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“Love isn’t something you find,
it’s something that finds you.”
“Once in a while, right in the
middle of an ordinary life,
love gives us a fairytale.”
“Love is just a word until someone
comes along and gives it meaning.”
When planning a wedding, it’s very
easy to get caught up in all the
details, the little nuances, the
problems, the pressures and of
course, all those questions! The most important
thing of all to remember – it is your day. Your
proposal story – whether it happened on the couch
in your pyjamas or in the middle of the Caribbean in
a hot bikini – it doesn’t matter, it’s your story and no one
else’s. Once the initial shock and excitement of being engaged
wears off (and you take a second to peel your eyes away from the
new sparkler on your finger!), you’ll need to start making decisions.
Before you try on a single gown, book a band or sample a bite
of cake, look at the big picture and imagine what kind of style
and vibe you want to set for your wedding. Close your eyes and
picture your fantasy wedding. What do you see? Is it a candlelit
ceremony in a fairytale castle? Are you walking barefoot on a beach
in the tropics? Or maybe it’s in a local venue that you have loved
since childhood. Get inspiration from magazines, (look no further
than WEDDINGSnow of course!) books and real wedding photos
online, but don’t limit yourself to the obvious sources.
A true romantic at heart, I still can’t get through a sitting of The
Notebook without shedding a few tears! The lesson it portrays
is deeply moving, bursting with a profound beauty that is rarely
found in current literature and film. Magically illustrating the
tender moments and fundamental changes that affect us all,
Nicholas Sparks masters the epitome of true love with a unique
insight into the only emotion that really matters. So as your
wedding plans get underway, and Pinterest and Instagram slowly
replace real life images and stories, it’s important not to lose sight
of the bigger picture – your wedding should be a celebration of
your love together as a couple. If all else fails, just ask yourself:
what would Noah and Allie do?!
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10 Boho Beauty
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19 Father of Fashion
The latest bridal styling advice from Paul Costelloe
48 Budget Busters
Dream dresses at high street prices
21 Charming Ceremonies
Our favourite couples share their wedding stories
72 Magic Moments
Memories to cherish caught on camera
37 Speak Up
Top tips to get your through your speech
38 Delightful Décor
The latest wedding trends for the season
42 Class and Character
The perfect wedding at Glenlo Abbey Hotel
45 Let’s Face It
Look your best with our top beauty tips
46 Tried & Tested
Treatments that come with our seal of approval
53 He’s A Keeper
Finishing touches for your other half
54 Fly Away With Me
Lisa Cannon shares her advice and top tips
57 Make The Cut
Chop that guest list and keep it simple
59 In The Know
Meet the experts in the world of weddings
60 This Is The Place
The best in the west when it comes to venues
80 Mythical Marriage
The truth behind the traditions of the big day
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A celebration of women, our strength,
power and unique bond, Body&Kind,
the only health and fitness event for
women in Ireland, focuses on self care,
fitness and food – all the things a bride
tends to focus on before her big day.
Nutritional therapist, Sinéad Bradbury,
along with her sister, and former Galway
camogie All Star, Aislinn Connolly, have
come together to create this unique and
inspirational event. So gather the girls
for a stellar line up which takes place in
Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel in
Adare on 17 September. Tickets, e75,
are available to buy on eventbrite.ie
You may be fretting about whether your table
runner matches your invites but we all know
the way to every wedding guest’s heart is
through their stomach! Bite-size pizza slices
mean your guests can enjoy a quick snack
during the drinks reception and still have
plenty of room for a sit-down meal.
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renowned for its mouthwatering food, laid back luxury and unique
atmosphere hidden away in the lakelands countryside. Situated just
4km from the M6 motorway, and just one hour’s drive from Galway and
Dublin, it’s easily accessible from anywhere in Ireland. We are giving one
lucky reader the chance to win a luxurious overnight stay in a deluxe
lakeview room with a private balcony. Sip on a chilled bottle of bubbly
and enjoy delicious handmade chocolate truffles in your room on
arrival followed by a lazy breakfast in bed the next morning.
To win this fantastic prize, tell us which renowned food show was
previously filmed in Wineport? Send your answer, name and contact
details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 October. Good luck!
Oh, to be able to celebrate outside!
The bright blue skies, the au naturel
décor, the romantic breeze... at least,
that’s how you envision it. The reality?
A lot can happen when partying
en plein air, especially in Ireland. It’s
important to remember that although
you will save on venue fees, you
will still have to shell out for rentals
including portable toilets, a dance
floor, and, potentially, a tent (if inside
the house isn’t a viable rain plan).
Also important is parking, permits,
and liability insurance, which covers
personal injury and property damage.
For a more casual celebration of your nuptials,
bales of hay and mismatched furniture
add a whimsical touch, as well as being a
budget-saving alternative to chair rentals!
You also have infinite dining options at a
picnic wedding: bring in a food truck, ask
your favourite restaurant to cater, set up a DIY
sandwich bar, or pack a bagged lunch for each
guest. You’ll want to avoid serving foods that
are difficult to eat – such as soups – and stick to
finger foods or dishes like pasta salad that
can be served and eaten with ease.
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We also Love…
From décor to food, and everything in
between, there’s so much that you can
make, design, build or create on your own.
With so many options out there, you’re sure
to find a project you love, and something
that suits your skill level, time frame and
budget. DIY centrepieces can help you save
up for other aspects of your wedding and
can also allow you to take the reins and
make something all your own.
Creating a top table was traditionally a way of
celebrating a marriage and the joining of two
families. Famously fashioned by David and Victoria
Beckham, a sweetheart table is when the bride and
groom just have their own table. This can be useful
for bypassing any issues or restrictions about who
should be on the top table and it provides a chance
to have a romantic meal for two as newlyweds and
let the reality of your nuptials sink in.
It may be mini, but the all-new Instax Mini 9 from Fujifilm is
big on personality and is packed with practical appliances for
amazing instants! A close-up lens attachment is perfect for selfies
and allows crystal clear close-up shooting from up to 35mm
away. A true fashion statement, guaranteed to add colour to your
hen party or wedding celebration, the Instax Mini 9 comes in
the cutest colour selection including flamingo pink, lime green,
cobalt blue, smoky white and ice blue. To win this super cool
prize, simply mail us your favourite wedding-related snap
to email@example.com by 30 October.
Do you really have to tell each person exactly where
to sit? What if your families get along just fine? What
if you really just don’t want to put hours and hours
into who will sit where? If you just can’t face it, and
you want your wedding to have a relaxed party
atmosphere, then why not join the revolution and
ditch the seating plan! It saves you a lot of hassle and
works much better than you might think.
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Can you imagine having a Michelin-star chef create
and prepare your wedding menu? Your wedding
at Connemara Sands Hotel is sure to be a truly
unique experience with Executive Chef Stefan
Matz and Head Chef Sinead Quinn at the helm.
Creating menus that celebrate the Connemara
experience, with its wild rugged landscape and rare
raw ingredients, dishes are masterfully created to
complement the picturesque surroundings.
To request a wedding brochure, call 095 23030
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The g Hotel & Spa, one of Ireland’s most
luxurious wedding venues, has recently
appointed Bróna Mulqueen as Sales and
Events Manager with responsibility for
weddings and events. Located in the heart
of Galway city, the g Hotel & Spa has always
been at the forefront of customer service and
Bróna’s appointment is in keeping with their
strong ethos of nurturing talent and putting
their guests first. Originally from Co. Clare,
Bróna has extensive event experience and
started in the world of weddings at a young
age with her grandparents who opened the
very first florist in Co. Clare. Contact Bróna on
091 778 456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Out with the old and in with the new. Bridal flower trends have changed in
recent years giving way to a more personal approach to flower arranging.
Each posy is now arranged in perfect harmony with the natural forms of the
chosen flowers. More unassuming flowers such as dahlias, climates, thistle
and camomile complement more traditional blooms such as roses, peonies
and hydrangeas creating one-of-a-kind posies. Big fashion labels like Dior,
Mulberry and Dolce & Gabanna are increasingly adopting floral prints in their
clothes and floral fragrances in their scents, creating a more natural and organic
style. This has heavily influenced the ever stylish bride to embrace this new
style and form of floristry. yesflowers.ie
Barry’s Hair and Beauty Studio, the hair and makeup
studio of choice for The Ardilaun Hotel, are delighted
to bring the first ever hair and makeup wedding
coordinator to Galway. Amy Murray, who has been
with Barry’s Hair and Beauty Studio for five years,
has been announced as their brand new in-house
wedding coordinator. Amy will be on hand to make
your life much easier and will be your point of
contact from the initial consultation, through to the
trial and right up to your wedding day.
Set in Rasdhoo Atoll, on one of five islands located in a tiny archipelago,
Kuramathi Maldives offers a unique and unforgettable honeymoon
experience. Indulge in sensual spa therapies, sip a cocktail at your private
villa or spend an afternoon exploring the vibrant reefs – there is literally
something for everyone. Caroline from Fahy Travel shares her top tips
following her recent visit to the island:
Take the seaplane transfer from Male airport – the views are breathtaking
Go all-inclusive – with a choice of nine restaurants, you’ll never be hungry!
Check out the Island Barbeque Restaurant
The infinity pool at the Laguna Bar is a must
Have some US dollars for tipping staff (ATM machine at the airport)
Book the restaurant in advance for your first evening meal
No need to pack heels – just flip flops and travel light!
Sit back, relax and enjoy the island’s white sandy beaches and crystal clear water!
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Every bride dreams that her bridal gown will stand out and be remembered forever. With Charlotte Balbier’s brand
new enchanting collection, every gown tells its own story. Embrace the boho look with handcrafted designs made from
the finest French laces, soft flowing chiffons, layered organzas, rich mikados and silk tulles.
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“Walking barefoot, hand in hand with her true love. A dreamer, a true romantic,
a free-spirited bride who knows her own style and is not afraid to express her individuality.” Charlotte Balbier
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“Love loves to love love.” - James Joyce
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“ Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the
sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
– William Shakespeare
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‘Whatever our souls
are made of, his and
mine are the same’
- Emily Bronte
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WEDDINGSnow caught up with Ireland’s father of fashion,
Paul Costelloe, as he tells us all about his latest bridal jewellery
range. Paul also gives his expert advice on choosing the right
keepsakes to accentuate your dream dress. His highly anticipated
Phoenix Collection is perfectly suited to brides as it captures
elegance, style and comfort. This not only means that the pieces
retain their wearability, it also means that the jewellery
effortlessly accentuates your wedding day grace.
What is your favourite element of
the Phoenix Collection?
The inspiration for the Mother of Pearl
section in Phoenix was a part of my
design input. Pearl is my favourite stone
as it’s pared down and sophisticated.
My mother always had her pearls on
so that collection is very personal and
relevant to me.
What pieces are most popular
The pearl drop earrings are really
popular, along with the very fine pearl
bangles. Pearls are predominantly what
brides go for. While diamonds may
be a girl’s best friend, pearls can be
your something old, something new,
something borrowed, and even your
What recent trends have you
noticed in the world of bridal
I think women are being more selective
and spending more time shopping
“ The dress she
will only wear
once, but the
jewellery she will
wear time and
time again, so
it is worth the
time she spends
for their bridal jewellery nowadays.
Jewellery is such an important part of
the bridal wardrobe, and really worth
investing in. The dress she will only
wear once, but the jewellery she will
wear time and time again, so it is worth
the time she spends choosing it.
What factors do you consider when
designing for brides?
The Pheonix Collection is very much
tailored towards brides because we
keep them light in weight, so the
stones are very fine and very simple.
Understated luxury and elegance is
perfect for brides. I really believe that
there is a comfort factor to consider
on your wedding day.
What is the statement behind your
Phoenix is an expression of the
Costelloe brand in that it’s constantly
moving forward; it’s changing, it’s
aware, and it’s young. The range
is timelesssly elegant, feminine
How does the brand appeal to the
Because I have been in the business
such a long time, it’s very pleasing that
there is still a young audience of people
buying the Costelloe brand. It shows
that I have been able to recreate the
brand to appeal to a younger customer
which is very encouraging.
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Tara Cusack married Colin Downes at Saint Columba’s Church,
Kilbeacanty followed by fun-filled celebrations at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa
Photos by Molten Sky Media
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Colin whisked me off to New York as
a surprise for my birthday two years
ago. He proposed during a boat ride
in Central Park so it certainly was
very romantic! It was a very special
moment, and one we will never
forget. Of course there was never any
doubt that I was going to say yes!
The first place we visited was Lough
Rea Hotel & Spa. After meeting with
the wedding coordinator, Karen Brady,
we knew we would be well looked
after so we didn’t need to look any
further. We both loved the venue and
knew instantly it was the place for us.
All the staff were brilliant on the day
and the meal was a huge hit with all
of our guests.
After looking in a few shops in
Galway, I went to Aibheil in Adare as
I had seen beautiful dresses on their
website. I fell in love with my dress
as soon as I saw it and instantly knew
it was the one for me – a bit like when
I first saw Colin!
We went for jade full length dresses
for the girls which they all loved.
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They suited them all perfectly, even Caoimhe,
my niece and junior bridesmaid, who wore a
shorter version. The girls’ only complaint was
that the dresses restricted their moves on the
dance floor slightly!
From start to finish, our wedding day was so
relaxed and stress-free. The morning was busy
getting ready with the girls at home and before
I knew it, it was time to walk up the aisle. The
ceremony was beautiful and we enjoyed every
second of it as neither of us felt any nerves.
The sun was shining all day so we were able to
get amazing photos in the nearby Lough Cutra
Castle. Arriving to the hotel as a newly married
couple and seeing all our family and friends
was such a special moment. The speeches
were also highly enjoyable and then we
danced the night away as husband and wife!
There is only so much you can do up to a
certain point. We booked and organised all the
major things after we got engaged and then in
the last few months leading up to the big day,
we started to piece together the last few bits so
it all came together nicely for us. We didn’t get
stressed about anything because at the end
of the day, it will always work out.
Walking down the aisle to meet my future
husband, being pronounced husband and wife,
and seeing the happiness on everybody’s face
was just amazing. I think Colin’s favourite part
was getting his speech over with so he could
let his hair down!
We decided to do the mass booklets ourselves
as everyone told us there was nothing to
them. This was certainly not the case as we
spent many nights shouting at the computer!
If we were to do it again, we would pay
someone to do them as the money we saved
was definitely not worth the hassle, or so
Colin says anyway.
It’s such a magical day so don’t let anything
big or small stress you out. It all goes by so
fast so make sure you soak up every single
moment. It’s your day to treasure forever so
just smile and enjoy it!
We decided to go for a more relaxed
honeymoon as we just wanted to chill out so
we chose the five star Epic Sana Hotel in The
Algarve and it certainly did not disappoint.
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Hear what our Couples have to say..
Karen Brady makes things so easy. I loved everything about the day. Beautiful setting, food, staff, service. Great hotel. I
cannot recommend the Lough Rea Hotel enough to future couples as a wedding venue. Karen and her team went above
and beyond for us. No job was too big for them. The room looks amazing on the day and all of our guests loved the food.
Bridal suite is heaven too! Emma & Aidan, May 2017
We could not have asked for a more welcoming and professional staff to serve our wedding. The function room was
amazing and the food was perfect, everyone complimented it. Karen Brady is such an amazing person to deal with and
the team alongside her are a credit to the hotel. We even had food served in the residents bar at 3am! Just brilliant. Could
not recommend this hotel enough. The bridal suite is out of this world! We can see why it is winning so many awards.
Thanks to each and every one of you! Maura & Dougie, July 2017
Karen and her team were so friendly, approachable and accommodatin and Karen truly is a testament to the hotel, so
down to earth, helpful and funny she really knows how to put you at ease. Our wedding day was amazing from start to
finish the food, the service, the warmth of the staff we just could not have asked for more. We can't thank you enough for
making our day so magical and we look forward to returning to the hotel again. Denise & Frankie, May 2017
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Aileen Lynskey & Padraig Lally said ‘I Do’ at the Church of Misericordia de Tavira followed by an exquisite reception
in Pousada De Tavira, located in the centre of Tavira village in The Algarve
Photos by Passionate Photography
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Padraig and I share the same birthday
and fours years after we met, he
surprised me with an extra special
present. He proposed on Fínis Island
in Carna, Connemara, with the help
of his brother Marcus and friend Neil.
We spent that night in The Lodge at
Ashford Castle and later that week we
had a lovely celebration with family and
friends in Kirby’s in Galway.
I had an idea of the style I was looking
for. During a visit to my sister Maeve,
who lives in Boston, USA, I found my
dress in a beautiful bridal boutique. I
was so lucky to get exactly what I was
looking for. I teamed it with simple
diamond leaf earrings and ivory silk
shoes that I bought in Brown Thomas.
We chose Pousada De Tavira in the
centre of Tavira village. After having
visited only one other venue, this
ticked all the boxes for us. It had
that perfect combination of old style
castle glamour and beautiful garden
settings with a contemporary outdoor
pool which made for some great
photo opportunities and diversity
for our guests.
We always knew the type of celebration
that would be suitable as both of us
wanted a relatively intimate day with
close family and friends. Padraig and
I love travelling, so getting married
abroad seemed the natural course
for us. 122 special guests travelled to
Portugal and we are so grateful to each
and every one of them for making the
effort to be there for us on our big day.
For both of us, the pros of getting
married abroad far outweighed the
cons. To state the obvious, a big
disadvantage of getting married
abroad is that some family and good
friends won’t be able to make it due
to family commitments and personal
reasons which is disappointing. We
were fully aware that this might
happen but Vilamoura was always
a very special place for us and was
very high on the list of potential
wedding locations from day one. A
huge advantage of getting married
abroad is the opportunity for family
and friends to spend quality time
together, on holidays, in the midst of
a very special occasion. You can’t but
mention the atmosphere in a sunny
destination with your closest people
around – they are memories to be
cherished forever. There is a certain
camaraderie among guests in
both the pre and post wedding
celebrations that you may not
necessarily get at home.
Of course any distance planning
comes with its challenges. You have
to take so many different factors into
consideration when getting married
abroad – legalities, accessibility for
family and friends, regularity of
flights from airports in Ireland to
your chosen destination etc. The one
thing I found the most difficult was
not being able to pop into the venue
to plan the décor and layout. I was
simply working from photographs
that we had taken on previous trips.
On the other hand, all aspects of
wedding planning can be stressful so
I don’t think getting married abroad
adds that many extra challenges.
European countries have different
rules and regulations for a legal
marriage ceremony. We had to obtain
religious documentation from our local
priests who then forwarded them to
their Catholic counterparts in Tavira.
Following this, we had to organise
our personal documentation (birth
certs etc.) and finally, we had our
civil marriage four weeks before our
ceremony in Portugal.
Hire a wedding planner! There will be
minor issues with language barriers,
exact locations of venues and sourcing
suppliers and services for the day so it
is great to have someone by your side
to help with all of this.
Seeing my nearest and dearest all
gathered in the castle grounds of Tavira.
The fact that they were all there to
celebrate our special day is a memory
that I will treasure forever.
It was such a special moment when my
father walked me down the aisle. It was
bittersweet though due to the absence
of my lovely mother Mary, who sadly
passed away eight years ago. I missed
her so much throughout the day as
I knew she would have loved every
second of it.
Mauritius was our initial choice but
after researching climates and weather
in June, we chose Mexico and Florida.
We stayed in Secrets Maroma Beach
in Mexico for 11 nights of rest and
relaxation. We then flew to Orlando,
hired a car and took a fun road trip down
the coast. We had an incredible time and
made some fantastic memories.
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Jack Stenson and Stefaan Verbruggen shared the honour of being the first couple to celebrate their wedding at the Aula
Maxima at NUI Galway followed by a magical reception in the spectacular surroundings of Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Photos by Peter Harkin
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Jack proposed on our eighth anniversary. He made an eight minute
film and secretly arranged to show it at the Galway Omniplex where
we had our first date. Afterwards, a limo took us and our families
to Ashford Castle for champagne. Not to be outdone, a year later
Stefaan took Jack on a treasure hunt over 12 days in London and
Paris which coincided with our ninth anniversary with ‘Marry Me,
Jack’ spelt out in football cones in Hyde Park which we saw from the
sky! We got two Claddagh rings from Galway as engagement rings.
We’ve never seen ourselves as different from any other couple so
we always had plans to publicly formalise our relationship. The
referendum just gave us the opportunity to do that the same way
as everyone else. Jack proposed 10 months before the referendum
and we started paying deposits on venues four months before. The
day was always happening! We were at Dublin Castle when the result
was announced and then we went to the Yes Equality party at the
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Burlington Hotel. We then went bar
hopping until the sun came up! It was
like it was Paddy’s Day and Ireland had
just won the Six Nations. The buzz
was just mighty!
We had six groomsmen and six
groomsbabes so we had a joint stag
and rented out a villa in Barcelona for
the weekend. It certainly was a trip
We met at NUI Galway so it’s definitely
the place that means the most to us.
Unfortunately, they legally can’t do
same-sex weddings in the college
chapel but the wonderful staff agreed
to let us have the first ever wedding
in the beautiful Aula Maxima, which
is the university’s original great hall.
Afterwards, we made the short journey
out to Glenlo Abbey. It was a beautiful
day and the sun was shining for our
guests who enjoyed champagne and
canapés outside overlooking the
magnificent grounds and Lough Corrib.
We live in London and spent quite a
while looking for the ‘right’ colour
blue. We finally found them in House
of Fraser. They stood out (but not too
much!) and didn’t change colour in
different lighting – lots of modern suits
do this and while they look cool trying
them on, they look different in every
Two lads planning a wedding is about
as smooth as it sounds! We helped
NUI Galway register the Aula Maxima
so it was legally eligible for weddings
with the HSE. We almost couldn’t use
it because of a funny law regarding the
building’s listed status but thankfully
we found a loophole!
For Stefaan, the exchanging of vows in
our hometown (which he said in his
speech was something he thought he’d
never get to do) was his highlight. For
Jack, it was the wedding party running
around the streets of Galway like a
bunch of lunatics for the photos. Even
the old men sitting outside on Quay
Street with their pints of Guinness were
clapping! There aren’t many cities in
the world where that would happen so
it says a lot about how warm Galway
We went cycling around the vineyards of
California for a few days before flying to
Mexico City. Then we did a crazy week
travelling around Cuba before a super
relaxing and indulgent week in Cancun.
We really didn’t have a clue how to
theme the wedding so choosing good
suppliers is so important. Luckily, the
incredible florists at Yes Flowers saved
the day! They advised us to go with a
masculine but dramatic presentation
and the result just blew us away. We had
beautiful bold flowers for the ceremony
and dining room and a giant cerise pink
poodle made out of carnations to create
a very dramatic welcome for the guests
at Glenlo Abbey. I think he was the real
star of the day!
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Lucy Bea Blann-Godwin and Richard Barrett celebrated their nuptials in spectacular style in Perth, Western Australia
Photos by Angela Farragher Photography
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I met Richard, who is from
Annaghdown in Co. Galway, on a
night out in Perth. I approached him
and asked how tall he was and it just
continued on from there!
It was New Years Eve 2015. Before
dinner, we watched the sunset at
our favourite beach. As we sat on the
beach, we decided to write New Year’s
resolutions for each other in the sand.
When it came to his turn, he wrote
‘will you marry me?’ in the sand. Of
course, I said yes! When we finally got
to the restaurant, there was a whole
party of people there waiting for us.
Needless to say, we celebrated well
into the new year!
We both wanted a small and intimate
wedding in Western Australia so we
chose Carmel, just outside Perth.
We live in Perth so not only was it
convenient, we absolutely loved the
venue we chose.
We decided to get married at
Masonmill Gardens in Carmel. When
I first met Richard, we used to hang
out there at the weekends and walk
around the beautiful gardens with
coffee. We both love it there so when
we got engaged, we knew it was
the perfect venue for us.
Closing times are different in Australia.
Our venue closed off at midnight so
everyone had to be out by 11.45pm.
It was also 40 degrees heat so that is
probably something you wouldn’t get
Marrying the man I love. Also, having
all of our family and friends under the
one roof at the same time was so
The hardest part is when it’s all over.
Time goes by too fast on the day so
make sure to make the most of it.
I made the invitations and centrepieces
for the tables which took far too long.
I definitely wouldn’t do that again! Get
things organised early and always make
time for exercise. Also, with hair and
makeup, go for something that is you.
I felt much more comfortable with a
more natural look.
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What to do before you say ‘I Do’
WE’VE COMPILED A CHECKLIST TO HELP TAKE THE
STRESS OUT OF PLANNING YOUR BIG DAY...
Set a budget - decide on what you are willing
to spend and bear in mind that, usually, the
budget will go over at some point so consider
your costs carefully.
Decide on a date and check in with close family
and friends to see whether they are available.
Then pick a church if you are having a religious
ceremony and book a venue. It can be
surprising how far in advance couples book
their weddings – time is of the essence!
Complile a guest list - your numbers can really
dictate your venue. Put down every possible
guest that you may be inviting so that you can
then whittle it down to suit your venue.
Book your photographer, videographer and
musicians – these also get booked up fairly
quickly so the sooner you book, the better
chance you will have at getting who you want.
Get the dress - shop around and decide on what
style suits you best. Ensure that you bring only a
few key people with you when shopping so that
you’re not confused with too many opinions.
6 to 9 Months
Book your hair stylist and makeup. Decide on the
style you want to go for and book a few trials
to ensure that you are confident and prepared
before the big day.
Book your honeymoon and research the weather
at your chosen destination for the time of year
that you will be travelling.
Book your pre-marriage course.
Notify the State
of your intention
You must give
notice to the
State and the
Order your cake and stationery.
Pick the groom’s and groomsmen suits, as well as
the bridesmaids dresses.
Stag and hen parties - organisation should be well
underway at this stage so hopefully you can sit
back and look forward to a wild weekend away!
Begin your pre-wedding skincare routine - according
to most experts, you should be getting one facial
per month for six months prior to the wedding.
Health and fitness - now is the time to start getting
in shape before the big day.
Notify the State of your intention to marry. You must
give three months notice to the State and the
Organise paperwork for the church such as birth
certificates, confirmation certs and letters of
freedom if you’re getting married in a church that’s
not your own parish church.
Decide on prayers, readings and music for the
Organise and send your invitations.
Check passports are in order for the honeymoon.
Have a menu tasting at the wedding venue.
Dress Fittings - arrange the final fittings for the bride
Organise gifts for the bridal party, as well as shoes
Make a start on your table plan as this can be the
hardest job of all!
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Wedding Fair on Sunday
10th September 2017
Michael Parker, author of Unaccustomed As I Am,
shares his knowledge and advice to ensure your wedding
speech will be one to remember.
The principles of the wedding speech are constant. Whether
formal or impromptu, religious or civil, straight or same-sex, at
the heart is a constant: the celebration of the union of a couple.
And the basics of a good speech are constant too. Depending on
the nature of the event and the audience – hundreds of guests
in a grand ballroom or a handful outside on a garden lawn – you
may tailor the content of your speech, but stick to the principles.
Stick to your brief. Find out what is expected. Who else will be
speaking and what will they be saying? How long should you
speak for? Are there any specifics to include? Anything you
shouldn’t mention? Resist the temptation to show off. Your
speech is the icing on the cake, not the cake.
Know your audience. The speech will only be good if it lives up to
the expectations of your audience. Before you get started, you
need to establish a reasonable understanding of this particular
audience, at this particular wedding. This may seem obvious
but the typical wedding audience can be extremely diverse. It’s
not possible to address all the different interests but don’t fall
into the common trap of only speaking to your peer group, your
immediate family and friends. Don’t ignore anyone.
Find a thread. Start your research early and don’t procrastinate.
Search for source material, perhaps mind-mapping as you go,
with the aim of finding a central idea or thread.
Tell stories, not jokes. Don’t feel that jokes are obligatory, however
much well-meaning friends may say otherwise. Your audience
will lap up personal stories well told and laugh along with them.
Keep it short. Make sure you stick to the time agreed beforehand.
(Generally, two to three minutes for the shorter speeches and
seven or so for the longest.) Don’t fall into the ‘nervous’ trap
of going on and on and on.
No cringe moments. It’s always tempting to tell a story that may be
hilarious to a few who are ‘in the know’ but which is meaningless
or, much worse, offensive to other guests. This is one of the most
common errors and can ruin the occasion. If in doubt, check the
risqué anecdote beforehand. Don’t wash dirty linen in public!
Handle your nerves. It’s natural to feel nervous but keep telling
yourself that the audience is on your side. Unlike some speaking
events, like a political rally, you face no hostility. They are not
in a critical mood. They don’t mind mistakes. They want you to
succeed. The more you rehearse, the more spontaneous and
confident you’ll be. The toughest time is when you stand up –
your first few words. If you practice nothing else, practice the
first 30 seconds. Master these and the rest will seem easy.
Unaccustomed As I Am, by Michael Parker (Vermilion, £9.99)
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The hottest wedding trends for 2018
are showing less fuss and more fun!
The options are endless so mix and
match and find your dream theme...
Brides and grooms are opting for less
formality than ever before when it comes
to their wedding décor. Simple, elegant,
romantic and delicate decorations are the
top trends for 2018. Personalised touches
wherever possible mean that each wedding
will be genuinely unique and special.
Weddings are more intimate, with the
couple’s personality shining through at
every opportunity on the day.
Keeping It Green
Not going anywhere is the green trend
when it comes to flower arrangements. The
simplicity and elegance of fresh greens will
add a touch of class and authenticity to the
overall feel of the day. Adding a natural look
to your florals is in keeping with the less is
more idea, which is all the rage for weddings
The rustic trend is one that we love as
it creates a calm and tranquil ambiance.
Delicate draped fairy lighting always looks
impressive and adds a twinkling romance to a
venue or ceremony. Enchanted forest themes
are about bringing the outside inside, which
fits nicely with the green theme. Hanging
lanterns, exposed woodwork and natureinspired
decorations make for a feeling of
effortless and tasteful simplicity.
Hints of rose gold and copper are growing
in popularity recently. The beauty of adding
a touch of metallic to your décor is that it
is so versatile. Metallics can be used on a
number of decorations and they complement
a multitude of colours and themes. Whether
pared back and relaxed, or black tie is the
theme of the day, a touch of shine will work
beautifully either way.
In With The Old
The vintage trend is one that’s sticking
around, and for good reason. Elements from
the past have an enchanted romance that
create an air of whimsical charm. Whether
it’s a vintage car, old photographs, or family
heirlooms that you decide to include in the
theme of the day, decorating with a hint of
history is both charming and classic.
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Gold writing and calligraphy signs remain
a strong trend for 2018. The romantic
handwritten feel to this font really sets the
scene. Imperfect and lowercase calligraphy is
on the rise for invitations and place names as
they give a relaxed and personalised feeling.
Sharing small aspects of your relationship
is a lovely way to remind your guests of the
celebration of love that the day is all about.
Blackboards describing how you met and
the story of your love so far remain popular
and can tie in perfectly with the calligraphy
trend. Polaroid place names are a wonderful
opportunity to showcase your relationship
with each guest – perfect for more intimate
and personal gatherings.
Let Them Eat Cake
Drip cakes are the hottest cake trend for
2018. The creative cakes are perfect as you
can make them as decorative or as simple as
you like, plus they are bang on trend. Geode
cakes are another popular emergence as
they really provide that wow factor. Cupcake
and doughnut towers have become a quirky
alternative to the traditional three-tiered
option. Some couples are even opting for
cheese wheel cakes as an alternative to the
traditional sweet option.
Arrival drinks are becoming quirkier with an
increase in DIY drinks and create-your-own
cocktails. Why not make your own mimosas!
Allow guests to get creative, choosing the
juice and fruit topping to accompany their
prosecco. There has also been an increase in
craft beer and wine from the region which
really goes to show that a couple have done
their research, and makes for a lovely touch.
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At Your Service
An elegant sanctuary of romance
and relaxation, the luxurious
lakeside setting of The Lodge at
Ashford Castle, combined with
exquisite and imaginative cuisine,
ensures that your wedding day will
be just perfect. Offering country
house charm, fine dining and an
unrivalled range of estate activities,
The Lodge, located just outside the
charming village of Cong, in the
heart of Mayo, is one of Ireland’s
finest wedding destinations.
Nestled within the magnificent
350 acre estate of Ashford Castle,
overlooking the majestic Lough
Corrib, meet the team who can
make your dreams come true at
The Lodge at Ashford Castle.
Executive Head Chef
Jonathan Keane was born to cook. He lives his dream
every day at The Lodge creating inspiring dishes with
his experienced crew. Originally from Kylemore in
Connemara, Jonathan grew up surrounded by unique
ingredients, an inspiring landscape and the magic of
the sea. He spent his youth experimenting with food
and developing a fascination for what went on in the
kitchen. By the age of 16, Jonathan knew what he
wanted to do in life and had progressed to the role
of head chef at just 22 years of age.
Jonathan specialises in showcasing fresh and
local produce from the surrounding area with his
imaginative and inspiring cuisine. “Simple rules inspire
my menus. Seasonality, locality, flavours, ingredients
working together and traditional Irish cooking
created with innovation,” are what inspires Jonathan
on a daily basis.
Jonathan will be on hand to share his expertise,
advice and direction to guide you and your partner on
your first meal together as husband and wife. “Our new
wedding menu will focus strongly on local and homegrown
produce by supporting artisan producers with
thoughtful plays on classic dishes without being too
elaborate,” Jonathan says of the authentic, yet tasteful
dishes that you can expect on your wedding day.
Wedding and Marketing Coordinator
A native of County Mayo, Claire will
be your first point of contact for your
Claire has always loved working with
people and through hard work and
sheer dedication, she landed her dream
role in her dream venue. “I joined the
hotel in 2012 where I began my career
in hospitality with the reception team.
After realising my true calling was in
the wedding department, I returned to
college and completed a degree in Event
Management and Public Relations.”
Claire understands just how unique and
special each wedding is and will be on
hand to guide and advise you through
every aspect of the whole experience.
Claire and the team will exceed your
expectations at every opportunity to
ensure that your day flows exactly as
it should. On the day of your wedding,
Claire will personally oversee each
element with care, effort and attention
to detail so that you can relax and
celebrate with the ones you love.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Cong, County Mayo
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A Touch of Class
With the love of
your life and your
nearest and dearest
by your side, escape
to the luxury of
Glenlo Abbey Hotel
for your big day.
Originally built and designed to capture the
majestic views of Lough Corrib, Glenlo
Abbey Hotel does so at every opportunity.
A short drive from Galway city will transport you
to the elegance, grace and opulence of the estate,
making it the perfect choice for your special day.
Adding to the romance and enhancement of
the property, Glenlo Abbey is steeped in history
and folklore. The Ffrench family, one of the 14
tribe families of Galway, built Glenlo Abbey in
1740. The adjacent abbey was constructed in
the 1790’s as a private church for the family and
is a typical example of an 18th century Church
of Ireland chapel. Glenlo Abbey Hotel has
undergone significant refurbishment recently and
now offers a variety of wedding venue options.
Choose from the timeless elegance of the River
Room Restaurant, the Victorian-inspired Ffrench
Room, the historic 18th century Abbey or the
magnificent grandeur of the Corrib Suite.
The Pullman Restaurant, set on two original
carriages from the Orient Express, is both
extraordinary and exciting. The surroundings
are surpassed only by the locally sourced and
masterfully created cuisine.
The hotel itself holds hidden gems around
every corner. Get lost in the romance of the
spectacular setting with cosy corners, roaring
open fireplaces, private conservatory areas and
Victorian-inspired lounges. The Palmer Whiskey
Bar serves an extensive range of cocktails,
champagne and whiskey for pre and post dinner
drinks. The Oak Cellar Bar is a cool and cosy
hideaway with rustic interiors that exude warmth
The most important day of your life deserves
the utmost care and attention and the dedicated
team at Glenlo Abbey Hotel are on hand to
ensure that your wedding day is truly magical.
With floor to ceiling windows flooding the room
with natural light and offering panoramic views
of the estate, the elegant Corrib Suite can seat
up to 170 guests for your reception. The space
is tastefully decorated with bespoke chandeliers
and a private bar for your guests to enjoy.
For a smaller gathering, the spacious River
Room with high ceilings and grand windows is
beautifully decorated and in keeping with the
elegance evident throughout Glenlo Abbey
Hotel. The classic, yet magnificent, space can seat
up to 65 guests.
If you are planning a more intimate ceremony,
the 18th century Abbey, complete with vaulted
ceilings and stained glass windows, make
it the perfect choice for smaller weddings.
The ceremony itself can also take place there
meaning that your entire wedding is conveniently
in one location. The Abbey is also available for
rehearsal dinners and wedding banquets of
up to 28 guests. The sweeping landscape that
unfolds below the spacious bridal suite at the
Glenlo Abbey Hotel will take your breath away.
Overlooking the extensive golf course, with
the historic and unique Pullman Restaurant
and Lough Corrib extending beyond, treat your
senses to the ultimate in luxury.
Surround yourself in the grandeur and elegance
that your wedding day deserves and celebrate
the start of your magical journey together at
Glenlo Abbey Hotel.
Kentfield, Bushypark, Galway
091 519600, glenloabbeyhotel.ie
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The Glam Squad
By now you have
walking down the aisle
hundreds of times,
and each time your
appearance is absolutely
your fantasy wedding
into reality takes careful
planning – as all brides
know. We’ve shared some
of our top beauty tips to
ensure you will be the
beautiful bride you’ve
always dreamed of.
Get your waxing
done about three
days in advance
and get your nails
done a day or two
before the wedding.
This one might seem obvious, as most brides like
to tone up before their wedding, but exercise is
so important for your overall wellbeing. A good
workout removes toxins from your skin, relieves
stress and releases endorphins to help you feel
happier, as well as toning up! Whether you’re a
gym bunny or just get out for the odd walk, it’s
a great pre-wedding habit to begin.
What you eat has such a drastic affect on how you
look and feel. It’s so important to eat a balanced
diet in the run up to the wedding to avoid burnout.
Make it fun with your fiancé – try to meal prep on
Sundays for the week which means it’s more likely
that the easy choice will be the healthy choice.
Stay hydrated and aim to drink at least two litres
of water per day to keep skin looking fresh and
also to help curb those dreaded cravings.
Because everyone’s skin is so different, it’s important
to get the right skincare advice. Speak to an expert
before undertaking a new regime and make sure
to try out any pre-wedding treatments well in
advance to gauge your skin’s reaction.
Your hair will set off your entire wedding day look.
If you’re thinking of changing the colour, experiment
about six months before to give yourself some buffer
time. To ensure that it’s exactly how you imagined,
find a hairdresser you trust who can advise you on a
conditioning plan in the coming months.
You will be smiling a lot on your wedding day so it’s
a good idea to think about a sparkling smile. If you
do opt for teeth whitening, aim to do so about four
months before your wedding to ensure the shade
BROWS YOUR OPTIONS
Your brows really add shape and definition to your
face. Beauty salons offer a range of treatments for
reshaping or even creating a whole new look. If you
are going down this route, do so about four months
You should have your tan and make up trial
about three months before the wedding. Exfoliate
and moisturise your body in the run up and be
consistent with your skincare regime to ensure
that your skin looks flawless. Get your waxing done
about three days in advance and get your nails
done a day or two before the wedding. Book in for
a massage the night before to make sure you’re
relaxed and ready for the day ahead!
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Platinum Hair Extensions
Price: From €299
Duration: 2 hours +
Every day on Instagram and Pinterest,
we gaze in awe and wonder at
gorgeous brides with their luscious
locks. With a less than lacklustre
reputation, as a result of poor-quality
hair, garish WAG-esque looks and a
barrage of unsightly glue bonds, I
had never really considered getting
hair extensions for my wedding until
my friend recommended Platinum
Prestige Hair Extensions. Both natural
and undetectable, they are made
with the finest luxury Italian, prebonded
human hair. The voluminous
strands come in 22 inch lengths and
are available in 27 different rich and
opulent shades. The minute bonds
are 80% keratin so it prevents any
damage to your own hair. The unique
process eliminates common problems
such as matting and breakages
associated with other human hair
products by using conventional
manufacturing techniques. I can’t wait
for my wedding day to show off the
voluminous and bouncing head of
hair that I have always dreamed of!
Platimum Prestige, Kiosk 6, Eyre Square
Shopping Centre, Galway, 091 567 787
Duration: 1 hour
With my big day looming, I was
dreading how thin my lips would
look in all of the professional pictures.
A non-surgical treatment to reduce
fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers
add volume to areas of the face or
lips to treat and soften fine lines
and wrinkles caused by the ageing
process. Carmelita, the nurse carrying
out the procedure at The Galway
Laser and Skincare Clinic, instantly
put me at ease and assured me that
my perception of the procedure was
not the reality. My lips were numbed
and after about 20 minutes, the
procedure was underway. The needle
was inserted into certain points of my
top and bottom lip and surprisingly, it
was not painful at all. With immediate
results lasting for approximately six
to 12 months, depending on the
condition of the skin, dermal fillers
are highly effective at restoring
the fullness and plumpness of the
area they’re applied to. My lips are
fuller and much more defined – I
can’t wait for my pictures now!
Galway Laser & Skincare Clinic, Calbro
Court, Tuam Road, Galway, 091 762484
Duration: 75 minutes (including
After years of suffering from chronic
stomach problems, bloating and
constipation, and with my wedding
fast approaching, I knew I needed to
take action before the big day. Colonic
hydrotherapy is fast gaining popularity
as a safe and effective way to rid the
body of toxins and improve overall
well-being. It removes not only harmful
and toxic waste, it also tones, hydrates
and rejuvenates the colon muscles. By
using a gentle internal bath with warm
filtered water that deeply cleanses the
colon, the repeated uptake and release
of water improves the colon’s peristaltic
action and reduces the transit time
of fecal matter. Although it sounded
daunting at first, I quickly realised that
it would be a beneficial treatment, and
a very normal and natural way to take
care of my health and well-being. After
an extremely positive experience with
Antoinette, who also advised me what
foods to avoid to improve my digestive
function, I left the salon feeling brighter,
lighter and looking forward to my
Nua Holistic, Unit 12, Westside Enterprise Park,
Galway, 086 384 4316
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High Street Heroes
Brides on a budget are in for a stylish
treat this year as loads of our favourite
high street stores turn contemporary
bridal on its head with their dedicated
Newbridge Grace Kelly pearl bracelet,
Cream maxi wedding
dress, €168 Little
Springfield maxi dress,
£225 Prettty Eccentric
sandals, €155 Dune
Ti Seneto mother of pearl silver cluster
earrings, €99 Hartmanns of Galway
Ivory strapless dress,
Breanna embellished court
shoe, €125 Dune
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Olga embellished gown,
Ella sheer skirt
maxi dress, €250
Lamore maxi dress,
£269 Pretty Eccentric
gown, €195 Dorothy
Inisheer eternity wedding band,
€1150 Hartmanns of Galway
Paul Costelloe sterling
silver crystal marquise
Not keen on
baring your arms?
dress will solve
all your bridal
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Dare to be
Brooke soft bardot maxi
dress, €129 Coast
Cara structured bodice dress,
Aminta tulle dress,
getting married on a
white sandy beach?
This light and airy
bardot-style gown won’t
weigh you down.
Felicity embellished ivory
top, €135 Simply Be
Iridessa high low skirt,
Eliza bead and diamante headpiece,
Millie & Co dress high heel sandal,
€40 Greenes Shoes
Fascinator with veil and vintage brooch,
£149 Pretty Eccentric
Azalea floral court shoes,
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It’s his day too
Complete Male Grooming
MANICURE | FACIAL | MASSAGE | WAXING
The Groom Wedding Package also available
Book ONLINE at Fattonys.ie/Services
8A Liosban Retail Park, Tuam Rd, Galway 091 766 707 www.Fattonys.ie
Make Room for
It’s a simple fact
that every man looks
attractive when he’s
Trawling Pinterest for beautiful bunting, tasteful trends and dream
dresses might not be your fiancés idea of fun, but he’s still right
there with you every step of the way. We understand that not
every groom enjoys the organisation and planning that goes into a
wedding, but every groom certainly likes to look and feel his best.
Sharp suits, tasteful accents and a few simple finishing touches can
really set off the look for your groom and his groomsmen
Tan, hair, make up, nails – us ladies have a lot to do when it comes to
scrubbing up so it’s only fair that he gets to go all out too. Looking good
makes you feel good, which is exactly what you both want on your
wedding day. All that hard work you have put in to planning will really
pay off when you see each other for the first time, looking gorgeous
and more in love than ever before!
With him in mind, we decided to make the men our mission. It’s a
simple fact that every man looks exponentially more attractive when
he’s well dressed. With our top picks for gorgeous groomsmen, the man
of the hour is sure to look dapper on his big day!
Fusing understated sophistication with charming character for your
wedding day, Anthony Ryans and Remus Uomo boast a large number
of well-known international brands. Excellently trained staff are on hand
to help you find that perfect suit for the groom and his entire party.
Their expert tailoring service, attention to detail and high quality pieces
guarantee super sharp and sleek formal style with a difference.
Links of London
The only official stockist in the west of Ireland for many of Switzerland’s
top watch houses, Hartmanns of Galway offer timeless elegance for your
big day. From Kenneth Cole and Michael Kors to Rolex and Tag Heuer,
amongst others, Hartmanns of Galway carry a range of stylish watches
to flatter every suit. With a fully qualified watchmaker on site to service
all of their brands, you know you’re in safe hands with the experienced
team at Hartmanns of Galway.
Finish the groomsmen’s outfits off in style with detailed cufflinks to
really add a touch of class to their suits. Fallers Jewellers offer a wide
range of finishing touches from watches and cufflinks to those
Personalised cufflinks are a great way to inject
personality to your look. They are also a unique
keepsake from your big day.
Take Your Pick!
For some a simple task, but for many grooms, choosing his wedding
party can be the most daunting duty. How do you choose your Best
Man? Is it just an honorary title? Err on the side of blood, as friends
understand that’s just how things go. If you don’t have a brother and
just can’t decide, choose one friend objectively. Have you known one
friend for longer? If so, choose him and tell the others that you’d love
to have multiple best men, but you can only pick one. If you have a lot
of friends, you may try to argue for more groomsmen spots, however,
that’s a numerical decision your bride should ultimately drive because
bridesmaids costs dwarf those of the grooms. Good luck!
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From a Distance....
Planning A Wedding At Home From Abroad?...
Don’t Fear, Lisa Cannon Is Here!
Ladies, you know how it goes... you get engaged and
think, fabulous, I’m going to keep it small and then
you start to think about your family and friends and
all your best laid plans go out the window! Meet my
wonderful and fabulous cousin, Laura Farrell from Belfast.
Laura, 32, a physiatrist currently working in Mexico, is
engaged to her handsome Peruvian partner, Gustavo
Ebermann. They have had an incredibly complex air-miles
courtship over the past decade flying to meet in Paris and
Lima or island hopping in South America to rendezvous in
London. As Laura was studying hard and forging her way
up the medical ladder, with conferences across Europe
and exams in Queens in Belfast, Gustavo was studying
Business in Lima, Peru.
Three years ago, Laura made the big move after years of
travelling back and forth and got a full-time position as a
doctor in Mexico where they both live.
Gustavo, a successful business consultant in Peru,
proposed to Laura on a beautiful and unforgettable
summer’s day. With that came the excitement, joy, wonder
and eventually, the shock and worry of it all – how will
Laura plan a wedding back in her family home in Ireland
when she is thousands and thousands of miles away in
different time zones?
Having planned my own wedding abroad in 2015,
alongside many great Italian and Irish suppliers, I decided
to help Laura in any way I could and unlock my secrets
to some of the best Irish suppliers in the business.
Having won ‘Weddings Online Wedding Florist of the
Year 2017’, Josephine Higginbotham is definitely one
of the best in Ireland.
Josephine and her crew did my wedding in Florence
and it was just the most stunning day ever! She just
has that magic touch. Whether it’s a church or a civil
ceremony, big or small, indoor or outdoor, Josephine’s
passion, insight and creative flair will ensure your vision
comes to life. Laura has chosen a soft floral, vintage theme
to match her Claire Pettibone gown. I was thrilled to find
out that Laura’s wedding will take place on what would
have been my mother’s birthday. Laura is named after
my mother so the synergy of it all ties in so beautifully.
Gustavo and Laura
If you’re planning your day from thousands of
miles away, do your research and try to do as much
planning with help from family and friends.
With over 12 years experience, Melissa Mannion, an
incredible photographer based in Galway, is a great
choice. Laura’s wedding is in a marquee at her home
in Belfast so she wants it to be intimate and natural but
at the same time, capture the essence of the day with
her family and friends. Melissa’s portraits and unique
style of photographing those all important moments are
undisturbed by her subtle and stunning composition.
I look forward to seeing Melissa in action on the day
and learning some new posing tricks!
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As Laura is only coming home three weeks before
the wedding, she is keen to make sure she will be a
Bridechilla! The only woman for the job is Lorraine
Adams, aka ELK. Lorraine appeared with me on
Weekend AM for a wedding segment and I was just
blown away by her cool, calm style and how she could
style a wedding so beautifully. Her work is just out of
this world. She is basically a walking, talking Pinterest!
Laura wants a rustic, boho, natural theme, and she
has been working with Lorraine to hone the aesthetic
and decide what props will bring the wedding
together, both visually and thematically.
Let them eat cake! This is something that Laura was
100% keen on to get right. I told her to look no
further than MM Cookies, an award-winning cake
company who have featured in Vogue Magazine, on
TV3 and have been enlisted to do some very important
celebrity weddings. Based in Limerick, the husband
and wife duo create couture cookies and cakes and
everything in between. Laura’s cake is going to be
incredibly special and I can guarantee that not a single
morsel will be left!
We will be checking
back in with Lisa and
Laura after the wedding
in our next issue to see
how it all went!
Watch this space...
Laura was keen not to have a band and just wanted a
DJ. The only solution for this is Alan Geraghty – the
best DJ in Galway and all of the land! Alan came over
to Florence for my wedding and he rocked the house!
Not only does Alan have all the equipment, the lights,
the soundstage and a perfect pitch for what to play, he
also takes as many requests as you or your guests wish
– now we can’t ask for better than that!
Laura wants the music in the church to be personal,
and you can’t get closer to God than George Hutton
– one of The Five Irish Tenors (check him out on
Facebook). An award-winning soloist and tenor, signed
to Columbia Records, George’s voice is quite simply
sent from heaven. There won’t be a dry eye in the
house when he sings a song for our late grandmother,
it will be extremely special. He will be accompanied by
Ciaran Kelly on piano for the service.
I hope my recommendations have helped Laura along her way and
I hope they help you also if you are struggling with those all important decisions.
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A gift for all occasions
Galway Crystal, Merlin Park, Dublin Road, Galway. Tel: 091 757311
Would you happily
invite these people to
dinner and foot the
bill on a night out?
Probably the most difficult thing about
planning a wedding is the guest list. For
some, bigger is better when it comes to
their special day. However, more and
more people are opting for intimate
ceremonies with only their nearest and
dearest in attendance. If this sounds like
the wedding you’re planning, or if you’re
thinking of slashing that seating plan,
read on to find out how...
Your dream venue should be
your priority. Decide where you
want to get married. As that will
determine the capacity, you’ll
have a number that you can’t
Would you happily invite these
people to dinner and foot the
bill on a night out? If not, then
consider why inviting them to
your most special dinner party
is a good idea.
Consider the contribution that
your parents are making to the
wedding before deciding on
this one, but make sure your
folks don’t go overboard. The
old mantra rings true here – it is
your day after all.
IT’S ALL RELATIVE
Irish people have big families,
but we don’t need to invite the
whole crew. Remember that
inviting one cousin doesn’t
mean inviting every cousin and
be prepared to laugh off any
unnecessary awkwardness that
accompanies a strict list – it’s all
part of the process.
Unless you see them outside
of work hours, and you are
genuinely close, there is no need
to invite colleagues. Do you
really want to think about work
at your wedding? Thought not.
Nieces and nephews that you are
close with and obviously your
own children are an exception
to the ‘no children’ request.
If you don’t want children at
the wedding, it is perfectly
acceptable to say so.
PLUS ONE PRESSURE
Your brother is dating the
love of his life – but it’s been
a week. There’s no need to
invite her. Your fiancé’s best pal
is married but you’ve never met
his wife; she’s invited. The usual
rule is married or dating for
more than a year means they
get a plus one.
Just because you were invited
to theirs, doesn’t mean you
have to invite them back.
People grow apart all the time
so try not to let guilt guide
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meet the experts
Since their formation over 20 years ago, KIF have been rocking the pubs and clubs of Galway with their energetic and
crowd-pleasing classic covers. Originally a four piece, the addition of a fifth member on keyboards opened up new
avenues for the band over time making them one of the most popular wedding bands in the west. In 2008, KIF were
invited to play for the Ambassador of Ireland to China in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics and were one of the first bands
ever to give a street performance for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Well known in Galway, and a frequent fixture on the
events and social circuit, KIF offer band, DJ, ceremony and wedding reception entertainment packages.
kif.ie, 086 1061381, email@example.com, facebook.com/kiftheband
Wedding cakes are a personal passion for the
award-winning dream team of Yvonne Murphy and
Stephanie Byrne of Devour Bakery. With their signature
cakes coming to prominence in recent years, their
bespoke and elegant creations provide a magnificent
centrepiece for your wedding celebrations.
The market leaders in the wedding cakes industry
in the west of ireland, the sky’s the limit in terms of
design, flavour and uniqueness. From simple elegance
to extravagant show-stoppers, Yvonne and Stephanie
work closely with the bride and groom to
create their dream design.
Contact Yvonne or Stephanie on 094 9520512
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An art graduate, whose first love has always been photography,
Lisa is so passionate about what she does and always feels so
privileged to be present on the happiest day of so many people’s
lives. Growing up surrounded by her father’s equipment, Lisa spent
much of her early life fascinated by the photos he took. Born in
England, Lisa has been living in Galway for 16 years and has had the
pleasure of photographing more than 500 weddings to date. With
a preference to take natural photos wherever possible, Lisa likes to
keep a low profile so she can subtley capture beautiful moments
as they unfold. Check out lisahynesphotography.com
or call 087 2903976 for more information.
Lisa likes to keep a
low profile so she
can subtley capture
beautiful moments as
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AND LEISURE CENTRE
Oranmore, Co. Galway
THE INN AT DROMOLAND
Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare
ESTATE & SPA
Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
The Oranmore Lodge Hotel is renowned for
its gracious style, superb food and wonderful
welcome. The hotel is Galway’s registered venue
for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships
which take place in the luxurious Inisheer Room.
The hotel expertly combines the personal touch of
a family-run hotel with the expertise of dedicated
experienced staff and management.
The hotel offers luxury accommodation with
50 standard and executive rooms.
Every effort is made to ensure that your wedding
reception is the most enjoyable and memorable
day for you and your guests. Enjoy a choice
of three elegant rooms for your reception which
can cater for up to 260 guests.
From €35 per person
Nestled in the wooded countryside on the
Dromoland Estate, overlooking the panoramic
Shannon Estuary, The Inn at Dromoland is the
ideal venue for your wedding day celebrations.
Recently refurbished, and now part of the
Dromoland Castle family, wedding couples
can expect the very highest levels of
hospitality and service.
The Ballyhannon Suite can accommodate up to
250 guests, while the hotel offers 155 bedrooms.
The Inn at Dromoland offers a wonderful private
garden area overlooking Dromoland Castle Estate
and Lake – ideal for post wedding photographs
for the exclusive use of your bridal party.
From €42 per person
On the shores of Lough Meelough, Kilronan Castle
is one of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels.
The ancestral home of the legendary Colonel
King Tenison, Kilronan Castle is one of a few Irish
castle estates that can trace its history back to
royal families. The 200-year old castle is steeped in
history, character and old world charm, making it
the perfect setting for your wedding.
Modern luxury is fused with a touch of old style
glamour in 84 contemporary bedrooms.
Your day will be effortless, relaxed and most
importantly, enjoyable. Their experienced
wedding coordinators have only one focus –
to deliver excellence and a memorable
experience for you and your guests.
From €72 per person
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THE g HOTEL & SPA
THE LODGE AT
Cong, Co. Mayo
Eyre Square, Galway
Galway’s most stylish wedding venue, the g Hotel
& Spa, offers five star service, delicious menus,
a professional and welcoming team,
along with elegant designer surroundings which
are perfect for photos and wedding celebrations
for up to 180 guests. The nearby Claddagh Pier
and Barna Woods are beautiful for outdoor
photography and the quaint bars of Quay Street
are a favourite among wedding couples.
101 light-filled bedrooms and suites with heavenly
beds. Interconnecting rooms are also available.
Awarded ‘Best Wedding Package’ by RSVP
Magazine and ‘Best City Chic Wedding Venue’ by
Image Brides Magazine, the g Hotel & Spa is one
of Galway’s most luxurious wedding venues.
From €58 per person
It’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting for
your special day. The Lodge embraces the
philosophy of ‘no request is too large, no detail
is too small.’ Set within the beautiful Ashford
Estate, with spectacular views of Lough Corrib
and Lisloughrey Pier, The Lodge will provide you
with the fairytale day of your dreams.
64 guest rooms, each one beautifully
and uniquely furnished.
A chic and elegant sanctuary just outside the
charming village of Cong in the heart of Mayo,
The Lodge at Ashford is the perfect setting in
which to celebrate your special day.
From €85 per person
Hotel Meyrick has stood tall over Galway’s Eyre
Square for over 165 years, securing its position as
the city’s most iconic hotel. A luxurious four star
property steeped in history, charm and romance,
the beautiful Hotel Meyrick is an ideal wedding
venue for anyone looking for quality, elegance
and romance in the heart of Galway city.
97 bedrooms in the heart of Galway city.
Timeless elegance and excellent service await
you at Hotel Meyrick. Their stunning Connemara
Suite ballroom boasts nine chandeliers which
give the room a truly exceptional atmosphere.
The hotel is also a licensed civil ceremony venue.
From €58 per person
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Mannin Bay, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway, Ireland | (095) 23030 | www.connemarasands-hotel.com
THE ARDILAUN HOTEL
Taylors Hill, Galway
ARD RÍ HOUSE HOTEL
Milltown Road, Tuam, Co. Galway
RAHEEN WOODS HOTEL
Athenry, Co. Galway
Situated amid stunningly landscaped grounds,
The Ardilaun offers an idyllic setting for your
wedding photography and drinks reception
with award-winning gardens as a backdrop.
Wedding Planner Maureen Walsh and her team
will be with you every step of the way and give
you peace of mind to ensure you will have
the most memorable day of your lives.
123 luxury rooms with preferential
guest rates available.
55 years of making wedding dreams
come true since 1962.
From €45 per person
One of the finest locations in Galway, the Ard Rí
House Hotel is the perfect setting for your day
of days. With scope to facilitate any kind of
wedding from intimate to grand and civil
ceremonies, their committed wedding team will
ensure that each and every detail is met and
that your day is totally unforgettable.
51 impeccably styled bedrooms have been
designed with you in mind to provide the
best in comfort and relaxation.
From their incredible staff to their
quality packages, it is the perfect place for
your wedding. Their Wedding Fair takes place
on Sunday 10 September 2017.
From €29.50 per person
Overlooking the famous fields of Athenry,
Raheen Woods Hotel can accommodate up to
300 dining guests in the beautiful De Burgo Suite.
With an abundance of natural light and privacy,
your welcome drinks reception opens
out onto spectacular mature gardens
with a picturesque waterfall with a winter
wonderland ‘Life in Lights’ display for those
special family Christmas weddings.
Beautifully decorated bedrooms and a bespoke
bridal suite with an antique four-poster bed.
Raheen Woods Hotel has become the venue of
choice for weddings in the west of Ireland.
The hands-on approach by their owners
and wedding team will make all your
dreams come true.
From €45 per person
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Marina Point, Ballinasloe,
Mannin Bay, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Shearwater Hotel is a beautiful four star modern
hotel located on the River Suck in Ballinasloe.
From the moment you step into the magnificent
marble foyer, you and your guests will be
wowed by the sheer elegance of the
hotel and its beautiful ballroom.
Their dedicated wedding team really understand
the importance of having a seamless,
effortless and unique day.
The Plaza Ballroom can cater for civil ceremonies
and receptions for up to 450 guests.
The Shearwater’s elegant and spacious
bedrooms are designed with luxury in mind.
Their dedicated wedding consultants have
a wealth of knowledge to assist with all
your planning requirements.
From €45 per person
Connemara Sands Hotel is located next to the
Blue Flag, white sandy beach of Mannin Bay
with stunning views across the ocean. The
beachfront boutique hotel was designed with
exceptional taste, making it the perfect place for
your big day. The experienced wedding team
at Connemara Sands Hotel understand the
individuality of every wedding story.
The hotel can accommodate up to 60 guests
and the self-catering holiday homes can
accommodate up to 40.
Connemara Sands Hotel offers a unique wedding
experience in a memorable beachfront setting.
Their Michelin Star chef and excellent staff
ensure that everything is perfect, from the
finest food to the little details.
From €55 per person
Known for award-winning food, a tranquil
atmosphere and attentive hospitality, Belleek
Castle is a magical experience with multiple
wedding venues. They cater for civil ceremonies
and weddings for up to 200 people in the
ceremony room, which is situated in the
restored 19th century stables. Guests can be
accommodated in the Medieval Banquet Hall.
Ten rooms individually furnished with
antiquities, period décor and beautiful
wood-carved four poster beds.
In 2017, Belleek Castle were awarded
‘Best Customer Service in Connaught’
and ‘Best Restaurant in Connaught’.
Their dedicated wedding team ensures all
couples receive the utmost attention for a
beautiful bespoke wedding day.
From €85 per person
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RADISSON BLU HOTEL
& SPA, GALWAY
Lough Atalia Road, Galway
HOTEL & SPA
Old Galway Road, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway has warmly
welcomed many happy brides and grooms
since it opened in 2001. With the reassurance
of an excellent team of professional staff,
a wonderful location, and years of experience,
the elegant and iconic Inis Mór Suite makes the
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway as popular as
ever for stylish and sophisticated weddings.
261 rooms, including a penthouse suite,
executive rooms, business class rooms,
family rooms and standard guest rooms.
Perfectly located, Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa,
Galway is an elegant city centre venue.
Experience the new look Inis Mór Ballroom
with its warm colours and crushed berry tones,
perfect for large celebrations or
From €49 per person
The award-winning Lough Rea Hotel & Spa,
overlooking Loughrea Lake, is one of the most
highly recommended wedding venues in Galway.
The De Dannan Suite boasts its own bar, glass
chandeliers and interchangeable lighting. Along
with the Slieve Aughty Suite, both are available
for private ceremonies and blessings.
The hotel’s decadent piano lounge and
resident pianist are also available for your
arrival drinks reception.
91 luxurious rooms with views of Loughrea
Lake and the Galway countryside.
Enjoy the unique Rooftop Garden Bar and Sky
Lounge with stunning panoramic views.
For smaller ceremonies, the Rooftop is ideal for an
outdoor ceremony, cocktail or champagne reception,
or for a barbeque the day after your wedding.
From €45 per person
The Glenlo Abbey Hotel has an old
world charm reflected in its character-filled
décor, numerous luxurious wedding reception
options and warm and welcoming staff. Suitable
for both large and small wedding celebrations,
Glenlo Abbey is situated on a vast and stunning
estate with spectacular photo opportunities.
The rooms at Glenlo Abbey Hotel are exquisite
with stunning views overlooking the Abbey Walled
Garden and the spectacular Lough Corrib.
Bespoke tailored packages, a selection of
inclusive packages, a dedicated wedding
co-ordinator, spectacular photo opportunities,
reception rooms to cater for intimate and
larger wedding receptions and pre and post
wedding parties, make Gleno Abbey the ideal
location for your wedding.
From €69 per person
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Furbo, Co. Galway
Barna Village, Galway
FALLS HOTEL & SPA
Ennistymon, Co. Clare
The Connemara Coast Hotel exudes elegance and
style with its restful lounges, exquisite restaurants,
award-winning bars, leisure facilities and superbly
appointed accommodation. Spectacular and
uninterrupted views of Galway Bay and County
Clare are showcased beautifully from the gardens
as well as the hotel’s Aran Suite, offering stunning
photographic opportunities. Just ten minutes
from Galway city, the hotel is surrounded by
picturesque and unspoilt landscape.
The exquisite bridal suite includes a
private balcony overlooking Galway Bay
on your wedding night.
With an ambiance of luxury and style, and
almost 30 years of experience hosting wedding
celebrations in Galway, the Connemara Coast
Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding.
From €53.25 per person
The Twelve boutique hotel offers stylish,
luxury and attentive service along with a vibrant
location for your guests and wedding party.
The Twelve is home to Le Petit Spa, The Pins
Gastro Bar and Pizza Dozzina, as well as Upstairs
at West Restaurant. The beautiful event suite,
Na Beanna Beola, has been designed with
more intimate weddings in mind. The Twelve
has also won numerous awards for their
dedication to delicious food and wine.
48 boutique-style guest bedrooms and suites.
Ireland’s number one boutique hotel for the
last five years and one of Ireland’s top food
and wine destination venues.
From €70 per person
Surrounded by 50 acres of gardens and
woodland, the picturesque Falls Hotel & Spa is
located in the heart of the beautiful County
Clare. Cascading along the perimeter of the
grounds, the River Inagh waterfall provides a
photographic backdrop and idyllic arrival
reception setting for your wedding day.
140 bedrooms with a choice of suites,
deluxe, superior and family rooms.
Aside from the wonderful location and
beautiful photographic opportunities,
their wedding co-ordinator, Michael, and his
experienced team ensure the build up to your
wedding is as stress-free as possible.
From €43 - €65 per person
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LOUGH ESKE CASTLE
Lough Eske, Co. Donegal
CLAYTON HOTEL GALWAY
MOUNT FALCON ESTATE
Foxford Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo
A Solís Hotel & Spa, the five star Lough Eske
Castle is located on a secluded lakeside estate
just outside Donegal town. A fairytale castle tower
and imposing glass and stone façade, along with
an easy-going blend of casual, country-style
comfort and modern luxury awaits you
and your guests inside. Let the magic of
Lough Eske Castle become exclusively
yours for your special day.
96 luxuriously appointed guestrooms.
A historic building set within beautifully
manicured grounds against a backdrop of
stunning natural beauty, Lough Eske Castle
is set in a storybook location delivering
superior hospitality and comfort.
From €79 per person
The award-winning Clayton Hotel Galway truly
understands how important your wedding day is
to you. With an expansive, sub-dividable ballroom,
they can cater for up to 450 guests. Wedding
packages include a pianist on arrival, afternoon tea
and drinks reception, five course wedding meal,
half bottle of wine per guest, evening food, bar
extension and complimentary bedrooms.
195 luxurious guestrooms including 14
executive suites and a Presidential Suite.
Awarded ‘Connacht Wedding Venue of the Year’
for the second year running, and ‘Wedding Venue
Co-Coordinator of the Year’ in 2016, they will
ensure your every wish will be delivered on
your perfect day.
From €45 per person
Are you dreaming of a venue that boasts a
stunning period house and fabulous grounds
that are picture perfect for your wedding
photography? Imagine all of your friends and
family indulging in a five course wedding feast,
handcrafted by the award-winning culinary team
in the most romantic house in Ireland...
32 beautifully appointed rooms, two opulent
suites, four period deluxe rooms and 30 lodges
means all of your guests can overnight and
breakfast together in the morning.
140 years of wedding experience ensures
that on your day you are the most
important people to them…as together
is a beautiful place to be.
From €72.50 per person
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Reach for the Stars
Afternoon tea, courteous concierges, spacious suites, valet parking and 24-hour room service: a five-star venue
is the perfect place to start and finish your once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. With our cache of historic castles
and luxury hotels, Ireland is fast becoming a favourite European wedding destination. The pinnacle of luxury,
elegance and opulence, treat yourself to the ultimate and escape to a world of relaxed grandeur and first class
service for a truly unforgettable experience.
THE K CLUB Straffan,Co. Kildare, 01 601 7200, kclub.ie
Set amid 550 acres of pristine
parkland on a mile long private
stretch of the River Liffey, The K Club
is one of Ireland’s most spectacular
An elegantly restored 19th century
Georgian mansion estate, the hotel sits
on the former site of Straffan House.
Fusing old world charm, first class
service and ultra modern comforts
in a luxurious residential setting, the
opulent and classical surroundings
masterfully reflect and respect the
history that rest in the annals of this
Offering bespoke and luxurious
wedding options, The K Club
guarantee that your special day will be
everything you have always dreamed
of. Whether you’re looking for an
elegant room filled with opulent decor
or an outdoor rugged setting on a
private island, their unique range of
ballrooms and reception rooms offer a
unique and modern twist.
Located in the Smurfit Clubhouse,
following extensive renovations,
The Legacy Suite can accommodate
up to 300 guests. Decorated in the
style of the main house, the space is
elegantly draped in soft cream fabrics
with sparkling fairy lights creating a
magical backdrop. French doors lead
out to a beautiful terrace with views
onto the lake – the perfect place to
enjoy drinks in the sunshine. The
John Jefferson Room, which is also
beautifully decorated in the traditional
old grandeur that the house bestows,
can hold civil ceremonies from 50 to
100 people, while The River Room can
cater for up to 180 guests. Outdoor
ceremonies on the back lawns are
also a popular option at The K Club.
With the beautiful French Chateau
style house offering a magnificent
backdrop for your photographs, it
sets the scene for a truly memorable
occasion. If you’re looking for a more
rustic setting, their private island is an
exclusive area that is uniquely yours
for your ceremony.Straffan Church is
just a stone’s throw from the hotel if
you are looking for a more traditional
option. Getting married is one of life’s
greatest adventures and The K Club
certainly know how to make your
vision come to life. Turn your dreams
into reality, imagine the impossible
and let your imagintaion transport you
both to the most magaical day of your
lives at The K Club.
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THE SHELBOURNE HOTEL
27 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
01 663 4500, theshelbourne.ie
The weeks and months leading up to
your big day can be extremely stressful
so it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in
some well-deserved pampering with your
nearest and dearest. Round up the girls,
take time out, switch off and celebrate the
occasion in true five star style.
A timeless landmark, The Shelbourne
Hotel is a contemporary take on the
past – a classic brought right up to
the present in an elegant and tasteful
way. The luxurious surroundings of
the hotel, complete with gleaming
marble, sparkling chandeliers and
decorative stained glass, provide a
stunning backdrop in the heart of
the city centre. Recently renovated,
and now the largest five star hotel in
Dublin city, The Shelbourne has 265
bedrooms including 19 suites, many
named after well-known guests who
have an association with the hotel.
A luxurious sanctuary of tranquility
and rejuvenation, The Spa at The
Shelbourne reflects the opulent
surroundings of the hotel and offers
the ultimate in health, relaxation
and wellbeing. Oozing glamour and
whispering elegance, The Salon at
The Shelbourne is the ultimate urban
retreat to steal away for some precious
serenity before returning to the world
feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Inspired by legendary style icons, the
Hollywood Legends package, a bespoke
range of signature treatments, include
everything you need for the perfect
day of pampering – luxurious blow-dry
options, magic manicures and perfect
pedicures, all whilst sipping on your
chosen Hollywood style icon’s signature
beverage. Continue your experience at
The Shelbourne and savour the delight
of afternoon tea in The Lord Mayor’s
Lounge. With golden damask walls
designed to reflect light, and extravagant
chandeliers combining to create a certain
golden glow, the lounge masterfully
blends comfort and glamour. Keep your
eyes peeled as is not uncommon to
see well-known Irish and international
faces enjoying this award-winning
indulgence! Always buzzing, and serving
creative cocktails and combination plates
perfect for sharing, No. 27 Bar & Lounge
sparkles with style and sophisticated fun.
Enveloped with tall windows overlooking
St. Stephens Green, with a series of
specially commissioned artworks echoing
the views outside on the walls, you will
feel like you are wrapped in sunlight and
greenery. Dine in the opulent surroundings
of The Saddle Room – an old favourite
reinvented as a modern classic, with an
open kitchen and a lavish Oyster Bar adding
to the drama of the dining experience.
From chic boutiques, magnificent galleries
and idyllic parklands to mouthwatering
restaurants, buzzing bars and the finest
theatres, take time out to relax and explore
our capital’s national treasures from the
most prestigious address of all...
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Suzanna Naughton and James Willetts were married in Mac Dara’s Church in Carraroe followed by
a fun-filled reception at the Connemara Coast Hotel
The Dress: Pronovias; The Suits: Moss Bros; The Cake: Simply Divine Cakes; The Honeymoon: Riviera Maya; The Photos: Lane Studios
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Deirdre Faherty and David Love celebrated their nuptials in the majestic surroundings
of The g Hotel & Spa
The Dress: Wedding Boutique, Galway; The Suits: Bond Bros, Dublin; The Cake: Ciaran Faherty; The Honeymoon: Mediterranean Cruise; The Photos: Gerard Conneely and Andrea Silke
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Kate Divilly and Declan Tannam were married in Galway’s Augustinian Church followed
by a magical reception at Hotel Meyrick
The Dress: Charlotte Balbier; The Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast; The Suits: Magee; The Honeymoon: Budapest; The Photos: Martina California
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Stefani Mills & Christian Schuetz celebrated their nuptials in the enchanting surroundings of
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
The Dress: Blush Bridal Sarasota, Florida; The Cake: 2 Nice 2 Slice; The Hair and Makeup: Callan & Co; The Dancers: Mulcahy-Bible School of Dancing; The Photos: Aspect Photography
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Elaine Ryan and Keith Fahey were married in St. Colman’s Church in Craughwell
followed by dinner and dancing in The Ardilaun Hotel
The Dress: Aibheil of Adare; The Suits: Patrick Bourke Menswear; The Cake: Rita Moynihan; The Honeymoon: Maldives, Sri Lanka and Dubai; The Photos: Ken Byrne Photography
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Rachael Glynn and Peter Sullivan celebrated their recent nuptials in the exquisite Lough Rea Hotel & Spa
The Dress: Belladonna, Galway; The Suits: Morleys, Cork; The Flowers: Claire’s Flowers, Ballinasloe; The Cake: Trace of Cakes; The Honeymoon: Japan; The Photos: Paul Duane Photography
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Put A Ring On It
Engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn
on the fourth finger of your left hand. The reason
behind this is quite sweet. It was once thought that
the vein in that particular finger lead directly to the
heart. Although not strictly anatomically correct, who
are we to argue with folklore?
Pearls Of Wisdom
There are mixed messages about pearls. Some say that
each pearl represents a future tear, which is certainly
not something you want on your wedding day. Others
say that the pearls take the place of the bride’s real
tears, symbolising a tear-free marriage. If you love
pearls and they suit your dress, we say go for it!
Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
Something old represents the old life that the bride is
leaving behind. The new item will symbolise optimism
for your future married life. Something borrowed is
meant to symbolise the happiness that you borrow,
usually from a happily married friend or family member.
Something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity in
your marriage. A common tradition in today’s culture,
this simple and charming practice is one that we would
certainly like to keep.
Nice Day For A White Wedding
Traditionally brides would wear their best church dress
(of any colour) on their wedding day until Queen
Victoria made the white wedding dress popular in
1840. Many people think that a white wedding dress
symbolises virginity, however, it is the colour blue that is
associated with purity, faith and the Virgin Mary.
The father giving away the bride comes from the days
when the bride was literally given to her husband in
exchange for a price or dowry. Thankfully, women are
no longer thought of as the property of men, but the
tradition is still alive. It’s one that we love, as walking
down the aisle is a treasured moment between the
bride and her father.
Threshold Me Closer
Carrying the bride over the threshold is an ancient
tradition based on superstition. It was believed that
a newlywed bride was especially susceptible to evil
spirits, which lurked in the threshold of her new home.
The groom carries the bride to protect her from the
spirits and to keep them out of the home. Whether you
believe in evil spirits or not, it’s a bit of fun to celebrate
your new life together!
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At this point, you’ve had months to organise everything for your special day.
From menu choices to manscaping, you’ve covered every detail (well, hopefully
anyway!) Delegate as much as you feel comfortable with and remember, nobody
likes a bridezilla. The last minute fiddly bits are all that’s left to remember but don’t
worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s to your hundredth list, we hope it helps...
Wrap up your
gift the night
before and leave
it with the best
man or chief
Make sure that your passports are in date and safely
packed away for your honeymoon. Pack up to a
week before, it will mean less stress in the run up
to the wedding. You can also pack your overnight
bag for the venue a few days before.
It’s a lovely idea to have a romantic evening for
just the two of you. Try to de-stress with each
other and savour your final days as an unmarried
couple. Keep wedding talk to a minimum and
just enjoy each other’s company.
Tan, waxing and nails should be organised for a
couple of days before your big day. You should
ideally have your spray tan done two days before,
just in case anything goes wrong. Ensure you do
a patch test for any facial waxing and assign times
to hair appointments for each person to avoid any
mix ups or delays. It’s a good idea to leave your
nails until the day before to ensure you don’t chip
them running around doing your last minute bits.
Consider this pre-wedding preening as little
treats to relax and pamper yourself.
Your dress rehearsal should be done the night
before with your full wedding party present to go
through the finer details. Make sure you also try
on your dress at some point a few days before,
from veil to stiletto, and make sure your groom
has his final formalwear fittings.
In the last week, finalise the seating plan to make
sure that nothing needs to be changed and
everyone is seated correctly. Print and drop
off place cards, mass booklets, menus and
favours, along with the final table plan.
Give your venue the final head count in the last
week. If the numbers change after that, you can
usually notify them up until the day before.
It is a good idea to phone your band, wedding
car supplier, florist, baker, hairdresser and
makeup artist to ensure that everything is
in order and you can rest easy.
It’s a nice touch to have a candle lighting on
the morning that you are getting ready.
Make it your favourite scent, so that lighting it
will always remind you of this special time.
Wrap up your future other half’s thoughtful gift
the night before and leave it with the best man
or chief bridesmaid for their special ‘morning of’
surprise. Arrange gifts for the mothers of the
bride and groom, to be presented after the
speeches. Remember ribbons for the car,
something old, new, borrowed and blue, along
with any other personal touches.
Payment is a very important one to remember.
Organise for all of your suppliers to be paid so that
all final balances are settled after your reception.
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