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When most little girls dream about their wedding day they dream about being a princess for the day! And what says princess more than having your wedding in your very own castle!

For a lot of wedding destinations and venues that probably just is not possible but we are so lucky here in Ireland that we have a stunning range of unique castles the length and breadth of this beautiful country of ours. Thus making the fairytale wedding that we have all dreamed of a real possibility.

Over the years I have got to leave the dream also with my couples and have photographed in some of the most beautiful castle destinations. When couples are planning their weddings from abroad, they often book me before they have put any other wedding plan in place.

As a result I am asked what venues I would recommend and where is the dream setting for their special day.

So... I have out together below my top 4 list of Irish Wedding Castles. I would also love to hear from you in the comments below if you have been to any of these venues or whether you have another one to add to the list - I would love to hear from you!!

 

Waterford Castle

Right on my doorstep (I literally live across the road) Waterford Castle set on its own idyllic island really is a dream wedding venue. Long before Waterford Castle was a wedding venue, I played there as a child as it was a family home of a good friend of mine - can you believe owning your very own castle!! As a result I have a romantic nostalgia for this venue and love it every time I go there to photograph a wedding. So if you love the idea of a romantic hideaway that is only accessible by ferryboat then this could be the venue for you.

 

2. Ballyseede Castle

Nestled away in the beautiful Kerry, Ballyseede Castle is a family run wedding venue that has the luxe and grandeur of a castle venue but the personal family touch of a home that is feels loved and lived in. Set on 30 acres of parkland Ballyseede is a true hideaway where you can relax and indulge completely in the princess for a day vibe!

 

3. Adare Manor

For me Adare Manor is the cream of the crop in Irish Castle luxury. For a start the Manor is set on the edge of the beautiful Adare village a real throwback to an Irish country village, complete with thatched cottages and beautiful Irish crafts. And then you have the Manor itself with its sweeping staircase, lavish reception rooms, river walks and the most amazing formal gardens for photographs or even your wedding ceremony. Now that is something to dream about isn't it!

 

4. Castle Durrow

One of my favourites. Dating from 1716 Castle Durrow gives an honourable nod to its past and tradition whilst also offering modern and contemporary luxury. A perfect blend. The sun has always shone each and every time I have been to Castle Durrow and what a place on a beautiful sunny day! With the most attentive staff you are in very good hands at Castle Durrow.

When You Should Send Out Your Thank You Cards

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Typically your thank you cards should be sent out about 8 weeks after your wedding, although couples can often take longer than this. It is all about setting aside the time to do it together and half the workload, now that you are husband and wife. For our Thank You cards we aimed to write a certain number every day and it was very overwhelming to do them all in one sitting.

Our top tips are below!

1. Working from your guest list spread sheet, tick them off as you write them and you will also have all of your addresses to hand as well.

2. How about getting your printers to address the labels for you - this is easily done with a spreadsheet and some organisation and will save you loads of time!

3. Why not order your Thank You cards when you are ordering your wedding invitations and you can continue the theme and design right through your wedding, from beginning to end

4. Alternatively you could also use some photographs from your wedding to grace your Thank You cards. It can be a very personal touch and your guests will love to see the photographs. If you have taken a group photograph at the wedding, this can work well on the reverse of your card as well.

5. Be sure to order more than you need. This allows you to make some errors and know that you are covered. You might like to send a card to others who were involved in your day - your florist or photographer, so it is always a good idea to have some spare cards to hand.