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Getting married in Northern Ireland

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

Wedding planning in Northern Ireland can be both exciting and overwhelming, but with the right approach, you can make the process smooth and stress-free. Here are some tips and advice to help you plan the perfect Northern Irish wedding.

Choose the right location. Northern Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful and romantic wedding venues in the world. From historic castles and manor houses, such as the 18th century Castle Leslie Estate in County Monaghan, to stunning coastal vistas, such as Dunluce Castle, there is no shortage of beautiful locations to choose from. Consider the style and atmosphere that you want for your wedding, as well as the size of your guest list, when selecting a venue. There is no right or wrong when choosing where to have your wedding

If you're considering getting married at Dunluce Castle (pictured above), you're in for a treat. Located on the beautiful coast of Northern Ireland, this medieval castle provides a stunning and unique setting for your special day.

Built in the 13th century, Dunluce Castle has a rich history and was once the seat of the MacDonnell clan. It's known for its striking location, perched on the edge of a rocky outcropping overlooking the sea. The castle's rugged beauty and picturesque surroundings make it a popular spot for weddings.

Drenagh Estate is a historic mansion located in the rolling hills of County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The estate dates back to the 18th century and features beautifully manicured gardens, a tranquil lake, and elegant rooms inside the mansion.

One of the unique features of Drenagh Estate is its outdoor wedding options. The estate's gardens and grounds provide a beautiful natural setting for an outdoor ceremony (Drenaghs wonderful moon garden), and the sunken walled garden is a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos.

Hire a wedding planner if you find the planning too stressful. A wedding planner can be a valuable asset, especially if you're planning a destination wedding or if you're unfamiliar with the local wedding industry. A good wedding planner will have extensive knowledge of the best venues, vendors, and services in Northern Ireland, and can help you navigate the planning process and make informed decisions. They can also assist with logistics and coordination on the day of your wedding, allowing you to relax and enjoy your special day.

Consider the weather. Northern Ireland is known for its temperamental weather, so it's important to plan for the possibility of rain or other inclement conditions on your wedding day. If you're planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, make sure to have a backup plan in case of rain. You may also want to provide guests with umbrellas or other weather-appropriate items, such as pashminas or rain jackets. We love it when our couples make the most of whatever the weather throws at them (Maeve above got married in a storm which decided to take her veil out to sea in Galway)

Embrace local traditions. Northern Ireland has a rich cultural heritage, and incorporating local traditions into your wedding can add a unique and authentic touch to your celebration. Consider incorporating traditional Irish music, such as a live ceilidh band, into your wedding, or hiring a local Irish dance troupe to perform at your reception.

Some of our favourite wedding venues in Northern Ireland

Montalto Estate / The Carriage Rooms

Montalto Estate is a beautiful and serene wedding venue located in the heart of the countryside. The sprawling grounds, lush gardens, and stunning views make it a perfect location for a dream wedding.

One of the standout features of Montalto Estate is the picturesque setting. The venue is surrounded by rolling hills, forests, and fields, providing a peaceful and serene atmosphere. This is the perfect setting for a romantic outdoor ceremony, with plenty of space for guests to enjoy the fresh air and take in the beauty of the surroundings.

Larchfield Estate

Larchfield Estate is a stunning setting. Nestled in the heart of the countryside, the venue is surrounded by rolling hills, forests, and fields, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere for your big day. The natural beauty of the surroundings makes it an ideal location for an outdoor ceremony, with plenty of space for guests to enjoy the fresh air and take in the breathtaking views.

The Old Rectory Killyman

The Old Rectory is a private venue nestled in Co Tyrone in the quaint village of Killyman. A hidden gem steeped in history;The Old Rectory is an idyllic, one-of-a-kind destination that offers splendid seclusion alongside complete exclusivity

Take a deep breath: It's natural to feel a little nervous on your wedding day, but taking a few deep breaths can help you stay calm and focused. Remember that this is your special day, and try to let go of any worries or stress.

Surround yourself with loved ones: Your wedding day is a celebration of your love and commitment, and it's important to surround yourself with the people you care about most. Make sure to take the time to spend quality time with your partner, family, and friends, and enjoy their company throughout the day.

Be present: Your wedding day will fly by in the blink of an eye, so it's important to be present and fully engage in each moment. Try to put your phone away and focus on the present, enjoying the sights, sounds, and emotions of the day.

Have fun: Above all, your wedding day should be a fun and joyous occasion. Don't be afraid to let loose and have a good time, dancing, laughing, and enjoying the celebration with your loved ones.

Enjoy the process. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it's also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Take time to enjoy the process and savor the special moments along the way. Plan date nights with your partner, spend time with your loved ones, and take time for yourself to relax and unwind. By focusing on the joy and excitement of your upcoming nuptials, you can make the planning process more enjoyable and memorable.

By following these tips and advice, you can plan the perfect Northern Irish wedding. Whether you're a local couple or a destination bride and groom, Northern Ireland offers a wealth of beautiful venues, talented vendors, and unique cultural traditions to make your big day truly special.


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