• Unique Locations for Wedding Photography in Kilkenny - Duffy Photography

    Your big day is on the horizon, you’re getting married in one of the most beautiful cities in Ireland. Kilkenny has been voted by Conde Nast as the 9th friendliest city in the world! The medieval city of Kilkenny is full of fabulous places to have your wedding photographs taken, below we’ll give you a run-down of a few, some obvious and some less obvious, but all equally beautiful and within a short walk of Butler House.

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  • Seasonal Floral Decor by Orla Clare at Soah Flowers

    When I’m engaging in a consultation with my wedding clients to go through ideas for their floral décor the time of year of their wedding (along with budget) will be one of the biggest determining factors in the type of décor we use. It is incredibly important to me, as a floral designer that I capture the spirit of the wedding my couples would like to create while at the same time guiding and advising on what will work best for the different spaces, depending on the season. How do you want your guests to feel, where will the photos be taken, can we reuse the ceremony flowers in the reception space and the importance of flowers on the day are just some of the topics we will chat about in relation to the décor.

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  • How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring with Rita from Lorimat

    How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring. There are various factors to consider when it comes to buying elegant diamond engagement rings. Considering these factors before making the purchase will ensure that you will have a perfect ring that you can cherish for the rest of your life. One of the first things you need to do is learn about the shapes of a diamond. A diamond can come in a round brilliant cut, princess cut, emerald cut, oval cut, and more. Choose the cut and shape that you like best and suits you most for example, an oval cut can really flatter a slim finger.

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  • Weddings in the New Norm - How to have an elegant wedding in a post COVID world

    Weddings in the New Norm How to have an elegant wedding in a post COVID world Conventional is now unconventional, regular is now irregular, order is now disorder. As the ever-present global burden carries on, seemingly indefinitely, we are seeing radical thinking and emerging innovation when it comes to uniting the affianced. It may be “marry now, party later” or just “marry now”, either way, there are opportunities to create unique and intimate memories.

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  • Butler House - A Venue for All Seasons

    Situated in the heart of Kilkenny City, Butler House is ultimately a bespoke venue. From barefoot humanist ceremonies on the lawn, evening and weekend civil ceremonies for as little as four guests to a banquet of 60 guests, the historic house and garden provide the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding!

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  • Bride-To-Be Interview with Niamh De Brún

    Thank you so much for doing this interview Niamh, we are delighted to have you involved in our September Wedding Series as a local bride-to-be planning a wedding. To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a business graduate from the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and my background is in HR. I started blogging in November 2018 as a creative outlet to share my fashion, fitness and beauty tips. I moved to Kilkenny in 2016.

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  • So what is a Micro Wedding? - Rachel from Inspired Events

    So what is a Micro Wedding? A Micro Wedding is an intimate wedding with up to 30 of your favourite people in the world to witness you take your vows in a venue that you absolutely love. We can marry you absolutely anywhere from the woods, to the beach, the mountain, a waterfall or a place that has special connection for you both.

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  • Chef Ger's Elderflower Panna Cotta with Strawberries & Brown Butter Crumble

    Now that local strawberries are readily available - we are sharing this delicate Italian set cream dessert with a scattering of new season’s summer strawberries in syrup and crunchy topping - a dinner party sensation!

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  • Chef Ger's Green Minestrone

    Known for using the very best of local produce, our menus here at butler house focus on simple, seasonal dishes, filled with flavour. With the government guidance clearly stating that we should ‘stay home’, our Head Chef has kindly stepped out of the kitchen to share a simple recipe that’s perfect for batch cooking and freezing. Inspired by spring and all the verdant vegetables on offer, this Green Minestrone is best served with a drizzle of olive oil, cracked black pepper and a generous helping of creamy mozzarella.

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  • Butler House Weddings - Stephen & Michelle

    It is hard to know where to start when telling you how amazing our Wedding Day was at Butler House! From the very beginning Anne Marie, Noreen and the team at Butler House could not do enough for us. Firstly, we got engaged and married in less than two weeks! This timeline might create a fuss or stressful environment but with Butler House nothing was a problem and everything ran like clockwork!

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  • Bank Holiday Bake - Chef Ger's Chocolate Brownies

    With the May Bank Holiday Weekend on our doorstep, and an abundance of chocolate around after Easter, our Head Chef Ger has kindly shared this easy (and wonderfully decadent) Chocolate Brownie Recipe for you to try at home. This simple-to-follow recipe means that the whole family can get involved; from little ones in need of an activity to those simply looking for a chocolate fix.

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  • Chef Ger's Easter Recipes

    Head Chef Ger Dunne has given us his favourite Easter Recipes to enjoy at home.

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  • Things to Do in Kilkenny This Mid-term Break

    February Mid-Term is here and school-goers finally get a break from school. There are many action-packed activities for families to enjoy over the holidays to keep them entertained for the week. We have compiled a list of must-visit places during the mid-term.

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  • Chef Ger's Pancake Tuesday Recipe

    Chef Ger has given us a recipe for 'Perfect Pancakes' ahead of Shrove Tuesday next week!

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  • Valentine's Valrhona Chocolate Sphere

    We have a delectable menu planned for Valentine's Weekend here at Butler House & Garden, and Head Chef Ger has given us the recipe for the dessert - a Valentine's Valrhona Chocolate Sphere...

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  • Why Butler House is Your Perfect Wedding Venue

    Butler House is located in the heart of Kilkenny. We have catered from 5 people right up to 50 people, and have created the most elegant weddings for our guests. The tranquil gardens of Butler House provide a perfect backdrop for any wedding photography, particularly during the Spring/Summer when our garden is in full bloom.

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  • Real Wedding - Colette and Genevieve

    We met through Tinder! Genevieve is originally from the US, and she was working in Dublin after completing her master’s here. We first met in 2016 for a drink in the city centre and clicked right away. Genevieve had only a year left on her visa so we had about a year together in Ireland before doing long-distance when she moved to Washington, D.C.

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  • Head Chef Ger's Christmas Recipes

    Head Chef Gerard Dunne has given us his favourite festive recipes for a Christmas feast...

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  • Head Chef Gerard Dunnes Tarte Tatin

    Head Chef Gerard Dunne has given us his recipe for his Butler House Walled Garden Apple Tarte Tatin.

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  • The Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny - A Truly Unique Wedding Venue...

    If you are looking for a wedding venue with a difference, our sister property, the Medieval Mile Museum offers a truly unique space. Situated right in the heart of Kilkenny City, on Ireland's Medieval Mile, the Museum provides a stunning backdrop for your special day. Steeped in history, the 13th century St Mary's church and graveyard is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland.

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  • Win a Facial at Mint Medispa, Kilkenny!

    We are delighted to be partnering with Mint Medispa to give away a Bio-Penta Facial to one lucky winner...

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  • Your 12-Month Wedding Dress Timeline - Caroline from Jeutonic

    Shopping for your wedding dress is undoubtedly one of (if not THE) most exciting parts of wedding planning! It’s fun, but can feel a little overwhelming if you’re not 100% sure where (or when) to start looking. We’ve created your wedding dress timeline below so you can start planning the shopping appointment of your dreams...

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  • The Perfect Finishing Touches - Anne from The Butterslip

    So you've found "The One"!, After numerous flirtations, dates and distractions, you've finally committed to the perfect dress! It's like another love story only something is missing...the accessories.

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  • Real Wedding - Frances Stynes and Thomas Cleary

    My name is Frances Stynes and I married my long-term partner Thomas Cleary. We have been together through thick and thin for 29 years and decided in 2018 to make it official.

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  • Choosing Your Bridal Bouquet - Orla from Soah Flowers

    Hi everyone! I'm Orla from Soah Flowers - an artisan floristry studio and flower farm based in Co. Kilkenny. It was lovely of Butler House to ask me to guest blog and I very quickly decided to write about my favourite floral piece - the bridal bouquet. Specifically, the process of choosing a wedding bouquet that will really suit your own style and make you feel incredibly special when holding it.

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  • Getting Your Hair Wedding Day Ready - Kapelli Hair

    First of all, 6 months in advance of the Wedding you need to consider your hair colour and work with your stylist to come up with a plan so that you can schedule your appointments to make sure you get what you are looking for, even to arrange colouring appointments around bridal dress fittings so that you will have a fresh blowdry every time you get your colour/highlights done, and that also gives you a chance to try our different hairstyles too!

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  • Choosing Your Wedding Photographer - Ben Power

    With a myriad of photographers out there it can be daunting researching a photographer for your wedding. Start off with choosing what style may meet your vision of how you would like your day to be photographed, some styles tend to favour a documentary approach and some a classic structured look, so it is important to understand which style suits you both best. Here are some of my tips for choosing the right photographer for you!

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  • Choosing Your Wedding Bands - Rita from Lorimat

    We were delighted to be asked to write a Blog for Butler House as part of their Wedding Series. Oh how we love talking all things wedding rings! So let's dive straight in shall we?

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  • Welcome to our Butler House Blog

    Welcome to our Butler House Blog! Following the launch of our brand new website in April 2019, we are delighted to introduce our new Blog.

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