IWD Editor Andrea Hayes held a Q&A recently with Katie Sheehan, Wedding Co-ordinator at Fota Island Resort.
What makes Fota Island Resort a standout venue?
Fota Island Resort’s biggest attribute is our location. Situated at the heart of a tranquil island on a 780 acre estate, Fota Island Resort is an idyllic wedding location, summer or winter. The lush green landscape makes it the perfect backdrop for memorable wedding photos.
We are fortunate to have two very different but equally beautiful venues for our couples to choose from. 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.
With its stunning setting overlooking a championship golf course, The Clubhouse is the perfect location for more intimate weddings with 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 three talented individuals who will work closely with you to create your perfect day. During the lead-up to your big day, each member is at your disposal to answer questions and give advice. Three months before your wedding, you are assigned a dedicated Co-ordinator, who arranges your menu tasting, planning meetings, and is there on the day and knows exactly how you want your day to run.
Your Co-ordinator will be on hand on the morning of your wedding to oversee the final décor details, double check the table plan, and put out favours, as well as any other last minute details.
Our gift to you is ‘Moposa’, the wedding planning app, which makes your life easier helping with your wedding to-do list, as well as the all-important table plan in the run-up to the big day.
Describe the accommodation options for weddings at Fota Island Resort?
At Fota Island Resort, we have a range of luxurious accommodation options.
Enjoy your 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 newly refurbished guest rooms at a preferential wedding rate for your guests. However, you are under no obligation to take all 30 rooms. Any rooms which haven’t been booked a month before the wedding will be released.
We are also very fortunate to have fully equipped self-catering Lodges fitted to a five-star standard on site. The Lodges work out very well if your guests are travelling from abroad or for those travelling with children.
Hotel and lodge guests can enjoy full use of the Resort’s facilities and get preferential rates for our award-winning golf club.
What are the 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 and making it a weekend to remember. From an award-winning spa to the action-packed Fota Island Adventure, from championship golf courses to 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. The Clubhouse is an idyllic venue for a relaxed post-wedding meal with your nearest and dearest. With spectacular views over the 18th green of the Deerpark course, it is the perfect venue to unwind after your whirlwind wedding day.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms?
My first piece of advice would be to pick your photographer very carefully. You’ll spend a lot of time with them on the day, so it’s important you get along and they are aware of how you want the day to run.
Secondly, as soon as you have your venue booked, my advice is to book your band to ensure you get your first preference.
Finally, make the day personal to you and your partner. Pick one feature that’s personal to you as a couple and do that well, as opposed to multiple little ones that are not as personal. I had a couple who were GAA mad. They got table numbers printed in the shapes of jerseys with her local club on one side and his on the other. It was a real talking point for the guests as all of them were aware of the good-natured rivalry between the bride and groom over GAA.