The Best Wedding Venues in Northern Ireland For 2025

Updated 28 January 2024

Northern Ireland has an incredible selection of venues, which I know makes it so difficult when it comes to the beginning of planning your wedding. It can feel overwhelming right? Well I’m here to help.

Picking Your Wedding Venue

When it comes to choosing your wedding venue, where do you start? I honestly think it’s the hardest part of wedding planning because it dictates the rest of your wedding planning process. There are so many options, so many price ranges, and it’s the biggest expense, so it’s pretty freakin’ scary. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • How many guests?
  • Do you want a church wedding, civil or humanist?
  • If you want a church wedding, how close is the nearest church? Travelling between venues wastes A LOT of precious time on your wedding day.
  • What type of food do you want?
  • What is a realistic budget? Don’t just think about the meals, look at hire costs, decorating, evening buffet, wine etc.

What I would say is key when selecting your venue, is great service. You can have the most epic surroundings, but if the service doesn’t meet the same levels of the style, that’s what you’ll remember. The selection I’ve put together come highly recommended by my own experience and that of real brides. If there’s a venue you think I need to add, let me know in the comments. 

Larchfield Estate

Working at Larchfield is always a pleasure and I’m delighted to be on their recommended suppliers list. Of course because it’s a beaut setting, but I just love how amazing the team areand how the day just flows. 

Larchfield is a stunning estate with a number of options when it comes to your ceremony and reception. You can get married in their stunning gardens, or inside the cosy barn. They offer Plan A and Plan B options so that you can aim for an outdoor ceremony with the comfort of knowing it can be changed if good old NI weather intervenes. 

Here are 3 other reasons I love Larchfield:

  1. No corkage – you can supply your own wine and bubbly for your drinks reception and dinner.
  2. Accommodation on site.
  3. The greenhouse is just epic, and perfect for photos on a rainy day. 
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Drenagh House

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Drenagh House is simply exquisite in every way. With exclusive use of the estate, and the option to have your ceremony in the stunning Walled Garden, it’s a gorgeous choice. The staff and team there are also absolutely fabulous. You are in good hands with the planners and there is always an amazing energy. I put together a styled shoot showcasing how incredible is in for a micro wedding and in Autumn here.

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I also shot my first wedding there in 2020, under the most difficult of circumstances and the team went above and beyond for my couple. It was the most stunning day with a twilight ceremony in the Moon Garden. I can’t recommend this venue enough and again I’m delighted to be on their recommended supplier list.

The Wool Tower 

The Wool Tower is a venue just full of so much character. So easily accessible, and with accommodation within this actual restored woolen mill in Broughshane. I fell in love with this place the second I set foot inside, and the service matched the setting. Again, there are amazing opportunities to make a budget stretch with different catering options available. And the setting has so much character that decorations can be as minimal or as extra as you want. This place as most definitely a highlight of my calendar this year. 

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The Arcadia, Portrush

The Arcadia in Portrush is set in the most incredible location. Literally right on the sea overlooking the beach in Portush. It’s one of my favourite venues with it being in my hometown, but also because of the number of locations open to you for photos. You’re within walking distance to make the most of the entire town of Portrush or just 5 minutes drive from Dunluce Castle. It’s a smaller venue, perfect for an intimate wedding. The room itself is bright and lends itself so beautifully to quirky personal weddings. You can bring in your own caterers for your meals so the possibilities are endless. Tapas? Food Trucks? Pizzas? You can really make your wedding your own at the Arcadia.

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This is where I got married myself in 2020. It wasn’t my original venue, because we had initially had a much larger guest list, but one thing I’m thankful to Covid for, is forcing us to cut out numbers and allowing us to get married at this stunning venue. Tanya and Sheelagh were absolutely amazing throughout everything and on the day especially. Nothing was too much trouble despite all the extra stress of restrictions.

My favourite part though was standing at the top saying our vows and looking out to the sea and all the surfers below. It was like standing in the ocean…magical!!

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Royal Court Hotel, Portrush

Lissanoure Castle

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Magheramorne Estate

Ballyscullion Park

Situated just 35 minutes from Belfast, Ballyscullion Park is an incredible wedding venue and Game of Thrones location. Having shot there a number of times, I have fallen in love with the venue and am always in awe of the wonderful homely feel and excellent level of service. Nothing is ever a trouble for Rosalind and the team. You can instantly tell it’s a family run venue. 

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Limepark Cottages

If you’re looking for an intimate wedding venue on the North Coast, look no further. With 3 ceremony spots and the recently renovated barn, holding up to 90 people, this is the ideal spot for a small intimate wedding. Recently taken over by the Biesty Family, Limepark has such a homely feel and is close to some fab locations on the Causeway Coast should you want to explore, but there’s more than enough to play with right on site.

Old Rectory Killyman

With a constantly expanding and evolving landscape, and a wonderful team to look after you, The Old Rectory is an exquisite venue that goes from strength to strength. Getting ready on site means that you can have a stress free morning or you can get ready nearby; with it being just off the motorway it is so handy to get to. The light hits beautifully in this venue and it’s perfect all year round.

Hillmount House

Speaking of a homely feel, Hillmount House is the ultimate in homely. You literally hire this stunning House for the entire weekend and have the best time. 

Having added to the venue recently, the versatility of this venue is just hard to beat. It literally feels like I’m coming home when I step in the door.

Kilmore Country House

Based in the hills of Glenariff, with the most incredible views, Kilmore Country House is just wonderful. The house itself has rooms for a number of your guests to stay, with more accommodation available nearby in the village below. The most epic spot for an outdoor ceremony, and so many options for your wedding photography, it really is beautiful.

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Harry’s Shack

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Galgorm Resort and Spa

The Ulster Museum

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast City Centre

I love a good Belfast City Centre wedding, and there’s nowhere quite like The Merchant for it’s style, class and exquisite service. They can cater for super small numbers as well, so it’s ideal for micro weddings.

With the Cathedral Quarter right on your doorstep, you are guaranteed photos like these…and they are full of fun!

So there you have it, some of my favourite wedding venues in Northern Ireland. If you’re planning your wedding at any of these venues, or you think there are some others I need to add to the list, please drop me a message. Or if you’d like to elope, you need to check out my elopement guide here. Either way, I’d love to hear about your plans. Lx

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