Planning an outdoor wedding in Ireland? All this gorgeous weather is making us dream of saying 'I do' under the blue sky, surrounded by friends and family, having outdoor fun. Luckily, Irish wedding venues are getting on board with our bravery and embracing outdoor ceremonies. Today, we fill you in on five wedding venues in Ireland that are excelling at this outdoor wedding thing. We also chat to The Outdoor Wedding Company, to find out everything you need to know if you're planning to go Al Fresco.
Rathsallagh House in Wicklow is your very own private country estate for the day or weekend of your wedding. There are numerous picturesque outdoor spaces; a beautiful orangery, old world walled garden and stylish marquee-style wedding pavilion for your reception. If you are blessed with great weather, your guests will love to explore the cute courtyards, wooded areas and gardens on the estate. And the good news is that the house is super cosy and gorgeous, if the weather doesn't play ball.
"With over 30 years’ experience behind us, and probably some of the longest serving wedding coordinators in the business, you know you have an experienced team behind you. Rathsallagh has a reputation for delivering superlative service and fantastic food in an idyllic setting, with no noise restrictions and has won the Irish Country House of the Year award twice."
Accommodation: 29 guest bedrooms
T: 045 403 122
Email: i[email protected]
The Glenview Hotel
The Glenview Hotel in Wicklow is set amongst some of the country's most impressive scenery, with views of the Wicklow Mountains and Glen of the Downs all around. Its impressive gardens provide lots of picturesque options for your outdoor ceremony and drinks receptions and the elegant Glenview Suite opens out onto a terrace overlooking beautiful scenery, making it the ideal place for your fairytale first dance under the stars.
"We are delighted to add any décor required, helping you create unique table settings and those romantic wow-factor touches. The ballroom is perfect for both intimate gatherings and more lavish affairs. The Glenview were winners of Best Wedding Venue Leinster 2016, Best Wedding Venue Wicklow 2014 and 2015 and Best Gay Friendly Wedding Venue outside Dublin (2nd in Ireland) - so you know you're in good hands."
Accommodation: Sleeps 250 people (23 rooms will be block booked for you, at a special wedding rate)
Cost: From €55pp
T: 01 274 0080
The Millhouse is an exclusive-hire, fifteen bedroom Georgian Manor in the Slane countryside, that combines old world elegance and contemporary design. The fifteen individually designed and furnished rooms each have great views of the river, castle, or Mill and feature four-poster beds and free-standing baths. There are also camping facilities onsite at The Millhouse, with hot showers and toilets available in the Treehouse, for extra guests.
Hold your ceramony in the beautiful surroundings of the orchard, overlooking the river Boyne, or in the impressive Mill ceremony room. Your wedding drinks reception can then be held in the house or in the courtyard if the sun shines. The whole gorgeous place is yours for the night or weekend of your wedding and is conveniently located less than an hour from Dublin, for your international guest.
Capacity: 150 (or 240 if you opt to arrange a marquee)
Accommodation: 15 en suite bedrooms, sleeping 32 – 36 guests
Cost: From €85pp (130 guest minimum)
T: 041 982 0878
Email: i[email protected]
You've probably seen many images of beautiful civil ceremonies held in Kilshane's iconic conservatory (circa 1860), but why not explore the great outdoors of the estate too? There are over 320 acres to explore, after all. The pergola in the secret garden, with the scent of roses and lavender, is a magical place to exchange vows, surrounded by family and friends. A few minutes’ walk brings everyone to the front door of the main house, where you are greeted with trays of Champagne, cocktails, and perfect pints of Guinness.
Alternatively you could marry beside the lake in the Victorian landscape garden, where a pagoda is linked to the shore by two silver arched bridges. The sound of the waterfall and the scent of pines and wild roses completes the picture. Your party can then follow you up the avenue to the house, just five minutes away, where the celebration begins.
Accommodation: 54 guest bedrooms
Cost: From €100pp
T: 062 82444
Email: [email protected]
Web: Kilshane House
The Waterside House Hotel
If getting married with spectacular views overlooking the Irish Sea, cliffs and beach, with Lambay Island, Howth Head and Ireland's Eye in the background sounds good to you, then The Waterside House Hotel is definitely worth checking out. Located right on Donabate Beach, the hotel suits any size wedding, from 10 guests to 200 guests. And the sea view terrace is the ideal place to host your summer wedding ceremony or pre-reception wedding celebrations.
"The Waterside House Hotel prides itself on ensuring all of your expectations and memories are exceeded on your special day leaving you smiling. The Martello Ballroom is the perfect place to capture the right atmosphere on your wedding day. Custom made chandeliers boast warmth and elegance along with your own private bar and fairy light backdrop. With your very own dedicated wedding coordinator, attention to detail is key to unlocking all of your dream wedding ideas."
Accommodation: 35 guest bedrooms
Cost: From €49.95pp
T: 01 843 6153
Email: [email protected]
The Outdoor Wedding Company
If you're looking for something a little different, you could hold your outdoor bash in an awesome stretch tent from The Outdoor Wedding Company. They can cater for up to 600 people and have four different services to choose from; the traditional rustic wedding, a festival style wedding, a 2nd day party and ceremonies.
"We provide the full package - from the moment we meet for an initial site visit until we pack up after the wedding event, we are here to help, guide and create your perfect day. Working with us can take all the stress and strain out of your big day. With a wealth of event and event Production experience, we can ensure everyone and everything is where it needs to be, at the right time and in the right place. If you’re interested in getting that little bit of extra help in the run up to and on your actual wedding day, our professional wedding planners are here to help. We want to help you create a wedding to remember for you and all your guests. You can give us your vision and we can bring it to life!"
These guys are the experts, so we took the opportunity to ask The Outdoor Wedding Company a few frequently asked questions about stretch tent weddings:
How much space do I need for a stretch tent?
"Depending on the size and rig of the stretch tent. The most popular tent is a 21m x 15m stretch tent and you would need 26 x 35 m space for that set up."
How many people can I fit, seated for dinner, in one of your tents?
"Our smallest stretch tent which is a 15m x 15m could seat up to 30 people for dinner. Then we have sizes that can seat from 100 people right up to 350 but we can go bigger if required."
How long does it take to set up?
"Depending on the size of the tent set up can take from a few hours to one day."
"Our basic wedding package includes a stretch tent, flooring, stage, tables and benches, heating, bar unit and dance floor. From there you can add on many extras: outdoor fire pits, luxury loos, chiavari chairs, chandeliers, whiskey barrels and many more."
How much does it all cost?
"Our wedding packages include a stretch tent, flooring, stage, lighting, tables and benches which starts at €3,400 and can go up to €10,800 depending on what size stretch tent you go for and any extras you add in. All price are ex vat and delivery."
Email: [email protected]
T: 01 905 6160