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The Venue – Harvey’s Point

Harvey’s Point was established as a guest house in 1989 by Swiss-born Jody Gysling. Over the years it has been developed into an award-winning luxury hotel owned and managed by the Gysling Family.

The slogan ‘Swiss Made in Ireland’ reflects a marriage of expertise: Swiss hotel-keeping and Irish hospitality. Blessed with a magical location, Harvey’s Point sits on the shores of Lough Eske and at the foot of the Blue Stack Mountains and breathes romance.

Harvey’s Point has been the proud recipient of the prestigious Weddings Online ‘Hotel of the Year’ award as well as the AA ‘Hotel of the Year’, Condé Nast Johansens ‘Most Excellent Service’ and most recently TripAdvisor Number 1 hotel in Ireland 2013 to 2017 and Georgina Campbell – Hotel of the Year 2017.

A Venue for all Seasons

The unique location of Harvey’s Point is lovely at any time of the year, from the beautiful light in Springtime, to the sunny shades of summer, through to the golden colours of autumn. Winter Weddings are also very special, particularly on a crisp, frosty winter’s day. Celebrate your special day during the festive season or ring in the New Year with family and friends.

The Wedding Suite

Designed to perfection, with you in mind, you and your guests can dine and dance in our luxurious Gourmet Suite. We are proud of the panoramic view from every window overlooking Lough Eske and the picturesque landscaped gardens. The Gourmet Suite has its own private bar and dancing facilities. Clean, crisp white linen tablecloths and napkins adorn the tables and the warm glow of candlelight enhances the ambience.

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Harvey’s Point - Lakeside Wedding Venue - Romantic Wedding with enchanted backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains.
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The Garden Suite

Room Size: 310m²/ 3330ft²

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The Ballroom Suite

Room Size: 600m²/ 6460ft²

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Entrance Lobby

Large lobby reception

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Entrance to Ballroom and Garden Suite @ Harvey’s Point

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Main Entrance to Events Venue

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The Food Hall

For buffet-style banquet menu

Events and banqueting facilities at Harvey's Point

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The Terrace

Panoramic view over Lough Eske

Events and banqueting facilities at Harvey's Point

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Drinks Reception

Garden Suite

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Civil Ceremony Reception

Garden Suite

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The Food Hall

For buffet-style banquet menu

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The Ballroom Suite

The sheer space and sense of being surrounded by water gives the Ballroom a sense of privacy and exclusivity. This beautiful suite can be adapted in many ways to suit larger weddings.

30m x 20m on two levels  – 600m²/ 6460ft²
Seating: 120 – 300 persons
Dance floor: 12x8m, Stage: 12x4m, Ceiling height: 6m

Optional Extras:
Martin PA audio system, Stage box,  LCD Projector with 3m screen
Stage lighting, Follow Spot

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The Garden Suite

Recently opened, The Garden Suite is a multi-purpose, elegant room, perfect for grand gatherings, intimate celebrations or exclusive events. It is an ideal setting for civil or humanist weddings with attractive landscaping for photos.

25m x 12.5m – 310m²/ 3330ft²
Seating: 40 – 180 persons
Dance floor: 10x8m, Ceiling height: 3.5m

Optional Extras:
PA audio system
LCD Projector with screen

Frequently Asked Questions

Weddings at Harvey’s Point Hotel

Is our date available?

You can check availability of dates in our calendar HERE

Do you hold more than one wedding per day?

Our policy is to host one wedding a day so you can be assured that you and your guests are our number one priority.

How many guests can you accommodate for a sit down meal?

Our stunning Ballroom Suite, which overlooks the lake can seat up to 300 guests for a sit down meal.

Do you have a minimum guest policy?

We require a minimum number of 120 people for week day weddings and 150 guests for weekend dates. If you have a smaller number please talk to our wedding team who will be happy to offer assistance.

Do you have a minimum spend policy?

No. Our packages are designed to be clear and concise so that all charges are clear with no hidden costs.

Is your venue available to book for exclusive use?

Our hotel is open throughout the year and is not available to book for exclusive use. However, our Wedding Suites boasts its own private entrance with spacious lobby and has our Garden Suite for ceremonies or reception drinks and our Ballroom Suite for your Wedding banquet. This set up gives you the feeling of complete privacy for you and your guests.

Can we bring our own wine to the hotel?

We have an extensive wine list to choose from and our team are very happy to help you make the right choices for you and your guests. We do not allow alcohol to be brought onto the premises.

Can we block book rooms for wedding guests?

Yes. We are happy to block book 15 suites at a reduced rate for the night of your wedding along with 12 cabin rooms in our onsite Lodge.

Do you have a Honeymoon suite?

Yes, we have a stunning Honeymoon suite that we are delighted to offer complimentary for the night of your wedding.

Do you have a minimum room booking requirement?

No, you are not required to book any overnight stays

Are there facilities to get ready for the wedding within the hotel?

Yes, speak to our wedding team and they will happily arrange whatever you need.

Is there ample car parking at the hotel for guests?

Yes

Is there a Church nearby?

Yes. There are 3 within a 10 minute drive from the hotel.

Can we have our ceremony at the Hotel?

Yes, of course. Our experienced wedding team are happy to guide you through this process.

What ceremony options do you have?

Our Garden Suite is a beautiful room for a ceremony and if you would like to get married outside then we have our stunning pier overlooking the lake.

What do we need to do to have our ceremony at Harvey’s Point?

To have your ceremony here all you have to do is book your celebrant and let us know the time. If it is civil ceremony we have a little paperwork to fill out for you but we can take care of all that.

What do Harvey’s Point need to do in order for a couple to have their civil ceremony wedding?

We just have a little paperwork to complete and send back to the registrar.

Is there a hire charge for the ceremony? What does it include?

We would have a room hire fee of €750 to host a ceremony onsite. With this you receive a private room for your ceremony with PA system included.

Do you offer a Wedding package? What does it include?

Yes. CLICK HERE to view

Where do you host the drinks reception?

Our Garden Suite offers the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy a private drinks reception.

What is the set up for drinks reception?

The Garden Suite has its own private bar which is a feature in itself; the room has round tables mixed with pod tables to give a relaxed feeling within the room.

Do you provide champagne on arrival?

Yes, we arrange a champagne reception for the Bridal party on arrival

What are the refreshment options?

For your guests we offer a selection of Prosecco, bottled beer, tea, coffee and homemade cookies.

What are the menu options?

Our Wedding Banquet is a sumptuous 4 course meal. CLICK HERE for more information

Do we have a choice of courses included in the package?

Yes the 4 course meal option includes One Soup, 2 Starters, 2 Main Courses and 2 Desserts. You also have the option to have Starter and Dessert served Buffet style.

Do you offer menu tasting, when would this be held?

Yes, we offer Menu tasting for the couple in advance of the wedding.

How much wine do you recommend per person?

We recommend that you allow for half a bottle per guest. We only charge for whatever wine is used.

What time will we be called for dinner?

We agree a suitable time with the couple in advance. On average we call the guests to dinner from 5pm

How long will service take?

This depends on numbers but on average will take 2.5hours

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, we are more than happy to cater for any dietary requirements when notified in advance

Is there a separate menu for children?

Yes, we can offer a special menu for kids attending the wedding

Are speeches before or after the meal?

We recommend to have speeches after your meal to ensure that the food is served at its best.

Do you have a PA system?

Yes. We also have a drop down screen that can be used.

Do you provide a Toastmaster?

Yes

What style of tables do you have, shape, size, top table?

We offer round tables that can seat 6, 8 or 10 people or trestle tables that seat up to 16. Our top table on stage can seat up to 14 people.

Is any decor/stationery provided (menus, centrepieces, red carpet, flowers, and cake stand)? Are there alternatives available?

Red carpet on arrival, champagne reception for the Bridal Party, top table flowers and fresh flower centrepieces for your table, cake stand and knife are also here. We also provide personalised Menus, table numbers and table plan.

What time does the DJ/Band finish?

Music finishes at 2am

What time is the bar open until?

The bar closes at 1.30am. It then reopens for residents from 2am to 3am

Is there an option for a late bar? Is there a charge?

There is no option for the bar to open past 3am

What time do guests have to leave the venue?

3.30am

Do you have a list of recommended wedding suppliers?

Yes, we are proud to work with some of the very best in the business.

Is there somewhere secure to store wedding gifts and cards?

Yes, we provide a post box for guests to leave cards. These are then brought to the safe in the honeymoon suite. Gifts are brought to the honeymoon suite also.

When do we need to pay a deposit? Is it refundable or transferable?

You can provisionally hold a date for two weeks then your deposit to secure your date is €2000 and is non-refundable

Do you have a payment plan?

Yes, we are happy to work with our couples providing that 50% of the balance is paid 6 months from the wedding date.

Do you offer discount on midweek weddings?

Our package prices vary according to a calendar of date. You can find out more Here

You’re Engaged – Now what?

Congratulations on your engagement! The engagement celebrations are over and you may be feeling a little confused about what happens next? That’s normal! We have 10 things that will help you to start planning your special day!

Set a Timetable

The second you get engaged, everyone will be asking when the big day is. Picking the date doesn’t happen overnight, you need to sit down with your other half and select a number of dates that will work for you both and of course for all the family, you don’t want your wedding to clash with a relatives big day. The date will also depend on the church and venue! Breath.. focus and be realistic!

The average engagement lasts around 15 months so don’t rush in!

Style and Location

Before you even think dresses, flowers, cakes or band, discuss what would make your wedding day perfect and most of all unique to you and your fiancé, is it an intimate venue with immediate family, a beach wedding, festival theme wedding or a traditional wedding? Here are some questions that you both must consider: Big wedding or intimate wedding? At home in your local area or a destination wedding? Have you a theme in mind? Church or ceremony?

Do your research online, check out wedding magazines for ideas and put a mood board together. Make it fun and play around with different themes.

Set Your Budget

Be realistic when setting your budget, it is really easy to go over budget when planning your wedding. At the early stages of planning discuss with your families and see if they plan to contribute. It can be an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it’s better to get it out of the way now so you have a realistic picture about what you can spend. Use one of the many online wedding budget planners to keep you on track!

Spend on what is important to you and cut cost on things that aren’t as important.

Start a Wedding Savings Account

Remember that even a simple small wedding costs money.  The earlier you start saving the better. A wedding savings account is an easy way to keep cash accumulating for the big day. Open a basic savings account at any bank or credit union. Be realistic about what you can achieve and how much you can afford to save each month. But make sure to keep a little aside for date nights.

Guest List

Make a list with your fiancé of who you would like to invite, invite your parents over for an evening to look over the list with you as each parent will want to add to your list. At this stage discuss if you’re inviting plus ones and children. Your guest list will also depend on your wedding venue as you may be limited with how many people that they can accommodate. Realistically 17% of your guest list will not be able to attend your wedding due to other commitments. At this stage, you could start a spreadsheet with the guest addresses, phone numbers, and notes including dietary requirements.

Insure Your Engagement Ring

No matter how careful you are, the peace of mind that engagement ring insurance will give you and your fiancé is worth it. Your engagement ring will last a long time so having it properly covered against loss, theft or accidental damage will make sure you and your partner will have a few less restless nights. Most home insurance policies have the optional extra of adding all risks cover to your policy. Make sure to ask your insurer when taking out, or renewing, your house insurance policy if they offer this type of cover.

Choose Your Bridal Party

The earlier you chose your bridal party, the sooner you can enlist their help. Your bridal party will be by your side on one of the most important days of your life, so, you need to pick wisely. Pick friends or siblings that you know will support you not only on your wedding day but also in the run up to the wedding.

Be creative and fun when “proposing” to your bridal party as this is a really meaningful moment for you and your bridal party.

Consider a Wedding Planner

If you’re a super-busy couple, have demanding jobs or have big (read: complicated) dreams for your wedding weekend, then you should hire a full-time wedding planner to help you prepare your entire event, from the engagement party to the honeymoon. However, you may find that your dedicated wedding coordinator at your wedding venue will be of great assistance to you in the run up to your wedding day. Choose a wedding venue that will only host one wedding a day so that your wedding coordinator will give you their undivided attention on your wedding day.

Book your venue

Choosing your wedding venue will be one of the most important decisions that you and your fiancé will make when planning your wedding. There are so many options to choose from so it is recommended that before booking your wedding show around pick your top 3 venues and only view these venues. Do your research before your appointments and have a list of questions that you want to ask and take plenty of notes as in the excitement you might forget important information. Make sure to go home and discuss all options together and work out budgets. Arrange another appointment with the venue if feel that you have more questions.

Fall in love with your venue and make sure that it feels special to you both!

Book your wedding suppliers

Many top wedding photographers, bands, and other in-demand vendors are hired more than a year in advance, and once they’re booked, they’re gone. Do not leave this to chance as you could be really disappointed. Attend wedding fayres to meet with wedding suppliers in the local area, however, don’t commit to the first suppliers you meet, do your research online and have a look at their social media channels.

  • Donegal Now

    Harvey’s Point is Hotel of the Year in prestigious Georgina Campbell awards

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    Harvey’s Point named “Hotel of the Year” by Georgina Campbell

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