As you may have guessed from our social media updates last weekend, we had the pleasure of staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Westport Woods Hotel to attend their Winter Wedding Fair – and it did not disappoint! An absolutely spellbinding part of the country marred with a unique venue and exceptional Wedding Team, makes it the perfect choice for a wedding year-round.
The Clew Bay landscape and utterly mesmerizing Croagh Patrick are a sight to behold. This scenery will leave a lasting impression with your wedding guests. Endless greenery, picturesque stone walls and the foggy coast complete with wild waters had us captivated as the hush of winter hung in the air – a wedding photographer’s dream.
An Adventurer’s Paradise
From a trot along the shallow waters of Oyster Beach near Murrisk to the cycling trail linking Westport to Achill, there are endless opportunities for bonding activities before and after your festivities!
Beautiful Wedding Venues
The West of Ireland plays host to an array of venues – and the Westport Woods Hotel certainly sets the bar high for a wedding. There’s something oh so relaxing about this little corner of the Emerald Isle and the atmosphere in the hotel certainly taps into this. From the friendly staff who could not be more accommodating to the breath-taking views across lush woodland, it really is the perfect place to enjoy your stress-free special day. Ireland’s Greenest Hotel, a passion to preserve the natural landscape is the driving force behind their action plan to keep the hotel as eco-friendly as possible and they have successfully reduced carbon emissions by 65% over the past seven years. This passion, you will fully understand while capturing your first moments as newlyweds as you saunter through the many woodland walks behind the hotel. During autumn months these are rich with golden and rustic hues, creating magical wedding photographs. Enjoy your evening banquet in the lakeside suite – a blank canvas for the decor diva, the beautiful view had us dreaming of a summer affair! Joanne McEniff and her team dedicate time and a knowledge spanning 20 years, ensuring your wedding runs seamlessly from beginning to end.
For more details on wedding packages at the Westport Woods Hotel, call Joanne on 098 25811 or 0872059681.
Great For Kids
Westport really is a treasure trove for family fun. If your wedding is a weekend celebration with lots of guests staying in the area, your little VIPs will have a fantastic stay. A day pass to Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park is a must – but beware, once may not be enough for the little rascals! Explore the many dungeons, pirate swinging ship, outdoor play areas, go-karting and much more. If you have planned your wedding around the school holidays, the Westport Woods Hotel offers a complimentary kids club to keep them entertained during your stay. Divided into different age groups from tots to teens, its sure to be a blast!
Top Tip: If you organise one activity, make sure it’s zorbing!! They will get the ultimate adrenaline kick from rolling down a gentle slope in a giant plastic ball. See more activities at www.westporthouse.ie
Hen & Stag Central
We are so sick of the standard Irish hen and stag party. It’s definitely time to dump those unsightly feather boas because the more grown-up pre-wedding bash is rising in popularity and Westport steals the crown for our favourite location. Some of Ireland’s top golf courses will keep the boys busy for hours while a relaxing getaway full of pampering spa treatments will be just what the bride and her main ladies need. Whether it’s a traditional Irish session you’re after or a more upmarket cosmopolitan soiree, Westport has it all!
See www.henorstag.com for hen and stag inspiration in Co Mayo.