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 Weddings

WHAT WE DO: “Stylish Intimate Weddings with a Difference – and all in the Privacy of your Own Country Estate”

WHAT WE DON’T DO: “If you are looking for a traditional wedding in a large hotel ballroom, then we are not for you”


Make your dreams come true and enter a world of elegance by holding your wedding of a lifetime at our unique wedding venue. With our creative hands-on approach and event management background, we will make your romantic luxury destination wedding an unforgettable experience.  And the added benefit is that we are only a few minutes drive from one of Ireland’s premier tourist towns Kinsale and 20 minutes from Cork International Airport.  We also have Testimonials, Sample Budgets and Frequently Asked Question documents available on request.

But don’t just take our word for it.  We recently won the Best Exclusive Hire Wedding Venue in Ireland which was judged by a panel of international judges by Weddings Online.

Contact Us for a copy of our current Private Wedding brochure.

If you are looking to share this special time with close family and friends in beautiful surroundings over an extended time, then that is what we do — Good food, magical ambiance, memorable music and all the trimmings as you’ve always dreamt it – and all planned to perfection. We can do:

  • Bespoke Private Weddings with a Difference
  • Onsite Civil Ceremonies
  • Gay Marriage Ceremonies and Blessings – see our section on Gay Ceremonies for more information
  • Multi-denominational Blessings
  • Engagement Parties
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Theme Weddings
  • Garden Weddings


We are ideally suited for small luxury weddings of up to 60 people in our Ballroom, up to 120 people in our Garden Room or up to 180 people in a combination of both rooms which are inter-connected. Or we can organise multiple events for your wedding group. For example, you may wish to have an intimate family dinner on the first night, then up to 120 people for the actual wedding dinner in our Garden Room and then additional numbers the following day for a relaxed barbecue or buffet party. The choice is yours to decide.

There are many aspects to a wedding and we can work with you on the various elements which may include:

  • Masseurs, makeup artists, hairstylists and manicurists
  • Music recommendations from a 2-piece cocktail ‘Nora Jones’ style music, traditional bands, string quartet, 4 piece dance bands, 6 piece soul bands, rat-pack, salsa, gypsy music and many more
  • DJs who can do a cool groove set or a late night dance or soul/reggae set
  • Cake designers
  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Milliners
  • Church and legal requirements including Cork & Kinsale priests, ministers, humanists, registrar or solemniser
  • Transfers and limousine hire

Our minimum requirement is 1 night if mid-week (Monday to Thursday) or 2 nights if you want to have either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.  We find that most people want to enjoy the house and grounds to their full and have a rehearsal dinner before the wedding day, or a recovery party the day after.  However, if you want a 1 night wedding on either a Friday or Saturday and are flexible on your dates, we may have some select dates available.  Please contact us for further explanation and possible dates.

We also have a lawn perfectly suited to marquee weddings.  Obviously there will be additional costs with regards to the marquee hire and equipment, but we can talk you through that.  And then after your dinner in the marquee, you can move into the house for the ultimate wedding House Party.

If you would like to receive our Wedding Brochure then please let us know. Contact Us

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