5 Unusual Wedding Venues In The North West

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As soon as the question is popped and the answer is ‘yes’, the newly engaged couple will start to think about their big day.

The wedding can follow a tried and tested plan and there are a lot of newlyweds-to-be who are happy to tie the knot in a traditional church venue.

However, in recent years it has become more commonplace for the prospective brides and grooms to throw tradition to the wind and book unique and unusual wedding venues for the most important day of their lives.

Here are 5 you can find here in the North West:

1. The Share Innishcruiser

resizedimage200150-DSCF8180Weddings are not limited to dry land anymore. For those who love the swell of the water under their feet, this is the perfect venue. The Luxury Share Innishcruiser, located on Lough Erne, is a licensed wedding venue, providing a spectacular backdrop to the wedding.

The wedding planners promise to take care of every element of the day to ensure you have a day to remember. But remember to keep an eye on that wedding cake!

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2. Mussenden Temple

It would be hard to find a more dramatic wedding venue than Mussenden Temple. It sits proudly on the edge of a cliff at Downhill, looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. Immortalised in the huge television event, ‘Game Of Thrones’, the Temple can offer a unique wedding experience with breathtaking views and intimate surroundings.

If the stunning surroundings of Mussenden Temple aren’t enough, the nearby gardens at Bishop’s Gate offer the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.

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3. Magnakata

Tired of trying to find that perfect wedding venue? Well then why not bring the venue to you? These stunningly beautiful Nordic Tipis (or Katas) can be used as single tent structures or joined together indefinitely to create amazing, tailor made spaces for weddings in excess of 300 guests.

The Katas are constructed at the location of your choosing with wooden poles and gorgeous light covered canvas creating a fabulous and charming space.

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4. Belle Isle

Who hasn’t dreamed about having their own island? With Belle Isle, not only do you have the use of the truly unique Belle Isle Castle, you also have your own enchanted island to play with. Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, Belle Isle is a 470 acre estate spread over eight picturesque islands.

As well as the castle, it offers a range of attractive self-catering accommodation. The surroundings of the castle, with it’s rolling hills and peaceful gardens form a magical backdrop for wedding photographs.

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5. Hidden Ireland

If hiring a modern hotel for your wedding is the last thing you want, then Hidden Ireland may have the solution. Hidden Ireland is a fascinating collection of Historic Country houses, each with it’s own story to tell. Ranging from grand Georgian buildings to charming rural rectories, they are united by their owners’ commitment to traditional hospitality.

When booking one of Hidden Ireland’s large collection of houses, you will have exclusive use of the entire house. For those in the North West, ‘Frewin’ house in Ramelton, Donegal the perfect venue.

It has been skillfully restored by Thomas and Regina Coyle and is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country at the mouth of Lough Swilly.

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By Laurence Doherty, Excalibur Press

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