Your wedding is without a doubt one of the biggest days of your life. Firstly we would like to say congratulations if you have recently gotten engaged! One of the first things our couples consider before booking their wedding is the venue – where the main event will take place. Your NI wedding venue is a crucial part of the planning process, affecting the cost and atmosphere of the event. 

If you have started to consider your dream wedding, you have likely imagined your perfect NI wedding venue. We recommend you consider a range of factors before making the final decision on your wedding venue. 

1. Wedding Venue Capacity

Almost every aspect of your dream wedding is optional – there are no rules. While you can choose whether to include everything from flowers to cakes to bridesmaids, there is one non-negotiable thing; the venue. Without a venue, where would you celebrate the beginning of your next chapter in life with your nearest and dearest? 

Although finding the perfect NI wedding venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding, it is not always as straightforward as ‘can you fit X amount of people?’ 

The space capacity of your wedding venue dictates the overall atmosphere of the event. For example, a space that is too small for your number of guests can hinder the tone of your day. Similarly, having an unnecessarily large venue for a smaller guest list would create a different tone.

We also recommend tackling your guestlist with a degree of margin. Consider whether some guests wish to add on a plus one, or if there are guests who are unlikely to turn up. Oftentimes, our couples might want to add guests on at a later date – ensure you have the freedom to adjust your guestlist along the way. 

At Tullyglass Hotel & Residences in Ballymena, we have two wedding suites; The Corinthian Suite and The Clocktower Suite. 

The Corinthian Suite can accommodate up to 23 round tables, and the Clock Tower Suite can accommodate up to 86 round tables. No matter how big or small your guest list is, we can create the perfect venue space for your Northern Ireland wedding. 

2. Food and Beverage Options

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, with each wedding having unique features. Many couples also want to reflect their individuality in their NI wedding venue’s food and drink menus. 

At Tullyglass Hotel & Residences, we offer a variety of wedding packages which can be uniquely tailored to your taste and requirements. Each package includes a decadent menu with between four and five courses. Our in-house catering team are guaranteed to provide you and your guests with an unforgettable dining experience at your wedding. 

A wedding venue that caters to everyone

We know that each of your guests has individual dietary requirements. Whether your guests have vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free requirements, our chefs will prepare unique dishes to ensure all guests experience the same culinary excellence at your NI wedding. All you have to do is let us know at your earliest convenience, and our team will do the rest.

3. NI Wedding Packages

There are so many individual elements that make your wedding a memorable one. Many couples find themselves stressed and overwhelmed throughout the wedding planning process, and they are left wishing there was one package that covered everything. 

At Tullyglass Hotel & Residences, we have carefully curated five unique wedding packages to ensure the beginning of your love story is as beautiful as the memories that will follow. 

Our wedding packages comprise several elements which have been carefully thought out and arranged; 

  • Arrival services 
  • Hotel benefits 
  • Room decor 
  • Table decor 
  • Stationery 
  • Food menus 
  • Table drinks 
  • Accommodation 

We also offer a range of additional extras which can be added to your wedding package. Whether it’s a luxurious gin bar, chocolate-covered strawberries, or hot and cold canapes, we can ensure your wedding day is a pinnacle of luxury and opulence.

4. Is your NI wedding venue licensed?

Many brides’ first question when they are booking their dream wedding venue in Northern Ireland is whether the venue is licensed. 

With a license, a wedding venue has the ability to carry out the wedding ceremony as well as the reception thereafter. At Tullyglass, we hold a Civil Licence which permits us to hold civil wedding ceremonies in our Venetian Suite. The Venetian Suite at Tullyglass is a regal room, with beautiful details throughout, adding elements of history and elegance to your day. 

Why consider holding your ceremony and reception in one venue

Having a combined ceremony and wedding reception in one location can be a lifesaver. Having one wedding venue for the entirety of your day has many benefits for you and your guests, with lower transportation costs and a smoother itinerary for the day ahead. 

Countless considerations for your NI wedding venue

Ultimately, we could talk for hours about the things you should consider when choosing your dream wedding venue in NI, but we have selected the most common questions our couples ask when they are planning their big day. 

If you would like to find out more about our opulent weddings, visit our website today to find out how you can get in touch!