A Wonderful Unique Venue – A Review by Girl Gets Wed

26 October 2018

The Ivory Pavilion is a luxury modern purpose designed marquee hidden within the fabulous walled gardens at Galgorm Castle. Such a unique contemporary venue enjoying a fabulously majestic backdrop. Galgorm Castle itself is a historical gem dating back to 1618, needless to say, it provides a stunning backdrop for your big day, and just think of the gorgeous photos yo can capture.

For your ceremony, there are no fewer than five enchanting options including the pavilion itself, outside in the walled garden, or how about you and your partner tying the knot in the grandeur of the drawing room?

Your wedding breakfast and follow on celebrations can be as grand or intimate as you wish, with a maximum of 280 guests in the marquee and 40 in the castle.

With in house caterers offering a wide variety of delicious options including super popular sharing platters and tasty BBQ’s for the summer, all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy your special day.

Over to the team now to tell us more.

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Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies? 

We sure do!

Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue? 

Yes! The venue will only ever have one bride per day!

Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception? 

Up to 280 in marquee and 40 in Galgorm Castle.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

We offer an all-inclusive option making it easier for each couple to see a total price or a bespoke tailor made offerings which is personal to each bride.

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers? 

We have a preferred catering supplier, our partners, Posh Nosh. 

Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee? 

We are a licensed premise although wine and Champagne may be brought in.  Corkage is £10 and £12.

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system? 

Couples may choose their own entertainment, we have our own sound system.

Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests? 

No accommodation onsite but plenty of options within 0.5 – 2 miles.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator? 

Yes, 1 point of contact for your venue and catering needs.

How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it? 

Access is the day prior or as soon if the venue is free.

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

Less time away from your guests and no travel distance, Galgorm Estate grounds are idyllic with their 18th Century Chapel ruins, magnolias in the Walled Garden, bluebells in the woods not forgetting the famous Castle backdrop.

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue? 

Your wedding day goes by in a flash.  A venue that can host a ceremony, photographs and reception allows you to make the most of your day, have more time with your guests and makes you feel more relaxed.

We offer 2 outside options for ceremonies, on the Walled Garden Lawns or right outside Galgorm Castle, alternatively our marquee has floor to ceiling windows and overlooks the Walled Gardens.

We have a range of photographic backdrops including chapel ruins, a wooded area, castle features and gardens.

Natural daylight and outside space is important as guests will be with us all day.  We can serve drinks from our private terrace and whilst dining your guests will have views over the gardens.

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?

I love to see the reaction on guests’ faces as they enter the Walled Gardens, the setting of the marquee is truly a hidden gem, they are always amazed. Hearing feedback and praise on the day from the guests as well as the bridal party is always rewarding as you know you have helped someone’s dreams comes true.