My husband & I renewed our wedding vows for our 25th anniversary at Dromoland this past June. Working via e-mail to set up a place to do so was a long process. We did not stay at the castle over night, just wanted a quiet romantic spot to say a few words & exchange new rings, than have a nice dinner. The cost for the use of the garden was 350 Euros for 15 minutes.
When we got there, a nice young man pointed us to the garden (didn't take us there). We were on our own to find a nice corner. It was not private - others were walking through and attending the adjoined cafe. Our cost didn't get us an officient, pictures or any personal touch from the staff during our self-created renewal. When we were done we found our way to the restaurant inside the castle where a nice staff member was kind enough to take 4 pictures out front with our own camera.
We were then directed to the lounge for a drink (also not included in the cost). When we felt ready, we found our own way to the dining room where we got an average seat and same treatment as all other guests. Silly me to think since we'd paid to have a "wedding" there (staff quote: "We treat all weddings the same whether it is 2 or 200 people," that we'd get priority seating, a piece cake for dessert, or such. The food was good, but with no air on a very warm day, we sweated in the sunny window through all of dinner (which we paid additional for as well.)
A lovely enough place, but no one went out of their way to help make it any more special than we had. Maybe my expectations were too high.
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