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Thinking about having your wedding in Dublin’s City Hall?
City Hall is probably one of Dublin’s most under-rated buildings and wedding venues.
For any brides and grooms planning a wedding and looking for a unique and stunning wedding venue in the city centre, Dublin’s City Hall should be on your list of must-visit venues.
Here is everything you need to know about having your wedding at Dublin’s City Hall.
If you’ve ever lived or worked in Dublin, you’re likely to have driven past or walked nonchalantly by City Hall many times. Perched on the edge of Temple Bar, to the fore of Dublin Castle and sitting on the intersection of Dame Street and Parliament Street – City Hall is a magnificent building both inside and out.
First things first, let’s talk costs. The total cost of renting Dublin’s City Hall for your wedding is currently €1250. A deposit of €500 is required to secure your date, with the balance of €700 due one month before your wedding. Although not within everyone’s budget, this initial rental price is relatively affordable.
City Hall is available for wedding ceremonies from Monday through to Sunday, giving couples plenty of options. From Monday to Friday, City Hall allows for ceremonies to take place at 3.30pm. And on weekends, ceremonies can take place any time between 12pm and 3.30pm.
The venue is made private for your use for three hours; one hour prior to the ceremony for set up and a further two hours for the ceremony, drinks reception and to allow for photos.
What is Included?
There is a lot included in the price of renting Dublin’s City Hall as your wedding venue.
100 gold Chiavari chairs for guests are available for use, as well as an antique dark wood table and chairs for the use of the couple and the celebrant.
A PA system is also included which will allow for your celebrant and guests to do speeches and readings, as well as music to be played from an iPhone.
Members of City Hall staff will be available to escort the bride/groom/couple into the building ahead of your ceremony and ensure that your ceremony goes to plan. Security is also provided to ensure that your ceremony remains a private affair.
The interiors of Dublin’s City Hall are without a doubt, awe-inspiring. Although the outside of the 18th century building is quite impressive, the interior is something special. Dramatic cream marble columns support a massive dome that is gilded in gold, the oculus allowing in light that highlights the intricate marble flooring that lies beneath.
A number of sculptures and interesting paintings are also dotted around the Rotunda Room, illustrating the rich heritage of Dublin and the building itself.
The natural acoustics of the building, created by the incredible dome, means that if you have a singer or a band they won’t even need microphones.
Also, (well-behaved) pets are allowed to attend ceremonies at Dublin City Hall. So get that pooch a bow-tie, it’s showtime baby!
Although you can host both your wedding ceremony and a post-ceremony wedding (drinks and nibbles) reception, Dublin’s City Hall is not available to host dinners or extended evening celebrations. This means that should you want to host a meal or a larger and longer celebration into the night, you will need to find an alternative location.
It is also important to note that balloons and confetti (rice, petals or paper) are not permitted.
Want to Know More?
Read more about having a wedding at Dublin City Hall in the brochure linked here.