My sister recently got married and had her wedding reception in Horetown House. We booked in the night before and had a bbq the day after so we had three nights there. From the minute we arrived on Friday to the time we left on Monday we had one of the best weekends of our lives. Everything was perfect, Kate, Niamh and each and every staff member were the nicest, most professional staff any bridal party or guest could ask for. There was over 190 guests and they made the entire weekend run so smoothly from start to finish. They smiled all the time even very late into the night after starting work the previous day ie 16 hours earlier! The breakfasts (fresh pastries made as requested were yum!) were fabulous (hangover kits welcome for some), dinners and the wedding day canapes and entire meal was really devine. We could fault nothing and must compliment everything. The staff never stopped moving, helping, smiling, planning, organising the entire 3 days we can not praise or thank them enough. Anyone who is booked in for their own wedding Im sure will be thrilled they chose Horetown House. Anyone considering it or a country house that is simply brilliant would be so lucky to book into Horetown House. Thanks so much to you all for everything you did and the fantastic venue. 5 stars all the way.
Hope you're all well in Wexford.
We are just home from honeymoon and settling back into reality after a whirlwind few weeks.
We just wanted to send a quick email to express our deepest thanks and gratitude for making our wedding day the most memorable and special day of our lives.
All of our family and friends, as well as us, had the most amazing day, from start to finish.
We feel so blessed to have had our wedding in such a stunning venue. And thank you for making the sun shine too!!
We are still receiving compliments on everything from the house itself, the service, the grounds and most of all the food! Everybody is raving over it.
We couldn't have done it without the tireless help from you, Kate, Anne and all the team.
We will never forget it......your attention to detail and utmost professionalism all went towards creating the day of our dreams. Wishing you and the team all the best of luck for the rest of the wedding season, hope there are many more couples as happy as we are now 😁
So from myself, John, Saibhín and Fiadh - thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We might call in for a visit the next time we are down that way!
The Peytons 💖💖💖
We hosted our daughters wedding in Horetown House, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, on the 23rd July 2016.
The planning and organization for the wedding was expertly headed up by the White family led by Kate, Niamh & Anne.
Every question was answered & emails were promptly replied to at all times.
Horetown House was a huge hit with our families & Guests. Many thank you cards & compliments are still arriving by post & email. Lots ofchildren attended the wedding.The amplesecure grounds allowed them to play safely & freely & the magnificent receptions rooms were a delight to relax in.
The ambience, service and sumptuous layout of the rooms in the house were first class.
The quality of thefood& wine was superb. Staff were diligent but unobtrusive.
The unique setting of Horetown House is magical in itself.As we had total exclusivity of the house for the wedding, we felt we owned it. It was so difficult to depart from this beautiful setting. Horetown House is a real hidden gem. Visit it & you will not be disappointed. We recommend it wholeheartedly. Shane & Bernadette Gogarty.Dublin.
So we have had some fantastic couples and their families through the house this season and some of them have written some totally fabulous things about us!!! And apparently its totally ok to brag about it!!! So here goes!
Susan & Eoin
From the moment we entered Horetown House the day before the wedding to settle in we were greeted so nicely from all the staff who were excited for us that our weekend had arrived! Each and every staff member smiled at us from arriving to leaving three days later on the Monday. Nothing was a problem and somebody was there constantly to make sure everything was perfect at every moment. The place was spotless and set up unbelievably for our weekend events. The Friday night dinner for 30 was scrumptious everyone saying it and hoping that the wedding meal would be similar the following day being just as tasty!which it was!! We followed on down to the bar having a few chilled out drinks and enjoying the atmosphere. Saturdaythe wedding day was amazing from start to finish! Everything was perfect and anything wanted was given/brought up within minutes with smiles on all the staffs faces constantly. The food, the staff, the venue, the band and dj and everything else in between surpassed all our expectations. The layout and decor of the garden room provided for a classy yet relaxed and fun atmosphere. It was a stunning setting for the main event. The venue was loved by each guest and continued all the way into Sunday Nite late after we had a bbq on straw bales with garden games on the lawns and music playing. Everything about Horetown House was amazing. Having had no friends or anyone that had been to the venue we took a risk and hoped for the best. The best is what we got and it's the most stunning venue along with amazing friendly and caring staff, fantastic food and the perfect venue for any wedding one would want to have. We could never thank Horetown house enough for such a spectacularweekendand we will be forever grateful. Susan and Eoin (16/07/2016)
One Fab Day have announced their top 100 list for 2016 and Horetown House has made it in as one of the top country house wedding venues in Ireland.
Classic luxury and elegance is the order of the day as five star city hotels, historic estates and country houses are revealed as some of the new venues making their way into the One Fab Day 100 Best Wedding Venues 2016 guide this year.
There are 16 new venues included for the first time in this year’s handpicked guide of the ‘best of the best’ spots to get hitched around the country. A country lodge, boutique city hotel and castle are just some of the new locations to make it on to this exclusive list.
While rustic weekend affairs are still on the cards, 2016 will be the year boho gets uber chic. The two day wedding is making way for the polished and perfect one day extravaganza. Artisan foods, craft beers and Downton Abbey inspired style are becoming must-haves at Irish weddings, with the same budget being spent on just one day. Who says the same amount of champagne can’t be polished off in half the time?!
What’s a wedding without a venue? The first thing on couples’ minds is finding the perfect location to say “I Do”. One Fab Day have done the hard work and selected the 100 best wedding venues in Ireland in one beautiful independent guide. Chosen personally by the team at One Fab Day, the guide features the most elegant, creative and special venues around Ireland. The One Fab Day 100 Best Wedding Venues 2016 is an essential guide for anyone saying ‘I Do’ and is available to download now at www.OneFabDay.com.
One Fab Day has scoured the country to ensure only the very best have been included in the guide. Completely independent and curated by the editorial team, it’s the best tool available for picking your wedding venue. Every budget, style and size is catered for, with unusual and unique venues that you may never have imagined included, from cathedrals, castles and private islands to country estates.
Commenting on the launch, Susan Gallagher, Co-Founder and Creative Director of One Fab Day said: “Over the last number of years we’ve seen the locations of Irish weddings become more and more creative. 2016 is no different and we will continue to see a move away from the traditional style of venue.. This year, classic elegance and luxury will win out in the form of castles and country estates as we see a move away from the rustic weddings that had become popular in recent years.”
The 2016 guide features 16 fabulous new venues handpicked from across the country. It also includes advice on how to choose the right style of venue to suit every couple’s needs, ensuring they get off to the right start when planning their special day. Venues are categorised by province and broken down by specific style: exclusive hire venues; country house hotels; boutique hotels; restaurants; private venues and the more unusual or eclectic venues.
So you're engaged...now what?
- Sit down with your other half and discuss your ideal wedding to make sure you're on the same page
- Draw up a budget
- Start planning the guest list. Decide on approximate number of guests - this may impact your choice of venues
- Pick potential wedding dates - check with important guests to avoid clashes
- Research potential wedding venues and ceremony locations - if separate
- Pop the question to your bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Enlist any helpers/talented friends of family with aspects of the wedding (for the cake, flowers, dresses etc)
- Optional: Have an engagement party
12 Months Before The Wedding
- Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location
- Research potential wedding services and suppliers - photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and make up
- Consider and review wedding insurance options
- Decide what type of entertainment you want for ceremony, drinks reception and dancing
- Book Photographer
- Book Videographer
- Research and consider options for your venue and ceremony decor
- Start your wedding dress research
- Send Save the Date cards - important if you're getting married abroad, or during a very busy time of year
8/10 months before
- Book ceremony music, band and DJ for reception
- Research and reserve accommodations for guests
- Contact decor hire companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables, and tent.
- Book Honeymoon
- Order wedding cake
- Book Groomsmen’s Suits
- Book Pre-Marriage Course
6/8 months before
- Book ceremony musicians
- Ensure passports are in date for honeymoon - order new ones if necessary
- Start planning honeymoon
- Start planning Hen & Stag Parties - well not you, the best man and bridesmaids should!
4-6 months before
- Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
- Choose and order wedding invitations & stationery
- Attend pre-marriage counselling, if required (for catholic ceremonies)
- Meet with florist to discuss options
- Shop for groom's suit
- Organise the legalities — give at least 3 months notice to registrar or priest/religious celebrant
- Decide on prayers, readings and music for mass booklets — check with your priest / registrar
- Organise invitations and order of service booklets
- Arrange travel vaccinations if necessary
- Organise wedding transport
- Start gathering addresses for guest list - create spreadsheet for RSVPs
2-3 months before
- Send invitations to guests
- Order wedding rings
- Rent the men's formalwear
- Attend dress fittings
- Choose wedding rings
- Organise gifts for parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and each other
- Book hairdresser and organise hair trial
- Book a makeup artist and go for makeup trial
4 weeks before
- Give venue/caterer final guest head count
- Have final wedding dress fitting
- Make any last-minute adjustments with suppliers
- Finalise details for, and order mass booklets/order of ceremony
- Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
2 weeks before
- Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet responded
- Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken
1 week before
- Supply wedding coordinator with a list of supplier requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist.
- Create your table plan
- Print placecards
- Call all wedding suppliers to confirm arrangements, create timetable for day
- Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
- Get manicure, massage, waxing & all your preening and prep
- Do full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil
- Pack an overnight bag for the reception
- Pack for the honeymoon
- Organise money to be paid to suppliers on the day
2-3 days before
- Make last minute changes to table plan if necessary
- Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear.
- Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
- Confirm pick-up times with wedding car company
- Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
- Drop off place cards, table cards, menus, favours, table plan to reception coordinator
- Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
- Sort out payment (write cheques/organise cash) for any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
- Ensure the cake is on track to be delivered to reception venue
- Rehearse ceremony with full wedding party ceremony readers your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out details.
- Get a good night’s rest
The Wedding Day!
- Give the gifts for your parents to the best man/bridesmaid for after the speeches
- Get flowers delivered to the bride’s house
- Give wedding bands to the best man to hold during the ceremony
- Give best man the officiant's fee envelope, to be given after the ceremony
- Introduce your reception coordinator to your wedding planner (if you're having one), or bridesmaid/bestman for questions or problems during the reception.
- Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer's contact so he knows who is who.
After the Wedding
- Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.
- Pre plan for attendants to take the bride's gown for cleaning and return the groom's tux to the rental shop.
- Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.
I recently found this DIY tutorial so I have used it as an excuse to make some lovely wreaths. To be honest it didn't take a whole lot of convincing! A couple of years ago I bought a beautiful nest made by Joe Hogan the basket maker and ever since I have been twisting bits of willow and twigs in a futile attempt to recreate the flow of the circle.
If you would like to recreate a very natural and uneven circle I would recommend fashioning your wreath base out of freshly cut new growth which will be more pliable and should form a smoother circle. However if, like in the tutorial, you prefer a more geometric and very convenient start- use a wire wreath base, I bought mine in Rosaleens Florist in Wexford.
Next stop, greenery! If its your first time DIYing flowers I would definitely recommend using cuttings from your garden or a nearby hedge, now is not the time to spend a fortune on shop flowers. Nothing stops you experimenting like the sinking feeling of destroying expensive materials. Experiment with free/cheap materials and then when you are a little more confident, invest in the good stuff.
I got this incredible haul from the garden today, with amazing peonies just blooming and lush ferns, beech and some sort of wild thing that sprouts pink flowers- you don't need anything in particular, just experiment with whats available.
Following on from last weeks post- this is a great trick for making chalkboard signs without the stress of perfecting your calligraphy skills!!! We love Pinterest!!!
The first thing to do is "season" your chalkboard- this rather over the top term relates to making your chalkboard look worn. Take a piece of chalk and drag it back and forth on its side over the board, then roughly rub it off to give your board a used look.
For our signs we used roof slates as our surface and for our text -Chalkboard Markers which are really easy to use, give great coverage and last when handled. They don't give the same dusty texture as chalk but are much easier to keep neat and give a clean line. If you are using real chalk be sure to seal the finished product with some form of fixative- this can be bought in craft shops or you can use hairspray which does pretty much the same job!
WE love wedding signs, from rustic wooden finger posts to chalkboards and slates. There are so many options from personalised posters on Etsy to simple wedding phrases in homeware departments.
We really love a little DIY so we thought we would give this great tutorial online a go.
Luckily we have lots of cut offs from our whitewash floor, these provide a perfect base for painted signs. Choosing a font is the trickiest part of the process with so many gorgeous handwriting styles to choose from. In the tutorial above the maker draws on lettering free hand, but to make it easier you can always trace an outline. On soft wood simply print your lettering, place the page over the wood then use a ball point pen and draw along the outline of your lettering. This will leave an imprint on your wood that you can follow with your paint/marker.
Drawing the lettering
The finished product
This is where we list all the wonderful people and things that we have found in our meandering journey through the world of weddings!
We will include information here about photographers, cake creators, bands, florists and other professionals we have had the pleasure of working with over the years. We only list people we have personal experience of and this list will constantly go out of date as we meet new people all the time, so please do ask for recommendations!
Throughout this website we have used images from the following photographers and we will shortly post about each one individually-