Always longed for a stylish city wedding? Here’s our pick of the best big city venues to tie the knot.
Some go for whimsical and boho; others love a rural paradise, tying the knot in the midst of the rolling hills and fields of Ireland’s beautiful countryside. But there are more than just a few who long to marry in a chic city-centre wedding that boasts high-end decor and that stylish city vibe.
Not to mention the joy of being in the middle of the bustle and hubbub, and an exciting place that your guests can explore while they’re in town for your big day!
And there’s no reason why it can’t be a hotbed of romance – some of these venues are right on the money when it comes to magic and sparkle!
Forget the mean streets – the Malone Hotel is a charming Victoria townhouse set in the leafy suburbs of the Queen’s Quarter in Belfast, and specialises in just one wedding a a day, making your big day super special. Choose from the contemporary and stylist Deramore Suite, catering to up to 250 guests, or the striking Malone Suite which is perfect for a civil ceremony with its panelled mirror ceiling. Guests can enjoy the prime location and luxury hotel guest bedrooms – not to mention the very important free parking!
Super chic and intimate – we love the thought of holding your wedding reception in 9 Below, a speakeasy bar on the beloved St Stephen’s Green in Dublin which was once the basement of the former St Stephen’s Hibernian Club. With four intimate below-ground rooms, it’s a luxury venue that’s perfect for pre- or post-wedding gatherings.
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A stunning new wedding venue with stylish décor, natural charm and the opportunity to dress it exactly as you please, Doyen Belfast is perfectly located at the top of the Lisburn Road with the bonus of ample parking and your own private entrance. The popular venue can cater for weddings with up to 140 seated guests, with your personalised menus from the Head Chef, and can also divide the room for smaller weddings, making the room still feel intimate and ambient.
From its sweeping Grand Staircase to the stunning Main Hall, the Guildhall in Derry is a breathtaking setting for the biggest day of your life. A landmark building in the centre of the walled city, it has something for every style and budget, from an intimate marriage followed by dinner to a white wedding and a pull-out-all-the-stops reception. You can choose from the Main Hall with its majestic organ and stained glass windows, the Meeting Room, a former Mayor’s Parlour, and the Whittaker Suite with its wood panelling and portraits.
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Feel the French vibe with the distinctly Parisian ambience of this gorgeous Belfast venue in one of the city’s oldest Victorian buildings in Donegall Place, dating back to 1888. Adorned in carved dark woods and contrasting vibrant colours, Parisien is set over two floors, seating 100 in the upstairs brasserie with its unrivalled views of the city centre.
No 25 Fitzwilliam Place
Located on a quiet corner of Dublin’s Georgian Mile, No 25 Fitzwilliam Place has been lovingly restored to a classic yet contemporary style highlighting its period features, the perfect backdrop for intimate gatherings, wedding receptions and ceremonies. The Lovett Pearce off the entrance hall is ideal as a reception room with its large fireplace and classic furniture, while the Eileen Grey room can accommodate up to 30 seated guests. The upstairs Gandon rooms are perfect for larger parties or your wedding ceremony, with its oversized marble fireplaces, deep navy blue walls and floor to ceiling sash windows overlooking Fitzwilliam Place.
Lovingly created during the pandemic, the Harrison Chambers of Distinction is a restored Victorian merchants’ residence dating back to 1879 and the perfect intimate venue for the culturally curious traveller. With huge bay windows and antique furniture, the decor combines elegance with underlying tongue-in-cheek humour.
The Titanic Hotel
What could be more ‘Belfast’ than this spectacular hotel built in the former Drawing Offices where RMS Titanic was designed? Located in the thriving new Titanic Quarter next to Titanic Belfast, the award-winning Titanic Hotel is registered to host civil ceremonies. Drawing Office One with its breathtaking vaulted ceiling is hugely popular for weddings. The hotel is home to five Heritage Rooms, named after the managing directors of shipyard Harland and Wolff.
A beautiful space to celebrate your wedding in a less than traditional setting, House Belfast offers 31 beautifully decorated boutique hotel rooms. Set in the vibrant Botanic Avenue in the heart of south Belfast, it’s perfect for your wedding celebrations.
Located on the popular cosmopolitan hub of the Lisburn Road, The Chelsea offers stunning interiors and is the perfect choice for couples seeking a boutique venue with luxury decor. It offers smaller private and exclusive reception catering for up to 80 dining guests, and is ideal for anyone looking for that wow factor with everything from sumptuous red carpets to jewelled chandeliers.
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The Grand Central Hotel
You can’t get anywhere more central than Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel – or more stunning. Located in the heart of the historic Linen Quarter, grandeur meets glamour in a spectacular venue immersed in the city’s maritime and linen history. Choose from one of the private banqueting suites which hold from eight to 80 guests and bask in views of the city’s skyline.
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