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.


Private Events

Ballinacurra House, Kinsale is a secluded exclusive use country house estate, just two minutes from Kinsale, and 20 minutes from Cork International Airport and the perfect home for bespoke “Private Events”.  Contact Us for a copy of our Private Group Brochure.

So what is an ‘event’?

Basically it is anything that involves a group of specific invited people coming together for an organised and planned occasion – and you will never have to deal with having people there who you do not want as we are not open to the public.  Ballinacurra House is only ever ‘Exclusively Yours’.

An event can take many forms and these are (but not limited to):

Private Groups

  • Birthdays
  • Christenings
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Family Groups and Reunions
  • Seasonal Get-togethers with friends such as Halloween Parties, Christmas Parties, New Year’s Eve Parties, Valentines Day Parties, St Patrick’s Day Parties, and so on
  • OR just a group of friends and family who want to base themselves in the privacy of their own country estate to spend time together exploring all that Kinsale and the surrounding area has to offer!

Private Business

  • Private meetings
  • Private conferences
  • Private seminars
  • Corporate team building venue
  • Product launches
  • Press trips
  • Press Conferences and Launches
  • TV and film location shoots
  • Photography shoots of your products using the house and grounds as the backdrop
  • Residential recording studio
  • Closed-session Brainstorming
  • Incentive Packages
  • Tradeshows
  • Residential Recording Studio
  • Residential Management Training Courses
  • Residential Health and Therapy Courses
  • Residential Motivational Courses

Private Golf

  • Golf Groups
  • Corporate Golf Days
  • All-Ireland Golf Tours
  • Heli-golf and Private Jets