Everyone dreams of a wedding venue so unique and exciting that none of your guests have experienced it before.
Finding said magical venue, however, can be a rather stressful juggling act of budgets, dates and distances.
The good news is you don’t have to ask your guests to schlep across the country to find a little piece of heaven in which to host your wedding bash.
With a little creativity and imagination, you can transform one of these Cork spots into a romantic wonderland that nobody will forget for years to come.
Perched on the picturesque inlet of Dunmanus Bay in West Cork, Blair’s Cove is a Georgian House surrounded by cobbled footpaths and lush greenery. The old stable houses the famous restaurant and your ceremony can be held either outdoors in the landscaped gardens or in their new marquee before you dance the night away under the huge antique chandelier.
This beautiful, early Georgian church was central to the history of Cork for centuries. Because it was deconsecrated in 1978, it’s now the perfect venue for civil weddings, civil partnership and personalised ceremonies – you can even serve Champagne inside before you move in to your reception.
Inish Beg Estate
Paul and Georgiana Keane’s idyllic 97-acre estate boasts a walled garden, eye-popping lake views and a woodland pond complete with wooden arch for photos. The island is even reached by bridge! There are no corkage fees (no, seriously…) so you are welcome to supply your own alcohol, which can be a huge saving when the corks start popping. Intimate wedding reception can be help in the stunning Boathouse on the grounds, with larger parties accommodated in the Octagon Marquee.
An elegant eighteenth century country pile set in Crosshaven village, Crosshaven House overlooks Currabinny Woods and Cork Harbour. There are five separate suites on the upper floors of the grand old house, and you can set up a marquee in the centre of the garden to cater for up to 300 guests or serve a more intimate feast in the formal dining room.
The Cricket Club
You’d be hard pressed to find a prettier venue than the Cork County Cricket Club on the Mardyke. The historic Pavilion was constructed for The Cork International Exhibition in 1902 (it’s had a lovely refurb in recent years) and the function room, Club Bar and grounds are yours to enjoy with your guests for the day. The venue can help you find a caterer too, making this a budget-friendly option for a pretty city bash.
Set slap bang in the middle of North Main Street (think of the amazing city photographs) St Peter’s is a gorgeous, light filled space that dates back to the 1270s, making it one of Cork City’s oldest buildings. These days it’s a popular spot for weddings of all sizes; from six up to 300 people- there’s even a secret garden to chill out in after the ceremony.