Your Own, Private Place

"It's all yours!" It's a phrase we like to hear when served dessert, but love to hear when touring potential destination wedding reception sites. Secludedness is next to gorgeousness when it comes to falling for a location: We all want ours to be the only wedding in the world—no randoms wandering through the rehearsal dinner or unfortunate looking sunbathers showing up in the ceremony photos. Have these stranger-free options all to yourself.

Markree Castle in County Sligo, Ireland

The term "fairy-tale wedding" is overused, but this 14th-century castle is no cliché. The grand stone structure is surrounded by 500 acres that include idyllic gardens, the River Unsin, and a flock of sheep that roam the meadows. The castle sleeps up to 70 guests in spacious rooms with cozy beds covered in duck-down duvets, as well as modern amenities like flat-screen TVs. The kitchen staff prepares Irish specialties like locally made sausage and brown soda bread.

Guest Activities:Clay-pigeon-shooting excursions are a popular diversion and the Markree Riding Stables will set you off on scenic rides in the castle's parks or along nearby beaches.

Wedding 411: Up to 170 guests can witness your nuptials in the chapel, and then celebrate in the castle's lounge. Reception menus highlight local fare and include wines supplied by the castle's own collection.

Fees: From 1,000 euros per night midweek to 2,000 euros on weekends October to May; from 2,000 euros per night midweek to 3,000 euros on weekends June to September. Guest rooms from 6,000 euros for use of all 30.

Ryan Doe