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How To Decide Upon A Wedding Venue?

It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of choosing the right wedding location. When you don’t book the location, your wedding will be an empty canvas, and it’s difficult to make any important decisions about it. The venue you choose for your wedding will define the tone and the style of your wedding as well as your budget and location so it’s important to choose wisely. Once you have decided on your wedding location the location will dictate almost everything else about the wedding, from food to photography, even down to the attire you wear.

Selecting the wedding venue for your wedding is always a challenge, but it’s made much simpler by first deciding the kind of event you’re looking for, as well as what kind of mood you want to create – be assured that this is the only part your guests will still remember on your wedding anniversary!

For your wedding venue selection For your wedding venue search, we’ve created a listing of the top five wedding venues available, with the advantages and disadvantages of each. After you’ve decided on the type of wedding you’d like to have the following guide will help you narrow it down!

It’s the Two Big Wedding Venue Questions

Before you begin your research on wedding venues, arrange the time to have a conversation with your significant other and brainstorm ideas for your wedding along with (hopefully!) determine the type of party you want to throw. We have a lot of fantastic articles on the beginning stages of planning your wedding, as well as finding out what type of wedding is for you There are two primary questions you must answer before making a decision:

1. How many guests are you planning to invite?

Determine the ballpark number of guests before thinking about making the list of venues you could consider. If you’re planning to host greater than 200 persons, for example, your venue choice will be severely restricted by that number. In general, for weddings that have at least 150 persons, you’ll likely end up in a hotel, a exclusive venue for hire or marquee or for weddings that are less than 50, a more private place or restaurant will be best. If you’re not planning on getting married very soon, we recommend you decide on the number of guests you’d like in the ideal scenario, instead of trying to guess what Covid-19 restrictions might be in place by the time your wedding day rolls around.

2. How hands-on do want to be?

If you’re looking to cut down on the stress and strain of wedding planning, marquee rentals or an exclusive hiring venue is probably not an ideal choice – a hotel wedding, in which the wedding planner in house does much of the grunt tasks, is the best. If, on the other hand you are planning to oversee every little detail yourself hiring a private venue or marquee wedding are for you.

Hotel Wedding Venues

Traditionally, planning a wedding in Ireland was easy to do it was as simple as booking the local hotel and local church, and you were done! Although Irish brides and grooms are becoming more imaginative and innovative when it comes to their wedding location, venue and method of celebration However, there are a lot of reasons why a hotel might be your perfect choice.


Package Deals Hotels that cater to many weddings typically offer affordable packages, which makes budgeting so much easier
Wedding coordinator in-house Someone will handle all the nitty gritty of the wedding for you.
Trust: A trusted place with a good reputation can trust the decision you make
Accommodation: It’s available on-site for the majority or even all, of your guests
Recommendations: The majority of venues offer recommendations of trusted suppliers


Less flexibility: You will likely be restricted in the style of your decor as well as food, wine etc, and are likely to have less time to prepare the space and decorate the room.
Packages: They can be expensive and extras can really cost a lot.
It’s the same thing. Same as before: Rooms for hotel functions can be dull, which is why, in some instances, more effort is required to personalize and keep it modern
Supplier restrictions: Some venues insist on couples using certain suppliers.

Exclusive Wedding Venue for Weddings

An increasingly popular choice among Irish couple is the exclusive venue for hire it is a great option for couples who are planning weddings that require a formal(ish) style dinner and dance wedding but don’t want an hotel.


Privacy: As you are the sole group of guests You’ll experience the privacy and intimacy of a private party
Wow Factor A: Private venues are often stunning and unique venues with real character
A personal touch: A private venue is usually operated by the owner personally, and can only host a few weddings a year, so you’ll have a more personal connection with the location and people


Small: Many private venues are suitable for smaller wedding parties within the house inside the venue
Cost: For larger weddings, hiring a marquee can be arranged, but generally, it is a cost.
Planning: Private events require more coordination of suppliers so wedding planners are often required
Restrictions: A private wedding venue that you hire is else’s property and often their home, which means you may not get the full use of the space

Marquees and/or Weddings At Home

The most personal of all, having your wedding in a marquee at your home or in another special spot is a fantastic option, if you’re lucky enough to find the appropriate space as well as the mental enthusiasm to go for it. Be aware that planning a marquee wedding is not for the faint of heart!


More Personal: Celebrating at home , everyone will feel immediately at relaxed
Control: You control each aspect of your day from the decor to the suppliers and you could also spend a whole week setting up and decorating to your heart’s content if would like to.
No restrictions: You are free to host an open bar and party until 6am and no one will tell you to turn down the sound (except maybe the neighbours!)
Wedding planning: A marquee wedding isn’t cheap, but there’s a way to save money in certain areas.


Hidden Costs: Unlike a package from a hotel, the costs for the wedding marquee aren’t easy to determine and can surprise you
Marquees in these days are weatherproof, however rainy days can ruin the appearance and feel of your wedding in the garden
Intrusion: Your private space will be spied upon by suppliers for a few days prior to the wedding
Coordinating and Organising: A wedding held at home will mean lots of work for you as the organizer, and you will most likely require a coordinator to assist with the wedding plan.

Wedding Venues for Weddings in Pubs or Restaurants

For couples who prefer a more intimate and less typical celebration, a top restaurant or bar is worth considering for the reception.


The Food Your guests will be thankful you for this one!
Atmosphere: The mood is typically more intimate and laid-back
Decor: Choosing a beautiful venue means that wedding decorations can be kept to a minimum
A wider selection of choices There are more and more restaurants that offer weddings as a service


No Accommodation Guest accommodation isn’t always available on-site
The best restaurants typically are located in cities, which means it could be difficult
Late-night: Late licences can be trickier for restaurants
No Dance Floor: Dance floor space could be restricted or even not be available at all
Ceremony: A separate ceremony venue is generally required. Certain establishments will provide a suitable location, but not all
The less sense of occasion: This might not be a big deal to you, but if you’ve dreamed of a white wedding, a pub probably won’t fit the bill

DIY Weddings AKA Anything You Like

Whether you’re thinking about of an outdoor ceremony on the cliffs, a picnic reception or having a party late into the night on the beach, it’s likely that you’ll encounter the same pros and disadvantages of having a wedding at home and/or an exclusive wedding venue. This implies more planning and planning (and often hidden expenses) If you and your significant other are both interested in creating something special, we trust it will succeed!

Another thing to bear in mind is that each wedding venue is different. There are bars that offer packages, and hotels that are exclusive hire facilities, so we’ve had the need to make many generalizations here and hope that our suggestions will help steer you and your companion to the right path.