Getting engaged to someone and deciding where to marry is at once exciting and scary.
Depending on the kind of person you are, the idea of organizing a party for about 200 people is a daunting prospect. It is the ultimate party. It’s a party for your friends and family as well as an intensely personal celebration of your love and commitment to someone. If that person is from another country, with different cultures and customs I know it can seem even more daunting.
I plan and organize weddings for a lot of couples living in the States – in Boston, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. These cities have direct flights to Shannon Airport, which is probably one of the best airports to get in and out of. It has the added benefit of being 20 minutes to Dromoland Castle, Knappogue Castle; 40 minutes to the Cliffs of Moher and Doonbeg in West Clare and to Adare in County Limerick in the other direction!
It is a great location for North Americans because they do not have to change flights from the East coast and they don’t have to travel any distance to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
There are gems all over Ireland but I really must mention an enchanting place I visited over the New Year. It’s the other side of the country from us, in the medieval town of Carlingford, County Louth and it is a charming wedding venue called Ghan House. It really is lovely.
Ghan House is an old Georgian house overlooking the Irish Sea on one side, with the Mourne Mountains on the other. It would be a lovely place to have for a destination wedding (Dublin is not even an hour south) and would just mean a bit of extra planning and organizing.
With so many perfect places to have a wedding in Ireland, I am not surprised you just got engaged to an Irishman 😉