If you enjoy sport, then where better to choose for your wedding than a sports venue in County Down? Football clubs, rugby stadiums and motor racing tracks all have fantastic hospitality facilities for hosting weddings. It’s also a brilliant way to add your love of sports or your local team into your wedding day.
Even if you’re not a massive fan of sports, don’t discount local sporting venues in County Down, as many of them make for elegant wedding venues. Golf clubs in particular have beautiful grounds and fantastic mod cons, as well as being generally set in peaceful and beautiful locations that are ideal for weddings. Sailing and rowing clubs are fabulous waterside wedding venues, and can make for a readymade nautical wedding theme. Racecourses already host plenty of luxurious events and dinners, so they’re great choices for a glamorous wedding venue - and everyone will love the chance to get out their best hats!
County Down sporting wedding venues are perfect for you if:
- You love sports
- You want something a little quirky
- A wedding package appeals to you
- You want a wedding venue with easy access and parking
- You’re happy to work around sporting fixtures
Sports wedding venues FAQs in County Down
Can I legally get married at a sporting venue?
This will vary hugely depending on your chosen sports venue in County Down. Venues that also double up as hotels, such as golf courses or clubs, are more likely to have a civil ceremony license than a football or rugby stadium or a cricket club. These venues are better suited to host receptions and functions rather than the ceremony itself. However, it’s always worth checking with your shortlist to see if they’re licensed for civil ceremonies.
Can I take wedding photos on the pitch?
If your wedding is at a stadium near County Down, then there are some unique wedding photo opportunities on offer! Lots of football and rugby stadiums offer pitchside wedding photos, and in larger venues such as Twickenham you may be able to take photos in the changing rooms (not at the same time as the players, of course!).
Can the wedding be any time I like?
One of the drawbacks to marrying in a sports venue is that you will have to work around sporting fixtures. As these will often take place at a weekend, you may find that you have fewer Saturdays and Sundays to choose from for your wedding date. If you’re willing to be flexible with your wedding date or to marry during your sport’s off-season, then your venue should be more than happy to accommodate you. For example, sailing and rowing clubs in County Down will be more likely to host weddings during the cooler months, as are cricket clubs. However, it’s always worth checking your ideal dates as your venue maybe able to accommodate you!
What if my guests need accommodation?
As sporting venues in County Down tend to draw crowds, there are often hotels very close by. This means your guests have plenty of accommodation to choose from if they're staying the night. In the case of golf clubs, there is often on-site accommodation, and your guests may even be able to enjoy a spa break into the mix too!
Do I need to have a sports theme wedding if I’m marrying at a sporting venue in County Down?
Absolutely not! Often the events rooms at sporting venues will be neutral enough for you to put your own stamp on your wedding theme. However, if you’re a fan of the club or you just want to incorporate the sport of the venue into your wedding in some way, this should be relatively easy! It may be that the colours of the venue reflect the local club, which means you can also make them your wedding colours, or there may be a theme to the general decor. It would be well worth discussing decor options with the wedding planner at the County Down venue.