Destination I Do
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Destination Wedding Ireland: A Winter Wonderland!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of The Dromoland Collection

When the idea of a destination wedding is broached, every bride has a different vision of her wedding abroad. Whether it’s saying “Si” south of the border, exchanging vows somewhere in the mountains or traveling to the ancient cities of Europe every bride’s W-day dream is different. For those destination wedding couples who look to travel outside the United States and step back in time, The Dromoland Collection might be just the thing.

The collection is made up of two stately Irish estates: Dromoland Castle and Castlemartyr Resort. These five-star resort properties offer stunning accommodations, gourmet cuisine, historic estates and amazing service. They also host weddings. The Dromoland Collection has just introduced new winter wedding packages to make saying “I do” in Ireland a truly special experience.

Dromoland Castle in County Clare, one of Ireland’s finest castle resorts, offers a five star experience in a setting rich in Irish history and tradition. The exclusive “Winter Elegance” wedding offer at Dromoland Castle, available November of 2011 and from January through March of 2012, includes the following:

• A mulled wine welcome reception;
• Tea and coffee on arrival;
• One night’s accommodation in the Bridal Suite;
• Complementary use of the Brian Boru Hall, Drawing Room or Terrace Room venues;
• A five course set dinner menu;
• A celebratory sparkling wine toast for all guests;
• A half bottle of house wine for each dinner reception guest;
• Extended bar hours;
• Personalized menus, seating plan and place cards; and
• Chair covers.

Based on 120 guests, the cost for this package is €12,001; based on 150, the cost is €14,878. (Service charges and VAT are included.)

County Cork is the idyllic setting for Castlemartyr Resort. Seamlessly blending classic elegance and contemporary style, it’s a wedding destination of unpretentious luxury. Available November 2011, January 2012, and March 2012, the Winter Wedding Package includes the following:

• A red carpet welcome;
• A mulled wine reception;
• A chef’s selection of canapés;
• An evening snack;
• One night’s accommodation in the Manor House for the bride and groom;
• Complementary use of the Capel Suite;
• A five course set menu;
• A half bottle of house wine for each dinner reception guest;
• Fee waiver for extended bar hours;
• Personalized menus/table plan; and
• Chair covers and candelabra.

A special room rate (including full Irish breakfast) for guests also can be arranged upon consultation with the resort’s planner. Based on 150 guests, the cost for this package is €13,800. (Service charges and VAT are included.)

The Dromoland Collection offers lucky brides and grooms two other special complimentary touches: a commitment to host only one wedding per day, and full access to the resorts’ stunning estates for wedding day photography and videography. For more information visit

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