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Wedding planning can be fun, but also pretty stressful.
When you reach the wedding season of your life, there are venues that are repeated throughout that three to five year period. And sometimes, you just want something a little bit more intimate and maybe even a little bit quirky.
Luckily, Dublin is full of unique, beautiful, and quirky spaces ideal for intimate events and weddings.
From old theatres to historical townhouses, and vibrant basement rooms – there are some hidden gems that you should consider if you’re planning a wedding with your nearest and dearest.
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A restored 17th-century theatre building in Temple Bar, Smock Alley has unique and striking features such as the (almost) full-length stained-glass windows and exposed brick interiors – making for glorious, almost rustic photos. Although the venue can fit up to 250 people, this is also a great option for smaller wedding groups.
The Banquet Hall is HSE licensed as a wedding venue and can be made up of church-style pew benches for up to 100 people. It’s important to note that once booked, the venue is available until 11 pm only. Whether you want to host your entire day at Smock Alley or just the ceremony or the reception, prices range from €1500 to €2500. Discover more wedding packages here.
No.25 Fitzwilliam Place is a luxurious Georgian period townhouse that makes for such a stunning wedding location. The whole building is available to rent on the day of your wedding, ensuring that you have the entire space for your special day, with space to seat up to 60 guests for dinner and additional space for approximately 20 guests for a drinks reception.
This location gives an elevated ‘hosting-at-home’ feel with intimate and luxurious surroundings. The cost of venue hire for No.25 Fitzwilliam Place starts at €1500 – €3000, and a minimum spend of between €5000 and €9000 on food and beverage – depending on the dates, timings, and numbers. Package prices per person range from €125 – €140 to €155 (excluding a 12.5% service charge). Check out the wedding packages right here.
Just a stroll from Grafton Street, Fallon and Byrne is a much-loved food hall and dining venue and has also become well known for suitably stunning intimate weddings. This is an exceptional location, possibly one of the city’s most hidden and unexpected ballrooms. Venue rental starts at €500 on weekdays and is available until 12:30 am, and a cost of €1000 for weekends until 1:30 am.
Catering to a minimum of 50 guests and a maximum of 120 – this could be the ideal location for your ceremony and wedding party. The venue is HSE-approved, meaning you can host a legal wedding ceremony onsite. Also, let’s be honest – you’re guaranteed good wedding food here!
The Jonathan Swift Room at The Ivy
Ah, The Ivy. The British import where celebs are spotted and beauty press days are held. If you’re looking for incredible and vibrant interiors, this is the spot.
The vibrant Jonathan Swift Room has the ability to seat 32 guests for a meal and up to 50 for standing drinks and canape events – the venue is hirable for a minimum spend rather than a rental fee. Although the exact details are unavailable online, menu prices start at €52 per person up to €110, and canapes start at €3.50 per bite. (Drinks are priced separately.)
With a jungle, tropical-styled interior – you can expect palm-printed chairs and wallpaper, parquet flooring, and even a painted ceiling.
No.6 Kildare Street
Owned and part of The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No. 6 Kildare Street is definitely one of the most overlooked venues in the city. With a long history, No.6 is still in line with how it looked in 1864, although a restoration project was carried out between 2003 and 2006.
The building has high ceilings, a magnificent double staircase, incredible wall art, and a gorgeous staircase feature. This ideal location is for couples hoping to encompass that chic, old-world vibe. The Dun Library can host parties of up to 50 people, while Graves Hall can host a group of up to 120. Click for the wedding brochure.