Still searching for the perfect Irish wedding venue to compliment your wedding dress for your big day? You might not be surprised to read that many brides-to-be get ahead of themselves and begin searching for their perfect wedding dress before they’re even booked a venue! Well we’ve narrowed down to a short list of stunning castles, country houses, hotels and boutique locations that will help you choose your dream venue to compliment your dream gown.

1. Mount Druid: Alternative weddings

In the heart of Westmeath sits the quaint village of Castletown Geoghegan. Passing through you would hardly notice this medieval settlement consisting of over 100 acres of parkland, which boasts its own tin chapel (perfect for the civil&humanists ceremony), lakeside boathouse for drinks reception and contemporary barn for the evening festivities. The site itself is host to a variety of quirky accommodation options including the 19th century Kindalin House, as well as a range of yurts, Shepards huts, tin huts and the newly added Tigíns (a traditional small cottage). Mount Druid really is one of those places that has everything you could need and want for the perfect  wedding day.

2. Carton House

Located just 20 minutes from Dublin, this grand Estate  is nestled on over 1000 acres of private parkland encompassing 2 golf courses, tennis courts, their famous Spa with 18m swimming pool. It is surely one of the most aesthetically pleasing venues in Ireland. Each room boasts a captivating 18th century style interior decor.

They can cater for both large weddings up to 250 guests in the opulent ballroom with spectacular chandelier lighting or for the smaller intimate wedding in the historic Manor House.

With plenty of amenities on site and the warmest of welcomes from the wedding team to assist you, Carton House has something to suit all tastes.

3. Ballybeg House

Nestled between the Wicklow mountains, just outside the small village of Ballinglen sits the country house and fabulously well kept gardens of Ballybeg. The main house feels like a step back in time with its turf-fuelled open fires and rustic decor. For the civil ceremony they have the Ayers ceremony room with its original 19th century style stonework and stained glass windows. But the real beauty is how they have created a stunning Victorian style marquee that can hold up to 170 people, with draped ceiling and chandeliers, quality furnishing with colourful flowers and candle lit tables. Ballybeg House is one of those venues which you wish you could visit again and again

4. Sheen Falls Lodge

Fewer hotels in Ireland can boasts such magnificent views than the Sheen Falls Lodge, situated just outside the town of Kenmare, Co. Kerry. It offers a great choice for ceremony, reception and outdoor ceremony (when the wild Atlantic weather allows) from between 14 up to 200 people. Getting married against the backdrop of Kenmare Bay, your guests will be in awe of the surrounding views the Wild Atlantic Way and the famously stunning Kerry beauty has to offer.

5. Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon

Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa is a luxury 4 star 18th centre castle hotel located on 40 acres of forestry and gardens along the shores of Lough Meelagh in Co. Roscommon. Visitors to the hotel get to enjoy the stunning views, beautiful interior and a luxury spa and leisure centre too.

For weddings, you are spoilt for choice. Their fairytale ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests, yet can be styled and altered to hold smaller numbers for more intimate weddings. The Lake Terrace room overlooking the Lough Meelagh is just perfect for civil ceremonies. Kilronan Castle is definitely one of the top Irish wedding venues, so check out their packages today for more info on booking.