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Why do couples choose Ireland for their Destination Wedding?

Have you seen the Cliffs of Moher? The Killarney National Park? The artsy Galway City that Ed Sheeran sings about in one of his songs? Or the iconic Castle Ward with its stunning gothic architecture?

As planners for destination elopements in Ireland, we can name more popular Irish spots to convince you that Ireland is a perfect place for destination weddings. We’ve personally visited and listed down some of the best wedding venues here and we can mention them to you one by one.

But instead of doing that, we’d rather share with you what couples who got married here have to say about choosing Ireland for their wedding in Europe. Read on and hear the top reasons straight from them.

Irish ancestral ties

Most US couples whom we helped with wedding planning said that historical family connection is the biggest reason why they chose Ireland for their big day. This is backed by the fact that 9.7% of Americans have full or partial ancestry from Ireland. That’s a total of about 32 million Americans having Irish parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Some brides and grooms even tell us about their happy childhood memories in beautiful Irish towns. That’s why they wanted to go back here now that they are marrying the love of their life.

Landscapes and Sceneries

Ireland is not called the Emerald Isle for nothing. It’s precisely the breathtaking nature spots of the country that fascinate most people. From its pristine Atlantic coast beaches, serene lakes and streams, natural parks, rare Irish species, green pastures, mountain ranges, and dramatic cliffs, Ireland is undoubtedly a haven for nature-lovers. What’s more is that nature-lovers can recite their vows right at these unique nature spots.

Historic and Romantic Castles

Some brides who dream of having a fairytale wedding like those in the Disney movies are attracted to Ireland because of several castles scattered across the region. About 40% of destination weddings that we planned here happened in these historic and romantic castles.

This percentage of brides choosing castle venues for their elopement in Ireland is more than enough proof that Irish castles are some of the best among all the Irish wedding venues. All operational castles in Ireland have been carefully preserved to keep their historic facade and ambiance whilst doing interior renovations to ensure a comfortable stay for all guests.

Some castles boast of gothic architecture, colorful gardens, lake views, mountain panorama, and classy interiors while some are offering a luxurious castle experience for their whole stay.

Iconic Church and Castle Ruins

There are history fanatics who have always imagined having a unique Celtic ceremony for their big day. What venue is more ideal for this extraordinary ceremony than an ancient ruin? Ireland is packed with ruins of castles and churches built hundreds of years back, and they can be a dream-come-true for history-lovers.

The Irish government takes care of these structural remains as memories of Ireland’s rich history. We can help you scout for the most iconic castles and church ruins, and old monasteries for your elopement in Ireland.

Authentic Holiday Experience

Aside from the unique venues for weddings in Ireland, couples from around the world choose this country because of its relaxing ambiance and laid back culture. They can’t stop talking about the warm and friendly Irish people whom they meet. They go about their day slowly and without pressure, savouring the fresh Irish breeze and the beautiful sceneries around them.

Most couples chose Ireland because they know that life here is stress-free and simple, which is the exact opposite of any wedding day elsewhere. Here in Ireland, they can have a peaceful ceremony away from noisy streets and big crowds. Right after the ceremony, they can enjoy a relaxing honeymoon visiting peaceful Irish towns or simply staying in a country house or hotel with breathtaking views.

Non-residents can legally marry here!

Last but not least, Ireland relatively has less stricter requirements for legal weddings compared to other countries in Europe. For one, they allow non-residents and non-Irish nationals to legally get married in their country. Non-Irish couples only need to submit some documents and appear before the Registrar’s office days before the wedding as part of the requirement for a legally-binding wedding. For more info on how to legally marry in Ireland, contact our planner.

Stress-free planning!

In our history of wedding planning, whether in the pre- or post-COVID world, Ireland has been a top choice for most couples. They even get more convinced about tying the knot here when we tell them that we can plan everything for them from venue selection to vendor communication. This way, they only need to travel to Ireland a few days before their wedding without worrying about anything except how to maximize their stay in this piece of heaven.

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