Once you’ve decided that you’re going to get married and you’ve started thinking about when you’d like to tie the knot and who you’d like to invite, the next thing on your mind will likely be the venue. Though many couples choose to get married in their home country to make it easier for everyone involved, an increasing number of us are turning to foreign countries to get hitched. Below, we offer five reasons why you should consider Ireland…
Let’s start with the most obvious one: Ireland is pretty darn beautiful! From the Cliffs of Moher to the Ring of Kerry, there are so many things to see and do – and so many stunning places to consider hosting your wedding. Once the big day is through and you’ve got time to spend with your loved ones, you’ll be able to explore all of the sights and sounds together.
There’s a wedding venue in Ireland to suit every budget, taste, and occasion. From the crisp décor and epic surrounding grounds of Gloster House (suitable for up to 180 guests) to Virginia Park Lodge, offering gourmet food and exemplary hospitality, the hardest part is deciding where you’re going to do it. We recommend a pre-wedding trip to Ireland to meet with wedding planners and venue organizers to decide on the perfect spot for your nuptials.
Steeped in tradition
Another reason why Ireland is a popular choice for international weddings is tradition. With many Irish-Americans flocking to the Emerald Isles for their big day, you might want to incorporate things such as Aitin’ The Gander (where the groom prepares a delicious meal of duck the night before the wedding), handfasting (where the bride and groom tie their hands together to symbolize their love and commitment) and even Claddagh rings (stunning Irish rings which, when faced inwards, indicate that the bearer’s heart is taken forever). Romantic!
Good transport links
Though marrying abroad can cause all sorts of logistical complications, Ireland is slap bang in the middle of the map and makes it easy for friends and family from around the world to get there. From the US, there are 100s of flights per day to Shannon and other Irish airports, whilst guests from the UK and Europe can get to Ireland via boat, and Australians via the air.
Foreign weddings are fun
Finally, don’t forget about the fun aspect. Wedding days are often quite boring and dragged out – once you’ve been to a couple, they all start to feel like the same day! By taking everyone outside of their comfort zone and marrying in a country far away from home, you’ll not only make memories that will last a lifetime but give guests something to chat about, too.
There you have it – just some of the reasons why Ireland is a great destination for a wedding. Wherever you end up, we wish you the very best of luck with your big day – congratulations!