In the past two years I have photographed 28 wedding venues in Northern Ireland. I want to share with you some important factors. Photographers look at things differently. We are able to skip past the menu options, room layouts and pricing. I want you to imagine today is the day and your ready to rock!

Things to remember.

Distance from church or have they a license for ceremonies. Some wedding venues in Northern Ireland offer indoor and outdoor locations. Where will bridal prep take place and can you stay the night before? What is their policy for multiple weddings, have they a dance floor? If important, is the bar inside the room? What about flexibility on decor, can the room be personalised? Have friends or family used the same venue recently?

What Photographers look for.

We are thinking, whats it like on a wet day, have they indoor options? Are backgrounds busy, will the lighting be harsh? The gardens, are they mature, do they offer shelter or are they exposed? Are there pathways incase the grass is wet? Even in summer wedding venues in Northern Ireland can be unpredictable. What features look good at night, are the staff helpful and do things run on time? My fav, do they serve the photographer a meal??

My top 5 wedding venues in Northern Ireland.

Below I listed my top 5. Mainly around the North Coast, all for various reasons and in no particular order.

Drenagh House Estate

staircase inside drenagh house limavady
staircase at drenagh draped in flowers
wedding couple celebrating at drenagh house estate in limavady
confetti walk to seal the deal
balustraded viewpoint at drenagh house limavady
beautiful gardens
wedding ceremony inside the moon garden at drenagh house
celebrating inside moon garden at drenagh house estate in limavady

Roe Park Resort

old ruins at roe park resort
the ruins at sunset
a selection of wedding photographs taken at roe park resort in limavady
roe park wedding photography
bride and groom cutting wedding cake
cutting the cake
bridal party taking a walk
bridal party on way to drinks reception
lawn games at ballysculiion park bellaghy
lawn games for wedding guests
marquee at ballyscullion park
inside the marquee at ballyscullion park

forest wedding ceremony
ceremony in the forest
newlyweds sharing a moment at beech hill house hotel derry
cheers to us in the gastro pub
cocktail bar inside leighinmohr house hotel
couples cocktail bar
leighinmohr house hotel at night
newlyweds standing under beautiful chandelier
down by the river at leighinmohr house hotel
gazebo down by the river at leighinmohr house hotel

For civil ceremonies, Galgorm Resort & Spa is one of the most popular wedding venues in Northern Ireland . Not on my list, their package includes a photographer and I’m not one of them. Luckily, venues like this allow swapping out the photographer. Read my guide on choosing your wedding photographer and don’t risk hoping on a conveyor belt.

Hopefully this guide to wedding venues in Northern Ireland highlighted a few things. If your getting married and haven’t booked a photographer, please use this form to get in touch. I usually have bookings 2/3 years in advance though my diary is always open.