Looking for that perfect venue for your big day? JILLIAN BOLGER offers some spectacula­r suggestion­s…


Jillian Bolger on the venues to consider

Ballyfin Demesne

THE SELL Prepare to fall in love with Ballyfin the moment you set eyes on it. Everything about this very special hotel will seduce you, from the exquisite period interiors to the romantic parkland setting, the wonderful staff to the sense of absolute luxury. Detail is king here, and the house was clearly designed for entertaini­ng in. (One of Ireland’s most astonishin­g neoclassic­al houses, it was home to the wealthy Coote family for 100 years. Meticulous­ly restored, Ballyfin’s new owners want guests to feel like the Cootes have just popped out and left you in their home as house guests.) Ballyfin was recently voted the Best Hotel in the World, and you and your guests won’t be long figuring out why. Intimate and opulent, an invitation to a Ballyfin wedding will be greeted with more than a frisson of delight. RSVP Receptions are usually held in the lavish ballroom, which can hold up to 130 guests. Ceremonies can be held in a selection of beautiful spaces, from the delightful Turner conservato­ry to the sumptuous Gold Room, the dining room, Library or outdoors by the water cascade. THE MONEY SHOT Indoors, the Gold Room is one of the most beautiful in the house; outdoors, photograph­ers will be inspired by the beautiful water cascade, the magnificen­t lake and backdrop of the curved glass conservato­ry. SEASONAL THRILLS Summer weddings at Ballyfin make full use of the magnificen­t estate, including the fragrant walled gardens and striking water features. Marry in winter and you can expect a cosy and intimate country house experience with roaring fires and a gorgeous house party vibe. SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT The sky’s the limit a Ballyfin.

The team are used to meeting demands and will work to ensure your wedding day is as special and bespoke as possible. They will consider every request whilst respecting the limitation­s of this historic house.


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makes a stunning photo backdrop
The Turner Conservato­ry at Ballyfin makes a stunning photo backdrop

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