It’s St. Patrick’s week and we are celebrating being Irish the whole week long. Yesterday, we were so excited to show off the first part of our second ever styled shoot – “A Mythical Tune” which was based on Old Irish Wedding Traditions. Part two and three are yet to come this week so don’t miss out! A few weeks ago we started a new series to try and help all you destination couples find the perfect venue in France. This week, we couldn’t look anywhere else but Ireland so for all of you thinking of getting married here and don’t know where to start, hopefully we can help. For our first venue spotlight in Ireland, we are looking at romantic Irish wedding castles. Castles in Ireland are plentiful and we must admit, we found it quite hard to pick just three to start with but we will eventually get around to all of our favourites!

Belle Isle Castle – Co. Fermanagh

This absolutely stunning venue sits on one of the 8 islands on Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. It is perfect for a small and intimate destination wedding in Ireland as it offers exclusive rental. The 17th Century Castle has 7 rooms decorated in antique furniture that can sleep up to 16 people within the castle but also offers self-catering cottages that can accommodate a further 54 people if you have a bigger crowd coming over. Entertain your wedding guests with dinner in the Grand Hall and enjoy the tranquil castle surroundings.

Castle  Durrow – County Laois

One of my best friends got married here last year and I can honestly say, it’s one of the nicest venues I’ve ever been in. Castle Durrow is about an hours drive from Dublin, so very accessible from the airport. The castle, the gardens, the bedrooms… they are simply exquisite. Built in 1716, it’s pre-Palladian design was as popular then as it is breath taking now. The castle can accommodate up to 170 guests in its banqueting room for dinner if you are having a larger destination wedding and for a smaller, intimate feast, the restaurant is also an option.

Huntington Castle – County Carlow

Another historic castle only about an hour from Dublin is Huntington Castle. Sitting at the foot of the Blackstairs mountains, it is a real find with a 14th century abbey, manicured gardens and a number of different options for a unique wedding celebration. The barn can seat up to 100 guests with capacity for a marquee tent to be set up on the grounds for larger parties. The timeless castle sleeps 14 with plenty of B&Bs locally for the rest of your guests.

Wouldn’t these three beautiful Irish wedding castles would be perfect for a romantic celebration? We’re looking forward to bringing you our next installment of Irish venues as we have barely scratched the surface, we haven’t even gone South or West but we didn’t want to overload so you will just have to wait!

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  1. Claire

    Love this. Gorgeous venues. We just booked a cottage yesterday at Belle Isle Castle for a run of Loch Erne weddings. Hopefully next year we’ll get to photograph one there too!

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    […] We started off the week with our second ever Styled Shoot – “A Mythical Tune”. A Mythical Tune was inspired by a post Fly Away Bride featured last St. Patricks Day that highlighted some old Irish Wedding Traditions. As you might know by now, we are going to be regularly featuring venue spotlights from around the world to help you find the perfect destination wedding venue. It was the perfect week to start our venue search in Ireland, so on Tuesday we showcased three magnificently romantic Irish Castles – check out Huntington Castle, Castle Durrow and Belle Isle Castle here. […]

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