Waterford Castle Weddings (2018)
Everything You Need to Know About Having a Waterford Castle Wedding
One of the most impressive wedding venues in Ireland, the extraordinary Waterford Castle is easily one of my favourite places in the world. Set on a 310-acre private island, a wedding at Waterford Castle is an affair to remember. And that is exactly why I love to do wedding photography there!
If you are looking for a dream location that will make all of your wedding day fantasies come true, this is one incredible wedding venue that you will definitely want to consider for your big day. I have had the privilege of doing photography at real weddings in Waterford Castle and, wedding after wedding, this is one place that never ceases to take my breath away every time I set foot on the property.
Do you think that a Waterford Castle wedding might be ready for you? Here is everything you need to know about this magnificent wedding venue and the options there. As a bonus, I have also included some of my real wedding shots from Waterford Castle for inspiration!
One of the greatest assets of having a wedding at Waterford Castle Hotel is that it offers exclusive use of the entire space. You and your guests can make the castle, its 19 bedrooms, and the full private island your own during your entire stay. With exquisite décor and a mesmerising old world charm, it is easy to see why every single day of the wedding season at Waterford Castle is in such high demand.
Set on the River Suir, this Waterford wedding venue can accommodate up to 120 guests and it offers self-catering lodges just outside of the famous Waterford Castle. Located less than five kilometres from the centre of Waterford City, this Waterford wedding venue has a convenient location but it still feels like a remote private island that you can claim all for yourself!
With a strategic location just outside of Ireland's oldest city, Waterford City in southern Ireland, the Waterford Castle property has had a rich and varied history through the centuries. The island began as a monk settlement way back in the sixth century before being taken over by Vikings for the entirety of the ninth, tenth, and eleventh centuries. After the Norman Invasion of the island of Ireland in 1170, Maurice Fitzgerald and his decedents ruled from the historic Waterford castle for nearly a century. By the time the fifteenth century rolled around, however, this magical castle had fallen into such terrible disrepair that it was uninhabitable. Finally, in the late nineteenth century, though, a Fitzgerald heir returned to bring the castle back to its former glory. After nearly a century in the hands of the Fitzgerald family, in 1958, the Waterford Castle came into private ownership, which opens the way for it to be used by the public (and for beautiful weddings!)
In March 2015, Waterford Castle Hotel was purchased by the current owners who have since done an extensive refurbishment of the entirety of the property. Breathing new life into the island, they have restored the handsome 16th-century castle hotel, 45 self-catering lodges, and the King's Channel Clubhouse to an incredible state. This four-star property is now amongst the premier wedding venues in Ireland and more planned changes, including the addition of a spa, are underway!
Ps: All images featured in this post were captured by Bruno Rosa
Wedding Packages at Waterford Castle
In addition to its fascinating history, one of the other reasons why this Waterford wedding venue is so popular has to do with its versatile tailored packages. They offer fully bespoke options for every couple. Whether you are planning an intimate affair with only your closest loved ones or a massive gathering of all your friends and family, there is a wedding package at the Waterford Castle that could work for you.
To make it easy, there is a detailed listing of the wedding packages at Waterford Castle available online at their website to give you a fuller picture of every option that you have to choose from. To give you a better idea of what a wedding at the Waterford Castle property costs, you can look at a few of their most popular options.
During the famous wedding seasons of Waterford Castle, the much loved Princess Caracciolo Package is always a popular option and that choice starts from €115 per person. This includes Prosecco on arrival, a tea/ coffee reception, welcome canapés, a five-course dinner, and half a bottle of wine per person.
Another one of the great wedding packages at Waterford Castle is the Mary Frances Fitzgerald Package. Starting from €99 per person, this Waterford Castle Hotel wedding package a tea/ coffee reception, welcome canapés, and a five-course dinner.
If you want to avoid the ultra-busy wedding seasons at Waterford Castle, you can check out some of their Midweek and Winter Wedding option. If you decide to opt for one of the wedding packages at Waterford Castle during the winter months of November, January or February; or during anytime of the year during weekdays from Sunday to Thursday (excluding Christmas Week), you can book at a substantially discounted rate. This means that the wedding packages at Waterford Castle range from €89 for the Mary Frances Fitzgerald Package to €99 for the Princess Caracciolo Package. Whether you are having 20 people or 120 people, they can definitely add up to some real savings (that will go a long way on your honeymoon or for other post-wedding costs!) so it is worth considering if it is a winter or mid-week option could possibly work well for you, your potential wedding party, and guests.
Staying at Waterford Castle
When you choose a luxury castle accommodation like Waterford Castle Hotel, you will find a wide of rooms and suites available for you and your guests. There are Standard Bedrooms like the famous Wyse, Wall, Hurst, De Burgo, Glin, and Barry options that have been outfitted in a timelessly elegant décor.
The Deluxe Rooms like the Browne, Stack, Burg, Roche, Otho, Kildare, and Ormonde at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort that will give you a larger space, as well as bespoke bathroom with claw footed bath.
If you opt for the Wedgewood Suite, Executive Suite, Rose Suite, or Suir Suite, you will have a considerably large space with a separate living room area.
Finally, for the happy couple, there is the stunning Presidential Suite, which spans an impressive 1400 square feet. Like a lavish private flat, this beautiful space has been decorated with antique furnishings and stately presidential paintings.
The Self Catering Lodge option at Waterford Castle is an ideal pick for guests who would enjoy having their private space. There is ample room to spread out, in addition to the fact that the lodges offer more privacy than the standard room at the Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort. On top of having their own home away from home, they will have all of the perks of the nearby luxury castle hotel service.
When you choose your wedding package at the Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, guest accommodation will be included in the price. If you opt to stay before or after the big day, prices begin at around €150 per night per room. You will find, however, that the rates vary considerably depending on the time of year and option that you choose.
Real Weddings at Waterford Castle
I have had the privilege of being part of a few wedding seasons at the Waterford Castle and I have fallen head over heels in love with this luxurious property. Easily one of the best wedding venues in Ireland, you simply have to be in-person at one of the real weddings at Waterford Castle to fully appreciate just how incredible this place is--- which is why I have put together a collection of my favourite memories of past wedding seasons at Waterford Castle!
Here is a quick look at some of the beautiful couples that I have had the pleasure of photographing in this one of a kind wedding venue in County Waterford.
Shea and Joe’s Wedding at Waterford Castle
Shea and Joe’s wedding was a dream wedding day at my favourite Waterford wedding venue. I had the honour of taking part in this special day at the charming Waterford Castle and it’s an experience I will never forget.
As we started the day, the lovely bride, Shea, got ready in front of the fireplace in the Presidental Suite of the Waterford Castle Hotel. The bride wore a gorgeous traditional magnolia white dress, while the groom shone brightly in a classic black and white wedding tux.
In the stately sitting room of the Waterford Castle Hotel, Joe unveiled his bride to say their "I do's" in this special, one of a kind space.
In the gorgeous castle setting, Shea and Joe shared their vows, took part in a Celtic hand-fasting ceremony, then lit the traditional wedding candle together as their loved ones looked on.
After the ceremony, Shea and Joe, along with their families, posed for their wedding photo shoot outside of the stately Waterford wedding venue. Wrapped in a beautiful ivory fur shawl and holding a floral bouquet in rich shades of violet, maroon, and olive green along with chic peacock feather, the bride was radiant next to her handsome groom as they posted throughout the amazing gardens outside of the Waterford Castle Hotel.
With their wedding photo album and wedding at Waterford Castle complete, Shea and Joe ended their dream day by cutting into the peacock feather and white rose wedding cake then dancing the night away!
Tove and Odd’s Waterford Wedding Venue
One of the Waterford Castle weddings to remember was Tove and Odd’s beautiful day at this one of a kind Irish wedding venue. The day started with the beautiful bride, Tove, preparing in the Presidential Suite at the Waterford Castle Hotel. With a breath-taking snow white dress with multiple tiers, the bride was truly glowing while the groom looked dapper in a classic black and white wedding tuxedo.
The couple tied the knot at this Waterford wedding venue’s ceremony space in front of the grand fireplace. After making it official, Tove and Odd headed outside with all of their guests to get a picture-perfect photo shoot at their dream Waterford wedding venue.
Back inside, the couple had a traditional local band at their wedding reception, complete with a fiddle, accordion, banjo, and all! In fact, Tove and Odd even brought an Irish dancer over to the Waterford Castle Hotel. This talented woman got all of the guests in celebration mode with her impressive skills!
After a lovely wedding at Waterford Castle and a delicious meal at the Waterford Castle Hotel, Tove and Odd cut into an incredibly stunning (and unique!) wedding cake that had been topped with twigs, roses, leaves, grapes, and apples!
With elegant spaces around every corner at the Waterford Castle Hotel that were just made for wedding photo albums along with endless Guinness on tap, Tove and Odd’s Waterford wedding was an unforgettable day!
Amy and Patrik at the Waterford Castle Hotel
Another lovely couple that I'll always remember from my wedding seasons at the Waterford Castle is Amy and Patrik. They opted for one of the wedding packages at Waterford Castle that made for a picture perfect day.
Amy and Patrik chose to tie the knot at St. John the Baptist Church in Crooke. The couple prepared for their big day at Waterford Castle Hotel before taking the 30-minute trip over to the ceremony venue to say "I do" in the timelessly beautiful St. John the Baptist Church venue.
The couple had a traditional ceremony with the wedding party in a chic black and white colour palette. After the ceremony and their photo shoot, the beautiful couple returned to carry on their wedding at Waterford Castle with over 100 of their closest family and friends.
Well outside of the standard wedding packages at Waterford Castle, the fun couple took part in the Finnish tradition of stealing the bride! Amy was “stolen” by the groomsmen, and Patrik had to answer questions in order to win her back!
After winning his bride back, the reception continued on at Waterford Castle Hotel. In the striking dining room area of my favourite Waterford wedding venue, Amy and Patrik shared a meal with their guests before cutting into their one of a kind rustic style wedding cake.
With all of the photo shoots, speeches, and memories made, Amy and Patrik danced the night away at the Waterford Castle Hotel.
Click HERE to see the full wedding gallery of Amy and Patrick!
Click HERE to see the full wedding gallery of Amy and Patrick!