Writers are captivated by the Irish landscape, painters are inspired by it and lovers swoon over it. Well, okay, not quite swoon, but you get the picture…
From the peaks of the Narnia-like Mourne Mountains in County Down to the National Parks of Killarney in County Kerry and Glenveagh in County Donegal, this little island does fairytale beauty with flair, making it an ideal choice for a wedding, civil partnership or honeymoon.
But it’s not just about the landscapes. Paul McCartney, Dita Von Teese, the Beckhams and Pierce Brosnan have all said “I do” in Ireland, and it wasn’t just the green fields that took their fancy for the big day.
What sets Ireland apart as a wedding and civil partnership destination is the warmth of the people, and our reputation for throwing a truly legendary party. That, and the wide range of unique venues really does add atmosphere to the big day.
Venues with a difference
Imagine tying the knot in the candle-lit 12th-century crypt of Christ Church Cathedral – Dublin’s spiritual heart. Or delving into a bit of Celtic mysticism by tying the knot outside at an ancient Celtic site on the ruggedly beautiful Aran Islands.
Or how about the setting of Antrim’s Mussenden Temple – an 18th-century temple perched on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Northern Ireland.
Then we have castles and country houses
Fancy a bit of old-world charm? There are incredible castles all over the island. Take the exquisitely handsome Ashford Castle in County Mayo for the big day, or the beautiful Ballygally Castle in County Antrim.
Maybe something more intimate suits your nuptials, so head for Ballyseede Castle in County Kerry, Ballyfin in County Laois or Belle Isle Castle, County Fermanagh.
You can even rent a castle privately, where all your refreshment needs will be catered for on your terms and timings.
Picture this: blazing log fires, a traditional banquet feast, and a fantastic swirling céilí (traditional dance) to finish the night off – that would be some night to remember.
Wedding day drama
Of course, some couples like to think seriously big when it comes to making an impact. And when we want a big spectacle, we turn west to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare; or north to the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim...they’re different, and they’re certainly full of drama.
You can even have a wedding on your very own private island, with incredible one-of-a-kind spots such as Inishturkbeg, Inishbeg and the intriguing and probably aptly named Lusty Beg!
Now all that’s left is to say “I do”!