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Weddings at City Hall Dublin

You cannot imagine a better wedding venue than City Hall in Dublin. The building itself is just stunning ! It was built between 1769 and 1779, it was originally used as financial centre by merchants of Dublin. Dublin City Hall is very popular among foreign visitors. It is centrally located just a few minutes walk from Dublin Temple Bar and the entrance is free. 

As a Dublin wedding photographer I have captured many weddings at City Hall Dublin over the past decade. Many couples arrived from overseas and they were all amazed how beautiful the building was! The Rotunda "wowes" everybody, it's absolutely stunning ! The venue itself is very spacious and It's also ideal for after ceremony champagne reception and speeches. 

The acoustics in the building  is unbelievable, so if you are a fan of great music and want to have live musicians during your ceremony you couldn't choose a better wedding venue in Dublin. 

Dublin City Hall is fantastic to host small intimate ceremonies as well as big wedding parties with more than 200 people.

The staff is always very friendly and attentive. They love hosting weddings at City Hall Dublin ! 

There is many pros to have your wedding there and honestly I cannot think about any cons, not even one! If you dream about a city wedding the venue is perfect for you. It's definitely worth paying a bit extra to have your ceremony at Dublin City Hall. The interior itself is so beautiful that you don't need to worry about too many extra details. It always looks very elegant. 

You can have your civil ceremony up there but many couples choose slightly longer and more personal humanist or spiritual wedding ceremonies. You can find many fantastic celebrants in Dublin. I'm going to share a couple of links with you in a minute.  

So if you still hesitate and haven't chosen your Dublin wedding venue yet I highly recommend to consider getting married at Dublin City Hall. Due to its central location it's very easy to organise your big day up there. Everything, all pubs, restaurants, photography locations, main tourist attractions are within the walking distance from the venue. The grooms usually choose the Oak Pub which is just opposite Dublin City Hall before heading to the ceremony to have their last pint of Guinness as bachelors. Note- the first pint of Guinness as a married couple will be at The Stag's Head on the way to the dinner reception ! :) If you ask me about the best reception place after your wedding at Dublin City Hall I'd choose Fallon & Byrne - OMG their cake table !!!- Dublin Westin Hotel or Dublin Morrison Hotel. All 3 venues are within a short walking distance from Dublin City Hall and all the guests can go together which is so much fun ! 

If you have any questions, please drop me a line, if you want to book professional & fun reportage style wedding photography in Dublin I'll be very happy to help you with that as well. 

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What do I need to do in order to  book my ceremony at Dublin City Hall?

First of all you need to contact you local HSE at least 3 months before your wedding date to register your wedding with HSE. When it's done the HSE will appoint a civil register to perform your ceremony. As I've mentioned before you can choose a humanist type of ceremony if you'd like some more personal touch to it. You can find the links to humanist celebrants here:

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 Is Dublin City Hall expensive? 

A City Hall ceremony costs €1,250.00. After the two-week provisional hold, a €550 deposit payment and your booking form confirms your booking. The €700 balance is due one month before your wedding.


What is included in price? 

- You have the venue for three hours, one hour before your ceremony to set up and two hours for your ceremony and photos/optional drinks reception.

- PA system - iPod music only & readings

- An Antique table and chairs for both of you and your celebrant 

-100 City Hall gold Chiavari guest chairs, if you'd like to have nicer chairs Dublin City Hall can provide you with a list of their chairs' suppliers.

- Coat rails

- A City Hall staff member looking after you at the venue

- An escort for the arrival of the wedding couple/bride/ partner

- Security guards on each door

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Can I decorate the venue?

As I've mentioned before the venue itself is beautiful and very elegant the way it is, it doesn't need anything extra but of course you can add some personal details if you want to. You can dress the chairs with flowers, put beautiful candles at the table, put the lanterns on the floor, make your own flower arrangements. 

I adore my dog, can I bring him with me to attend the ceremony?

Yes, well behaved pets are very welcome at Dublin City Hall.


Is live music allowed at the venue?

Of course, you can hire your own musicians to perform during your ceremony or alternatively you can use our PA system. 


Does Dublin City Hall photograph well ?

YES, YES and YES ! As Dublin wedding photographer I can assure you that there is plenty of fantastic photo opportunities both inside and outside of Dublin City Hall. There is also a fantastic spot to take a big group shot even with full venue capacity of 200 guests! 

Is it possible to have food/drinks reception after the ceremony?

Yes, it is. Dublin City Hall can provide you with a list of the best Dublin caterers. 

 Is it possible to have food/drinks reception after the ceremony?

Yes, it is. Dublin City Hall can provide you with a list of the best Dublin caterers. 

Hope it helps and now you're all excited and ready to book spectacular Dublin City Hall as your wedding venue. Here's an email to contact Dublin City Hall directly to book the venue or to get some more information.

And of course if you need Dublin wedding photographer to capture your Big Day at Dublin City Hall, please don't hesitate and drop me a line:

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