temple Gate Hotel is very much the elusive wedding venue with a difference. Dating back to 1886, the refurbished former church maintains many of its original features including the striking vaulted ceilings, oak beams and stunning stained glass windows. In the Great Hall, hand painted batiks add to the olde-world Game of Thrones style, a style that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your guests! Read more…


Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Ballroom Accommodates up to 180 Guests
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Another wedding venue with a difference, this time in the centre of Dublin, is the splendid Thomas Prior Hall in Ballsbridge. Thomas Prior Hall is all about the ballroom, a magnificent church-like room that brings a unique charm and distinctive ambiance to every wedding it hosts. With ornate oak panelled walls, stained glass windows and a spectacular vaulted wooden ceiling it balances vintage grandeur with contemporary finishes with the help of fabulous streaming natural light. Read more…


Kinnitty Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly
The Great Hall of the O’Carroll’s Accommodates up to 200 Guests
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Kinnitty Castle in County Offaly is a stunning Gothic revival castle venue dating back to the 13th Century. It’s a real step back in time from the moment you enter through the giant mahogany doors into the world of the old and nowhere will you feel it more than in the impressive Great Hall of the O’Carroll’s. This medieval style room has an instant impact, grand and intimate with a familiarity that makes it feel warm and welcoming. Read more…


Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan
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Cabra Castle is an elegant setting that has the wow factor everywhere you look. The Castle’s interior offers old world elegance and charm and an ideal atmosphere for fairy tale moments. Hand-painted ceilings, exquisite antiques, Gothic-style leaded windows and the grand staircase all contribute to a unique setting and the ultimate romantic backdrop for your day. Waterford Crystal chandeliers, five-tiered golden candelabras, rich table linens and cut glass, all grace the Ballroom and continue a theme of sheer elegance and romanticism. Read more…

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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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