Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wedding Pride: Saying I do

When it comes to planning your same-sex wedding in Ireland the options are endless

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Wedding Co-ordinator for The Brehon, Kelly Ann O'Connor today launched the first in a series of new Brehon wedding themes.
Wedding Co-ordinator for The Brehon, Kelly Ann O'Connor today launched the first in a series of new Brehon wedding themes.
The Gibson Hotel
Lough Rea Hotel & Spa
Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens

In May Ireland became the first country in the world to bring in same-sex marriage by a popular vote, with a whopping 62.1 per cent voting yes.

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There was no doubt this was a momentous occasion. In fact, more people voted in the same-sex marriage referendum than in any other since the foundation of the state!

So what is there to do now? Plan your perfect day. Below we take a look at the top wedding destinations for same-sex couples across the country.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS AT THE BREHON

* Wedding Co-ordinator for The Brehon, Kelly Ann O'Connor today launched the first in a series of new Brehon wedding themes.

Kelly Ann and the team at The Brehon have created three wedding themes: Happily Ever After Begins Here, Weddingfest and The Great Gatsby. Any of these can be incorporated into a Brehon wedding at no additional cost.

"Of course many couples have their own ideas for their special day and we are only too happy to help to make these ideas a reality too."

To learn more about The Brehon's wedding themes, couples are welcome to attend The Brehon's Wedding Consultation Day which takes place on September 13th from 12 to 4pm.

For more information visit www.thebrehon.com

ENJOY A WARM WELCOME AND FRIENDLY SERVICE AT THE STATION HOUSE HOTEL

The Station House Hotel is a beautiful converted railway station situated in the heart of the Boyne Valley, Co. Meath. Only 40 minutes from Dublin, the Station House is ideal for a relaxing break.

Excellent food, beautiful surroundings and friendly service have brought people back to the Station House over and over again. So why not see what it's like for yourself?

For more information log onto www.stationhousehotel.ie or call 046 9025239.

MAGIC AWAITS AT THE LOUGH REA HOTEL AND SPA

The Lough Rea Hotel and Spa is one of the most highly recommended and well known wedding venues in Galway. Situated just outside the quaint town of Loughrea overlooking Loughrea Lake, you'll feel as though you've entered a storybook.

Private ceremonies and blessings can take place indoors or outdoors on the roof-top garden with panoramic views of the countryside and Loughrea Lake.

For more information call 091 880088 or visit www.loughreahotelandspa.com

ENJOY A UNIQUE SETTING AT BUNRATTY CASTLE HOTEL

As one of the leading wedding venues in Munster you can be assured that the Bunratty Castle Hotel will meet all of your expectations and more. They understand that when it comes to wedding celebrations creating the perfect event is essential. It is your wedding your way at the Bunratty Castle Hotel and they would love to work with you to create a customised individual package based on your specific requirements. Bunratty Castle Hotel has recently picked up the "Function Room of the Year 2015" and David Shelly, General Manager picked up "Wedding Personality of The Year" Awards at the Brides of Limerick Wedding Awards.

For more information visit www.bunrattycastlehotel.com

SALTHILL HOTEL - THE WEST'S PREMIER WEDDING VENUE

Salthill Hotel, one of the West's leading wedding destinations for 50 years, offers all inclusive wedding packages starting from €55 per person.

The hotel is synonymous with fine dining, event management experienced professionals complemented by a prime beachfront location.

A Salthill Hotel wedding package will include a prosecco reception, a late bar extension, a personalised menu designed for the big day, room décor to include all chair covers, centrepieces, fairy-light backdrop and mood lighting. As part of the wedding package, the wedding party will also be treated to bridal suite accomodation as well as two additional complimentary rooms.

For more information visit www.salthillhotel.com or call 091 522711.

A PICTURE PERFECT SETTING

Avon Ri is located in the Wicklow Mountains on the shores of the Blessington Lakes with beautiful views and picturesque scenery. These will provide a fantastic backdrop for your wedding day and allow you to take stunning photographs you will cherish for years to come.

The staff at Avon Ri will take care of every detail so you can relax and enjoy what will be a truly memorable day.

For more information visit www.avonri.com

A STUNNING CASTLE ESCAPE

Located on the shores of Lough Meelagh, Kilronan Castle Roscommon is a stunning venue for your wedding celebration. Wander across open lawns, woodland pathways to find the perfect backdrop against which to set your timeless pictures.

The Grand Ballroom can cater from 150 to 320 people while providing exquisite décor that sets a tone of opulence underneath magnificent chandeliers. Packages start from €69 per person.

For more information call 071 9618000 or email enquiries@kilronancastle.ie

A FAIRYTALE DESTINATION

Unique, intimate and with over 40 years' experience of delivering dream weddings, Breaffy House Hotel Castlebar is the most unique and romantic wedding venue in County Mayo. Whilst maintaining the wonderful features of the original Victorian House which was built in 1890, through major restoration and refurbishment Breaffy House truly combines the contemporary with the traditional for that unique wedding experience.

With over 90 acres of open lawns, south facing terrace and pond side pathways they offer the perfect backdrop for your timeless pictures.

For more information visit www.breaffyhouseresort.com or call 094 904 4100

A VENUE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

The gibson hotel do things differently. Their weddings are fun, original, inspiring and exciting... just like you.

If you want a unique space, a central location and moments to remember then the gibson hotel is your dream venue.

Join them on the 9th July from 6-8 pm for their wedding open evening.

For more information visit www.thegibsonhotel.ie or call (01) 681 5000.

LOUGH RYNN CASTLE ESTATE & GARDENS

Renowned as being one of Ireland's most Romantic Castle Hotels with privately owned Victorian Walled Gardens, this Venue has been nominated Best Castle Venue twice this year.

Lough Rynn Castle offers a choice of locations for your Ceremony, an outdoor service on the Lawns overlooking the Lake, or a service in the beautifully elegant Baronial Hall. Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens is the perfect setting for your special day, catering for smaller intimate Receptions to large Lavish Affairs.

For more information visit www.loughrynn.ie

LOVE & LUXURY AT THE g HOTEL & SPA

The 5 star g Hotel & Spa in Galway city offers stunning style and superb service.

Catering for both intimate and larger celebrations the g welcomes weddings and civil ceremonies for up to 180 guests. With a 1920's art deco navy, white and silver colour scheme, the g Suite cleverly uses antique and modern mirrors to create an atmospheric space with its own private bar area.

Offering All Inclusive Packages from €58 per person the 5 star g Hotel & Spa is the perfect beginning to your future together.

Contact Rachel Shanaghy on weddings@theg.ie or call 091 778454 today.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS EVERYTHING AT THE HEIGHTS HOTEL, KILLARNEY

Why wait to celebrate your marriage? This winter the hotel has a range of special packages.

At the Heights Hotel Killarney they have a dedicated team of wedding planners and they pride themselves on attention to detail.

Their beautiful Mangerton Ballroom is fully self-contained with bar and restrooms and for smaller weddings of up to 65 people, they can offer you their Mill Restaurant with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

For more information visit www.killarneyheights.ie

WELCOME TO AQUA RESTAURANT

Searching for a unique intimate wedding venue with a truly romantic ambiance?

Imagine sharing an exquisite meal with your loved ones, imagine stunning photo opportunities and imagine your very own dedicated wedding planner.

Your search is over! You have just imagined the reality of Aqua Restaurant, an idyllic water-side location with stunning views over Ireland's Eye and Howth Sound.

For more information visit aqua.ie/functions/wedding-venue/

WHY YOU SHOULD TIE THE KNOT AT KILSHANE HOUSE

Spectacular Kilshane House, in the heart of County Tipperary is exclusively yours for the wedding of your dreams. The Orangerie, which has a full bar at one end and dance floor at the other, holds 220 guests comfortably in a fine dining manner. The delicious six course wedding dinner is prepared by the resident Head Chef and his team. The Conservatory can seat 100+ for a barbecue the day after the wedding. There are 54 bedrooms en-suite and 320 acres of parkland to explore.

Unforgettable wedding ceremonies can take place indoors or outdoors in the Conservatory, gardens, or on the lake. All-inclusive wedding packages are designed to celebrate your special day and the season in which it takes place with no hidden extras.

For more information contact Ruth, Tess, or Laura at +353 62 82444 or email: info@kilshanehouse.ie

ELEGANCE AND TRANQUILLITY IN THE HEART OF KILDARE

Celbridge Manor Hotel offers an ideal setting for any wedding. Choose from any one of their elegant function rooms, depending on your numbers and requirements.

From the moment you select Celbridge Manor Hotel as your wedding venue you will have a dedicated professional co-ordinator from their events team to oversee every stage of your special day. Whether it's a fairytale wedding or an intimate celebration of love, you are guaranteed it will be one to remember.

For more information call (01) 601 3700 or visit www.celbridgemanorhotel.ie

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