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Wedding FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1.How can we check what dates are available?

All you do is complete the online form here https://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/weddings.html 

and we will be in touch soonest to discuss your individual requirements.

2. What are the minimum / maximum number of guests you can cater for?

Our Ballroom caters for numbers of up to 350 guests and we have a minimum guest requirement of 100 guests for Friday and Saturday Wedding Receptions during April to October. We also offer intimate group weddings in our Garden Lounges with open fires or the Glenarde Suite, so we have spaces to suit all group numbers.

3. Do you have a special area for the drinks reception?

We have the outdoor Camilaun Terrace area which is ideal for our wedding guests in the Summer months weather permitting. We also have a large foyer with a private bar all year round. 

4.Do you offer discount rates for midweek and off season?

Yes, we have Wedding Packages available on selected dates from October to April inclusive which offers fantastic value and includes a range of complimentary extras.  Visit our packages page for more details, https://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/wedding-packages1.html 

5. What price are your wedding packages?

Our Wedding Packages start from €50.00 per person. You have the option to tailor make your own wedding package to suit your day or add to an existing package. Or, you can choose from one of our newly designed packages here. https://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/wedding-packages1.html 

6.How long would you allow for the arrivals drinks reception?

You would usually allow for one hour and 30 minutes approximately for your arrivals drinks reception. We have ideal grounds and woodland area and The Ardilaun Celebration Garden is the perfect backdrop for capturing your photos so everything can be done onsite so you get to spend more time with your guests.

7. Do you just do one wedding per day?

Yes of course, we just host ONE wedding per day.

8.Can I supply my own flowers and décor for the tables?

Yes, of course and we work closely with our wide network of trusted wedding specialists on offering choice according to your own personal taste.

9.What  style of  tables do you have?   

We offer round tables that can seat 8 to 10 guests. Our most popular top table can be a formal oval table and can be adjusted to whichever size you prefer.

10.Can we supply our own wines?  What is the corkage fee? Are wines included in all the wedding packages?

Wine pour is included in all our Wedding Packages and also offer an extensive wine list should you wish to upgrade. Should you wish to provide your own wine, corkage fees will apply.

11. Can we block book bedrooms for our wedding guests?

Yes, we hold a number of bedrooms at a preferential rate on the night of your wedding, we can also provide a booking reference number for your guests to book directly with the hotel to avail of these preferential rates. 

12.When we place a provisional booking, how long do we have before we are expected to confirm what is the booking fee amount ?

We can provisionally hold your wedding date for 2 weeks. To confirm and book your wedding date we request a non-refundable deposit of €1,000 along with signed contract.

13.What time does the Band or DJ need to finish at?

Music is requested to finish by 2.00am.

14.What time does the bar close?

The bar closes at 2.00 am as we include Bar Exemption with our packages subject to a minimum of 100 guests attending the wedding, otherwise a bar exemption fee will apply. Subject to demand, we also offer a residents bar service until 4am.

15. Do you allow children to attend?

Yes of course as we are a family owned hotel, children are most welcome. We have our very own secluded Ardilaun Fairy Garden located in the grounds to the rear of the hotel. We offer children’s rates for all of the wedding packages and also have our Koala Kids club available onsite should you wish to avail of this service. Click her for more information -   https://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/koala-kids-club.html 

16.  Do you host civil ceremonies?

Yes, we are the perfect location to have everything under the one roof. We have a number of suitable rooms that may suit for your civil ceremony, dependant on the number of guests attending. We also offer our garden to host outdoor ceremonies, read more here. https://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/civil-ceremonies.html 

17.Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes indeed, we are very happy to cater for all types of dietary requirements and we will discuss all available options upon request. We cater for vegetarians, vegans, coeliac and all allergens along with any special diets.

18.When do we meet to discuss menu choices, final details etc?

Our sole wedding planner works with you every step of the way and it is a good idea to meet up at least 8 weeks prior to your big day to run through all of your final details. We also offer a complimentary  tasting menu , this gives you the opportunity also to meet with our Executive Head Chef should you wish, to discuss all your catering needs.

We offer complimentary access to Moposa, an online wedding service with tools and  timelines that make planning your perfect wedding made simple and fun, as well as access to your own personalised dot com website that you can use for communicating with your guests. Click here for more information. https://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/MOPOSA.html  

19.  Can we bring in extra items to make our day personal to us, favours, baskets for the bathrooms etc?

You are most welcome to put your “own stamp” or “theme” your special day. You can drop these items into the hotel in the lead up to your wedding day and we will store them for you. We request that all items are collected the day after your wedding and may be kept as souvenirs of your big day.

20. What do you offer on day two?

The party continues for day two, so relive the fun memories with your guests in our secluded gardens or under our outdoor heated canopy area and enjoy our Garden BBQ which is the perfect way to catch up after your wedding, before your “family scattering”.

Alternatively enjoy Live Music and Nibbles in Blazers Bar or some of our lounges.

Visit our web page here for further information. https://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/post-wedding-parties.html