Top Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland

5 Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland with something special

There is something undoubtedly transformative about stepping into a castle. Perhaps it’s the thick high battlements protecting you from the outside world, the history, or the secret passageways and hidden tunnels? Or even more so…sleeping in one and getting a feel for the romance of times gone by, experiencing the privilege that past occupants living their pampered lives with servants all around? Here are some of my top choices of Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland you might want to spend your wedding night in!

Article by Roger Masterson, Company Director of Celtic Castles

5 Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland 

Ashford Castle

No expense spared for the big day!

A celebrity favourite, this is the ultimate wedding destination in Ireland…just ask James Bond, Pierce Brosnan! Take the castle on an exclusive hire basis and really go for the full princess option! The castle offers 83 bedrooms, many facing Lough Corrib, plus a very romantic Lakeside Hideaway Cottage.

If you want privacy, Ashford allows you and your wedding party the full castle experience without interruption. Don’t miss out on the estate’s unforgettable activities, including falconry, equestrianism, golf, river cruising, fishing and spa treatments; you will not be bored and, in fact, you may want to stay for more than just the weekend!

Glin Castle

Traditional small family wedding

Overlooking the River Shannon and hills of County Clare, this unique historic property, home of the Knights of Glin for over 700 years, is Irish charm at its best. Compact, with 15+ en-suite bedrooms, perfect for a small family wedding; don’t just stay for one night, make it a proper celebration and stay for the week…you will not regret it!

Family portraits and Irish pictures line the walls, and the library bookcase has a secret door leading to the hall and the very rare flying staircase. Best of all, the village is just 5 minutes’ walk away; the locals will have a few stories to share with you!  Glin is so good, you will want to bring all the family back for your anniversary!

Turin Castle

Just the two of you

If you want the full fairytale wedding, then this is the real deal, with a grand hall complete with authentic armour and weapons. You can squeeze a few more into this castle, up to twelve, but why? Elope and just have the castle for an intimate wedding for two. If you want to go Medieval in County Mayo, the owners Marnie and Brendan know how to look after their wedding guests and there is a wonderful stone building at the back of the castle, perfect for the ceremony.

The Black Castle

Rustic wedding for two

If you just want to turn up to your private, historic 16th-century tower, with your own personal wedding planner, The Black Castle will allow you to experience a castle wedding as it was several centuries ago!  YES, this is “The Real McCoy“! The Great Hall takes you back into the 16th century, with no electricity, plumbing or wi-fi. You will have to save your Insta pics for later! 

Your ceremony takes place in the candlelit Great Hall, warmed by a huge cavernous fireplace with a roaring fire under a stone-vaulted ceiling. Overnight, you will be provided with candles and a supply of fuel for the fire. The bespoke oak, half-tester, king-size bed is supplied with Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious bedding. Yes, you sleep in the Great Hall!

Belle Isle

Location on the shores of Lough Erne

Originally built in the 12th century as a Norman keep, Belle Isle, this now, 17th-century castle on an idyllic island in Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands, is an enchanted hideaway offering a romantic, old-world charm, while the estate’s 400+ acres of rolling hills, flowering meadows, tranquil gardens, and views of Lough Erne take you to a different world. Twenty-seven overnight guests in thirteen individually, beautifully-decorated bedrooms, allow for a lovely, intimate family wedding. You can split the castle up into two parts if your group is smaller.

I think everyone would secretly love to feel like King and Queen on their wedding day! Well, now you can…all at these Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland!

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This article is written by Roger Masterson of Celtic Castles 

Celtic Castles delivers an award-winning castle booking service. Whatever you want from a castle experience, they can help. Short breaks for two, family holidays, weddings small and large or functions and events of various sizes and requirements; they have extensive experience of them all. Just tell them what you’re looking for and what’s important to you, and they recommend the best options.

tips for planning your wedding

Tips for planning your wedding day

These are some top wedding planning tips for couples planning their wedding. If you are constantly looking at wedding blogs or Pinterest is your second home and you have your wedding designer, planner in your favourites contacts. Check these tips for planning your wedding day. Even if you think you have everything under control.


The most important tip for planning your wedding day :

Follow your heart in what you feel you need to do to make your Wedding day, the day of your dreams

1• Let one vendor lead you to another.

Your wedding photographer can tell you which is his /her favourite florist’s, and your planner should know which band packs the dance floor.

2• Food for your wedding day crew.

A less expensive meal for them will do the job. You will have to let your Kitchen chef know a few days before the wedding how many people you need to feed (don’t forget photography assistants) and what you want to serve.

3• Just ask.

Your vendors are your go-to, trusted experts during your planning process. You should feel free to say what you really want—It can be doing a bridal portrait session after rather than an engagement session before your wedding. You should feel that you can have a conversation with them about what you want. It is up to them to tell you what is and isn’t possible with your wedding budget.

4• Picking your guests.

Place immediate family, the bridal party and best friends on top of your list. Follow with other family and friends you can’t imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parents’ friends a few neighbours and so on. Start from the bottom eliminating until you reach your ideal number of guest

5•Create a wedding planning schedule and do things one by one with small logical steps.

Don’t take on too much too fast and end up with everything overwhelming you.

5•Make sure guests know where they’re going.

Ask your ceremony and reception venue for recommended driving directions. Then include the best directions on your wedding website or email them to your guests

6•Be prepared

Ask your celebrant for a list of restrictions (if any). For instance, is flash photography or even photography prohibited?

7•Pick the three things that are most important to you.

Start your budget planning with prioritising, with a number, the different aspects of your wedding day. Like the music, your wedding dress, the flowers and your photographer, and put a number to each of them— Put most of your money into your number ones and spend less on the other numbers. (But everything can’t fall into the number one category) If a designer gown and fab food are what you really want, you may have to choose a simpler invitation and less floral arrangements

8•Keep a contact sheet with your vendor contacts on you on your wedding day

it may come in handy when you have to call one of them.

9•Be done planning your wedding one week before.

Try to have every detail planned the week before your wedding so you can fully enjoy the run-up to your big day.

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Best wedding photographers Ireland

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The best wedding photographers in Ireland

If you are in this exciting time of organising your wedding good advice is not to scrimp on your photography.

You have heard the stories of those who got married before.. your wedding day comes and goes so quickly. When the last dance is danced and your dress is cleaned and put away, your photos are all that is left.

You need a photographer that you can trust and that guarantees you will have the best collection of photos to look back at this most amazing and important day of your life.

For this, I have selected some of the best photographers for you.

These wedding photographers create not only amazing stories of your wedding day but also some amazing photography art that you will hold dear for the years to come.

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These are, for me, the best wedding photographers in Ireland

With 25 years of experience, I met some amazing photographers and it is important that

you pick the one that fits best with your personality and style.

These are the photographers that I trust and highly recommend, but I am sure, I am your first choice. 🙂

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My favourite best wedding photographers in Ireland

1| In love Photography by Wim Vanhengel

Wim from In Love Photography is a wedding photographer based in Ireland who creates ” fine art” wedding photography for romantic, adventurous and well travelled, open-minded couples.

He approaches his weddings with an open heart and his work is known to focus on tender romantic moments with a natural Style that uses movement to capture your  pure emotions on your wedding day.

Appreciating the efforts you have made to create the wedding of your dreams, your day will be transferred into a collection of beautifully printed, fine art photo’s that will be there for you and future generations.

2 | Christina Brosnan

Christina photographs with a fine art approach to give you soft luminescent portraits for your wedding album while also quietly documenting those in between emotional moments that are equally as important.

Because those shoes and that dress that you invested time and money choosing will be just as enjoyable to remember as the warm congratulations from your loved ones.

3| Into the light project

Into the light, for film lovers and natural light seekers. Seán & Jared  have a artful and editorial approach to wedding photography. Their style is elegant, natural and artistic and their aim is to create timeless images that evoke emotion and tell stories.

Jared and Seán both live in Cork and travel nationally and internationally to shoot weddings and fashion. With a unique style drawn from Film and use of Medium format cameras, they capture honesty, soft, and bright photos filled with life.

4| Weddings by Kara

Weddings by KARA is Karina and Rachel, a photography duo based in Greystones, Ireland that work nationwide and internationally.

Their focus is on recording the timeless elegance of your day in a relaxed and natural style.

By working together as a team, they capture the unique beauty of your day and the people and atmosphere that make it so special.

They are discreet and unobtrusive and believe that natural expressions of happiness make the most stunning images. .


5| Anna G 

Anna is known for dreamy romantic wedding photography that you can discribe as being painterly, nostalgic and emotive. Shooting film made her understand that her images look more romantic and so much more artistic 
Her work is greatly influenced by the couples she photographs, the places they are in and the people around them. 


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As a wedding photographer, it is my goal to create a heart-stirring representation of your day that will be passed down for generations to come.

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Winter Wedding at Marlfield House

Geraldine and Stephen’s Winter Wedding at Marlfield House

Geraldine and Stephen’s Winter wedding in Marlfield House. A cool crisp day with perfect light for some beautiful, romantic, bright photos

We chose Wim for our photographer for our Winter Wedding in Marlfield House because as soon as we saw his photos we fell in love with how he captured such beautiful pictures with the most amazing light and detail.

We count ourselves extremely lucky that Wim was available to photograph our wedding because not only did he capture the atmosphere and essence of the day but he also was an integral part of it. He made ourselves, our family and friends so relaxed and at ease, it was like having an old friend at our wedding!

All of our guests commented on how professional, kind and personable Wim was. He had the ability to be there at every moment to capture lasting memories while also being discreet and almost invisible, like a #ninjaphotographer!

We couldn’t be happier with the end results of the photos Wim captured, he captured us at our most natural and our guests in the individual moments throughout the day. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with from our first conversation with him, so personable and genuinely interested in us as a couple.

We could only ever recommend Wim as one of the best photographers to work with. A kind and professional person who made us feel at ease, allowing us to be ourselves throughout our day.

Stephen & Geraldine, Winter Wedding in Marlfield House Hotel, December 2019.

Geraldine and Stephen choose Marlfield House for their Wedding.

With the beautiful gardens and the Iconic veranda, it is even in the dark Wintertime a perfect backdrop for Romantic, Bright, Fine Art Wedding Photography

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Winter at Cliff at Lyons

Winter at Cliff at Lyons
This is the season


Winter at Cliff at Lyons can start with a longer stroll on the Canal way.. Enjoy the fresh air and the Christmas atmosphere of Co. Kildare, Ireland.

After it is time for some uber, warm festive fun with warm apple cider that will put you in the best festive spirit.

Cliff at Lyons has two special restaurants for your Christmas celebrations.

Festive Lunch and dinner at the orangery

Or Aimsir restaurant that is a passionate advocate for authentic Irish ingredients used in a sophisticated way.  

Aimsir is a new restaurant in Co. Kildare exploring Irish products. The food is finding its inspiration by the climate in Ireland and how it controls what grows.

Celebrating the fresh vegetables, fish and meat on the island, Aimsir is the passionate advocate for authentic ingredients used in a different way.

Chef Jordan Bailey and house manager Majken Bech Christensen are exploring these Irish food ingredients in a new exciting way.


Winter Wedding at Cliff at Lyons

Cliff at Lyons is an amazing historic location in a unique rural setting along the banks of the Grand Canal in Co. Kildare Ireland.

It is a place where all of your closest family and friends could come together from all over the world and totally feel welcome, relaxed and at home.

 The hotel is cosy, private and warm and the perfect venue for a Winter wedding near to Dublin in Ireland.

The beautiful buildings and gardens make the most beautiful backdrop for your Irish, Celtic Wedding day.

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Weddings at Gloster House

Weddings at Gloster House |
Exclusive Country House Wedding Venue in Ireland


Gloster House is one of the most Exclusive country House wedding venues in  Ireland.


The first time I went to visit Gloster House, Owners Tom and Mary Alexander had just opened the doors to invite couples from all around the world to have their wedding at this most spectacular country house in the Irish midlands. 

Walking around the magnificent Georgian house with its baroque decorative plasterwork and high entrance hall, evoked the feeling of being in love and the happiness of couples dancing through the romantic rooms,  decorated with original furniture and painted in soft pastel colours.

It is a unique setting for your wedding in Ireland. A Country house surrounded by French, Italian gardens incorporating terraces, woodland and lake.

Weddings at Gloster House are exclusive. It will be just you, your family and friends celebrating your wedding in a privately owned stately house. Offering a different experience to any other country house wedding venue in Ireland or even in Europe.

This country house has not only the most gorgeous rooms to entertain your guests in but also has an old chapel, painted in a neutral white that can be used as the best back up plan for rainy day ceremonies, late-night party hall or even dining room. There will be plenty to inspire you or your wedding stylist.

The courtyard is decorated with lanterns and fairy lights and is the perfect spot to finish off your unique and exclusive wedding day.

As its a private and exclusive venue you also have the option of spending the day after your wedding relaxing in its beautiful surroundings.

Its unique setting and features make Gloster house the perfect backdrop to take artistic, natural and emotive photos

The house is romanticism at its finest and has captured my heart. It should surely be on your list to visit when searching for a luxury venue, beyond your imagination, in Ireland

Let’s meet up at Gloster House, for a non-binding chat about your wedding photography. 

If you are looking for an exclusive wedding venue in Ireland this is one to consider. I will show the best spots for your romantic wedding photo’s, including the white chapel, 

Get in contact for more details..


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