Planning an epic party to mark your impending nuptials? Wedding trends come and go but Ireland is blessed with some of the most timeless wedding venues in the world. Whether you’re from just up the road or further afield and on the hunt for a destination wedding venue, this is your definitive list of exclusive use, private wedding venues in Ireland.
10. Kilshane House
Family run Kilshane House in County Tipperary offers all of the amenities of a bigger wedding venue without compromising on exclusivity. The double height ballroom is draped in white and offers plenty of room for dancing. The venue also arranges the excellent in-house catering meaning one less thing for you to worry about. The house and gardens are entirely yours for the day, including the Orangery (a very fancy way of saying conservatory) which houses an indoor fountain. It’s a beautiful setting for a civil ceremony or drinks reception. Just imagine it, a jazz quartet in the Orangery as the Champagne flows and your guests happily mingle.
9. Trudder Lodge
Another family run venue, this time in County Wicklow. Trudder Lodge’s humble name belies its Georgian Palladian grandeur. If you and your beloved fancy yourselves as Lord and Lady of the Manor, then this is the venue for you. The house and grounds (including a walled garden) are rented exclusively, giving you the use of the whole house.
But this is no staid country pile. It has a reputation for attracting some of the coolest weddings around (including some celebrity bashes but I couldn’t possibly name names…). The party happens in the sturdy marquee where your guests dance until dawn (or until the midnight feast in the woods!) and continues in the cozy cellar bar.
8. Number 25 Fitzwilliam Square
Something a little different in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Number 25 would suit an intimate gathering of up to 60 guests. It’s a unique but fuss-free option. Catering and a full bar can be supplied on-site by the owners and its opulent, lovingly restored period features require minimal additional decoration. The building and its high ceilinged reception rooms speak for themselves. An elegant and grown-up option for a chic city wedding.
7. Ashford Castle
Let’s be frank. Ashford is not an option for everybody. A certain golfing superstar’s second fiancée managed to seal the deal there recently. But if you are one of the privileged few who could consider exclusive use of the castle, then it would be remiss of us not to include it.
Anyway, a gal can dream! Exclusive use of the magnificent castle and its extensive estate includes 83 bedrooms, exclusive use of all restaurants and bars including the regal George V Dining Room. For you reception, consider the impressive Oak Hall for a show stopping olde-worlde reception in the heart of the castle. The following day, your guests can enjoy a cruise on Lough Corrib, falconry, fishing and spa treatments. Didn’t we mention? Ashford’s recent €60 million upgrades included the installation of a discreet spa and pool. Perfect for shaking off the cobwebs the morning after.
6. Ballyvolane House
There is an award winning on-site gin distillery. Need we say more? In case that hasn’t convinced you, Ballyvolane House is a private venue on 80 acres in Cork. The vibe here is distinctly vintage chic. They even offer old-timey lawn games for your guests! Originally built in 1728, it was remodeled in Victorian times giving it a classically Italianate look. The owners have international hospitality experience so they bring meticulous five-star hotel quality wedding planning to a party house venue. A fantastic combination. The food is farm to fork pedigree and the on-site accommodation includes luxurious bell-tent glamping. It’s definitely one for the boho-brides. Did we mention they make gin?!