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Team Bride Magazine
Finally! We made it to 2020 and what a year it is set
to be for weddings. Save the Date with Team Bride
Magazine has all the information and inspiration
you need to plan your big day!
With this being the third edition, it is the biggest yet
and absolutely jam packed full of expert advice, bridal
fashion, real weddings and local suppliers that we know
you will love.
You might recognise some of the guest writers that we
have brought on board for this Winter Edition, from
fashion bloggers, hair stylists, travel experts to skincare
experts and popular local wedding suppliers – we
have some amazing content that we hope you will find
invaluable in planning your wedding as stress-free as
possible. We are so lucky to have such a pool of talent
right here in the North West who are willing to give their
time and expertise to help us bring you a quality magazine
packed full of relevant and useful ideas and inspiration.
Feedback from the last two editions has been
overwhelming and we love seeing our magazine take
pride of place in businesses and homes all over the county
and as always we had demand for the magazine to be
posted as far away as Australia which simply blows my
mind! One of my favourite features in the magazine is real
weddings and I’m so excited for you to see our own bride
Naomi’s beautiful wedding featured in this issue.
As always, blood sweat and tears have gone into making
this magazine what it is and I’m grateful to have worked
with a fabulous supportive team who have a passion to
deliver something that every engaged couple in the North
West can enjoy!
As always I look forward to your feedback.
ON THE COVER
Dress Pearls & Lace
Model Aeva Andersson
Hair & Makeup G&G
Photographer Paul Doherty
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Winter 2020 Edition
Hen Party Style
8 REAL WEDDINGS:
Maeve McKeever & Ryan Keenan
12 & 13 Dress Trends for 2020
16 Alterations, everything you need to know
18 Coolest Place on the Planet’s guide to Donegal Hen Party
20 & 21 Real bride Blogger Naomi marries her sweetheart
26 The Bridesmaid Trend Edit 2020
27 Flowers to wow 2020 Trends
32 & 33 What’s ‘You’ For 2020
36 Dancing in The Rain by Paul Doherty Photography
36-39 FEATURE PHOTO SHOOT: Gorgeous Glam
44 REAL WEDDINGS: Eve Havlin & Danny Glenn
45 The icing on the cake 2020 Trends
46 REAL WEDDINGS: Enya Bonnar & Gareth Peoples
48 & 49 The Grooms Glossary
5 wedding day gifts your bride will love
50 & 51 Expert nail advice and preparation
with Nails by Rina
52 & 53 Day After Style Edit
by Fashion Chair columnist Emma Murray
54 REAL WEDDINGS:
Sarah Louise Clarke & Darren Owens
56 REAL WEDDINGS:
Sharon Higgins & Michael McHugh
58 2020 Wedding Check-up
What’s Hot! What’s Not!
60 Hen Party Fashions with Snazzy Yazi
62 EXPERT ADVICE:
Fitzgerald Private Clinic - Wedding Glow Time
63 Honeymoon Delight
by Irish Blogger Charlene Ryan
64 & 65 EXPERT ADVICE:
Bridal Beauty Timeline by Aoibheann Walsh (G&G)
66 EXPERT ADVICE:
Joes Ryan’s tips on how to get in shape for your big day
67 EXPERT ADVICE: Wedding Wellness
From Sarah Barr (New Beginnings)
68 & 69 Been there Bride: Advice from the other side
70 EXPERT ADVICE
Grainne Gavigan talks wedding music
75 Save The Date Wedding Directory
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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
Wild Atlantic Weddings at the
t Shandon Hotel & Spa on Marble Hill strand we are very excited to provide you with one of
Donegal’s finest wedding venues overlooking Sheephaven Bay and on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Treat your guests to an exceptional wedding experience with supreme
food, spectacular views and a memorable experience the day after in
our beautiful Thermal Spa.
The resort has everything you and your closest family and friends could
ever desire, boasting 68 guest rooms incorporating Standard, Deluxe,
Superior, Executive, Junior Suite and Master Suite. Coastal dining views
in Marbles Restaurant, Beats Bar, Jon Jo’s Cocktail Lounge, Leisure
Centre with Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Tennis Court
and Kids Activity Centre.
Mc Carthy Suite
Catering for a maximum of 200 guests with an unrivalled spectacular
view over the bay, the suite is totally versatile and can be set up in any
way you wish.
Weddings at Shandon Resort are not typical of any average banquet,
our team of Executive Chefs will provide high end quality food in terms
of presentation and taste. No two menus are the same, your menu
choices can be finalised at your wedding menu tasting which is hosted
in Marbles Restaurant over looking stunning Sheephaven Bay.
Terrace Weddings/Civil Ceremonies
Weather permitting we can host your civil ceremony on Shandon
Terrace taking in the spectacular views of Sheephaven Bay and the
majestic Donegal landscape as a backdrop. Arrival drinks reception can
be catered for indoors in the Hotel Lobby with unrivalled views or
outdoors on the Terrace with the aroma of the beach at our feet.
Award winning Spa comprising of Thermal Spa, Relaxation Room and
Outdoor Canadian Hot tub, offering a wide range of Spa, Hair and
Beauty wedding packages executed by our highly skilled team.
Meet the Team
Viewing appointments recommended, contact our team at the Resort
on 00353 (0)749136137 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange an appointment.
Marble Hill Strand, Portnablagh, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
Shandon Hotel: Tel: +353 74 91 36137 | www.shandonhotelspa.com | Email: email@example.com
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Dream Weddings at Harvey’s Point
Located on the shores of Lough Eske and at the foot of the
Bluestack Mountains, Harvey’s Point is your dream come true.
Exciting News! Our new look Ballroom will be revealed in February 2020
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Weddings at Harvey’s Point Showcase - Thursday March 5th, 6-8pm
Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
+353 74 9722208 | www.harveyspoint.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
The perfect venue for
your wedding day
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
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 venues, we
We have three wedding packages to choose from,
EMERALD, SAPPHIRE & PLATIMUM
Packages start at €44 per person and
all packages include the following;
4 Course Dinner (Choices with Packages)
White Chaircovers with a choice of a
Gold or Silver Sash.
White Linen Napkins & Full Length Tablecloths.
Choice of Table Centre Piece –
Candelabras, Crystal Globes or Tall Glass Vases with
Fresh Lilies or Crystal Globes
All Packages come with evening buffet
pride ourselves in offering our guests
personal attention and 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
Our fabulous Bridal Suite is
spacious with added luxuries.
Together with the Wedding Package of your Choice,
you can enjoy the benefits of the following:
• Guaranteed attention of the wedding team
• Red carpet lit lantern arrival
• Champagne reception on arrival for your Bridal party
• Complimentary room hire of or banqueting suite
• Fresh flower arrangement for the top table
• Selection of cake stands & cake knife
• Built in PA system & background music during the meal
• Personalised wedding menus for each table
• Extensive free car park for all your guests
• Complimentary “second helpings” for all your guests
• Use of our private garden and our fabulous staircase
for stunning bridal photographs
• 50% reduction for children aged between 5yrs &
12yrs. Children under 5yrs are free of charge
• Overnight accommodation for the bride & groom in
our luxurious bridal suite
• Reduced rate on a maximum of 15 guest bedrooms
(subject to availability)
• 2 FREE bedrooms for your Bridal Party
• 1st Anniversary dinner for 2
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Atelier Pronovias – Red Sun
Maggie Sottero – Marlee
Enzoani – Octavia
All That Glitters
Mori Lee – Raja
Ronald Joyce – Chrissy
Jenny Packham – Jackie
Justin Alexander – 88122
Lillian West – 66119
Ian Stuart – Soutache
Just An Illusion
Pronovias – Methone
Hayley Paige – Hemmingway
Dando London - Luna
Atelier Pronovias – Red Sun
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Lillian West – 66119
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Mori Lee – Raja
Maggie Sottero – Marlee
Make a statement
All That Glitters
Shine bright with Sequins
Pretty Statement Dress
Just An Illusion
Dare to Bare
ALL THAT GLITTERS
JUST AN ILLUSION
Dando London - Luna
Nestled in the heart of the picturesque
village of Ballyliffin,
Inishowen, Co. Donegal, we
invite you to indulge in the opulence
of our luxurious hotel and its facilities
including enchanting wedding location,
panoramic views, professional service/
teams & superb AA Rosette Winning
The Multi Award-Winning 4* Ballyliffin
Lodge & Spa is arguably described
as one of the leading wedding venues in
all of Donegal. Boasting 40 high-class
bedrooms, fully-equipped gym and leisure
facilities, including our Rock Crystal
Spa plus our cosy Jacks Bar & exquisite
Weddings are the speciality at the
Ballyliffin Lodge. We can cater for the
intimate wedding of around 80 guests or
for the larger wedding banquets of up to
500 guests. We also offer top-class civil
ceremonies in our delightful NEW Gate
Lodge purpose-built ceremony venue!
Also, with just one wedding-per-day,
rest assured, our experienced staff will
be on hand to make sure your day runs
smoothly from start to finish.
The hotel is renowned for its attention
to detail, impeccable service,
high-quality local-produce cuisine,
not to mention the breath-taking
coastal views of Pollan Bay,
Glashedy Rock and Malin Head
(Ireland’s most Northerly Point).
Another recent addition to the
hotel is our landscaped Glashedy
Wedding Garden which offers our
happy couples yet even more opportunities
for those all-important
magical wedding photographs.
The Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa
offers the one-stop shop for your
Our friendly and experienced
wedding team would love to speak
with you further regarding your
special day so please do get in
touch to learn more of what we can
P.S. remember, “You Dream it,
We’ll do it!”
Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa,
Inishowen, County Donegal
T. 074 93 78200
GETTING MARRIED IN
Classic or Contemporary?
Flashy or Reserved?
The Suit Room @ County Seat
has it all for your big day!
Call in and talk to Brendan
5 Upper Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
074 91 21763 | www.countyseat.ie
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Donegal & Ulster’s
Top Rated Wedding Venue 2019
Photo courtesy of
Jay Doherty Photography
T’s & C’s Apply.
from the beach
2022 & 2023
Our New Civil
CONTACT OUR WEDDING TEAM: SALES@BALLYLIFFINLODGE.COM
+353 (0)74 93 78200 | WWW.BALLYLIFFINLODGE.COM |
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Dress shopping is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process and one that most ‘brides-to-be’ look forward
to the most. It can be a stressful process and the sense of relief and joy when you have found ‘the one’ is real! One mistake
‘brides-to-be’ make is to think that it’s another tick off the list and they don’t have to think about their dress again until it
arrives into the bridal shop – wrong! Ordering your dream dress is only one part of the puzzle and unless you have the budget
to go for a custom fitted designer dress then you are going to need some form of alterations to make sure it’s the perfect fit on
the big day! With this in mind I’ve put together the ultimate Team Bride guide to the alteration process! (You’ll thank me later!)
– you will be wearing it for at least 16 hours so
you want it to be comfortable!
It’s never too early! Good seamstresses are
like gold dust and you want someone who
has experience working with bridal dresses
as it can be intricate, delicate work. Once you
find a recommended seamstress – book them
straight away! Even if you don’t have your
dress yet, book into their diary so you know it’ll
be taken care of. Every wedding dress will need
alterations of some kind .
BUDGET FOR IT
Even if your bridal shop offers an in-house
alteration service it’s unlikely that it will be
included in the price of your dress so make
sure to add alterations to your budget. Cost will
depend on how detailed the dress is and the
amount of work that needs done but if you allow
between €200 - €350 you should be well covered
(unless you want reconstruction or sleeves etc
added, then you need to budget more). Bridal
alterations are a specialist service and one dress
can take a few days to alter so this is reflected
in the cost.
Be patient – it may take a few fittings to get the
fit 100% how you want it. Allow for three fitting
appointments (you may only need two) and trust
your seamstress to know what needs to be done
and the best way to do it.
GET YOUR SHOES
Make sure to have your shoes with you for
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ALL FITTINGS, especially your first fitting as
the seamstress will need to be able to see what
shoes you are wearing to alter the length of your
dress. It will also give you an opportunity to get
used to wearing your wedding shoes and wear
them in a little.
USE IT AS A TRIAL
Although your fitting appointment is to get your
alterations sorted it is also a great opportunity to
have your hair and makeup trials so you can see
how everything will look on the day. No fake tan
though – unless you want to risk transfer to your
dress. Also, be mindful not to touch your dress
too much during the fitting.
I cant stress this enough! During your fitting
it’s important to move around in your dress –
don’t just walk a few steps, try to get a good area
where you can walk around and make sure your
length is good and you clear the floor without
catching on your dress. Also bear in mind
different floor surfaces will affect the length.
You will glide over a smooth tiled or wooden
floor but you will sink into carpet so think about
the type of floor in your ceremony and reception
venues – my pet hate is seeing a bride kicking
her dress up the aisle because it’s too long! Your
dress should be just off the floor to allow easy
movement! Also, don’t forget to sit in your dress
PLUS ONE ONLY!
With all the excitement of the wedding it’s
tempting to want to bring all your nearest and
dearest to your fitting with you but it’s important
to bring only one or two with you – too many
opinions are not helpful at this stage and can
add stress. Bring the same people to each fitting
and ideally someone who will be there on the
morning of the wedding to help you get dressed
(unless you have Team Bride booked then you
don’t have to even think about it!).
Underwear is key to the fit of your dress. You
should ask your bridal consultant for advice on
what type of underwear will work best for your
dress (practicality generally wins over pretty in
this case!). A week or two before your fitting you
should get measured for your underwear and
make sure to bring it with you to your fittings – a
different bra can make a few inches difference in
terms of alterations.
You may not want to eat before your fitting
as you don’t want to risk bloating etc but its
important that you don’t have an empty stomach.
You could be standing in one spot for an
hour and you don’t want to feel faint so have
something to eat beforehand and sip water
throughout your fittings.
Offering three Packages to choose from -
Our Classic Bliss, Simply Elegant and Sheer
Indulgence packages offer only the finest for
our wedding couples, with the comfort of
knowing we will change any details to cater for
your specific needs alongside our specialist
décor company we are here to ensure you have
the most magical day.
The Coolest Place on the Planet’s
Guide to your Donegal Hen Party!
If you fancy a hen with a bit of
everything then listen up!
I love none other than Donegal Town
for a big night out. This wee town has
it all; a fun holiday atmosphere with an
abundance of places to stay, eat and
drink. The Gateway Lodge is great
to stay in and has fun veranda type
apartments just a 5 minute walk from
the centre of the action. It also has a
fab restaurant called Blás.
The Abbey Hotel and Central Hotel,
right in the centre of the action (on
The Diamond), are another great shout
and believe me you will more than
likely end up in The Abbey so why not
stay there! It also has a really fabulous
restaurant so can be a one-stop-shop.
Other places worth a visit are The
House Gastropub for food, drink & a
bit of craic. Don’t forget to try their
cocktail menu, definitely one of the best
Espresso Martinis around! Quaywest
down by the harbour is fab for seafood
and to watch the sunset along the bay.
McCafferty’s Bar is brilliant for live
music and to get you in the mood for
Sky nightclub in The Abbey!
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If you’re looking for activities, then
there are LOADS!! You can head out on
the Baywater Bus, a boat that leaves
from the harbour and brings you all
around Donegal Bay, they have music
and drink on board so a great way to
see the area with some fun added in.
You can also take a short trip to
Rossnowlagh beach (10 minute drive)
and go out paddle boarding or surfing
with Rossnowlagh Surf School. If you’re
feeling even more adventurous there is
horse riding on the beach or you can
get the hiking boots on and get up into
the Bluestack Mountains (great way to
clear the head).
Why not do Paddle & Prosecco with
the lovely Máiréad at Gola Adventures.
You get to kayak, paddle board and
have the most amazing picnic on the
beach with lots of bubbles. Stay at
The Ivy in Gweedore, a lovely B&B/
restaurant, get yourself out to Teach
Mhici for some pizza & cocktails and
back to Sean Ógs for a dance.
You can also visit the bad Eddie
By Erin McGinty
shipwreck on the beach below the B&B
- a stunning beach to walk & be sure
to grab a sunrise on the way home! The
backdrop of Errigal is breathtaking.
has it all!
Fancy venturing into the most northerly
part of Ireland? Moville and Buncrana
are great options. In Moville stay and
eat at The Foyle Hotel. Go paddle
boarding or kayaking along the coast
with Inish Adventures. There’s lots
of great pubs and coffee shops with
a fab coastal walk to Greencastle.
In Buncrana stay at The Inishowen
Gateway, perfect for a group.
They have a fab spa if you fancy getting
pampered. To eat, Ubiquitous on the
Main Street is delicious and O’Flahertys
pub next door is great for a cocktail
and a dance. Inish adventures do a
stunning kayak trip around the caves at
Fort Dunree (10 minute drive) or Crana
Stables go horse riding on the beach
Donegal really has it all!
For more Donegal adventures follow
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Marries her sweetheart
And just like that it’s all
over and I’m an old married wife...
Well, don’t mind the ‘old’
part, I am now officially
a wife and have been for
the last two months. I haven’t got
used to that word yet, along with
my new surname and calling my
other half my ’husband’.
It’s very surreal but a lovely
feeling nonetheless. A feeling I can
only describe as warm and fuzzy,
As far as nerves go, I was really
quite nervous beforehand. I was
really nervous about the service
up the aisle
had quite a big
guest list and the
thought of having
so many people
looking at us in
silence for a solid
hour was giving
me nightmares. If
you’re feeling like
this, don’t be.
We had a
rehearsal the week
before which really helped settle
my nerves and it really wasn’t half
as bad as I thought. That didn’t
stop me having a little cry at the
back of the chapel when I peeked
in to see everyone though. I’m sure
we’re all the same at this point!
People will tell you, the day flies
by and it’ll be over before you
know it. They’re not wrong- it
really does go by in a blink. So one
huge piece of advice I would give
is to really live in the moment on
the day. Ditch your phone - I didn’t
look at mine once on the day and it
was great. There will be plenty of
photos to steal the day after.
We worked with Shea Deighan
and QML Videos and they were
both fantastic. From the minute
they entered our homes in the
morning until they left the hotel
at night, they were brilliant. My
husband, myself and our friends
don’t take ourselves too seriously
and we really love having a bit of
craic and these guys were perfect
for our personality.
Another massive recommendation
I would give is The Inishowen
Gateway Hotel. I could not say
one bad thing about our hotel! The
staff were fantastic, the food was
absolutely delicious, and the day
We felt so comfortable and
relaxed throughout our day and the
morning after and we can’t wait
to visit the hotel again sometime
Hair and makeup were done by
Makeup by Julie
and RUA by John
They both were
made us feel like
a million dollars.
and all decor in
the service and
in the hotel was
done by Happy
Ever Vintage and
again I could not
recommend this company enough.
We had the pleasure of dancing
the night away to The Muddlers
Club and when I say danced,
we didn’t, along with the entire
wedding, sit down all night. The
band is incredible, and we couldn’t
recommend them enough.
One last piece of advice I
woould give any future brides is to
remember it’s YOUR day.
Don’t try to please everyone and
anyone. Do what makes you happy.
Don’t put yourself in mountains
of debt to try to impress other
people. The main thing about the
entire day is that you’re marrying
the person of your dreams.
I couldn’t write the column
without mentioning my amazing
husband. I am forever grateful that
you came into my life, and out of
all the millions of people on this
planet, we ended up together as
husband and wife.
I’ll love you forever.
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Two stunning wedding venues to choose from!
One of Donegal’s best known wedding venues, the Villa Rose Hotel
have now added a second wedding venue to their offering.
In 2017 Jackson’s Hotel was purchased by the Gallen
Family, owners of the renowned Villa Rose Hotel and having
earned a reputation as one of Donegal’s finest wedding
venues over the past ten years, Tommy & Bridget Gallen are
now extending the same unrivalled service & standards to
will be at
With the highly
& knowledgeable wedding
experts - Rhonda
Gillespie and Antoinette
Coyle at the helm, each
hotel will maintain high
standards in wedding
service with only one
wedding a day.
There are a number of prime dates left in 2020 & 2021 for you to
To find out more about our exclusive new autumn winter wedding
package give us a call or why not come along to the spring wedding
fayre which takes place on Sunday, January 26th from 1pm with a host of
over 80 exhibitors and wedding suppliers for you to meet.
If you would like to find out more, why not come along and meet our
dedicated wedding co-ordinators for a one to one wedding consultation.
Contact The Villa Rose or Jackson’s Hotels to schedule an appointment
to discuss your wedding needs and enjoy a viewing of the hotels and the
beautiful surroundings along the River Finn and adjoining woodland.
074 91 31021
Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
074 91 32266
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For All Your
Happily Ever After
E The Orchard Inn Q Orchardvenue.lk
High Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Planning dream weddings for generations.
The family run 4 star Silver Tassie Hotel is well known as one of the top-rated wedding venues in the
North West and indeed the country, with many awards & accolades to their name.
Renowned for providing first class service & superb food in the stunning chandelier clad Woodland Suite
this hotel oozes romance. With its onsite Seascape Spa & Atomic Hair Salon this is the perfect venue for
your special day. For more information or to visit the hotel for a show-around, contact their dedicated
wedding coordinators John or Georgina on +353 (0) 749125619 or email@example.com
The Silver Tassie Hotel, Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
E @weddingssilvertassiehotel Q @silvertassiehotel
Tel: 0035374 9125619
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THE HEART OF D NEGAL
Celebrate your Wedding Day overlooking donegal bay
Request a Wedding Brochure T: 00353 (0) 74 9721027
The BRIDESMAID TREND EDIT
2020 is the year of the Bridesmaid!
1. Hayley Rynn
3. Kami Olavarria Photography
3. 2. 7.
Short and Sweet
8. Hayley Paige-Occasions
9. Hayley Paige
8. 4. 9.
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Flowers to WOW!
Flowers are one of our favourite ways to add personality to your wedding day and the choice
available today means that you can work with your florist to create something really unique.
The 2020 wedding season is full of Flower Power and we couldn’t be happier about it!
Oversized Bouquets Jewel Inspired Pampas Grass Ditzy Daisy
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Meet the ‘Dream Team’ behind
Redcastle’s Dream Wedding
Meet Aisleen McDonald,
Finalist for Wedding Co-Ordinator
2019 and 2020 in The Irish Wedding
Awards, Aisleen is the Fairy Godmother
of all brides and grooms.
The Redcastle’s highly experienced
Wedding Team work tirelessly to
ensure every detail of your special day
is amazing, allowing you to relax and
spend the day with your family and
Being involved in the planning
and overseeing of such a special day
really is such a rewarding job. I love
the excitement of helping a couple
plan their most important day. To be
involved in a day where all their family
and friends come together to celebrate
their relationship and their marriage,
feels very special. I’ve always had such
a passion for weddings, I feel I am the
type of person that people can trust and
I have worked with the company for
over a decade now, I’ve been both a
guest and a bridesmaid for a wedding
here and I can honestly say that the
Aisleen, Gerry, Tracy & Madeleine
food and the service you receive
is fantastic. In addition to this,
the stunning grounds which offer
the perfect backdrop for your
photos, with the option of having
an indoor or outdoor ceremony,
the fully inclusive packages mean
less for the couple to worry about,
and not forgetting the breathtaking
Ocean Suite, which comes
fully set with drapes, chair covers,
The Bridal Showroom
Renowned for its
of the Year
of designer bridal & bridesmaids’ dresses Sizes 8 – 32UK
By Appointment Only
Unit 3 Balliniska Road, Springtown Ind Est, Derry, BT48 0LY
bows and centrepiece at no extra cost.
If I were to get married, it would have
to be here at the beautiful Redcastle
Hotel. I truly am delighted to be
the wedding co-ordinator for such
an amazing property. The hotel has
recently been shortlisted for Hotel
Wedding Venue of the Year Ulster.
I would encourage any couples who
are considering The Redcastle Hotel
for their wedding venue, to get in
touch to arrange an appointment or
come along to one of our open days.
As newly appointed Banquet
Manager I join the Team with 21+yrs
experience in Hospitality. With 650+
Weddings celebrated; I look forward
to meeting the new couples taking
their journey with the Redcastle
For me, organisation is the key
and working alongside Aisleen,
Tracey and Gerry who have the
same attributes, we make the perfect
team. Overseeing the team on the
floor doing their part on the Day and
making sure each and every guest is
looked after, is very rewarding. As an
added bonus, we have a strong local
work force here which we are very
I have the role of following through
on all requests and personal details
that each couple have for their Day.
From set-up in the morning to dinner
service and the evening buffet. I get to
experience all the special memories
that are made on this day. The top
table is a very special magical place
to be at, especially during Speeches.
The presence of so many close family
and friends supporting and enjoying
Looking for a
Meet the team that will
make it happen...
a couple’s day. As every wedding
is so unique, it makes the job so
Meet Tracy Cavanagh,
I joined The Recastle Hotel
Kitchen Team in 2011, I have had
a passion for cooking for as long
as I can remember and started
working in a kitchen aged 17. I get
great satisfaction when I see the
finished product and especially
when we always receive such
great feedback from our couples.
Each wedding day is intense,
but it is very rewarding when
you know that people enjoy your
creations. Having coveted our 2nd
AA Rosette Award in The Edge
Restaurant for culinary excellence,
our team offer unforgettable
mouth-watering cuisine. After a
wedding, we all know that the
one thing people remember and
comment is the food, so at The
Redcastle Hotel we always like to
make sure it is memorable for the
Meet Gerry McKeever,
Head of Concierge
Gerry McKeever is our award
winning Concierge and a member
of ‘Les Clef d’Or’ from the
international association which
recognises the best concierges in
the world. Redcastle Hotel’s Gerry
McKeever is well known among
guests and staff due to his genuine
warmth and his permanent smile.
He has the honour of welcoming
all the guests and bridal parties,
but his welcome does not stop
at just the tip of his hat, Gerry
has a wealth of knowledge about
the hotel and local area. This
experience has been gained from
his 12 years of loyal Redcastle
Hotel service. And because of
his dedication to the job and
his continuing drive for high
standards and customer care Gerry
has been accepted as a member
of the prestigious Les Clef d’Or
Association (The Golden Keys)
and also won Concierge of The
Getting married? Contact
our Wedding Team on events@
redcastlehotel.com and start
planning your dream wedding
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This Wedding Package includes;
• Sparkling Wine and Pimms Arrivals
• Freshly Brewed Tea, Coffee and Shortbread
• Scones, jam and cream
• Five Course Wedding Banquet
• Sparkling wine toast for all your guests
• Hot Evening Buffet
• Complimentary Honeymoon suite for
the night of the wedding and up to 10
discounted guest rooms
• 1st Year anniversary stay with dinner in The
• Complimentary Red-carpet and champagne
arrival for the bridal party
• Complimentary Chair covers, bows, centre
pieces, personalised menus and table
• Dedicated Wedding Co-Ordinator to plan
and design your special day
• Complimentary use of our cake stand and
• Master of ceremonies to control the flow of
the day and introduce speeches
For ONLY €49.00 per person
Available for selected 2020 dates, minimum numbers apply
Inishowen Peninsula, Moville, Co. Donegal
Contact Aisleen to arrange an appointment to discuss your perfect Redcastle Wedding package
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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 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
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.
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
SPECIAL DAY WITH
A TOUCH OF
& WEDDING RECEPTIONS
Fahan, Inishowen, Co. Donegal ~ 00353 (0) 7493 60289 ~ www.thereddoor.ie/weddings ~ email@example.com
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What’s ‘You’ For 2020?
Over the last few years I have seen more and more of
my couples move away from the traditional dresses,
ceremonies, room layouts, menus, bouquet tosses
and drinks receptions in favour of creating more of an event
with an ambience and flare to be remembered for all its
unique traits that represent the couple and what their love
story is all about.
Couples are also more commonly
opting for a more tailored, minimal
vibe to their day, but that by no means
means sparse or simple…. oh no the
devil is now in the detail! This involves
creatively styling fewer objects with
calibrated colours, spacing and
To plan an aesthetic wedding now
means to look at it in its entirety as one
themed day, not just a simple let’s tick
each piece off the list, but rather let’s
tick each item of the list in coordination
with each other. How do we do that I
hear you ask? Well here
are my top tips to your unique, coordinated day packed with
detail and impact for both you and your guests to remember
Choose your neutral base tones
For example, foliage and gold metals or cherry blossom and
Choose your special features to accompany
For example pearls, pampas grass,
glass, cotton, hessian, geometric styling,
black tones, holly berries, candles etc.
Choose your accent colour(s) & which
areas you want to create the main feature
For example 2020 will see cake and drinks
receptions become an extravagant affair
that will catch every guest’s eye.
A theme of Pampas grass,white, blush and
eucalyptus and gold tones carried throughout,
while re-utilising the ceremony decor at
Image Credits: TheEvokeCompany.au
The modern wedding has become less about going-to-the-chapel, bouquet tossing traditions, and more
about choosing your own adventure, with the big trend of 2020 weddings being individuality!
Consider how you will carry your
base, special feature and accent
colour into every element of the
This will allow for a tailored look
from start to finish, from your bouquet
to your cake.
Consider how you can reutilise
the decor from your ceremony
into your reception.
Can my altar flowers be moved to
either side of the top table? Can
my ceremony backdrop or entrance
decor by moved to behind my cake
table? Can my pew ends be added
to my centerpieces?
Consider where is the ‘you’
in your day?
Have we incorporated elements
that feel unique to us or have we
just followed a Pinterest Board?
The ‘you’ in your day can be as
simple as a travel theme if you have
travelled together, or some sand
from the beach where he proposed
or the music that you personally
Once you have carefully planned
the above and settled on it as your
theme believe me you will cut out a
lot of the irrelevant ideas, opinions
and last minute stressy decisions
that take the enjoyment out of
Own your own wedding day and
make it unique to you! Others will
have already had their chance to
make it their own or will have in the
future, so remember this is your
Make it yours and love it!
Lisa - I do WOW Weddings x
MY TOP PICKS FOR 2020
A simple cake stand can transform your cake.
Greenery, white, glass and gold throughout.
Blush, ivory, gold, pearls and candles theme.
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Image credits: I Do WoW Weddings
Image Credits: I Do WoW Weddings
Nature - bring the outdoors indoors
Bold colours and foliage
Do it your way!
A theme of cotton stems, exotic flowers, deep berry and jade tones made for a striking display throughout. Image Credits: Steph at Long Way Home Photography
Your Vision, Your Wedding, Your Way
Mulroy Woods Hotel
The Award Winning Mulroy Woods
Hotel is nestled in the centre of the
most picturesque wedding photography
locations in Donegal. Just a stone’s throw
from the majestic Glenveagh National Park
& Castle, Fanad Lighthouse, spectacular
waterfalls, woodlands & stunning beaches to
the natural beauty of Mulroy Bay.
Your marriage is the start of an exciting &
wonderful new chapter in your love story,
let’s write it together at Mulroy Woods
Hotel. Love everything there is to love about
a Mulroy Woods Wedding, with just one
Wedding per day, each couple is assured of
our complete and individual attention
is a choice of two
catering for civil ceremonies
and bespoke packages
from just €45, tailored
just for you, making
your day as special as
The newly refurbished
Glashagh Suite oozes
elegance & sophistication
making it the
perfect backdrop for your
celebration - a beautiful
space, enjoying natural
light by day & as night
falls your guests can spill
out onto the beautiful
to enjoy the
tranquillity of the
suite is the ideal
setting to hold
your civil ceremony
or blessing and
can also accommodate
a more intimate wedding in a cosy welcoming
Our dedicated wedding team will ensure your wedding
day will be unforgettable & exclusively yours,
making memories for you & your guests to cherish.
Each couple is unique and therefore we will work with
you exclusively from our very first encounter to the
Contact us today to take the first step planning
Your Wedding, Your Vision, Your Way
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Your Vision Your Wedding Your Way
Letterkenny Road, Loughnakey, Milford, Co Donegal, F92 TD4F, Ireland
t. +353 74 915 3313 e. firstname.lastname@example.org
DANCING IN THE RAIN
PAUL DOHERTY PHOTOGRAPHY
TODAY is your wedding
day, you wake up, jump out
of bed, tear open the curtains
only to find the child of
Prague you have had out for
the week prior has done feck
all. The rain is battering the by Paul Doherty
window, the wind is blowing
a gale and the day you have been meticulously
organising down to the smallest detail now has
a spanner thrown into the works. Welcome to
Everyone asks me “Have you ever had very
bad weather for a wedding?” And the answer
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is of course, probably twice a month so I have
to know what to do and how to handle it so
that you get the most phenomenal photographs
possible. So that spanner in the works is just
another excuse to flourish on your special
day using whatever mother nature has thrown
your way. The best piece of advice I can
offer couples is to take advantage of the day
whatever the weather - rain, hail or snow -
make the most of it.
Before every wedding I sit down with the
couple and make a game plan for the day
considering all possibilities; Plan A (a quare
day for drying), Plan B (lashing down from the
heavens), and Plan C (when it would blow the
head off ya). Plan A might consist of going to a
dramatic seascape, beach or mountainous area.
Plan B could be a forest which would provide
shelter, or you could throw up an umbrella for
some dazzling rain shots or find a cosy corner
in the hotel. Plan C - the aim of the game is
to keep the veil attached we find somewhere
with a bit of shelter and a nice pub nearby so
we can dash out in between showers. If there
is anywhere special that you have in mind I
always try to help create your ideal photographs
whatever the weather. Some of the most
outstanding photographs I have ever taken have
been plan B or C days.
Luckily Donegal offers great diversity in
landscapes whether you are at the top of
An Grianán Aileach with views as far as the
eye can see or if you are on a cliff edge at
Portnablagh with a raging Atlantic Ocean and
dark gloomy clouds looming overhead, we
really are spoilt for choice in this rugged corner
of Ireland. Another famous characteristic about
Donegal is the abundance of little country
pubs, that would be more than happy to see a
wedding party coming through the door (such
as the Ole Glenn Bar or Biddy’s of Barnes) and
if you’re not into the pub scene why not pop in
to cute little coffee shops or restaurants like The
Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy for example.
The main thing to consider is to get a
photographer that has experience with all
weather conditions who can advise you to make
the most of the circumstances to get the finest
photographs of your special day. The other
thing to remember is to bring an attitude of
adventure to the day and be ready for anything
so that you can be dancing in the rain!
By Paul Doherty | www.pauldoherty.ie
Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny
Pearls & Lace
Hair & Makeup
BB Flowers Dungloe
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Book your Say Yes Experience at
PEARLS & LACE!
Saying ‘Yes to the Dress’ is one of the most memorable experiences of your wedding planning journey. As one
of the most important details on the day, and arguably the most important piece of clothing you will ever wear,
it only seems fair that choosing your wedding dress should be a beautiful and special memory to make with
your nearest and dearest.
The wedding dress shopping experience
at Pearls and Lace is all of that and
much more. Pearls and Lace host many
events throughout the year but their
‘Say Yes Experience’ is one of their
favourites. On limited days and dates
throughout the year you can book these
exclusive appointments with added extras
to make the experience that little bit
The Say Yes experience includes a
champagne reception for the bride and
her guests. Pearls and Lace offer a custom
drink menu, if the mood takes you can
enjoy a champagne cocktail or one of
their signature pink gin cocktails. Nibbles
and treats await your bridal party in their
luxurious fitting rooms.
All of their appointments are carried out
in their private fitting rooms ensuring
you can really enjoy the wedding dress
shopping experience in a personal and
relaxed environment with your family
and bridal party. Say Yes Experience
appointments are longer than normal
appointments and last two hours which
leaves you more time to try more dresses
and soak up the atmosphere.
Brides are also treated to a little wedding
planning gift chosen by the team,
regardless of whether they find their dress
on the day or not.
But what a treat for those that do - if you
find your dream dress at Pearls and Lace
during your say yes appointment, they
then treat you to more champagne to
celebrate at the beautiful and nearby 5
star Lough Eske Castle.
What better way to ‘say yes’ to your dream dress? These appointments are very limited - to find out more details
on available days and dates and book your ‘Say Yes Experience’ you can contact the team by phone on:
074 97 23341, Email to email@example.com or via any of their social media.
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21st March & 30th May
21st March & 30th May
Extended collection of plus size dresses from
Stella York & Essense of Australia
Champagne reception for the bride to be & her
1.5 hour appointment in a private fitting
Cocktails & refreshments
Wedding planning gift for the bride to be
Brides that find their dream dress during the
event are sent to Lough Eske Castle for more
champagne to celebrate!
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to stay up-to-date
Drimark, Killybegs Road, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
T: 00353 74 972 3341
Date: 26th July 2019
An Grianán Hotel, Burt
Rodi Jeerasoo Photography
Eve Havlin & Danny Glenn
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The Icing on the CAKE
Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, the tradition of having a wedding cake has long been established at Irish
weddings and is set to take a pivotal role in the future. Gone are the days of having fruit cake to keep granny happy
Modern wedding cakes are a piece of art and are now taking centre stage! Here we’ve compiled a gallery of some of our
favourite cake styles to get the inspiration flowing for your big day!
Floral Fancy Mad about Metallics Sweet Statements Buttercream is back!
Mad about Metallic
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Date: 1st November 2019
Monereagh Church Carrigans
Enya Bonnar & Gareth Peoples
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PaC K ag E s
f r o m €43pp
including complimentary room hire, table décor,
chair covers, sashes, centrepieces, fairy light backdrop,
complimentary bedrooms & more…
Call us on +353 74 919 4444
to book a showaround
Paddy Harte road, letterkenny,
Bespoke Designs, tailored to your needs...
For Brides, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride & Groom
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5 WEDDING DAY GIFTS YOUR BRIDE WILL LOVE!
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
This may seem like an obvious choice but we aren’t talking just any old
flowers here. We are talking the type of flowers that will keep you in your new
wife’s good books for a long time! Let us introduce ‘One Year Roses’ – the
gift that keeps on giving! These are the perfect Wedding Day Gift, beautifully
presented and do exactly what it says on the tin – last a whole year. You may
never need buy flowers again!
GO RETRO & THOUGHTFUL WITH A
HOMEMADE MIX TAPE!
In an era where our favourite music is at the swipe of a phone imagine how
much your new spouse would love a mix tape of all your favourite romantic
songs. Think nostalgia
and aim to bring all your
‘songs’ together in one
place – songs from the
year you met, something
you listened to while dating or even your choice of first dance song.
Although an original mix tape would be fab we think it may be more practical
to burn a disc instead – but we draw the line at a Spotify playlist!
SCENT OF ROMANCE
If you’ve got to the stage where she’s said yes and promised to love you till death
do you part then you should be at the point
where you know her favourite perfume (if not,
ask her Bridesmaid!). A wonderful gift idea for
your bride to be is a personalised bottle of her
favourite scent monogrammed with her new
initials, something she can keep on her
dressing table and will remind her of you and
your wedding day every time she sprays it!
For some women, nothing says I love you like a fabulous pair of designer shoes or a gorgeous bag
with the magic LV initials emblazoned on it. Unless you know your bride to be’s taste inside out then
it might be best to recruit help for this one before your
splurge the cash! A cute idea is to have a little message
engraved on the sole of the shoes or maybe have
her new initials monogrammed onto the bag. Whichever
you choose to go with you will be in the good books
for a loooong time to come!
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THE GIFT OF A STRESS-FREE
Let’s face it, in the vast majority of Irish Weddings the
Bride takes care of 90% of the wedding planning and
sometimes by the time you get to the big day the bride
to be is often a little stressed out! One of the kindest
gifts you can organise for your Bride and her girls is the
Team Bride Wedding Morning Dressing and Breakfast
Service! With Team Bride there on the morning your
bride to be can finally relax and enjoy the excitement
of her big day without worrying about a thing! To book
contact @teambride.ie or Facebook or Instagram
With most of the wedding preparation focused around the bride, grooms can feel a little
left out. But in our modern world grooms are beginning to take centre stage and in the
spirit of equality Team Bride is here to help our grooms just s much as our brides!
Here’s Our Latest Guide To Getting Your Groom On!
Mistakes a Groom always make!
For grooms, the journey from
engagement to “I do” is full of
potential mistakes. Here are the
wedding planning mistakes to avoid - and
what to do instead!
Not sticking to the budget!
When the wedding planning kicks off, you
and your partner will be tempted to say
yes to everything, too fast and too soon.
Take a step back before signing vendor
contracts and selecting a venue and come
up with a budget and pinky promise each other you’ll stick to it.
Inviting everyone you know!
Fresh off the engagement excitement, you may be tempted to tell
people here and there that they’ll be invited to the wedding but
try to refrain from tossing out verbal invites. Wait until you sit
down with your fiancée to discuss a concrete guest list.
Ignoring the wedding planning
While your partner might be lost in a sea of Pinterest boards
and wedding planning magazines, that doesn’t mean you should
be a ghost during the whole process. Offer
to look through their idea books and Excel
spreadsheets every so often to stay in the
Drinking the night before!
Try not to find out the hard way that no
one is exempt from hangovers—even the
groom. Take it easy the night before to
avoid spending quality time with a packet
of nurofen and a pounding headache the
morning of your wedding.
Going AWOL on the day!
While you’ll want to spend time with everyone, remember
weddings are about the two people getting married. Keep close to
each other and remember to enjoy the day together.
Saying ‘I don’t care’!
Remember this phrase because it is truly one of the worst things
you can say during the wedding planning process! Even if you
find yourself indifferent about a certain detail, make an effort to
really look at the options and have an opinion either way.
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Your nails should be high
The big day is approaching and you have
it all under control, hair trial ‘check’,
makeup trial ‘check’ ...
But there is a nagging worry in your mind
that you may have missed something…YOUR
Brides hands are photographed quite a lot
during the wedding day and their hands are
grabbed by all the loved ones wanting to glance
at the new bling on her finger, but somehow
nails aren’t very high on the priority check list.
Regular manicures will ensure your hands
look tip-top for the wedding day, no broken or
chipped nails and no sore cuticles.
If you have never had your nails done and all
the talk of gel polish, acrylic, shaping, ombre
or extensions makes you want to pull your hair
out, take a step back. Your nail technician is
there to guide and help you make all these mind
boggling disissions. The technician will ask you
questions during your visits, not only because
we love hearing all about the magical day you
are hoping for, but it also gives us an idea of nail
designs, colours or the perfect product to put on
1. When are you getting married? (You say
‘summer, winter, autumn or spring’ but we hear
‘French ombre, nudes with a blue tone, burgundy
or baby pinks’)
2. What does your dress look like? (You say big
with loads of sparkle. We hear ‘diamonds on one
nail, with fairy dust glitter tips’)
3. Does your wedding have a theme? (You
say ‘romantic’. We hear ‘almond shape, ivory
4. What shoes are you wearing (You say ‘peep
toe heels’. We hear ‘remember to book a gel
polish toes appointment’)
If you are a regular client and know how you
want your nails to look like on the big day, make
sure to try it out at one of your appointments,
there is nothing worse than choosing your
colour and not being able to look at your hands
afterwards, unfortunately this does happen. ‘The
colour looked lovely on my friend, but it doesn’t
suit me at all’.
Find the colour that suits you best.
The other ladies too...
It’s not only the brides that need to be prepped
and pampered, there are other important ladies
to think of as well, bridesmaids and mammies.
If you are looking for a nice relaxing salon
experience with these important ladies in your
life, make sure to book appointments for them
when you book your wedding day nails.
Even though it is not of utmost importance that
your girls have matching nails it is comforting to
know that they have their nails looked after and
it is one less thing to worry about.
Mammies tend to paint a colour themselves
the night before, but isn’t Mammy also the
one running around looking for the nail polish
remover to fix her chipped nail on the morning
of the wedding?
A gel polish is the most popular treatment for
the mother of the bride or the mother-in-law. The
polish lasts about 3-4 weeks and is perfectly dry
when you leave the salon.
Don’t forget the groom...
Men NEVER think of their own hands, they
believe manicures are for woman and not a
manly thing to do.
Well boys... dirty looking hands, over grown
cuticles and scissor cut nails are not as attractive
as you think. The groom’s hands also appear
in photographs and you do not want the missus
to look at those photos for the rest of her life
thinking, ‘I wish he just took a file to those nails
and maybe scrubbed his hands’. Male manicures
consist of a scrub, pushing back and cutting the
cuticles and filing the nails. No shiny nails we
The Ultimate Wedding
1. Research and find the nail salon/technician
you want to trust with this important task
2. Work out and book your trial appointments
two to three months in advance
(Leaves you with about three appointments
before the wedding day nails)
3. Book appointment for wedding nails
4. Book bridesmaids and mothers
5. Get a good hand cream and cuticle oil
6. Convince your soon to be hubby his hands are
7. Make the most of the experience and enjoy
every last second
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on your priority list!
1st Treatment €20
Gel Polish Off And On €25
Wedding Day Nails €10
Add Toes For €10
1st Set €40 - €45
Wedding Day Nails – €20
Free Gel Polish Toes
(wedding day prep)
1x Bridesmaid €20
(Add Gel Polish Toes €10)
2x Bridesmaids €35
(Add Gel Polish Toes €10pp)
3x Bridesmaids €45
(Add Gel Polish Toes €7pp)
Free Hands And Toes
1x Bridesmaid €45
(Add Gel Polish Toes €10)
2x Bridesmaids €85
(Add Gel Polish Toes €10pp)
3x Bridesmaids €120
(Add Gel Polish Toes €7pp)
4x Bridesmaids €150
(Add Gel Polish Toes €5pp)
(wedding day prep)
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Hi everyone, hope you are
all well. I am delighted to
be back in this jam packed
issue of Save the Date with
Team Bride bringing you a
few different outfit ideas for
the day after your wedding.
I put a little questionnaire
on my social media asking
what people would
like to see and although
there were lots of fantastic
suggestions, this topic won
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THE FASHION CHAIR
By Emma Murray
As nuptials are now
spanning two and even
three day affairs, your
wedding wardrobe is likely
taking on a life of its own.
Whether it’s a farewell brunch
or a boozy BBQ, ‘day two’ is
usually a more casual affair
but the onus is still on to put a
stylish foot forward.
Googling “What to wear
when hungover and you need
to impress distant relatives”
probably won’t return the search
results you need, so I’ve scoured
the web to find the very best
outfits perfect for “the day after
the big day”.
From dreamy dresses to
jumpsuits (which can be styled
differently for other occasions
down the line), here are five
stylish outfits that’ll make
people forget it was you doing
barefoot air guitar on the
dancefloor until 3 am - which
may I add is perfectly ok
considering the day that’s in it!
Every bridal wardrobe needs
a statement jumpsuit and they
don’t come much better than
the elegant and angelic Natalie
jumpsuit from Chi Chi clothing.
Featuring an embroidered
overlay bodice, fitted waist
and flared trousers, this is the
ultimate day 2 wedding outfit.
Looking for a fun yet stylish
wedding outfit that’s a little
bit different? This stunning
Patsy jumpsuit by designer
Rime Arodaky has just the right
amount of sparkle that makes
it a statement piece without
being over the top. The elegant
lace detail and beautiful skirt
overlay will make you look classy
with a twist and this will be an
investment piece you treasure.
The blazer dress
A blazer dress is a chic and
sophisticated way to create a
killer look and this design from
Pretty Little Thing is at the top
of my hit list. Featuring a crisp
white fabric with an asymmetric
design and gold button
detailing, style with gold heels
and accessories for the ultimate
post wedding vibe.
The midi with sleeves
Modern, relaxed and stylish,
this floaty style from Silk
Fred is simply beautiful. The
combination of a v-neck, wrap
top and tie waist means it will be
super flattering and this dipped
hem maxi dress is ‘the one’ for
those special events
in any diary.
The full length dress
If you have to dress up, dress up
Featuring a pleated design,
single shoulder style, hoop
detail and side-zip fastening,
London label TFNC is renowned
for its standout occasion wear.
Featuring a semi-sheer, woven
fabric, it will be very light and
comfortable to wear which is
exactly what you want to party
all night long … again!
Best of luck with all of the
wedding planning and I hope
this little guide was of help!
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Date: 24th August 2019
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- Two Dresses
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- Matching anything!
- Rose Gold
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Real Brides Top Tip -
Throughout the stress and chaos of the planning
process it’s important that you don’t lose track of
what’s important and the reason you are getting
married. My granny told me not to look at it as
planning a wedding day but to prepare a plan for
my future and that always stuck with me when I
felt things getting away from me.
Team Bride Tip
wedding by having all
the bridal party to wear
the same perfume – it will
intensify the scent
1. Chanel No.5 – A perfume icon!
2. Jo Malone – Peony & Blush Suede
3. Chloé - Eau de Parfum
4. Tom Ford - White Patchouli
5. Gucci - Bloom
6. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
7. Dior J’Adore
8. Creed - Love in White Summer
9. Elie Saab - La Parfume in White
10. Lancome - La Vie est Belle
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HEN PARTY Fashions
For more Fashion Inspo check out
I’m Yasmin -
AKA SnazzyYazi - a fashion
blogger and stylist.
You might recognise me
from the last Save the
Date with Team Bride
issue where I brought
you some of my favourite
I may not be married, or have a ring on my
finger but I do love weddings and FASHION!
In this issue, I’ll be sharing some of my
top picks for Brides-to-Be so you can
feel amazing and chic on your hen
For those brides who like a bit
of glitz and glamour, sequins
are the perfect choice for a
“Hen Night Out” look. Sequins/
glitter aren’t just for Christmas,
I think sequins can be fabulous
at any time of year. Especially
in lighter colours for spring.
5. Dress from Sequin
6. Dress from McElhinney’s
‘The White Outfit’
I know some people may think it’s a bit
“cliché” to wear white at your hen party, but I
absolutely love an all-white outfit. You’re the
hen after all, you should stand out and make
sure everyone knows you are the Bride-to-Be!
1. Dress from Get That Trend
2. Dress from Evolve, Letterkenny
Another classic for hens to wear is the sassy
little black dress. There’s an LBD to suit everyone.
Mini, midi, maxi, strapless, backless, long
sleeve, short sleeve – you name it, there will be
the perfect shape to suit your figure.
What hen party is complete without bridal
accessories? If L-plates and veils aren’t your
ideal, I have found beautiful accessories that
will help make your outfit pop.
3. Dress from
4. Dress from Sequin
will make you
stand out for all
the right reasons.
There will be no
denying who the
bride is at your
I hope you enjoyed my Hen Party outfit ideas.
For more outfit inspiration you can follow
my blog – www.snazzyyazi.com , Instagram
- @snazzyyazi and Facebook – SnazzyYazi
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SAVE THE DATEExpert View
Dr Roisin Fitzgerald On Skincare
Preparing your skin for the big day doesn’t have to be complicated. A good home skincare routine
is most important, but for that extra little treat the HydraFacial steps in. Fitzgerald Private Clinic
Letterkenny brings to Donegal the first results-driven original and best HydraFacial
medical grade skin device. Prepare to glow!
THE BEST SKIN OF YOUR LIFE
What is the HydraFacial?
HydraFacial is a medical-grade device offering 6 facial treatments in a 1 hour session
It uses advanced, patented vortex technology to deeply cleanse the skin and effectively deliver botanical ingredients
containing nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, horse chestnut seed extract, red algae extract, copper, zinc and
magnesium peptides to where they do the most good. In addition, HydraFacial delivers powerful antioxidants to
counteract damage by free radicals – from pollution, sun and stress – which can degrade the skin and accelerate
the ageing process. HydraFacial is so much more than just another facial. It’s an experience and a confidencebooster.
It focuses on the unique philosophy of ‘Skin Health for Life’. But, it’s also about much more than just
great looking, healthy skin. When our skin looks good and feels good, we feel good too.
What treatments does HydraFacial offer?
HydraFacial is a great treatment for men and women. It can be used for
overall skin rejuvenation. It can also be used to address specific skin issues
such as acne, ageing and pigmentation. The extraction phase is fantastic
for removal of blackheads and improving pore size. This treatment is
most commonly used on the face, but can be tailored for use on the neck,
décolleté and more.
What is the Six Step Process?
1. Detox (lymphatic drainage)
2. Deep cleanse and exfoliation
3. Acid peel (salicylic and glycolic acid)
How do I look afterwards?
Your skin will immediately be clearer, and have a visible glow. It is normal
for your skin to be pink after treatment. This settles usually within 20
How do I book?
You can find more information, and book your treatment online at
www.fitzgeraldprivateclinic.com or contact us at
email@example.com or 074 9707004.
HydraFacial is available in Letterkenny and will be joining our Dublin
We are official stockists of Environ Skincare, Obagi Medical Skincare
and we offer skin peels, Dermapen microneedling, UltraCel, Profhilo,
antiwrinkle & dermal filler injections.
5. Hydrate and protect (hyaluronic acid,
6. Rejuvenation (LED light therapy)
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the desired outcome of your treatment, your skin
professional will discuss the number of treatments and intervals you may
like to have. With our ‘Skin Health for Life’ protocol we aim for general
skin rejuvenation and this can be repeated every 4-6 weeks for as many
treatments as you desire. For our more in-depth acne, pigmentation and
anti-ageing protocols we recommend treatments every 1-2 weeks for a
minimum of 6 for best outcome.
Prepare to glow!
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By Charlene Ryan
Charlene Ryan is a 30 something Irish blogger living in Dubai with a passion for
fashion, travel, dining & hospitality. Follow her: insta handle: charlenescloset_blog
Dubai is well known as a fast-paced cosmopolitan city with an array of glitz and glamour with countless romantic
experiences to enjoy, so where better to begin married life and honeymoon? With the winning combination of both
Arabian traditions and the best luxury amenities in the world, Dubai is ranked as one of the world’s most luxurious and
extraordinary destinations, perfect for honeymooners looking to relax, indulge and enjoy newly-wedded bliss.
Whether you are enjoying a magical balloon
ride over the Arabian desert or watching the
stars cuddled up together from inside your
crystal roof tent in the middle of the desert,
Dubai is the perfect place to celebrate your
new life together.
Here are some of the best ways to enjoy
a romantic honeymoon – now go get
Love Is in The Air
Like a scene from Aladdin, celebrate your
honeymoon with a romantic magical balloon
ride over the Arabian desert, gazing at the
gazelles and wandering camels beneath.
Enjoy this once in a lifetime experience of
seeing the stunning sunrise from high up in
Rest assured you won’t regret getting up
early or – if you prefer a lazy breakfast in bed
instead, you can take a sunset hot air balloon
ride to enjoy the onset of sundown over the
Starry Starry Night
Imagine waking up to a magical sunrise in
your own private hideaway with your special
The Pop-Up Starlight Camp is equipped with
a spacious crystal roof tent, a stylish lounge to
relax near a warm bonfire, a cozy dining area
and fully equipped barbeque facility and many
other essential amenities.
Best of all it is exclusively for you so get ready
to experience sheer tranquility in the middle of
the Arabian desert.
Splurge at The Burj Al Arab
Quite literally the epitome of luxury, Burj Al
Arab is the world’s only seven-star hotel and
after an evening spent here you will leave
feeling like royalty. Check out the insta-worthy
Skyview Bar, on the 27th floor where the bar
menu includes fabulous concoctions like “Mrs
Big” (with a nod to Sex and the City) - an apt
cocktail for loved up honeymooners. Plenty
of photo opportunities await in this opulent
setting by your new #instahusband.
Dinner Date @ 101
Spectacular views, fine dining and an
opportunity to arrive by boat make 101 a
restaurant that ticks all the honeymoon boxes.
The restaurant is in the private marina off the
jetty of the One&Only the Palm and boasts
tables over the water as well as a seaside
lounge looking out over the Gulf. To kick start
your romantic evening, start off with cocktails
at Jetty Lounge at the sister hotel One&Only
Royal Mirage and take the complimentary boat
over for dinner.
Dubai has all the makings of a fabulous honeymoon destination. However, it is a
conservative country so it’s essential to abide by their laws. While it can be difficult to keep
your hands off each other during the honeymoon period, it’s important to avoid public
displays of affection i.e. no kissing or behaving inappropriately in public.
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First and foremost is your hair and make-up
style, your hair stylist and make-up artist will
be able to tell you what you require should it
be a colour refresh or change, or should you
require extra hair volume using our in-house
Beauty Works hair extensions service. Schedule
a visit with our skin specialist Andrea.
If you have major skin concerns like acne
and uneven pigmentation, it’s best to get the
situation under control well in advance with a
dermatologist first. This is the time to have your
doctor prescribe topicals such as retinoids and
THREE MONTHS PRIOR
Consider your brows: For the most flattering
and youthful effect, keeping brows as
full and as natural (i.e. not too perfect)
as possible, which may mean forgoing
waxing in favour of tweezing. Check
out henna brows by Andrea, here in
TWO MONTHS PRIOR
Master the tanning equation: There’s
much to be said for the ethereal
beauty of pale skin, but if you prefer
your limbs and complexion subtly
golden start experimenting a few
months before your wedding. If you’re
getting a professional spray tan, work
continuously with the same specialist to avoid
any surprises and book your final pre-wedding
session two to three days before the ceremony.
We use numerous tans here in G&G and have
special offers for our brides.
EXPERIMENT WITH EYELASH
The semi-permanent lash extensions are a natural
way to enhance your eyes. Have your lashes
attached a full month prior to
ensure your eyes don’t have an
adverse reaction, and to give
you a chance to get the length
and volume right. Then have
them touched up two days prior.
PRACTICE GOOD SKIN
To boost your pre-ceremony
glow: Have your skin specialist
do a light chemical peel or a
gentle laser treatment. Compound
the effects by drinking
loads of water, getting adequate
sleep, exercising and maintaining
a well-balanced diet.
BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE
Book a professional clean to remove surface
stains and plaque. Then go for a whitening procedure
like Philips Zoom QuickPro, I absolutely
LOVE this teeth whitening. It helps maintain
the brightness. Avoid coffee and curry.
WAKE UP YOUR FACE
Fake a good night’s sleep: Skin guru Andrea
recommends booking a series of three
facials—one for each week leading up to the
“It de-puffs you and makes eyes look less
tired.” She also recommends using an Image
Skincare face mask the night before. Drink
LOTS of water and avoid alcohol the night
before as it puffs the skin.
your hair by
a root touchup
offer a quickie
service for our
here in G&G.
This involves ten packs of highlights on areas
that can be seen and a toner, this is smart for
It gives the colour a chance to settle while still
looking fresh, but doesn’t leave enough time for
your roots to start growing in, says Grace Walsh
Joico expert and master colourist at G&G.
She cautions that you need to establish
what shade works best for you as far in
advance as possible. “I think that it’s best
to be the colour
that makes you
feel most like
to avoid salty
and do not
exercise in the
week before your
wedding as all of
these things cause
your body to retain
water and can
result in a puffy
face and eyes.
If you get a last-minute blemish, we recommend
booking an emergency cortisone injection
with a dermatologist, rather than relying on
potentially drying topical remedies. One last
VIP Image Skincare Oxygen Facial (special offers
available for our brides) with Andrea, will
help shrink pores plus boost radiance, which
is key when pre-wedding jitters can make skin
GO FOR A FINAL TRIM
“I would never recommend someone make a
drastic change right before they get married. It’s
an emotional time, and too much change can tip
a fragile scale,” says Megan Friel. But she does
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recommend having a trusted stylist do a light
trimming of the ends and bangs.
THREE DAYS PRIOR
Time your waxing carefully: To ensure your
skin is smooth but not irritated, get waxed no
later than 72 hours before the wedding day.
(If you’re a waxing novice, Andrea suggests
having a patch test a few months ahead of
time to see how skin reacts). Then, to reduce
redness or swelling immediately following hair
removal, smooth on a calming cream containing
colostrum (like like aloe vera), a reparative
TWO DAYS PRIOR
Book a depuffing facial: “As much as you
should avoid it, many brides end up trying to
manage stress with wine that last week, which
leads to puffiness. One last oxygen facial by
Image skincare is our favourite way to prep
clients for any big event, will help deflate
your face, thus making your cheekbones and
jaw appear more defined.
PREP YOUR HANDS AND FEET
Between statement sandals and close-up shots
of the wedding band exchange, feet and hands
need to look picture perfect. Your best bet is to
get a manicure and pedicure a couple of days
earlier to ensure chip-free lacquer, says Roisin,
owner of Paint nail bar. While Roisin is a
fan of gel polish’s staying power, which will
last through the honeymoon, she says acrylics
work best for the perfect shape and for those
that are not blessed with dainty hands, these can
elongate the hands and make them look a lot
THE DAY OF THE WEDDING
Prime your skin for a last-minute boost: On
the morning of your wedding, apply a gentle
exfoliating mask (like Image Skincare Vital C
exfoliating mask) in the shower. Right before
makeup, I suggest smoothing a hydrating serum
onto your face, neck and décolleté to enhance
your glow before heading into hair and makeup.
Then, remember to remain calm, breathe, and,
most importantly, have fun and enjoy every moment.
The morning of my brides’ weddings is
definitely the favourite part of my job. Remember
it will be one of thee most amazing days of
your life, and the beginning of such an exciting
a journey. It’s such a special feeling knowing
your best friend and soulmate is waiting for you
at the altar wanting to spend the rest of their life
For any bridal queries call G&G on
0749160122 or email aoibheannwalshmua@
gmail.com for more information.
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13 TIPS FOR GETTING YOU
IN THE BEST SHAPE EVER
ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY
You know that diet and exercise are important when it comes
to creating your best body, but you may be overlooking other
techniques for getting into the best shape.
with Personal Trainer
Turn the following 13 simple tips
into habits and watch as your body
transforms for your wedding day.
1) Eat a Smart Breakfast
Most people load up on carbohydrates
and simple sugars for breakfast. Cereal,
pastries, smoothies and juice are all
poor choices when it comes to starting
your day off right. Centre your breakfast
around protein and healthy fat, and
you’ll have energy for hours. Try a protein
shake, eggs, lean breakfast meat, or a
handful of nuts.
2) Get More Sleep
If you’re not getting at least eight
hours of sleep each night then you could
use more sleep. This is especially true
if you’ve reached a plateau with weight
loss. Give your body the eight hours of
sleep each night and make weight loss
3) Just Do It
If you’re really ready to achieve your
best body ever, then dig down deep and
commit. As Woody Allen famously said,
“80% of success is showing up.” This is
absolutely true when it comes to fitness.
Show up to your workout. Even if you’re
tired. Even if you’d rather be doing something
else. Just do it.
4) Plan Ahead
Take one day each week to plan your
healthy meals for the following week.
You don’t have to do all the shopping and
cooking on that day, simply jot down what
you plan to eat. This small act of planning
ahead will keep you on track with healthy
meals even when the week gets crazy
5) Cut Out Gluten
Many people don’t realise that they have
a certain level of sensitivity to gluten,
which causes intestinal inflammation
and bloating. Also, gluten-filled foods
are typically high in carbohydrates, which
contribute to weight gain. When you cut
gluten-filled items from your diet don’t
fall into the trap of simply replacing those
items with other high-carb items. Choose
non-packaged, whole foods instead.
6) Believe In Yourself
Do you believe that you have what it
takes to transform your body? If you
want to succeed in weight loss then you
have to believe that it’s possible. Give
yourself a pep talk and dig down deep for
the courage and discipline to apply these
healthy changes to your life.
7) Eat Less Dairy
Dairy products like cheese or cream add
extra fat and calories to your meals. Pass
on the dairy and you’ll eliminate unnecessary
calories, making weight loss quicker.
8) Sleep and Wake at the Same Time
This tip sounds so simple, and yet it’s
a powerful way to increase your daily
energy. Get your body on a schedule and
watch how much more productive and
energetic you become.
9) Include Veggies at Every Meal
Most people aren’t too crazy about
vegetables, and probably eat less than
they should. Make it a point to include a
vegetable with each of your meals – even
breakfast. The increase in fibre and other
nutrients will give your body that extra
boost that you’re looking for.
10) Ditch Packaged Food
Throw out those packaged foods! This
is one of the easiest things you can do to
achieve quicker weight loss results. Packaged
foods contain chemicals and additives
that will slow your fitness results.
11) Drink More Water
Being hydrated is key when it comes
to creating your best body. Drink water
throughout your day and limit caffeinated
beverages to once daily.
12) Forget Artificial Sweeteners
Sure, these sweeteners don’t contain
calories, but they are known to increase
your appetite and cravings for carbohydrates.
In the quest for your best body,
put down the diet soda and reach instead
for some water.
13) Exercise With a Pro
Are you exercising as efficiently as
possible? Do you challenge your muscles
enough during each workout? Are you
keeping the routine new and fresh? These
are all factors that will be taken care of for
you when you work with a trained fitness
professional. Working with a pro ensures
that you make the most of your exercise
So there you have it, 13 tips that will
take your results up a notch.
If you have a dress to get into or simply
want to look your best on your special day
and haven’t joined one of my programs
yet, now is a great time to start. Together
we will get you focused on your goals with
my results-driven method.
Baked Veggie and Chicken Skewers
These delicious Baked Veggie and Chicken
Skewers are a quick and simple dinner that’s
filled with fibre and protein. Dinners like this will
get you well on your way to transforming your
body. Pack the leftovers for a wholesome, fat
What you need
15 bamboo skewers, cut in half
1 cup coconut aminos
1 cup filtered water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
1 lb organic chicken breast tenders, cut into
1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1. Soak the bamboo skewers in water for an
2. Combine all of the ingredients, except the bell
peppers, in large ziplock bag. Marinate in the
fridge for 1 hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Thread
the chicken pieces, alternating with bell pepper
pieces, on the skewers. Line on a lightly greased
pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until fully
One serving equals: 103 calories, 2g fat, 130mg sodium,
8g carbohydrate, 1g fibre, and 14g protein
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Vow to make your wellness a priority.
With Sarah Barr from New Beginnings
Hi, I am a counsellor and a bride-to-be, so I will be trying to follow my own advice in the run up to my wedding in
March. We, as brides-to-be, may have the occasional wobble in the build up to our big day, but if you’re feeling a
little stressed, here are five ways to mind your wellness in the lead up to your wedding day.
and lower your stress
With so much of your focus and effort being
poured into planning your wedding I am
guessing, like myself, you want to savour
and capture every moment of your wedding
day. If you tend to think quite a bit about the
future, or gravitate towards reminiscing
about your past, you are not fully focused on
living in the moment.
Practising mindfulness is about focusing on
the here and now, stopping and taking stock
of what is happening around you.
The best time to start practicing
this, is now!
What do you see? Hear? Smell? Touch?
Taste? Whilst doing this, take a deep breath,
in through your nose. Fill your lungs with air,
hold for a couple of seconds and exhale.
Talking helps you to worry less and it
gives you reassurance.
Remember, you don’t have to do it all by
When you are authentic, you are being true
to yourself. You are not people pleasing or
hiding how you really feel.
It is an expression of your real self. Accept
yourself for who you are, don’t compromise
your beliefs or feelings, say ‘no’ and create
the type of wedding you want.
After all it is your wedding day, a day to
celebrate the love between you and your
Write it down
Enjoy your day
Enjoy the planning and organising, the
creating and the celebrating.
Remind yourself daily what you are grateful
for and try not to dwell on anything that may
not go to plan.
Keep your perspective clear and remember
this is all about you and your partner, this is
your day. Your time to show the world your
Wishing you the most wonderful wedding,
When you’re feeling stressed with wedding
planning don’t bottle it up. Talk to friends
and family and get it off your chest. Ask
yourself what advice would you give to a
friend? This will help you to put everything
back into perspective and find new solutions.
Writing can really give your well-being a
Regular writing can give you an outlet for
your stress. It will help you organise your
thoughts, clarify your feelings, feel more in
control and improve your self-esteem.
Treat yourself to a pretty journal/diary,
each morning write down your to-do list,
your goals and three things you are grateful
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Been there Bride
Advice from the other side!
Once you get engaged it seems everyone wants to offer opinions and advice and it can quickly become very
overwhelming and frustrating but one source of advice that every newly engaged couple needs is the ‘Been there Bride’!
Having gone through the planning process and survived to tell the tale they have lots if practical advice to help you
along the way. We asked our recent Brides to share their best advice and this is what they had to say!
Looking back, what would you do differently?
• Trust my own gut instead of allowing others to influence me
• Go dress shopping earlier! Allow a good 9 months so you
have plenty of time to shop around
• Spend less money – starting married life in debt is a real
• Waited to go on honeymoon – we missed out on all the chat
and excitement after the wedding and everyone was over it
by the time we got back!
• Hire a professional photographer – a friend offered and we
should have said no thank you but didn’t want to offend
What was the biggest cause of stress?
• RSVP’s! People just assumed we would know they where
• Table Plan – trying to please everyone and overthinking it
• Men suit Fittings – trying to get them all together was a
• Other people interfering and giving opinions on
What do you wish you’d spent
more money on?
• A Videographer – we regret not getting one as we’d love to
be able to look back on the ceremony. It goes so fast and you
don’t take half of it in!
• Flowers – we did our own and it was time consuming and it
was a stress we could’ve done without
• A second photographer to capture all the little moments
with guests that we missed out on
Anything you wish you’d
not spent money on?
• Wine! We bought our own and ended up with far too much
• Expensive flowers – everything was binned the next day!
So much décor & flowers – I’d keep it simple as we went way
What do you wish you’d
• Photographer – we knew who we wanted but didn’t book
straight away and missed out
• Guest List addresses – this takes way longer than you think!
• My Dress – I wanted to lose weight before trying on but it
meant I was rushed to order in the end
Favourite part of the Day?
• Seeing all your plans come together on the day – such a
lovely feeling of satisfaction
• The Ceremony – I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it
and the nerves just melted away
• Photos – we had such a great time with our photographer
and bridal party
• Being in a lovely bubble of happiness all day with my new
• Meeting my fiancée at the alter was so emotional and a
moment I will never forget
• Dancing – we had a brilliant Band and Dj and we really
enjoyed it with our guests!
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Real Brides Top Tips
• Agree your budget before you start booking
anything and stick to it!
• Let your bridesmaid know what is expected of them
– don’t just assume that they know, especially if they
haven’t done it before!
• Keep it simple – at the end of the day nobody
notices all the frills
• Start your seating plan early and contact people to
• Spend your budget on things your guests will enjoy
– music, food & entertainment!
• If you have to travel a long distance don’t book a
vintage car – it’s very pretty but it takes twice as long
to get to your venue and eats into the time you have
with your guests!
• Arrange for snacks and water to be in the wedding
cars – it’s a long day so you need to keep fuelled
• Pack a hanger and dress cover in your overnight bag
so you’re not walking out with it under your arm the
• Pay off your suppliers as you go along so you don’t
have a huge bill at the end
• Book Team Bride to be there on the morning – you
have no idea how much it helps to have someone there
to take care of everything so you and your bridesmaids
can just enjoy the morning!
• Take a moment with your other half away from
everyone else to just be together and savour the day
• Let people know if you need them for photos – do
family photos straight after the ceremony as people
• Relax and enjoy it – it’s the best day but it goes
so fast, so make sure you get time with your guests
before the meal to mingle and enjoy the fun!
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BRIDES AND GROOMS-TO-BE LET’S TALK MUSIC
Wedding planning can be overwhelming and many don’t know where to start. Music is such an
essential part of your wedding day. It is the soundtrack to the best day of your lives. I’m here to
give you some advice and tips on how to plan your wedding entertainment without the stress.
HERE IS A BREAKDOWN OF
WHERE MUSIC WILL FIT
INTO YOUR BIG DAY
Your ceremony music is a special element
of your wedding - it can make you smile,
cry and give you goosebumps. The
ceremony includes some of the most
unforgettable moments that you will
remember fondly for the rest of your
lives. From walking up the aisle, lighting
your unity candle, signing the register
and walking out as a married couple.
Your personalised song choices will make
those moments all the more special and
Drinks reception entertainment is
becoming more and more common at
Irish weddings and rightly so. Drinks
reception entertainment starts when your
guests arrive at your reception venue
until they are all called for the meal. Your
guests are kept entertained while you and
your husband are getting your pictures
taken. It’s a great chance for people to
relax, mingle and stay together in a fun
and lively atmosphere.
Nothing beats a live band to get the party
started. You want a band that specialise in
weddings and that will keep your guests
on the dancefloor all night with. A good
wedding band will play a wide variety to
suit all ages. You want your guests to be
complaining about sore feet the next day,
that’s the sign of a good wedding band!
After dancing the night away to your
wedding band you need a good DJ that
will seamlessly take over and keep them
dancing all night long with all the floor
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fillers. Many bands offer a DJ package
too so ask your band first if this is an
10 TIPS FOR PLANNING
Don’t delay, as soon as you know your
wedding date and venue start looking at
wedding singers, bands etc and deciding
what you want. Wedding singers and
bands have bookings up to three years in
advance so do not delay in booking your
entertainment to avoid disappointment.
Especially if your wedding is at peak times
in the year or if your wedding is at the
weekend these dates book up quickly.
Research your wedding entertainment,
if they are professional well established
wedding suppliers they will be on most
social media platforms. Check out their
videos and reviews from other brides and
grooms who have booked them in the
Talk to your celebrant. Find out the
boundaries for your ceremony music as
some may only want hymns to be sung
others may be more flexible with song
choices. Know what you can and can’t
have before you start picking songs to
Consult with your wedding singer/ band.
Any professional singer or band will be
willing to meet you prior to your wedding
and advise and help you in any way they
Don’t be afraid to tell your wedding
singer, band or DJ what you want or
more importantly what you don’t want.
If you have certain songs that you cringe
at the thought of it being played at
your wedding. Make a list of songs you
don’t want played and give them to your
wedding entertainment suppliers.
My advice would be that there are many
areas of your wedding where you can
make shortcuts but music is not one
of them - it really is a vital part of your
Create a playlist on Spotify or make a
cd of songs that you are thinking about
having for your ceremony or first dance.
Play them in the house or in the car and
through time you will eliminate songs and
decide on what you want.
Cost will vary for wedding singers/bands.
Factors that will contribute will be how
many people there are - solo, 2, 3, 4, 5
piece etc, travel costs, live vs backing
tracks, peak dates such as New Year’s
Eve for example. There are so many top
class professional wedding singers and
bands in the North West you don’t need
to pay extra for travel when you have the
cream of wedding entertainment on your
First dance - Talk to your band tell them
what song you want and decide if you
want your first dance played live by the
band or played as a track. Pick a song
that means something to you both and
also a song that you are comfortable to
dance/sway to. Practice dancing to your
first dance prior to the wedding to make
sure your comfortable dancing to it this
will avoid any awkward stepping on each
Music is one of the main things that your
guests will notice. Don’t underestimate
the importance of your entertainment.
Make you wedding entertainment a
priority happy guests = happy couple.
In saying that it is your day pick
professional suppliers that appeal to all
ages but also suit your taste in music.
If you have any wedding entertainment
questions I’d be happy to help, email me
Award-winning Donegal DJ
FOR ALL YOUR
Who is DJ Scotty?
John Hegarty (DJ Scotty), who has
been a DJ for the past 17 years, has
become more and more in demand
His passion for music from all genres
and his entertaining MC style has
shown his popularity in the wedding
sector increase immensely. John,
who has been a specialist in
weddings for a number of years,
believes that by mixing nostalgic
tunes and modern classics he will
keep the wedding guests all dancing
into the wee small hours
It's all fun and games
One of the many benefits that brides
and grooms get when they book DJ
Scotty is the unique games he can
provide to really make your wedding
day stand out from the rest, from
traditional Mr and Mrs, interactive
Mr and Mrs quiz, lip sync, dance-offs,
bandcamp or even musical bingo at
mealtime and he even offers a
bespoke package where he will
introduce the wedding party at meal
time, play intro music and play
ambient background music during
your meal (beats a random
hotel waiter introducing the
couple on a dodgy microphone
When asked what do you
like about djing at
“I love working at weddings
because I get to share in so
much joy. In fact, in 2017, I
gave up my job to concentrate
on weddings full time.
it's really nice to play such a big part
in a day where couples choose to
have this public display of commitment
and love. I guess I'm just a big
Weddings are so beautiful, so
romantic when two people are
saying wonderful things about one
another. I think anyone who works in
the wedding sector has to connect
You have to have this empathic thing
and be able to connect with people
and appreciate why they hired you in
the first place. But my favourite thing
about weddings is that no two are
the same, I love the diversity in
people's song requests I can
play everything from Etta
James, ACDC Brad Paisley to
Tiesto… just to name a few”
In January of 2018, John proudly
received the prestigious
award for the 'Best Wedding DJ
in Ireland', this was the first time
the award was received in the
North-West of Ireland.
DJ Scotty made it to the top ten
last year and has been nominated
again this year for the third
year in a row as the 'Best
Wedding DJ in Ireland' and
has successfully made it to
the top 10 once again. On
January 20th you will find out if
he can get all the way to the top
The Irish Wedding Awards
recognise the hard work,
dedication and commitment of
those in the wedding industry.
In addition to providing a top class
DJ service, DJ Scotty now provides a
range of bespoke and original
DANCING ON THE CLOUDS,
SELFIE SWITCH AND
The selfie switch allows your guests
to share a photo straight from their
phone to the huge selfie screen.
The selfie pod is the
A free standing photo booth to
fit any space!
Irish Wedding Dj Association
DJ Scotty is also proud to be a
member of the IWDJA, an elite
group of 20 of Ireland's most
professional wedding DJs - with
this seal of approval, you can be
sure your wedding day is in safe
hands when you book dj scotty.
DJ Scotty, an award-winning wedding specialist with over 17 years in the entertainment
industry. When you book with me I can guarantee a level of service and attention that you
simply won't get anywhere else. Also, I offer a full range of wedding services and can
accommodate any special request you may have to make your big day unforgettable.
Please don't hesitate to contact directly -
If there is anything at all that I can do to make your event the very best that it can be.
For more info on any service or for a free quote get in contact
m 086 167 3814
E/djscotty.ie | www.djscotty.ie
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• Selfie Pods/ Selfie Roamers
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• Venue Uplighting
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