Cliff at Lyons weddings

Creating Unforgettable Memories: A Complete Guide to Weddings at The Cliff at Lyon's

Cliff at Lyon’s presents a sophisticated wedding venue that harmoniously blends the beauty of the Irish countryside with contemporary elegance in Kildare.
With its close proximity to Dublin, this captivating estate has become a favourite for couples who opt for ceremonies in Dublin city, as well as those who appreciate the convenience and charm of hosting their entire celebration within the beautiful grounds of the estate itself.

In this article, I’ll explore the various aspects of this exquisite venue, from wedding ceremonies and reception spaces to accommodations and photography opportunities.

Wedding Packages at Cliff at Lyon’s

There are a number of packages to chose from, depending on time of year and wedding party size. All packages at Cliff at Lyon’s offer a range of inclusions such as a tastings for the couple, the bridal suite on the wedding night, champagne upon arrival, a 1st-anniversary stay, a dedicated wedding coordinator, photography access to the grounds, special room rates, red carpet, personalized menus and table plans and candelabras and tea lights.

The Estate Romance, Country Elegance, and Cliff Classic wedding packages cater to various preferences and are available on Sundays through Thursdays, as well as selected weekend dates. Prices range from €139 to €159 per wedding guest.

For larger celebrations with over 120 guests, an exclusive-use option provides access to all guest bedrooms, restaurants, public areas, and grounds. A dedicated Wedding Coordinator and Head Chef will work with each couple to ensure every detail is perfect, including designing custom menus.

Wedding Ceremonies at Cliff at Lyon’s

This is where Cliff at Lyon’s comes into it’s own as it offers four distinct on-site options for your wedding ceremony, each providing a unique atmosphere to make your day truly special. San Pedro, the extraordinarily romantic Chapel (located on a lake and connected to the bank via a small narrow bridge!), seats up to 20 guests and creates a cozy, close-knit setting for your vows.

Wedding ceremony set up in The Orangery at Cliff at Lyons

The Orangery at Cliff at Lyons, set for another beautiful wedding ceremony

For those who prefer an elegant, indoor setting, The Orangery, with its glass walls and capacity for 100 guests, offers a refined and picturesque atmosphere. Larger groups of up to 180 can be seated for your ceremony in The Mill.

Lastly, The Orchard provides an al fresco garden ceremony option, with capacity available on request, for couples who dream of an outdoor celebration. With these diverse options, Cliff at Lyon’s caters to a variety of wedding styles and sizes, ensuring a memorable and personalized ceremony for you and your guests.

Popular church locations for Cliff at Lyon’s

For couples seeking a more traditional ceremony, there are several beautiful churches in the Kildare area as well as in Dublin city. These churches provide a touch of history and reverence that harmonizes with the refined ambiance of Cliff at Lyon’s.

In the immediate vicinity of the venue, you will find Saint Brigid’s Church Straffan, a charming Catholic church just a 10-minute drive away, and Straffan Parish Church, which offers a serene setting for your ceremony.

For those who wish to explore additional options in the Kildare area, Lady Chapel Maynooth is a picturesque Catholic church located just outside Maynooth, about a 20-minute drive from Cliff at Lyon’s. Saint Michael’s & All Angels Church, a beautiful Anglican church in Clane, is another nearby option worth considering.

Dublin city is home to a diverse array of churches, catering to various tastes and denominations. Many couples choose to have their ceremony in the city and then enjoy the convenience of Cliff at Lyon’s for their reception.

Reception Spaces at Cliff at Lyon’s

Boasting an array of versatile reception spaces, Cliff at Lyon’s caters to all styles and all weather! The sun-drenched Orangery, with its tall windows and lush garden views is the perfect spot for post ceremony drinks and canapés, while the 17th-century courtyard offers a gorgeous outdoor summertime option.

For your celebration dinner The Mill, with signature cascading falls as a stunning backdrop, is split across two levels and will cater for 200 guests. With a two starred Michelin restaurant on the Estate you know that this venue is serious about it’s food – you can expect exquisite irish cooking with an emphasis on home-grown products, but the Estate are happy to work with couples on bespoke menus also.

Photography spaces at Cliff at Lyon’s

As a wedding photographer, I appreciate the adaptable and visually appealing nature of a venue which allows me to create a diverse and memorable collection of images that genuinely reflect the story of your celebration. Cliff at Lyon’s provides an excellent setting for wedding photography, with various picturesque backdrops to document the highlights of your day.

The beautifully maintained gardens, the mix of water features like the canal (beautiful at sunset), waterfalls, and fountains, along with the tranquil countryside views and ivy-covered stone buildings, offer fantastic settings for both intimate and group photos. These picturesque vistas are readily accessible here ensuring your photography session can be completed efficiently and smoothly.

A ‘First Look’ at Cliff at Lyon’s
The increasingly popular concept of a ‘First Look’ – where couples share a private moment before the ceremony – is a perfect fit for the serene and secluded spots at Cliff at Lyon’s.

Many couples holding their ceremony here make use of the specially appointed rooms to get ready in the morning of their wedding and from here it’s a convenient setting to organize a ‘First Look’ and get those first few portrait photos complete before the ceremony.

These intimate locations allow you and your partner to share a heartfelt moment away from your guests while also providing a stunning setting for photographs. Opting for a ‘First Look’ has several benefits, including reducing pre-ceremony nerves and ensuring that you have more time to enjoy your reception with your guests later on.

Accommodation at Cliff at Lyon’s

The property features a mix of guest-rooms, suites, and cottages, each with its unique character and style. The estate features 38 guest rooms, including the sumptuous Lyon’s Suite, perfect for the wedding couple. Family rooms and interconnecting suites are also available, accommodating larger groups and families with ease.

Many rooms boast stunning views of the surrounding countryside or the meticulously maintained gardens, providing a tranquil and picturesque setting for your guests.

Along with the cozy accommodations, Cliff at Lyon’s offers various amenities and services for wedding guests to appreciate. Guests making a break of it can dine at the two Michelin-starred restaurant, ‘Aimsir,’ Additionally, they can unwind at the soothing spa, ‘The Well in the Garden,’ located within the charming Carriage House. These facilities provide guests with opportunities to relax and fully enjoy their time at the venue.

In Conclusion

Cliff at Lyon’s is a versatile and enchanting venue that offers a wealth of options for your wedding day. With its beautiful ceremony and reception spaces, luxurious accommodations, and abundant photography opportunities, this Kildare gem is a perfect choice for couples seeking a memorable and unique wedding experience.