With an extra 270,000 seats on flights between Ireland and US added in 2013, planning a wedding in Ireland has never been easier. The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare (just one hour from Shannon Airport) is the only 5-star luxury coastal resort in western Ireland and this year, brides can take their attendees back to the 1900’s with a private wedding event at Doonbeg’s Shebeen.
Perfect for rehearsal dinners or a post-wedding party, the Shebeen is a rustic, stone cottage that offers a historic and authentic Irish ambiance and just debuted its first full season after restoration. Guests can participate in a traditional Irish celebration with storytelling by host Fear an Ti (man of the house), dancing by traditional Irish brush dancers, and indulging in Irish stew cooked over an open fire while pints of Guinness are at no shortage. The mood is set by the guitar, concertina, fiddle and violin music and an Irish singer. Additional activities for wedding guests include a relaxing local VOYA Signature Seaweed Leaf Wrap in White Horses Spa, 18 holes of golf at the Greg Norman-designed links course or a Guinness pouring lesson in Darby’s Bar.