In the most anticipated industry event of the year, the winners of the much coveted weddingsonline Awards were finally announced at a gala event in the beautiful The Grand Hotel Malahide last month. Over 35,000 couples voted for their favourite suppliers and venues, which were then judged by a panel of industry experts. Today we’re taking a closer look at the venues who managed to scoop the top awards in their categories!
Overall Wedding Venue of the Year 2016
& Munster Venue of the Year
Garryvoe Hotel, Ballycotton Bay, Co. Cork – www.garryvoehotel.com
Winner of the Overall Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 and the Best Wedding Venue in Munster, the Garryvoe Hotel perched on the picture-perfect shores of Ballycotton Bay in Cork is a wedding venue brimming with charm. The idyllic sandy beach on the doorstep of the Garryvoe Hotel means ample opportunities for fabulous wedding photos, while inside the 30s-inspired Garryvoe Ballroom with its soaring high ceilings and glamorous crystal-cut chandeliers provides all the grandeur of old Hollywood. The hotel boasts a great reputation for quality food and service with customer focused staff who go above and beyond to make every wedding magical.
Irish Castle Venue of the Year 2016
Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan – www.cabracastle.com
Situated on over 100 acres of manicured greens and magical forestry, the Irish Castle Wedding Venue of the Year for 2016 Cabra Castle is the epitome of elegance and a dream venue for couples hoping for that once-in-a-lifetime setting. Family owned and run, the staff at Cabra Castle are known for their meticulous attention to detail and their focus on making each wedding the most personal for each couple. The castle itself offers all the romance one would expect from one of Ireland’s best wedding venues, with Waterford Crystal chandeliers, five-tiered golden candelabras continuing the theme of elegance into the Ballroom.
Exclusive Wedding Venue of the Year 2016
The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo – www.thelodgeac.com
Winner of the the 2016 Exclusive Wedding Venue of the Year, the stunning Lodge at Ashford Castle stands secluded on the Lisloughrey Quay in Cong, County Mayo and boasts commanding panoramic views of the majestic Lough Corrib. The Lodge is everything a modern bride dreams of, from the breathtaking ballroom brimming with natural light to the stylish, individually designed deluxe rooms and suites (one with a free standing copper bath that’s calling out to be Instagrammed!). The Lodge at Ashford Castle is pure romantic elegance and a wonderful base for creating your own personal palette if you want to get a little more creative. Guests staying for more than a day are sure to make more magical memories with a walk down the tree-lined avenue towards the breathtaking, historical Ashford Castle nearby.
Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 – Connaught
Clayton Hotel, Galway – www.claytonhotelgalway.ie
Connaught’s Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 the Clayton Hotel is a stylish, contemporary setting offering the professional service and attention to detail couples seek for their Big Day. The chic hotel is both welcoming and impressive, from the beautiful foyer with marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and grand piano which acts as a splendid backdrop for an arrival reception to the warm yet spacious ballroom with its modern feel and intimate atmosphere. The Clayton Hotel prides itself on its wonderful staff, expert management team and their dedicated wedding coordinator who is all about the personal touch!
Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 – Leinster
The Glenview Hotel, Delgany, Co. Wicklow – www.glenviewhotel.com
With 30 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland walks surrounding Leinster’s Wedding Venue of the Year, the Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club is a perfectly serene setting close to the country’s capital. For those hoping for an outdoor drinks reception in the sun, the Glenview’s beautifully manicured gardens with its romantic roses and serene water features provides the ultimate backdrop, but of course wedding not permitting, nothing can dampen the stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom, which bring in an abundance of natural light while guests tuck in to their delectable wedding meal. The Glenview prides itself on their exceptional service with a dedicated team to ensure your day is everything you dream of from helping with personal touches and creative table settings to sourcing decor and recommending suppliers.
Photo by Michelle Prunty
Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 – Ulster
Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co. Antrim – www.galgorm.com
The impressive Galgorm Resort & Spa in County Antrim, declared Antrim’s Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 at the weddingsonline awards, is a first-class setting for weddings boasting a management team with innate sense of what couples are really looking for for their Big Day. A wedding in the Galgorm Resort & Spa is all about creating the experience of a lifetime for both the couple and their guests, who are sure to enjoy the out-of-this-world spa facilities either side of the celebrations! Galgorm’s reputation for quality is backed by years of experience creating truly unique packages for every one of their couples.
Restaurant Wedding Venue of the Year 2016
The Red Door Country House, Inishowen, Co. Donegal – www.thereddoor.ie
The Red Door Country House in Inishowen County Donegal, weddingsonline’s Restaurant Venue of the Year 2016, is a venue bursting with character and charm. Renowned for its fabulous food and its unrivalled scenery, the Red Door Country House offers couples and their guests a unique and personal experience during their celebrations. A warm and romantic atmosphere is created with traditional open fires and original, colourful furnishings, bringing an intimate feel to this contemporary country house. Wedding ceremonies and receptions are held in the beautifully appointed ‘Willow Room’, ‘Violet Room’ and ‘Scarlet Room’
Waterside Venue of the Year 2016
Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, Mohill, Leitrim – www.loughrynn.ie
The magical Lough Rynn Castle Hotel in County Leitrim, winner of the Waterside Venue of the Year 2016 is a dream venue for couples looking for romance and history, with breathtaking scenery to boot! Perched on the serene shores of Lough Rynn, the Castle has been lovingly renovated by the Hanly Group who successfully blended the old world with the new, creating a luxurious setting that’s warm and inviting and guaranteed to leave lasting memories for happy couples and guests alike.
Ballymagarvey Village, Navan, Co. Meath – www.ballymagarvey.ie
A firm favourite for many weddingsonline brides and grooms, the unique and romantic Ballymagarvey Village received a much deserved Commendation from Judges at this year’s weddingsonline awards. Ballymagarvey is the ultimate in a romantic, contemporary venue – ideal for couples looking for that Pinterest-perfect backdrop for their Big Day. Privacy is key with Ballymagarvey, which offers exclusive use of its stunningly restored, modern and atmospheric main house which dates back to the 1700s.
Photo by Julie Cummins
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