Congratulations the trickiest part is over… Of course, you found your soul mate… ☺ ☺ Well, I wanna know if you dream of come gorgeous and peaceful locale for your destination wedding that too within your budget? In that case I have a suggestion… Yeah, if you are really willing to step off the beaten path and choose a unique and utterly enthralling place for your destination wedding. And that’s IRELAND…!
I understand, with so many beautiful destinations within your reach, it is the trickiest task to decide where to hold your destination wedding. But trust, choosing Ireland for your destination wedding may be the best decision you will ever make. Ireland is known for its stunning landscapes, welcoming culture, amazing hospitality, and incredible peacefulness. The country is home to some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Because of its charm and amazing options it presents, Ireland is becoming a popular destination for your fairy-tale wedding in some far away land. Believe you me, Ireland has it all what all you need to make your wedding a perfect ceremony. You will love everything about the country. Whether you want to get hitched in less theatrical and chaotic way. Or looking for a big fat wedding celebration, trust that Ireland has it all. Also, it is easy to navigate with English as their native language.
Your wedding in Ireland is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime affair!! The views, memories, and experiences that you will carry will be worth living for. Your wedding guests will have the best time of their lives here in Ireland. I can give you good reasons to make your decision! Here in this post I am sharing all the top reasons you should plan your destination wedding in Ireland. Keep reading…
Ireland – mesmerizing Island in the North Atlantic
Ireland, home to stunning landscapes, is an island in the North Atlantic. This island is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles and the third-largest in Europe!
Ireland is a place of stunning landscapes and natural beauty. It is home to a people known for passion, humor and imagination. Steeped in history and mythology, tradition here expressed through art, music, dance, theater, literature and film. The country is known to value their sense of community!
If you really want to broaden the horizon and want to get hitched in a breathtaking setup, just across the pond lies the gorgeous country of Ireland – a great place to say “I DO”, a place that can make all your destination wedding dreams come true.
Well, let’s move to reasons now…
Reason No. 1. It’s breathtakingly magnificent!
It’s magical, it’s breathtaking magnificent, it’s uniquely beautiful, it’s……….. Simply Amazing!! Irish wedding will be a dream come true. People would love to travel this part of the earth, be it for excursion or wedding. Ireland is the twentieth largest island on the earth, it has an exceptional blend of the loveliness of nature. The country is known for its breathtaking views, which works perfect backdrop!! Ireland offers you a myriad of wedding venues, which includes; grand castle, stone lodges, luxurious villa, charming farm, beautiful gardens, high-end hotels, etc. Ireland offers you the most incredible backdrops for your wedding and your pre-wedding photo shoot.
Reason No. 2. Place with stunning backdrop
The stunning landscapes of Ireland have captivated many famous authors and artists over the years – and for all the good reasons. The beauty and harmony found in the countryside gives people a sense of peace and balance within their hearts and souls. Ireland is home to the lush backdrops, which makes the place a stunning choice for a destination wedding. You can pick anything from a vibrant green hills to waterfalls, and forests, you can’t go wrong!
Reason No. 3. Country with the friendliest people and great hospitality
Even if the weather’s not your friend in Ireland, the Irish people always will be. The Irish are amongst the warmest and most welcoming people on the planet. They would love to chat with you and have a relaxed conversation over a bite or a beer. Intense Irish hospitality can be found in almost every part of the country. Believe you me, you and your guests will have an amazing experience here in Ireland. And to take away you will have plenty of tales of local hospitality and insightful conversations.
Reason No. 4. The country experience magnificently beautiful weather all year.
Spring – March – May it becomes gradually warmer with average temperatures between 8 – 12 °C. Towards the end of the season, the temperature often reaches 15 °C, with April usually being a particularly pleasant month. Summer – June – August, the average temperature is between 16-20 °C. Apart from short refreshing showers, this is Ireland’s driest season. July and August are the hottest month get about 18 hours of daylight. Autumn – September – November, the temperature ranges between 14-18 °C. September is considered a mild, moderate month. The temperature drops further at the end of the season, to below 10 °C. Winter – December – February, the average temperature ranges between 4-6 °C. Occasionally, the temperature drops below freezing.
Reason No. 5. The country is full of wedding planners and vendors
Since destination weddings are becoming popular all around the world, and Ireland is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world that gave rise to many wedding planners, wedding vendors, and wedding sources here. There are many agencies and professional planners in the country who can help you plan your wedding in any location in the country. All the suppliers are equally as good, you can find amazing caterers, florists, and stylists for any taste level and pocketbook. Also, you can get customized wedding packages for hosting a wonderful destination wedding in Ireland. These professional planners or agencies can help you find the perfect wedding location in your budget, book your reception venue, arrange hotel accommodation for your guests etc.
Reason No. 6. Easy accessibility for you and your wedding guests
There are several airlines flying direct to Dublin, make the trip to Ireland easier and cheaper than ever before. Ireland is easily accessible. The easy connectivity in the country not only make life far easier for your guests to attend, but also the availability and affordability of transport makes scheduling meetings and visiting venue prior to the wedding far easier. Dublin airport is the main travel hub for the country, with flights coming in from all over the world.
Reason No. 7. Country of scrumptious food and drink
No matter your wedding season, you will find delicious food and drink in abundance here in Ireland. There is truly something for everyone, from warm cups of pub-style soup to fish and chips to Irish delicacies. Here in Ireland you will find great food choices, at your wedding you can select premium Irish dishes made from local ingredients, which includes duck with organic salad, a rack of Wicklow lamb, or a fillet of halibut with beetroot, bacon, and black pudding dressing.
Ireland presents you with numerous dessert options as well, ranging from crispy meringue roulade filled with fresh cream and berries to black forest trifle to tiramisu and potted apple and blackberry crumbles. And not to forget the specialty beer – which includes world famous brews from Guinness, Kilkenny, and Harp’s Lager. Also, don’t miss to take a tour to the Guinness factory in Dublin.
Reason No. 8. Ireland offers something for every budget
We know that planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive. But, Ireland offers wedding options for every budget. And that’s the reason destination weddings in Ireland are gaining popularity. Whether you are looking for a low-key celebration or for a big fat wedding, Ireland has it all. If you have a budget constraint or you want to keep it low-key, an intimate wedding dinner in a restaurant up the mountain with your closest friends and family can still be unforgettable, that too without costing a fortune. But if you have the budget to spend lavishly, you go wild in Ireland! Work with your wedding planner and create your fairy-tale wedding. Do pick a showstopper venue for an unforgettable event.
Reason No. 9. Ireland offers you great venue choices.
You will get endless venue options in Ireland, you name it and you have it. The country can accommodate any type of wedding and any style of wedding in your budget. Most importantly, the place has it all to make your wedding a unique experience for one and all. Ireland houses many outstanding, historical sites filled with castles, renovated farmhouses and stone lodges. You can even consider a distinct medieval setting with rustic beams and stained glass windows for your intimate and memorable wedding ceremony.
Also, you can throw a one-of-a-kind reception party in a Victorian style marquee that seats small to large wedding parties. Some of the famous wedding venues in Ireland are: The Millhouse, Ballymagarvey Village, Clonwilliam House, Horetown House, Kilshane House, etc.
Reason No. 10. Place for the most beautiful wedding photos
Your wedding pictures are once in a lifetime memories of the biggest day of your life. And you would definitely want to have the best memories of the big day. And Ireland is one of the best locations in the world to have the amazing wedding pictures. The country is just full of scenes, offering a truly breathtaking, and extraordinary panorama. It has everything from valleys to hills, mountains to lakes, and forests, and not to forget the picturesque and magnificent towns and villages. All waiting for you to celebrate the biggest day of your life in style that reflects the true you.
Reason No. 11. Unique international experience for your wedding guests
For many, journeying to Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Your wedding will be reason for your family and friends to experience an entirely different culture that too without having to plan an international trip by themselves.
Ireland gives your wedding guests the chance to experience a different lifestyle and culture. Your wedding guests will be in awe of all there is to do and experience while being abroad. Most importantly, Ireland is safe to travel, with English its native language. Ireland makes for a perfect destination even for your guests to have an international experience in a comfortable way. All your guests, regardless of their age – will find their trip to Ireland seamless and enjoyable. Also, they will enjoy participating in an Irish wedding ceremony, watching Irish folk dancing, and visiting scenic castles. You and your wedding guests will create special and wonderful memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives.
Reason No. 12. Great excuse to spend some time with your loved ones.
According to studies, spending some quality time with your favorite people before your wedding, help you stay happy and cheerful. Your wedding in Ireland is a perfect excuse to spend some time with your favorite people. You can plan your travel a few days before your wedding so that you and your loved ones can spend two to four days together. You can enjoy afternoon cocktails on the terrace, or plan a rehearsal dinner, or maybe a farewell brunch, and many other group activities like cooking classes, tours, wine tastings, etc.
This will be the most wonderful time of your life, you and your loved ones will already be in a ‘holiday-mode’, feeling relaxed, un-rushed and ready to have a good time. Also, you will be able to create incredible memories of your celebration, which you can cherish all your life.
Reason No. 13. You have gotta lot to do, see, and explore in Ireland
Hosting a destination wedding in Ireland will ensure you and your wedding guests have plenty to do, see, and explore. Just in the Wicklow district alone, there are lakes, hills, waterfalls, monasteries, gardens, historical sites, golf courses, and more. You and your wedding guests can explore the beautiful parts of the country. There is a lot to explore from visiting the Blarney castle to the islands of Inishmore and Inishmaan. Or just soaking in the gorgeous atmosphere, immense greenery, pastures, lakes and sunrises, relaxing, or visiting with locals will be a great experience for all of you.
Also, trips to incredible places like the Cliffs of Moher or Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains can be made. Ireland is the place for exquisite experience!!
Reason No. 14. Language is no barrier
English is the native language here in Ireland. Being an English speaking country and a popular wedding destination, you will have no problem dealing people and wedding vendors here. You will have a great time talking to people, gossiping, chit-chatting, and experiencing unique culture here in the country.
Reason No. 15. Perfect place to host your pre-wedding celebrations or rituals
Many of the manors in Ireland are able to accommodate a large number of guests, thereby making the perfect excuse to extend to draw out the pre-wedding celebrations. Whether you want to celebrate your pre-wedding functions, or host a lavish wedding reception party with your friends, there is no reason for not conducting your pre-wedding rituals in Ireland, it’s such a lovely destination in the world. You can hire a manor exclusively for extended periods, to celebrate all your functions. Just make your bachelor/bachelorette party or stag/hens or pre-wedding rituals as memorable as your wedding itself in Ireland.
Reason No. 16. Cost of hosting a wedding in Ireland is less than you expect
The cost of hosting a wedding in Ireland is lower than you expect. Yeah, trust me… you might think traveling to Europe is more expensive than flying within the Americas, but in actual, flying to Ireland tends to be similar in price.
Flight charges to Ireland are economical. In Ireland, lodging, transportation and food are quite economical. Destination wedding packages in Ireland are comparatively less expensive than U.S. destinations. The average cost of hosting a wedding in Ireland is approximately $10,000-$15,000 less than the average American wedding. Also, you can have personalized wedding packages. The cost of hosting a destination wedding in Ireland will vary based on your location, venue, wedding theme, facilities, number of guests, wedding menu, wedding decoration etc. But still the place offers wedding packages for almost all kinds of wedding, and the country is very welcoming.
The June and August bank holiday weekends, St Patrick’s Day, and Christmas and New Years’ time can be particularly busy in Ireland, and therefore they can affect your cost as they will be expensive for flights and accommodation.
Reason No. 17. It’s even easier to get hitched in Ireland – Legal formalities
Both religious and civil weddings are legally recognized in Ireland. For a wedding in Ireland have to comply with all the same legal requirements as everyone else. You will have to provide an ‘intent to marry’ at the registry office that’s local to their expected wedding venue – whether the wedding is civil, religious or secular. In addition, both the bride and the groom must be at least 18 years old to legally marry in Ireland.
If you’re a foreign national couple, you will need to give a three-month notice of your intent to marry. You can do it either over the phone or via post, you don’t have to be physically present. Also, if you’re a foreign national and marrying an Irish citizen, you don’t need to have Irish citizenship to have your wedding in Ireland. The minimum documentation you need to provide for a spiritual or civil ceremony in Ireland are:
- A valid passport or national ID card for both parties
- Original birth certificate for both parties
- Declaration of civil, religious or spiritual intent** for the ceremony you’re planning
- Intended date and location of the wedding
- Names and dates of birth of both witnesses
- Divorce Papers or Death Certificate if you’ve been previously married and divorced or widowed
- The Marriage Registration Form (MRF)
However, a Catholic wedding may require some or all of the following documentation:
- A prenuptial inquiry form provided by the parish
- Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation certificates
- Letter of freedom to marry
- Bishop’s special permission for non-nationals
- Dispensation letter if one of the couple isn’t Catholic
- Proof of completion of a marriage preparation course
Reason No. 18. An excuse to double your wedding destination with your honeymoon destination
Last but not least, when considering Ireland for your destination wedding, remember that the place is amongst the most sought after honeymoon destination. Ireland has many romantic locations to start your honeymoon here.
The country will melt your heart with its breathtaking beauty. So, picking Ireland for your destination wedding will give you an opportunity to plan an impeccable honeymoon here. You don’t need to take another long flight or adapt to a different time zone for your honeymoon. You can enjoy each other’s company and your precious time together in Ireland itself. There is a lot you can explore together in Ireland from just soaking in the gorgeous atmosphere, immense greenery, pastures, lakes and sunrises, relaxing to visiting the locale.
All you need to do is bid adieu to your friends and family and start your honeymoon the day after your wedding. That way you will also save on your logistical stress. If you want, you can change your location or hotel.
I am sure these reasons are enough, why you should consider the luscious and culture-filled country of Ireland. For a wedding celebration that will set your hearts ablaze and fill you with unique experiences and unforgettable moments, the place is perfect to host the most romantic and luscious wedding of the season!!