LAST UPDATED:  17 July 2014 at 4:05pm

It's the venue of choice for the Belfast elite and it's not surprising why.


This former bank - think vaulted ceilings and original 19th-century frontage - offers heaps of options for wedding day glamour. For knock-your-socks-off grandeur The Great Room is just the place. There's also a super-luxe spa and a roof garden with the best view in town.

Ceremony capacity: 160; Plate cost per head: £85;

LAST UPDATED:  16 June 2013 at 4:10pm

The Merchant Hotel cuts an imposing figure in Belfast's über-fashionable cathedral quarter, and the Victorian grandeur of the original building - all cherubs smiling down from gilded ceilings - has been extended with a sleeker, art-deco-inspired modern wing.

The Merchant is a 'your every wish is our command' kind of place, whether you need a Rolls-Royce wedding car (they just happen to have one) or a bespoke cocktail for your drinks reception, courtesy of an award-winning mixologist.

Ceremony capacity: 130; Packages per person: £76

The Merchant Hotel, 02890 234888;