Northern Ireland is a unique location, and what makes it even more special is that it’s all so accessible. Every corner of the country is within a two hour drive, so getting married in any venue is not a lengthy drive for your guests.
Northern Ireland offers a wide variety of Wedding Venues, from castles to more modern hotels.
Here is a selection that we visited…
The Culloden is a 5 star hotel located only six miles from Belfast City Centre and was originally built by William Robinson in 1876. After his death in 1884 his wife conveyed the house to The Church of Ireland, and at the end of the 19th Century it became the official residence of the Bishop of Ireland.
It is set in 12 acres of secluded gardens and has a beautiful view out onto the Irish Sea, which made it a perfect location for a hotel when it was bought in 1962.
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The Culloden can cater for two weddings each day, offering two different room sizes for both the small and intimate to high society weddings, and they offer a wide range of banqueting from gourmet buffets to intimate dining.
If you are planning a Civil Ceremony this is the perfect place, with both wedding rooms being licensed as well as the entrance hall with its sweeping staircase for the extra special entrance!
So, with plenty of bedrooms for your guests, pool, spa and magnificent views The Culloden is the perfect place to hold your five star wedding.
Castle Upton offers something truly unique, offering its spectacular ballroom for Civil Ceremonies.
This privately owned home is set within a stone-walled private estate and offer excellent photographic opportunities in its beautiful gardens.
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The venue is available for marquee wedding receptions within the grounds, ideally situated just 12 miles from Belfast and also very close to a variety of hotels.
So if you are looking for the perfect venue for your Civil Ceremony, look no further.
La Mon is an award winning venue set in 10 acres of landscaped gardens just a few miles from Belfast.
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The hotel offers three function suites, of which two of them have their own entrance and seating areas, private garden as well as a bar. Parties of all sizes can be catered for with the minimum of 40 guests in the Gransha Suite to a maximum of 500 guests when all three areas are combined.
La Mon offers a variety of indoor and outdoor locations for Civil Ceremonies.
A large contemporary hotel, with plenty of charm with beautiful furniture, funky artwork and excellent service. With 120 luxury bedrooms available for your guests and plenty for them to do with a swimming pool, tennis courts and a gym, this venue is the perfect place to hold a weekend long celebration.
The Templeton is one of Northern Irelands most popular Wedding Venues, benefitting from having just one function suite available with its own entrance area.
The hotel is privately owned and whilst it is a fairly modern venue (built in 1990) the use of wood in the décor gives it a more contemporary feel.
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The ‘de Courcy Suite’ can seat up to 300 people for a wedding breakfast and as well as having a very Scandinavian feel with its sloping wooden ceilings, it is home to some spectacular chandeliers! This is a great space to hold your Civil Ceremony with the high ceilings giving it a church like feel.
The hotel only has 24 bedrooms, but these are all unique in design so early booking is recommended to any guests. The Templeton does benefit from having the Hilton Templepatrick just up the road, so accommodation is never an issue.
Dunadry is a very homely four star hotel built on the site of an ancient fort and once the home to both paper and linen mills. Most recently the hotel has been famous for Tony Blair, David Trimble and John Hulme sitting under one of its trees in the garden. The tree is actually two trees that have actually joined together and is now known as “The Tree of Peace and Unity”.
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From the moment that you walk in the Dunadry you know that this venue is something special, with its large wooden latched door and the entrance hall being covered with corks all dated and signed by previous brides and grooms.
As well as its beautiful location next to the Six Mile River, the Dunadry offers its amazing Ballroom for your Wedding breakfast as well as being licensed for Civil Ceremonies.
The hotel has 83 bedrooms and many have French windows that open out onto the gardens or inner courtyard. All guests staying at the hotel also have access to the indoor pool, spa pool and steam room.
The Dunadry has a wonderful warm and traditional feel, just perfect for those looking to get married somewhere really special.
Last but not least, we visited the Galgorm Resort & Spa and from the moment that we turned into the entrance we knew that we were somewhere very special indeed. The sweeping drive takes you past some beautifully cared for lawns and gardens, as well as the breathtaking River Maine that flows alongside the hotel.
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The Galgorm has three Wedding rooms, two being in the Great Hall (separate from the main hotel) and the Four Seasons Suite being attached to the main hotel.
The two function suites in the Great Hall are set over two floors, but have identical facilities with its own bar, kitchen and cloakrooms. The ground floor room offers a stunning waterfall as a backdrop, but both rooms are lavishly decorated with luxury furnishings and Waterford crystal chandeliers.
The Four Seasons Suite which opened its doors in Spring 2011 is breathtaking, with its own private entrance, walled garden, sophisticated white décor and furniture. This is a great room for smaller weddings, catering for upwards of 40 guests.
The Galgorm Resort & Spa has two very unique rooms to hold Civil Ceremonies:
– “The Phantom House” that has its own Aga, original stonework and a private balcony overlooking the river.
– “The Ghost House” offers a magical and glamorous setting for a wedding, with elegant drapes, twinkling candles and a wood burning stove.
Both rooms are named after Rolls Royce cars that have been owned by the hotel, with the Phantom being the only one in Northern Ireland and available for use by the bride and groom.
The hotel has an amazing spa, where you and your guests can spend time in the outdoor hot-tub, hydrotherapy pool or having one of many treatments available. The spa also now has a unique “Boudoir”, designed for groups of ladies to enjoy mini-treatments, relaxation time and some fun together. So ideal for hen parties!
The Galgorm Resort & Spa seem to have thought of everything when it comes to weddings, offering lots of different packages to suit your style and budget, but with a setting and service level that is second to none.
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