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The gorgeous Ballymagarvey Village is our Venue of the Month for the month of April. We asked their wedding team for their best advice on planning the perfect shindig. Here, they'll cover everything from questions around your venue, trends, and timelines.
How should couples approach their wedding venue search?
I think most couples generally have a preference from the outset, whether they want a hotel, castle, country house, exclusive or alternative venue, so that’s a good place to start. Then, in order to narrow down your venue options and to avoid getting completely overwhelmed in the early stages, prioritise what is most important to you; location, availability, capacity, accommodation, cost, church or civil ceremony etc. Narrow your options as much as possible, request brochures and make an appointment to view each venue. It is so important to view the venue in order to get a real feel of the atmosphere and to visualise your day in that setting.
When should they begin looking for a wedding venue?
This really depends on how flexible you are with your dates, but if you have specific dates in mind, I would advise you start ASAP after getting engaged! If you are hoping for a weekend wedding for the following year, you should be looking approx. 18-20 months in advance. Christmas is such a busy time for engagements and as a result there is a huge change in our availability calendar early in the year with summer weekend dates for the following year being the most sought after dates.
What questions should couples be asking when viewing a wedding venue?
This will vary in accordance to what is most important to you on your wedding day. We have a very detailed FAQ section in our brochure that covers all elements of your wedding day. Your wedding package is very important; what is included in the package, it is flexible and are there any additional fees? What decor is included as standard? Indoor and outdoor ceremony options? What are your menu options? Will you have a dedicated co-ordinator to guide you through the planning? Do you have exclusive use of the venue and what are the accommodation requirements? Do you have an option to extend the celebrations? What time does the bar close? Can you get ready at the venue? Are there many photo opportunities? We like our couples to tell us about the day wedding day they envision, this will prompt questions and help us guide you through every little, important detail.
What are the benefits of getting married at Ballymagarvey Village?
Our packages: We offer excellent packages, inclusive of everything you need for a perfect wedding day; your food and drinks throughout the day, stunning seasonable décor and table settings, menus and seating plans. We do all the work, so that you don’t have to. Of course, we can tailor to suit your needs and you are welcome to add your own personal touches, just without the stress or additional cost.
The unique setting and grounds: Ballymagarvey is a historic, unique and intimate setting. The 18th century Manor House, central courtyard, landscaped gardens and wooded grounds create a wonderful and exclusive setting for you and your guests to enjoy. There are so many stunning photo opportunities throughout the venue, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
The Mill Loft and Preparation Rooms: We are delighted to cater for civil ceremonies, civil partnerships, humanist ceremonies and blessings in the beautiful Mill Loft; a restored corn and flax mill. This is a magical room dating back centuries, with its old exposed beams and beautiful décor. In the background you hear the water cascade across the waterfall turning the Mill wheel below; this is a truly perfect setting to say “I do”. The Barn and The Coach house preparation rooms offer our couples the option getting ready on site, where they can enjoy a relaxing and stress free morning getting pampered ahead of the celebrations.
Our reputation: We recently won awards for the “Best Exclusive Venue” and “Best Overall Venue” in Ireland. Over the past number of years we have gained an excellent reputation for our food, service, friendly staff and warm welcome. We love welcoming our guests into our home and giving our couples a truly memorable experience.
Is there a formula for planning the perfect wedding once you’ve booked your venue?
I don’t think there is a formula for the “perfect” wedding. I would encourage couples to make their day their own version of perfect, and to enjoy the planning as much as possible the whole way through. Research your suppliers and narrow down your options before booking to avoid getting overwhelmed. Prioritise what is most important to you and don’t be conflicted with others opinions. Set a budget and expect that you may go over it slightly, so that you have that option if needed. Don’t undertake too much – let your family and friends help where possible. Organisation is key with wedding planning, be as organised as possible from the outset so as to avoid getting stressed in the weeks before your wedding . Don’t sweat the small stuff –remember, it’s your special day so make sure it’s a memorable and enjoyable one!
Are there any wedding trends you’re seeing emerging in terms of how couples are using your venue?
Wedding trends tend to change year on year. The most obvious in recent years is the rise in ceremonies on-site with over 50% of couples now opting for this instead of church weddings. The interest in outdoor ceremonies is huge also and with the beautiful weather last summer, we held many of these in Gwenllian’s Garden.
More couples are breaking the tradition of not seeing each other prior to the ceremony and are opting to do a ‘first look’, where the photographer captures this special moment.
Another one is a more informal style food for the welcome reception, such as cheese and antipasti boards or afternoon tea instead of tray served canapes. Speeches are requested before the meal much more now. Gin bars, cake tables, donut walls and sparklers – all big ones this year!