Lough Eske Castle Weddings

Lough Eske Castle Donegal

The Castle’s experienced wedding team will help you plan every aspect of your special day down to the very last detail. We pride ourselves on our extremely high standards of service and our aim is to create the most memorable day of your life.

An enchanting, majestic, fairytale setting with plenty of opportunities to capture unique wedding photos

Licensed to hold Civil Marriage Ceremonies

Dining facilities that cater for up to 280 guests with food prepared by Donegal’s award winning and Michelin trained Executive Chef, Philipp Ferber

8 treatment rooms in our award winning spa for pre and post wedding pampering

96 luxurious 5 star guestrooms and suites including the two bedroom presidential suite, voted the world’s best Luxury Country Hotel 2009 and 2010

A choice of stunning rooms in which to hold a civil marriage ceremony, each with its own character and beauty

A dedicated wedding planner to guide you through all your requirements

Wedding packages tailored to suit your needs and budget

Please call our team today on +353 (0)7497 25100. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail and will be fully committed to making your memorable day extra special.

2011, 2010 and 2009 winner of the World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel

Ireland Wedding Venue of the Year 2010 & 2011

Castle Venue of the Year 2009

Click here to view Lough Eske Castle’s Gorgeous Wedding Brochure

Pink and Orange Wedding

I recently coordinated a marquee wedding in Ireland for a couple in Wexford, Ireland. The bride wanted a funky wedding but still have the classy look and suggested a pink and orange colour scheme. We went for shot silk fuchsia pink table cloths and sashes on white chair covers and white linen napkins. The orange was introduced through tissue paper lining in the giant martini glasses that held the predominantly orange exotic flowers. We cooled the colours with a green carpet in the main reception area, but had fuchsia pink carpet in the entrance lounge with low orange seating and light boxes as tables. Outside we had high pod tables with alternating spandex orange and pink covers and an arch of pink and orange flowers. It definately had the desired wow factor!

The Wedding Planner has several venues for weddings in Austria. Full assistance with paperwork and interpreter services are included making the whole process stress-free!

The Valley Resort we partner with, consists of five houses with a total of 80 guest rooms. Each has been lovingly furnished in a cosy, typically Austrian style and provides visitors with a veri-table oasis of rest and relaxation. The resort hotel stands on over 70 hectares of land in the heart of a wonderful valley in the Austrian Alps, close to the border of Italy.

Sample itinerary for a wedding at this fairytale venue :

DAY 1 – “Arrival” Transfers from Salzburg for the Bride & Groom Arrival & welcome cocktail 4 nights accommodation in a superior double room boasting a four-poster bed (subject to availability) on a half board basis with breakfast & evening meal. Note: The groom has the option to stay the night before the wedding in a single room when available.

DAY 2 – “Finishing Touches” Make any final decisions with your Wedding Co-ordinator & spend the day relaxing in the spa or exploring the area, or maybe checking out the fabulous bar.

DAY 3 – “Your Wedding Day”

Choice 1. Stunning fireplace setting – winter

Choice 2. Purpose built wedding pavillion

Choice 3. Non-Denominational Church (donation not included)

Choice 4. 6 Seater Chapel in the Kötschach Valley Choice

5. Outdoor terrace setting – summer Choice 6. Gazebo setting – summer Choice

7. Registrar’s Office A personal Wedding Co-ordinator will be available to the bride and groom during the whole stay

Delicious buffet breakfast Beauty and hairdresser appointment for the Bride

Relaxing massage for Groom Bridal bouquet & Groom’s buttonhole

More than 70 photographs in a beautiful album (negatives extra) C

hampagne and chocolate strawberries in the bridal room after your wedding

5 – 7 course dinner with choice of main course in a private room or a private section of the garden

Wedding cake for two

Toast with sparkling wine Decorated Limousine (Winter) or Rolls Royce (Summer) to beautiful scenic location with a photo session at the waterfall. This is a fabulous setting with the most stunning scenery for perfect photographs (for winter weddings horse-drawn sleighs are available after the wedding for a memorable

3 hour journey through the National Park. Horse-drawn carriages are available during the summer months – details on request)

DAY 4 – “At Your Honeymoon Leisure” Salmon breakfast served to your room or in a private section of the restaurant The whole day to relax (or take a picnic during summer months) Four course dinner in the A La Carte Restaurant or in the beautiful “Brasserie” at Villa Silitude overlooking the waterfall.

DAY 5 – “Bon Voyage to the Happy Couple” Delicious breakfast from the buffet & departure with the best wishes of the Blumscheins and Weddings & Honeymoons Abroad and a small gift from the hotel.

From £2075 per couple (Sterling) (guests from just £22 pppn self catering) (Sterling)

A Destination Wedding

las-vegas-wedding.jpgThe Wedding Planner in Ireland advises: A destination wedding isn’t a destination wedding unless you’re off to somewhere exotic and remote. You might pick a tropical island like Mauritius or somewhere in the Caribbean. Perhaps a mountain top in South Africa, a castle in the heart of Scotland or the rainforests of Australia are more your thing you. This is your dream, pick exactly what you want. 

Realize that the farther that you go, the less people will want to or be able to come with you. And this might be exactly what you’re looking for – just a simple wedding with you and your soon-to-be spouse.  In either case, you will still want to send out announcements of your wedding date so that your friends and family will know. In many cases, you can get married at the destination wedding, and then have a party more than a reception when you get home. Why these are popular Destination weddings take away a lot of the traditional planning of the traditional wedding. There aren’t the crowds of people to meet and greet. There aren’t the floral and cake and decoration meetings. In most cases, these resorts will do everything for you so you get to relax and enjoy your day. 

The pictures that you will have from your wedding can be in stunning locations and very unlike anything that they could have created in their own country. A move toward ancient culture tradition is also in vogue. Many couples are being married by the native priests and ministers in the traditional ways of the tribes that live there.

In Hawaii, you can be married in the Polynesian tradition, with a hula dance, in Ireland a priest can do the old tradition of tying the couple’s hands together – where the saying ‘to tie the knot’ came from. Being able to invite only those people that you love is a great way to enter into married life together. The settings are intimate and private, so you can just enjoy each other. 

Destination weddings can be expensive weddings for your family to attend, so you may want to turn on a video camera when the actual vows are exchanged. Then go on your honeymoon, enjoy yourself, and go back home to celebrate with your family. 

The Wedding Planner can organise weddings and honeymoons in over 4,000 locations in over 40 different countries.

Weddings in Belle Isle Castle, Ireland

image06_f.jpgHidden away on an island at the heart of Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands, Belle Isle Castle hosts small civil wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 40 guests. The 17th century Belle Isle Castle sits at the heart of a unique 470 acre estate spread over eight islands in County Fermanagh.

The Castle is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and couples can choose
to marry in three locations – the hall, the drawing room or the garden. Anyone wishing to hold a civil ceremony at Belle Isle Castle must use one of the local registrars to perform the ceremony.

All wedding parties at Belle Isle must book the Castle accommodation for a minimum of three nights. The Castle can accommodate up to 14 people in eight bedrooms. Additional guests can stay in the nearby coach house and courtyard apartments or one of the estate cottages.

This castle along with 100 other international castles worldwide which can be booked for weddings feature in ‘The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Castle Weddings’ which is available from mid March 2008 through www.weddingplanner.ie.

Wedding in Dublin Castle

greathallbanquet_87371659.jpgIf planning a large or small wedding in Ireland consider Clontarf Castle. Located in Dublin’s Northside suburbs, Clontarf Castle Hotel is part of a privately owned Irish collection of hotels. With turrets, tapestries and an ancient history, the thick castle walls conceal a hotel interior that recently went under a €10 million makeover. The magnificent Great Hall is situated on the ground floor and offers floods of natural daylight. The Hall has capacity for up to 450 banquet guests. The castle has an exclusive wedding package but also honeymoon packages. As part of Clontarf’s Wedding Package, Bride and Groom can enjoy a complimentary four- poster bedroom for the night of their special day.  The castle has 111 guest rooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and views of the Dublin Mountains.This castle along with 100 other international castles worldwide which can be booked for weddings feature in ‘The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Castle Weddings’ which is available from mid March 2008 through www.weddingplanner.ie.

Castle Island Wedding

front.jpgWaterford Castle Hotel Golf and Country Club is situated on a private 310-acre island just outside Waterford city (Ireland) and the castle dates from 16th century. Waterford Castle can be booked for weddings on an exclusive use basis only.

The castle has its own wedding co-ordinator and offers individually tailored menus. The castle has19 bedrooms. Each of the five suites has a private sitting room and 14 deluxe bedrooms are en-suite twins and double/kings. 

This castle along with over 100 other international castles worldwide which can be booked for weddings feature in ‘The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Castle Weddings’ which is available from mid March 2008 through www.weddingplanner.ie.  

Flying Wedding Rings!

This something very different I came across. For wedding couples, Auchen Castle in Scotland can provide a bird of prey from its own falconry centre to deliver the couple’s wedding rings in the gardens. The bird will swoop down from the top of the castle carrying a velvet bag containing the wedding rings on command in front of friends and family!

Auchen Castle Hotel is a Scottish Tourist Board Four Star castle. The castle can be hired exclusively and helicopter transfers to Glasgow or Edinburgh can be arranged for wedding guests. Both civil and religious ceremonies can be hosted at Auchen Castle – This beautiful Scottish Castle is one of the 120 featured castles in my book ‘The Wedding Planner’s Guide To Castle Weddings Around the World’ which is available from March 2008 through www.weddingplanner.ie


Basic Budgeting

wedding-beach.jpgSummer is the most popular and most expensive time of the year to get married. Because hotels and other wedding reception venues wish to profit from the busy wedding season, be prepared to pay a higher price during the summer rush.

The more guest you invite to your wedding, the more money you’ll spend. You should calculate your food budget based on a per-head cost for food and drink. The type of meal you plan to serve your guest is limited by your budget. For example, a seated dinner served is more expensive than a buffet. Some locations are more expensive than others, Dublin being the most expensive city in Ireland to get married in. Don’t panic if your wedding budget doesn’t cover everything that you’d like to have on your wedding day. It may require compromises, scheduling changes, or simply begging for more money, but even with a limited budget you can have your ideal wedding.