Choosing your Dublin wedding venue

Choosing your Dublin wedding venue will definitely be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple. So therefore it’s a good idea to start looking at your options as soon as possible. If you are not sure where to hold your  wedding in Ireland, we have got some excellent tips to help you decide.

The wedding venue you pick will ultimately dictate the amount of guests you can invite. The location of your wedding and, of course, the theme and styling, too. You will need to allocate a good proportion of your wedding planning time and budget to finding your dream venue. The reason being there are so many different options to consider and look at. From large stately homes in Dublin, small manor barns in West Cork or castles in Kerry. There really is something out there to suit every kind of couple. It’s just a matter of making your own decision that will be right for you and reflect your own personality.

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Most importantly, you need to decide on the type of wedding you want. Next, set a budget with careful consideration as to how much you can afford for your dream venue. You should also discuss with your partner whether exclusivity is very important to you. If it is, this could certainly make it cost much more.

This is the day you have dreamed about your whole life. You cannot possibly imagine getting married without sharing the moment with everyone you know? If this is the case, then start looking at country house wedding venues with large capacities. If you’d prefer a Sussex wedding with a much more intimate and low-key feel, just surrounded by close friends and family. Then perhaps a garden marquee is more suitable? Once you know what best suits both of you as a couple. You can then start working on your guest list and begin searching for places that will suit your needs.

When should we book our Dublin wedding venue?

It’s perfectly normal practice for couples to book their chosen wedding venue in Ireland 1 or 2 years before their wedding date. This gives them plenty of time to plan their perfect day. The more popular wedding venues in Kerry, Clare, Galway and Dublin get booked up a long time in advance. Most certainly during the peak, summer wedding season. so therefore we advise that you book as soon as you’ve found ‘the one’ that is perfect for your special wedding day.

Saying that though, if you are planning a last minute Dublin wedding in just a few months. There are plenty of last-minute bargains available these days! If you’re planning a wedding in just a few months you might get very lucky and be able to book a date at the last minute due to a cancellation. Once you have secured your wedding date and the deposit has been paid you can then move on to consider how you will style it.

What theme will you have for your wedding?

The theme you choose for your Dublin wedding will more than likely be directly influenced by the wedding venue you’ve chosen. For example – you’re not going to have a rustic, country-garden style interior if your venue is by the seaside. Think of your wedding and venue as part of the bigger picture. Go with a wedding venue that’s in-keeping with the theme that you would like to have.

For glamorous, glittering modern weddings, we recommend boutique hotels. If it’s a country, rustic, cider-filled wedding you dream of, then check out your nearest barn venues. Whereas if you fancy yourself as an Elizabeth Bennett marrying her Mr Darcy. Then a Dublin country house will definitely be more your thing.

Location Location ?

Whether you are planning to get married in a church and transporting your guests to a separate reception venue. Or your planning on having the ceremony and evening party all in the same place. It will need to be a suitable location. When considering a location, most couples pick somewhere that is near to where they live, or a place where either the bride or groom grew up. This is very important to remember if you would like the wedding ceremony in a church. Because you will need to either still be living within the Parish or have a family connection to that church.

Consider your guests!

You should definitely keep in mind how long it will take to get to either venue. (church or reception) Because this could have an impact on your wedding day. You should also consider if it’s a little off-the-beaten track. Because you don’t want your guests getting stressed and running late if they are struggling to find the place. Similarly, if your ceremony venue and evening venue are separate. Will you be putting on transport to transfer guests? If so, you will need to budget for this.

Last of all, if your chosen location is in the rural countryside, the what are the best options for guest accommodation? You will need to know this in advance, because it’s courteous to include overnight options in with your wedding invitations.

Smart spending

Budget is an important factor for most couples when considering which Dublin wedding venue to book. Before you pay your deposit to secure the date. It’s worth chatting to the in-house co-ordinator to see if there are any deals or offers they can gift you for choosing to go with them. Sometimes they may give you the bridal suite and or some complimentary rooms, or offers on welcome drinks and canapés. They might also be able to recommend suppliers that they regularly work with, who could offer discounts based on the repeat custom that the venue provides. Although when it comes to wedding DJs that venues recommend you should be very very careful to check them out before. The entertainment is a huge part of your wedding day, so you should certainly be willing to spend good money to guarantee an amazing party.

Look out for last minute deals

Visit Dublin wedding venues, at least once; if they’re hosting a wedding fayre or wedding showcase. You will see the venue all dressed up as it will be on your wedding day. Finally, if you can plan your entire wedding in under six months you might get a bargain on a last-minute package. Some venues drop their venues by as much as half the price. If you are a very organised bride it could be an ideal way to secure your dream venue at a fraction of the cost! Please be aware that these kind of deals will not be offered by expert wedding DJs, even if they still have availability. Chances are they will not be able to provide their DJ services at such short notice as they will more than likely already be booked!

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