The Thermal Village at Galgorm Resort & Spa

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Wedding venue spotlight: Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena

'It might sound large, and it is, but it still maintains a cosy, welcoming atmosphere'

A five-star venue in Ballymena, Co Antrim, with a lengthy drive: a venue that boasts 122 bedrooms, a spa so large it requires a map of its Thermal Village, two swimming pools, outdoor hot tubs, saunas and a seemingly endless array of relaxation areas.

Don’t let the numbers fool you – it might sound large, and it is, but it’s still maintains a cosy with a welcoming atmosphere.

The Wedding Ceremony

Set on 163 acres, Galgorm hosts three wedding reception rooms, each with its own individual identity: including the Great Hall (80-300 guests), which gives distinctive Downton Abbey country estate vibes; the art deco style Renaissance Suite (80-152) with a chandelier bar and booth seating to increase numbers and the more modern setting of The Four Seasons (40-100). Even more impressive is that they have been known to rather effortlessly host more than one wedding in one night.

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If you want to exchange vows on site, there are two rooms available: The Ghost House and The Phantom House (pictured), which can accommodate civil, religious and humanist ceremonies (Galgorm recently hosted the first legally recognised humanist ceremony in Northern Ireland).

The Drinks Reception

For the reception, options including afternoon tea, candy carts, canapés, ice cream and gourmet sandwiches are available. Not to mention the custom cocktails (£7.50pp), wine, Prosecco, beer, and 300 types of gin! A bespoke five course menu is available, including vegetarian options and sorbet, while late night dining is also an option.

The Dinner

Dining in Galgorm, in any capacity, is a treat. A banqueting chef is an available resource for couples to arrange their big-day menu, which includes a bespoke five course meal.

The Day After Celebrations

As for the next day’s celebrations, the property has three on-site restaurants, and there’s an option of a BBQ in the Mulberry Garden, with prices starting at £15 for a minimum of 35 people. For a more formal affair, there is the 3AA Rosette River Room with panoramic views overlooking the River Maine and a truly indulgent feast. If you like the idea of a relaxed brunch with guests the day after instead, the team can organise a private, relaxed meal in the Fratelli Ristorante from 11:30am. The brunch options requires a minimum of 30 guests and is priced at £15 per person for resort residents, and £25 per person for non-residents.

The Bridal Suite

An option of bridal suites are available, but the piece de resistance in unbridled luxury is the Signature Suite, which includes a private dining room, private bar and private hot tub.

Guest Accommodation

For your guests, Galgorm agrees on a certain number of rooms available at the time of the booking, which includes self-catering cottages, log cabins, suites and standard rooms to suit budgets.

At a Glance

A number of different packages are available. For a stress free day, the Bells & Whistles offer (£14,950) includes pretty much everything – including private room hire, entertainment, late night snacks, photo booth rental, photographer, a five course menu table settings and cake; inclusive of 100 guests.

It’s also worth noting the Whirlwind Package, which is available for couples who want to get married sooner rather than later, caters to 70 guests, including entertainment, photographer, flowers and cake (£8,600 for 70 guests). For high rollers, Rolls Royce Phantoms are also available in certain packages. Other packages are available at different price ranges.

On the morning of the big day, golfers can pay just £10 (including club hire) for an early morning round, while a Bridal Breakfast package is available including breakfast, bubbles and a treatment for five people. On-site wedding planners are also available who can put you in contact with local vendors if you’d prefer to reach out personally. They don’t publicise how many weddings they host per year, but trust us – it’s a lot and they’re seasoned pros!

Galgorm is hosting a Spring Bridal Showcase on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 1-6pm and registration can be done at www.galgorm.com