When looking for an alternative wedding venue around Dublin, the Millhouse in Slane, Co. Meath is a popular choice. It’s no wonder! The place has such a fantastic vibe to it and is certainly different from a lot of other wedding venues. I couldn’t wait for Rebecca and Taigh’s Millhouse Slane wedding. It proved to be one of the most fun days I’ve ever got to capture. Just look at Rebecca’s amazing smile (in every single photo, I must add!) and you’ll know what I mean!
Accommodation and Getting Ready at The Millhouse Slane Wedding
Rebecca and Taidgh both chose to get ready at the venue. I always find it makes the day so much more relaxing. You don’t need to worry about losing time in traffic and losing your guests on the way! You can wake up in a beautiful location, take the morning slowly and just enjoy being with your close family and friends. Taidgh got ready in the main house while Rebecca and her bridesmaids had their morning in the Coach House.
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, 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. Depending on the availability, you may also want to stay on site the night before or after.
Rebecca and Taidgh’s style for their Millhouse Slane wedding completely stole my heart. As Rebecca said herself in the morning, nothing really matches – and yet everything did! Taidgh had no specific plan for his look, and ended up getting an amazing brown woolen ensemble. Rebecca’s bridesmaids’ only brief was “pastel dresses”, and the combination of colours and styles works together perfectly. The soft yet colourful rose bouquets by Ab Fab Flowers added a lovely splash of colour to this unique industrial-looking venue. And Rebecca herself looks absolutely radiant in her stunning Justin Alexander dress from The Bridal Outlet.
Couple Wedding Photos: First Look
Another fantastic way to make your day even more relaxing and exciting is to do a first look! The ceremony was on site, so Rebecca and Taidgh had lots of time in the morning. It made perfect sense to get the photos done in the morning and enjoy as much time as possible with the guests. Check here for other reasons why I love a first look wedding!
The weather treated us so nicely all the way up to the afternoon and even let us get the best first look photos. Still, Ireland decided to remind us that it’s October after all and give us a bit of a fright with a passing shower! We got some incredible photos around the old Mill with the cool textured backdrops. I love the geometry of the old stairs, the blue of the Museum of Transport and the little lights strewn around the grounds. All these spots are within minutes’ walk from each other. Rebecca and Taidgh were laughing and giggling through all the photos, and I honestly couldn’t stop capturing their beautiful chemistry!
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. Rebecca and Taidgh had 100 guests, and the space felt perfect. The Old Mill is available for civil ceremonies at €400 extra charge.
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.
Rebecca and Taidgh’s Millhouse Slane wedding ceremony went off without a hitch, with beautiful readings and singing by one of the bridesmaids. Rebecca’s uncle officiated the ceremony, which made it even more heartfelt and personal. The last beautiful touch were the vows that Rebecca and Taidgh wrote for each other. They talked about the way they support each other, the way Taidgh always felt at home living over in the UK, and the way Rebecca has made a new happy home in Ireland. Writing your own vows is such a beautiful thing you can do for your wedding! But if the idea of saying them in front of everyone makes you really nervous, maybe think about writing letters to each other to exchange in the morning?
Wedding Reception at the Millhouse in Slane
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!
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’s also an amazing spot for some magical night-time photos, just look at Rebecca and Taidgh in this enchanted forest!
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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!