While some couples dream of a large extravagant wedding celebration, others opt for a micro wedding. Whether this is due to the ever-changing regulations in Ireland due to covid-19 restrictions and the necessity of social distancing, or whether you simply want to spend the day with your nearest and dearest close family and friends, micro weddings have become more attractive and certainly more attainable under the current guidelines.
There are many amazing options in Ireland to host an intimate wedding celebration, but from all of the venues I have performed at, below would be my top 3. They are each truly special in their own unique ways.
The Cliff at Lyons
In a true fairy tale setting lies one of the most exclusive and unique wedding venues, just a short drive from Dublin city. This historic seventeenth century restored village in Kildare will have your guests captivated with its old world charm. Truly breath taking, the grand canal flows through its immaculate gardens, red carpeted bridges lift you over the water, a stunning waterfall cascading outside its old restored Mill with grand open fireplace. The courtyard even houses a dovecote with white doves. For your wedding ceremony, the on-site San Pedro chapel is particularly special, and with 17 stunning suites to hold your nearest and dearest, this village offers a true romantic fairy tale backdrop that will leave your wedding celebration feeling magical.
Virginia Park Lodge
Set in 100 acres of beautiful lush Cavan countryside, overlooking the serene Lough Ramor, Virginia Park Lodge offers the ultimate indulgence for your intimate wedding celebration. This private luxurious 18th century estate with its historic house and stunning gardens is exclusively yours to enjoy with your close friends and family. Owned by Michelin star celebrity chef Richard Corrigan, the grand estate is located just 50 minutes from Dublin. Upon entering the reception you will be blown away by the magical setting. A seven foot open fireplace, huge flower arrangements and fairy lights suspended from the ceiling over a grand dining table, it is the epitome of elegance but with a distinctly upscale old-world homely feel. Your intimate ceremony can be held in the beautiful Marchioness room with shuttered windows overlooking the immaculate grounds and a feature fireplace. Again this room is filled with the most beautiful flowers straight from the gardens. If you want your guests to experience hospitality and luxury of the highest standard, this venue has it all.
Brooklodge & Macreddin Village
Nestled in a spectacular Wicklow Valley less than an hour’s drive from Dublin, lies the perfect romantic setting for your intimate wedding. The luxury, multi award winning, eco friendly, Brooklodge & Macreddin Village. It offers the most stunning scenery and exceptional quality of organic food in the most idyllic location...your guests will feel totally pampered. A picture perfect wooden bridge takes you over the flowing river that leads to the prettiest on-site ceremony venue, Macreddin Chapel...a beautiful place for an intimate blessing. To end your special day on a high note, your guests can retire to their very own authentic Irish pub, Actons, for some music and dancing, where a great atmosphere is always guaranteed. Another bonus. This hotel is pet friendly, so why not let your four legged family join in your wedding celebrations.