Marian Crawford onby
It may be cliché to say, but when my fiancé and I got married last July in west Cork, it really and truly was the best day of our lives. Apart from all our nearest and dearest sharing in our special day and the fact that I was marrying the love of my life, the staff at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa made our wedding day the most magical and perfect day and there is not one thing I would change.
Prior to the big day itself, my fiancé and I had numerous meetings with the wedding planners at Inchydoney. Every time we met with them they made us feel like royalty. They listened to our needs and requests, nothing was a problem. I always left these meetings feeling assured and calm but most of all I felt that I could trust them. This made the whole planning experience so much easier, knowing that I could rely on the team at Inchydoney. They provided us with advice and support along the way. For every email I sent with a question or query, I got a swift reply. I was never left wondering or unsure. No question or worry was too silly for the wedding planning team. One day in particular that stays in my mind is the day we went to Inchydoney for the menu tasting. We were treated like VIPs from the moment we arrived. Needless to say, the food was outstanding. Again, the staff advised and listened to us, but most of all, they understood how special our day was to us.
Unlike most couples, who say the week of the wedding is stressful, we had the opposite. When we arrived in west cork for the week of the wedding, all the staff of Inchydoney were excited that we had arrived, they wished us well every time they met us in the corridors, they asked every time if there was anything they could do for us. All these things may seem small but they matter the most. Sometimes I think it’s the little touches that make the perfect day. For example, the hotel reserved car spaces for our elderly guests so they wouldn’t have far to walk, unfortunately, on the day, the weather was not kind to us, however when we arrived at the hotel, we were met with hot towels to dry off. All the staff were at the door to greet and welcome us and our guests. Again, something that is small but it stands out, one member of staff met with my Dad and she helped him work the microphone as he was worried about it for his speech. These are things that I didn’t even know happened until days later when I was chatting with family. It just shows how much the team cared about us, they wanted everything to be perfect for everyone, and they wanted everyone to have the best experience in inchydoney.
Overall, I can’t speak highly enough about the staff at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa. While all our guests raved about the delicious food and drink at our wedding, the reception food, the cocktails and the beautiful setting, for me it was how the staff made me feel and for the bride and groom that’s the most important thing. You want to feel special, you want to feel that your wedding is the most important wedding in the world and you want to have confidence in the hotel and staff and a laugh along the way.
To Helen, Lisa, Jack and Amy. Thank you for being so patient with me and my ideas. Thank you for your kindness and warmth. For your help along the way. I’m sure you’ve had hundreds of weddings since ours, but for James and I, we will remember our day forever. We will always remember how you made us feel. A couple who decide to choose Inchydoney Island Lodge and spa as their wedding venue are very, very lucky to have a team behind them like you.
If I had one wish, it would be that I could relive the day all over again…