The average couple spends $35,000+ on their wedding. You invite dozens or hundreds of people, rush to take pictures and never get time to truly enjoy your own day. If you want something truly different and special, a destination wedding in Ireland may be a good choice for you.
You may not be able to invite as many guests and may have to make some changes to your plan, but an overseas wedding in Ireland is possible.
A few options that may be within your budget and provide you with a wedding to remember are:
1. Transatlantic Cruise
Transatlantic cruises are an option, and they offer you the option to be able to enjoy weeks at a time traveling to celebrate your love for each other. Prices are very affordable, with a 14-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Ireland for $1,400 a person.
You can have all of your food provided, too.
It’s a time to spoil yourself. Many cruises have implemented ways to get married on the ship, but you will need to plan for the marriage well in advance. You and your guests will be covered by General Maritime Law if you’re injured at sea.
You can also choose to get married in Ireland after the ship docks.
Where can you get married when in Ireland?
2. Lough Cutra Castle
Lough Cutra Castle offers bespoke packages built to offer you a wedding that matches your party size. The estate spans 1,600 acres on Europe’s largest private lake. Romantic and picturesque, the venue has an adjoining library, saloon and massive dining room with marble fireplaces.
Holiday cottages are also available.
The estate itself can be traced back to 866 A.D. Enchanting with stunning views, Lough Cutra has four reception rooms, art collections on display and is a great choice for a truly unforgettable wedding.
The Great Hall has vaulted ceilings, and there’s also the Gough Room where guests can relax beside an open fire.
3. The Cliffs of Moher
Want to get married on the coast with views of the Atlantic? The Cliffs of Moher are a great option along the Irish coastline with majestic views. Tie the knot with the sounds of a Celtic harp in the background.
If you want to go a step further, you can also go through the Irish hand-fasting ceremony.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most touristed areas in all of Europe, so you can expect a lot of additional “guests” viewing your wedding.
4. Muckross Abbey
An ancient abbey that is in the heart of Killarney. Muckross Abbey is in the National Park of County Kerry. The abbey is in ruins, but the inner courtyard still exists and is where most people will get married.
The park sits on 25,425 acres, and you’ll find that there is a lot to explore, too.
Additional castle ruins are on the site along with Ross Castle and the famous Muckross House. Wildlife is in abundance, and you’ll find lakes, mountains and woodland all around you.
5. Fanningstown Castle
Fanningstown Castle is a self-catering menu, but it’s a quaint castle that is rated four-stars. The castle sits near the river Maigue in Limerick. Filled with history, the area’s fertile ground was identified by the Normans in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Offering a small, intimate wedding, Fanningstown Castle is close to numerous churches, and the number of guests that the castle can accommodate is 20 guests. It’s perfect for a smaller wedding.
The venue will also help with finding local suppliers for candles, flowers, music and catering.
6. Killyon Manor
Killyon Manor is the perfect place to go for an enchanting wedding set in a vast forest and breathtaking ruins. The Manor offers a bohemian and rustic setting with a unique backdrop that you won’t find anywhere else.
The Manor features 500 years of history, with the Manor only being open to the public for the last five years.
The venue is saying “goodbye” to big weddings and “hello” to people that want to elope. Minimum fuss with all of the fun, the venue can accommodate just the two of you, or you can have up to fifty guests join in on the occasion.You’ll be able to walk down the riverbank, through meadows and along grassy paths. If you’ve always wanted an idyllic wedding that is about you and far more laid back, the Manor is a great choice.