Choosing a wedding venue is one of the first and most important things you will need to do once you have set the date for your special day. The venue you choose will determine the number of guests you can invite, the location of your wedding, whether you can have a civil ceremony, how far guests must travel, and of course the style and theme of the wedding.
With a self-catering option onsite for your wedding guests you are offering your friends and family the flexibility of being able to share accommodation and cost. The added benefits that come with having their own home from home with optimum space for getting ready and a nice quiet retreat will appeal to older or younger guests who may decide to retire before the music finishes.
There are so many different options to consider when booking your dream wedding venue, so here at Dream Ireland, we have compiled an extensive list of wedding venues Ireland with self-catering cottages onsite (in no particular order) and some of Ireland’s most beautiful and romantic wedding venues.
Are you looking for a magnificent Manor House wedding in Kerry? If so, a wedding at Parknasilla Resort is the pinnacle of exclusive manor house luxury, from the awe-inspiring views over Kenmare Bay, rolling private gardens and it’s impressive woodland setting to the dedicated and experienced wedding specialists on hand to cater to your every need. So, if you are looking for the perfect wedding venue in Kerry or a luxury reception venue along the Wild Atlantic Way, Parknasilla Resort with its Historic Manor House offers exclusive private use of the hotel for you and your guests for the duration of your stay (subject to numbers). The hotel boasts traditional luxury combined with contemporary style for your wedding or civil ceremony, with an experienced wedding planner onsite to advise you on the best local suppliers, musicians, florists etc.
Parknasilla Resort and Dream Ireland Holiday Homes also offer the option of adding luxury self-catering in our woodland villas and lodges, for guests who are looking for a little more flexibility with babysitting available on request for your little wedding guests. With the added benefit of a large self-catering complex onsite it means that as a bride you do not have to go sourcing and compiling lists of local accommodations for your guests as there is more than enough accommodation onsite between hotel rooms, woodland villas and lodges.
The Parknasilla Spa has a range of day experiences and spa packages for the bride and her bridal party to choose, from prewedding pampering to the leisurely days after the big event. The Parknasilla Hotel can also put you in contact with all the best local suppliers, hair dressers and makeup artists in the area, taking the hassle out of every detail of your wedding day.
Dromquinna Manor Weddings
If you have ever dreamt of a midsummer wedding ceremony on a rolling lawn overlooking a beautiful bay or an outdoor wedding event then Dromquinna Manor is the perfect summer wedding venue. When you book your wedding in Dromquinna you can choose from a luxury, lush and lavish affair in the Manor House to a fun and quirky garden party on the lawn or even combine a bit of both. At Dromquinna Manor personalisation is the key and no two weddings are the same.
Dromquinna Manor gives each bride the freedom to incorporate the latest trends and personalised themes effortlessly into her wedding day. Choose from extras including boat transfers across the bay, ice cream cones on the lawn, a vintage prosecco van to mention just a few wedding extras available to make your day stand out from the crowd. The outdoor bridal swing and the life size outdoor photo frame, both of which add a little quirkiness that guests are sure to remember and also offer great photo opportunities for the fun-loving bridal party.
And if the unconventional yet extremely fun onsite accommodation of glamping isn’t your cup of tea, Dream Ireland Holiday Homes offer a range of self-catering accommodation in Kenmare town, just a short distance from Dromquinna Manor. Our range of self-catering homes in Kenmare vary from a host of 4-star self-catering homes at Orchard Grove, Sunny Hill Grove and Sheen View Holiday Homes to our large and luxurious Dunkerron House on Kenmare Bay or The Residence at Kenmare Bay Hotel one of our family friendly holiday cottages in Kenmare with leisure facilities onsite.
Babysitting is also available as an optional extra in Kenmare with Dream Ireland Holiday Homes (please enquire as pre-booking is essential).
Sheen Falls Weddings
Are you looking for a country house wedding in Kerry? At the junction of the Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way, the five-star Sheen Falls Resort offers the most majestic backdrop for an elegant wedding venue, set off by the onsite waterfall and overlooking the beautiful Kenmare Bay. At Sheen Falls Lodge and Spa you can choose from a small intimate wedding or a splendid large lavish reception with exclusive use of the whole resort (subject to numbers).
From the minute you arrive at the beautiful 5 star luxury resort at Sheen Falls lodge Kenmare and throughout your celebrations until you retreat to the luxury of your bridal suite you can rest assured that the wonderful staff of the Sheen Falls will go above and beyond to ensure your special day goes off without a hitch. At Sheen Falls Lodge you can expect a luxury country house wedding venue with an award-winning catering team and the advantage of Dream Ireland self-catering accommodation onsite.
Varying from the exceptional thatched cottage of Villa Rosa, to our luxury mountain view cottages with leisure facilities at the hotel or our family friendly courtyard self-catering cottages, Dream Ireland Holiday Homes offer your wedding guests the freedom of their own fully self-contained home with the benefit of the hotel facilities. The Spa at Sheen Falls also offers beauty treatments along with bridal makeup and can advise on the best local hairdressers.
Castlemartyr Resort Weddings
If you fancy Keeping up with the Kardasians and following in the footsteps of Kim and Kanye, who honeymooned at Castlemartyr Estate, then why not consider this luxury resort for your dream wedding venue in Ireland. A five-star wedding in Cork Ireland, Castlemaryr Resort offers an unrivalled luxury wedding venue in stunning surroundings. Whether you are looking for a traditional wedding, a civil ceremony or partnership, a humanist wedding or a unique customised wedding, Castlemartyr’s experienced wedding co-ordinators are on hand to ensure your wedding day meets and exceeds your expectations. The majestic setting of the walled historic grounds which house the 18th century manor hotel set among 220 acres of mature estate and scenic woodlands which includes the ruins of the 800 year old castle which presents the newly wedded couple with a very unique back drop for their bridal photos.
Dream Ireland Holiday Homes have two different accommodation types onsite at Castlemartyr, Herons Reach and The Walled Garden Lodges giving your wedding guests the opportunity to choose the self-catering accommodation that bests suits their individual needs.
Trump International Doonbeg Weddings
We couldn’t compile a list of exclusive wedding venues in Ireland and not include the world-famous Trump International Golf Links and Hotel. Offering Trumps unrivalled signature service alongside spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean, something special starts here….
If a fantastic Irish coastal haven is top of your wish list for your wedding venue in Ireland then look no further than Trump International Doonbeg. Occupying a cliff side on the Wild Atlantic Way, Trump International hotel is an intimate wedding venue in a grand and exclusive setting with superior service, breath-taking scenery and supreme attention to detail, making it the perfect setting for exclusive occasions, be it a blessing, a civil ceremony or traditional Irish wedding.
At Trump International, a serene yet rugged world is your canvas. Dream Ireland offer a range of accommodation in Doonbeg, Co Clare including the onsite luxury self-catering lodges at Trump International Doonbeg.
If you are looking for something a little different for your nuptials and yet entirely exclusive and truly luxurious, Coolbawn Quay is undoubtedly the perfect lakeside haven. Romantic in every sense of the word, from the relaxed rustic accommodation to the serene atmosphere and scenery, as the sun sets over the lake.
Coolbawn Village becomes exclusively yours when you book your wedding here. Coolbawns hands-on wedding planners arrange every detail of your wedding from the first meeting through to the big day with emphasis on the finer details.
Call Dream Ireland to get a price for the self-catering accommodation onsite.
Belle Isle Weddings
Who’s Dream Wedding venue doesn’t involve a castle? At Belle Isle Castle and Estate the enchantment of a fairy tale wedding and happy ever after awaits. Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate spread over eight picturesque islands. The encompassment of old world charm and whimsical romance with a medieval and regal backdrop, Belle Isle boasts fantastic photo opportunities and will have your guests awe-struck from the minute they arrive until the last drop of champagne is drunk.
Above all else and at the very heart of their success is the attention to detail displayed by staff and the warmth of welcome that awaits you and your guests at Belle Isle Estate. Dream Ireland offer 2 and 3 bedroom self-catering courtyard units at Belle Isle Estate, so you and your guests can experience nobility first hand, because every bride deserves to live like a princess on her wedding day!
Weddings at Mount Wolseley
A Mount Wolseley Wedding is unrivalled, plain and simple, from the lavish interior, breath-taking grounds complete with private wedding garden and mystical lake. The range of exclusive seasonal extras including a summer picnic basket by the lake for the Bride & Groom, or winter hot chocolate and cookie receptions, vintage lemonade stands, dessert tables or popcorn and chocolate displays add a different element to your big day.
Dream Ireland offer special wedding rates for wedding parties looking to avail of our 4 star self-catering holiday homes on the grounds of the Mount Wosleley Hotel, Golf and Country Club
Weddings in Mulranny
Are you looking for a truly unforgettable coastal West of Ireland wedding where dreams are brought to life? – the search is over! Perched on a hill top overlooking Clew Bay and the incandescent Atlantic Ocean, Mulranny Park Hotel offers the ultimate beach location for your wedding. Perched high, along the main road to Achill Island, the Mulranny Park Hotel is the perfect wedding venue if you are looking for a coastal wedding or a country retreat. Enjoy canapes and champagne on the lawn during the summer or a drinks reception by an open fire during the winter making The Mulranny Park Hotel the perfect choice for your wedding or civil ceremony, at any time of year.
Dream Ireland can offer you a range of self-catering accommodation onsite at Mulranny Park hotel including our Woodland Homes at Mulranny Park or the Railway Houses at Mulranny Park
Weddings at Mount Falcon
Are you looking for a wow wedding on the Wild Atlantic Way or an elegant wedding venue in The West of Ireland, Mount Falcon in Ballina, Co Mayo is your fairy-tale waiting to happen. Mount Falcon Estate is a spectacular, luxurious yet charming and homely venue for newlyweds to celebrate their special day in style. The decor is rich and welcoming and the beauty and charm of this lakeside Estate and woodland wonderland can only truly be appreciated in person.
The estate itself is an impressive backdrop of parkland, ancient forest, rolling meadows and pristine lake land but the whole resort offers you a chance to impress your guests, whether you are looking to have a bespoke intimate wedding or a lavish celebration.
Dream Ireland can offer you a choice of self-catering units onsite, each exclusive home offering homely comforts in plush surroundings.
Weddings at Lough Rynn
Lough Rynn Castle and Estate is probably Irelands best known “A list” wedding venue having played host to the plush celebrity nuptial celebrations of Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll to actress and fashionista Amy Huberman. This respectfully restored 19th century castle is a unique, luxurious, fairy-tale setting, set on the banks of Lough Rynn in Mohill, County Leitrim. Here newlyweds and their guests have the entire Castle Estate to themselves. With extravagant interiors, manicured lawns, whimsical woodland pathways and mature flower gardens, Lough Rynn is the perfect place to start your wonderful journey as husband and wife.
If elegance, style, romance, luxury and sensational service are what you are looking for then you have found your perfect wedding venue at Lough Rynn Castle.
Wedding check list
If you are a bride or groom to be and have been considering a wedding in Ireland I hope you have found this article and it’s contents helpful. If you are just beginning your wedding planning journey here are some other things to consider:
1) When? Perhaps you have a special date in mind? an anniversary or a favourite time of year like Christmas or Easter? Or a Bank Holiday can stretch the wedding celebrations out a bit further giving you extra time to spend with family and friends before you head off on honeymoon. Why not consider a midweek wedding? The cost of a midweek function can be hugely less expensive!
2) Type of wedding you might like? A religious ceremony, a civil ceremony, humanist ceremony, colour scheme or a themed wedding? The options are endless and there is no right way or wrong way, this is your day and the sky is the limit with regards to personal touches you can add to your day.
3) Wedding party? number of bridesmaids/groomsmen, do you want ushers, page boys and flower girls, best man or best woman?! You may even decide to include your pet in your ceremony and you know what? why not.
4) Budget. Probably the most important factor when organising a wedding but don’t be put off if you feel your budget might be on the slender side. There are so many DIY wedding hacks that can make your wedding more personal and more special, you can make your own invites, do your own flowers, get an aunt to make the wedding cake, buy bridesmaid dress off the rack from high street stores and keep an eye out on the sales. A small intimate crowd of family and closest friends can be the most memorable of wedding days and hotels will cater to smaller crowds with the same passion and precision as they do the larger ones.
Call on friends, do you have a friend with an artistic flair, an eye for photography, musician or a singer – include them in your wedding, I’m sure they would be delighted to be asked.
And remember, whatever you choose or wherever you decide to have your wedding, enjoy the preparations!
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