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The Headfort Arms Hotel

Kells, Meath
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Catering for weddings for almost 40 years, the Headfort, with the Duff Family at the helm continues to be a landmark venue for the most special day of a person's life. The Headfort promise is that personal touch with only ever one wedding per day in the self contained Kenlis Suite with it’s own entrance, beautiful garden and Private guest Car park. Unique touches such as freshly carved Prime Roasts prepared in front of your guests eyes and special moments of service highlight the Headfort as one of the original and still the best in the business. With so many large developer run hotels in the country, couples are returning to an experience that assures the best of personal attention yet a hotel that has never stopped evolving with the times

The Hotel has never ceased improving its offering in recent years with 45 beautiful bespoke bedrooms, executive rooms and suites for guests. The Headfort Spa rooms offer a wonderful array of treatments pre and post wedding for guests traveling from afar, and have recently launched two new ranges of Irish products Og Ireland and the Handmade Soap Company based locally in Kells. Also new this year, for groups traveling from further a field staying overnight the hotel will provide a Complimentary Wedding Bus

Great Value Packages…..

In these challenging times, you don’t have to make do with a ‘budget wedding’ or put off your big day until brighter times, the hotel is offering the wedding of your dreams at an all inclusive Value Package. Everything is covered….There are no hidden prices, add ons or cut backs on that special day, the only thing that is cut back is the price! Packages start at €33 per person or you can choose the full package at €9999 for 150 persons which includes, Champagne & Canapés Reception, Five Course Luxury Dinner, Wine with Dinner, Evening Supper, Accommodation, Choice of Entertainment Band, Dj & Vouchers for Wedding Services such as Photographer and Honeymoon! So come to our Wedding show on Sunday February 6th and allow one family to look after another for that Special Day. There will be lots of great prizes on offer on the day for couples attending. For all details of some great offers call 046.9240063

Welcoming you our guest for the last 35 years, the Duff family offer the personal touch to your time at the Headfort Arms. Located in the heritage town of Kells in the Boyne Valley and only one hour from Dublin city centre, ever improving infrastructure makes Kells easily accessible from the capital and on one of the central routes to Northern Ireland.

Steeped in history but ever evolving with the times the Headfort Arms offers a perfect blend of old and new world for your wedding day.

The Georgian style Kenlis Suite is regal in its presentation catering for up to 400 guests but also retaining intimacy for much smaller gatherings. We offer you our self contained banqueting suite with its own old world style entrance, foyer bar, the surprise of our beautiful garden at the rear for your guests to relax and a secure hotel car park for customers to use. Then rest in to our brand new bedrooms and wake up to a relaxing Massage in our Spa rooms .

Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells
Wedding Day

At your Service, Allow one family to look after another....

  • We will be waiting for you with our red carpet rolled out
  • We will greet your bridal party with Complimentary Champagne
  • We will escort you through your Private Wedding Entrance to your Kenlis Suite and Gardens for the day
  • We will Welcome your guests with Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
  • We will suggest ways throughout the day to add a Special touch
  • We will design and present your table plan and settings
  • We will announce your bridal party into the Kenlis Suite, adorned with Complimentary Flowers, candles and other special details
  • We will personalise your menus for your guests to have as a momento
  • We will introduce our Chefs who will perform in the Kenlis Suite before you
  • We will serve your Culinary delights with a Smile on our face
  • We will calm your nerves with our dedicated team there for you and you alone on your day
  • We will Welcome your guests to rest in the soft comforts of our luxury bedrooms; even the room rate is Special today
  • We will organise for a relaxing treatment in our Spa Rooms to recuperate and give you time to think of your next visit...

The Headfort Arms Hotel is a lovely family run hotel in Kells, Co. Meath. servicing weddings throughout the local area including Kells, Navan, Cavan, Dublin and beyond.

The Headfort Arms Hotel is a brilliant wedding venue in Meath that has been part of the wedding and hospitality industry since the 1970's specialising in the most gorgeous weddings imaginable..


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Brilliant hotel and wedding Co-ordinators. They couldnt do enough for us, very flexible and ability to work with changing plans and new ideas. Family and friends commented on the friendly staff, clean rooms, amazing dinner and the venue. If you are viewing this hotel I wouldnt hesitate to book you wont be disappointed. They go above and beyond to make sure everyone in attendance has a brilliant day.
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Myself and my husband recently had our wedding reception in the Headfort Arms in Kells. At the Wedding fair held in the Headfort we were met by Joanne. And she had us sold within seconds. Any potential bride and groom out there who are searching for a venue, like us, know the feeling of just being a number to fill a hotel on the day. A number that can easily be replaced if we decided not to go with the hotel. Not here, not with Joanne! She made us feel like they really wanted us to have our wedding there. She made us feel that no matter what we wanted or what choices we made for our day, it would all be fine and dandy. This is a family run hotel and that is truly felt when you decide to go with this venue. The little touches and the sense of importance they provided you with by just being the bride and groom was so special. Joanne should be titled with Miss Wedding Planner of the year because I know without any doubt, no Hotel manager in Ireland can make you feel as she did us on our wedding day. Would highly recommend this hotel for its comfort, its food, the function room, the garden outdoors but most of all 'Joanne'!! :)
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Absolutely fantastic hotel. They go above and beyond your expectations. Could not recommend this hotel enough. Staff, food, atmosphere just fabulous.
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Everything about the day was brilliant. The staff in the hotel couldn't do enough for us, especially our wedding coordinator Jo, it really was a great two days. I would highly recommend the Headfort Arms in Kells for a wedding. They helped make the day really special for us.
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Our wedding was an absolute incredible day. The hotel staff were amazing!! Especially Jo our wedding coordinator and Caroline from reception, there was nothing they couldn't do. Food was delious and amazingly presented. To top it off we had a beautifully sunny day for our garden ceremony.
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We had our wedding on the 13th of July in the Headfort. One of the best decisions we made was picking this venue. From the first point of contact the customer services was excellent and made us feel relaxed. Laura and Edel made every part of the planning process stress free which really helped when we were trying to organise from overseas. Whenever we contacted them they got back to us straight away and even helped to book music, wedding car, and flowers etc. They offered more than there wonderful venue but literally a complete wedding planner service. When it was all getting a bit stressful they were there to take that stress away. We were very lucky to have good weather on the day meaning we had the pleasure of arriving to the garden entrance and honestly the garden was decorated amazingly and offered brilliant facilities, lots of tables and chairs out, toilets, bar so there was no need for anyone to go inside, just sit in the sun and enjoy themselves. It is such a welcoming hotel every member of staff were just so genuinely friendly and helpful. Our guests were really blowing away by the venue especially the gardens, the food and the friendly atmosphere. It’s an absolute credit to the management to have such a fantastic team. I would definitely advise any couple getting married to view the Headfort and you wouldn’t regret it.
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We couldn't recommend them enough. From the beginning they're always there to hear and advice us with all the planning. A friend of ours that recommended the venue and as we're looking for a ceremony outside, the gardens was the cherry on top of the cake. Everyone had such a great time and keep talking about how amazing and chilled our day was. Thank you Edel and the whole team to make our big day come true.
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The Headfort couldn’t do any more for us in preparation for our big day esp our wedding co-ordinator Edel, nothing was 2 much trouble for her. Everything we wanted was absolutely no problem for her from contacting suppliers to table planning etc. Honestly it was like having your own personal wedding planner without the major cost factor.
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We had our reception in the headfort on 28th of April and we can not thank them enough for all they did for us to make our day perfect , right from our first visit to the hotel to have a look around we were made so welcome and from the time we booked to the day itself we were looked after so well, on the day the room looked great and the food was fabulous and everyone had a great day , so a big thanks to all the hotel staff for all they did to help us esp Laura and Edel
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I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. We got married on the 14th April 2018 and from the beginning to end Edel and the team went above and beyond for us. To say our day was perfect is an understatement.
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To start at the beginning, we visited The Headfort Arms Hotel just to see what their wedding packages were like. We had a different venue in mind to visit after which we thought would be our first choice. We met Edel in The Headfort and she made us feel like we were the only couple to get married. There was nothing that could not be done for us. The other venue paled in comparison. We booked our wedding with The Headfort and from there Edel and the hotel worked with us to arrange the perfect day. Any questions we had were answered and any things that we had not thought of were talked through. What we did not count on was having the worst snow storm that we had ever witnessed arrive in the form of The beast from the East and Storm Emma the week of our wedding. The Hotel kept us informed all week, telling us that nothing would stop this wedding and we believed them. The day before the wedding though conditions worsened, and family were stuck abroad and in different parts of the country. The gritters and snow ploughs had been stood down on the roads, our wedding singer cancelled, we didn't know if anyone would be able to drive. Edel our wedding coordinator rang me with a suggestion that we just never thought of. To move our mass from our local church in the middle of nowhere at 1pm to the hotel and push back the start of your mass to allow people time to get to us. It was the light that we could not see. It was our best hope and we let everybody know the change of plan. From there Edel and the team at The Headfort went about turning our wedding around into a day that would definitely be one to remember. The hotel could not do enough for us and even on the morning of our wedding when guests were dropping off our list and suppliers were pulling out, when I had no one to do hair and make-up, the hotel got us numbers of people who might help. With limited staff that could get to the hotel and managers being stuck in their houses and having to be dug out, not once did the hotel suggest we cancel our day. I have never seen a hotel to pull together all their resources, have the venue looking spectacular, the food tasting amazing, all the while keeping me calm and telling us that everything would be perfect. The moral of the story, get married at The Headfort Arms Hotel, you won't regret it one bit. We recommend it to everyone we meet. If we could get married again, we would still choose The Headfort Arms. Everything about The Headfort Arms Hotel was beyond what we imagined it would be and our guests thought so too. Everybody is still talking about our wedding day at The Headfort Arms Hotel in the middle of Storm Emma and The beast from the East.
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Well were do I even start. We got married in the headfort arms Kells in February. From the time we walked in 2 years pervious to have a look around we knew that was where we were going to have our wedding reception. The hotel is a family run business and a very warm and friendly venue.. Nothing we asked for was to much. Every member of staff from barmen to waitresses to the reception staff to the porter , laura , to owners olivia and Vincent were amazing friendly and kind to deal with but a huge special thanks must go to our wedding coordinator edel whose attention to detail was impeccable. . The little touches that the hotel did themselves were brilliant and really made the day.. The food was second to none and there was no shortage of it. Highly recommended this venue for anyone looking for a warm homely feel to your wedding. The have just received their 4th star and you can definitely see why..
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My husband and I couldn't have been happier with the service we received. You wouldn't get nicer food and such great value elsewhere. The staff were so flexible and helpful.
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A big thank you to the Duff Family, Edel and all the staff at the Headfort Hotel for making our day great. We booked The hotel 8 months in advance of our wedding. Despite it being a short time frame Edel our wedding co ordinator was excellent and we didn't have a whole lot to, as It's all done for you once you make they key decisions. Edel will do the rest. All of the suppliers from the band Time Out, the photographer David Moore , paddy in executive cars , Bernie Kennellys amazing cake We're fantastic.. On the day the hotel did everything to ensure we had a fantastic day. The food was fab, the room was beautiful and there is a genuine family welcome in the hotel..We would recommend the hotel to anyone thinking about it. Thanks again Catherine and Jim.
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5 stars all the way. The best day of my life from start to finish. Joanne and all the staff in the headfort was amazing. The food was excellent.
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Excellent service, Edel and the team are fantastic!!! 110% effort and professionalism.
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Great staff and food
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I have to say I found this hotel brilliant the wedding planner Edel was amazing gave us great help and was amazing on the day could not fault anything
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We could not fault this hotel. Lovely warm, friendly atmosphere. The service was excellent from the day we booked our date until we left the hotel the day after our wedding. The wedding co-ordinator Edel, was available to answer all our calls, very accommodating and really took away so much pressure. They also have a lovely garden and conservatory that's safe for kids to play! We would highly recommend this hotel for any wedding.
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We recently had our wedding in The Headfort Arms Hotel and I can only say it was amazing! All the staff, particularly the wedding co-ordinator Edel, went above and beyond to make our day truly special. Little touches they did for us did not go unnoticed and any idea we came up with, big or small, was never too much trouble. I cannot recommend The Headfort & the team highly enough.
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Myself and my Husband cannot recommend The Headfort Arms Hotel enough. We were organising our Wedding from New Zealand, Edel and the Team could not have helped more. They are really good at their business, thinking of things I never even thought of when I started out planning. Everything ran so smoothly on the day of the Wedding, thanks to Edel and her team. The service was next to none and all staff were so attentive and courteous. The food was amazing, so tasty, massive portions and second and third helpings for anyone who wanted them. I loved the little extra touches on the day, like the personialised keepsakes and the Desert! The Gardens are so beautiful and we had a drinks reception here with summer punch and canapes. The whole day went so well and I feel I have The Headfort Arms to thank for that. The Bridal Suite is gorgeous, I took full advantage of the massive Jacuzzi bath the next morning and we had breakfast sent up to our room. The other Hotel rooms I seen were beautiful, and newly refurbished. I have had alot of Guests comment that it was the best Wedding they had been to in a long long time, if not the best Wedding. I cannot thank The Headfort Arms enough for making our Wedding Day so special and amazing.
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We got married locally & we both feel very happy we could use our local Hotel, The Staff made us feel very special on our big day & really looked after us. Special thanks to our wedding planner Joanne. The food was great (not that I could eat it wedding excitement) but Joanne ensured I had food in the bridal suite later on, very thoughtful, the staff are a huge credit to the Headfort Arms.
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Had Visited this hotel on many occasion for food and after spending some time checking different Venues we picked this Hotel as our Wedding Venue. Many a meeting and dinner was had here in the year before the wedding and everytime the food was amazing and the staff lovely. This Is a family run hotel and one of the many things I like about it is the low turnover of staff , always the same friendly faces to greet you. The hotel itself is warm, were even on a cold novembers day you can sit in a tee shirt and still be comfortable , the atmosphere is relaxed and cozy. A constant management presence has this place running like clock work. I won't rate this Hotel soley based on our wedding day although that was amazing and it went smoothly with a service That would put some 5 star hotels to shame , instead I'll rate it on my visits before the wedding , during and after and in doing so I can honestly stay out of all the hotels I have stayed this one is second to none.
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It's nearly a year since our wedding in The Headfort and we had such a brilliant weekend. The Headfort were professional right from the beginning and they even helped us source our celebrant, Joe Armstrong. The room for the ceremony was beautifully dressed and the drinks/canapes reception after the ceremony was brilliant. The dinner was amazing and the guests were all 'stuffed' after their dinners and they thought the food was delicious! We would recommend this hotel as a wedding venue for future couples, it's a homely hotel and the staff are excellent and friendly.
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There is only one way to describe the Headfort Arms Hotel as a wedding venue - Pure Class! From our initial meeting, to our wedding day and every time we have been in the Headfort since the staff have been amazing to us. Nothing is too much to ask, their attention to detail is first rate and the make you feel like the only couple who ever got married. We had Edel as out wedding coordinator and she was brilliant from start to finish. She had great advice and was always on the other end of the phone. The level of service we received from her was second to none and she gave us the utmost confidence that our day would go without a hitch (which it did) The rest of the staff are so friendly and welcoming which was fantastic. Over the course of our wedding planning all the girls at reception knew us by name and always took an interest in our big day. The room for the reception is beautiful, great size with great layout. It has separate entrance for weddings which makes your guests feel that extra bit special. The garden is fabulous and this is where we took all our photographs which meant we didn't miss hours of our day travelling somewhere else leaving our guests with no bride or groom. The food is top class, all of our guests commented on it. You always get a great meal in the Headfort but they pull out all the stops for a wedding. The service on the day was fast but friendly. Our guests commented on having the craic with waitresses all of which adds to your day and is what sets the Headfort apart from other wedding venues. The staff truly are amazing and go above and beyond to ensure you have a perfect day. The do all the little things to a tee, nothing is overlooked or left to chance which makes for a great day. We got married on St Patrick's weekend and had a two day event. The package we received was great value especially now looking back on the superb service we received. The Hotel had a funeral, a club dinner dance, christening and general St Patrick's Day customers as well as our wedding but everything went so smoothly from start to finish. We returned to the Hotel for our first anniversary and were treated like royalty again by the entire team. I cannot recommend the Headfort Arms highly enough. Their motto is let one family take care of another and this is so true of the way the Duff family and their staff make you feel. This is a first class wedding venue with fanastic food and an amazing staff who will make your day beyond special. Don't hesitate in booking the Headfort Arms Hotel for you big day, it's the best decision you will make.
Response from The Headfort Arms Hotel
Aoife, Thanks so much much for your kind words, it was our pleasure to look after you and your family & friends on your wedding day. Wishing you every blessing for the future. Olivia, Edel & the team.
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I know when we first got engaged piking the venue was the big decision we knew we have to get right so before we head off on honeymoon we just want to say a big thank you to you and all the staff at The Headfort Arms. From the very first day we looked at your hotel we have been looked after to the highest standard. Firstly, we have to thank Edel who to be honest was the reason we chose The Headfort Arms. On our initial meeting she was so accommodating and made us feel like we would be looked after on our big day. She has always been on the other end of the phone for us and has been extremely helpful in the planning of our day. The level of service we received from her was second to none. She gave us the utmost confidence that our day would go without a hitch (which it did). We cannot thank her enough for all the hard work, support and advice she has given us over the past year. All the girls at reception were extremely helpful every time we called in. They always had something nice to say to us and were ran a very efficient ‘lost and found’ when our guests mislaid phones, sat navs and all sorts. Everyone commented on how friendly and helpful they were, Suzanne and Caroline in particular. The day before the wedding Larry who was just passing through reception helped us with our cake no questions asked. The attitude of the staff on a whole is top class. The waiting staff in the Kenlis were extremely efficient but very friendly at the same time, this was noticed by all our guests. This also helped to create the warm friendly atmosphere we were looking for. The food was absolutely delicious and served piping hot. Their slogan is let one family look after another and never a truer word has been spoken. We most definitely felt looked after from the second we began to deal with the hotel. We are so glad that we had chosen the Headfort Arms as our wedding venue and have already recommended you to several of our engaged friends. So thank you, a bug heartfelt thank you to one and all in the Headfort Arms who made this weekend absolutely superb, we really appreciate it. So go look at and book it!! You won't regret it I promise.
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We got married at the Church of the Assumption, Ballinlough,Kells.Co.Meath – next to Sarah’s house! Our reception was at the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells, Co.Meath. We couldn’t recommend the Headfort Arms Hotel enough –we dealt with Edel and from the very beginning, we felt secure in the knowledge that Edel and the rest of the staff at the hotel would do everything possible to ensure that we would have a wonderful day. From special needs requirements, to recommending babysitters, to personalising our champagne flutes, from the moment we arrived at the hotel to the very end of our celebrations, the hotel staff made every effort to make sure that everyone had a wonderful time. We had some 220 people at our wedding breakfast and the attention to detail and quality of service meant that everyone had an extra special time. Our photographer was Richard Gavin who is based in Dublin. I know Richie for the past 10 years since I taught his son. Richard has a wonderful reputation for his work and justifiably so. Something we hadn’t considered when choosing a photographer was how important his/her manner and personality would especially be on the big day – Richard managed to put everyone at ease with his lovely manner and great personality. The result? Beautiful photographs of the most special people in our lives. My wonderful Aunty Mabel made both the bouquets and the wedding cake-I can’t thank her enough for the wonderful job she did on both tasks. All in all a fabulous day … and I will cherish the memories forever
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I was married just before Christmas 2011, and we were lucky enough to have the reception in this wonderful hotel. From our first appointment with Olivia in September 2010 to book the date, we were made to feel special going through every detail. She had some fantastic touches to add, it was as if she knew me and my then Fiancée for years.For me, that's the key to the Headfort, they know people, they understand what people want, what food they like, and how to treat each and every customer with respect and good humour. I would absolutely recommend the Headfort Arms for anybody who is getting married, for anyone who wants a bite to eat, for anything. They contributed hugely to the best day of my life.
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For all you brides who are currently considering your wedding venue, please do not overlook the Headfort Arms Hotel in Meath. My husband and I can not thank The Headfort Arms Hotel OR their amazing team of staff enough for our perfect wedding day in March 2010. It was beyond anything that we had dreamt of and I truly wish I could do it all over again. The tiny details, the food and the service were beyond anything we expected and our guests are still raving about the hotel and our wedding day almost a year and a half later. And as for the staff, well there just aren’t enough thank you’s, they were just brilliant on the day/night! Olivia, Edel and Ann were amazing during the organisation and on the day and went above and beyond anything that I could have hoped for or expected from anyone. I could never thank either of these ladies enough for sharing their expertise but more importantly their unwaivering support, no matter what my needs were. I wish them all every success for the future and I can’t wait to see them all again. I truely recommend for any bride to be to consider the Headfort Arms for a magical day but mostly for a top class service that will leave you utterly speechless.
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To Anne & all the Staff in the Headfort Hotel We would like to thank you all for a brilliant day on the 14th of May, everything ran like clockwork. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was and brilliant the service! Thanks again!
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  Dear Vincent Olivia & Staff, We just wanted to take time out to say a very special word of thanks for looking after us on our wedding day. When we both walked into the wedding room and saw how it was set up we both said WOW. The meal presentation and service was top class and we got such positive feedback from all our guests all weekend. Once again many thanks and best wishes for the future.
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The room looked beautiful and the food was lovely, delighted that the sun shone and we were able to take our photos in the lovely garden! thanks to all the headfort staff for making our day so special.
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Thank you so much for all you have done for us on our special day, you all made our wedding exceptional!
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A million thanks to you all at the Headfort, everything was perfect, food was beautiful and your staff are a credit to you, they couldn’t have done more.

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