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Weddings in Sol y Sombra

Old Church of Ireland, Killorglin, Kerry
Capacity
125 - 180
Reviews (19) 5/5
Prices from
€22.00
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Weddings with a unique flavour

Have you ever wished you could bring the beauty of a wedding ceremony with you to the reception, minus all the formality? No matter how adorned a hotel wedding might be, sometimes you just want a canvas that doesn’t double as a conference room — a great, big box. At Sol y Sombra, you can finally step outside of the box.

Using our restored 200-year-old church as your palette, you get the best of both worlds — on the one hand: a traditional ceremony setting, a lit through stained glass and steeped in history, and on the other: a chic, vibrant Spanish tapas bar and restaurant.

Dinner Banquet

Sol y Sombra has been host to a wide range of wedding celebrations — from traditional Irish banquet style to multi-course, family-style tapas tasting dinners, from late-night dance and wedding bands to fire breathers and silent discos. Our vaulted ceilings are the limits.

 For couples who prefer a more 'informal' wedding party, we offer gourmet tapas finger food menus which can be just as filling as a traditional meal.   .

Ceremony

Constructed in 1816 as St. James Church, the site of Sol y Sombra held wedding ceremonies long before it ever hosted guests for dinner and drinks, music and dancing. Today, illuminated through the original stained glass windows, couples from around Ireland and the world continue to make Sol y Sombra the sanctuary where they say “I do.”

If these walls could talk, they would tell stories of personalised vows and heartfelt reflections, of hand, sand, rose and ribbon ceremonies, of tying the knot — sometimes literally.

A fully registered venue for civil marriages, civil partnerships, humanist and spiritual ceremonies, Sol y Sombra provides the perfect location to wed the one you love. Our experienced wedding coordinators can assist you in the careful planning of all aspects of your ceremony, as well as the celebration that follows.

Accommodation, Pictures and Entertainment

Our wedding team can provide advice on local accommodation providers, entertainment, photographers and as well photographic locations. Sol y Sombra is in the heart of Reeks District, with amazing locations such as Caragh Lake, Rossbeigh Strand, Ballykissane and the Historic Iron Bridge all within a short drive or walk from the venue. 

Packages 

Our all-inclusive packages start from €61 / guest. Informal wedding party packages start at €22 / guest.  We can also tailor a unique package to your requirements.  For more on packages please see our website www.solysombra.ie/weddings

Wedding Team

Our in-house Wedding Manager Cliodhna and Wedding Coordinator Katie are on-hand to talk you through wedding themes, menu options, decorations, coordinate with other wedding suppliers and to arrange a food and wine tasting before the big day.

Email us now for more details of our packages and prices. Please get in contact with Cliodhna or Katie to arrange a suitable to time to view the venue and discuss ideas you have for your amazing wedding day.  

Cliodhna - +353 87 6902896 / [email protected]

Katie - +353 87 066 0698 / [email protected]

Weddings in Sol y Sombra is a alternative wedding venue in Kerry servicing weddings throughout the local area including Killorglin.

Sol y Sombra is a unique venue that has been part of the wedding industry since 2008 specialising in unique ceremonies and receptions.

Reviews

5.0/5
19 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Value5.0/5
Responsiveness5.0/5
Flexibility5.0/5
Professionalism5.0/5
Maria and Paul
Added 16th Oct 2020
Wedding 1st Oct 2020
We had our wedding in Sol y Sombra at the start of October. It was amazing from start to finish. From the first moment we got in contact with Cliodhna nothing was too much trouble. She responded quickly to any questions we may have had and gave us loads of recommendations. We initially had booked for May for 100 people but had to change this due to Covid restrictions to October with around 40 of our close family and friends that were able to make it. Cliodhna was great to work with, professional, laid back and really knows what she is talking about. She eased our stresses and worries and made everything seem so easy and doable. The venue is stunning with its stained-glass windows and high ceilings. Our guests were blown away when they saw it. After our ceremony we went across the road to The Kingston bar which again was a fabulous venue for our reception drinks. The staff were great and we really enjoyed catching up with our friends and family in its cosy atmosphere. We had our gorgeous canapes from Sol y Sombra here and our band The Trips played. It was perfect. We then headed back to Sol y Sombra for our evening meal. The place looked amazing with candles and beautiful table arrangements. With the evening light coming through the stained-glass windows it was beautiful. The food and wine were delicious and the staff were great! The party started after dinner. The music sounded incredible in this unique venue. We really could not have asked for more. The dance floor was hopping and everyone had a brilliant time. We feel so lucky to have had our wedding in Sol y Sombra. We had the time of our lives! I literally cannot put into words what an amazing, unique and special venue this is! Paul and Maria.
Christine & Mal
Added 19th Jul 2020
Wedding 29th Feb 2020
We got married in Thailand in January and wanted to celebrate with a big party when we got home with all our family and friends, we both love Kerry and decided to have our weekend of celebrations down there, it was really important for us that our party would have a relaxed and informal vibe in a beautiful and unique venue, with great food and great music. Sol y Sombra was the perfect venue for us, it's a beautifully restored church that's over 200 years old, a beautiful setting, the tapas and wine are delicious, the staff were so helpful and friendly, it was exactly the vibe and atmosphere we wanted for our wedding celebrations and our family and friends loved it just as much as we did, Katie and Cliodhna couldn't do enough for us and made everything so easy, laidback and fun, we couldn't recommend Sol Y Sombra enough, we had an amazing night, it's a great place to have your wedding. A big thank you to Katie, Clionadh and all the wonderful team in Sol Y Sombra for everything!!!
Sarah and Catriona
Added 1st Feb 2020
Wedding 12th Oct 2019
Every bride wants the perfect day but when you have two brides, the level of perfection rises to a whole new level. Sol y Sombra gave us everything we dreamt of and more. This venue has it all- the romance of the old church, the tingling acoustics created from the vaulted ceilings, the beautiful stain glass windows mixed with festival lights and disco ball really makes this venue truly unique and wonderful. The real stars are the team behind the venue. Cliodhna, Katie and Gorka delivered the perfect day. We wanted it all, but we got more. They are so professional in everything they do and helped us choose the right package that best suited our vision. They allowed us the freedom to be creative with the styling of the venue and fully supported our many musical requests throughout the day. We had our very own support team right from the very first day we sat down to book the venue, to that moment we stood outside waiting to walk up the aisle and say -I do. It is truly the most romantic and special place to say ‘I do’. After the ceremony we were smoothly ushered over to Kingston’s bar for our drinks reception. This was a very intimate candle lit space for all the gang to mingle and catch up whilst being treated to processo and canapés ‘All you need is love’ set the tone for the day but the real talking point were the 11 courses of divine tapas we shared. We cannot emphasis enough how incredible the food tasted and how much a conversation piece it was throughout the evening. Food was made for sharing and we shared and laughed and kept eating - course after course. Even the spud loving gang were pleasantly surprised. People are still talking to us about how amazing the food was. We danced the night away, in this incredibly atmospheric venue. Looking back now there is absolutely nothing that we would change, only a chance to do it all again. One bit of advice to anyone reading this, just book Sol y Sombra - it will exceed all your expectations and make your dream day a lasting memory for you and all your guests. Sarah and Catriona
Orla and Ciaran
Added 20th Jan 2020
Wedding 7th Sep 2019
We wanted our day to be 'OUR day' ,We wanted an informal celebration, a giant hug of love, surrounded by our family and friends, somewhere fun and funky , with incredible food ... we wanted a party and boy that's what we got ! From the minute we walked into the building it felt right! Sol y Sombra is stunning 200 year old church which has converted into an a simple yet tastefully decorated Tapas restuarant. As a refurbished church the building gave the father of the bride the opportunity to walk down a non religious aisle to a beautiful humanist ceremony (which ticked everyone's box) Aside from its entrance WOW factor what impressed us even more was the amazing staff. Clionadh and Katie who coordinated our wedding put us at ease at every single step of the way. We can honestly say that ever single time we dealt with them it was an absolute pleasure! We laughed our way through our wedding!!! It was so much fun!!! We never stressed any aspect of it. If we asked, we got! We had lots of silly questions all which were answered with a smile. We used all their local recommendations and could not fault one! We have never heard of a service as personal and faultless as what we received. We opted for a Tapas style meal and couldnt recommended it more, it is so sociable , we passed plates as we chatted and laughed , drank incredible wine (the restuarant imports in) and basked in the love of happy family and friends. We asked the question 'will there be enough if we go Tapas?' The answer .... we rolled bellies stuffed onto the dance floor!!!! Every single guest passed comment on the quality and quantity of food including our 2 Vegan guests who said they had never felt so welcome and well fed, EVER ! We danced till the wee hours in an intimate dancefloor under twinkling lights. It was fairytale , it was OUR fairytale! Thank you to Katie, Clionadh and the wonderful staff team in Sol Y Sombra you made our day!
Jessica Raymond
Added 28th May 2019
Wedding 24th May 2019
I got married in Sol y Sombra on Friday just gone. From start to finish it was the day of my dreams. Katie, the wedding coordinator is amazing at her job. Her professionalism, attention to detail and passion are second to none. Nothing was too much trouble and she made it her mission to make sure myself and my husband had the best day of our lives. Katie thought of everything and filled me with confidence from our very first meeting. Katie stayed until the very end of the night to make sure everything ran smoothly which it did. She managed all my suppliers meaning I had nothing at all to worry about in the weeks leading up to the wedding. The venue itself is beautifully authentic. The ceremony set up was spectacular but the evening set up blew us and our guest away. The food was stunning and generous. So many guests remarked that it was the best wedding and best wedding venue they had ever been to. From the music playing as my guests walked up the driveway to the stunning terrace it was just perfection. I cannot recommend sol y Sombra highly enough and I know it will forever hold a special place in all our hearts. A wedding guest even returned to Sol y Sombra the day after the wedding for dinner. That says it all! Thank you so much to Katie and her fantastic dream team.
Tanya Foley
Added 8th Jun 2019
Wedding 10th May 2019
Absolutely amazing, words can not describe how special the Sol y Sombra made my day. All the staff members were amazing, Linda and Cliodhna were so professional and made us feel so welcome. I can not recommend the sol y sombra enough. The venue, food and staff were outstanding. It is truly a dream wedding venue, a beautiful place filled with fantastic staff. Already recommended to many friends and family.
Una and Thomas
Added 15th May 2019
Wedding 28th Dec 2018
We had the best time at our wedding. There is no greater compliment to Sol y Sombra. It was different, it was easy and most of all it was really good fun. We had our reception in The Bianconi and the entire wedding party merrily trotted up the hill to Sol y Sombra. We wouldn't have had a wedding only for Cliodhna.She was out guardian angel - gentle guiding us in the right direction while at all times listening to our ideas and suggestions. With a small baby we were always made to feel so welcome each time we visited the venue for various meetings. Andreas was particularly excellent. The venue itself is just fabulous. We lit it up with candles, love and laughter on that dark December night. We had feast of delicious winter food and the wine, oh my, the wine hmmmmm! Our band was a gamble but because of the uniqueness of the venue , they almost brought the roof in. The craic! We look back on our wedding and smile. Thank you Cliodhna and the team at Sol y Sombra.
Grace
Added 31st Oct 2018
Wedding 20th Oct 2018
My husband and I were having a different sort of wedding, we were getting married in Dublin on a Thursday and having a small dinner for immediate family. Then, on the Saturday we wanted to throw a party for all our extended family and friends. We met with Cliodhna and explained our idea to her and she got it straight away. Ever since our first meeting she was a dream to deal with. Personable, funny, warm and so competent, nothing we asked seemed like too much trouble. Cliodhna and her team in Sol Y Sombra helped us turn our vague idea of a party into a thundering reality, and we all had an absolute blast! Instead of a sit down meal we decided to serve finger-food style tapas to guests. I was little anxious that maybe people wouldn't get enough to eat, but Cliodhna knows her business! She helped us choose the tapaps selection, offering a few suggestions re: best pairings of food etc. The food streamed out of the kitchen from 8pm and everyone guest was amazed by the service and quality. Quite a few told me it was the best wedding food they'd ever had! And it kept coming, we couldn't believe it, people had more than enough to eat! 2 of my friends are coeliacs and they were treated royally. Staff quietly asked me to point them out, and once they knew who they were, they receieved special attention and ate as well as all our other guests. We also had 6 children ranging in age in attendance, one with a severe nut allergy. Again., no problem for the staff in Sol Y Sombra! The poarty in Killoglin was truly one of the best night's of my life, and most of that is down to the talent, professionalism, skill and warmth of Cliodhna and her amazing staff. I can't recommend Sol Y Sombra enough, for any type of party. If you're having a Kerry Wedding, check them out! You and your guests won't be disappointed!
Eimear & Eddie
Added 3rd Feb 2019
Wedding 5th Oct 2018
We cannot recommend Sol y Sombra enough if you want a wedding with a difference. We were looking for a unique venue where the emphasis would be on good food and the party! Cliodhna and Katie were a dream to work with from the beginning. Any requests were accommodated without any hassle whatsoever. We were slightly nervous about serving tapas to our wedding guests, especially for those who had never been to a tapas restaurant before. But it was perfect, everyone was so well fed (the few vegetarians and coeliacs among our guests were raving about how well they were looked after). The selection of tapas to choose from is fantastic with a great emphasis on local and Irish food (the tasting was a lot of fun!). Cliodhna was a great help when it came to narrowing down our choice of dishes to what would work well together. They were incredibly accommodating around any decor requests we had as we tried to put our own personal stamp on things. They were very organised and had all our supplier details (band, cakes, flowers etc) so everything ran smoothly on the day. It's such a beautiful venue with a great atmosphere and the perfect place for a real party, the dancefloor was full all night! There are also some great accommodation options at different price points (B&B to luxury guesthouses) within a 1 minute walk making things nice and easy for all wedding guests. We can't fault the place, we simply cannot recommend Sol y Sombra enough. We had the best day of our lives here.
Aine & Keith Curtin
Added 15th Jun 2019
Wedding 28th Sep 2018
A Wedding in SolYSombra is such a unique experience, Cliodhna and Kaite are so driven & passionate about giving you your wedding your way. I found the whole experience to be amazing. There was no stress in the organisation, the guys worked with me to accomodate all the touches I wanted and made some amazing suggestions to make the flow and feel of the day really work. The day, the service, the food the decor was everything we wanted and more, I felt confident leaving it in the hands of the guys and was actually blown away by their effort. Amazing venue, amazing staff, amazing food, Don't hesitate to book your wedding here :)
Carol and Dave
Added 7th Oct 2018
Wedding 13th Jul 2018
We had our wedding ceremony and party in Sol Y Sombra in July of this year. It was without a doubt the best choice for us and exceeded our expectations. When we began the planning process with Cliodhna, we were overseas, as we were in the middle of a move back to Kerry. Cliodhna was so accommodating to us and we knew we were in good hands. Cliodhna's professional and friendly nature helped us feel at ease and she gave excellent, honest advice and direction. Cliodhna went above and beyond and even provided suggestions on other wedding services, such a band, celebrants, cake etc, as all this was very unknown to us, having just moved home. The packages on offer, are of excellent quality and caters for everything. Sol Y Sombra are very flexible with these packages as we did tweak and customize ours a little and caters to every budget. The venue is just perfect for a romantic and intimate ceremony and both my partner, I and our guests were in awe of how the venue was set up for the ceremony and afters. We had a total of 85 guests and they were all raving about the food quality and portion sizes. The staff were so friendly and professional, that it just added to the relaxed and stress free environment we wanted to create on the day. I really could not recommend Sol Y Sombra enough, I was so happy that I chose this as our venue and I did not have a single worry or concern during the whole process. Cliodhna was a pleasure to deal with and always contactable for a chat or advice, really going above and beyond for her brides and grooms.
Fionnuala and Andrew
Added 18th Nov 2018
Wedding 26th May 2018
We had our wedding and reception at Sol y Sombra this May on a beautiful summers day and we couldn't have asked for more. The entire experience was a dream from day one. Cliodhna and her team went above and beyond to help us make our day special and we wouldn't change a thing. The food, the venue and the atmosphere were all exactly what we were looking for. All of the feedback from the guests was that it was a really unique day. You genuinely felt like Cliodhna really wanted you to have a fantastic time and she did everything she could, to make that happen. Cliodhna listened very patiently to all of our requests in the run up to the wedding and she helped us bring them to reality. We couldn't give a higher recommendation.
Ann Marie & Kevin
Added 7th Jan 2019
Wedding 27th Apr 2018
We got married in Sol y Sombra in April 2018 and cannot reccommend this venue enough. From the day we met Cliodhna she was amazing to deal with. She always got back to us so quickly and in the days leading up to the wedding was so helpful with useful advice and ideas. The day itself was amazing. This is such a unique venue and the perfect place to hold our ceremony and reception. Cliodhna was on hand all day and every thing went perfectly. The food was amazing (guests are still talking about it), the wine was flowing and everyone had a wonderful time! If you are looking for somewhere a little bit different for your special day this you won't find better that Sol y Sombra xxx
Rachel & Peter
Added 15th Nov 2017
Wedding 4th Nov 2017
Sol y Sombra hosted our wedding party in November 2017. From the first time we met Cliodhna a few months previous, she put us at ease, she is so professional and calm. She did an amazing job decorating the place and was totally accommodating to all of our needs. The food and the service was just perfect. The venue is such beautiful, all our guests were raving about it after.
Response from Weddings in Sol y Sombra
Dear Rachel & Peter, Thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure and so much fun working with you throughout the process of planning your wedding. From the beginning, you said you wanted the celebration to be just that - a great big party - and so it was:-) From the fabulous informal tapas to the flowing Prosecco, disco balls, photobooth tents, festival bunting and Espresso Martinis it was a great inspiration for future, fun, informal wedding parties. Looking forward to seeing you both again soon, Kind Regards, Cliodhna
Ashley Reynolds
Added 12th Nov 2017
Wedding 27th Oct 2017
I recently had my wedding at Sol y Sombra, and the day was absolutely perfect. I had a romantic, intimate and rustic wedding in mind, and this venue was 100% conducive to my vision. We had about 65 guests, but the venue can cater for more if needed. Everyone was blown away by the venue, it truly is one of a kind with its vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. It is cosy and other-worldly. You feel like you are tucked away from the world. Clíodhna, the owner, is a dream to work with. She was so responsive to all of my queries, and I made a lot of queries :) She was so patient with me, answering all my questions and meeting any demands I had with a smile. I had loads of decorations to display and was a bit apprehensive that it wouldn't be done right. I needn't have worried, Clíodhna and the rest of the staff arranged everything perfectly and made it seem like it was no trouble at all (which I'm sure was not the case) The food and wine were beautiful on the day. Clíodhna had emailed me a varied list of choices. It was so hard to narrow it down. We went for a beef vs seabass choice in the end and it was delicious. Everyone was commenting on how generous Sol y Sombra were with the prosecco, wine and other drinks, not to mention the plentiful supply of food throughout the day and night eg.canapes on arrival and later some late night nibbles. There are different packages to cater to different budgets and Clíodhna is very flexible and relaxed. The staff here are also very flexible and friendly. Nothing is too much to ask. We had our ceremony and our party here, going next door to Nick's bar for the drinks reception while the turnover was being done. Nick's is also a lovely spot. We actually had our speeches in there and it worked out brilliantly. I would recommend this venue wholeheartedly. I am pretty sure that a few of the guests from our wedding are now thinking about booking it for their own weddings. I only wish I could do it all again.
Response from Weddings in Sol y Sombra
Thanks for your lovely words Ashley and for sharing them with other potential brides and grooms. It was a pleasure working with you on your wedding. All your lovely touches (autumn arrangements, pumpkins on the hill, drift wood pieces and wine bottle lights) made it all so personal for your intimate celebration. I hope we'll see you and Ciaran again very soon, Stay in touch Cliodhna x
Storm Pyper
Added 22nd Nov 2017
Wedding 12th May 2017
The Venue is so beautiful and if you're looking for something a little funky and different, this is the place for you. Cliodhna from Sol Y Sombre was an amazing host she could not have been more helpful and accommodating. She was really flexible with the packages...adding extras/taking bits out...and the best part I found was that literally everything is included (they thought of everything). I was so nervous and she was just brilliant and totally put me at ease. The staff are all so friendly and I really could not have asked for more. We chose a tapas style menu which was different and worked really well. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sol Y Sombre to anyone who is looking for that extra special place.
Response from Weddings in Sol y Sombra
Dear Storm, Thanks for sharing your lovely review of your wedding day with us. We do try to include everything in our package but at the same time keep them flexible to allow guests to chop and change based on what they want. It was refreshing how you and Kelvin ensured fun was the vital element in everything on your day from the ceremony (officiated by your funny friend Keith - I hope that sealed box of Hendrix Gin is still sealed!) to the photos (Jam Shoots), the shared tapas and the dj session after (Conor Feeney). You and Taran did a fab job with decor. I look forward to seeing you both when you're back in Killorglin in 2018. Kind Regards, Cliodhna
Barbara & John
Added 20th May 2015
Wedding 18th Sep 2014
Amazing venue & the manager Cliodhna was excellent in organising all aspects of our wedding. We went with a Tapas style menu & the meal was superb & enjoyed by all.
Philip & Martina
Added 21st Jul 2015
Wedding 24th Apr 2014
I have to say .. what an amazing place to have a wedding .. Cliodhna was simply the most professional and friendly person you could ever deal with .. truly created a day that we will never forget. We held the wedding service and celebrations on site and everyone related to us how wonderful it all was. The planning phase was so detailed and we felt like we were the only ones getting married there for the year .. nothing was left to chance. We were delighted when we returned to have our anniversary dinner this year and the great memories created on that special day with all our family and friends came flooding back ... thank you so much for everything you did for us ..... Philip & Martina
Joan Harmon
Added 15th May 2015
Wedding 13th Dec 2012
We had a party of 100. The setting was perfect and magical. Food and service were first class. Cliodhna dealt with every aspect of the arrangements in a professional manner and nothing was left to chance. We sat down with her on many occasions and she was always at the end of the phone to reassure us. Best day ever.
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