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.