Maeve O’Mahony, expert wedding co-ordinator at Fota Island Resort, shares her top tips to ensure your dream wedding day runs smoothly.
What makes Fota Island Resort a standout venue?
Fota Island Resort’s biggest attribute is our location. Laying at the heart of a peaceful island and just a drive away from the cultural hub of Cork City, the 780-acre estate is an idyllic wedding location all year round. The lush green landscape makes it the perfect backdrop for memorable wedding photos and, with two very different but equally beautiful venues for our couples to choose from, there’s something for everyone, no matter the size or style of their wedding. Delightfully located in the centre of the island’s woodlands and lakes, Fota Island Hotel & Spa is a very special place for a wedding. The elegant Smith-Barry Suite can accommodate up to 300 guests or, with its stunning setting overlooking a championship golf course, The Clubhouse at Fota Island Resort is the perfect location for more intimate weddings for up to 120 guests.
How does your Wedding Team help the bride and groom in their planning?
The Wedding Team at Fota Island Resort is made up of passionate individuals who work closely with recently engaged couples to ensure that the dreams of their perfect wedding day are realised. During the lead-up to the big day, each member is available to answer any questions and offer advice on how to achieve a memorable wedding celebration.
Three months before the big day, each couple is assigned a dedicated Wedding Coordinator, who will arrange menu tastings, plan meetings and be there on the day to ensure that everything runs smoothly. To help with this, our gift to you is Moposa, the wedding planning app, which makes your life easier by helping with the arrangement of everything wedding related, including wedding to-do lists and table plans.
Describe the accommodation options for weddings at Fota Island Resort.
At Fota Island Resort, we have a range of luxurious accommodation options.
Newlyweds will wake up to their first day of married life by relaxing in our elegant Bridal Suite, which is the epitome of comfort and style. We reserve 30 of our fabulously appointed guest rooms at a preferential wedding rate for your guests. Any rooms that haven’t been booked a month before the wedding will be released.
At Fota Island Resort, we are also very fortunate to have fully equipped self-catering lodges on site, which are the perfect option for any guests travelling from abroad or with children.
What are current wedding trends?
Destination weddings are an ever-growing trend. The Wedding Team at Fota Island Resort can assist you in creating your bespoke destination wedding, making it a weekend to remember. From an award-winning spa to the action-packed Fota Island Adventure, championship golf courses and a tempting selection of restaurants showcasing the very best of Irish and international cuisine, Fota Island Resort has everything you need to make your wedding a destination for all.
The luxurious Fota Restaurant can play host to your intimate pre-wedding dinner with your closest family and friends, while The Clubhouse is an idyllic venue for a relaxed post-wedding BBQ with your nearest and dearest. With spectacular views over the 18th green of the Deerpark course, The Clubhouse is the perfect venue to unwind after your whirlwind wedding day.
What’s next for weddings at Fota Island Resort?
I am delighted to announce that we have some very exciting news that we have been keeping to ourselves. Although I can’t give anything away just yet, I can guarantee that anyone who chooses to tie the knot at Fota Island Resort will have the most memorable day in our much-loved Smith-Barry Suite. Any brides- or grooms-to-be who are currently organising their dream wedding day can watch this space!