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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we visit Tankardstown House?

Viewings of Tankardstown are strictly scheduled with one of our wedding co-ordinators. Because Tankardstown is a Country House, it is not like a normal hotel, and we must consider any guests/small groups who may be staying with us. A simple call or email and one of our wedding co-ordinators will be delighted to arrange a suitable time so they can offer you the best viewing possible of our beautiful property, including the bedrooms where possible.

What can we expect Tankardstown to provide to complement our package?

Wonderful personal service to look after both you and your guests amid the beautiful house and gardens; Red Carpet on arrival; Open Fires on cold/dull days; Tea lights throughout all reception rooms; Personalised Menu Cards & Table Plan; Table Silks; Chiavari Chairs; 5-Arm Candelabra & Candles; Seating for up to 250 guests dining in the Orangery; Wedding Cake Stand & Knife; Magnificent photographic backdrops; Pre-wedding Tasting of your final selected Wedding Meal on a date/at a time to suit; The assistance of both the Tankardstown Wedding Co-Ordinator and Banqueting Manager along with complimentary Bridal Suite for the night of the wedding.

Do you have a minimum number of guests required?

Yes, from Sunday to Wednesday a minimum of 50 adult guests are required; Thursday 80 adult guests; Friday 120 adult guests; Saturday 140 adult guests and New Year’s Eve 150 adult guests. Exceptions apply on minimum requirements on the week leading to Christmas and the week after Christmas. Exceptions also apply to smaller numbers than minimum of 50 adult guests on a mid-week basis (Monday -Wednesday) for the ‘Entirely Tankardstown’ wedding package, please speak with your wedding coordinator for further information.

Is there a separate venue hire charge?

No, this does not apply to weddings held at Tankardstown.

Do you host Ceremonies on the estate?

Yes, ceremonies can be held 7 days a week in Tankardstown, indoors or outdoors, weather dependent. For further information on procedures please see the official government website The HSE performs ceremonies Mon- Fri only. For weekend weddings, a Religious or Secular Solemniser is required. www.spiritualceremoniesie;

Can you get ready onsite the morning of the wedding?

Yes, Tankardstown can offer you a private hire preparation area called ‘The Secret Garden’. This is located in our ‘Garden Village’ and is a short stroll from the Manor House and Walled Garden. Arrival from 8am. Please see page 30 of the brochure for further information.

Are there Churches nearby?

Catholic Churches nearby include Slane, Monknewtown, Rushwee, Rathkenny and Rathfeigh. The nearest Church of Ireland is in Slane. We can provide a list and contact numbers.

When can we have our speeches?

Speeches are hosted after dinner. If you wish to opt for speeches prior to dinner service commencing, there is a fee.

Is it easy to get transportation to local surrounding accommodation?

Tankardstown can organise a shuttle bus service to local surrounding accommodation and would charge you as a couple for this service.

Are your Restaurants open on the day of a Wedding?

Brabazon Restaurant is located in the lower courtyard area to the rear of the Main House. This area is known as The Garden Village and has its own dedicated entrance. There is also a large electric gate between the Garden Village and the Main House which is kept closed on days of Weddings, thus keeping the House and surrounds exclusive for the wedding party. The Restaurant remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week.

Can you tell me a bit more about guest accommodation at Tankardstown?

It is a requirement to book all seven Manor House rooms on the wedding night. Tankardstown House has five luxurious bedrooms in the Manor House plus the Library Suite and Master Suite sleeping a total of 14 people. In addition, there are seven beautifully appointed Courtyard Cottage Suites situated in the adjacent courtyard which sleep a further 44 guests. Furthermore, the Barn & Stables alongside Tankardstown Lodge offer an additional twenty-two bedrooms sleeping an additional 44 guests. Overall, Tankardstown can offer accommodation for 102 guests in total on the estate. Breakfast is included in all overnight rates.

Is there other accommodation in the area?

Yes, there are several alternative accommodation options in the area, and we have a list with names and contact details which can be provided. We would recommend that alternative accommodation is booked well in advance to avoid any disappointment nearer to the time. In terms of transport, there is a local transport company who we would recommend (due to our remote location), that you can contact and book to have your guests shuttled back and forth to the accommodation in the surrounding area.

Is there the option to host a two-day event?

Yes, we can host a two-day event, any two days Saturday to Wednesday subject to availability. (Please note that Fridays, Bank Holiday weekends and dates around Christmas are considered single day events). Where a pre- or post-wedding day falls on a Monday or Tuesday, you are contractually obliged to fill the seven Manor House bedrooms along with the wedding night. Wedding parties can choose to enjoy a family dinner in Brabazon Restaurant from a Set Menu tailored so dishes will not coincide with those planned for the Wedding Dinner. For the day after the wedding a BBQ can be organised and is a very popular choice with our guests.

How do we select dishes for our Wedding Dinner?

The selection of dishes will depend on which Wedding Package you have selected. A lot of careful thought and planning by our team of Chef’s has been injected into creating the Master Wedding Menu. Each and every dish on this Menu has been tested to ensure that only the finest produce is being served in its prime, combining elements and flavours to please most palates. It is also imperative that these dishes can be expedited for large numbers, without any compromise.

What happens at the Pre-Wedding Tasting?

Your wedding co-ordinator will be in contact with you to consider a date for your pre wedding tasting. Based on your wedding package you should submit your choices of the ideal wedding meal that you would both like to sample and potentially serve to your guests on your wedding day. This information would be required approx. 14 days prior to the arranged time/date. At the tasting then, you will both enjoy some quiet time in the Garden Village where this Meal will be served up to you with great care and attention to detail. If you have any related thoughts or questions, Chef will be happy to answer them. You can also taste one or two of our house wines with your meal, which you can consider serving along with your wedding meal. The Wedding Tasting is complimentary for the couple getting married.

Do you cater for all special dietary requirements?

Yes, Chef will accommodate for all special dietary requirements with advance notice. We can also cater for 100% vegetarian/vegan weddings should the couple wish to avail of this for their special day.

Do you offer corkage?

Tankardstown does offer a Corkage facility, although as our packages include some alcohol, we do encourage our couples to check out our wine list which has been carefully created to compliment the dishes chosen by you for your menu. If you wish to further discuss corkage, please ask to your wedding co-ordinator for information.

Can you facilitate disabled guests?

We welcome disabled guests wherever possible at Tankardstown and try to facilitate their needs as best as possible, however, Tankardstown is an 18th Century House, so please discuss your requirements with us in advance to ensure the best laid plans can be put in place to make the day as enjoyable as possible for everyone.
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Wedding Testimonials

The most magical day

"We knew from the first time we drove up the driveway to Tankardstown that it was where we would get married and it did not disappoint. Tankardstown exceeded all of our expectations and helped deliver for us the most magical day. In the lead up to the wedding Sarah-Jane was absolutely brilliant in helping us organise the rooms and for accommodation and a family dinner the night prior to the wedding. Our coordinator Gemma was such a gem and nothing was too much of an ask. She was incredibly organised and made the wedding planning so seamless and as stress-free as possible for us. On the day Fran seemed to be everywhere and looking after everyone at the same time! We honestly had the best day and Tankardstown not only made us feel so special, but all of our guests felt like royalty and are still commenting on the level of service and professionalism of the team. The food was brilliant and we’ve never seen a wedding dinner served so efficiently – all the tables got their food at the same time. The venue itself is absolutely stunning and no matter what the weather, the atmosphere at Tankardstown is relaxed, intimate and luxurious. However it is the staff who truly make it an unforgettable experience. We can’t wait for an excuse to return."

Gráinne & Karl
October 2023

The perfect venue

"Tankardstown House was the perfect venue from the moment we stepped foot on site. The team were phenomenal and the service was next to none. Aine our coordinator was brilliant as was Sarah Jane on reservations as we had allocated guests their rooms. Absolutely loved the day, it was perfect in every way. The bridal prep suite is gorgeous and the orangery itself is stunning. Can't fault it. Will definitely visit again to celebrate our anniversary."

Jess & Michael
August 2023

Thank You

Thank you all for being so wonderful and helpful from the time we enquired about booking to when we left. The attention to detail and care you put into our day made everything so enjoyable and the day ran so smoothly. Our guests had nothing but praise for the venue. The Secret Garden was so beautiful, and the photos did not prepare me for how great it is to have a dedicated space for getting ready. Please pass on my thanks to Alex who was so attentive during the meal. Steven for MCing and helping us when we needed it. Terry for the late-night assistance and the rest of the staff and bar crew for making it such a great venue. Thank you again and hopefully we’ll be back soon for dinner in the restaurant.

Tendai & Hugh
October 2022

A massive, massive thank you

A massive, massive thank you to Sarah, Fran and all the staff who looked after us so well over the weekend. We had an absolute ball, and the place just looked so stunning, we couldn’t believe it was our own wedding we were sitting in. Everyone complimented the house, the food, the staff - everything. Some of my cousins who had allergies couldn’t believe the attention given to them in explaining everything, honestly it was just 5 star. Thank you for all of your help in the run up to the day, you were so attentive in helping us organise everything and all the last minute chopping and changing with the table plan. Fran was unbelievable, he was just so good to everyone, and he was very popular with both of our families! We really had the best day ever (and got so lucky with the weather in the end!). Thanks again for an unforgettable day, it was amazing.

Ciara and Cillin
October 2022

The best day

Thank you so so much to all the staff at Tankardstown! We had the best day and you all made it run so seamlessly and nothing was too much bother for you. We are so grateful to have such an amazing venue that made are day so special and one we will always remember.

Leah & Jordan
October 2022

Extra special day

From the minute we entered Tankardstown House we were so well looked after. We were so delighted when we got the go ahead with having the ceremony outdoors and have nature all around us, I think it made the day extra special. It was the first outdoor ceremony for many of our guests and for ourselves. The walled garden is so unique and made a great backdrop for photos. We even made a quick trip down to the polytunnel for a few very different shots. The meal was spectacular, Fran and his team were on their A Game and really looked after us and all our guests. Please pass on my special thanks to the Chef and his team, everything was absolutely delicious. Our guests have been raving about the day, the location, the house, the grounds, the food, but in particular all the staff. We were sad to leave the next day, but we know we will be back. You and the team have made what was a very special day for us even more special. From the bottom of our hearts thank you so much.

Elaine & Jonathan
September 2022

Staff are so lovely

We got married in Tankardstown House and honestly, we cannot fault a single thing - the staff are all so lovely and always went out of their way to help. Sarah, the wedding coordinator was a dream to work with and made everything run so smoothly, nothing was too much of an ask, and she was so understanding. Communication was always very good. Fran and Des were there on hand on the day to help too - again, they made sure everything went to plan and were two gentlemen from start to finish. The food was so good, everyone commented on how amazing it was! We cannot wait to come and visit again, whether that is to stay overnight or dine at the Brabazon restaurant.

Stephanie & Ciaran
July 2022

What a dream

Tankardstown was an absolute dream of a wedding venue! We originally booked the venue during COVID, having only seen parts over zoom. When we finally had a chance to see the venue in person, we were blown away! Planning the wedding from abroad was also challenging, but the wedding support team was excellent and so flexible. We couldn't have asked for a better team. The wedding day was absolutely amazing, and we are still in awe of the amazing job Tankardstown did. Every single detail was done perfectly, the food was amazing, the drinks were great, and a special shout-out to Fran, who was an absolute star! Literally there to help with every little request and detail! We cannot thank the team at Tankardstown enough. It truly was the most magically venue, with guests still talking about what a dream it was!

Felicia & John
June 2022

Truly magnificent

"Tankardstown house is a truly magnificent wedding setting, but what completes the venue is the absolutely brilliant staff on site. They helped to create a phenomenal weekend for ourselves, our family and guests. The food and service were exceptional and the attention to detail throughout the whole event and build up was top class! From Mr & Mrs Mulhern thank you for being part of an unforgettable weekend we can never thank you enough."

Cornall & Rebecca
July 2019