Hidden gems for smaller ceremonies
It's not always about a big event. For couples renewing their vows, eloping or looking for a more intimate ceremony, Ireland offers an exciting array of smaller venues, steeped in history and radiating charm.
Sitting jewel-like on a small island with the soaring, rust-coloured hills and mountains of the Gougane Barra National Park surrounding it, tiny St Finbarr’s Oratory in West Cork is an exquisite location to pledge your love and commitment. You can revel in the drama of the day with your very own production at 17th century Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Or enjoy a Celtic-themed ceremony in the quaint thatched Roundhouse at Brigit's Garden in County Galway.
If you’re after a venue with a truly epic backdrop, it has to be Dunluce. The jaw-dropping location of these iconic castle ruins, perched on the edge of a cliff with the Causeway Coast stretching out on either side, will make you feel like you’re on your very own film set! If you're feeling elemental, the centuries old Dunseverick Castle on the wild and rugged Causeway Coast will provide a fitting backdrop for even the most passionate of love stories.
Finally, because the perfect venue doesn't always include accommodation for your guests, you can find a wonderful array of places to stay around the island from Ireland's Blue Book, Hidden Ireland and Original Irish Hotels.