Special Dublin venues to consider for your special day

by Rachel Cunningham
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Dubliners looking to do their wedding a bit differently should look no further than the treasures buried in their own back garden.

If a traditional wedding venue isn’t for you, then consider saying ‘I do’ in some Dublin’s most striking alternative venue options.

Smock Alley, Exchange Street Lower

Steeped in history, ceremonies at Smock Alley take place in the beautiful Banquet Hall, which is lit by stained glass windows that look over the River Liffey and natural spotlights overhead.

A restored 17th-century theatre building, the venue is located centrally in the oldest district of Dublin. Built in 1662 as Ireland’s first Theatre Royal, it was later rebuilt as a Catholic Church in 1811 and housed the first catholic church bell to toll in Dublin for over 300 years. This bell was said to have been rung by Daniel O’Connell until it cracked. In 2012, Smock Alley Theatre became Dublin’s Oldest Newest Theatre.

The Banquet Hall is available to book Monday to Sunday for all types of wedding ceremonies including civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and blessings.

It is HSE licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships and church style pew seating and benches for up to 100 guests can be provided.

The Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire

Ireland’s National Maritime Museum is housed in Dun Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariner’s Church.

One of few remaining custom-built places of worship for seafarers that are intact, the Maritime Museum is a visually striking location for Irish civil ceremonies, with an obvious nautical theme.

The museum advised anyone interested in celebrating a ceremony in the venue to be fully versed on the requirements for a Civil Ceremony in Ireland, which are available on on welfare.ie.

The Chocolate Factory, King’s Inns Street

This one-time manufacturing home of various chocolate treats now houses an eclectic mix of small businesses and individuals in creative sectors and could even play host to your wedding.

The Factory Floor is a large bright industrial event space on the first floor of the Chocolate Factory.

It offers exclusive access to the room, has its own private entrance and is an airy space with the potential for you to put your stamp on it.

Drury Buildings, Drury Street

A lively location in the centre of the city, Drury Buildings has two rooms earmarked for private events.

The loft is typically for cocktail parties of up to 80 or small private dinners of up to 28, while larger dinner parties, for up to 64 for a sit down meal, are set in the dining room. A combination of both can be used for weddings, so that the wedding party can enjoy maximise the use of multiple spaces throughout the day.

Stephen’s Green Club

Stephen’s Green Club has been hosting events for almost two centuries and promises to make your wedding both unique and timeless.

With a capacity for wedding parties between  30 and 80 people, the club boasts a number of rooms to suit the wedding ceremony of your choice.

The Hibernian Room, on the first floor, makes for a special setting, with views over St Stephen’s Green and an interior that includes dramatic fireplaces and ceiling height mirrors.

The Card Room lends itself to a sense of ceremony, with a domed ceiling, exquisite plasterwork and marble fireplace.

For a drinks reception nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the club also offers a private outdoor courtyard.

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