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How To Choose Your Irish Wedding Venue

Finding the perfect wedding venue is a big deal - your wedding is a blank canvas until you've got that venue locked in. From the vibe to the budget, your choice of venue sets the stage for the whole day. Picking where you'll get married isn't just checking a box - there's a lot more that goes into finding a wedding venue in Ireland, from guest considerations to questions to ask when you visit.

We've got your back with our super helpful guide to finding your dream Irish wedding venue. Whether you're all about modern glam, castle charm, or want all-out rustic vibes, here's how to find the perfect fit for your epic love story.

Step 1: Know Your Numbers

Before you dive into the world of Irish wedding venue hunting, it's important to have a clear idea of your guest count. Having an approximate number in mind will help you eliminate venues that are too small or too large for your big day. It'll also help you get an idea of pricing too.

Step 2: Set Your Budget

Establishing a budget is a crucial step in any wedding planning process, and your venue will likely take up a significant portion of it. Determine how much you're willing to spend on the venue, keeping in mind that your overall budget should also include any additional costs such as wedding planning, vendors, catering, decorations and rentals.

Step 3: Define Your Style

Take some time to envision the overall style and vibe you want for your wedding. Are you dreaming of a quirky barn, a classy castle, or a romantic garden marquee? Knowing your preferred style will help you narrow down your options - because there are plenty of amazing wedding venues in Ireland! Don't be afraid to think outside of box and consider venues that are not traditional - there are many blank spaces and alternative venues in Ireland that are perfect for weddings.

Step 4: Consider Logistics

Location matters, not just for you but for your guests as well. Choose a venue that is conveniently located and easily accessible. If you're planning a destination wedding in Ireland, consider venues that are close to airports and accommodation. And if you want the ceremony and reception in two different locations, consider the logistics and practicalities as well.

Step 5: Do Your Research + Create A Shortlist

Now that you have a clear idea of your numbers, budget, style, and location preferences, it's time to start researching potential Irish wedding venues! Make sure you check their social media and Google reviews.

Step 6: Visit Your Shortlist

Once you have a list of potential venues, schedule venue visits. Walking through the space will give you a better sense of its layout, ambiance, and overall feel. Pay attention to the condition of the venue and make sure that you're happy with the wedding team and vibe. If something's off, trust your gut! This is your big day and you need to be 1000% happy with your venue.

Step 7: Ask the Right Questions

During your venue visits, don't be afraid to ask the venue coordinator a list of questions. Some important questions to consider include:

  1. Is the venue available on my preferred date?

  2. What is the capacity of the venue for both the ceremony and reception?

  3. What is included in the venue package? Are there any additional fees?

  4. Do you have a preferred vendor list, or can I bring in my own vendors?

  5. Are there any restrictions on decor, music, or other elements?

  6. What is the contingency plan for outdoor ceremonies?

  7. What are your accommodation options?

  8. Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Step 8: Secure Your Date

Once you've found the perfect venue that ticks all your boxes, it's time to secure your date! Irish wedding venues can book up quickly, especially during peak wedding seasons, so don't delay in locking down your date! If your date isn't available, consider a mid-week wedding; wedding vendors are often cheaper during the week, and have more availability; it's a win-win!

Finding the perfect wedding venue may seem like a daunting task, but with a practical approach and clear criteria, you'll be ale to secure your dream wedding venue. Remember that your venue sets the stage for one of the most important days of your life, so take your time, do your research, and choose a space that reflects your unique love story!

Need help finding your dream Irish wedding venue? Enter: our venue research service. Imagine us as your venue matchmakers. We listen, get your vibe, and scout venues that are all you – no compromises.

Here's the rundown:

  • Brainstorm: We chat, we get you, and we find – whether it's classic, unique, or totally you.

  • Research: We’ve got the inside scoop, hunting down even the hidden gems.

  • Presentation: We present not one, but three epic options, complete with pros, cons, and all you need.

  • Tour Time: We tag along on tours, helping you make the right choice.

  • Grand Finale: You choose, we seal the deal – your dream venue and date? Consider them booked.

Ready to rock your dream venue? Reach out to us at Wednesday Wedding Club today.


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