10 Awesome Locations To Take Your Wedding Photographs In Dublin City Centre (South Side)

If you’re getting married in Dublin city center and are on the hunt for a stunning backdrop that doesn’t have you driving miles out of your way to get there, then one (or more!) of these 10 central locations could be just what you’re looking for!

* There are actually so many cool options that I just had to split this post into a north and south side additions. I’ll share the north side link here too as soon as it’s ready.

1. The Iveagh Gardens

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The Iveagh Gardens is a stunning location nestled away just off Harcourt street on Clonmel Street, Dublin 2.

There are endless options here for both family, group and couple portraits. There’s the waterfall at the entrance, fountains, benches, tree lined paths, beautiful ivy covered walls and raw gray brick to shoot against.  You wont be short of options here.

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2. Merrion Square Park

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Located, as you may have guessed, in Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Much like the Iveagh gardens this lovely park has tonnes of potential backdrops for your shoot.

Notable features of the park include many fine sculptures, a collection of old Dublin lamp posts, a central floral and heather garden and just general greenery galore.

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3. The National Gallery

I have yet to try this out myself {I’ve just shot a ceremony in an upper gallery room}  but I just love the idea of shooting some wedding portraits in a gallery.  They are just such beautiful spaces and in particular the National Gallery is gorgeous.  As a bonus too it is beside the previous 2 parks so it would make a great back-up plan in case the infamous Irish rain strikes!

The National Gallery of Ireland is located in the heart of Georgian Dublin. There are two entrances, one at Merrion Square and the other at Clare Street.  Admission to the gallery is free too.

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4. Trinity College

If greenery isn’t quite your cup of tea then why not try out a shoot against the backdrop of some of Dublin’s finest architecture!

Where could be better or more central than Trinity College? You’ve magnificent buildings, the arch, steps and probably lots of other cool bits of buildings to work with if you went for a little mosey in the grounds.

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5. The City Streets

If you’re having any part of your wedding in the city centre then why not make the most of it and capture some amazing shots on the streets themselves!

There’s something so cool looking about the juxtaposition of everyday life bustling by while you look done up to the nines in all your wedding finery.

Even if it’s just a few snaps as you walk from venue to venue don’t forget to fit a few nice cityscapes in!

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6. Hanover Quay / Grand Canal Dock Area


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If you’re game for a little bit of walking then Hanover Quay and the grand canal area have loads of super cool spots for couples that want something a bit different. You’ve got the theatre and it’s super funky design, the art installations in the square itself and even little mini wooden jetties you can walk out on and get the water in the background.

There’s also some incredibly cool graffiti walls on the side over by the wakedock cable.

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7. Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle park itself may be small but as you can see it’s a very cute spot for some photos.

There are also incredible grounds, brick walls, the long castle steps and arch that would make for some awesome shots and then you have the cobble paved roads in the area too!

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8. Dublin City Hall

I’ve had the pleasure of shooting at Dublin City Hall several times this year & it’s a pretty killer spot!

You can have your wedding ceremony here too or even just visit the grounds to take your snaps. It’s also another bonus contingency spot in case of rain stalling an outdoor shoot – there are tonnes of sheltered archways & inside the hall too {provided there isn’t another wedding on!}

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9. St Patrick’s Cathedral Grounds

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The grounds of St Patricks is another small but very lovely  little spot in the city centre.

I wouldn’t particularly recommend it for group & family  photos as the backdrop would be quite busy  or obstructed no matter which angle you faced but for just your couple portraits it would be perfect. You have greenery, flowers (depending on the time of year naturally) the fountain and the steps around the back of the park.

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10. St Stephens Green


Dublin’s biggest park of the lot, you couldn’t go amiss heading here for your wedding photos!

You’ve got the lake, bridges, fountains, trees, band stands and with the parks size you should always be able to find a secluded spot and avoid other park goers & tourists strolling in the back of your shots!

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Thanks so much for stopping by to read this  blog post.

Just to say this little list of spots on the South Side is by no means complete and I will add to it as places come to mind, so please comment if you have any cool suggestions of your own.

If you are on the hunt for a photographer for your own wedding make sure to drop me a line to find out more about my photography services. I’d absolutely love to hear from you and have a chat about how we could work together and take some awesome photos of your day!