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8 alternative wedding venues in Ireland

Goin’ to the chapel… or somewhere else.


LOOKING FOR FOR inspiration for something a little different to celebrate your big day?

Look no further…

The Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin

Far from a traditional wedding venue, this is a working cinema in Dublin 7, but with a quirky feel.

If are willing to be flexible around the screenings you can get married in one of the theatres, and have some refreshments on one of the cinema’s three floors. It might not be suitable for your whole reception, but it will make for a memorable ceremony.



stars Source: @mjmorrisroe

Mount Druid, Castletown Geoghegan, Co Westmeath

An unconsecrated red tin chapel:


Drinks by the lake:


Dinner and dancing in the barn:



Yurts, converted lofts, tin huts and shepherd huts:


Looks alright, doesn’t it? More here.

The Angler’s Rest, Strawberry Beds, Dublin

You can have your ceremony and your reception at The Angler’s Rest, which has recently become hugely popular as a wedding venue.



It’s close to the Phoenix Park, caters for 100 people and has that shabby chic look that so many people are after.

real-weddings-5 Source: theanglersrest.ie

Cnoc Suain, Spiddal, Galway

Ed Sheeran’s cousin Laura got married here, as if you needed any other reason.

Cnoc Suain is a restored 17th century village near Spiddal and if the fancy takes you you can get married beside a standing stone dating back to 1000 BC.

cnos Source: Facebook

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo’s Haughton House can cater to various types of ceremonies including civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and blessings.

Decent wedding photo ops too.

haugh Source: ©Fran Veale/Dublin Zoo

A little look at today wedding from Dublin Zoo Source: weddingsbymatt

Sol Y Somba

This was a Church of Ireland place of worship, built in 1816. It’s now a tapas restaurant in Killorglin, Co Kerry which still looks like a church, but plays host to delicious meals and the odd wedding ceremony.




St Oliver Plunkett’s Church, Loughcrew House, Oldcastle, Co Meath

This (unconsecrated) church ruin could be just the thing for your ceremony with a difference.

oldcastle Source: DailyEdge.ie

oldcastle2 Aedin Donnelly and Aaron Hanaphy chose St Oliver Plunkett Church for their humanist ceremony Source: DailyEdge.ie

oldcastle3 Source: DailyEdge.ie

Then there’s always Loughcrew House or Clonabreany House nearby to party the night away.

The Grand Social, Dublin

Definitely not your typical wedding venue, this somewhat grungey city centre bar transforms into a beautiful space for that special day.

reb3 Rebecca Flynn and Jim McNulty celebrated their wedding at The Grand Social Source: Dara Munnis Photography

reb1 Source: EversWeddingPhotography.com

reb2 Source: EversWeddingPhotography.com

reb4 Source: Dara Munnis Photography

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Emer McLysaght

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