Located an easy 40 minute drive from Dublin, just outside of Wicklow town, Tinakilly Country House is a dream venue for a wedding celebration. The oak tree-lined driveway leads you to a beautifully restored manor. It’s surrounded by a lush garden with mature trees and enjoys stunning views over the Wicklow mountains. The house itself is a fantastic combination of old world charm and modern luxuries and comfort. It’s perfect for a romantic wedding celebration.

      Getting Ready at Tinakilly House

      Being a country house hotel, I love the way Tinakilly House combines the best of both worlds. There are a lot of rooms and a lot of space for all the guests, and you don’t need to worry about finding accommodation for everyone. And as a former manor house, it has absolutely gorgeous rooms, immaculate grounds and lots of amazing features – like a stunning staircase in the main lobby for example!

      There are a few different rooms you can get ready in but if you have a choice I highly recommend Four Poster Junior Suite located on the first landing. This south-facing room overlooking the gardens has amazing light in the mornings, and you can see the hive of activity at the hotel entrance below without being seen!

      Tinakilly House Wedding Ceremony

      If you’re looking to have a , Tinakilly House has some great options for civil wedding ceremonies. There are several drawing rooms and suites that could be used for your ceremony and drinks reception.

      The Halpin Suite offers an inspiring view of the sea and is decorated in exquisite Victorian style. French doors at the back open up into the garden, and the large bay windows fill the room with light. give direct access to the garden and large bay windows flood this room with natural light. The Halpin Suite is often used for civil ceremonies and drinks receptions in colder months.

      The Brunel Suite is another great option, seating up to 160 guests for a civil ceremony. Its warm and cosy atmosphere is less formal than that of the Halpin Suite. The soft furnishings combined with warm colours feel really inviting.

      Last but not least, the Great Pavilion normally reserved for dinner and party can also act as your ceremony room. It can seat up 260 guests.

      And then if you get the weather for it Tinakilly House is perfect for an outdoor ceremony! Set in the sunken gardens surrounded by century-old trees, it feels very special to tie the knot on the edge of a forest.

      If you prefer to go the church ceremony route, there are a few churches located within an easy distance from Tinakilly House. The most popular one is St Patrick’s Church in Wicklow town. A short 10-minute drive away, this church offers gorgeous views over the town and the sea, and the white interior provides an absolutely stunning backdrop.

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      Wedding Photos at Tinakilly House

      wedding photos at tinakilly house

      There are a number of amazing spots in Tinakilly for wedding photos. The grounds are stunning and look very different depending on the season. I went for a bit of research in late April with cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in bloom. In summer there are roses and leafy trees everywhere. In autumn the house is covered with colourful ivy and the forest leaves are turning different shades. But best of all, hidden around the house there are beautiful fields of wheat overlooking the Wicklow Mountains.

      tinakilly house wedding photo of bride and groom

      The historic house itself also has quite a few amazing options for photos. From the grand staircase to a classy bar with Chesterfield-style furniture, it’s a fantastic option both on a rainy day and for some classy pre-dinner photos when you can catch a little moment to yourselves.

      Tinakilly House Wedding Reception

      Catering for both smaller and larger weddings, Tinakilly House has beautiful options of the Halpin Suite and the Brunel Suite for intimate weddings. Most celebrations however are held in the Great Eastern Pavilion. Located in the gorgeous woodlands, it’s a standalone building with a majestic space inside. Not simply a marquee, the pavilion wood-panelled walls, floor to ceiling windows and even a beautiful lounge room. It can even be extended and seats up to 300 guests for a really large wedding party!

      It’s hard to argue that food is certainly one of wedding day’s highlights, and Tinakilly House pride themselves on their cuisine. Most of the vegetables are grown directly on the grounds, so the food is especially fresh. The fish, beef and chicken are all served from local suppliers, and the chefs prepare a fantastic mix or traditional and modern dishes.

      Accommodation at Tinakilly House

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      Unlike many other country house wedding venues, Tinakilly House is quite spacious for accommodation. It offers 52 beautiful guest bedrooms and suites to put up mos of your wedding party for the night.

      The 4 Captain Suites all feature elegant antique furniture, with king size beds, a living room area and even a fireplace. You can enjoy views of the Irish sea from the windows. The 22 Junior Suites are spacious bedrooms with comfortable four poster beds or alternatively queen size beds. Many suites also provides single beds, which is perfect for a family stay.

      There are also 15 Deluxe Bedrooms and 10 Four Poster Suites, all furnished in the same elegant Victorian style. Tinakilly House has Hotel in its name but it’s certainly not the standard run-of-the-mill hotel – it really is a place of luxury.