Destination weddings can be so much fun. I like to think of them as a vacation and a wedding all in one. They give you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and celebrate with your loved ones. If you’re planning to have a destination wedding, you should consider coming to Galway. Below are some reasons why choosing Galway in Ireland for your destination wedding is a great idea.

Galway as a picturesque destination wedding location

Galway is a beautiful harbour city in western Ireland. It has incredible landscapes and the views are phenomenal. You’ll love this place if you’re planning to have an outdoor wedding. There are many outstanding venues for your indoor celebration too. In 2019, Lonely Planet listed Galway as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit. With a distance of just under an hour from Connemara National Park and the Cliffs of Moher, it’s easy to see why. Galway is perfect for your destination wedding.

In 2020, Galway was also awarded the European capital of culture. You and your loved ones will enjoy the medieval streets filled with friendly people, history and bohemian vibes. A simple stroll through the streets of Galway will have you smiling in no time.

It’s easy to get here

For your destination wedding in Galway, Dublin or Shannon airport are both ideal. The Shannon airport is closer, but you can get a non-stop direct bus to Galway city centre at Dublin. It leaves every 30 minutes, and in under 3 hours, you’ll be in Galway and ready to have a good time. All you have to do is book your flights together and don’t forget your wedding clothes.

Accommodation options

Galway City is popular with tourists so you can find fantastic accommodation for you and your guests. As a wedding photographer in Galway, I have captured weddings at venues with onsite accommodation for guests too. You’ll find 5-star hotels with gold facilities and spas. There are also Airbnb’s and other options for guests on a budget.

Wedding Services

You’ll find a healthy amount of experienced and professional local wedding suppliers here in Galway. Whether you’re after a wedding planner or a lovely Galway wedding photographer this is our home, and we love it. They’d be delighted to meet you and help to ensure your wedding in Galway is a fairy tale one.

Wedding photograph of a married couple in Galway
Talented wedding photographers can turn your Galway wedding into special memories.

Wedding venues

You’ll also find many beautiful wedding venues in Galway, gourmet caterers and exceptional wedding designers. You’ll be catered to, whether you’re having an elopement wedding, micro wedding or a large party with your loved ones. If you’re looking for an outdoor wedding ceremony with breath taking views then you have come to the right place. Or perhaps you’re wanting to elope and have an intimate ceremony? Galway is the perfect place to accommodate your nuptial needs.


There’s a reason why Galway is recognized as a foodie destination. There are so many restaurants and caterers to choose from. For the culture, you can try out the famous McDonagh’s Fish and chips shop. Your guests will also love the fantastic seafood options available. The pubs at Galway are also quite legendary. You can also sample the local craft ales as you enjoy the all-year-round party atmosphere at Galway.

Final Words

In conclusion, Galway is a fantastic gem of a city waiting to host your gorgeous destination wedding. I can’t wait to capture your wedding photos at some of the most picturesque places you’ve ever seen.

Like the rest of Ireland, the weather is mild all year round, and we can work something out whether you come in the winter or the summer. That’s why I love being a wedding photographer in Galway; there are always options. So, what are you waiting for?