It’s Summer and the sun has been shining which means that wedding season is upon us. Through his Wedding Planner service, David McConkey has the unique opportunity to visit and experience a full range of wedding venues, from the quirky to the grand. When you start the planning process the venue is a huge consideration, so in this latest blog we take a look at some of our favourite alternative locations here at home in Northern Ireland.
Finnebrogue Woods, Downpatrick
This stunning location in the heart of County Down offers something truly unique and memorable; set in a secluded area surrounded by lakes with Nordic Tipis as your venue, it will wow your guests. With a 30 acre lake and 200 acres of stunning woodland it provides a beautiful location to celebrate, capture magical wedding photography and do things a little bit differently.
It can host 165 seated and with only one wedding a weekend it’s ideal for larger wedding; the team are fully supportive with a full range of services to make the process as easy as possible. Your guests can enjoy some relaxing fishing or enjoy gentle walks along the paths.
The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, Ballynahinch
We’ve taken a look at this lovely venue in a previous blog but it really is one of David’s favourites. It’s elegance and opulence are set to enchant any couple and their guests. Set in 400 acres near Ballynahinch, County Down, this 19th Century Mill House offers everything to make your wedding day special.
It offers a perfect blend of Irish heritage and contemporary style, as well as offering both your ceremony and reception, so you can have the peace of mind of being in the one place all day. With various locations you have many options, for example the banquet hall is flexible and with a little clever planning can accommodate from 60 guests up to the capacity of 180!
Tullyveery House, Downpatrick
Less than 30 minutes from Belfast, Tullyveery House in Downpatrick is a secluded private, family-owned Georgian country house. It boasts private grounds and gardens for you and your guests to fully enjoy and tailor to your special day. The Courtyard Rooms are steeped in history and nestled in the 1867 former Estate Offices, they blend style and comfort that allows your day to pass on unhurried and with ease.
Tullyveery House offers a complete self-contained venue set over two floors, including the upper Garden Dining Room which can seat up to 96 guests or the ground floor Reception Hall, which can host up to 130 guests.
Great Hall, Queens University Belfast
Are you a fan of that old world feeling, of books and learning? Or maybe you want to re-create something from Harry Potter? Then look no further than the Great Hall at Queen’s University. This iconic building will not only provide you with a stunning back drop for your nuptials but will also give you wonderful canvas to create your wedding look.
They are fully licenced and boast a “fine wine cellar”, making it the perfect banquet style venue. It can also seat up to 150 guests, so perfect for larger weddings. For the summer months, weather, permitting, the drinks reception can be held outside in the Quadrangle, a stunning green space that is perfect for enjoying bubbles and music. It really does have it all.
Ulster Museum, Belfast
The Ulster Museum is a jewel in the crown of Northern Ireland’s history and a popular destination for art lovers, families and avid historians. But now it is fast becoming a premier location for weddings!
With the stunning Botanic Gardens nearby they provide the perfect setting for wedding photography before a fantastic reception in the ultramodern venue. It’s in the heart of the city and provides a stunning landmark as the backdrop for your big day. There are several room options available, the Belfast Room brings some tradition to an ultramodern venue and provides an intimate setting for civil and religious ceremonies, whilst the large space of the Atrium caters for your wedding reception. You can enjoy some of the fine art pieces and enjoy the treasures this beautiful venue has to offer.
These venues cover the best in alternative wedding venues we have to offer in Northern Ireland, so hopefully some of these will make your must see list. As part of his Wedding Planner service, David, can ensure that your big day is planned to perfection and that your venue represents you as a couple, get in touch to learn more.