The Millhouse in Slane, Co Meath is our venue of the month for October 2018, and one of our favourite alternative wedding venues. We've already talked about some of the fab places you can take your wedding photos at The Millhouse, but today we thought we'd speak to some of the key players for your big day from the venue - their wedding coordinator, their chef and some of the photographers that regularly shoot weddings there. We got their top tips to make planning your Millhouse wedding super easy. Take it away, guys!
1. When should they begin looking for a wedding venue? Why should they start then?
It’s a very personal choice some couples like to have a build-up and plan it from 1 ½ - 2 years out and other couples’ book & plan their wedding in 6 months. We recommend booking 12 to 18 months prior if you have your heart set on a particular date, your birthday or anniversary or if you want a specific band or photographer. Consider your photographs when choosing your venue, it’s nice to see the seasonal change to the garden and venue - if you book a year in advance you get this opportunity.
2. We don’t want a traditional ceremony, what are our options?
Here at The Millhouse we offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. The Millhouse s exclusivity allows your wedding day to be completely personal to you and your partner. You can get married with whatever words, vows and music you want. You choose. Official weddings must have a Registered Solemnisers which are becoming more diverse every year. We also have couples who have that bit sorted already or who want to renew their vows in front of their family and friends.
The Millhouse offers the perfect location for a unique ceremony in either our amazing Old Mill ceremony room or our fabulous riverside orchard. Your use of flowers, décor, candles, balloons, bicycles and even boats enhance what is a beautiful natural setting beside the River Boyne. Your choice of music, words and vows makes for a soulful, intimate experience which is personal and tailored, giving your family and friends a wonderful day to remember and cherish.
Wedding ceremony options include; Druid hand fasting, Ring Warming, a Candle, Rose or Sand ceremony, a Spiritual ceremony or even a blessing performed by your best friend – relaxed and tailored to suit your individual style.
3. What makes The Millhouse a unique wedding venue?
The Millhouse is unique in so many ways. Its location on the River Boyne, surrounded by a fairy lit orchard, beside the dramatic historic 17th century mill gives a wonderful natural backdrop, creating a lovely olde worldly dimension to your photos. The industrial buildings, the mill race, the steel fire escape, the woodland, the red brick - all iconic Millhouse photo opportunities.
Our exclusive, one wedding a day policy with private parking gives you and your guests privacy for your special day. The Millhouse becomes your own country house for the day. You can even choose to get ready onsite in our secret private dressing room. The house itself, regardless of its beautiful surroundings, is fabulous with its open-fire drawing rooms, luxurious bedrooms and the glass Orangery opening out to our courtyard, welcoming and homely to say the least.
Lastly our wonderful staff make our house, your home, for your special day. Their dedication to your needs and your guests is second to none. They create a professional yet relaxed experience for your amazing wedding day.
1. What makes the Millhouse’s menu different?
The Millhouse team is passionate about food and committed to creativity and perfection. We pride ourselves on our high standards and our promise to give you the best dining experience. Our in-house team are passionate about good food and creating a fantastic dining experience. Our food is prepared and presented for a visual experience that will entice your taste buds. Be it our relaxed table service BBQ or our lavish four course meal, we provide delicious food, with a unique flare, making it enticing and memorable. We work with only the best supplier’s, source the best produce and offer a broad menu of both food and drinks including local craft beers and spirits, ensuring your guests have a full and remarkable dining experience with us.
2. How do you decide what goes on the wedding menu?
The Millhouse is an exclusive wedding venue and our food and drink offering is as important as how the Millhouse and grounds are presented. When preparing our menus, we consider taste, flavours, aroma and texture to ensure all our food, from our array of canapés to our fillet steaks, our freshly homemade desserts to our beer battered cod goujons and hand cut chips are indulgent, well balanced and cooked beautifully. We also consider our presentation and service of how the food will look on the plate and how it will be presented to our guests at the table. Our table service is an experience in itself, with all guests at a table receiving their food at once. We ensure all guests not just the top table receive first class service. Our wines are sourced from exclusive suppliers, selected to pair perfectly and truly intensify the enjoyment of your meal.
3. Can we customise the menu?
The Millhouse will exceed your expectations with an extensive menu selection to suit every style and budget. Couples can choose from one of our all-inclusive packages or to Tailor make their own. “I can’t believe what you’re offering for the price” is something we hear time and time again from couples who choose one of our all-inclusive packages. The River Suite, The Silvermoon, The Snowdrift and new for 2018 The Snowflake packages include welcome drinks, canapés, half bottle of wine per person, late refreshments and the wedding banquet itself.
Once couples have chosen their package they are invited to a menu tasting banquet where they sample the extensive selection of appetizers, mains, desserts and wines available on their menu. They then make their selection having tasted all the options available and choose every detail of their wedding menu. We are very happy to tailor-make a special package for couples if they would prefer to pick and choose from our wedding brochure subject to minimum spend on food and corkage.
1. What if it rains on the day – are there alternative photo locations?
“When you choose the Millhouse you hire this venue for a private function so its all yours. You can arrange your photos not only around the beautiful and contemporary interiors of the Millhouse but also in the many areas around the grounds itself. For me the Old Mill ceremony room will be the first place I go if it rains. Its spacious and there’s great opportunity when it comes to creative lighting or pattern. You have stairs, brick walls, amazing windows and a massive door. You simply can’t be left without ideas when you step in there. I love shooting in there even when its sunny as it’s an amazing backdrop. Another option is the famous steel stairs as its sheltered from the rain.” - Darek Novak – www.photosligo.com
“As a photographer, I never worry if it rains. The actual Georgian Millhouse is a shoot within itself. I've photographed couples against the stairs, the redbrick walls, the deep bright windows, the organ and of course against the fairy light backdrop where couples tend to get married. Then there's the beautiful bedrooms in the house with intricate and lush wallpapers. Large bay windows and antique fireplaces.” - Phil Voon - www.giveusagoo.com
2. What are the most popular photo set ups?
“Wedding Photography trends are changing year by year. But it mainly depends on the style of photographer you choose. Some love shooting more editorial style, other more documentary. In my opinion a mix of the two is best. Some editorial shots for your portraits and more documentary style for the rest of the day. Of course, beautiful backgrounds are always appreciated. The 'Museum of Transport' beside the river is the most popular photo set up. Apart from here, couples love to get their photos taken using the gorgeous old buildings as a backdrop. I can’t really decide between the red brick wall with sun flares or night time shots with all the fairy lights in the orchard, you can create fairy-tale photographs. One thing is for sure there are so many places around the Millhouse you can use, and they are so close to each other.” - Darek Novak – www.photosligo.com
“Every couple likes the famous shot against the faded door of the Museum of Transport. It's a stylish grunge shot of an era that has long passed. The apple orchard is a great spot for natural greenery despite the seasons. Also there's the industrial buildings towards the back of the Millhouse. The front of the house itself is perfect for family photos and you can't forget the fairy lights at night. “ -Phil Voon - www.giveusagoo.com
3. What’s your best advice for couples that are a little nervous getting their pictures taken?
"Couples don’t get much time to themselves on their wedding day. The portrait session is probably the only time that they get to be together and have chat. If a couple are feeling nervous I ask them to focus on each other, have a chat, walk together, hold each other or sit in a way that is natural to them. After a little while the couple find that they are feeling relaxed and enjoying themselves whilst I am snapping away. This makes for very natural photographs where they look calm, happy and stunning!" - Leanne Keaney
The Millhouse, The Old Mill, Slane, Co. Meath
T: 041 982 0878