5 Alternative Wedding Destinations in Ireland

Ballybeg House, Arklow, County Wicklow

If you’re looking for a more bohemian-style wedding in a cosy and relaxed setting, Ballybeg House in County Wicklow, aka The Garden of Ireland might be the destination you’ve been searching for. The venue has a personalised Victorian Marquee for weddings up to 130 guests. Even more romantic and sentimental is the venue’s private outdoor area where you can say your vows against the backdrop of the picturesque Wicklow Hills. The experience won’t end here though- wedding parties at Ballybeg have the exclusive use of the entire House and grounds for a minimum of three days! Perfect for any bride searching for her fairy-tale wedding experience. Website: http://www.ballybeg.ie/wedding-services/



Marlfield House, Gorey, Wexford

Under operation and ownership of the Bowe family since 1978, Marlfield House has established itself as one of Ireland’s top, most luxurious and unique wedding destinations thanks to the hidden away charm of its lush surroundings. Another fairy-tale style house, set in 36 acres of private and exclusive wedding bliss, couples looking for a chic wedding destination will enjoy the cosiness of open fires, authentic antiques and beautiful, historic artworks. View website: http://www.marlfieldhouse.com/weddings/

Mount Druid, Castletown Geoghegan, Westmeath

ocated in 100 acres of peaceful parkland, this boutique and quirky wedding venue will have you saying your vows in an intimate, purpose-built tin chapel followed by champagne and canapes across the hill in the venue’s exclusive boathouse. According to the Mount Druid website; ‘Guests can enjoy a Jamie Oliver wood burning pizza oven housed in its own glazed kitchen transforms the boathouse into an informal dining space the evening before or day after your wedding’. Sounds good to us!
The main dining area can seat 220 guests, with the order of the evening being customised to your tastes. Whether you are looking for a formal, sit-down 3 course meal or a more relaxed BBQ style of dining, your wedding day will inevitably be followed by a night of dancing in the restored barn’s chic surrounds.

Website: http://alternativeweddings.ie/

The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, County Down

The Montalto Estate in County Down is one of Ireland’s premier and private estates. Whether you would prefer to say ‘I Do’ in the outdoor walled garden or the main section of the totally renovated Carriage Rooms, each hall and meeting place is fully licensed to carry out civil ceremonies by Down County Council. The only limit is your imagination!
We love the intimacy created by the exposed brick detail of the main halls and charm of the country and outdoors created by the renovated stables which stand to welcome you and your guests upon arrival.
Website: http://www.thecarriagerooms.com/

Millhouse, Slane, Meath

The stunning surroundings of orchard gardens and a mill set against the romantic backdrop of the River Boyne and acres of greenery make for a whimsical, romantic and charming wedding destination for a bride looking to steep her big day in centuries of history. The exclusive venue was given a total refurbishment in 2006. While still managing to keep the exposed brickwork, original mill and beams in the grand hall, The Millhouse venue has a modern, new-age feel yet the authenticity and character of the old house and mill remains very much alive. The Millhouse can cater for 200 guests and specialises in bespoke weddings. Choose between the lantern-lit orchard courtyard or the double-height open beamed warehouse-style Ceremony Room to say your special vows.
Website: http://www.themillhouse.ie/

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