How to have an Irish wedding in the South of England

With some of the finest venues in Europe, the South of England is a dreamy location to host any wedding. From castles to stately country houses, we have a range of venues that will make your wedding day extra special. We all know just how unique Irish weddings can be, but fear not, your wedding will be full of Guinness, River Dancing, and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’.

Why the South of England?

One main advantage is the weather. While we can’t guarantee a day of sunshine and clear blue skies, the South of England is known for being one of the warmest parts of the UK. Don’t forget to tell your pale Irish guests to bring lots of sun cream for a summer wedding though.

The South also boasts some of the most beautiful countryside, providing the perfect photograph opportunity for your fairy tale wedding. Quintessentially British, Clearwell Castle is one of our favourite venues. Complete with a sweeping tree-lined driveway, this screams for a horse-drawn carriage for the bride.

Bringing the Irish Traditions

Within the wedding planning process we would of course be sure to integrate some custom Irish traditions into the ceremony for you. Whether that’s decorating the venue with lucky horseshoes, preparing an extra cake for the new mother-in-law to break over the head of the bride, or placing a statue of the Child of Prague in the grounds to ensure the day is blessed by nice weather. Our team work closely with you to ensure your wedding is everything you dreamed of and more.

We’ll also provide the dancefloor ready for you and your guests to show off their talent, just in case one of the family surprises you with a Michael Jackson Irish dance like @Leaving Neverland Facts tweeted about!

Leave the Inessentials for Last

Planning your dream wedding from afar can be a little tricky. With our wedding packages you won’t have to worry about the little details as we can take care of them for you.

Once you have the basics in place, leave things such as the flowers and decoration until further down the line. What with wedding flower trends changing so regularly, things like that can be organised later.

It’s a good idea to have some inspiration in your mind, but do consider the seasons too. If you’re having a winter wedding, it will be harder to get hold of roses, for example.

Venue Visits

If you’re living in Ireland and hoping to have a wedding in the South of England, we advise you to visit the venue personally. It can be hard to visualise your big day without wandering around the grounds of a venue, and sending someone on your behalf can sometimes be a bit risky (even if they are your parents!).

If you don’t have time to visit, ask a friend whose taste you trust, rather than someone who will be visualising their own wedding at your potential venue. Our venue brochures will help you to get a good indication of what to expect though.

So with your venue picked, your Irish River Dancers booked, and your wedding playlist full of ‘Come On Eileen’, ‘Maniac 2000’, and a bit of Ronan Keating to bring the night to a close, your Irish wedding will be one to remember.

If you have any questions relating to having your wedding at Clearwell Castle, please don't hesitate to call Charlotte via the contact details below:


T: 01594 832 320

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