Autumn 2019

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AUTUMN 2019

with

Team Bride

FREE

Your Seating

Plan Made Easy

Stunning wedding

photo locations

in Donegal

The Grooms

Glossary:

Styling tips for the groom

When the

wedding planner

gets married

The

Secret


The Wedding Ring Specialists

R. McCullagh Jewellers | Established 1869

16/20 Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal | Tel: 074 91 22120

Letterkenny Shopping Centre | Tel: 074 91 20771

www.rmccullagh.com | facebook @R.McCullaghJewellers


WEDDING

FAYRE

Sunday,

Sept 15th,

2 - 5pm.

Come Along - Meet the

team, sample the bites

and try our cocktails!

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WORTH €500

FOR ALL BOOKINGS

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CASTLE GROVE

COUNTRY HOUSE

Exclusivity and Care

Castle Grove offers a truly unique wedding experience.

We don’t just offer you a function room - we give you our home for the day.

Wedding photos on the beautiful grounds, the house, the gardens, the walk to the shore and many more hidden treasures.

complimentary bridal suite on wedding night, complimentary teas, coffees and homemade biscuits, complimentary flowers and décor

of venue with couples theme and provided materials. Karoline General Manager, and Irene Events Manager are on site the day of

your wedding and will go the extra mile to ensure you have a wonderful day.

Food - Award Winning Restaurant

Wedding Meal - cooked to order!

Castle Grove has a long, well earned reputation for farm to fork quality food – locally sourced produce and vegetables fresh daily from

Castle Grove Walled Garden.

**Licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies**

Save The Date

Don’t' miss our Wedding Fayre, Sunday September 15th 2019, 2pm - 5pm

Wedding Brochure can be sent on request : weddings@castlegrove.com

RAMELTON RD, LETTERKENNY, CO. DONEGAL t: (074) 915 1118

Castle Grove House

Create your own country House Idyllic Wedding day to Cherish forever.

www.castlegrove.com


Wedding photo locations in Donegal

Welcome

to the autumn edition

of Save the Date with

Team Bride Magazine

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Styling

the groom

It’s the second edition of Save the Date with Team

Bride and we are so proud to show it off to you!

Beyond anything, this magazine is a pure labour of

love and you wouldn’t believe the pleasure of seeing

our ideas come together in a way that we know you, our

readers are just going to love!

It seems like a blink since our first edition was launched

in January and we were so overwhelmed with the

response from everyone. I was inundated with messages

from brides and others who found the content helpful,

inspiring and above all – relevant! I posted copies of the

magazine to Irish ‘brides to be’ all over the world and

loved nothing more than sitting in a salon or hotel and

seeing someone reading our magazine!

This edition is even bigger and better than our first with

the core message remaining the same – we wanted to

bring you content that would actually help you plan your

wedding, give you information on local suppliers and

inspire you in a way that is attainable and realistic for an

Irish wedding. This edition brings you lots of expert tips,

industry knowledge, planning advice, fashion, fun and

so much more!

The highlight of this issue had to be working on the

styled photoshoot. I was so lucky to have an amazing

team to work with and who all where just as passionate

about the concept as I was and the result was way beyond

what I could have imagined.

Working on this magazine is a proper pinch me moment

and I’m very lucky to work alongside an amazingly

talented team who help make it something that I will

be proud of forever. I hope you love the magazine as

much as I do and look forward to hearing what everyone

thinks!

Happy planning!

Team Bride x

ON THE COVER

Dress McElhinneys Bridal Rooms

Model Eavan Hennessy

Hair & Makeup Toni Kelly

Headwear Sass & Halo

Photographer Paul Doherty

Editorial Collaboration

Donegal Media Works & Teambride.ie

Production & Design

Donegal Media Works Design Team

SAVE THE DATE Wedding Magazine

is published by Donegal Media Works

Barrack, Newmills, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Telephone: 086 049 4820 / 086 1426824

Due care has been taken in compiling Save the Date Magazine to ensure all information is correct at

the time of printing. Donegal Media Works accept no responsibility in the event of any errors or

ommisions. The entire contents of the magazine are the copyright of Donegal Media Works and may

not be copied or reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of the publishers. The

publication of an advert does not imply any endorsement of a product, service or promoted event.

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Best Bridesmaid

ever!

CONTENTS

Autumn 2019 Edition

8 Wedding Day Accessories

10 REAL WEDDINGS:

Aislinn Collins & Chris Doherty

12 The Bridesmaids Edit with Snazzy Yazi

16 Wedding Trends for 2020

18 EXPERT ADVICE: Choosing your ceremony music

22 REAL WEDDINGS:

Martina McBrearty & Justin Graham

24 Tan Tales: top tips for a wedding day glow

26 The ‘One Fab Day’ Guide:

Best Bridemaid Ever!

28 & 29 Wedding dress trends to make you drool

30 Your seating plan made easy

32 Stunning photo locations in Donegal

34 & 35 The Grooms Glossary: styling tips for the groom

36 Getting married in Ireland - the legal requirements

37 - 40 FEATURE PHOTO SHOOT:

The Secret Garden

44 & 45 When the wedding planner gets married

46 Keep calm and marry on

48 & 49 Wedding planner checklist

50 & 51 REAL WEDDINGS:

Wesley McKane & Tanya Graham

52 Hen party ideas

53 REAL WEDDINGS: Laurence Frys & Tom Ladds

54 & 55 REAL WEDDINGS:

Birgit Hafels & Frank Noelkenbockhoff

56 & 57 Your wedding entertainment guide

58 REAL WEDDINGS:

Nichola McGowan & Darren McMenamin

60 & 61 Stylish looks for a modern mum

62 Day after style edit

64 Budget busting tips

66 EXPERT ADVICE:

Your FAD DIET Nightmare by Joe Ryan

68 2020 Wedding Checkup:

What’s Hot! What’s Not!

34-35

70 EXPERT ADVICE:

Fitzgerald Private Clinic - relaxing those wrinkles

72 Naomi McLaughlin - Real life bride

75 Save The Date Wedding Directory


MULTI-AWARD

WINNING

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Occasionwear

Suppliers

FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY FREE RETURNS

Ballybofey, Co. Donegal T: +353 74 9131217 E: bridalrooms@mcelhinneys.com Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs. 9:30 - 18:30, Fri. 9:30 - 20:00, Sat. 9:30 - 19:00


Set in the rolling hills of

Inishowen, in Burt, in Co

Donegal, An Grianan Hotel

is renowned for their warm,

Irish welcome and friendly staff,

treating guests to only the highest

standards in customer service

excellence.

A multi award-winning wedding

venue, An Grianan is perfectly

suited to accommodate your

wedding celebration. Laced with

elegance and oozing quality and

class, the hotel is posed to make the

memorable day of your life truly

special.

The lady charged with ensuring

every couple’s big day runs

smoothly is award winning Irish

Wedding Journal, Wedding

Coordinator of the Year, Deirdre

Hamill. At the same ceremony

in Dublin, An Grianan was also

placed in the top 5 Wedding Venues

in Ireland and in Ulster competing

against 5* resort hotel, North and

South - quite an accolade for a

family owned hotel in Burt.

From the minute you enter the hotel

to the minute your leave, their aim

is to treat you and your guests like

royalty and make sure that’s it’s the

best day of your lives.

Their unique circular Tuatha

De Danann Suite is their main

function room and can host up to

326 guests. Its circular shape gains

its inspiration from the nearby

Ring Fort (Grainan of Aileach),

resting on the hill shadowing the

hotel - a beautiful feature that

stands An Grianan Hotel apart

from the competition and provides

the perfect backdrop for dramatic

wedding photos.

The Tuatha De Danann suite is

tastefully furnished and has a large

circular dome which allows the sun

to flood in and bathe the room in a

‘natural warm glow.’

The hotel prides itself in hosting

only one wedding per day whether

it’s a church, civil or same-sex

wedding. This is a very important

factor, reassuring couples that they

are our sole concern on their special

day and gives them confidence in

us. An Grianan considers itself a

‘one-stop’ package, both internally

and externally.

Their grounds with their plants and

foliage have grown over the years

and are now fully matured. At the

rear of the hotel their beer garden

is very popular especially during

those balmy evenings.

Their stained-glass window

in their old church is a must for all

wedding photographers.

From medieval to elegant and

ultra-modern, An Grianan

has a backdrop to suit

every mood.

An Grianan has

43 bedrooms,

including the bridal

suite and 2 executive suites

each beautifully decorated with

classic contemporary furnishing

and all modern conveniences

to ensure every guest’s stay is

luxurious and comfortable.

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Stevie below is Full Page and a Half page ad copy (attached) for An Grianan Hotel. In next email I will also send you

copy of Lough Eske ad they are referring to.

Our Full pages for mag are A4 with 3mm bleed

Half Pages are: 192mm wide x 135mm deep with no bleed

PS the half page is more like an editorial, when you open the odt. word file you will see. Any problems opening the file

let me know bud


Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless

Lace Bra €50 available from

www.littlewoodsireland.ie

Accessorize Lily Glitter Envelope Clutch,

€18 available from

www.littlewoodsireland.ie

Jimmy Choo LARA 85, Platinum

Ice Dusty Glitter Sandals, €595

available from

www.brownthomas.com

Absolute Earrings available at

McElhinneys

www.mcelhinneys.ie

Pink by Paradox London Ivory Satin

‘Alandra’ Bridal Shoes available from

www.pearlsandlace.ie

Guess Two Tone Silver & Rose Gold Double Heart Bracelet,

€39.00 available from

www.callaghanjewellers.com

Wedding Day

Accessories

It may be all about the dress but it’s the

accessories that really make the difference …

Juliette Cap Veil , By Kyna,

€146 - available from

www.stash.ie

Vintage lace garter

€20 available from

www.weddingbelles.ie

SPANX, Undie-Tectable Lace Thong Nude

€29 – available from

www.arnotts.ie

Blue By Betsy Johnson Silver

Sonia Wedding Embellished

Heeled Shoes – available from

www.asos.com

Victorian Ivory

Lace Wedding

Umbrella

ZEN Diamanté Clutch Bag

€39.95 available from

www.mcelhinneys.com

TedBaker BOWTIFL Bow heeled sandals –

€180 available from

www.tedbaker.com

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The Villa Rose

Hotel & Spa

For over a decade one of Donegal’s most sought

after wedding venues, The Villa Rose Hotel & Spa

have been giving brides & grooms an unrivalled

wedding experience.

Synonymous with the highest standards in food,

service and banqueting, this family-run, boutique hotel

is comprised of 55 contemporary guestrooms, 2 suites,

an award winning Spa and stunning ballroom to cater

perfectly for weddings of all sizes & styles.

An experienced team of us are on hand every step of

the way to help in all aspects of planning. With private

wedding gardens and a thatched cottage we provide a

beautiful backdrop for your wedding photography.

For those opting for a civil ceremony the hotel has a

bespoke in-house civil wedding venue.

Awarded in the top 1% of Irish hotels in the Best of

2019 TripAdvisor Award, the Villa Rose is a must for

your wedding venue shortlist.

To arrange a viewing or request a wedding brochure

simply call the hotel on 074 9132266 or email weddings@villarose.net.

For more information visit www.

villarose.ie

Wedding

Packages

€49

from

per guest

Villa Rose Hotel & Spa is a 4-star, boutique venue located in Ballybofey,

Co. Donegal. As one of Tripadvisor’s Top Irish Hotels for 2019,

the Villa Rose guarantees the highest level of customer service and hospitality.

Co. Donegal

074 91 32266 | weddings@villarose.net

Featuring a beautiful reception area, a stunning ballroom,private wedding

gardens, a thatched cotttage for photographic opportunities, the Villa Rose

is the venue of choice for those seeking an unique wedding experience.

Our wedding brochure is available to view on - www.donegalweddings.net

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Date: 6th July 2019

Church

Sacred Heart Church, Dunlewey

Venue

The Waterfront, Dungloe

Hair & Makeup

G&G

Photographer

Alana Brady

Dress

Serendipity Bridal, Fivemiletown

Church Decor

I Do Wow Weddings

Hotel Decor

BB Flowers Dungloe

Balloons

Ingrid Balloons Letterkenny

Cake

Mills Home Baking, Dungloe

Music

The Brady Family and

Emma Whoriskey

Aislinn Collins & Chris Doherty

The Perfect Venue for your

Wedding Day - Clanree Hotel

Finding a distinctive wedding hotel that’s

just right for your special event can be a

challenge.

At the 4 Star Clanree Hotel we combine elegant

sophistication, delicious food and superb

service to create the ultimate Donegal wedding

venue. Additionally, we are an approved West

Ireland location for Civil Wedding ceremonies.

The Clanree Hotel is the ultimate picturesque

wedding venue. We combine luxury, delicious

food and a superb service to create the ideal

Donegal wedding venue. Our MacGrianna and

Shellbridge

Suites are

both tastefully

styled

and our

banqueting

menus can

be tailored

to your

preferences

and budget.

Whether

planning

an intimate

family

event or

larger celebrations

of up to

500, our dedicated team are on hand to ensure

everything runs like clockwork on the big day.

The hotel provides the perfect backdrop with

some stunning bridal photo opportunities: our

sweeping “Gone with the Wind” style staircase

affords the most breath-taking memories.

Outside there is an original stone arch bridge

surrounded by native flora, a quaint relic of

the Donegal Railway which has been lovingly

restored by local craftsmen; alternatively the

Victorian-style Gazebo and a garden walkway

for creating perfect photographic memories.

As Donegal’s premier wedding venue, we

pride ourselves in offering our guests personal

attention and we work closely with each couple

to ensure that their every need is met. Our ‘one

wedding a day’ policy will ensure every request

is attended to and standards are kept high.

Our fabulous Bridal Suite is spacious with

added luxuries.

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For more fashion inspo check out

www.snazzyyazi.com

instagram @snazzyyazi

Hi everyone,

I’m Yasmin otherwise

known as Fashion Blogger,

SnazzyYazi and the

eternal bridesmaid! By

next Summer I will have

been bridesmaid none

other than five times, so I

count myself as a bit of an

expert when it comes to all things bridesmaid

related – especially that all important dress!

Weddings are an expensive business and it

can be a nightmare trying to kit

out all your besties so I’m going to

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give you a little high street inspiration

that won’t break the bank

and will keep the style stakes

high!

1. Maya Bridesmaid Dress

From Asos £90

ASOS have really changed the game for

occasion wear and bridesmaid dresses.

Their own range is so affordable and the

best thing about this dress is that it also

comes in petite, tall and maternity so will

fit all!

2. Natasha Twist Me Tie

Me Bridesmaid Dress

Monsoon £99

Monsoon have been the front runner of

bridesmaid dresses

on the high street for

a long time. They

have now introduced

a multi-way dress

into their collection.

This has been a

massive trend this

year for bridesmaid

dresses, multiway

dresses where each

bridesmaid can wear

the dress a different

way to each other.

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3. Jenny Packham 3

Wine Watercolour

Print ‘Ella’ Fit and

Flare Shift Dress

£99

Jenny Packham is renowned

for her wedding dresses and has

even dressed Kate Middleton!

You can buy her dresses in

Debenhams at a more affordable

price range. This gorgeous

floral dress comes in at under

£100 and is perfect for anyone

who is looking for

their bridesmaids to

stand out.

4. Chi Chi

Delaney

Dress

£80.00

We know that satin

has been a massive

trend since 2018 on

the high street, so what

better material for a trend

conscious Bride. The Chi

Chi London dresses also

come in petite, curve and

maternity.

5. Satin Wrap

Front Jumpsuit,

Reiss £195

A bridesmaid in a

jumpsuit? Yes. If you are a

bride who doesn’t want their bridesmaids

to look like typical “bridesmaids”

this is the look for you. I love the colour

of this Reiss Jumpsuit and the great thing about

this is, your bridesmaids will get a wear out of

their outfit again.

6. Grace Bardot Midi Dress,

Monsoon £295

Another trend that has become increasingly

popular is having your bridesmaids in ivory.

Once a wedding faux pas, I personally think it

looks stunning. Especially when the bridesmaid

dresses are minimalistic like this Monsoon

bardot dress, to keep attention on the bride.

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Private Grooms Room

Evolve

Letterkenny

Looking for that special suit for

your big day? Look no further than

Evolve’s private Grooms Room.

We have the latest styles of suits ready to cater for your special

day, with options in hire and sales to suit every budget!

Enjoy the build up to your wedding and let our award-winning

wedding experts with over 8 years’ experience take

care of everything. Don’t delay, call 0749161615 or e-mail

weddings@evolveclothing.com to book your private Grooms

Room experience! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Wedding trends for 2020

When you see it, remember you

heard it here first!

Artificial Flowers

From floral hoops, bouquets and even

decorative arches lots of savvy couples

are choosing to go artificial with their

wedding flowers. We’ve come a long way

since carnation buttonholes and the quality

available in silk flowers means that

whether you choose to DIY your flowers

or hire a professional, artificial flowers

can look just as wow as the real thing!

Alternative Venues

Remember when everyone got married at

the local Church and then had their reception

in a choice of 3 hotels? Well those

days are long gone with couples choosing

to put their own style on the big day and

venues such as country houses, rustic

barns and galleries being an increasingly

popular choice.

Gold. Everywhere!

We saw a return to gold tones last year with

dresses and gold has started to creep in to

the décor side of things in 2019 but next

year we will see an explosion of gold! With

everything from cutlery to welcome signs

getting the golden touch you will see this

theme continue to grow but remember keep

it elegant – too much and you run the risk

of it turning tacky!

1. Alternative Venue, Dunmore

House, Carrigans Co Donegal

2. Silk Flower Crown

credit - rock my wedding

3. Gold centrepiece from I Do

Wow Weddings

4. Gold cutlery, gold centrepieces

and gold stationery such as menus

are very on trend for 2020

5. Alternative venue - Woodland

Ceremony at The Beech Hill

Country House, Derry

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Designs

Bespoke Designs,

tailored to your needs...

For Brides, Bridesmaids,

Mother of the Bride & Groom

www.facebook.com/kaycdesigns

Kay C Designs, Houston House, Church Lane, Letterkenny (Same Entrance as G&G)


Expert Advice:

Choosing your

Ceremony Music

with Kelli McGrory Music

The most common question

asked in relation to choosing

ceremony music is

“where do I start?”

It’s important to ensure your

chosen musician/singer has an

extensive repertoire from which

to choose. You’d be surprised at

how many beautiful song s/hymns

you’d forget about.

As a professional I try to make it

as easy as possible for couples by

sending them my repertoire under

headings such as ‘Entrance’,

‘Signing of Register’, etc. Under

each heading is a list of possible

music to be sung/played at that

particular part of the ceremony,

e.g. Entrance: Canon in D, She

Moved Through The Fair (in Irish

or English), Ave Maria, You By

My Side, etc.

It’s essential for your chosen

musician to take requests from

couples as the ceremony is the

most important part of the day

and hearing a particular song/

hymn can instantly transport you

back to that special moment. If

you both ‘have a song’, mention

this when enquiring.

There are certain parts of the

ceremony where only short pieces

of music are required i.e. the

lighting of candles. My most requested

pieces here are ‘Inis Óirr’

or the ‘Braveheart Theme’ tune

which are lovely played on the

low whistle or fiddle with piano

accompaniment.

It is also imperative that you

discuss your chosen music with

your celebrant/minister/registrar

as there may be restrictions. You

don’t want to have your dream

entrance choice chosen only to be

told that it’s not allowed!

There are so many wonderfully

talented musicians in the North

West. Do your research, ask

questions and enjoy choosing the

soundtrack to your special day.

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Wedding Fayre

Thursday 10th

October 2019

To book a stand call Lisa on 0860481662

6-9pm

Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Railway Road, Buncrana, Inishowen, County Donegal | www.inishowengatewayhotel.com | + 074 93 61144

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Date 6th April 2019

Church

St Patricks Church, Murlog

Venue

Kees Hotel, Stranorlar

Photographer

Northern Sky

Dress

Amore Bridal Derry

Flowers

Darling Buds

Church Decor

Team Bride

Band

The Yetis

Martina McBrearty & Justin Graham

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For All Your

Happily Ever After

Needs

www.orchardbar.ie

E The Orchard Inn Q Orchardvenue.lk

High Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

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ales

Team Brides Top Tips to your

perfect Wedding Day glow!

Fake tan may be one of the greatest inventions ever, Fact! If

you’re anything like me and have typically Irish pale to the

point of translucent skin, then you will be as grateful for

a good fake tan too. Your wedding day tan is a little more

important than the usual ‘Tan Thursday’ application and

will ideally involve the help of a professional. Even the best

tans last a little better with some preparation and here’s

everything you need to know to get that perfect glow...

Have a practice run! Even if you’re a

self-tanning expert I highly recommend

that you have a tan-trial ahead of the big

day. You hen party is the perfect time to

get a practice spray tan

Also, let your makeup artist know that

you’re having a spray tan so they know

what foundation will suit best

Two days ahead of your wedding is the

perfect time to get your spray tan

Make sure to get all other beauty treatments

(waxing, tinting, nails etc) at least 2

days prior to your Spray-Tan

Preparation is key! In the weeks leading

up to your wedding its important that your

skin is kept moisturised, hydrated and

exfoliated. Keep moisturising every day

to allow your tan to fade evenly and last

longer

Give yourself a break from tanning

products for at least 2 weeks before the

wedding.

Make sure to wear loose clothing to your

tanning appointment and avoid rain at all

costs!

Your tanner should offer you moisturiser

as a barrier for your hands, elbows and

knees. If they don’t then ask for it

For your honeymoon choose a sun cream

that doesn’t contain oil. P20 is a great

brand that protects well and isalso kind to

your tan

Don’t scrub your tan until you’re ready

to remove it all as this will result in an

uneven and patchy fade

Tanning tip: Use talcum powder to stop

sweating and transferring tan to your dress

Our favourite Bridal Spray Tans

Bellamianta - quick drying, transfer and water resistant with a golden olive tone.

B Perfect- a great all-rounder, available in two shades without the usual biscuit smell

Dripping Gold – a new one to the market but a must for any brides

who want a deep bronzed look for their big day

Vita Liberata – a beautiful sun-kissed glow that fades evenly and suits most skin tones

He-Shi – a natural glow that responds to your natural skin tone to give

a tan that looks natural and long lasting

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Being a bridesmaid is such a big honour and so much fun. But

depending on the couple you’re doing it for, and the kind of

wedding they’re having, it can also be a lot of hard work. Most of

the job though, is just about showing up, and showing an interest! Lots of

bridesmaids ask us what they should be doing to help the couple throughout

the wedding planning, or what jobs the bridesmaids need to do on the day.

We’ve rounded up the ultimate list of bridesmaid duties - while you won’t

be required to do everything on the list (we hope!) do your share, you’re

on your way to securing your status as the best bridesmaid ever!

Duties Before the Wedding

• Plan the hen party – keep in mind what the bride would like!

• Create a group chat with the bride and all the bridesmaids

• Check in with the couple regularly - offer practical help as often as

you can

• Help with any wedding DIY sessions

• Make yourself available for wedding dress shopping and fittings where

possible

• Make yourself available for bridesmaid dress shopping and fittings - do

some leg-work in finding dresses

• Listen to any wedding planning woes - be supportive and enthusiastic

• Turn all pre-wedding events into an excuse for cake and/or cocktails

• Book some pre-wedding pampering - tan, nails, waxing, facials etc

• Get a wedding gift

The ‘One Fab Day’

guide to being the

Best Bridesmaid Ever!

Duties on the Week of the Wedding

• If you can, try to take a couple of days off work so you’re available to

help out

• Attend any rehearsals, dinners, or beauty appointments

• Help with transport, last minute errands and wedding set-up

• Make sure you have the shoes, accessories, and underwear you need

• Help the bride to pack

• Prep an on-the-day emergency kit

• Prep a wedding morning playlist and buy in some bubbly

• Help defuse any pre-wedding stress or tensions

• Get a list of suppliers and their contact info for the day

• Get a copy of the wedding timeline and familiarise yourself with it

Duties on the Wedding Morning

• Wake up early, try to be prepped and on time

• Help keep the atmosphere in the room upbeat - tunes on!

• Make sure the bride eats breakfast

• Ensure the hair and makeup is running on time

• Introduce yourself as a point person to any key people, like the

photographer, videographer or venue coordinator

• Keep an eye on the time throughout the morning

• Field any questions and keep any issues away from the couple

• Make sure the prep room doesn’t get too hot or crowded, it should be a

fun, calm space for the bride

• Help the bride into her dress, and assist with shoes and jewellery

Duties on the Wedding Day

• Help her in and out of cars, or down stairs if she needs assistance

• Fix her dress and veil throughout the day, such as at the top of the aisle, or

when posing for photos

• Take her bouquet for the ceremony

• Arrange for cans or a ‘Just Married’ sign to be on the back of the

wedding car

• Help round family members up for photos

• Pay any suppliers you’ve been asked to

• Carry an emergency kit and the bride’s lipstick - let her know if she needs

touch-ups

• Assist her going to the bathroom, if required.

• Make a speech - we love it when a woman takes the mic

• Get guests to sign the guestbook or visit the photo booth

• Be first on the dance floor and encourage others to keep it filled for

the night!

• Arrange for candles, rose petals and bubbly in the honeymoon suite

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The Red Door Country House for something different!

Experience your special day with a

touch of something different at The

Red Door Country House.

Nestled on a 4-acre site overlooking

Lough Swilly in Inishowen, Co. Donegal,

the house, which was built in 1789,

today cleverly combines the tradition of a

country house with contemporary luxury

and style. Renowned for a relaxed, quaint

atmosphere, The Red Door Country house

is the perfect wedding choice for intimate

wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The extensive landscaped gardens with

unrivalled scenery and fantastic variation

of colour in every season make this country

house the perfect wedding venue. Rolling

lawns, mature trees and fine views across to

Inch Island ensures the wedding photography

will provide the most beautiful and

dramatic pictures of your big day.

The Terrace

The latest addition to the grounds, ‘The

Terrace’, has proven hugely popular for the

venue since its arrival last summer. An outdoor

seating area, The Terrace is the perfect

setting for guests to mingle

during drinks receptions, and with more

couples opting for al fresco nuptials, The

Terrace can also cater for small outdoor

wedding ceremonies. Larger ceremonies

may be held outdoors within a marquee

seating area amongst the arching trees and

immaculate gardens, or the conservatory-style

Willow Room affords the same

spectacular view from the comfort of

indoors.

Celebrations for up to 160 guests are held

in the beautifully appointed dining space

overlooking the Lough Swilly, where

guests can enjoy the breath-taking views

right up until the sun sets over Inch Island.

Marquee Package

For larger weddings up to 200 guests,

a Marquee Package is available for extra

dining space and an additional bar area in

the courtyard. The intimate wedding setup

at the country house means that guests still

experience top quality, restaurant style food

from highly trained, attentive staff.

The in-house wedding team are always on

hand to ensure a smooth planning process

from the initial meeting right through to

the wedding date, ensuring all details and

requests are adhered to.

Award Winning Venue

It’s no wonder The Red Door Country

House has been awarded a string of accreditations,

from Weddings Online ‘Restaurant

Venue of the Year’ for four years running,

to an esteemed AA Rosette award for

culinary excellence. If you are looking

for a wedding venue that incorporates its

magnificent setting into every moment of

the wedding day, look no further than The

Red Door Country House along the Wild

Atlantic Way.

EXPERIENCE YOUR

SPECIAL DAY WITH

A TOUCH OF

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

CIVIL CEREMONIES

& WEDDING RECEPTIONS

Fahan, Inishowen, Co. Donegal ~ 00353 (0) 7493 60289 ~ www.thereddoor.ie/weddings ~ info@thereddoor.ie

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Wedding DRESS

trends to make you drool

If ever there was an excuse to follow the trend to have two wedding dresses then this is it!

We have gathered together some of our very favourite wedding dress trends for 2020 and there really is

something to suit everyone. From romantic ballgowns, to simple elegance this season the designers have

pulled out all the stops and given you brides a real dilemma – one dress or two?

Ruffle-Trend

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Boho-Trend

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TEAM

BRIDE

loves!

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loves!

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Tailored Trend

Wedding-Suit-Pronovias

Contemporary-Glam-Trend

Nicole-spose-style-NIA20511

Romance Trend

Pronovias - Rocky

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Your Seating Plan Made Easy!

When you ask couples to name what they

found most stressful about wedding

planning, you will hear time and time

again that the seating plan almost caused the

wedding to not go ahead! Allocating seating to

both families, friends and work colleagues can

cause even the most calm couples to get a little

stressed so here’s Team Bride’s guide to creating

your seating plan without hassle!

Do we need one? This really depends on your

venue, quite a few will insist on it and it really does

help your reception run smoothly. Most guests expect

a seating plan which means everyone knows

exactly where to go and generally means everyone

is seated quickly keeping everything running on

time!

Get it started. Now! Most couples underestimate

the amount of time it can take so my top tip is to

get the first bit of it out of the way as soon as possible.

Create a ‘draft’ with your partner that you

are happy with, this way you have something in

place that can be easily edited should some people

unexpectedly RSVP yes or no.

Ask your coordinator. Speak to your venue and

get a room layout from them, also take their advice

on what works best for your numbers in their venue.

They will be able to advise on table shape and

how many you need at each table.

Keep your family close. While we know how

hard it is to please everyone, generally when seating

family try and keep both families as close to

the top table as possible - make them feel special

by creating VIP tables adjacent to the head table.

Mix it up! This is a tricky one, you want your

friends and family to have a good time and to mix

but you don’t want to force it. Keep friendship

groups together and consider guests who may not

know others and put them at a table where you

know they will be welcomed.

Loner table. Lots of couples think it’s a great idea

to seat all their singles guests together and surely

they will get along. Wrong! This can be super

awkward so instead integrate your single friends

throughout and seat them with guests you think

they’d get along with.

Table names. Instead of numbers you can add

a little bit of personality to your Table Plan by

naming each table. You could have a theme such

as ‘places you’ve visited’, ‘favourite bands’ etc

This will also remove the ‘perceived hierarchy’ of

numbers and stop Cousin Maeve giving out about

being shunned to table 20!

Place cards. This is personal choice. You can either

allocate your guests to a table and let them

choose their seat or you can allocate everyone a

specific seat at a table. One thing to remember,

when allocating a seat, you need to create individual

place cards and this can be very time consuming

to plan and execute with a typical Donegal

wedding having over 200 guests!

Guest accessibility & logistics. You many have

elderly guests where you will have to consider accessibility

into your table planning so they can get

up and about with ease. You may also have a kids

table, or families with little ones, in this case some

couples place these guests in an area that is also

easily accessed e.g. for kids to get to the bathroom

or if they need some time out.

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Stunning wedding photo locations in Donegal

If you are lucky enough to be getting married

in Donegal then you know that you will be

spoilt for choice when it comes to locations

for your Wedding photos. Donegal has

everything from perfect beaches and romantic

forests to rugged mountain backdrops and

everything in between. With so many beautiful

options, it can be hard to choose but fear not!

we have gone location spotting for you and have

come up with our top locations to make your

wedding photos amazing!

Dunlewey Ruins

Photo by Marty Crawford Photography

Mamore Gap Photo by Nicola Kelly Photography

Slieve League Cliffs Photo by Paul Doherty

Glenveagh National Park Photo by Mairead Harkin McGee

Muckros Head, Kilcar Photo by Ghorm Photography

Boat Strand at Carrickfinn Photo by Declan Devlin Photography

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The Poisoned Glen Photo by Cuimhne Photography


Your Something Blu

at Radisson Blu Letterkenny

The four-star Radisson Blu Letterkenny

are passionate about making it as easy

as possible to plan – and enjoy – your

special day. Recently awarded ‘Best Bridal

Venue’ for the 2nd consecutive year, the hotel

offers a choice of wedding spaces to cater for

dinner receptions, blessings & civil ceremonies;

with tailorable packages from only €43pp.

The hotel hosts only one wedding per day

to guarantee you the undivided attention you

deserve, and the hotel’s ‘Secret Garden’ is yours

for the day to capture memorable & unique

wedding photos.

Carnegie Ballroom

View the newly refurbished Carnegie Ballroom

which has received a complete décor update with

luxurious wallpaper and neutral tones to enhance

any colour scheme; suitable for a celebration of

100-320 guests. Poet’s Corner offers c ouples

a less formal wedding experience with vibrant

decor and variety of layout options, for parties of

75-100 guests.

Getting married in 2020 or 2021? The

Radisson Blu ‘Perfect Day’ Package includes

arrival reception, 4-course meal, evening buffet,

chair covers, sashes, table décor, discounted

guestrooms & much more, for only €4999 for

120 guests, or €8999 for 220 guests (€43 per

additional guest).

For further information or to begin your

#SomethingBlu journey, contact our experienced

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The Grooms Glossary:

Alright, guys. It’s almost time for the big

day! In the months and weeks leading up

to the wedding, it may feel like the bride

gets all the attention, but this celebration is just

as much about you. That’s why you need to be

prepared.

• Give yourself some alone time.

• Have a little time entirely on your own

before the ceremony starts. Your wedding day

is going to be spent with every close friend and

relative. You’ll be smiling for pictures all day

and really won’t get any time for yourself. Even

if you have to wake up early, take the time to

be alone and really soak in the day and what is

about to happen. You’re going to be a husband!

It’s a huge deal!

• Get ready to smile. Your mouth is going to

hurt from smiling so much! Keep in mind that

you are part of the main attraction of the day

and as well as your photographer asking you to

pose for photos, your friends and family will

want some too.

• Eat before you forget. If there’s one essential

piece for any groom, it’s to eat whenever you

get the chance to. You’ll be so busy running

around and doing little things to get ready, and

you’ll completely forget to eat anything that

day. Make sure your best man is watching out

for you and keeps you hydrated and eating.

• Follow the plan. You’ve been planning for

months, and now is the time to execute. Try to

stick to the game plan you came up with. Now

is not the time to try any last minute ideas as

far as wedding planning goes, the last thing you

would want is for your spouse to be surprised

by something that was not planned ahead of

time.

• Get your rest. Try to get some rest the night

before. It sounds simple enough, but you don’t

realise how busy the day is going to be. Try not

to go too crazy the night before so you’ll be

ready on the morning of the big day.

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Suits you! Styling tips to make that suit look super sharp...

• Show half an inch of your shirt cuff peeping

down beyond the sleeve, if in doubt it should be

no more than the width of you little finger.

• When closing your waistcoat buttons AL-

WAYS leave the bottom button open.

• The bottom tip of your tie should fall in line

with your belly button.

• If you wear a tie bar make sure it’s in line with

the breast pocket on your jacket.

• Always remember BROWN shoes BROWN

belt or BLACK shoes BLACK belt, TAN shoes

TAN belt etc etc…

• There are many ways to wear a pocket square

but it looks best when it’s worn ruffled and

unstructured as opposed to folded and placed in

the breast pocket.

• Always wear a white shirt for your wedding

day, a white shirt is a blank canvas and that

allows the neck wear and suit to do the talking.

• Within the wedding party all the guys should

be wearing the same shoes to promote a ‘uniform’

look, nothing worse than sloppy photos

with all the guys wearing different shoes.

• A great idea is for the guys to wear bright,

colourful, funky socks. It makes for a fantastic

photo opportunity.

• Hands out of pockets, and for that matter, keep

your trouser pockets empty, nothing worse than

bulging pockets and trousers will lose their

shape.

Have a little time entirely on

your own before the ceremony

starts. Your wedding day is

going to be spent with every

close friend and relative.

You’ll be smiling for pictures

all day and really won’t get

any time for yourself.

Grooms Speech

Essentials...

The grooms speech is expected to be more

serious than the best man’s speech, so it can

be an easier speech to prepare. If you feel

a little less nervous about giving your speech, remember

that your wedding guests are your friends

and family and they are all looking forward to

hearing you speak. In your speech, you can:

• Thank the bride for marrying you

• Thank the bride’s parents for the wedding and

for the great job they have done in raising their

daughter

• Thank your parents for all they have done for

you

• Say something humorous about how you met

• Thank your best man and ushers

• Share your thoughts about your bride and your

future together.

• Wear your heart on your sleeve, be honest and

be yourself!

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Getting Married in Ireland

Legal Requirements

We have a full guide to all the

legal requirements, but for those

not yet up to speed, basically in

order to get married in Ireland, you have

to notify the HSE of your intention to marry

at least three months in advance of your

actual wedding.

This applies whether you’re getting

married in a church, at your venue or in

the registry office. There is often a long

waiting list, so it’s recommended you get

in touch with your local registry office four

to six months in advance to make sure you

can get an appointment in time - there’s no

such thing as too early!

What documents do we need for our

intention to marry appointment in Ireland?

In advance of the intention to marry

appointment, you need to gather various

pieces of paperwork. If you’re both Irish

and this is your first marriage, none of it is

too taxing to source - you need your passports

and colour photocopies of them, your

original (or certified) birth certificates (and

copies), proof of address (and copies), and

you need to know your PPS numbers.

Find out more at www.hse.ie

• Both of you must attend to give

notice and you will need to have the

following with you – Passport, PPS

Number, Long Birth Cert, Divorce Decree

or Death Cert where applicable.

• If either of you are not an Irish citizen,

you need an Apostille Sta mp and

a Letter of Freedom may be required.

(find out more about that at www.hse.

ie).

• The registrar will also require the

following info:

~ Decision on a civil or religious ceremony.

~ Intended date and location of the ceremony.

~ Details of the proposed solemniser of the marriage.

~ Names and dates of birth of two proposed witnesses.

~ This info needs to be submitted on a form downloaded from www.hse.ie.

• A Fee of €200 is payable and you then sign a declaration to say that there’s no lawful reason

why you can’t get married.

• If there are no lawful impediments you will be issued with your Marriage Registration Form.

Keep this safe! You need to bring this with you on your wedding day as you will both sign it along

with your solemniser. Following the ceremony, you then need to return the signed form to the registrar’s

office within 30 days. Your marriage will then be legal, and you can purchase a Marriage

Certificate for €20 from any Civil Registration Office.

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The

Secret

Where

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Where fairy tales

come true


theDetails..

Theme:

The Secret Garden

Concept and styling

Carina, Team Bride

Photographer

Paul Doherty

Venue

Castle Grove Country House

Model

Eavan Hennessy

Décor

Simply Divine Weddings

Hair & Makeup

Toni Kelly, Enchanted Hair & Beauty

Headwear

Sass & Halo

Dresses

McElhinneys Bridal Rooms

Cake

Lough Erne Cakes

Stationery

Red Berry Print


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Weddings at

Harvey’s Point

One thing we know for sure is that Donegal has lots of fabulous options when it comes

to choosing your perfect wedding venue. There’s no shortage of amazing hotels,

country houses and stunning locations in which to celebrate your big day. Set in the

picture perfect postcard location of Lough Eske you will find Harvey’s Point, the ideal

wedding venue for your wedding.

5 Reasons why Harvey’s Point is your dream Wedding Venue

The Setting – we challenge you to find a more

beautiful setting than Lough Eske for your wedding.

If you’ve never been to Harvey’s Point then

you need to add it to your bucket list immediately!

With panoramic views of Lough Eske and

the Bluestack Mountains in the background, the

location is simply breath-taking. There are lots of

beauty spots and little hideaways that are perfect

for wedding photos and no wedding at Harvey’s

Point is complete without the obligatory photo on

the pier.

The People – the staff at Harvey’s Point have

all the charm you expect from an award winning

Donegal hotel but with a little added personality.

No matter what area of the hotel you visit, you

are greeted warmly and nothing is ever too much

trouble. This approach comes

naturally to the Harvey’s

Point team and is stepped

up a notch when it comes

to weddings. Samantha and

Micheál are the dynamic duo

there every step of the way

when it comes to planning

your dream wedding.

The Feast – Harvey’s Point

have long been established

as a food lovers paradise,

offering a unique and unrivalled

wedding banquet that

your guests will love! Famous

for their amazing starter and

dessert buffets, Head Chef Chris

McMenamin has now adapted

this concept to offer your wedding

guests an amazing banquet

experience that they will be talking about for

many years to come.

The Arrival – By water, by air or by land; it’s

all possible at Harvey’s Point! The pier conveniently

also acts as a helipad and what an entrance

that would make to announce the newlyweds.

Alternatively, you can opt to take some quiet time

and soak in the beauty of your surroundings while

rowing into Harvey’s by boat.

The History – what was once a small one

bedroom cottage surrounded by marsh land has,

30 years on, grown into the Harvey’s Point that

everyone has come to love and admire in equal

measure. Lots of couples have chosen this Donegal

gem as their dream wedding venue and in

doing so have become part of the Harvey’s Point

love story. An award winning hotel filled with

warmth, personality and beauty; Say ‘I Do’ to

Harvey’s Point.

Find out more - www.harveyspoint.com | +353 74 9722208 | events@

harveyspoint.com

Facebook @weddingsatharveyspoint

Instagram @donegalwedding

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When the Wedding Planner

Alexandra Manning @ The Wedding Experience

From the moment the ring was placed on my

finger the messages started rolling in saying

things like “oooh you’re going to have the

worlds most amazing wedding”. No pressure!

Being a wedding planner

I did start to feel a little

bit concerned about

how my wedding would be

perceived. Would clients

look at my wedding and

think “oh that’s not for me”,

would friends question my

career choice if I didn’t do it

“just right”. But the thing is,

everyones wedding is different,

and everyones style and taste is

different.

I was never going to have a

traditional wedding, I would

have eloped except it would

have been bad for business!

“The Irish wedding planner

who didn’t get married in

Ireland”.

So instead in August 2018

myself and my then fiancé

decided we would get married

a few months later on 30th

December 2018, when we

knew our families would be

around for Christmas and off

work. The most important

thing to us was to have our

parents, siblings, and closest

friends with us for our day. Yes

that is a short time frame to

plan a wedding but I do love a

challenge.

So we recreated our first

date! We got married in the

venue where we first met,

brought everyone on a little

mini pub crawl that we did on

our first date, but instead of

ending the night with a bag of

chips, we brought them to the

most beautiful boutique hotel.

In total there was 35 of us. I always

wanted my wedding to be

in this hotel where I’m from in

Cork, but the room only holds

38 people so I never thought

it would be possible, when we

decided to have a small guest

list I couldn’t believe my luck.

It was meant to be!

@weddingexperienceireland on Instagram

Pictures by Amy Frahill Photography

@amyfrahillphotography on Instagram

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gets married...

@weddingexperienceireland on Instagram

Pictures by Amy Frahill Photography

@amyfrahillphotography on Instagram

Personally I would have been way too anxious

and nervous doing the whole ceremony part in

front of too many people, I really wanted it to

be very intimate. So we decided to have our big

party with extended friends and family the next

day for New Year’s Eve instead.

Another big reason behind doing it small was

because I really didn’t want to go to work on

my wedding day, which inevitably would have

happened if we had a lot going on with loads of

people to host.

I could give plenty of advice to couples planning

their weddings but the one thing I’d say is

to please please please, do what is right for you

and your partner.

Yes it might cause a few eyerolls from the

aunt you see once a year, and questioning from

your parents neighbour but at the end of the

day, how much of a role will they play in your

life and marriage? If they are integral to your

daily life then of course they will be on the

guest list, if not and if they truly recognised

that your wedding is about you and not them

then they will wish you well and support you.

I always say plan for your future and not your

past, while I’m sure your better half or parents

would like to invite everyone they ever met in

school, college, work, that one time in the local

pub, along to the wedding, well when was the

last time you really spent anytime with those

people, and do you actually know them?

So, you do you! You won’t regret it, I promise

you!

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KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON

‘I do, do I?’, was the title of the book that Carrie Bradshaw

wrote after she married the enigmatic ‘Mr Big’.

Like Carrie, we spend our lives scanning the streets for our Mr Big,

only to find that when we’ve finally found him, and squealed “yes”

when he gets down on one knee, that reality kicks in.

The reality of planning a

wedding…

Reality comes in the form of stress, anxiety

and panic. And we begin to question it all:

‘I do, do I?’.

Of course you do. But sometimes the

overwhelming list of things to plan and

organise for our ‘big’ day can cause a stress

response in our bodies, which means that

our judgement can become clouded, and

we become less preoccupied with questions

about the lace on our dress, and more concerned

with questions about our relationships,

laced with doubt.

This is completely normal because when

under the duress of stress, our thoughts

are influenced by a biochemical reaction

from the stress response in our bodies. So

we’re running on adrenaline and cortisol,

which can lead to unhelpful and anxiety provoking

thoughts and those intricate trimmings

of doubt. But instead of taking the self-care we

need, we add to the building stress by striving

for perfection. But perfection does not exist. It’s

a metaphysical ideology, a notion, a destination

which does not exist. So stop yourself from trying

to get there.

Getting stressed over planning your wedding can

actually make it the worst experience of your life

instead of the best.

Here are a few self-care tips for

mindful wedding planning

● Are you planning a wedding based on what

you see on Pinterest and social media or a

wedding that is a true reflection of your eclectic

taste? Do you really need that doughnut stand?

And is it really necessary to remind everyone of

your new surname by having it strewn on every

surface?

● Set yourself a realistic budget. Financial stress

will ruin the joy of your planning experience.

So stay within your means. Be realistic. And get

crafty and thrifty.

● Do you even know 250 people? I know it’s

a big day, but it’s your big day, nobody else’s.

I’m quite sure that people can express how

beautiful you were by looking at your

photos on facebook without having to

invite them.

● Since it’s yours

and your husbandto-be’s

big day, do

not feel obliged to

invite the wife of

the fella you work

with because “it’s

nice”. If you don’t

know the person,

and don’t speak

to them at least

once a week, then

don’t invite them.

They are not part

of your life so

why should they

be part of the most

significant day of

your life.

Carrie and Mr Big

● Take a break

and detach

from wedding

planning. Meditate, do Yoga, get a massage

to release the tension, meet with a recently

divorced friend who doesn’t want to hear

about weddings. Separate yourself from the

stressors for a while.

● Work on being O.K with not feeling in

control. Anxiety comes from not feeling like

we’re in control, and then we panic. Nobody

ever really has their life under control, and if

they look like they do, they’re just great

actors. Remind yourself

of the reason for

all this planning

and bring yourself

back to the fact that

you’re vowing to

be with someone

in sickness and in

health. So don’t lose

your health to the

sickness of stress.

● Ask for help to plan. You do not have to do it

all yourself. Share your vision with your friends

and family members, and venue staff. You can

all work together to bring it to life, and it’ll be a

great way to bond. Delegate.

If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed and

anxious get in touch with me on

Instagram: ​Red dutchess​

or drop me an email: ​

Replenishyourmind@gmail.com

Red Dutchess

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Wedding CHECKLIST

Every couple is unique, so no two Weddings are the same and everyone’s planning experience is different. There aren’t any hard and

fast rules about planning a wedding, some couples can plan their perfect Wedding in just a few months while others take 2 years to

plan. Take your time to enjoy being ‘Engaged’ and then plan the Wedding that suits YOU as a couple. To help you along the way

TeamBride have put together a handy checklist that will help you along the way...

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Date 28th June 2019

Venue

The Red Door Country House

Photographer

Stevie Toye @ Logopix

www.logopix.ie

Dress & Website

McElhinneys Bridal, Ballybofey

Dress

McElhinneys Bridal Rooms

Hair

Ciara, LK Hair Design

Bridesmaids

Bridal Showrooms Derry

Suits

Tomorrows Bridal Derry

Wesley McKane & Tanya Graham

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SELFIE SNAPS

Tel: 087 1447 940

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Date: 18th of May 2019

Church

The Sacred Heart Church

Dunlewey, An Chuirt Hotel,

Gweedore

Hair & Makeup

Studio One, Dungloe

Photographer

Mark Cribb photography,

based in Cleethorpes UK

Dress & Website

The White Collection in Letterkenny

Bridal Breakfast

Team Bride

Grooms Suit

Esquire Menswear, Derry

Bridesmaids

Little Mistress

Groomsmen

Evolve

Flowers

Blathanna Maria in Gweedore

Laurence Frys & Tom Ladds

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Date 19th June 2019

Venue

The Lighthouse Tavern, Fanad

Photographer

Stevie Toye @ Logopix

www.logopix.ie

Witnesses

Tony & Brenda Coleman

Music

Peter & Sinead Breen

Birgit & Frank are from Germany. Many moons ago they

dated while still at school, but after college they went

their separate ways in life. They both married, then both

separated from their partners.Years later, they bumped

into each other in 2012/13... They started dating again

and NOW THEY ARE MARRIED... They decided to

elope to Donegal to tie the knot in secret.

It was great craic on the day as news started to filter

around their many friends in Ireland & Europe. Facebook

was to blame for word getting out as one of the witnesses

put it online! They were going to have a big celebratory

party back home in Dortmund!

Birgit Hafels & Frank Noelkenbockhoff

Over

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Call in and talk to Brendan

5 Upper Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

074 91 21763 | www.countyseat.ie

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Planning Dream Weddings for Generations

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Tel: 0035374 9125619

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Your Wedding entertainment is one of the biggest parts of your big day. Every wedding you go to as a guest you really notice:

1. The Venue 2. The Food 3. The Music!

When it comes to planning your wedding, you want everything to be perfect. You’ve dreamed of this day for your whole life

and don’t want to leave anything to chance. While everyone understands the importance of picking the right wedding venue

an area where many couples feel less confident is in choosing the right entertainment for the wedding day.

It’s understandable – it’s possibly the only time a couple will have to book a band or entertainer (and maybe the last!)

Fortunately, help is at hand...we’ve put together a bunch of handy hints to help you negotiate the wedding entertainment

booking process.

1. Book Early

As with booking your wedding venue, it’s crucial to book your wedding

entertainment as early as you can. The best wedding bands get booked

up for popular dates anything up to two years in advance. Ensure you

get the widest selection of wedding bands by beating the rush and

organising your wedding entertainment as soon as you have your venue

sorted.

2. Make sure you have entertainment for

each part of the day

The main wedding entertainment booking tends to be a band & DJ

package for the evening reception (more on which is in the next section),

but it’s important to choose the right entertainment for the other

stages of your day, including the ceremony itself, the afternoon drinks

reception and the wedding banquet.

Daytime wedding entertainment ideas are mood-setting musicians like

string quartets and acoustic guitar/vocal duos or alternative acts to keep

your guests occupied like magicians and caricaturists or Vegas Casino

tables. You’ve also got the option of foregoing live entertainment during

the day and putting together a playlist of laid-back tunes.

3. Choosing a wedding reception band –

the questions you need to ask yourself

The band you choose to perform at your reception is a matter of personal

taste, but if you’re lost as to where to begin, asking yourself the

following questions will help you to narrow down your selection.

What is my preferred genre of music?

The biggest thing is to book a wedding band that portrays your personality

as a couple. It’s your day, so go for an act that plays the type

of music that makes you want to get up and dance. Whatever you’re

into, there’s sure to be a band out there for you. If you’re struggling

to find the ideal band, then get in touch with an entertainment agency

like Entertainment Nation and they’ll do our best to find you the band

you’re looking for.

Will my guests like my chosen genre of band?

As well as enjoying the music yourself, your guests need to enjoy it

too. Think about who will be attending your evening reception and

what styles of music might appeal to them to avoid the dreaded empty

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floor! It’s useful to note that most of us professional wedding

bands, even those who specialise in a particular genre, include a

variety of songs with broad appeal to cater to the diverse ages and

tastes of a wedding audience.

Do I need to book a band to match my theme?

Themed weddings are a growing trend! If you’re organising a

vintage wedding, for example, it might be more appropriate to

book a vintage-themed wedding band rather than a modern pop

band or you might want a swing or motown band to go with a

certain theme.

Will my band have far to travel?

If you’re based in Donegal and fall in love with a band from

Cork, you’re going to struggle to secure them for your wedding.

Or if you do, you will be paying a premium to get them travelling

the length of the country. Plus think of the travel time for your

band as how would you feel about being the life of a party after

travelling 4-6 hours to get there. Whilst most wedding bands are

willing to travel, the further they have to drive, the more you will

have to pay, and some journeys are just not feasible at all. Keep

location in mind when looking for your live band and avoid the

disappointment of falling for a band who are unable to travel to

your venue.

4. Talk with your venue

Make sure to discuss your wedding entertainment plans with your

planner at your venue. They will have seen and dealt with all the

top bands and if there was any bands you need to steer clear of, I

am sure they would let you know.

5. Do some research!

The word “research” may sound dry and scientific, but this is the

fun bit! Make a pot of tea, sit back with your husband or wife

to be, and check out some of the great bands that are around the

northwest of Ireland! You can search Facebook various wedding

planning websites and find bands in your preferred genre and

style and get an idea of whether they’re the band for you thanks to

promo videos, demo tracks and detailed biographies packed with

useful information on the band, their history and what makes them

unique.

If you can, try to watch your band live before you book. Unfortunately,

this is rarely possible as professional function bands tend to

specialise in private events that aren’t open to the public.

** Ask your wedding band these questions**

Once you’ve picked the band you want to perform at your wedding

reception, you’ll need to establish a few facts to make sure

everything runs smoothly. If working with a well established wedding

band, most of these questions will come up naturally during

the booking process or in the “4-week call” (which is where the

band gets in touch 4 weeks prior to your wedding to make all the

final preparations), but it’s worth keeping them in mind.

1. What time will you get to my venue and how long will it take

for you to set up and sound check?

Establishing what time the band will arrive means you can relax

and enjoy yourself on the day itself, safe in the knowledge that

everything is in hand. It also means you can plan around when the

band will be setting up to minimise any disruption for your guests.

For us in Red Alert we work off the timings that we get from the

venue on the meal service and will arrive 1 hour before we get

access to the room, allowing approximately 1.5-2 hours for the

meal service.

2. What is the duration of your performance?

When it comes to duration of performance, every band is different.

The standard offerings are three 40 minute sets or two 60 minute

sets of live music, and you’re free to choose which suits your

occasion the best.

3. Do I need to hire a separate DJ?

You don’t want your guests stood around on the dance floor

looking at each other in awkward silences between and after sets of

music from your live band. Most bands offer a DJ service to keep

the party going while they’re finished their set on stage, but it’s

important to make sure this service is included.

4. Do you hold public liability insurance?

Some venues will ask for proof that any acts you book hold public

liability insurance. If proof is required, your act should provide

certificates on request. Any professional wedding band will hold

this and it will not be an issue.

5. Will you learn and perform my first dance?

What could be better than a unique rendition of your special song

from a live band for your first dance? Most wedding bands are

happy to learn your first dance as standard, but it’s always best to

check, especially if the song you want your band to learn deviates

drastically from their usual repertoire. Talk to the band about it and

if they think the song is not going to sound good played live by the

band it may be better played via MP3 of the original track!

What do I need to provide for the band?

You don’t need to give your band free rein at the bar, but a band

that’s been fed and watered is a happy band with the energy to give

their best during their performance.

Again this is not an expectation of any band, they would not (or

should not) expect drinks or food on the night. Plus, any professional

wedding band really shouldn’t be drinking on the job

anyway! Your band will be happy (ecstatic even!) to get access to

the evening buffet!

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Date 1st August 2019

Church

St Davogs Chapel, Dromore,

Co. Tyrone

Venue

An Grianán Hotel, Burt

Photographer

Sean Gallagher Photography

Bridal Breakfast

Team Bride

Dress

Mori Lee, McElhinneys

Bridal Rooms

Flowers

By Orla

Nichola McGowan & Darren McMenamin

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Stylish Looks

for a Modern Mum

Linea-Raffaelli

Every mum wants to look her best for the big

day but todays modern mums want to turn

heads and be noted as being super stylish.

Here we detail new season looks to

inspire any modern mum...

Fee Gee Ireland

John Charles

Ispirato

Pronovias

Fely-Campo

from-McElhinneys

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Veni-Infantino / Ronald Joyce


Stylish Looks

for a Modern Mum

Sonia - Pena

John Charles

Carla Ruiz

Veni - Infantino By

Ronalld Joyce

Linea by

Raffaelli

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Day After

Style Edit

With most modern Irish weddings now adding on a

‘Day After’ celebration where the couple can really

let down their hair, it’s just as important that the new

Mrs has her outfit just right!

Here we give you the run down on our

favourite looks for Autumn/Winter.

Missguided

Top Shop

Caroline Kilkenny

ASOS

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Sister Jane

New Look


DANNY DOUGHERTY PHOTGRAPHY

Your Wedding Moments and Memories lovingly

captured by Danny Dougherty Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY

Call - 0868799943 or email - dannydoughertyphotography@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/dannydoughertyphotography

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Budget Busting Tips

with Wedding Planner Alexandra Manning

(The Wedding Experience)

Don’t sweat the small stuff

A few days before the wedding myself and my husband wanted to gather a few

bits to gift our bridal party with, we got the girls earrings, and the lads pocket

watches. But we also thought, we should get colourful socks for all the brothers,

groomsmen, and the dads. Socks are expensive! We wanted to get them nice

ones and by the end it would have cost us something like €150!

In the end we went for a cheaper option and do you think anyone remembers

the bloody socks? Nope!

Moral of the story, you might think that all of the teeny tiny details are really important

but they end up costing a lot when its all added up and that’s money you

could spend on the honeymoon, or a weekend away soon after the wedding!

Don’t be afraid to say no!

My inbox was filled with links to absolutely gorgeous Jimmy Choos, and

other designer or high-end shoes that my mum was just so excited to be

looking at for me for the wedding. The thing is, I’m not much of a heel

person, and when I do wear them you can be sure they hurt and come off

after a few hours anyway. That and we had just bought a house so everything

was being compared to something else, like those sparkly Jimmy Choos

were the price of our dishwasher!!! So I respectfully sent a firm no to those

suggestions and picked up a baby blue suede court shoe in Dunnes for €20!

Space out your payments

Once you have everything booked and deposits paid, make a plan of all your

final instalments and put it against your income in the months leading up to

the wedding. If you can make a plan with your suppliers to pay off a bit each

month then it makes things a little easier.

Before the wedding we put some money into fixing my engagement ring

which is an heirloom, it was more important to me than a wedding band

(for my finger, not the music on the night!) and so instead of being under

pressure to also spend a fortune on a wedding band there and then, I picked up

a cute little ring from Pandora that we used for the ceremony and in time I’ll

pick up a wedding ring that I actually like! Nothing seems to sit well with my

engagement ring so I’m not sure if I actually will in the end! And that’s

ok too!

Have the wedding you can afford

Overall, my advice is to do what’s right for you as a couple and try not to

get caught up in the opinions and expectations of others. Before you begin

booking anything, sit down and work out a budget you can afford then book

within that budget.

Just because your cousin Linda spent thousands on lots of ‘extras’ doesn’t

mean you have to do the same, have the wedding you want and can afford.

The last thing you want is to start into married life in debt.

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Your Fad Diet

Have you noticed how people jump on board with

a popular fad diet, lose 5, 10 or even 20 pounds…

only to gain it all back and then some.

Why does this happen? It’s actually a simple

concept, and once you understand it you will be

forever saved from the tortures of yo-yo dieting.

with Personal Trainer

JOE RYAN

Fad diets saddle you with unsustainable

calorie restrictions and some

even cut out entire food groups

just to produce that short lived drop in

weight—a process that is actually harmful

to your long term metabolism. Fad diets

also ignore one vital component to shaping

up: EXERCISE!

You see, most fad diets operate on one age

old premise: cut calories, cut calories, cut

calories. By restricting the type and amount

of food consumed the fad dieter usually

sees an immediate drop in weight. If only it

stopped there…

But it doesn’t stop there. Life continues,

and the fad dieter returns to their pre-diet

eating habits—with one major difference

in their body due to the sudden drop in

pounds. Their calorie requirements have

gotten smaller.

In practical terms this means that the

dieter will begin gaining weight even

though they are eating their normal pre-diet

portions. And since exercise hasn’t become

a part of their routine, the unneeded calories

will result in pounds gained. So what’s

a dieter to do? Find a brand new diet to

follow—right? Wrong.

There is a way to drop pounds and firm

your body, but you won’t read about it in

the next diet book or hear it on the news.

The solution to your fad dieting nightmare

is a lifestyle change.

What is a lifestyle change? To change

your lifestyle means to replace unhealthy

habits with healthy ones, and to do so

consistently. It isn’t something you do for

a week or two, only to revert back your old

ways—a lifestyle change redefines who

you are.

I know this is starting to sound like some

heavy stuff but hear me out. Changing your

lifestyle from one that is unhealthy to one

that is healthy will be the best thing that

you ever do for yourself. Trust me, I help

people like you make this change every day

with amazing results.

Fact: The shape of your body is the direct

result of your current lifestyle.

So how do I change my lifestyle? That is

a great question, and the answer is actually

easier than you might think.

Most people who are unhappy with their

bodies are really only holding on to a few

bad habits. Once these destructive habits

are identified and then replaced with

healthy habits their body naturally transforms

from one that they loathe to one that

they are proud of.

In other words, to get the body that you

want simply determine your unhealthy

habits and replace them with healthy ones.

Here are the most prevalent unhealthy

habits:

The habit of inactivity. Failing to exercise

on a consistent basis is one of the most

destructive obstacles for your health and

figure. (The key word here is consistent. If

you aren’t exercising at least 3-4 times each

week then you own this habit.)

The habit of overeating. Consuming calories

in excess of your daily calorie needs is

one of the main reasons that more adults are

overweight today than ever before.

The habit of empty calories. Filling your

diet with foods that hold little to no nutritional

value is a great way to expand your

waist. (Hint: if a food item is made up of

mainly sugar and/or fat consider it ‘empty’

calories.)

You can lose weight and improve both

your appearance and your health.

You can look and feel great.

You can transform yourself into the person

that you’ve always wanted to be.

Don’t let another day go by that leaves

you a slave to unhealthy habits. Take action

now!

If you want help to recreate your lifestyle

and redefine your body then feel free to get

in touch

Facebook – Joes Bodyworks

http://www.joesbodyworks.com/

Call or email me today and together we

will recreate your lifestyle and redefine

your body.

RECIPE

Flax Meal Protein Cakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes?

Here’s a recipe that you can enjoy guilt

free. These pancakes are packed with

protein and contain omega-3 fatty acid

from the flax meal.

Omega-3 fatty acids are not manufactured

naturally in your body, and thus must come

from your diet as they are essential for

growth and development.

What you need

Serves 2

1 egg and 2 egg whites

2/3 cup non-fat cottage cheese

½ cup whole grain cornmeal

2 tablespoon almond flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1/3 cup non-fat milk

2 tablespoon flax meal

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Sliced banana *optional*

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and

blend until smooth.

2. Bake on a 350-degree griddle lightly

greased with cooking spray. Serve with

sliced banana.

Nutrition

264 calories, 4g fat, 39g carbohydrate, 3g

fiber, and 20g protein.

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2020 Wedding Checkup

• Mini Sewing Kit

• Hair Grips

• Blotting Paper And Tissues

• Fashion Tape

• Band Aid

• Compact Mirror & Your Lipstick

• Handy Wipes

• Pain Killers

• Breath Mints

• Clear Nail Polish

Whats HOT!

• Personalised Everything!

• Outdoor Ceremonies

• Mis-Matched Bridesmaids

• Mini-Moons

• Artificial Flowers

Whats NOT!

• Chair Covers

• A Late Bride

• Expensive Favours

• Candy Carts

• Throwing the Bouquet

Handbag Essentials

5 Nudes For The

Perfect Bridal Pout

PILLOW TALK

by Charlotte Tilbury €32

L’ABSOLU ROUGE

‘Suspense’ by Lancome €32

[Great all rounder]

Lancome

Labsolu

Rouge

Suspense

Real Bride

Top Tip

Make sure to purchase

whatever lipstick your

makeup artist will be using

on the day so you can touch

up throughout the day! Plus

you’ll want to wear it again

NUDE VANILLA

by TOM FORD €48

{SPLURGE]

CHERISH BY MAC

€20

[Most Popular]

Charlotte

Tilbury

Pillow

Talk

VAYDA

by Brenda Doherty Lipstick

Collection €12 {Budget Friendly}

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Your honeymoon starts here at Liberty

Making the right choice of destination

for your very special honeymoon

trip can be a daunting and

time-consuming experience. You want to

get it right and more importantly you want

to make the best choice for both bride and

groom.

Whilst you will aim for the best in value,

you will also want to ensure that you

have a relaxing, romantic and memorable

holiday.

Liberty Travel in Letterkenny is an

award-winning independent agency

and we have been successfully advising

couples on dream destinations all around

the world since 2002. There is a place for

everyone from long haul luxury, to cruising

in style and many fabulous hotels for

those who want to stay closer to home.

Why should you book

with us?

We invest considerable time and finance

into training to ensure that our Travel Consultants

have the expertise to provide you

the best in face to face personal service.

Being a member of the Travel Centres

consortium (Irelands largest group), we

ensure that we use expert tried and tested

airlines, suppliers and ground agents in all

resorts.

In addition to booking the trip we will

also book add on excursions so that you

can get the most memorable experience

of a destination. This

may be for sightseeing, theatre

tickets, car hire or restaurant and

spa reservations.

A payment plan can be put in

place to suit your needs. Our

travel app. can be downloaded,

and you can make payments and

check your balance at a time that

suits you. Your payments are

safe as we are fully licensed and

bonded by the Commission for

Aviation.

It is reassuring to many of our

clients that our 24/7 line is available

to you whilst you are away,

and we are always on hand for

any amendments or issues you

may have.

We are literally on your doorstep

and if you are unable to

come into us during office hours

we can arrange a private consultation

at a time to suit you.

We have a passion for travel

and for good service and have a

proven track record with many

repeat clients.

Your honeymoon is important to

us – so don’t leave it to chance.

Call us today 074 91 88380

Email info@libertytravel.ie.

Riverside Retail Park, Letterkenny, County Donegal | Call 074 91 88380 | www.libertytravel.ie

Call Liberty Travel

Call 074 91 88380

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Relaxing (Our Wrinkles!)

Before the Big Day

We all want to look our best on our big day, and beyond of course! Having our skin in healthy

condition gives us confidence, and allows for a more flawless makeup application for the

wedding day photos. Have you ever wondered about Medical Aesthetic treatments but didn’t

know quite where to start on your quest for accurate information?

So what do I need?

At Fitzgerald Private Clinic we are steadfast in our belief that most people do not need

injections to relax wrinkles or add volume. A carefully advised skincare routine should

be the most important element of our beauty routines.

However, when carried out by fully-registered doctors, with vast varied experience

and advanced medical aesthetic training, these treatments can give soft, subtle and

natural results in the safest possible way.

We choose the ‘less is more’ approach and take time at our detailed consultations to

discuss what, if any, treatments might suit your particular concerns best.

Timing

It’s important to explore options as early as

possible, ideally at least six months before

the big event so there’s plenty of time to try

out a temporary treatment. You will likely

have enough on the to-do list in the weeks

leading up to your wedding without worrying

about how your treatment may turn out.

Wrinkle-Relaxing

One of the most common concerns we see in

our clinic for brides-to-be is the presence of

prominent frown or ‘11’ lines that they feel

gives them an angry or tired appearance.

Treating this area with tiny amounts of anti-wrinkle

injections (Botox®) can soften this

appearance and result in a more rested and

refreshed look, without looking fake or frozen.

The consultation may take some time

so we can decide together on the best plan

for you, but the injections themselves take

only minutes and are quite comfortable.

Botox® and other anti-wrinkle treatments

take 1-2 weeks to take full effect, and last

Advice

approximately 3-4 months. We would recommend

the treatment is timed 4-6 weeks

before your date to allow time for it to settle

and look as natural as possible. This also

allows time to arrange reviews as needed so

you have the optimum result.

Along with other medical indications, Botox®

injections can also be used to reduce

overactive sweating in the armpits (axillary

hyperhidrosis). This takes 30 minutes to

perform, starts its effect within days, and

lasts approximately 6 months.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are another popular treatment

at our clinic however we are particularly

conservative when treating our

beautiful brides-to-be. We never want

to change someone’s appearance, we

strive to subtly augment or replace volume

in certain areas of the face such as

cheek, chin, jawline, nose or lips if indicated.

Dermal filler treatments take 30-

60 minutes to complete and can last on

average 6-24 months, depending on the

particular area treated and filler used.

You should always take care to ensure an

authentic FDA - approved premium dermal

filler is being used e.g. Juvederm Vycross

range. This may cost a little more to begin

with, but could save you thousands on corrective

work if your treatment is done by a

non-medical professional, or a cheap uncertified

filler is used.

You will see the results from dermal filler

injections immediately, followed by a period

of swelling and potential bruising, and

the overall settled and natural result will be

seen at 4-6 weeks.

If you would like any further information on medical aesthetic treatments, chemical

peels, Dermapen medical microneedling, ULTRAcel, Profhilo or Environ & Obagi

Medical skincare please visit our website at www.fitzgeraldprivateclinic.com

where you can also book your consultation online.

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Real Life Bride to Be

- Naomi McLaughlin

HI EVERYONE! I hope you are all well and enjoying the second edition of the Save The Date Magazine.

I was delighted to be asked to return and give you some more wedding prep tips from my own experience.

I’m getting married in October, and the

last few months have been hectic trying to

finalise everything.

I think I’ve shot myself in the foot with this

wedding planning craic. For the first 18 months,

I found myself saying, ‘planning a wedding

isn’t one bit stressful, I don’t know what people

are on about.’ Well! Now I know what they’re

on about.

Trying to finalise everything, pick colours,

decorations, flowers and cars is stressful enough

without even talking about invitations, the guest

list or the table plan. Ok, I realise I sound a bit

frantic now and might be putting the dreaded

fear into any other future brides, so I’ll stop.

I thought I’d use this column to give you my

top three tips for planning a wedding. Now,

I know I’m not an expert, but if it helps one

person, then I’ll be happy.

1. Don’t listen to anyone but yourself and

your partner. Everyone will have an opinion,

and it could change what you initially wanted.

Keep things to yourselves and only ask the

views of people you really trust.

2. Budget from the start. Weddings can be so

expensive, and before you know it, you could

be spending thousands on decorations just to

please other people. Before you get sucked into

the hype, make a realistic budget of what both

of you can save each month. Make a list of

what you really want for your big day and start

from there.

3. Remember what’s important. The most

important thing about your wedding is that you

are marrying the love of your life. Just when

you think you’re about to throw the to-do list at

the wall, stop, take a few breaths and remember

what it’s all about. As long as the two of you

are happy, then that’s all that matters.

There are loads of other wee tips I could give,

but I’m sure you all have lots of help around

you when planning your big day.

If you read my last column, you would know

we were deciding where to go on my hen party

earlier this year. We all settled with Marbella,

Spain, and we’re heading off at the start of September.

Check out my Instagram if you want to

follow along with the craic. There will be lots

of cocktails and a few sore heads I’d imagine!

Thanks for reading!

Naomi xx @thebigfworddblog

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Abbey Hotel

074 97 21014

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An Grianán Hotel

074 93 68900

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Castlegrove Country House

074 91 51118

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Clanree Hotel

074 91 24369

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Harvey’s Point

074 97 22208

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074 93 61144

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Jackson’s Hotel

074 91 31021

www.jacksonshotel.ie

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074 91 31018

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Lough Eske Castle

074 97 43163

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Mount Errigal Hotel

074 91 22700

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074 91 53313

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Orchard Inn

074 91 21112

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

074 91 94444

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Red Door Country House

074 93 60289

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Silver Tassie

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Station House Hotel

074 91 23100

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Waterfront Hotel

074 95 22444

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CBM/Big Day Signs

074 91 60044

www.cbmsigns.ie

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086 341 0010

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Shelley Invitations

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074 91 25955

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Letterkenny Credit Union

074 91 24166

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074 91 88380

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074 91 67964

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McElhinneys

074 91 31217

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074 91 24552

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Stitch it Bernie

087 432 4324

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074 91 22120

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G&G

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House of Beauty

074 91 24624

Hue Hair Salon

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Ricky’s Hair Salon

074 91 26575

Sunset Tanning

074 92 00255

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Evolve

074 91 61615

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HEALTH & FITNESS

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Slimming World

086 079 2558

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Simply Divine Weddings

087 164 9226

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