A beautiful Georgian manor set on the banks of the River Boyne among ancient trees , with period drawing rooms and artistic decor – does this sound like the perfect backdrop for your wedding day? Bellinter House is widely known as one of the best wedding venues in Ireland, but also one of the most unique and full of character. It’s also just 30 minutes away from Dublin, making it the ideal escape from the city but without a long drive.
Bellinter House weddings are always a dream to photograph, not least because of their amazing staff and endless photo opportunities. So what is it like to get married there?
Accommodation and Getting Ready at Bellinter House
Bellinter House is not just a luxury wedding venue but also an award-winning boutique hotel. Between its 41 double bedrooms in the Main House, plus the Stables, the Ruins and the School House acommodation, you can sleep up to 100 guests onsite.
All the rooms are newly refurbished, and the rooms in the Main House are particularly opulent and beautifully decorated. The Bridal Suite on the top floor is probably my favourite, featuring a bedroom and luxurious ensuite bathroom in dark-blue paneling. The dark walls in this sun-lit south-facing suite make the photos absolutely incredible!
Bellinter House Wedding Ceremony
It’s probably the ceremony spaces that make Bellinter House unique and so sought-after. The venue hosts civil ceremonies of 50 to 160 guests. There is the atmospheric Nunnery with vaulted ceilings and ornate pillars, and it’s perfect for indoor ceremonies seating up to 140 guests.
Most couples though dream of having their ceremony outdoors under the famous Weeping Beech tree, the centrepiece of the grounds and a truly stunning sight. With Irish weather being so unpredictable, the team at Bellinter House are happy to leave the final call on the morning of your wedding. If the weather cooperates saying your vows with such a beautiful backdrop, on the front lawn of a stunning Georgian estate is truly magical!
Bellinter House Wedding Reception
After the ceremonies you and your guests will proceed back into the Main House along the grand staircase, into the period drawing rooms for drinks and canapes. One of my favourite parts of the house is the uniquely artistic decor in the drawing rooms. The contemporary artworks create such a stark contrast to the historic building, the impression is truly striking and a great talking point among the guests.
At the back of the house there is a spacious patio overlooking the River Boyne, and on a sunny day most of your guests will probably be at the back enjoying the sunshine, laughing away and maybe even playing Giant Chess!
After the drinks reception you will be invited into the Rectory Suite for your delicious 5-course wedding meal. It’s a beautiful room with large windows along the side that you can decorate to your tastes. The menu options are truly mouthwatering, reflecting seasonal options with fresh Irish produce.
Bellinter House has different packages available, depending on the type of menu and drinks you’d like to have included. The minimum numbers depend on the day of the week and time of year. They vary from 50 guests Sun to Thu in Low Season to 120 guests on Fri / Sat in High Season.
Wedding Photos at Bellinter House
You definitely won’t have a problem finding beautiful photo backdrops at Bellinter House – the problem might rather be choosing where to go! From the mature trees on the front lawn, to the ancient ruins and Bathhouse at the back, to the artistic interiors and beautiful light from large period windows – there are so many choices!
I also absolutely love the light at Bellinter House. The front of the house is south-facing, meaning you get great light for group photographs on the grand staircase. And then in the evening you only need to walk outside your dining room suite to get the most gorgeous sunset light!