9 Alternative Wedding Venues in Dublin City

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The GPO, O’Connell Street

You won’t find an Irish venue with as rich a history as The GPO. Sited at the heart of Dublin city, the building served as the headquarters for Irish forces during the 1916 Easter Rising and has functioned as the central post office for over two-hundred years.

Today, couples can celebrate their wedding in the GPO’s courtyard; a large, airy space that’s totally closed off from the streets, or in the gallery room that overlooks the courtyard.

Best bit? The venue is gorgeous, steeped in history and is super central to boot; the perfect spot if you’re got a lot of guests coming from outside Ireland.

The Chocolate Factory, King’s Inns Street

Warehouse weddings are very trendy, but it can be tough to track down spaces with this vibe in Dublin. Our favourite is Dublin’s Chocolate Factory. It’s a large, beautifully-lit building with the industrial-feel that offbeat couples will love.

Best bit? The menu is a welcome departure from beef-or-salmon options. Catered by the team at Blas Cafe, it’s a feast of locally-sourced meats and exotic sides.

City Assembly House, South William Street

City Assembly House has just reopened after extensive refurbishment. The Georgian house can hold wedding ceremonies in its event space, but you’ve got to keep your fingers crossed when you’re making your booking; cultural events very often preclude the use of the room for private events, i.e. your wedding.

Best Bit? It’s a no-brainer for architecture nerds and its location on South William Street means its within walking distance of Dublin’s best restaurants and reception venues. A foodie’s dream!

Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park

Probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of quirky wedding venues in Dublin, the zoo can host wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions seven days a week. We love the cosy ceremony room; ideal for couples who worry about feeling self-conscious with all eyes on them.

Best Bit? Photo opportunities abound! Lush grounds, cute animals and historical buildings create a backdrop that’s not rivaled in the city.

Light House Cinema, Smithfield

You can have your wedding ceremony in the coolest cinema in the world. Literally. The Light House Cinema made the list of ultra-hip venues by ARTINFO, and it’s a bit of an institution among film lovers in the city.

Best Bit? It goes without saying that a cinema wedding is perfect for movie buffs who are getting married, and this one is more photogenic than most. We love the bright foyer and rainbow seating.

Beaufield Mews, Stillorgan

If your heart is set on Dublin but you’re not into the hustle and bustle of the city centre, check out Beaufield Mews. This Stillorgan venue has gorgeous green grounds, a leafy courtyard and an indoor dining area.

Best bit? Couples who get married in summer can opt for a BBQ reception, where freshly grilled food is served under marquees in the boho garden space.

La Peniche, Mespil Road

If you’re having a smaller wedding in Dublin, La Peniche should be on your hit list. The boat (yes, boat!) can cater to 47 guests at a sit-down reception, or up to 60 for canapes. Guests can tuck into a three-course meal while you cruise along the canal.

Best bit? It’s a BOAT, lads. A BOAT!

Smock Alley, Temple Bar

A restored 17th-century theater, Smock Alley has all the drama of a castle wedding venue, right in the middle of Dublin city. We love the exposed brickwork, stained-glass windows and ornate ceilings. So fancy!

Best bit? The optional extra snack packages – guests will always remember the couple that set them up with tea and buns for an early-morning wedding.

Schoolhouse Hotel, Ballsbridge

Hotel buildings don’t always have enough character to catch our eye, but Schoolhouse Hotel in Ballsbridge is an exception. As you might have guessed, the building functioned as school for over a hundred years. It’s kept its charming, cosy vibe with a red-brick exterior and intimate function rooms.

Best bit? There’s plenty of on-site accommodation for guests and the registry office is just down the road. We love how it feels peaceful and removed from the city, even though it’s central.

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