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Wednesday 26 September 2018

More and more opting to wed at historic City Hall

A wedding here costs €1,250
A wedding here costs €1,250

Dublin's historic City Hall building is being chosen by a growing number of people who want to get married in a venue with a difference.

The city council revealed that 136 weddings took place at the venue last year - and the numbers are set to exceed that this year, with 144 confirmed bookings already made.

The current cost of hiring the city centre venue for a wedding is €1,250, according to a council spokesperson.

Included in the price is the use of the Rotunda for one hour prior to the ceremony, and one hour afterwards for a canape and drinks reception if the couple wish, or for photographs.

It also includes 200 chairs for guests and the completion of necessary documentation.

A dedicated member of staff on the day and security personnel are also included in the cost of hiring the venue.

The numbers opting to get married at the City Hall are growing year on year. In 2016, there were 105 weddings, which increased to 136 in 2017.

It only permits civil or secular weddings - no religious ceremonies are allowed at the venue.

City Hall was built between 1769 and 1779, and took 10 years to complete. It was initially built as The Royal Exchange, where people would come to exchange their Irish punts into English sterling.

When it comes to getting married somewhere a little bit out of the ordinary, there are a variety of options to choose from, both in Dublin and nationwide.

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A spokesperson for Dublin Zoo was unable to provide figures on the number of weddings that were held there last year, or those booked for this year.

However, she said that Haughton House, a restored historical building with magnificent views of the zoo, is available seven days a week for all types of wedding ceremonies and blessings.

"Weddings at Dublin Zoo cost €650, excluding VAT," the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, there are currently nine Office of Public Works managed sites where civil or humanist wedding ceremonies are allowed, a spokesperson said.

These are Charles Fort in Cork; Desmond Hall in Limerick; Dungarvan Castle in Waterford; The Main Guard in Clonmel, Co Tipperary; Ceide Fields Visitor Centre in Mayo; Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre in Longford; Kilkenny Castle; Emo Court in Laois, and Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhoir in Kerry.

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