Wedding FAQs
Killeen Castle

Browse our Frequently Asked Questions for everything you need to know about weddings at Killeen Castle.

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Do you have more than one wedding a day?

No, your Wedding Day is very special to you, and us, and so we only host one Wedding a day.

Can we get married in the Castle?

Uunfortunately, the castle is not open, we have a dedicated reception building which caters for your arrival drinks in Sixteen and Wedding meal in the Sycamore Suite both rooms have 

How many people can you host for a wedding?

The Sycamore suite may be configured for up to 160 banquet guests. We do have a minimum number requirement for the wedding banquet. This number varies with the seasons.

Can extra beds be added?

Additional foldaway guest beds may be provided for the larger rooms (limited amount available). The cost of these (including breakfast) is €50 for 12 years & older/adult, and €30 for under 12 years. We have a limited complimentary supply of travel cots for under 3-year-olds.

What time is Check in/Check out?

Check in time to bedrooms strictly after 3:00 pm for you and your guests. We advise all couples to ensure your guests know that rooms will not be ready before this time. Check out time is by 11:30 am on the day of departure.

What time is breakfast served?

Breakfast is served from 8:00 am until 10:30 am. We offer a full buffet-style breakfast with a range of cereals, granola, fresh fruit salads, juices, pastries, muesli & bread with freshly brewed tea & coffee.

Is early check-in available?

Early check-in is subject to availability. If there is availability, you may arrange early check-in from 1pm at a rate of €30.00 per room. This can only be confirmed 2 days prior to your wedding. Standard check-in time is from 3:00pm.

What local accommodation is available?

Please email us for our recommended Local Services/Suppliers Directory which we supply to all our couples once they have booked with us.

Is your venue licensed for civil ceremonies?

Yes, Killeen Castle 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. Please note that all ceremonies must commence by 3:00 pm.

What is your address for Health Service Executive (HSE) correspondence?

For the Health Service Executive (HSE), our address is Killeen Castle, Dunsany, Co. Meath C15 FH39. The contact details for the Meath civil registration service is Meath Enterprise Centre, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 F6XT. Telephone 046 9098600.

Do you have indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies?

The walled garden is the perfect summer wedding backdrop and is available at €1,200 setup/hire fee. A stretch tent is provided which can seat 100 guests. We provide a red carpet, Chivari Chairs and Lanterns as standard including a table & Speaker with a Microphone. Your wedding ceremony can be held indoors in The Pavilion or Sycamore Suite should weather not permit.

Do you have power outside for musicians?

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.

Where does the Drinks Reception take place?

Your Drinks Reception is usually held in Sixteen with its own private bar and if the weather is good, guests may move out onto the sunny patio space attached to the suite.

What drinks are available on draught?

On Draughts we have Guinness, Heineken, Moretti, Orchards Thieves and Coors light in De Lacy’s bar. And all the above plus Heineken 0.0 on draught in the Sycamore Suite , with a variety of red & white wines, prosecco, bottled beers, ciders, spirits, and soft drinks also available in both bars.

Can a Bar Tab be arranged?

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 wish to exclude e.g., doubles, shots, or cocktails. This tab is then settled that evening or the following morning before check out.

How long is dinner service?

Dinner service depends on your menu and guest numbers. As a guide, service of a five-course meal for 100 guests would take a maximum of 2 hours.

How many people can be seated in the Sycamore Suite?

160 guests can be seated in the Sycamore 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.

How many tables are available and how many guests can sit at each?

We have 16 large round tables and up to 10 guests can be seated at each. Depending on your numbers if less than 160 a square/rectangular or trestle table can be setup as your Top Table.

Are there highchairs available?

Yes, we have 4 highchairs available. Please ensure you indicate where they are required on your table plan.

Can we use a catering company?

We have our team of chefs and a full kitchen team. All our food is freshly prepared onsite. Outside caterers or food not prepared by the Killeen Castle 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.

Do you offer a complimentary menu tasting?

Yes, we offer a complimentary menu tasting for the wedding couple, approx. 2 or 3 months prior to your wedding. Dates for tastings are limited and are optional if you cant make the tasting date offered an alternative date may not be an option. Menu tastings are by invite only and held Monday (excluding bank holidays) to Thursday, before 7pm. We will invite you to select which dishes you would like to taste from your chosen wedding menu, and you will also taste a selection of wines. If you live abroad and are unable to attend this, you can send a family member on your behalf. If you wish to invite extra guests to the tasting the cost will be from €75.00 per person and is only subject to availability and not guaranteed.

Can we make changes to the set wedding packages?

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 will apply. 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.

Can we bring our own wine?

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to bring in your own wine on any of our packages. All beverages must be provided by Killeen Castle.

Do you cater for vegetarians or vegans?

Yes, we are happy to cater for any guests who have specific dietary requirements or allergies once we have been notified in advance (no later than 2 weeks prior).

Where and when do speeches take place?

Before the meal, this can take place at your Drinks Reception in Sixteen. Alternatively, you may have them in the Sycamore Suite, after dinner service, if you wish to have speeches before the meal. Please be aware that we only allow a maximum of 45 minutes for speeches so dinner service is no later than 6:30 pm. 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).

Do you have a microphone for speeches?

Yes, we have a portable microphone and speaker which can be moved to wherever your party is for your speeches.

Do you have table numbers or holders?

Yes, we will supply table numbers and stands to display them.

Do you supply printed menus & a seating plan?

Yes, we can do these on A5 card very simple design, however we like to allow our couples the opportunity to incorporate their own style into their wedding day by arranging these themselves. We have an easel which may be used to display your seating plan if required. If designing your own menu, please email us a copy before you have it printed to ensure the details are correct. We ask that you never include the vegetarian option as this is a silent option and only available to the guests you have confirmed in advance require this.

What happens when dinner is over?

After dinner, our wedding team will begin preparing the Sycamore 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 centrepieces will be added to any remaining tables or put aside for you to collect the next morning. Extra chairs will be added to remaining tables to accommodate your non-dancing guests.

Is there a cake cutting fee?

We offer a complimentary serving of your wedding cake. However, should you wish to opt instead for a “cheese wheel cake”, there will be a charge of €2.50 per person.

Do you provide equipment for a band or DJ?

All musicians will need to provide all their own speakers, microphones, insurance etc.

What time does the music and bar finish at?

The bar in the Sycamore Suite will close at 1:30 am and your music will finish at 2:00 am.

When can we decorate the venue?

If the Sycamore Suite is available, you can come the day before and decorate the venue yourself; time to be confirmed by venue. If there is an event the day before your wedding, our wedding office 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. Please note, 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.


What decorations do you supply?

All-white linen tablecloths & napkins, tea lights, silver candelabras with candles, mirror centre piece, table number holders and covered white banquet chairs in the Sycamore Suite are all included.

Do you supply flowers?

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 banquet tables.

Are there any décor restrictions?

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. Prior notice must be advised to the venue on any décor plans to make sure there is enough time for these things to take place as we could have Wedding every day of the week so the room may not be available to setup until morning of wedding.

Can we book a Post Celebration the day after our wedding?

We may be able to offer a post-celebration event, however this is subject to availability and may only be guaranteed 2 months from your wedding day.

How long can we provisionally hold a date for?

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.

How much will the initial deposit be to secure our date?

Once you are happy to proceed with your booking, a non-refundable deposit of €2,000 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.

What is the payment schedule?

30% of the remaining bill (based on your quotation) will be due 6 months out from your wedding date; 50% of the remaining bill (based on your quotation) will be due 3 months. The remaining balance will be due 14 days prior to your wedding date.

When do final numbers need to be confirmed and final payment made?

Yes, 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.