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

Intimate and Small Weddings

The biggest challenge for couples is how to make your wedding unique and special, without compromising quality, which is why small weddings are making a comeback –  and venues such as Ballinacurra House, Kinsale –  provide the perfect solution for downsizing but not downgrading.

Ballinacurra House – has been voted Ireland’s Premier Private Estate for Exclusive Hire – and host intimate, boutique weddings on a 40 acre estate, just 2 minutes from Ireland’s gourmet capital, 20 minutes from Cork International Airport, and with the improvements in the motorway road network – now just 3 hours from Dublin.

“The landscape for weddings has changed dramatically in recent years by two key factors:  the new marriage reform law meaning full civil ceremonies can take place outside the church or registry office, and the desire for ‘something different’ for those couples suffering ‘wedding fatigue’ of the traditional hotel offering,” said Ballinacurra House owner Des McGahan.

“These two factors mean couples have a more creative choice for their special day and there is a definite shift to more alternative or private venues, where the focus is on quality not quantity – without breaking the bank.”

Everyone wants their special day to be different and the way to achieve this is to;

  • Focus your spend on the important items
  • Choose a Quality Venue which includes everything that you need
  • Quality Food and Beverage – go for quality and diversity – don’t be restricted to the traditional ‘beef & salmon’ choices from the 1970s!
  • Quality Entertainment – from small one man bands and DJs, Jazz trios, string quartets, Irish fun bands, right up to dance bands, magicians, children’s entertainers etc.

You may feel overwhelmed in organising your ‘Wedding with a Difference’.  But don’t.  We are not hoteliers – we are event planners and co-ordinators.  The owners of Ballinacurra House  – Des & Lisa McGahan – previously owned PRISM, Asia’s largest event management company and run the property as their core business of an Events House.  You’re in good hands!

Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, was voted  “Best Exclusive Hire Property” at the  International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes for 2007/08  by the prestigious Luxury Travel Magazine, beating out stiff competition from Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, won Kinsale Business of the Year in 2008 and hit the headlines recently as the secret hideaway for Michael Jackson and his family, who rented the private Georgian Estate for a number of weeks while writing a proposed new album.

At Ballinacurra House customers can enjoy the experience of a 40 acre luxury, private country residence, complete with your own personal chef, butler – a bespoke wedding of your choice, in the inspirational setting of renowned medieval tourist town – Kinsale, Ireland’s culinary capital. Magnificent south-facing walled gardens feature an outdoor entertainment patio, Italian Pizza oven, croquet lawn, playground, helipad, picnic lawn, stream and pond, and leads down to woods and a small boat jetty on the Bandon River estuary.

The property has 22 themed rooms, in the main house, cottage and coach house and the informally manicured grounds are perfect for outdoor cocktail parties, activities, garden parties and BBQ’s or winter weddings with log fires throughout. The capacity of the Ballroom for a sit-down dinner is 60 and can accommodate up to 120 in the Garden Room or 180 using both rooms side by side. A  Private Wedding at Ballinacurra House is only ever “Exclusively Yours”.