Frequently Asked Questions
at Bellinter House Hotel
Bellinter House is delighted to host weddings for between 50 and 160 guests. Our minimum numbers vary depending on the day of the week and the time of year; please see our wedding brochure for further information.
Yes, we offer Exclusive and Non-exclusive options
This ensures the house and grounds are private (excluding the Bathhouse Spa) from 3pm on the day of your wedding through to 12 noon the following day. This does require an exclusivity fee and the cost of this depends on the time of year/day of the week; please see our brochure for further details. All bedrooms need to be filled by you; 41 double ensuites bedrooms as well as the Loft Residence (5 double bedrooms & 1 single; shared bathrooms). This includes One complimentary Bridal Suite for the night of your wedding.
Non-exclusive use: Committing to 21 bedrooms being filled
We require you to book a minimum of 21 double bedrooms at the Wedding rate stated for that month. These rooms will be 5 Main House, 6 Ruins & 10 West Wing and include One Main House Complimentary Suite for the night of your Wedding. *You assign the Bedrooms and advise you guests the price per room, guests do not need to contact the hotel
No, your wedding day is very special to you, and us, and so we only host one wedding a day.
Our minimum numbers depend on the day of the week/time of the year. They vary from 120 adults on a Friday or Saturday in High Season to 50 adults on a Sunday to Thursday in Low Season.
Please see our brochure for more details.
Yes, the type of ceremony is entirely up to you but there are many to choose from - humanist, spiritualist, civil ceremonies or a simple blessing by family or friends. A list of celebrants may be found in our Local Services/Suppliers Directory.
Yes, Bellinter House Hotel is fully approved for Health Service Executive (HSE) civil ceremonies.
However, each couple must apply individually to the Civil Registration Office in their preferred county.
Our address is:
Co. Meath, C15 F2XA,
The contact details for the Meath civil registration service are:
The Civil Registration Office,
Navan Enterprise Centre,
Trim Road, Navan, C15 F6XT.
Phone: 046 909 8600
You can register and find more information at www2.hse.ie (search for ‘marriage’).
Your wedding ceremony can be held indoors in our Ceremony Room, the Nunnery. This can seat a maximum of 135 guests. If 135+ then The Garden Suite, which is the Main Banqueting space can be used. Alternatively, you can get married outside (weather permitting) on the front lawn 160 guests, against the backdrop of the magnificent weeping Beech Tree. We provide a hessian runner, chairs, and a PA system for your celebrant for an outdoor ceremony.
There is a setup/hire fee of €500 to have a ceremony/blessing onsite in Nunnery Suite or outside on Front Lawn, if you wish to host this in The Garden Suite, which is the Main Banqueting space. (as long as there is no décor company setup for this room).
Non-exclusive wedding ceremonies are held at 2:00 pm; for exclusive weddings, the ceremony time will be 3:00 pm (times to be agreed with Bellinter Management in writing). Check-in time to bedrooms for all wedding guests is only after 3:00 pm.
Yes, we have electricity and extension leads available for your celebrant and musicians. All ceremony musicians will need to have their own equipment and insurance.
We have 41 double ensuite bedrooms as well as the Loft Residence (which includes 1 single & 5
double bedrooms with shared bathrooms).
Bedrooms are located in the Main House, East & West Wings, the Ruins, the Stables, and the School House which is adjacent to the hotel. We can accommodate up to 100 guests onsite on a bed & breakfast basis.
Additional foldaway guest beds may be provided for the larger rooms (limited amount available). The cost of these (including breakfast) is €40 for 12yrs & older/adult, €25 for under 12yrs. We can supply complimentary travel cots for 2yrs & under and we have 4 of these in total.
Yes, please see our brochure for rates as these vary depending on the time of year/day of the week. The reduced wedding rate applies to the night of your wedding only.
All our 41 double bedrooms are ensuite. The Loft Residence has 2 shared shower rooms and 2 bathrooms.
Yes, all our wedding packages include a complimentary Bridal Suite for the night of your wedding.
Breakfast is served from 8 am to 11 am Monday to Sunday.
We offer a traditional cooked breakfast of bacon, sausage, black & white pudding, and eggs.
Your guests can also choose from a selection of porridge, fruit salad, granola, yogurt, muesli, breads, and cereals. Tea, coffee, and a selection of juices are also available.
Check-in time is 3:00 pm for you and your guests. We advise all couples to ensure your guests know that bedrooms will not be ready before this time so to arrive ready for ceremony. Check-out time is 12 noon on the day of departure.
Early check-in is subject to availability. If there is availability, you may arrange an early check-in from 1 pm at a rate of €30.00 per room. This can only be confirmed 1 week prior to your wedding. The Standard check-in time is from 3 pm.
Bellinter House is a listed and protected building. As the building is over 270 years old, it is not fully wheelchair compliant. However, we have done our utmost to facilitate access to most of our public areas via a lift located outside the house which will take any guest from Reception/Drawing Rooms to the function room on the ground floor. We have one possible bedroom on the ground floor that would be suitable. Prior notice must be given to the venue.
You have an option to book the venue exclusively the day prior alternatively If you would like to stay the night before your wedding, this is subject to availability and can only be confirmed 3 months out from your wedding date. The reason for this is that our rooms are not released for general sale until approx. 3 / 4 months out as we are still selling exclusive events up until that point.
We are happy to host a Post Day celebration for you and your guests you have an option to book the venue exclusively. However if not booking exclusive use, this is also subject to availability and again can only be confirmed 3/4 months out from your wedding date
Please email us for our recommended Local Services/Suppliers Directory which we supply to all our couples once they have booked with us.
Your Drinks Reception is usually held in the main Drawing Rooms and if the weather is good, guests may move out onto the sunny patio space which looks out over the River Boyne.
We have Guinness, Heineken, Carlsberg & Moretti on draft in the main Drawing Room bar. Heineken, Corona, Coors Light, Peroni, Bulmers, and a full selection of craft beers are available by the bottle. Weather permitting, our beautifully restored Vintage Horsebox is available as a fully functional bar that can be stocked with a variety of champagnes, prosecco, red & white wines, beers, ciders, ales, spirits, and soft drinks. You may choose to use the Horsebox as a Gin Bar, an open bar, a cash bar or have your Reception drinks served from it. Please note the Horsebox Bar is subject to season.
We stock a wide range of soft drinks and juices as well as Seedlip Garden non-alcoholic gin & tonic and Heineken 00. We can provide alcohol-free drinks for your wedding meal e.g., lemonade, elderflower cordial, or Scholar.
You are welcome to set up a Bar Tab if you wish. You can advise us of the amount you would like to have behind the bar. A credit card pre-authorised for that amount is required on the day. We can also help you to decide what drinks you may exclude e.g., doubles, shots, or cocktails.
Dinner service depends on your menu and guest numbers. As a guide, the service of a five-course meal for 100 guests would take a maximum of 2 hours.
160 guests can be seated in the Garden Suite, including adults & children. This is the most we can accommodate in this space as we are keen to ensure a high level of service and comfort for your guests.
We have 12 large round tables and up to 12 guests can be seated at each. An additional square/rectangular or trestle table can accommodate up to 16 guests. The top table can be whichever table you prefer.
Yes, we have 4 high chairs available. Please ensure you indicate where they are required on your table plan.
No, we have our own Head Chef and full kitchen team. All our food is freshly prepared onsite. Outside caterers or food not prepared by the Bellinter House kitchen is not permitted on the premises. The one exception to this is your wedding cake, which you are welcome to bring in from another vendor.
Our wedding packages have been designed to accommodate every style and budget and therefore it is not possible to make changes to our set packages. However, you are welcome to add selections to any of our packages, additional charges available on request. We ask you to choose carefully when booking as you can always upgrade to a higher package later but not downgrade once agreements have been made.
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to bring in your own wine on any of our packages. All beverages must be provided by the venue.
Yes, we are happy to cater for any guests who have specific dietary requirements or allergies once we have been notified in advance.
If weather permits, you may choose to have your speeches during your Drinks Reception outside on the Patio. Alternatively, you may have them in the Garden Suite before dinner is served. Please be aware that we only allow a maximum of 45 mins for speeches before dinner. This is to preserve the quality and enjoyment of your wedding meal (a fee of €200 applies if speeches need to be any longer or if service is delayed).
Yes, we have a portable microphone and speaker which can be moved to wherever your party is for your speeches.
Yes, we will supply table numbers and stands to display them.
After dinner, our wedding team will begin preparing the Garden Suite for your music and dancing. Some tables may need to be removed to create a dance floor adjacent to where your band will set up. Your table centre pieces will be added to any remaining tables or put aside for you to collect the next morning. Extra chairs will be added to the remaining tables to accommodate your non-dancing guests.
Yes, however, we will need to know how many so as we can ensure we have ample staff. If you have more than 12 evening guests, you may need to order some extra evening food.
All musicians will need to provide all their own speakers, microphones, insurance, etc.
This will be served in the Garden Suite during a break in the music, circa 10.30 pm. Your A wedding cake will be served along with this.
We offer one complimentary serving of your wedding cake. You are welcome to bring in a wedding cake from any vendor of your choice. If you require two servings or have a cheese wheel cake along with your wedding cake, there will be a charge of €1.50 per person for this service. We can provide a cake knife if required.
The bar in the Garden Suite will close at 1.30 am and your music will finish at 2 am. At 2.30 am the bar in the Main House will reopen as your Resident’s bar. This bar is open at the Night Manager’s discretion.
If the Garden Suite is available, you can come the day before and decorate the venue yourself; time to be confirmed by the venue. If there is an event the day before your wedding, our wedding team will arrange for you to drop off your décor and we, along with a member of your bridal party, will decorate the venue for you on the morning of your wedding in accordance with your written instructions. This is dependent on the amount of décor there is to set up. The person you assign to complete your décor will need to sign off on the décor with a member of our wedding team, once complete.
All-white linen tablecloths & napkins, tea lights, gold candelabras & candles, and overhead fairy lights in the Garden Suite are all included.
Flowers are not included in our wedding packages. If you are getting married onsite you may wish to organise flowers for your ceremony space and for your tables in the Garden Suite.
You are welcome to hang your decorations in the venue provided they do not damage the property, paint, or woodwork. Please note no permanent impacts can be left by your decorations e.g., no nails are permitted to be hammered into any surface.
Yes, several Christmas trees and decorations will be located throughout the hotel, including Reception and the Drawing Rooms. These will be limited in the Garden Suite; you may wish to add your own decorations.
Other Wedding information
Yes, we have a PA system suitable for speeches & background music only. It is best to download your playlist onto a device.
Yes, pets are welcome in our Stables and School House accommodation only and we must be advised when booking. Pets are not allowed in the hotel itself.
We are happy to supply our couples with our Local Services/Suppliers Directory, or you may wish to use your own suppliers.
Yes, taxi signs are posted at Reception and in the main bars for the convenience of your guests.
Mickey Dillon – Cabs, Minibus &; Coach Hire can be booked to transfer your
guests to their local accommodation. Guests can pay him individually or you can hire him from
midnight until 2 am. Please contact him directly to arrange.
Our Local Services/Suppliers The directory also has a full list of taxis which we recommend you share with your guests in advance.
Booking a Wedding
Once we have confirmed your preferred date is available, we would be delighted to provisionally hold that date for you for a period of one week. We will prepare a Wedding Package Agreement for you based on your choice of package and requirements. We will also provide you with a copy of our Terms & Conditions.
Once you are happy to proceed with your booking, a non-refundable deposit of €1,500 is payable. We also ask you to sign & return both your Wedding Package Agreement and our Terms & Conditions. All of these will fully secure your date for you.
25% of the total bill (based on your quotation) will be due 6 months out from your wedding date; 50% of the total bill (based on your quotation) will be due 3 months out from your wedding date. The remaining balance will be due 14 days prior to your wedding date.
We require you to confirm the final number of guests attending 14 days prior to your wedding. Your final balance will also be payable at this point.