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(L-R) Keith Carmichael, Owner of the Ross Park Hotel pictured with Andy Tew and Gordon Davidson from Ulster Bank.

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(L-R) Keith Carmichael, Owner of the Ross Park Hotel pictured with Andy Tew and Gordon Davidson from Ulster Bank.

A county Antrim hotel has opened a bespoke wedding pavilion following a significant expansion project and £400,000 of support from Ulster Bank.

Owners of the Ross Park Hotel, Carmichaels NI Limited, recently carried out extensive refurbishment works which has revamped existing facilities, including the lobby and main function space.

The investment by Ulster Bank also supported the creation of a unique wedding pavilion, allowing civil marriage ceremonies to take place in a stand-alone venue at the hotel which is situated on the outskirts of Ballymena.

With capacity for up to 120 guests, the wedding pavilion overlooks a wooded area and tranquil gardens, boasts a stained glass window and has many other features designed to create a romantic, peaceful setting. The pavilion carries state of the art technology including camera equipment to live-stream your wedding all over the world for any family or friends who may be living overseas.

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(L-R) Andy Tew, Business Development Manager, Ulster Bank; Keith Carmichael, Owner of the Ross Park Hotel and Gordon Davidson, Relationship Director, Ulster Bank.

Director of Carmichaels NI Limited, Keith Carmichael, is expecting the wedding pavilion to attract many couples to the Ross Park Hotel.

“Weddings are a key part of our customer base at the Ross Park , and as such, we wanted to maximise our offering to would-be clients. Having noticed an increase in the number of couples opting for a civil ceremony rather than a church wedding, we decided to add on a purpose-built wedding pavilion away from the hustle and bustle of the main hotel.

“Thanks to the financial support received from Ulster Bank, the pavilion itself has been finished to an exceptionally high standard and its many unique features make it the perfect location for any couple to tie the knot.”

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(L-R) Keith Carmichael, Owner of the Ross Park Hotel pictured with Andy Tew and Gordon Davidson from Ulster Bank.

Andy Tew, Business Development Manager with Ulster Bank said the bank was pleased to support  a project of this nature. “The work at the Ross Park Hotel has been carried out to an exceptionally high standard and we’re proud to have played a role in this upgrade. The enhanced facilities make the Ross Park a very attractive choice for any kind of wedding celebration and will add significant value to the local area.

“In broader terms, we are seeing huge growth across the local hospitality sector and we at Ulster Bank are keen to work with businesses and help them benefit from this increase in demand.“

It is hoped that the wedding pavilion will boost staffing levels at the hotel with owners expecting to create more jobs in the autumn.

For more information about the hotel or the wedding pavilion, visit or call wedding manager Angus D’Arcy on 028 2589 1663 to arrange a viewing.

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