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Fáilte go hÁrainn
Official Guide to the Aran Islands

Weddings, Vow Renewals, and Honeymoons

The Aran Islands is an exciting place to have your wedding. Whether you plan on having a small, intimate occasion, or a large extravanganza, there are venues here that will cater for you. The islands are romantic, even exotic, with amazing beaches and wonderful scenery. The people speak Irish. You feel like you are in another world. There is peace and tranquillity. You will have opportunities to walk, cycle, swim, explore and investigate. In the evenings, take a drink in a local bar and enjoy the live music. Start your married life on one of Ireland’s favourite islands and make your special day the one that your guests will never forget. The most memorable day of your lives.

The Aran Islands have grown to attract people more and more to have as their wedding venue. In the past, people came to the Islands for their honeymoons. I have met many people who have now been here 20-40 years who came for their honeymoons but now there is an increasing number coming out for their wedding ceremony. The people on Inis Mor have in recent times promoted weddings on the Aran Islands and offers itself as venue with special packages for weddings such at the Aran Islands hotel and Joe Wattys.

Myself, Dara Molloy, offer Celtic weddings to people so they can be outdoor ceremonies with a Celtic flavor drawing on the Celtic traditional weddings like hand fasting, or a blessing at the holy well within your ceremony. Weddings are very attractive on the Islands and the numbers of people getting married is growing every year. Additionally you have vowel renewals, people who come to renew their vowels at a sacred place on the Island which is a very nice thing to do as they are on holidays. People are also coming to have their babies christened or a naming ceremony for their children. All types of ceremonies take place on the Aran Islands. There are also regular groups who come to the island for Hen Parties of Stag parties. This whole area of life is well catered for on the Aran Islands