For those looking to say "I do" in a stunning Irish setting surrounded by loved ones, here are some of the most unique spaces to stay across Ireland whilst you declare your love and celebrate the beginning of the rest of your lives together.
1. Ballymagarvey Village, Co. Meath
A country estate in Co. Meath with a stunning restored mill, Ballymagarvey Village sits within the Boyne Valley region of Ireland’s Ancient East surrounded by heritage sites and in an up-and-coming foodie destination.
There’s 800 years of history at this stately home and can host events for 170 and accommodate up to for 50 whilst outdoor ceremonies can also be catered for in the fairytale-like Princess Gwenllian's garden.
2. Borris House, Co. Carlow
Stay in the ancestral homes of the High Kings of Leinster in what’s been described as the "jewel in the crown of Carlow", Borris House. One of the few Irish estates that can trace its history back to the royal families of ancient Ireland, this stately home - still a family home and working farm, not a hotel - boasts the backdrop of Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs Mountains and the River Barrow.
From the lavish Tudor Gothic stylings of the main house and its elegant ballroom to the cosy, home-from-home quartet of cottages offering self-catering accommodation for guests, it’s the ideal cosy country escape for the big day.
3. Mount Druid, Co. Westmeath
Boutique and alternative, Mount Druid comprises an exquisite parkland and organic farm of 100 acres situated in the pretty village of Castletown Geoghegan between Athlone and Mullingar off the M6 Motorway. Mount Druid offers a plethora of spaces to celebrate, from the purpose-built tin chapel to the boathouse and barn.
Accommodation runs the gamut from former school master’s house Kindalin House to 20 traditional yurts and a variety of different shepherd’s huts, tin huts, caravans and tigín cottages. Every attendee is set to have a memorable and unique celebratory experience and stay!
4. The Dean, Dublin City
Oozing stylish trendiness, The Dean is the first name in designer Dublin hotels. For city slickers who want to celebrate their nuptials in the capital, The Dean’s Blue Room is a stylish space for 120-pax events and celebrations whilst the hotel’s rooms are all rich, stark colour, dappled with designer artwork and clean lined with mod cons and quirky little touches of personality.
Run by the Press Up Group, a hospitality group behind some of the city’s best restaurants and hotels, The Dean is the ideal city centre wedding location.
5. Montalto Estate, Co. Down
Tranquil countryside, lushly landscaped garden surround, 17th century stately home and 19th century converted mill. Weaving historic heritage with contemporary design, Montalto House in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, re-opened as an events space in 2010 following a transformative renovation.
Offering full use of the House and 400 acre Estate for weddings, become Lord or Lady of the manor with a personal butler and celebrate with your nearest and dearest in the award-winning Carriage Rooms.
6. Marlfield House, Co. Wexford
Gloriously appointed with fresh blooms, gleaming antiques and period paintings is luxury boutique hotel Marlfield House, just outside Gorey.
Both a member of the Relais & Chateux group and bookmarked by Ireland’s Blue Book, weddings of up to 145 guests can enjoy exclusive use of the property including 19 individually-styled bedrooms and state rooms.
Marlfield estate included 40 acres of woodland, ornamental lake, rose and vegetable gardens and is described as a "haven of tranquility" in Co. Wexford.
Russell Alford and Patrick Hanlon are freelance writers and blog about food and travel at www.gastrogays.com