Dream Ireland Weddings
Journeys Connect is proud to partner with West Coast Weddings Ireland to create Dream Ireland Weddings, a full service destination wedding management service to Ireland.
From the peaks of the Narnia-like Mourne Mountains in County Down to the National Parks of Killarney in County Kerry and Glenveagh in County Donegal, this little island does fairy-tale beauty with flair, making it an ideal choice for a wedding or civil partnership or honeymoon. What sets Ireland apart as a wedding and civil partnership destination is the warmth of the people, and our reputation for throwing a truly legendary party. That, and the wide range of unique venues really does add atmosphere to the big day.
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Complete Planning for Your Wedding in Ireland
Taking Care of Every Detail. We believe passionately in planning every aspect of your clients’ perfect wedding experience, from start to finish, at world class standards. Whether they are looking for a fairy-tale castle or a luxurious lodge, each of our Irish venues are romantic and truly magical. Ireland, renowned for its soothing landscape, is the ideal location for your destination wedding. Your personal wedding planner in Ireland will take care of every detail and is always on hand to guide you through the entire process of creating the wedding of your dreams. Every detail is carefully planned and supervised – the legalities, the ceremony, the wedding cake, wine list, photography, floral arrangements, menus, wine list, place settings, favors, entertainment, and all the other finer details to ensure that your day reflects you and your partner’s distinctive style and personality, making for a memorable occasion.
Customize your Magical Day!
From intimate weddings to larger couture events, we provide a complete wedding service from start to finish. Choose from our special Dream Ireland Wedding packages, or with your personal Irish wedding planner, customize and design the wedding of your dreams.
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A Complete Ireland Destination Wedding Service
All Travel Arrangements
Working with your Travel Agent, Journeys Connect will coordinate and arrange all travel arrangements for the Bride & Groom, including flights, accommodation, transfers or car-hire. And for those who want to share this special day with you, your Travel Agent and our group specialists will help make all their travel arrangements including: round-trip air from the USA, accommodations, group transfers or car-hire, and sightseeing excursions. Your guests may also chose to extend their stay and discover all that Ireland has to offer.
Magical Wedding Venues
We have handpicked a stunning collection of unique Irish wedding venues to create the most magical occasion you could imagine on the beautiful island of Ireland. Whether it’s a spellbinding and evocative fairy-tale castle wedding, a beautifully sophisticated and elegant estate, or a contemporary and luxurious coastal haven by the sea, we bring you to some of the most prestigious and breathtaking locations and venues for your special day – venues to provide every couple with the wedding of their dreams.
Personal Wedding Planner
Our personal wedding service will help ensure that your big day goes smoothly; we manage everything from the guest list to the post wedding entertainment. Every detail is carefully planned and supervised including the all important wedding cake, wine list, dining options, welcome gifts & favors, transportation and of course, accommodation. Our wedding partner in Ireland strives to ensure that your day reflects you and your partner’s distinctive style and personality, making the day completely unforgettable.
Ireland says YES to Same-Sex Marriage
Recently, Ireland voted by a huge majority to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the world to do so by popular vote in a move hailed as a social revolution and welcomed around the world. We can now organize & plan same sex weddings on the stunning West Coast of Ireland.
For a destination wedding in Ireland the Rehearsal Dinner will be an extremely important part of the Wedding celebrations as it can also be considered “the Welcome Party” giving the bride & groom an opportunity to receive their guests who have travelled from afar to be with them on their very special occasion. This less formal setting can also be the ideal first meeting for both families and friends at the Destination! Once you have chosen your venue, your dedicated wedding planner will assist you and family members in creating a rehearsal dinner which will not only reflect the style & personalities of the couple, but set the tone for the whole wedding experience. The rehearsal dinner provides for a more relaxed evening allowing all guests to mingle and get to know each other ahead of the main wedding event.
Taking Care of The Legalities
Do you want to get married in Ireland but are worried about whether your marriage will be recognized back home? Our planning partner, West Coast Weddings Ireland, guarantees superior professional management of the important details such as the legalities of getting married in Ireland. Their well-established relationship with Ireland’s registration offices will ensure that your marriage will be recognized anywhere in the world. For more information on the legalities of marrying in Ireland
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Ashford Castle – 5-Star
A wedding at Ashford Castle is one of the most idyllic and romantic experiences imaginable – providing the perfect setting for a day you’ll remember for a lifetime. Rising effortlessly to the grand occasion, Ashford Castle retains a homely and welcoming feel, even if you’re planning an impressive event for up to 164 guests.
Dromoland Castle – 5-Star
For many centuries, Dromoland Castle has played host to formal alliances of noblemen and ladies, with beautifully landscaped gardens, winding staircases and sumptuous guest rooms creating a truly spectacular first impression and the ideal backdrop against which to set a most memorable wedding. One of the most sought after five-star wedding venues Ireland has to offer, the castle’s wine cellar holds a selection of over 600 vintages from around the world.
Aghadoe Heights Hotel – 5-Star
Overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, the five star Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa provides a magical backdrop for all romantic celebrations from weddings and civil ceremonies to vow renewals. Wedding couples can choose a venue in the hotel that will be just right for their special day. Small intimate Penthouse weddings can host up to 50 guests. Medium size Garden Room weddings are a comfortable option for up to 80 guests. While exclusive use of the hotel allows for up to 195 guests and the hotel is closed to the public and becomes your home for the night.
The Lodge at Ashford – 4-Star
The Lodge at Ashford Castle, with its picturesque lakeside setting, splendid gardens, elegant interiors, abundance of comfortable accommodation, imaginative cuisine and attentive personal service, makes a dream destination for your fairytale wedding. A chic and elegant sanctuary just outside the charming village of Cong, in the heart of Mayo, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is the perfect setting in which to celebrate your special day.
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa – 5-Star
Killarney’s most romantic wedding venue is the Five Star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of Killarney National Park. Set amidst stunning Mountains and Lakes, the hotel provides a private and intimate venue for your special day. The hotel was first opened in 1795 and is adjacent to Muckross House & Gardens and the Lakes of Killarney. The hotel has some beautiful settings for wedding photographs, which include the Blue Pool River and our romantic thatched gazebo and spa garden.
Ballyseede Castle – 4-Star
Ballyseede Castle built in 1721 and set on thirty acres of native woodland is a unique backdrop for you to celebrate your wedding in Kerry, Ireland. Be distinctively different and have your wedding in a castle. The private grounds of Ballyseede Castle allow you and your guests to celebrate your wedding in style. Being the only Castle Hotel in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ballyseede is a unique luxury wedding venue in Ireland, and as it is family run hotel you can be assured of personal and professional attention helping you in every aspect of your wedding.
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Taking Care of The Legalities
If you ask any bride arranging a destination wedding directly, their greatest frustration is navigating the choppy waters of the legalities – both state and church (if applicable) law requirements. The laborious and tedious nature of legal requirements can overshadow the enjoyment of planning the more intimate details of your wedding day. The legalities in Ireland are relatively straight forward, but certain criteria does need to be adhered to and timing is critical.
Let Us Take Care Of Everything
West Coast Weddings Ireland have been involved in destination weddings for over ten years, and know the legalities process inside out and have established strong relationships with the registration offices so you will be in safe hands. You can be sure that we will guide you through the legalities process seamlessly and ensure that your marriage is recognized anywhere in the world. From online submissions to registration, you simply need to complete the forms we send you and we will handle it from there.
All couples intending to marry in Ireland whether national or international are required to give a minimum of 3 months notice to the state of their intention to “Marry in Ireland”. Regardless of whether you are having a church or civil ceremony the state legalities have to be carried out by all. While the initial submission can be done online and by mail, there is a requirement for one face to face meeting at the Registration office in order to complete the process. This can take place up to five days prior to the wedding day. Depending on your religion, there will also be additional paperwork needed for a church wedding. It’s that simple!
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