Just a stone’s throw from the beautiful and picturesque town of Kenmare, the Kenmare Bay Hotel is the perfect wedding venue for your special day. The newly refurbished Banqueting Suite can cater for up to 350 guests. The Suite can also be partitioned into 2 smaller rooms for a more intimate setting for less numbers. We got the chance to have a chat with Tom, the Wedding Co-ordinator to find out a little more about weddings at this fabulous venue.
1. Hi Tom, What is it about Kenmare Bay Hotel that makes it such a popular wedding venue?
The Kenmare Bay Hotel has a great reputation for quality and service. We pride ourselves on making each wedding as special as possible and I feel that each Bride and Groom appreciate the personal approach we take. Our food is second to none and we have a wide variety of accommodation options so the Kenmare Bay is extremely accommodating to all.
2. If you could give a bride one piece of advice in planning her wedding what would it be?
If I could give one piece of advice, it would probably be to organise your day according to when you want your Band/DJ to start. A lot of people make the mistake of planning from the church, but ideally if you plan back from the Band/DJ starting, you are allowing yourself a better idea as to when the church/civil service should start, when the dinner should be served taking into account speeches and allowing time for the music set-up. Your day should run smoothly and no time should be lost. It is only 1 day and we like to see each couple enjoy it to the fullest.
3. I have only been to Kenmare once but it is a stunning little town. What is there for wedding couples and their guests to do on the day before/day after the wedding?
We offer quite a few options at the hotel such as music and light snacks to sit down meals & buffets. The local area also has so much to offer such as Boat Cruises on the Kenmare Bay. We like to cater to each couple’s requirements as everyone if different but we guarantee to have something for everyone.
4. What is on offer when it comes to the wedding menu at Kenmare Bay Hotel?
Our standard wedding menu is made up of 4 courses and consists of choice of 2 starters, a soup or a sorbet, 2 main courses and a dessert medley or 1 dessert. We offer a complimentary tasting prior to your wedding day to ensure you are happy with the menu you have chosen. All dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice. I can also talk to you about a particular wedding budget you may have and I can tailor your menu and package to suit this.
5. How did you begin working with weddings?
I worked in a very busy Kildare Hotel where we did over 250 Weddings a year, along with over a 100 Functions , it was a very busy environment but I enjoyed it very much. My wife is from Kenmare and we decided to move to Kenmare, where I have looked after every wedding since the current owners have taken over 6 Years Ago
6. What do you enjoy doing when you are not planning a wedding?
I have 2 Boys 7 & 4 that keep me busy. My hobbies include golf, sailing and hill walking.
7. What is your favourite flavour wedding cake?
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but if you offered me a Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Malteser & Hazelnut, I would not and could not say no.
Are you considering Kenmare Bay Hotel as your wedding venue? Why not send through a wedding enquiry.