Bye Bye Wedding Rule Book – Hello Authentic Weddings Experiences


Weddings have come a long way. We were always inclined to encourage couples to do it their way and to forget rules and formalities. No two weddings should be the same. We are glad to say that no 2 weddings are ever the same at Ballinacurra and we still get excited every time, to see how each couple will interpret their wedding vision here with us.

Granted, there are many reasons why Ballinacurra attracts couples that are looking for something different because there are just so many ways to celebrate a wedding here and a myriad of cool locations around the property to say I Do.

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But in the larger scheme of things, it seems that weddings have become a lot less rigid and standard. Couples are choosing a less formal approach to weddings — less pomp and ceremony, and more celebration.

Couples are really getting into making their day personalised and different to reflect the couple and their tastes. There is no longer a rulebook that has to be followed. People can get married in Converse, with their dogs, in a trouser suit by the water. If they don’t want speeches after dinner, they can do them during the cocktail hour. If they don’t want 5 courses they can have a gourmet tasting menu. The possibilities are endless!

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The same principles apply with the wedding budget. Spend money on what matters most is what we say. Couples want to give their guests an experience that they will remember. If food is their thing, then they work more of the budget into food. If a particular cocktail  or gin bar is more in tune with their guests, then by all means, go botanical. People are not spending less on weddings but instead are more focused on where the quality should be. They are re-appropriating funds to areas that the bride and groom regard as more important and impactful.


Same goes for wedding attire. Even the high street retailers have picked up on this move towards spending money only on things that really matter. Whistles, Topshop, Monsoon, Phase Eight and Debenhams are some of many retailers selling very affordable wedding dresses and bridal party attire.


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Bridal Dress by Nine - Savannah Miller for Debenhams

So say good bye to the wedding rule book and hello to originality and authentic wedding experiences with your nearest and dearest.

Looking for something that will blow your guests away? Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about. To arrange a private viewing of our award winning property contact 021 4779040. You won’t be disappointed.


Family Reunions

“Thanks so much for having given us the opportunity to spend the weekend at your wonderful home. We will always remember your wonderful hospitality. There are so few places to go where adults, teenagers and small children alike all enjoy themselves - stress free!” the Fitzpatricks Family Reunion – Fiitzers Restaurants – Dublin.

If you are looking to spend an extended time with your family and not worrying about cooking for a large group or entertaining all ages, Ballinacurra House is ideally suited to devising a programme which will suit all.

We can put together recommendations for all ages from children, teens, parents and the young at heart.

We are also flexible in our catering arrangements. You may wish to eat in one of the local bars or restaurants on some nights, have casual meals or barbecues at Ballinacurra on other nights, and maybe a more formal dinner on the last night to celebrate the end of your extended stay. The key is our flexibility.

Our rooming configuration is also suitable for groups with children.  We have a number of larger rooms which will comfortably take 2 adults and 2 children, plus enough space if you need us to put in a travel cot or bunk bed for another child.  And the fact that the property is in three different buildings means that groups of families or friends can have their own private space within the property.

Referral from a US-based Family Group – 2009

“I have been home for a few weeks and still smile because of the experience we have had with you.  It was by far the most amazing family trip we have ever taken.  I am struggling to find the best words to express my gratitude.  Sometimes in life you meet people and there is just something special about them.  You don’t understand it or know what it is but they just put you at ease and make you feel at home.  Well, that was your entire staff.  You made all of us feel comfortable as if we were family.

Des and Lisa – you were both meant to do what you do.  Everything could not have been more perfect!  The menus, the staff, the house, all the transfers, all the late night snacking, down to every last detail … I still shake my head in awh!  In addition to that, your event planning made it just more memorable.  I am so glad I followed all of your suggestions:  the cooking class, the pottery class, the train ride, scavenger hunt, in-house live music, to the private charter sailboat.  All was absolutely amazing.  Especially not to forget your children’s special dance performance.

What you offer there is truly special.  Any guests looking for something personal, different, private and family friendly, this is your place.  I feel my words are not doing you justice though.  I am therefore offering my number and email to anyone trying to decide – as I was.  I cannot tell you how thankful I am that we chose you.  You and Lisa, your staff, and your home made our trip what it was … unforgettable!”

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