Reputation and First-Class Service: 9 Venues That Go Above And Beyond To Create Your Dream Wedding

Nothing sets a wedding venue apart more than the warmth and hospitality of its team…

Each couple has a neverending to-do list when planning a wedding, so why wouldn’t they choose a venue with an outstanding team to help create a romantic, stress-free wedding day? You can count on an unforgettable celebration due to the shining reputation and first-class service of these 9 venues that go above and beyond to create your dream wedding.

4* Abbey Castle Manor Hotel Roscommon

Discover the romance, charm, and magic of a bygone era at this magical castle manor set in beautifully manicured private grounds. Boasting a proud heritage and exceptional reputation, The 4* Abbey Hotel is an 18th-century property located adjacent to the ruins of a 12th century Dominican Abbey. Its geographical location in the heart of Ireland makes for easy access to bus and train links as well as a Heli Pad at the rear of the property, for those who wish to arrive in style.

A picture perfect backdrop for the most magical of photo opportunities, this top-rated wedding venue is where all your dreams come true. Situated in the heart of County Roscommon, a mere 90 minutes from Dublin is where you will find the magical 4*Abbey Hotel Roscommon, an RAI award winning and charming family-run hotel. Four generations of the Grealy family dynasty have welcomed guests to the charming Abbey Hotel.

The recently refurbished ballroom with its Swarovski Crystal chandeliers and luxurious new decor is sure to wow even the most discerning of brides. A recent refurbishment of its bar and restaurant area gives the hotel a vibrant and welcoming feel in combination with an outstanding reputation for providing exceptional award-winning seasonal cuisine.

The hotel were also winners of the prestigious Restaurant Association of Ireland Award for Best Hotel Restaurant and Best Chef in 2017 in addition to being recognised as one of Ireland’s Top 50 Wedding venues and County Roscommon’s Top Rated Wedding Venue by Wedding Dates.

With over 60 years of experience, the hotel is fully licensed for Civil Ceremonies and can accommodate every wedding style from traditional, small intimate gatherings to larger more formal wedding celebrations catering for up to 350 guests. With first-class standards of hospitality and personalised services, the Grealy family’s professional team and dedicated Wedding Coordinator will ensure the perfect day and dream wedding is realised.

The 4*Abbey Hotel, Roscommon hosting weddings and events of distinction since 1963. Contact the team at 090 6626240 and follow them on social media.

Ballyroe Heights Hotel

Every love story is magical but let Ballyroe Heights make yours unique…

The multi-award winning Ballyroe Heights Hotel is located on the outskirts of Tralee overlooking magnificent views of the Sliabh Mish Mountains and Tralee Bay. Their stunning location is perfect for Civil Ceremonies and Wedding Receptions and provides the ideal backdrop for those precious photographs.

Ballyroe Heights Hotel has just launched an exciting new wedding package. This package includes a Chrysler wedding car, champagne reception and all new menus designed and prepared with passion and pride by Executive Chef John O’ Leary and his team.

Their experienced team offer every assistance to their couples to find the ideal blend of traditional or contemporary to make your day exceptional and will assist you with the careful planning of all aspects of your wedding to create the perfect, magical day for you and your guests.

The hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment bringing a new look to the ballroom and an attractive heated Garden Room. The front entrance of the hotel is also undergoing a vast transformation. The exciting addition of the new salon, Beautique at Ballyroe, which caters to residents and local clientele offering professional makeup, hair and tanning services which enhances the wedding facilities on offer. These major refurbishments combined with their personal service have ensured the needs and expectations of modern-day couples are surpassed.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

The Lodge at Ashford Castle is set within the beautiful Ashford Estate with spectacular views of Lough Corrib, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting for your special day. Situated on the outskirts of the charming village of Cong, in the heart of Mayo, The Lodge at Ashford Castle will provide the fairy-tale day of your dreams.

As part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, The Lodge embraces the philosophy of ‘no request is too large, no detail too small’. Whether you desire an intimate celebration with close friends and family or favour a more elaborate affair, The Lodge offers a choice of exceptional spaces to really set the scene. Enjoy al fresco drinks on the lawn overlooking Lisloughrey Pier and dine in the elegance of the Harbour Room with its sparkling chandeliers and panoramic vista.

Expect the finest cuisine using ingredients from artisan suppliers throughout the Connemara, Mayo and Galway regions and at the end of a perfect day, their sixty-four sumptuous rooms and suites will accommodate your guests in style. Providing the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs, the estate offers plenty of activities to keep your guests entertained –the perfect excuse to stay longer!

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort

The five-star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort is set in an idyllic location in the heart of Wicklow, just a thirty-minute drive from Dublin and fifteen minutes from the M50, allowing convenient access to Druids Glen. You will be spoilt for choice with picturesque scenery for memorable photos and appetising menu choices of exceptional quality, delivered with a professional and friendly service which is second to none.

Just read what their couples say…

“The service we received was phenomenal. The staff are a credit to the hotel. From the moment we booked, we knew we were in safe hands with Nessa”

“…compliments to the chef cooking such a spectacular meal for that amount of people”

“We were blown away by your attention to detail and support wherever it was needed from helping with every little detail…”

“every guest said they were made to feel special and no request was too much…”

“Nessa the Wedding Coordinator, from the moment we booked made us feel as though our wedding was the only wedding that year.”

“… but what makes this venue even more special is the people themselves”

If you wish to view our facilities call Nessa on 01-2870811 or visit

Maryborough Hotel

Couples seeking a breathtakingly beautiful wedding venue that sits at the centre of 18 acres of natural parkland need look no further than the tranquil setting of Maryborough Hotel. If you can dream it, they can do it. Your day is their pleasure and no matter what your plans, they will work together to ensure you have the day of your dreams.

At the Maryborough, the team loves nothing more than being part of your special journey. From the laughs to the tears and all emotions in between, they will become your go-to advisors for all things wedding related. From listening and developing your ideas, menu coordination with our award-winning head chef and liaising with wine suppliers to find the perfect accompaniment.

Thinking of a drinks reception with a twist, your personal wedding coordinator along with our head mixologist will work closely with you to create bespoke cocktails, design your personal  Gin bar or ‘Dress your Prosecco’ stations, a fun and creative way for your guests to enjoy their drinks with a touch of your personality.

Every couple is unique and not everyone will be the same day and that is where we are here to help to make every wish a reality and ensure the most special of days for you both. For more information contact the team on or call 021 4918309 / 021 4918310 to start planning your perfect day.

The Hillgrove Hotel

The Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan. Renowned for its exceptional professionalism, delectable cuisine, friendly customer care and a can “do” attitude their ‘wedding welcome’ is like no other.

The Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest Wedding destinations in Ulster. The Hotel has a long tradition of hosting Wedding Receptions over the years and our highly trained team are experienced in looking after and assisting couples with their special day. They pride themselves on their attention to detail and exceptionally high standard, which was recently recognised as the Hillgrove Hotel was awarded Best Wedding Venue in Ulster as well as Monaghan.

Situated in the shadows of the 1861 St. Macartan’s Cathedral on the Old Armagh Road in Monaghan. The Hotel has the perfect backdrop to capture precious memories on your Wedding Day.

As each wedding day is unique, they are delighted to create bespoke wedding days, tailored to each couple’s individual requirements. Whether it is contemporary or traditional or indeed a celebration infused with your personality the dedicated team are on hand to help from day one to make this great day special.

The Hillgrove Hotel can cater for intimate gatherings or more lavish affairs as each couples day is unique to them. Catering for numbers from 10 to 360, each of the hotel’s opulent banqueting suites are luxuriously decorated each with their own private bar and facilities. The elegant da’Vinci Suite and Rembrandt Suite offer a stunning classical look. The spectacular Van Gogh and Picasso Suite can cater for 360 guests with a modern and contemporary style.

The Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan is fully licensed to host Civil Ceremonies conducted in a Suite of your choice with various wedding themes available.

The Hillgrove Hotel is located on the outskirts of Monaghan town and is only one hour from Dublin & Belfast and the perfect wedding location. The Hotel boasts 87 bedrooms including deluxe rooms and Suites with Jacuzzis, many with town and garden views. Indulge in the luxurious facilities, such as the Lir Spa for a pre-wedding treat.

The dedicated Wedding Team would be delighted to talk you through the various packages and options available in this great venue at a time convenient to you. The team look forward to welcoming you.

Ballyseede Castle

‘Happily, Ever After’ begins with a wedding at Ballyseede Castle. Ballyseede Castle, Kerry’s only Castle Hotel offers a true Castle Hotel experience. Ireland’s top-rated Castle wedding venue is set on 30 acres of ancient woodlands and manicured gardens it is ideal for a castle wedding in Ireland you have always dreamed of.

Ballyseede Castle stands on its own grounds at the end of a winding carriage drive. When you pass through the gates of Ballyseede Castle you know you are entering a most special world steeped in history and splendour. Ballyseede Castle has everything, from luxury accommodations and award-winning cuisine to a stunning woodland surrounds, making it the perfect destination for your special day.

From intimate to large wedding celebrations, civil ceremonies and picturesque gardens. With space for up to 220 guests, Ballyseede Castle provides a stunning backdrop, ideal for your ceremony, perfect for photography and tailor-made to provide the perfect romantic venue for a wedding.

Ballyseede Castle offers the very best of Irish hospitality in the most romantic surroundings imaginable. The dedicated Wedding Team will go above and beyond to ensure your special day runs seamlessly, resulting in a memorable celebration you will cherish forever.  The romantic setting and picturesque views will offer the perfect backdrop for your special day and makes Ballyseede Castle the perfect place for your perfect day.

Inchydoney Island Lodge

Located 30 minutes from Cork City, the picturesque Inchdoney Island Lodge is the perfect choice for a seaside wedding overlooking the vast, blue Atlantic Ocean. Just outside the lovely town of Clonakilty, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is a warm, welcoming hotel well equipt to create the wedding day of your dreams.

The hospitable team will ensure your wedding planning process is stress-free and enjoyable, so you can enjoy the happy occasion with loved ones. From the moment of enquiry right through to the special day, the hotel’s dedicated team of organisers are there to assist you every step of the way. Offering a range of wedding packages, tailored to meet specific needs of each unique couple, your wedding is sure to be a memorable occasion for all.

The Inchydoney Suite, which has been the venue for many ‘I do’s’ and wedding celebrations throughout the years has recently been refurbished. The stunning seaside scenery just outside is brought to life inside the ballroom with its bleached timber. relaxed style, and grey and blue seashore tones. Following your indoor or outdoor ceremony, the beachside location offers the perfect backdrop to capture precious memories of the day.

Meet the dedicated team while you take a closer look at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, ‘Best Wedding Venue in Cork’ by, and their stunning Inchydoney Suite at their Wedding Showcase on 25th February.

The Lakeside Hotel

The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre is situated in a stunning location on the banks of the River Shannon overlooking the twin towns of Ballina Co Tipperary and Killaloe Co. Clare. The award-winning gardens and unrivalled views of the lake are an idyllic setting for your treasured wedding photos.

For over 115 years, The Lakeside Hotel has been synonymous with weddings and we have become renowned as one of the finest wedding venues in the Munster region. Thousands of happy couples have celebrated their special wedding day with the dedicated team, each as individual as the next.

The Shannon suite is ideally designed with lots of natural light and decked out with great attention to detail for your special day with a warm and pleasant atmosphere. The spacious ballroom can hold up to 270 guests with private bar facilities. The Lakeside is registered to host civil ceremonies in the Shannon Suite or avail of our beautiful gardens if you wish to have an outdoor ceremony looking out onto the Lake.

With so many weddings a year at The Lakeside Hotel, one of the nicest things they get to see is the personality and character of each couple shine through on their very special day. Proud to host only your wedding on the day, at the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe, Co. Clare will pull out all the stops so you have the undivided attention of the management and staff on this fabulous occasion. The hospitable team will strive to make it an unforgettable experience for you and your party.




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