Planning your wedding can feel daunting, especially when it comes to designing your celebration on a budget. Ireland also boasts such variety in its wedding venues: from pubs and hotels to countryside getaways and stately homes. How's a couple to decide? Fortunately, we've got some cost-saving tips to help you find the venue of your dreams.
To help narrow down your options, first ensure that your prospective venues are available for the dates you need. Once that’s settled, ask them about capacity. What happens if it rains? Are they wheelchair accessible? Voicing your must-haves early on in the process can help you find venues that truly suit your wedding vision.
At the end of the day, this celebration should be about your unique love story. So toss the bouquet, not your budget! Let's start with a tasting of 10 fabulous wedding venues in Ireland where you can celebrate your forever love without breaking the bank.
Coastal pubs or restaurant venues can be terrific for casual weddings, and many offer scenic beer gardens for your post-ceremony cocktail hour. Here's a few spots to raise a glass.
1. The Pink Elephant - Kinsale, Co. Cork
This joyful bar and restaurant wedding venue is nestled in West Cork, a part of Ireland known for its breathtaking scenery. You'll be able to exchange your vows while looking out over Courtmacsherry Bay, then return inside for a pint and a night to remember.
2. Charlotte Quay - Dublin, Co. Dublin
Charlotte Quay is a warm and inviting pub venue not far from the Grand Canal Dock. Their staff can work with you to embellish their décor to fit your personal style and vision for the day.
Cities can often come with a higher price tag on goods and services, so consider escaping to the countryside for your celebration. These stunning outdoor and country wedding venues offer elegance, charm, and boho-chic aesthetics to accommodate a wide range of budgets and tastes.
3. Harvey's Point - Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
County Donegal has a reputation for magnificent views, and Harvey's Point is certainly no exception. Breathe deep and take in the natural mountain views from this waterfront venue.
4. Glasson Glamping Farm - Glasson, Co. Westmeath
This family-run farm venue is an ideal spot for a casual countryside celebration. Enjoy the natural Irish landscape (there are cows!) and tie the knot in a ceremony that's all your own.
5. Croan House & Croan Cottages - Croan, Co. Kilkenny
The idyllic setting at Croan House & Croan Cottages offers a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Hosting just a couple of weddings each year, you'll enjoy a day that is private, peaceful, and one-of-a-kind.
6. Mount Druid - Castletown Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath
If you're searching for a quirky, casual venue for your special day, consider Mount Druid. This countryside venue sits on 100 acres of rolling parkland with a variety of delightful locations to host the different elements of your celebration.
You'll find more hidden gems to take the sting out of your wedding expenses when you book your celebration at a countryside hotel. While hotel weddings can certainly lean more extravagant, these welcoming venues boast family-style hospitality that will leave you feeling like one of their own.
7. Hotel Doolin - Doolin, Co. Clare
Ireland's first certified carbon-neutral hotel, Hotel Doolin offers stunning views of the Atlantic for your wedding day. The team focuses on creating a friendly and fun atmosphere to ensure everyone enjoys your celebration to the fullest.
8. Longford Arms Hotel - Longford Town, Co. Longford
Tucked away in the heart of the Midlands lies the inviting Longford Arms Hotel. With accommodations and event spaces all in one convenient place, your guests can simply sit back and enjoy the party.
9. Fitzgeralds Woodlands Hotel - Adare, Co. Limerick
This unique wedding venue offers you the chance for a whole weekend on the premises. From the hotel itself to the rustic-chic Treehouse dining area, you and your guests can enjoy one another's company and raise a glass to the future.
10. Waterford Marina Hotel - Waterford City, Co. Waterford
This romantic waterside venue offers scenic views of the River Suir and places your celebration at the heart of the vibrant atmosphere of Waterford City.
Booking your wedding mid-week and off-season, even near the winter holidays, can secure you more manageable prices and save you a bit on décor, too. The venue might already be decked out with holly and fairy lights, leaving you to supply only the necessary finishing touches.
There's so much to consider when booking your day. Hopefully some of these venues off the beaten path have helped you find some inspiring places that fit your budget and your vision.
It's just the tip of the iceberg, though! Check out hundreds of Irish wedding venues in our directory, and discover your own magical place to say 'I do.'