So we're on the countdown to one of our favourite events of the year - The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair, which will be taking place on Sunday 8th May at the beautiful location of Belfast Castle. That means we are going to be bringing you lots of lovely news about our fabulous wedding exhibitors via the blog over the next few weeks, and today we are very excited to announce that we will be joined on 8th May by the lovely folks from Belle Isle Castle & Estate - Winners of the Most Romantic Wedding Venue at The NI Wedding Awards 2016!
Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate spread over eight picturesque islands. Inhabited since the 12th century, the estate today offers a wide range of attractive self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, but imagine getting married in a Castle on an enchanted private island - at Belle Isle your wedding dreams really can come true!
A 17th-century castle on an idyllic island in Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands, Belle Isle is an enchanted setting for civil wedding ceremonies and receptions. The castle itself is the embodiment of romantic, old-world charm, while the estate’s 470 acres of rolling hills, flowering meadows, tranquil gardens, and views of Lough Erne form a magical backdrop for photographs and memories.
Couples can exchange their vows in Belle Isle Castle’s magnificent grand hall, before a fireplace in the art-filled drawing room, or you can hold the ceremony outside surrounded by blossoms in the verdant sunken garden. Follow the ceremony with a champagne toast in the drawing room or garden and later, you and your guests can feast in the splendour of Belle Isle Castle’s grand hall.
The Castle chef will help you choose your six-course menu, which can range from simple fare to a lavish banquet, all prepared with fresh local ingredients and close attention to detail. The Castle also have an extensive wine list and will supply all wines and spirits throughout your stay.
When it comes to staying overnight, Belle Isle Castle can accommodate up to 27 guests in 13 individually decorated guest rooms, eleven of which are en-suite. These are perfect to ensure your families and bridal party experience the ultimate in Irish Castle luxury.
The newly refurbished Abercorn Wing exudes opulence and romantic grandeur - a fairtytale picture setting. From the Bridal Suite with a grand, four poster bed and breathtaking views across Lough Erne to the Sweet Pea Suite with deluxe roll top bath, you wont want to leave!
Additional guests may stay on the property in the award-winning Courtyard Apartments, or the Coach House as well as in one of the delightful Cottages, with the whole estate accommodating up to 65 overnight guests.
When looking for the perfect backdrop, there are more than plenty of spectacular views which will make your photographs be the envy of all. From the views across Lough Erne, the landscaped gardens with Belle Isle Castle in the background and the grand staircases complemented by period features inside the castle, you are sure to get perfect pictures whatever the weather.
For more information visit the Belle Isle website and follow on Facebook, but don't forget to visit The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Castle on Sunday 8th May where you will be able to chat to the lovely folks from Belle Isle about making your own wedding dreams come true.