If you’re a couple whose taste is far from ordinary, when it comes to the mission of choosing a wedding venue, your attention will probably turn to those which stray from the norm. Thankfully, Northern Ireland offers a wide range of alternative wedding venues.

Whether you’re a fan of music, fancy saying your “I dos” in the great outdoors, or a barn setting is beckoning, in part 1 of this month’s wedding venue guide, we’ve rounded up 10 alternative wedding venues Northern Ireland, which are definitely worth checking out.

alternative wedding venues Northern Ireland


This bohemian restaurant is all about drama! Combining an intimate, unique cutting edge ambiance, AMPM is known for its stylish design, atmosphere and wholesome cuisine, which means it proves a popular choice with couples seeking a wedding venue with a difference. Perfect for those with a smaller wedding in mind, the attentive team will ensure your day is as brilliantly organised. Get more information here.

The Empire

Music fans rejoice! The Empire concert venue is the stuff of dreams. Located in Belfast, the venue is a firm favourite with couples who crave the drama of a music hall for their wedding day. Plus, with its very own stage, your band can effortlessly deliver a live music experience for your guests. When it comes to food, canapés or light bites are a great option, or for a more formal meal, outside catering is available. The well-stocked bar means guests will definitely be taken care of and with a blank canvas, you can decorate as you wish. Get more information here.

Orange Tree House

A relatively new kid on the block, Orange Tree House has quickly earned a reputation as a top contender in our alternative wedding venues Northern Ireland guide. Situated in the pretty historical village of Greyabbey on the shores of Strangford Lough, the restored 1820’s stone barn style church has been transformed into a unique wedding venue. Get more information here.

alternative wedding venues Northern Ireland

Finnebrogue Woods

Let’s face it… getting married outdoors in Northern Ireland probably isn’s the most practical idea, but thankfully, Finnebrogue Woods have made outdoor weddings possible. The secluded venue, offers something truly unique for couples hoping to tread the road less travelled. Upon arrival, follow a winding lane to your own private hideaway, where giant Nordic tipis await you in a magical lakeside clearing, which is surrounded by ancient woodland as far as the eye can see. Dreamy! Get more information here.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the midst of Slieve Gullion Forest Park, the Courtyard definitely offers a wedding venue which is far from boring. With unrivalled views, you can be sure your wedding photos will look spectacular. Get more information here.


This private and secluded barn wedding venue is located in the heart of County Antrim. Guests have access to the barn and its surroundings, with various rooms available for your ceremony and reception. It also boasts the advantage of being able to hire a marquee should more space be required. The team will work tirelessly to help bring your wedding day vision to life, with everything from hog roasts, to barbecues and picnics possible. Get more information here.

Alternative wedding venues Northern Ireland

Café Parisien

For a chic city wedding day, Cafe Parisien offers a little French flair and sophistication in equal measures. Whether it’s an intimate wedding reception for 30 or a lavish affair for 100 guests, the team will help organise every detail of your big day. Get more information here.

Riverdale Barn

This rustic barn offers the perfect blank slate to allow you to really bring your wedding day theme to life. The location is a fully restored family barn that can host weddings of up to 140 guests for a sit-down meal. Get more information here.

Downhill Demesne

Affording breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Downhill Demesne and the Mussenden Temple are all about the amazing backdrop. Nestled on the North Coast, spectacular wedding photos are guaranteed. Get more information here.

Alternative wedding venues Northern Ireland

Cultra Manor at Ulster American Folk Park

Winner of the Wedding Journal’s ‘Alternative Venue of the Year’ award, Cultra Manor offers everything that you would expect from a wedding venue with a difference. Wedding prices start from just £2000 and when it comes to your big day, the team has really thought of everything. Get more information here.


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