Keep Calm it’s your Wedding Day!

You dream about the wedding forever. The day arrives. You wake before the sun even rises and you check the weather (again!). Then the lists in your head start to go racing…. will the flowers arrive, the hair, the makeup people etc. It all starts to get a little crazy. If you let it.

Yoga Ballroom

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

So here’s an idea. Imagine getting up and starting your day with a little yoga, surrounded by your family and friends. No stress, no drama. Just starting the day with good intentions of being present and in the moment for the most amazing day that will follow.

Yoga 2

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

A recent wedding did exactly that. Bride Sarah started the day with a yoga class in the ballroom with Cork-based yoga teacher Lisa Fahy. The class went for an hour and a half and then she was joined by 9 of her guests who all agreed it was the ideal start to the day. It helped calm the bride’s nerves and left her feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead.

Terrace Food BH

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

The groom, Andrew, and his friends were entertained by the Ireland v Australia rugby match which the staff put on in the bar complete with Bloody Mary breakfast cocktails. The bridal party and the house guests had a relaxed, hearty breakfast in the breakfast room. Andrew was served on the terrace so that they wouldn’t run into each other before the ceremony.

Food Shot

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

Both bride and groom had great spaces to get ready with their bridal party, which made for special backdrops for the photos and a lovely relaxed morning for all.

Terrace Brunch

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

If you would like to explore the amazing house and grounds at Ballinacurra and explore ways of making it your own for your perfect wedding – get in touch 021 4779040

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Styling: Stuart Immelman Rococco Dreams

Why We’re Different

For a variety of reasons that range from cost to a desire for an intimate and romantic experience, more and more brides are choosing smaller, more intimate venues and having their family and friends stay longer.  Why does this work?

  • You get to celebrate one of the biggest days of your life surrounded by the people that matter most to you.
  • You can feel more relaxed on your wedding day. You’ll be surrounded by friends and family, you’ll feel more at home with your guests. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration with close-knit friends and family, than a production.
  • How many weddings have you felt that the bride and groom are struggling to fulfil their social obligation and don’t seem to really enjoy themselves?  By celebrating over two or even three days, you get to spend quality time with your guests.
  • By arriving the day before your wedding, you have time to personalise the House, have time to properly greet your guests, are able to have a rehearsal dinner the night before as an ice-breaker for the families – and be in the House and relaxed the following morning to start your preparations like hair, makeup, etc.
  • And you have avoided that percentage of people at most weddings who almost wonder why they were invited in the first place, end up resenting being there and can’t wait to leave.
  • When it is private and intimate it is more memorable and feels like a celebration.
  • A Wedding House Party is different!
  • The ‘Recovery Day’ party is often the highlight of any wedding.  We find the Bride & Groom in particular get to enjoy this day once the formalities of the Wedding Day are over.
  • Were there some relatives, colleagues or friends you weren’t able to invite for the Wedding Day?  Then invite them to the Recovery Party instead.
  • Pick a Location where there is plenty to do for your guests and they pay their own way for other activities  – Kinsale is a heritage town has all sorts of attractions including wonderful walks, shopping, water based activities, golf etc and most importantly is easily accessible.  You don’t have to worry about keeping your guests entertained during the daytime – just send them down to Kinsale – they’ll be delighted you did.
  • Beyond sharing the most important day of your life, a smaller wedding allows you the freedom to focus on those areas of the wedding that are most important to you and might otherwise have been out of your reach or a budget breaker.
  • By having a Destination Wedding in Ireland you avoid the extra hassle, cost and unpredictability of long distance travel. People can still look forward to a weekend away in Kinsale!
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