There are a wealth of beautiful rooms for pretty spectacular backdrops to your wedding ceremonies and reception, I have listed them from no 1 to 10 in no particular order, although I do have my favourites!
1. The Card Room in Stephen Green Hibernian Club.
One of my personal favourite venues in the city centre and close to everything really including the adjacent St. Stephen Green University & Unitarian churches and what can beat the ‘Green’ for those photos.
The Club boasts many different rooms for receptions and eating and a super new refurbished bar. The upstairs Long room overlooking the green is an beautiful eating space with an amazing wine list and well thought out menu choices by head chef Wayne Neville. For ceremonies, smaller weddings and post dinner entertaining the magnificent Card room is second to none with its domed glass ceiling and gets my vote for the most exceptional reception room in Dublin.
The club is an exclusive private membership venue and hosts only a limited number of weddings.
Operated as a private venue with a one wedding per day policy the SGHC ticks a lot of boxes.
2. The rotunda, Dublin City Hall.
Popular for civil ceremonies this spectacular hall lends all the pomp and glamour to any event but especially wedding ceremonies.
3. The Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge.
There are very few pictures which do this magnificent room justice. Currently operated by Bewleys Hotels although the group has recently been bought over by a UK hotel chain.
Located on the corner of Merrion Road and Simmonscourt Road in Dublin’s exclusive area of Ballsbridge, you will find Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge and Thomas Prior Hall.
The originally purpose for this building was a Masonic Female Orphan School. It was built by Messrs. Gahan and son according to the architectural plans of Messrs. McCurdy Mitchell. The work of Messrs. McCurdy and Mitchell is also linked to the construction carried out on the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin and the Zoological Gardens in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The hall which is to the left of the main building was built ten years after the construction of the school was completed and was used as an assembly hall for prayers and meetings..
4. The Banking Hall at Westin College Green
Widely renowned as one of this prestigious groups most beautiful ballrooms it is hard to beat this 3 storey beauty. A former banking hall (of course) it was beautifully restored when this international chain opens their College Green hotel, well in the last century really!!!
The signature feature of The Westin Dublin is the magnificent Banking Hall restored to its former glory of 1863 with opulent marble pillars, tall mahogany doorways and magnificent detailing on the walls and ceiling including 4 chandeliers crafted from 8,000 pieces of Waterford Crystal. The Banking Hall, which has its own entrance through the stunning façade on College Street can accommodate up to 170 guests for a seated banquet.
5. The Gandon rooms at NO 25 Fitzwilliam Place.
This little Georgian gem has been lovingly restored and caters for more intimate numbers. A favourite with those getting married in the nearby registry office which is just a short stroll along the canal. The Gandon Rooms are located on the first floor of No. 25 and accommodate up to 60 guests seated. The rooms are painted in glamorous Cinema Navy and feature large floor to ceiling sash windows overlooking Fitzwilliam Place. The Gandon Rooms are linked by full height double doors, and together epitomise the elegance of Georgian Dublin. No 25. Fitzwilliam Place
6. The Vaults, Christchurch Cathedral Dublin
For those who like the idea of gothic chic in a historic setting, this ones for you. Set in the vaults of this ancient cathedral the vaults are available for a stealth of functions and is becoming increasingly popular with brides and grooms as a choice for their wedding receptions. http://christchurchcathedral.ie/venue-hire/.
7. College Hall in The Royal College of Surgeons, St. Stephens Green
Yet another Stephens Green classic, this historic building still bears the scars from the 1916 rising with bullet holes visible in the ante room to this great hall. Steeped in history it would be an honour to be a part of the history of this St.Stephens Green classic.
8. The long Room in the Stephens Green Hibernian Club
The second room in their beautiful venue to be featured in this top ten. This room overlooks the leafy green and is a stunning example of 1870’s architecture.
The Club grew out of the earlier Union Club closely associated with Daniel O’Connell, the 19th Century political reformer. It first opened its doors in 1840 as the Stephen’s Green Club. In 2004, following the closure of the Hibernian Services Club in No. 8, the Stephen’s Green Club amalgamated with this and hence became the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club – extending itself to an even bigger membership base. With continually growing membership, drawn from the world of business and the professions, it is now one of the largest private members clubs on St. Stephen’s Green.
9. The Ballroom upstairs at Fallon & Byrne
This city centre venue is gaining popularity for weddings and this room can accommodate numbers from 50-100 for a full sit down service. The location in this upmarket emporium is a draw for foodies and wine lovers.
10. The dining rooms at No, 10 Ormond Quay
If your looking for contemporary urban chic in an elegant venue this ones for you. A tasteful mix of old and new the dining rooms can seat 80 and the venue can cater for 250 for further entertaining. This elegant room is for hire as part of an exclusive venue.