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Wedding Weekends | Extend The Celebrations

Wedding Weekends | Galgorm Inspiration | Weddings

The day has finally arrived. You’re preparing to marry the love of your life in what will undoubtedly be one of the most joyous days of your life. Every dotted line has been signed, every detail meticulously attended too and now all that is left is to say “I do”, before foraying into wedded bliss as a newly-wed couple. 

The wedding planning stages, albeit testing at times (hello table plans), are more often than not some of the most memorable moments in your journey. And with the average wedding taking twelve months to plan (, and a mere twenty-four hours to celebrate, you can begin to understand those cautionary words of advice: “it goes by in the blink of an eye”, they say. But what if it doesn’t have to be this way? What if you could extend the celebrations far beyond the DJ’s last rendition of ‘Time Of My Life’? 


While wedding weekends have long been the reserve of destination weddings, where arguably the distance travelled is proportionate to the celebrations, there is no reason to dismiss this as an option for your wedding. Whether it be a rehearsal dinner the evening before, a get-together brunch the following day, or a post-wedding Spa Day as newlyweds, why not forgo tradition and grant yourself the additional time to spend with those who have travelled far and wide to celebrate the occasion. 


A Resort wedding offers the perfect solution to prolong the joy with a variety of on-site facilities for pre and post wedding pampering, feasting and entertaining. 


For The Foodies

Food is the undisputed language of love and we have something for just about everyone; gourmand, gastronome, and foodies alike! Hosting a ‘Welcome To Our Wedding’ Party is a light-hearted way to bring family and friends from both sides of the wedding party around the table, offering a relaxed environment that lends itself perfectly to introductions ahead of the big day. Fratelli is famed for its family-friendly vibe reflected in the surroundings and Italian menu. Did you know? Fratelli offers a selection of cicchetti - otherwise known as an Italian nod to the sharing ritual of tapas making this an ideal option to get the conversation flowing. Traditionalists can enjoy a rehearsal dinner in the River Room Restaurant. Bestowed 3 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and headed up by Chef Chris Rees, an evening of exceptional fine dining in chic surroundings will soon wash away any hint of wedding-planning stress, easing you into the celebrations.


Find Your Zen 

Pampering needn’t come to an end once the big day has become a fond memory. The award-winning Thermal Spa Village is a certified zen-seekers paradise, offering a smorgasbord of heated and cool spa experiences. Dancing feet are gently massaged and soothed by the pebbled stone of the indoor pool, hazy prosecco-fuelled hangovers are banished with a spell in the Celtic Sauna, while Riverside Bathing affords couples time for two as you sip bubbles in the privacy of your wood-fired hot tub, perched on the banks of the River Maine - we can’t think of a sweeter way to kickstart your honeymoon. Experience romance in the spirit of the city itself with side-by-side treatments in The Paris Suite where couples can soak alongside each other in freestanding Parisian baths nestled beneath soft light for the post-wedding relaxation you deserve. 


Don’t Want The Party To End

We get it - who wouldn’t want to extend the festivities long after the confetti has settled? The best way to keep the fun going is to get your guests together the following day for brunch with the wedding bunch; an excellent option if you’re not leaving for the honeymoon right away. After all, we understand it can be a rush to make it for breakfast. A post-wedding brunch means that newlyweds can enjoy a final opportunity to thank their guests and spend a little more time with loved ones who have travelled a distance. 


If there is one thing we have learned from our beautiful Galgorm Love Stories, it’s the recurring advice for future couples “take it all in as it goes by in the blink of an eye”. All the more reason to extend the celebrations, yes?

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