If you’re looking for small wedding venues in Ireland, you are spoiled for choice. From upscale hotels to ancient castles, there’s something charming to suit any wee group.
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If you’re eloping in Ireland, there’s a very good chance you won’t need a venue. But if you have more than a handful of guests, or you want a venue, there are a few things to consider when choosing one.
For starters, a lot of wedding venues have minimums, especially at the larger castles and hotels. This may change seasonally or by day of the week, so do confirm the specifics for your date.
Other details to take into account are proximity to other locations you’d like to visit, amenities, views (countryside or middle of town), and whether you’re required to use vendors on the venue’s list.
You can find all sorts of small wedding venues in Ireland, but my two favourite types for eloping couples are castles and country or manor houses. A bit of history, a bit of drama, and views for days.
Eloping abroad isn’t difficult. Promise! Your two best starting points are the Ireland Elopement Guide and the “How to Visit Ireland as an American” guide.
After that, find an experienced photographer who’s familiar with Ireland! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but as someone with dual citizenship who spent every summer back home in Ireland growing up…I know my way around. And it’s legal for me to work there.
Hiring someone experienced for your elopement is important no matter where you’re eloping, but if you’re going abroad, it’s even more pressing. Whether you hire me or someone else, find someone who can navigate Ireland with some level of familiarity and who can confidently enter the country legally without getting their photo gear confiscated…