Full of lush greenery, epic landscapes and historic locations, Ireland is home to many beautiful wedding venues. It’s the perfect place to celebrate your love and tie the knot. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to host a small intimate wedding or a luxury large soiree there is something to suit your requirements. Creative celebrant Alison Driscoll, based in Cork, gives us her top 5 luxury wedding venues in the Republic of Ireland.
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The Maryborough is one of the most renowned 4-star hotels in Cork and is situated minutes from Cork city centre. It is family-owned and has copious amounts of character with a unique style. Set in 18 acres of listed gardens and woodlands it’s perfect for some epic wedding photography and has plenty of grounds for your celebrations.
Alison says, “The Orangery is just stunning. It really has that outdoors/indoors feeling. It’s bright and spacious and the trailing flowers on the ceiling are incredible. The staff are excellent and the food is sublime!”
If you’re looking for something a bit more rural then Castlemartyr Resort 5-star luxury nestled in East Cork woodland. It’s steeped in history and tradition dating back to the 17th century and even has the ruins of an 800-year-old castle that sits close by. Its restoration has been tastefully carried out and provides a luxurious location for your wedding day. It also has lots of accommodation; 108 guest rooms and 47 luxury self-catering cottages, so if you have a large party there’s plenty of room for everyone to stay.
Alison says, “It has amazing grounds for outdoor weddings as well as amazing indoor spaces. This is a beautiful resort and really oozes luxury.”
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Barnabrow House is the most idyllic location if you are planning a small ceremony. With their ‘exclusively yours’ wedding packages it’s the perfect intimate country setting. The estate has the most beautiful grounds, and it has everything from cosy cottages for drinks before dinner to grand banqueting halls for your fine dining wedding breakfast.
Alison says, “An exclusive venue that blends country and chic very well. From the fairy forest to the meadow to the indoor rooms – the ceremony options are endless. Top class venue!”
if you want something traditional, then Triskel Christchurch is for you. This auditorium is a beautifully restored 1700s Neo-classical Georgian Church and is part of the Triskel Art Centre in Cork city. Think stained glass windows, high ceilings and stunning acoustics.
Alison says, “This is another city centre location and an ideal setting for those looking to blend religious and civil ceremony. The setup is stunning and so accessible too!”
The River Lee Hotel
If you’re looking for modern city luxury, then The River Lee Hotel is for you! Set along the river in the heart of Cork it offers packages for both small and large ceremonies. The venue will work with you to create a bespoke wedding package that will meet all your needs and more! A modern luxe venue with a sophisticated vibe.
Alison says, “It’s right in the middle of the city for my city slicking couples! An absolute gem that is cool and sophisticated. They have just unveiled a brand-new rooftop terrace too which is fab for my cool and modern couples.”
Alison performs fully inclusive bespoke ceremonies around Ireland if you would like to know more about her click here or visit our celebrant directory for more wonderful celebrants!
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