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The Essential Venue Guide – Redcastle Hotel, Donegal

March 16, 2020

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If you’re planning your Redcastle Hotel wedding then this is the essential guide for you! The Redcastle Hotel is one of my favourite venues to photograph weddings at and I have shot dozens there over the years. I’ve also stayed as a guest a number of times and it’s been fantastic every time (the pool is a must to relax in the morning after!). I have extensive knowledge of the area and of my favourite spots to shoot to ensure stunning portraits to treasure! The food is always fantastic and Michaela, Aisleen and their team ensure your day runs perfectly! I caught up with Aisleen to find out why she believes the Redcastle is such a great hotel.

Why is the Redcastle the perfect wedding venue?

At the Redcastle Oceanfront, Golf & Spa Hotel it is our promise to help fulfill your every wish and to look after your dreams. We really believe we have the most romantic venue, the most exquisite food and the attention to detail you deserve for your day -of-all-days. The sparkle of champagne glasses from the terrace as the sun glistens on Lough Foyle will light up your memories for years to come.

At Redcastle we have seen many weddings, but we never stop getting excited about them. Whether it is a small intimate gathering of friends and family or a lavish affair for 300 of your nearest and dearest we will give you all our attention. 

The Ocean Suite with breath-taking views overlooking Lough Foyle not only makes our venue unique, it also makes it perfect. This space can hold weddings from 80 guests to over 300 guests. We also cater for civil ceremonies. We host the arrivals drinks reception on The Deck, which also looks onto the stunning view of Lough Foyle.

What kind of service can couples expect when they book their wedding at Redcastle?

When couples start to plan their wedding there are two things that stand out; the meal and the band. We are delighted to have received our second AA rosette this year. Our Executive Chef Gordon Smyth and his team are great to work with. Their food is simply amazing! We have recently won in the Irish Hotel Awards Hotel Restaurant of the Year in Ireland and in Ulster 2019.

Gerry our Head Concierge is part of the Les Clefs d’Or. There are only 44 members out of 25 hotels in the whole of Ireland. He is a great asset to have on our team. Les Clefs d’Or Concierges are recognized worldwide by the wearing of the “Cross Keys ” on their lapels.

Are there places around the area that you can take photos?

There are lots of areas around the hotel which are great for photos for your Redcastle Hotel wedding:

  • The Hotel Grounds, including the water’s edge background or rolling parklands
  • The Bridal Suite (including private balcony)
  • Redcastle Pier (one minute drive from the hotel)
  • There are a choice of beautiful beaches on our doorstep including Stroove Beach and Culdaff Beach

Can you paint a picture of what a normal wedding at the Redcastle looks like?

A wedding is so much more than just a day. It is a coming together, a promise, a wish and a dream fulfilled. It is the start of a lifelong commitment and it deserves to be marked and celebrated in a special way.

We never ignore the details as these are what make for a smooth, hassle-free day allowing you to relax and enjoy. For what every bride and groom say is true – it will all be over too soon, and each precious moment of the day should be savoured!

No matter the season, the idea in your head or the dream you have had for all those years, come and talk to us and let us help you make it all real. Whether yours is an intimate gathering for friends and family or a celebration to knock the socks off all around you, we will make it happen. The Ocean Suite will host your gathering and I will help you design your wedding package. 

What other additional services do you offer at the Redcastle?

We will welcome you and your guests with drinks on arrival and for afterwards there are endless stunning spots where you can take photos. Whether you prefer a waters-edge background or rolling parklands behind you, we have it all. Our wedding menus too are divine and will delight your guests. 

We have the experience of organising many beautiful civil ceremonies at the Redcastle Oceanfront, Golf & Spa Hotel and can assist you in the preparations for your special day. We are an officially approved and licensed venue for holding Civil Ceremonies.

We can also offer you the Deck for an outdoor wedding ceremony! This is a small intimate space that you can take over and there create the perfect wedding location.

We also provide an exclusive online wedding service that allows you to have your very own wedding website so you can then share your wedding planning and experience with your friends and family. Simplify your wedding planning process and save yourself time to concentrate on the fun stuff! 

We have a wide range of packages available and we have just launched our new Winter Weddings at Redcastle Package that is available on selected weekend and mid-week dates in December 2020 and January, February November & December 2021.

We would be delighted to develop a unique wedding package exclusively for you, contact us today for further details or to arrange to view our stunning property. 

Thank you so much for your time Aisleen!. You can see from the photos why I love the Redcastle so much, feel free to get in contact if you would love photos like these for your wedding!

Twilight photos of wedding couple at Redcastle Hotel
Wedding couple and their fireworks at the Redcastle Hotel
Wedding couple at the Redcastle Hotel infront of a rainbow

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