Would my Guests Prefer a Hotel?

This is a question that couples tend to ask themselves if they haven’t experienced a private venue wedding before for themselves. In our experience, the answer is a resounding no. In fact, there are many reasons that guests actually have a far better experience in a completely private venue. Sometimes, couples compare the average B&B rates of a hotel compared to a private venue. This is a big mistake, as it is like comparing apples to oranges. But we can see how they might start comparing without really knowing where the value is.

Let’s take a look at the advantages

Exclusive Feel

Having your wedding or event in a private estate will give you a sense of intimacy and exclusivity that a that a traditional wedding venue cannot give. This really sets the tone of the wedding and gives guests a very impressive first impression. Guests get the entire estate to themselves – 40 acres of stunning lawns, ponds, private Jetty, private chef, the list goes on.

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Privacy

Weddings are not a spectator sport. Having a private venue means that you do not need to worry about wedding crashers or other hotel guests. It also lends itself to a more relaxed mood – more conducive to mingling. Guests feel they have the place to themselves so they tend to relax into it a bit better and faster.

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More Variety

At most weddings, all the celebrations occur in just one or 2 rooms for the entire wedding event. This gets boring for guests and it tends to bring a lull in the celebrations. In the planning stage, we ensure that use of the different areas in the house is maximised and varied. We move the celebrations through the house to keep the momentum going. No lull in the party mood. Loads of different options for ceremonies both indoors and outdoors, a variety of chair options, décor options and seating configurations so you can put your own mark on the theme of your wedding. Not to mention the really cool add-ons like the Cuban Cocktail bar, the Motown-inspired Bubbly Bar or the newest addition Champagne Garden on the lawn.

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No Standard Rooms

Each room is meticulously styled to a country. Think rooms called after Africa, Australia, Italy, France etc. In fact, often the guests are so impressed by this that they end up giving each other a tour of their room. The people who get to stay in the room that Michael Jackson stated in for 3 weeks while he visited Cork are usually the ones offering a tour of their room to others!

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 Smart Use of Timing

Everyone says that their wedding day was the fastest day ever! If you are smart and take the opportunity to also stay the night before the wedding, guests can break the ice with each other and get to know the families etc. This makes for a much more relaxed and fun wedding as the guests already know each other. It also means that you can really maximise the photos opps on the morning of the wedding before the ceremony. This will allow more time to party!

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Estate Staff Just for You

Having a private estate means that the staff are completely dedicated to catering for you and your guests. We take a very personalised approach to guests and how they experience the house. In a short time, guests are known to staff by name and it makes for a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s a home away from home feel with a 5 star touch when it comes to detail.

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Endless Customisable Options

Traditional venues usually put restrictions in place where you have to have a certain minimum amount of guests and spend a certain amount etc. We prefer to give quality options so that there is less waste. Maybe your guests don’t need 5 courses or maybe you want a more bespoke menu to reflect the taste or palate of the couple. Having your own private chef means that all your needs will be catered for and your guests will be blown away by being able to experience restaurant-style food instead of the usual wedding food.

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Décor & Styling

Since the house is so ornate there is no need to worry about adding costly extras that you would need to spend if you choose your standard hotel. They keep the décor very neutral so that couples can add all the styling options. In Ballinacurra, around every corner is a feast for the eyes. Every inch of the property has been expertly styled and this speaks volumes to guests and adds to the 5 star feel. No need to spend a fortune trying to add character and style to your wedding. This also makes the photographs so interesting, regardless of the weather.

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Wedding Planning

Due to the endless bespoke options available at Ballinacurra, we dedicated your own Planning executive to help you really streamline the planning process. Our expert team can help you achieve and execute the wedding of your dreams while also keeping you on budget. This is an invaluable part of the experience and it comes at no extra cost. Couples have realised some huge savings by taking on board the advice of our expert planning team. Stressfree weddings are actually a reality at Ballinacurra!

Our Advice

Our advice is simple – be careful what you compare and make sure you know the true cost of all the restrictions and additional work and cost that is required in your standards hotel. We would love to walk you through some of the really unique options at Balliancurra. To have a private viewing, contact us n 021 4779040 or email info@ballinacurra.com

Wedding Testimonials

As an Exclusive Use Private Venue we rely on testimonials and “Word of Mouth” endorsement for our business. For the client looking to book, it’s easy to see the quality on offer at certain venues but not always easy to assess will the venue deliver on whole range of wedding services such as quality, Food and Beverage, staff, ambiance, supplier advice,  stunning location, grounds, heritage town, location etc.

Our reviews bear testament to Ballinacurra House’s bespoke style – with every room a different theme guaranteeing a signature experience.  The following references show we deliver above and beyond the quality on display.

We can supply full contact details for all of the following clients (and more) that will attest to the quality on offer at our “Strictly Private” Estate minutes from Kinsale.

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Source: Weddingsonline.ie

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Ben & Brian– Australia

“When we first saw Ballinacurra House, we knew it was the type of place where we wanted to get married: it being a discrete traditional, country house.  However, the day and the location far exceeded our own wildest expectations and dreams and certainly wowed our close family and friends. The staff were wonderful, present if needed and then slipping into the shadows when required. Thus, we felt like we were welcoming and waving off our guests from our own beautiful stately home. Plus the patch in front of the house was a magical place to host our small wedding…. Ballinacurra House – magnificent, marvellous, fantastic, first class!”

Mary & Pat – Cork

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Email from Wedding Guests of Claire & Paul – Cork

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Maeve & Steve – Cork

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Source: Weddingdates.ie

“We are finally getting around to sending (a long overdue) email to thank you and everybody at Ballinacurra House for the fantastic weekend we had for our wedding last March. From Declan and Elaine who were fantastic to the bar and wait staff, you were all absolutely brilliant. Everybody found the service and attention to detail absolutely outstanding. In particular, we’d like to thank you, Mary,
for being so helpful in the lead up to the big day and for the help and assistance you provided to us both prior to the wedding and over the weekend itself.

From arrival, the reception, the meal, breakfast, the rooms which amazed people, the grounds, having the rugby on the big screen, the recovery dinner, the cocktail party. Everything about the whole weekend we couldn’t have loved or asked for more. It really is a special place and one we would not hesitate to recommend to any prospective couple. The house is WOW and that includes everything and person about it! It really was a great weekend, one we will always treasure. We are just hoping that one of our friends chooses to get married in Ballinacurra so that we can attend as guests and experience it all again without the spotlight on us. Thank you again”

Robert & Carol – Cork

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“I just wanted to take the time to officially send a thank you to you and everyone at Ballinacurra. We had high expectations, but boy did ye manage to excel them! From day one of booking you have been absolutely excellent- so easy to deal with-helpful, organised, efficient and always friendly. You made what can be an overwhelming experience into one of pure ease.

On arriving to the house on Friday evening, this standard continued- every member of staff we met was polite, helpful, and seemed to have learnt everybody’s names in about an hour!! You made us free that our weekend was the most important thing, and made us all feel so special. Ye were constantly attentive without every being invasive, nothing was too much trouble.

The house itself was absolutely perfect- beautiful to look at, intimate enough to allow for a close knit feeling, but with just the right amount of little hide always should people have needed them.

The food was simply amazing- from the Friday night one pots, to canapes and the wedding dinner- even the breakfast was delicious!!

And it wasn’t just us who thought this ……. we had countless compliments from family and friends with praise for the house, staff and food. We would pick Ballinacurra over and over again if we had the chance!!”

Aisling & Alex Platt – UK

“Thanks to Des, Lisa and all the staff at Ballinacurra House for making our wedding weekend so special and unforgettable.

We live in New York and both are very, very busy which gave us pause in booking a Destination Wedding and having to deal with the logistics involved from another continent. However both you and Lisa made everything easy and straightforward. You gave us stellar recommendations for a cake maker, bands, DJ, printers etc.   

We spent three nights at Ballinacurra, had 40 + people stay at the house, had 80+ people at the wedding, had breakfasts, snacks, soups, bar, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, two different bands on two nights, a DJ and transportation services. Everything was coordinated and organized for us and your suggestions were spot on.

The house and setting is totally spectacular, but Des, Lisa and the staff are what made the occasion truly great. The attention to detail, professionalism and genuine friendly hospitality of everyone at Ballinacurra was fantastic.

The weekend could not have been better, everybody had a fantastic time and all our guests are still talking about it. We ourselves had the greatest experience and thoroughly enjoyed our special time. There is not one thing we would have done differently, nothing.  A heartfelt thanks to all at Ballinacurra House.

Harvey & Sheila – New York, USA

“Our wedding was many years in the making, many months in the planning, and just a few days in actuality.  The success of the day was down to a few key elements, and you were at the heart of many of them.  From your helpful way, to your great advice, to understanding that when we needed help with something, anything, and your willingness to go the extra mile to help.  I don’t know what we could have done without you!

We may have told you that originally we had decided on a place just outside of Dublin as our wedding venue, but we could feel from the first few email exchanges that their attitude was not what we needed in organising a wedding from afar.  When we started communicating with you, it felt right, and in the end, it was right.  You are a superstar!

If you ever have a couple considering coming to you but just not sure, feel free to put them in touch with us and we’ll happily share our experiences with them.

We’ll always remember our wedding day, you were a huge part in making it as special as it was and we’ll always be grateful.

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“Thanks to everyone at Ballinacurra House for making our wedding weekend truly unforgettable.  The secluded property and grounds allowed us to have the intimate celebration with our closest friends and family that we were looking for.

Planning the wedding from abroad was made easy with Des and Lisa’s suggestions and extensive experience. However, we never lost the flexibility to make the wedding truly personal and it was their ability to meet all our bespoke requests that make the wedding so perfect.

We also need to give a massive thanks to the truly invaluable Declan who seemed to have the ability to be in all places at all times throughout the weekend. He personally solved a couple of last minute wedding emergencies that really made the difference”.

Julie & Llion – Canada

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“Just a quick note to thank you and all the team for everything you did to make our wedding so special.

We have just returned from an amazing honeymoon but despite all the great hotels and hospitality its fair to say nothing quite topped the service and style at Ballinacurra.  Your unique mix of eclectic style and understated 5 star service definitely put you in a league all of your own.

We couldn’t recommend Ballinacurra more highly to anyone looking to have a wedding tailored to your own specifics and taste and executed faultlessly.  Des, Lisa and all the team from top to bottom, you guys truly epitomize the meaning of hospitality!  We can’t thank you enough.

Its hard to put into words what you guys do and how you do it.  Excellent service, style and delivery. Totally customer focused but without pretense. I think it is this that sets you apart and that which we will most certainly try to emulate in our new little establishment.  Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery!”

Adriana & Mark – Dublin

“Thanks so much for the memorable weekend that we spent at Ballinacurra House. We were all completely blown away by the service, the standard of care, the attention to detail and the way in which the staff, especially Declan, made us feel totally at home. I only wish I had another big party coming up to organize with you.

Feel free to use the above as a testimonial on your website. We will most definitely spread the word about Ballinacurra as I am sure will everyone who attended our wedding”.

Aileen & Manu – France

“Everybody thought we were crazy to have booked our wedding venue having found it online and never visited. Planning a wedding from abroad is difficult enough, not to mention planning one at a venue you’ve never even seen! Added to this were the challenges we faced in trying to plan an Irish-Indian cross-cultural celebration and to top it all off, the very specific dietary requirements of our vegetarian Indian family and friends.  Ballinacurra House, unlike many of the other venues we considered, were excited at the prospect of making our day one to remember. In the months that followed our decision to book, we exchanged countless emails with Des and Lisa to agree every detail. The day itself surpassed our highest hopes. As each guest arrived and stepped out into the sun-dappled courtyard (in Ireland, in April no less!), exclamations of awe could be heard in equal measure to the excited well-wishers. And so it continued as the evening went on. Our only regret as we left the following day was that we could not have stayed longer to enjoy the house and grounds, not to mention the delicious food!”

Cliona & Paras – Canada – an Irish-Indian cross-cultural celebration

“Denise and I would just like to express our appreciation for all the effort and organisation undertaken by you and your staff to ensure our wedding day went smoothly.  We had a great day, far more relaxed and enjoyable than we had expected.  The feedback from our guests has been hugely positive with all enjoying the lovely house, great food and entertainment.  We will have no hesitation in recommending Ballinacurra House to our friends and colleagues.  (Please feel free to use as a testimonial if you wish.)”

Damien & Denise – UK

“We’re just getting around to dropping you a few lines to thank you for everything you did for us during our couple of days with you in April.  Your venue, your advice and your staff made our wedding the magical occasion we’d hoped it would be.

From our first meeting you worked with us to help create something special and all your recommendations were perfect.  The Frets, DJ Denis, Carouse, Lorraine the hairdresser, Ewan our church singer were all amazing and having these recommendations from you certainly made our life much easier.

We both can’t say enough about the staff, especially Declan, who really made the whole occasion so relaxed and professional.

The food, from the BBQ, to the canapés, wedding meal and late night pizzas, was simply outstanding and everybody was raving about it.

I know our guests appreciated everything you did and as for Maria and I; well you helped make the most special day of our lives as memorable and unique as we’d hoped and we can’t thank you enough for that.

I wish the both of you and your venue and staff continuing success for the future. You have created something special.

Darren & Maria – Dublin

“We’re back from our “official” honeymoon in Brazil, but for us the honeymoon really started with our destination wedding at Ballinacurra House.  Everything about the weekend we had there was perfect. A destination wedding weekend is such a great way to go about the festivities!  Having our guests arrive on the Friday let everyone decompress, get caught up and relax over a dinner, drinks and great entertainment from the Fretts.  Friday’s relaxed party vibe set a really happy tone for the wedding on Saturday.  

Having everyone and everything in one place that was fully private for our party really took the stress out of the wedding day.  The house itself with all its great spaces was a perfect for the intimate celebration we wanted.  Everything from breakfast at the house to the Kinsale lunch excursion to the cocktail hour to the delicious tasting menu for dinner made sure our guests were very well fed and watered.  The staff did an excellent job of making sure everyone was comfortable – from the toddlers to the oldies.  And the “suitcases” wedding cake creation was a real hit! Your suggestion of Soul Driven and DCDJ for Saturday’s party were pitch perfect.  

We were worried that planning the event from so far away would be difficult but it honestly felt like we were guests at our own wedding because you and Lisa took care of everything. Thanks again for giving us such a great experience – we’re already trying to think of excuses to have another event there!

We really had such a great time – everyone is still talking about it. You guys have such a great thing going there!

Amanda & Roger – Brazil

“My wife and I were just married at Ballinacurra House.  Though my wife is Irish, we both live outside of Ireland with my wife in Hong Kong and me based in China – and so began planning 8 – 12 months in advance. 

 From the very first day to the very last minute, Des and Lisa were a pleasure to work with; professional and personable in every way.  They were flexible and informed, made suggestions when needed (about every possible detail), are connected to any support services required (from bands to babysitters), and responded promptly and professionally.

The grounds are stunning. The staff are courteous, friendly and fun – going that extra mile to make you and your guests feel welcome and special.  The food is phenomenal! And – when it was all said and done, planned expenses and actual expenses were almost exact.

 Des, Lisa and the rest of Ballinacurra House made our wedding a true fairytale and we recommend them highly and unreservedly. “

Peter & Anne – Hong Kong/China

“I would just like to thank Des and Lisa and all the amazing staff at this superb venue for making mine and Meaves wedding day here yesterday such a brilliant and special day.  This place is so so brilliant!  We cannot speak highly enough of Ballinacurra House and their staff – thank you so much”

Joe & Meave – Cork