Belleek Castle, Ballina.

Five Mayo hotels named in 100 best wedding venues guide

FIVE Mayo hotels have made the cut in One Fab Day's 100 Best Wedding Venues 2016 guide.

The fab five according to the popular wedding blog are Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford, both in Cong, and Belleek Castle, Mount Falcon and the Ice House Hotel, all in Ballina.

Classic luxury and elegance would appear to be the order of the day, given that selection.

The first thing on couples’ minds when planning a wedding is finding the perfect location. Chosen personally by the team at One Fab Day, the 2016 guide features the most elegant, creative and special venues around Ireland. It's an essential guide for anyone walking down the aisle this year.

Commenting on the launch of the guide, Susan Gallagher, co-founder and creative director of One Fab Day, said: “Over the last number of years we’ve seen the locations of Irish weddings become more and more creative. 2016 is no different, and we will continue to see a move away from the traditional style of venue.

“This year, classic elegance and luxury will win out in the form of castles and country estates as we see a move away from the rustic weddings that had become popular in recent years.”

According to the guide, the two-day wedding is making way for the 'polished and perfect' one-day extravaganza. Artisan foods, craft beers and Downton Abbey-inspired style are becoming must-haves at Irish weddings, with the same budget being spent on just one day.

The One Fab Day 100 Best Wedding Venues 2016 is available now to download free at