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5 Tips for Booking a Venue

Sue Ryan from the award winning Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort tells you what every couple should know before they book a venue.

The right venue is crucial to your wedding plans; it determines the overall vibe of the day you have poured your heart and soul into. You want a place that understands your vision for the day, where your guests are comfortable and you can relax, knowing that you’re big day is in capable and trustworthy hands. It’s a tall order, but finding the right venue is worth it! The Kenmare Bay Hotel in Co Kerry has set the standard for Irish wedding venues, brides the world over have come to recognise that for outstanding service, stunning surroundings and chic style, the Kenmare Bay is second to none. So when we set out to get to the bottom of venue essentials, we knew where to turn!

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1. Can it comfortably take your number of guests? You can’t always believe the blurb about capacity - go and check the venue out for yourself and, if possible, see it set up for a wedding the approximate size of your wedding.

2. Is the wedding team at the hotel friendly, accommodating, and interested in you and your wedding? Talk to the wedding team, phone them, e-mail them -and see how they respond to you and your queries.

3. Does the hotel have a good reputation for wedding food? If possible, speak to past brides who’ve had their receptions there or make your own enquiries about previous weddings.

4. Can the venue accommodate all of your over-night guests? It’s good to keep the wedding party altogether if possible, so check out the accommodation situation.

5. Does the venue have many weddings booked there? If so, you know you’ve picked a good one!

Kenmare Bay

More about Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

The Kenmare Bay Hotel is one of the premier wedding venues in the country, among its many accolades includes the esteemed Wedding Venue of the Year in Connaught award. “We are delighted to receive this most prestigious award, especially as we were short-listed amongst some very strong contenders. We always strive to make each wedding unique and perfect in every way, and this award is testament to the hard work and dedication of all the staff here at the Kenmare Bay Hotel& Resort,” General Manager Andrew Rees says. 

The Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort overlooks the idyllic town of Kenmare. Offering 127 bedrooms, 18 holiday homes and 14 lodges; the Resort is the ideal spot for a family break or a weekend getaway. All residents have complimentary use of the state-of-the art Leisure Centre, with its 20m pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, sun shower and fully-equipped gym. Relax in the attractive lobby area; sample a cocktail or two in the sun in the Courtyard Garden. Whatever you choose to do, the hotel’s friendly and helpful staff are here to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

One of the best things about staying at the Kenmare Bay Hotel is its proximity to the town of Kenmare. The resort is set 3 or 4 minutes away from the town, but a quiet walkway takes you into the heart of the beautiful village. Kenmare is famous for its gourmet food, many pubs and cafes, quirky shops and lively atmosphere all set amidst breath-taking scenery in one of the most unspoiled and natural environments in Europe.

Kenmare Bay Hotel

Kenmare, County Kerry

Phone: +353 64 41300
Fax: + 353 64 41541

Email: [email protected]




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