If you’re planning a wedding in Ireland, you’ll be spoiled for choice when selecting a venue. From Dublin to Galway,  Cork to Belfast, there’s an abundance of magical settings to choose from for your perfect Irish wedding. So how do you  settle on the right spot for your special day? Here’s a list of the top things to look out for.

Right price

Everything about your wedding – from the number of guests you can invite, to the flowers and decor at your reception – will need to fit your wedding budget. This is where a wedding venue with a number of wedding and pricing packages comes in handy. Having a few options to play around with means you can dream big, small – or anywhere in between –  before making your final decision.

Right setting

Your wedding venue will serve as a backdrop to all the activities planned for your special day. What impression do you want to create with it? A venue can ooze old Irish elegance, simple country charm, or can have a more modern or eclectic edge to it. Choosing the setting that’ll best reflect the look and feel you’re going for will save you having to overly invest in expensive décor to create this look yourself.

Right help

What type of assistance does the wedding venue offer when it comes to helping you plan and coordinate your day? Many venues have in-house wedding coordinators, whose services are included in the hire of the venue. The benefit here is these dedicated coordinators know the venue in and out: they’ve seen it used for a number of different weddings already, and can advise on what does and doesn’t work in the space. They are also known by service providers in the industry and can point you in the right direction for potential florists, DJs, photographers and the like. Lastly, they'll be present on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly, so you, your bridesmaids and bridal party don’t have to!

Other key things to consider

Privacy: some venues – hotels especially – don’t necessarily give you exclusive use of their event facilities for the day. Imagine having to share a venue with another bridal party or event on your big day! Be sure to ask about policies around venue hire to avoid having to listen to someone else’s wedding playlist on your big night.

All under one roof:
does the venue come with secure parking for guests? Does it have all you need (from chair covers to  cutlery, crockery, napkins, personalized menus and table plans) for you to host your fairytale wedding reception?

Accommodation specials:
ask the venue about any accommodation specials they’ll have for guests attending your wedding. If they can sweeten the deal with a complimentary stay for you and your spouse on the night of your reception – even better!

Look for the special touch

Wedding venues stand out if they have something a bit extra to offer. Keep an eye out for this special touch. At Castle Arch, for example, we offer brides-to-be full complimentary access to our online wedding service, Moposa. This unique online tool helps with many of the aspects involved in planning a dream wedding.

A wedding in Ireland is an exciting affair! Contact Castle Arch today to find out about our wedding open evening on the 30th November 2017. Here, you’ll be able to meet our dedicated wedding planner, have a look at our venue, and get a sneak peak of our bridal suites, which all our bridal couples get to stay in for free on the night of their wedding.