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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

10 Quirky Wedding Ideas

1.      Get Mini Blackboards for you place settings! Its Shabby Chic ! 

2.      DIY Photo Booth. Photo Booths are always fun at weddings, especially after a few drinks! are amazing, you can hire the booth, a member of their team comes down and supervises everything, they also put a scrap book together for the Bride & Groom! They provide funny hats and masks for the pics too! But, if you are sticking to a budget then do it yourself, find an area in function room / bar, buy some disposable cameras and funny bits and bobs yourself and let your guests do the rest J

    3.      Keep your Corks and hang them on your wall to have a piece 
      of your wedding day. Ask the hotel / wedding venue to keep the corks used during the meal (they have to do this anyway!) then bring them home and make a 
      funky collage with them that you can keep forever

     4.      Table Names – Name the tables after a year and put a photo of the Bride & Groom from that year! It would be hard work but well worth it, your guests will want to go around to each table to see the pictures! 

          5.      Cute sign for the Church J If you are friends with both the bride and groom there is always the issue, ‘which side will we sit in’? or the bride could have more friends or visa versa so here 
is a lovely sign I came across 

6.      Mini Bottles of Alcohol for your wedding favours
(!! Ok so maybe I just love this idea but 
I know your guests will too :)  make sure it is ok with the Hotel / Wedding venue but 99% of the time they won’t mind!  

             7.      DIY Hangover Packs for your guests (or just for your bridal party!). Pack of Tayto, can of coke, bottle of water and a Pack of Aspirin tied with a ribbon! Give the hotel / wedding venues the names of the rooms you would like them in J

           8. Is there kids going to your wedding? Have something there for them to keep them entertained. A little table with crayons and colouring books is simple to do and always goes down well, just make sure they stay away from your dress!

       9. Save the Dates are always a good idea! It gives people more time to prepare (and save) for your wedding! Send your guests something they can use, something they can put somewhere and not forget the date!! Fridge Magnets or Bookmakers are a good idea, is a great and inexpensive website for bits and bobs like this, you can design your own too so you can be as creative as you like!

         10. Honeymoon Items

     A great way to capture the memories of your honeymoon is with 
     the Honeymoon Memory Book. 
     The linen and brown cover closes with a tie. Inside are 
     50 pages to make entries or mount photographs. The result 
     will be a cherished keepsake like no other. 
     This Honeymoon Memory Book makes a great shower 
     or wedding gift for the Bride and Groom. 

      This two piece bikini with tie up sides come in either black or pink in a variation of sizes with diamonte stones saying 'Just Married' on the bottom. 

These fun sandals are not only for the Bride and Groom. 
Consider providing a pair for each of your attendants to wear while
they enjoy a day at the spa, the beach or even at the reception.
These also would make fabulous guest favours for weddings 
with a beach or tropical theme. 

*Find all items at

     P.S. Remember the wellies for you and your bridal party if you are getting married in Ireland!! 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Planning a Wedding Abroad?

Thinking of heading abroad for your big day?

What is the reason?

Do you reckon it will be cheaper?

The weather?

Or is it something you have just always wanted to do?

Weddings abroad can sometimes be cheaper than in Ireland. A number of cost factors would not come into play when abroad. For example:

-          Wedding Car. This can cost anything from €200 - €800 to hire a car to bring you too and from the church, most likely you will choose a venue abroad that will cater for a ceremony on the grounds and therefore will not need a car, if you are looking at a church off the premises a car would still not cost near this amount in Spain / Portugal etc.

-          Entertainment. Bands in Ireland, well decent bands, charge anything from €1,200 - €2,500 for 3 hours playing at your wedding reception, sometimes they don’t even include a Dj after. Entertainment aboard comes at a much more reasonable rate!

-          Number of Guests. A wedding abroad (depending on the location) has a 30% - 40% decline rate where as in Ireland you’re only bound to have roughly a 6 – 8 % decline rate on your invitations.

But, this is not always the case. Some venues abroad may not have ‘all inclusive packages’ that most hotels / Venues have in Ireland. Be vigilant of this. Also, you will most definitely need a wedding planner if going abroad, their services can cost anything from €500 - €1,000 – bargain with them, everything is negotiable. Also take into consideration that in Ireland, you receive roughly 55% - 65% of the cost of your wedding back from your guests, this will unfortunately not be the case if you have your wedding abroad.

Tip: Try avoid packages that say €X for X amount of guests for 3 / 4 nights, remember all your guests will be on different schedules, source a package that excludes guests accommodation if you can (obviously just make sure yours is included!)

If it is something you have always wanted to do and if you want as many of your friends and family there as possible then choose a destination that…..

A)    ...has a Ryanair or Aer Lingus flight directly there – this gives your guests the option of flying for whatever amount of time that is plausible to them. If they have other holidays planned then they could just go for the evening of the wedding. This also makes it handy to take a possible trip over before the big day and visit the area / hotel / golf resort / castle you would like to get married in – I would highly recommend this.

B)   ... is English speaking friendly – in some parts of North Spain or the South of France the locals will not have English or they will have very little. If you are both Irish and most of your guests are Irish then this would make things a lot harder to plan for you as well as your guests.

C)    ...would be considered as a ‘Tourist Area’. And I don’t necessarily mean pick a well known place where there is a strip of bars! I just mean make sure there is more than enough accommodation options. The hotel you choose may not be within your guests budget but that doesn’t have to stop them from going, research the area and the accommodation options, let your guests know of the different apartment complexes / hotels / B&B’s in the area, it is then up to them to book it, the last thing you want is to get bogged down with booking everyone’s accommodation, especially when planning a wedding abroad!

If this is not an issue, if it is just about the two of you then the world is your oyster!


The most important thing to remember is that it is your day, you only get to do it once (well, hopefully!), do what makes you happy, if some of your friends and families can’t be there then you could always organise a small gathering when you come home! Hire a function room and have finger food and a Dj, it’s an excuse to wear your wedding dress again J or if that’s not in the budget simple section of an area in your local and invite everyone along!


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Wedding Planners abroad are worth every penny! –

Monday, 16 July 2012

3 things to remember when choosing a Wedding Venue

3 things to remember when choosing a Wedding Venue: 

1. Location, Location, Location !!! Where is your ceremony being held? How long will it take to get from there to the venue? Remember, people tend to hang around after the church to get photos of you and to congratulate you, the ceremony takes an hour too, if your church is at 1pm most of your guests won't have eating and will be famished! If the venue is over an hour away you won't be able to have much of a drinks reception as your guests will need feeding......

2. Food. If you are paying the average price for a meal (€40 - €65) you need to choose your menu carefully.  Be vigilant when it comes to choice, a lot of hotels charge extra for a choice of main course, you can negotiate this! There is also a silent vegetarian option in most hotels so you don't have to cater for vegetarians on the menu. Just remember you are NEVER going to please everybody so choose the menu YOU like, it is your day after all!

3. Price / Deposit. Always make a budget, have an idea when meeting a wedding planner in a hotel how much you have to spend. If you have €5,000 and 80 guests you have €62.50 a head to play around with. Negotiate! If you are guaranteed to book 25 bedrooms tell them that, this may work in your favour! Also, I understand that panic may set in when handing over a deposit, especially with a lot of hotels going into receivership, the only way to put your mind at ease is to pay with a credit card, this is traceable through the banks and should anything happen to the hotel you can get your deposit back :)

My Top 3 Wedding Venues for location, food and price: Kildare Wicklow Dublin