Over the years Ireland has become a number one destination for couples looking for that picturesque, fairytale wedding. So much so that recently planning weddings in Ireland has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. One thing that is certain is that the stunning locations in Ireland will certainly not disappoint.
For those who are planning that special day, or for those who are just dreaming, we have compiled a list of the top ten locations in Ireland for the princess-inspired wedding that many look forward to their entire lives.
1. Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
The Solis Lough Eske Castle, located in Donegal, was named Ireland’s Wedding Venue of the Year for the second year in a row by www.weddingsonline.ie.
The five-star venue is perfect for brides who are seeking to be enchanted by the majestic views and the opportunity of garnering unique wedding photos with the historic backdrop of the castle and delightful natural scenery.
2. Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill
The Lough Rynn Castle is said to be one of the most luxurious Castle Hotels in Ireland. It once was the home of the Clements family and the legendary Lord Leitrim. The entire estate comprises over 300 acres of an Ireland that is peaceful, rich in history and charmed with natural beauty.
3. Summerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry
Summerhill House Hotel is a fine weddings venue in Wicklow and is known as one of Ireland's best Country House Hotels. One of Wicklow and South Dublin's most popular wedding venues, Summerhill House Hotel can provide wedding packages that best suit the customer and is sure to be a magical experience for all parties involved.
4. Carton House, Maynooth
Located in Maynooth, Co Kildare the Carton House provides a unique backdrop and historic setting for a bride’s special day.
The luxury Carton House is viewed as one of the finest wedding hotels Ireland has to offer and it is no stranger in hosting extraordinary weddings. A wedding co-coordinator offers hands-on assistance with anything from flowers to menus and place settings to centerpieces as well as providing creative ideas to make your wedding day exactly what you imagined it would be.
5. Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
The elegant hotel is located in the middle of magnificent surroundings on St. Stephen's Green in Dublin's city center. The five-star wedding venue in Dublin provides the perfect backdrop for a wedding and is the ideal place to build lifelong memories.
The venue can range from being intimate to being extravagant, traditional to unexpected. The expert team is dedicated to creating an unforgettably unique wedding that is wonderfully yours.
6. Horetown House, Wexford
Weddings at the Horetown House in Wexford are dedicated strictly for couples that want a more intimate feel on their special day, than the usual hotel ballroom wedding with 200 plus guests. Horetown House offers a rare homey feeling that will leave the guests in awe as well as save money without compromising quality. They provide the perfect solution for downsizing but not downgrading.
7. Hotel Dunloe Castle, Beaufort Killarney
Hotel Dunloe Castle has been welcoming weddings for almost 40 years. They offer a highly personalized and professional service along with fine cuisine in an exceptional location. The setting creates a romantic ambiance with walled gardens and secret pathways that make it unique and ideal setting for photographs. Hotel Dunloe Castle takes pride in its elegance, style and warmth.
8. The Angler’s Rest, Castleknock
The Angler’s Rest has become a popular venue for wedding parties because of its picturesque location next to the banks of the Liffey at the Strawberry Beds, its reputation for exceptional food, and its capacity to cater for up to 120 people in its spacious and contemporary function room. The flexibility of the room makes it magnificent and one of a kind because it can be adapted in layout to suit individual needs. The staff takes the smallest detail into account and helps tailor everything to meet specific requirements from the bride and groom to be.
9. Lough Cutra Castle
For those who fancy a Fairytale Irish Castle Wedding in a historic lakeside setting, the Lough Cutra is the spot for them. The castle is located in South Galway and it is an exclusive, privately situated location for the hosting of any wedding. Utterly unique, a wedding in the Castle can be as personal as you want to make it. On entering the Castle gates and passing by what is known as the "Dog Lodge" guests will be moved by the beautiful scenery along the mile long driveway before they see the Castle located at the heart of the private 1600-acre estate.
10. Crom Castle, Fermanagh
Deep in the heart of Ireland's Lake District the picturesque Crom Castle, County Fermanagh will give any couple the “and they lived happily ever after,” kind of ending. As the private residence of the Earl and Countess of Erne, Crom Castle prides itself on its exclusivity and small 'boutique' weddings for groups of 45/50, and its beautiful settings are known to take breaths away from everyone in attendance.
*Originally published in 2013.