This is probably the most exciting "House" or "Venue" hunt you'll ever have!

...it is the first thing I look at when getting enquiries :) - let's be honest, there is nothing as exciting as having your dream home for a night or two!

I've listed some of the venues I have visited for my couples' weddings in the past. They are amongst my personal favourites - though, the craic has been mighty whether it's a hotel, private home or castle - at the end of the day friends and family make the banter :)

1. Smock Alley Theatre

Being a lover of theatres, this has been a truly special day in a dreamy venue! I am still grateful that Smock Alley Theatre has opened its doors to weddings.

Thought the somewhat different wedding venue is based in the centre of Dublin, once you enter the grand hall you truly feel like royalty. And what better setting for your dream wedding?!

The downstairs bar surely is a plus too. Photography in the Abbey is simply fairytale like... for your reception Sharon & Joe chose the Westin hotel - where they travelled in style in an old-timer. Guests didn't mind the 8min walk.

2. Roganstown Hotel & Country Club

Roganstown Hotel & Country Club has everything on site. From ceremony to reception & dinner - and even for your more intimate photographs. The beautiful gardens include a forest backdrop as well as a romantic stone bridge and a lake. To avoid having to walk over grass - think of those heels (!!) - the club offers use of their golf cart - including a chauffeur.

3. Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel - Roof Terrace

Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel in Dublin is a venue with a view!

Get married on their roof terrace -  protected by a pretty marquee... For reception and dinner the hotel invites you to their stylish "penthouse" restaurant. Views are breathtaking! This venue is perfect for an urban Dublin wedding!

A stone throw from the hotel you find some quirky photography opportunities for urban gravity lovers to those who prefer floral gardens & nature.

4. Country wedding in Gascony France

Getting married in France offers you, your friends & family nearly guaranteed sunshine and hot temperatures! Patricia from Country Weddings in Gascony France makes sure to find the perfect venue for any size wedding! So if you invite only close family & friends there is a stunning venue for 20 people - and if you feel like bringing your whole village (:)) Patricia will make sure to find a wedding for 200+ guests.

A wedding in France combines a holiday with a life event for you both. Usually venues do come with a swimming pool and have all facilities you need. Hospitality is incredible - and though you are miles away from home - you will feel like it's your home for the time of your visit!

5. Killashee Hotel & Spa

Killashee Hotel & Spa provides a beautiful space from the getting ready to the first dance. The bridal sweet is spacious, decorated with much love and royal detail - have a look at the bath!!

Based in Co. Kildare, it's just the write distance to Dublin and a venue you will love if you love gardens, stunning views and tranquility. With a grand, victorian design you will feel like royalty on your wedding day! With access to different rooms you will get the opportunity to nearly enjoy every angle of this beautiful grand House.

6. Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens

When you drive into the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens everything seems to fall of your shoulders... all the planning stress, last-minute work load... you simply fall into a relaxed and carefree being. Park your car and simply take in the castle's nature & gardens.

From a stunning bridal suite to most accommodating staff everything is made so easy and carefree for you, family & friends.

The wide gardens, diversity of setting from secret garden, bridges, stone walls, arches... to an old hidden boats house at the lake. You'll get a large collection of dream photographs. A golf cart & chauffeur will be at your service too - could it be any easier?!

7. Leixlip Manor House & Gardens

Leixlip Manor House & Gardens has to be on top of your list when it comes to getting married in a venue with history & personality. While you will be treated to fine dining in their grand rooms, add on a marquee for some dancing outdoors.

A romantic walk through old gates and past stone walls leads you into the secret garden area. Afternoon sun will provide stunning lighting for your photographs. 

8. Mullingar Park Hotel

Mullingar Park Hotel is perfectly located for a wedding in the midlands. With friends from Dublin, Galway and the centre of Ireland - no driving is too far - and rooms in the venue are available for friends & family.

From a outdoor reception on the terrace or indoors in the late bar, the lovely staff makes everyone feel relaxed and simply at home. There is space to put your own stamp on when it comes to table decoration & entrance area.

A grand dancing area is perfect for your dream band and the bar is just at the end of the dance floor.

9. Gloster House & Gardens

Gloster House & Gardens opened its doors to weddings last year. When I visited the opening I fell in love with this historical manor right away. There is just something about stonewalls, grand windows and secret gardens. A path through a forest area will bring you all the to a small hill where you will be able to see the venue from the distance. 

Each room is decorated with its own personality, fine art, an old piano - the atmosphere is simply majestic.

The courtyard reminds of a historical quarter in the old part of France, while the grand rooms will take you back into the 18th century. The wide woodland is the perfect location for your fairytale wedding photographs. 

10. Country Wedding in Gascony France

Each venue in France has its own history, atmosphere & personality.

They do have one thing in common though - the warm welcome of sun & locals. Most venues are run by private owners who make any couple feel at home immediately. Each time I visited France to shoot a wedding I was stunned by how the personality changes with every couple. Patricia, the wedding planner has a very special gift to find out what decoration best suits. She really goes above and beyond!

From ceremony to catering, music & entertainment to decoration everything is catered and cared for. You might think a wedding abroad is a lot of organising - but believe me - it's probably less work and more pleasure that planning it all on your own at home.

And a great excuse for a visit to France to have a sneak peek at venues! ;)

11. The Abbey Hotel

The Abbey Hotel in Roscommon is one of the midlands most charming venues with the perfect location so close to town - yet you feel like you're in the middle of nature with beautiful gardens & surroundings.

You can get wed in breathtaking Roscommon church - or why not opt for a civil ceremony on the Hotel premises! On a summer's day the gardens offer space for an outdoor reception.

So if you're looking for a fine dining experience and a wedding in an 18th century castle manor the Abbey Hotel is a venue that ticks all the right boxes!

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