The Millhouse Slane is one of my absolute favourite wedding venues, and it’s especially popular with couples looking for an alternative wedding venue. It’s no wonder! The Millhouse Slane has a fantastic vibe to it and is certainly different from a lot of other wedding venues.
Located on the banks of the beautiful River Boyne just outside of Slane, Co. Meath, the Millhouse is an easy 40-minute drive from Dublin. Yet it has a unique old-style charm to it, with the historic Georgian house and the original industrial Mill (chimney included!). The Mill is the most popular site for your wedding ceremony and the elegant house will wow your guests during the drinks reception. For dinner and dancing there’s a dedicated spacious marquee that can accommodate various guest numbers – from micro-weddings to big celebrations of 240 guests.
Accommodation and Getting Ready at The Millhouse Slane
The Coach House is a private dressing room that you are welcome to use even if you’re not staying at the Millhouse the night before. It’s just beside the river Boyne , with relaxing views over the flowing water out of the large two-storey window.
The room is filled with light, so it’s perfect for all aspects of the bridal morning. Your make-up artist, hair stylist – and photographer! – will love the abundance of light, and you and your bridal party will enjoy a tranquil atmosphere with a pre-wedding breakfast, a fruit platter and a bottle of Prosecco. The Coach House is available for couples at €200 extra charge.
For your wedding night you’ll have the Main House to yourselves, with its 15 bedrooms to accommodate your immediate family and bridal party (up to 30 people). Depending on the availability, you may also want to stay on site the night before or after.
Wedding Ceremony at the Millhouse, Slane
The wedding ceremony space in the Old Mill is uniquely dramatic and romantic at the same time. The steeped-in-history industrial building is transformed with candlelight and vintage-style crystal chandeliers. The exposed brick walls and the open-beamed ceiling create a timeless setting and amazes all the guests who walk in!
The ceremony room seats up to 200 guests but also works great for smaller weddings. I’ve photographed both large weddings and Covid micro-weddings there, and it’s great to see how perfect the space feels in both cases. The Old Mill is available for civil ceremonies at €400 extra charge.
It’s also a fantastic space for indoor photos in case the weather doesn’t play up on the day. The white backdrop is beautiful for family photos, and you can also use the vast mill for a first look to make sure none of the guests see you on the grounds.
If your heart is set on an outdoor ceremony (and the temperamental Irish weather allows it!), you can set it up in the middle of the beautiful orchard on the bank of the River Boyne.
Millhouse Slane Wedding Reception
Millhouse Slane wedding receptions are held in the Old Manor (for drinks and chats) and the gorgeous Pavilion for the main meal and celebration. I fell in love with the Pavilion at first sight – it’s spacious, mirrored and most importantly filled with light! The main chandelier draws everyone’s eyes to it and is simply spectacular. The warm tones the room is decorated in makes for perfect photos. The abundant light is reflected in the mirrored walls. The warm drapes on the walls and ceiling make for natural skin tones in the photos. It’s every photographer’s dream, and your memories will look amazing!
Food is one of the highlights at every wedding celebration, and the Millhouse team certainly excel at it. All the produce is local and seasonal, sources from the Boyne Valley area. There are multiple menu options, from a BBQ style feast to a four-course banquet. I always find that your wedding menu should be just as much a personalized choice as your dress and flowers. Make it count!
The Pavilion accommodates up to 150 guests and can be extended with a marquee to 240 people. It opens up to the magical views of the River Boyne and the Orchard lit up at night. It looks perfectly magical!
Below are some of the highlights from Millhouse Slane weddings. Check my full real weddings at the bottom of the page to see more!