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Party Like Royalty: The Guide to Fairytale Weddings at Kilkea Castle


Kilkea Castle Is an Exceedingly Lavish Wedding Venue That’s Suitable for Celebrations Big and Small!

Hey there, lovebirds! I’m Aideen, Kildare based, wedding photographer, and I’m beyond excited to share all the magic that awaits at this fairytale destination. Welcome to my little corner of the internet where we’re about to embark on a journey into the enchanting world of Kilkea Castle an incredible castle wedding venue, located in County Kildare just one hour drive from Dublin City. So if you are thinking of Kilkea Castle estate for your day, you have come to the right place.

When it comes to your big day, there’s nothing quite like saying “I do” amidst the medieval charm and romantic ambiance of Kilkea Castle. As your photographer, I’ll guide you through every moment, capturing the love, laughter, and cherished memories that will fill your heart on this special occasion.

So, please grab a cup of tea (or your beverage of choice) and get ready to be inspired as we dive into the beauty of Kilkea Castle weddings!

Fairytale Kilkea Castle wedding venue in Kildare, Ireland on a beautiful spring wedding day

Experience Your Very Own Fairytale Castle Wedding and Feel Like Royalty

Ah, Kilkea Castle – where history meets romance in the most breathtaking way possible. Nestled amidst lush greenery and rolling hills, this 12th century castle exudes charm and elegance from every stone.

From its towering turrets to its tranquil gardens and the adjoining golf club, this magical castle and its history sets the perfect stage for a wedding straight out of a storybook. As a photographer, I can attest to the endless opportunities for capturing timeless moments against this picturesque backdrop.

Whether you’re exchanging vows in the grandeur of the Great Baronial Hall or dancing the night away under the stars in the courtyard, Kilkea Castle promises a wedding day filled with wonder and whimsy.

Planning Your Kilkea Castle Wedding

Now, let’s talk logistics.

Planning your dream wedding and the most amazing day at Kilkea Castle is all about bringing your vision to life while embracing the unique charm of this historic venue.

First things first: setting the date.

Consider the seasons and weather patterns in Ireland to ensure you choose a time of year that aligns with your preferences and expectations.

Next up, explore the various venue options and packages available at Kilkea Castle.

From intimate ceremonies in the castle’s chapel to lavish receptions in the banquet hall, there’s something to suit every couple’s style and budget.


And let’s not forget about the local vendors and services that can help elevate your wedding experience to new heights.

Whether you need a florist, a caterer, or a live band to keep the party going, after 800 years of hosting weddings, Kilkea Castle has connections to some of the best in the business, not to mention you will be treated like royalty. Here is one my favourite local Kildare wedding vendors:

Wednesday Wedding Club


Photography Tips for Weddings at Kilkea Castle

As your photographer, I’m here as part of your wedding team to ensure that every moment of your Kilkea Castle wedding is beautifully captured for eternity with amazing photos.

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    Pre-Wedding Visit

    Schedule a visit to Kilkea Castle to explore the venue and its surroundings. Take this opportunity to envision your wedding day and discuss potential photo locations with your photographer.

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    Scenic Backdrops

    When it comes to finding the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos, Kilkea Castle offers no shortage of stunning locations. From the majestic castle walls to the tranquil lakeside vistas, the possibilities are endless. One of my favorite spots is the castle’s courtyard, where the soft sunlight filters through the ancient stone archways, creating a magical ambiance that’s perfect for capturing intimate moments between you and your partner. If you’re looking to add a touch of fairytale romance to your photos, consider venturing into the castle’s gardens. With their manicured lawns and vibrant floral rose garden displays, these secluded hideaways offer a picturesque backdrop where you are guaranteed to get amazing photos.

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    Historic Charm

    Embrace the historic charm of Kilkea Castle in your photos. Incorporate the castle’s medieval architecture, ancient walls, and intricate details into your shots to add depth and character to your wedding album.

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    Indoor Elegance

    Don’t overlook the indoor spaces of Kilkea Castle for your photos. The castle’s elegant interiors, including the Baronial Hall and opulent chambers, provide a regal backdrop for timeless portraits.

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    Natural Light

    Whether you’re planning an indoor ceremony or an outdoor reception, timing is everything when it comes to achieving that soft, romantic glow that makes for truly magical photos. Kilkea Castle boasts an array of beautifully lit spaces, from the soft, natural light streaming through the castle’s windows to the warm glow of candlelight in the evening. Be sure to work with your photographer to plan your timeline accordingly, taking advantage of the best lighting conditions throughout the day.

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    Golden Hour

    Schedule your couple’s portraits during the golden hour for the most enchanting lighting. The warm, golden tones of sunset cast a magical glow over Kilkea Castle, resulting in breathtakingly romantic photos.

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    Personal Touches

    Incorporate personal touches into your photos to make them uniquely yours. Whether it’s a meaningful prop, a cherished heirloom, or a special location on the castle grounds, infuse your photos with elements that reflect your love story.

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    Relax and Enjoy

    Above all, relax and enjoy every moment of your wedding day at Kilkea Castle. Trust your photographer to capture the magic as it unfolds, and focus on savoring the experience with your partner and loved ones.

Real Kilkea Castle Wedding Inspiration

Now that we’ve covered some photography tips, let’s dive into some real-life inspiration from past Kilkea Castle weddings. There’s nothing quite like seeing the magic of this historic venue come to life through the lens of a camera.

Meet Larissa and James, my amazing bride and groom whose love story unfolded amidst the enchanting backdrop of Kilkea Castle. From the moment they drove down the enchanting tree-lined avenue and set foot on the castle grounds, they knew they had found the perfect setting for their perfect spring wedding in March. I loved every second of this beautiful day!

Frequently Asked Questions About Kilkea Castle Weddings

Now, let’s address some common questions you might have about hosting your wedding at Kilkea Castle. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but rest assured, I’m here to guide you every step of the way.

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    What is the history of Kilkea Castle?

    This magical Castle and it’s history dates back to the 12th-century. It is one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland. It was originally built by the Fitzgerald family, one of the most prominent Anglo-Norman families in Ireland. Over the centuries, the castle, located in Co. Kildare, has been home to various noble families and has played a significant role in Ireland’s history, including serving as a stronghold during medieval times around 1180. It was bought by the Kennedy family in 2012 and underwent extensive renovations under their ownership, restoring it to its former glory and transforming it into a luxurious destination for weddings and events.

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    What makes Kilkea Castle unique for weddings?

    Kilkea Castle offers a unique blend of history, elegance, and charm that sets it apart as an incredible wedding venue. From its medieval architecture to its picturesque surroundings, Kilkea Castle provides the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding.

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    How many guests can Kilkea Castle accommodate for my wedding?

    For a more intimate wedding, couples choose Restaurant 1180 which can accommodate up to 60 guests. The Impressive Baronial Hall is ideal for wedding parties of up to 270 guests. Hermione’s Restaurant has space to cater to 120 guests for pre or post-wedding events.

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    How far in advance should I book my wedding date for an incredible day at Kilkea Castle?

    It’s never too early to start planning your dream wedding at Kilkea Castle! Popular dates tend to be booked up quickly, so I recommend securing your date as soon as possible to ensure availability.

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    Can you stay in Kilkea Castle?

    Yes, Kilkea Castle Hotel offers luxurious accommodation options for guests looking to feel like royalty and experience a true castle stay. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, you can immerse yourself in the castle’s history and elegance while enjoying modern amenities and top-notch service.

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    How many rooms does Kilkea Castle have?

    Kilkea Castle boasts 140 luxurious guest rooms, each uniquely decorated to blend modern comforts with the castle’s historic charm. From cozy suites to spacious accommodations, there’s something to suit every guest’s preferences. Your guests will feel well taken care of during their stay!

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    How much does it cost to get married at Kilkea Castle?

    The cost of planning the wedding of your dreams at Kilkea Castle can vary depending on factors such as the size of the wedding party, the chosen wedding package, and any additional services or customization options. Wedding packages at Kilkea Castle start at €125 per person. For more information contact the team at Kilkea Castle or call +353 59 9145600. For more information on Kilkea Castle’s exclusive wedding packages click here for their Wedding Brochure.

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    What wedding photography packages do you offer for Kilkea Castle weddings?

    I offer a range of wedding photography packages to suit every couple’s needs and budget. Whether you’re looking for full-day coverage or just a few hours of photography, I can tailor a package to fit your unique vision for your Kilkea Castle wedding. Together we can create the Irish wedding of your dreams and I can’t wait to go back to Kilkea Castle! Get in touch through my contact page to reserve your day

Your Fairytale Castle Wedding in Ireland Awaits!

Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of love, it’s’ a really special time and Kilkea Castle provides the perfect wedding venue and backdrop for your love story to unfold. From the moment you step foot onto the castle grounds to the last dance of the evening, every moment at Kilkea Castle is filled with romance and enchantment. You could not make a more perfect venue choice for what will be the most incredible day ever! It is truly such a lovely venue with fantastic staff and the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. Simply put, Kilkea Castle is hard to beat. I highly recommend Kilkeas Castle!

As you embark on this wedding journey together, know that you have a dream wedding team of dedicated professionals ready to bring your fairytale wedding to life. From the experienced wedding planners at Kilkea Castle to the talented vendors and, of course, your photographer (that’s me!), you’ll be in good hands every step of the way.

So, take a deep breath, soak in the beauty of Kilkea Castle, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Your fairytale Irish Castle wedding awaits!

As a destination wedding photographer, based in Ireland, I’d be honored to join you on this incredible journey and help capture the magic of your special day in Kilkea Castle. Have a look around, browse my portfolio, and get in touch to book a wedding photography consultation.