Hate the thought of planning a big wedding? Why not save yourself the stress (and expense) of a traditional wedding, and elope to Northern Ireland? Elopements have grown in popularity over the past few years. No longer seen as a secretive thing, elopements are a great way to combine both your wedding and your honeymoon. I’m going to share with you five reasons you should elope to Northern Ireland!
Elopements Northern Ireland- The scenery
Not to boast, but for such a small place, Northern Ireland sure does pack a punch! In particular, the North Coast of Northern Ireland is pretty special. Along the 20 mile stretch of The Causeway Coast from Portrush in the west, to Ballycastle in the east, there’s an abundance of stunning locations for your elopement.
Some of the best locations include: Dunluce Castle, The Giant’s Causeway, Kinbane Castle and Dunseverick, along with stunning beaches along the way. Game of Thrones fans will enjoy Ballintoy (Iron Islands) and The Dark Hedges (The King’s Road).
The romance of Northern Ireland elopements
An elopement is an intimate experience with just the two of you, or a select group of friends and family. You have the freedom to plan the day just as you want. You can plan your Northern Ireland elopement so that it reflects you and your love. There’s no need to stress about things like timelines and cutting the cake, but focus on being with the one you love and the commitment you are making to each other.
The adventure of eloping to Northern Ireland
Maybe Ireland is somewhere you have always dreamt about visiting? So hop on that plane and combine your wedding and honeymoon. Imagine exchanging your vows on a cliff top with the wild Atlantic waves crashing below, or by the ruins of a 300-year-old castle? You could start your married life with a big adventure! After your elopement you could spend time exploring the history and culture of our wee country.
The hospitality of the Irish
The hospitality of the Irish is renowned the world over. It is known as the home of a hundred thousand welcomes. You will get a warm welcome and enjoy great hospitality. You could enjoy the charm of Irish pubs with live music. A phrase we often use is “The craic was mighty”. Now we’re not taking about hard drugs, but rather the good fun and conversation you have! There are so many great places to stay along the Causeway Coastal route. Along with Airbnbs, The Bushmills Inn is hard to beat. And their food it amazing!
The weather- Four seasons in one day
Now you know I am joking when I mention the weather! If you are expecting warm and sunny weather, even the summer, you may well be in for a surprise! You generally don’t come to Northern Ireland for the weather, unless you like rain and wind! But sure, it would be boring if the weather was predictable, wouldn’t it? You really can have four seasons in one day.
Every season has its own charms. Summer has long days; the sun doesn’t set until 10pm. If we are blessed with a sunset, the golden light is totally beautiful. Bear in mind that some of the more popular tourist attractions like The Dark Hedges can be very busy during the summer months. Winter means shorter days, with sunset happening around 3.30pm. The light can often be very dramatic, perfect for your photographs! Spring and autumn can be a happy medium, with mild weather (at times), fewer tourists and earlier sunsets than summer.
Regardless of the season, if you come prepared for every weather eventuality, and are up for an adventure, you will not be disappointed!
I hope you have enjoyed these five reasons why you should elope to Northern Ireland. It really is an undiscovered gem, full of the most beautiful scenery and friendly people. So, what are you waiting for? Start your married life with an amazing adventure!
My elopement packages are for four hours coverage, planning assistance and guidance and include a full gallery of your images, for £750. I know all the great spots and would be only too delighted to help you plan your elopement to Northern Ireland.
Get in touch with me here to start planning your Northern Ireland elopement.
Check out Lindsay and Dave’s stunning Kinbane Castle elopement here.
More information about the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route can be found here:
Here’s some information about the legalities of getting married in Northern Ireland: