Keith & Julie
A Special Day
Closer to Home
ARRIVING AUTUMN 2021
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Keith & Julie
ON THE COVER
to the Autumn
edition of Save
the Date magazine
Congratulations to all you engaged couples. Depending
on what stage you’re at we appreciate that the last
18 months have been, what can be described as,
somewhat stressful (to say the least), so hopefully now is the
time that you can (dare we say) plan & enjoy this special time
in your life.
We are now marking the onset of Autumn/Winter 2021/22
wedding season. This issue sets the tone & will guide you
through your dream journey to planning your wedding. From
stylists’ picks to fashion spreads, we’ve put together this
magazine to help you get the planning rolling.
This issue’s cover model, Cora Flanagan, spent the day with
us and our team of stylists at the stunning Inishowen Gateway
Hotel in Buncrana – it was amazing to see all the plans come
together to bring you our feature photo shoot, ‘Blush Wedding’
(see pages 37-42). Our ‘Real Weddings’ are a firm favourite
of ours – we just LOVE that local couples want to share their
special day with us & we’re so delighted to see them on our
Within this edition you’ll find advice on picking that
‘all-important dress’ to ideas for those special finishing
touches, all the while keeping it practical by discussing budgets
and timelines. We have a host of local experts like Emma
Murray Stylist, who catalogues her best bridal picks for afterparty
dresses, to practical advice on how getting married will
affect your taxes (yes, it may not be the most glamorous part of
getting married but useful to know!) and a lot more in between.
And FYI – we’re not just a bridal magazine you know!
We’re here all year round with savethedateweddings.ie, our
brand-new, recently launched website featuring an impressive
directory of the top wedding suppliers & service providers in
the Northwest. It’s updated regularly with blogs from local
experts who are willing to share their expertise with our
readers. If you haven’t already, you are going to want to check
it out, trust us!
We loved putting this magazine together for you & hope that
you can sit, relax & enjoy flicking through the pages.
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Hair by Elaine Gormley
Make-up by Niamh Frain
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Autumn 2021 Edition
6 & 7 REAL WEDDINGS:
Keith & Julie ‘A Special Day Closer to Home’
10 Wedding trends for 2022
14 10 best wedding proposal ideas
20 Vera Wang coming to Donegal
24 & 25 Gifts from the bride and groom on the
morning of their wedding
28 & 29 Bridal lingerie best buys
32 & 33 Hotel wedding or garden wedding
the pros & cons
34 EXPERT ADVICE:
Leslie Magee gives wedding day skincare tips
37 - 42 FEATURE PHOTO SHOOT:
44 Floral trends 2022
46 &47 Engagement ring guide
for any budget
50 & 51 Wedding day accessories for the bride & groom
52 & 53 Planning your first meal as a married couple
54 REAL WEDDINGS:
Christina & Paddy
56 & 57 Wedding dress trends for 2022
58 REAL WEDDINGS:
Louise & Roger
59 EXPERT ADVICE:
Tax implications for getting married in Ireland
60 & 61 Expert nail advice and preparation
with Signature Nails & Beauty by Rina
62 & 63 EXPERT ADVICE:
Emma Murray Stylist discusses
after party dress fashion
64 REAL WEDDINGS:
Alison & Kevin
66 EXPERT ADVICE:
Bridal Beauty by Aoibheann Walsh (G&G)
68 EXPERT ADVICE:
Bridal fashions with Snazzy Yazzi
70 EXPERT ADVICE:
Fitzgerald Private Clinic - All things skin
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A Special Day Closer to Home
A Special Day Closer to Home
Keith & Julie
Keith & Julie
In recent years, the prospect of getting
married abroad has become more and more
appealing to couples during the planning
Lanzarote was the original destination for Julie
and Keith for their big day but doing so during
such unprecedented times of travel restrictions
and so on, this Strabane-based couple opted to
eventually stay closer to home.
A decision that they were delighted to have
made … even if it was at the third attempt.
Following the aftermath of a series of
cancellations and renewed restrictions standing
in the way of their plans, Julie and Keith would
finally get to tie-the-knot on the 28th of July
2021. This is their story.
Throughout much of the small but bustling
town of Strabane, in County Tyrone, the now
newlyweds are perhaps best known for their
running of the Valerie Manning Jewellers
which can be found in the centre of the Main
Street district. A well-known and highly
respected business which has been running
since 1980 and under their careful stewardship
since October of 2014.
We were delighted that both Julie and Keith
took time out from their busy schedule, to
share with us, the fond and cherished memories
they have of their most special day.
“Originally, we were all set to go to
Lanzarote in June 2020, but with everything
that was going on at the time, we had to put
it back a year and rebook our wedding for the
same month in 2021. The same thing happened
again of course and, as you can imagine, a
lot of the guests we had invited - about 65 or
so - had their travel plans fall through as well”
“Essentially, our plans were based around
having our wedding in Lanzarote, with our
family and friends, so we could have a week of
celebrations and making memories in the sun”
The original date that everyone had written
in their diaries was 27th June, 2020. When the
couple’s plans for that date fell through, the
first alternative was to reschedule for the exact
same date the following year. The venue was to
be the Amura Restaurant in Puerto Calero.
Unfortunately, neither date would come to
fruition and thus, a new plan was devised.
“It was time to bite-the-bullet, so to speak,
so we started making plans to do things a bit
closer to home,” she added with a degree of
After some trials and tribulations in the
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search for a suitable venue here in Ireland,
a member of their staff suggested to them a
beautiful and most scenic spot which was just a
hop-and-a-skip up the road.
The Drenagh Estate; a Georgian Mansion
House which is nestled in a most picturesque
parkland on the outskirts of Limavady was
available to host this truly special occasion.
“It was absolutely lovely,” Julie recalled. “It
was not what either of us had expected and it
certainly exceeded any expectations we might
have had. On the day, we ended up only having
our closest family members and friends and
we were just so appreciative that we could find
such a spectacular venue so close to home.”
With its intimate setting and tranquil
surroundings, Julie went on to explain that she
was “as calm as you like” on the morning of the
day. She happily recalled how she, along with
her bridesmaid, Tracey (sister in-law) made
their way to Drenagh about an hour and a half
before proceedings got underway, where they
could put any finishing touches to their hair and
make-up, without hassle.
For the groom, Keith also recalled his final
few hours of bachelorhood.
“My brother was my best man and we got
to the venue at about midday or so. It was such
a lovely, scenic place, but we still had a few
last-minute jobs to do” Keith said. “We had to
make sure we got the wedding cake there, safe
and sound, so in a way, we were kind of acting
as delivery men on the day too” he jokingly
“Once that was done, we were shown to a
small room where we could get ourselves ready
and even have a wee beer together to mark the
occasion. Again, the venue was superb. I’d
previously taken a video on my phone and sent it
to my other brother in America and his response
was, as blunt as you like, ‘well, why’d you not
just pick there in the first place?’” he laughed.
Hitches & Glitches
There was one small hitch to the plans, however.
When an initial smattering of rainfall quickly
became torrential, a last-minute decision was
made to swap the idea for an outdoor ceremony
to an indoor one. After all the previously scuttered
plans these two had to make their wedding
happen, this was only a mere and minor glitch to
Later that afternoon, the new Mr and Mrs
Gordon made their vows, kissed and joined
together in joyous matrimony. The celebrations
could begin, but they
made sure to take time out
from all the excitement to
touch base, via video link,
to send their own love
to their relatives, friends
and staff colleagues, who
tuned in online, so that
they too could take in the
atmosphere of the day.
David Doherty, a
local musician who had
during lockdown for his
supplied the music
throughout most of
the evening and when
reflecting on the day as
a whole, Keith, as you
might expect, had only
had good things to talk
“We’re so glad we decided on this venue.
Looking back at our plans in Lanzarote it
was always a bit surreal to me, like a sixth
sense it was never going to happen out there.
Especially when you consider the thought
of wearing a three-piece suit in roasting hot
weather,” he joked
“Having said that, the lady in Lanzarote
who was originally planning our wedding
is someone who we cannot speak highly
enough of. She was very understanding
when we had to make the cancellations
and she went to great lengths to return our
deposits. I’ve heard since that other couples
haven’t been so lucky in that regard, so we
are so very thankful to her” he added.
The pandemic era will be remembered
for a lot of things; social distancing, masks
becoming mandatory and, of course, such
unforeseen restrictions on travel and social
events. There was also a tremendous burden
placed on the shoulders of small business
owners and one of the dominant themes we
all heard about, when it came to retail, was
that we should all endeavour to ‘shop local.’
And that’s just what the Gordons did.
As Julie told, “once we had made the
decision to have the wedding in Drenagh,
we didn’t have much to plan, so we kept it
local for everything we needed. Be it hair,
make-up, dresses, florists, the photographer,
we kept everything local. This took a lot
of pressure off us. After all, we’d always
encouraged the ‘shop local’ idea ourselves,
so I guess you could say, we had to practice
what we preached, and it all turned out just
wonderful” she concluded.
Among the local enterprises which Julie
alluded to, both she and Keith would like
to express their most sincere thanks to
the following businesses: Davy Ralston
Photography, Donna’s Flower Shop, Bake
Away By Meg, all of whom can be found in
They also wished to thank Tomorrows
Bridal & Suits, both based in Derry, and of
course, who could forget Valerie Manning
Jewellery - the little jewellers on the Strabane
Main Street which the new Mister and
Missus Gordons know so very well indeed.
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Your Donegal Wedding Venue
Harvey’s Point is the most exquisite and
mystical Wedding Venue in Donegal.
Set in the magical location on the
shores of Lough Eske, nestled at the foot of the
Bluestacks, Harvey’s Point is where your wedding
dream can begin. At Harvey’s Point, we take great
pride in treating our guests as family and your
wedding is as important to us as it is to you. Our
dedicated team are there throughout your planning
journey to assist you every step of the way.
Designed to perfection, with you in mind, our
recently renovated Lakeside Ballroom offers you
and your guests an exclusive space to enjoy your
celebrations. Arrive via your own entrance and
walk along the red carpet to be greeted with a
glass of champagne in our stylish lobby. Join your
guests in our bright and spacious Garden Suite
before moving to our Stunning Lakeside Ballroom
where you can sit back and take in the panoramic
views of Lough Eske and our beautiful landscaped
gardens. Dance the evening away surrounded by
the romantic ambience and enjoy the luxury of your
own private bar.
At Harvey’s Point, we want to help you have
the wedding of your dreams. We have the ideal
location to offer you a variety of options to get
married here at the lakeside. Our stunning Garden
Suite is licensed to host civil and humanist wedding
ceremonies while our pier overlooking Lough Eske
gives an exceptional backdrop for your ceremony.
Let us inspire your wedding day.
Whatever season you choose to have your wedding,
the unique location of Harvey’s Point can
offer you the perfect backdrop to your day. From
the beautiful light in spring to the sunny shades of
summer, through to the golden colours of autumn
and the crispness of a winter’s day, the ever-changing
landscape never disappoints. Weddings over
the festive season and New Year are a Harvey’s
Point speciality with the soft glow of the lights and
the cosiness of our real turf fires; it’s the perfect
place to bring loved ones together.
The Wedding Banquet at Harvey’s Point is
as famous as our warm greeting. Wow your
guests with our exceptional offerings that range
from our much-celebrated international cuisine
buffets, through to the delicately styled pictures
on plates presented from our award-winning
kitchen. You can choose a combination of
buffet and service or choose full plated waiter
service, the choice is yours.
Contact our Wedding & Events team on
+353-749724315 or by email at events@
harveyspoint.com to arrange your Wedding
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It was love at first sight
...and true love forever
Your Fairytale Wedding at Harvey's Point
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Wedding trends for 2022
After the wedding apocalypse of 2020,
many couples had great dreams for 2021,
only to be disappointed with restrictions
and uncertainty. This leaves
us with great expectations
for 2022 as with two years
of quiet subdued affairs
behind us we can look
forward to a break from
tradition with a ‘go wild
and be yourself’ attitude!
If we take the positive lessons from the
last two years the outdoor setting is here
to stay. Its natural light is great for photos
and encompasses peoples newfound
love and respect for nature and the back
This greater awareness of the outdoors
leads towards a more sustainable wedding
with natural earthy tones and textures
such as tables set with linen napkins and
terracotta pots, alongside nature inspired
colours and themes.
That is not to say everything is looking
calm and neutral as Bridgerton-inspired
empire lines and floral themes are definitely
an influence on choices for 2022. Puff
1. Linen napkins with earthy tones
tie in well with an outdoor setting.
2. Bridgerton-inspired dress
features an elaborate high neck &
3. Fresh apple, cinnamon, ice and
4. Handmade invitations made of
5. Sustainable weddings are
a trend that is here to stay -
sleeve dresses and vintage china are very much in demand.
The break from traditions is encouraging people to add pops of their own
favourite colour in amongst a white colour scheme. There are predictions for
vibrant pink-purples, earthy olive greens, creamy yellows, tropical oranges, and
ocean blues for the upcoming wedding season. This reflects the trend of really
expressing yourself in your ceremony.
Whether you favour calm and simple or floral and fancy there is an exciting year
ahead with choices for all budgets and tastes.
The year for choice is ahead with flamboyant and detachable sleeves a contemporary
addition to the wedding dress trends. Mixed seperates are a welcome
result of having to adjust to the many changes
of the past two years of wedding planning.
They appeal to the more sustainable bride 2
for wearability and also a contemporary and
adaptable look. Renting wedding dresses has
increased due to environmental awareness and
also because it gives brides access to dresses
way above their budget.
While traditionally weddings are a great excuse
for a grand old session, the trend towards a
healthier lifestyle has created some fabulous
alcohol free beverages which we can expect
to see popping up in weddings. Whether it’s
a simple selection of alcohol-free wine and
beer or a delicious signature mocktail this is a
definite for the 2022 wedding season.
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As we get out of our series of lockdowns over the
past couple of years, things have changed, in the
day-to-day life in which we operate but also in how
we proceed into the future. County Seat has also
adapted to accommodate changes.
We anticipate a very busy period for weddings in
the next couple of years due to the stop/start
nature of weddings recently. To anticipate demand,
we have created a new position within the store,
our very own wedding specialist,
Ivan Boreland who has been a stalwart of the
County Seat team for many years has become our
dedicated wedding specialist. Ivan is extremely
approachable and has, over the past few years
shown an amazing ability to work with couples all
over the country to create unique outfits for the
groom and his party. Ivan will work closely with
every individual to help them have the easiest
possible time in negotiating their outfits. He will
give every single prospective Groom/Bride the time
and dedication that they want or need.
Whether a groom wants to be dressed in a
traditional tuxedo, a 3-piece suit or something that
is a little alternative, we at County Seat, feel like
we’ve got the lot. We have a dedicated suit floor
that is currently getting a little revamp in
preparation for the coming season. We try, where
we can to use Irish brands as we feel that these
brands are capable of matching anything on offer in
the world today. For weddings we exclusively use
Benetti, a brand based in Co Longford. Over the
past decade, Benetti have become the no.1 suit
provider in Ireland and we have a huge selection to
choose from in our store. You can also check out
our Spring 2022 suit collection on our Facebook
page or by scanning the QR code above.
Here at County Seat we endeavor to make it as
easy as possible for you to choose the right suit for
your special day. Make an appointment today or
just drop in and ask for Ivan or any team member.
At Mulroy Woods Hotel our commitment to you is for
a truly unique & magical Wedding Day Celebration.
Whether your Dream Wedding is an elaborate,
fairy-tale affair or something more cosy, quaint, modest
or intimate, our award-winning property has the perfect
wedding venue waiting to play host to the start of your new
From the moment you celebrate your engagement, your
journey is all about sharing the most special day of your
lives with the people around you. Making new bonds, creating
new friendships & rekindling family ties. Our question
to you will always firstly be “What is your Vision for your
Wedding Day”. To play our part we will assist you to create
the day you have been dreaming of, ensuring it will be your
way. Sharing in your day at Mulroy Woods Hotel will be
a great honour for us & we would love to be part of your
One Wedding Per Day!
Expect luxury in both service and surroundings, as our expert
team take the time to get to know you and your partner
ensuring perfection on the day for your “I do” celebration.
With only one wedding per day, you and your guests can
enjoy exclusive use of our stylish & elegant Wedding
We know that each couple’s vision of their day is unique
to them alone & with this in mind we will design our
offering around you & your desires for your wedding day,
ensuring it will exceed your dream.
Start your journey with us by getting in touch to arrange
your private consultation via email:
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10 Best Wedding
Are you trying to decide how to pop the question?
We have 10 delightful proposal ideas to help you get that resounding yes!
So, you’ve got the ring and
an inkling your partner will
say yes! Now how do you go
We have ten of the best proposal ideas
to help make sure your proposal is both
personal and perfect. These will make that
special moment a day to remember.
1. Holiday Surprise
One of the most popular proposals is on
holiday, don’t let staycations put you off,
find a beautiful moment or your partners
favourite place and get planning.
Think about what they’ll like best – is it a
romantic walk on the beach? A hike up a
At that gorgeous restaurant you both love?
You could even rent bikes and hide the
ring in their helmet. If travel abroad is an
option Paris works well.
Whether at home or abroad it will be a
holiday to remember and whatever you do
– don’t forget the ring!
2. Romance at home
There’s no place like home, after all. To
make this special put effort into little details
- you can make a trail of candles or flower
petals that leads to your chosen spot.
Use flowers and balloons to transform the
space. For a really cute surprise, why not
spell out the question in fridge magnets or
with glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling?
3. Treasure Hunt
Use all the little moments you have shared
to make clues for your partner. These
could be little rhymes (“to find the first clue,
check in your shoe”) or simple statements
(“go to the room I first told you I loved
you”). You can make this big or small by
staying at home or involving your friends
and family, think about how private your
partner is when deciding. When they get to
the end, they find you waiting with the ring!
4. Airport Opportunity
Take the opportunity when picking up your
love from a flight. Bring a big sign with “will
you marry me “on it or their name on it and
a Mr./Mrs. in front of their first name with a
question mark. Bend the knee and hear the
5. Concert Love
Do you share a love of music? Get to a
concert and when your partners favourite
song comes on turn around and show
them the ring! If you want a grand gesture,
you can contact their management and the
venue and request to get up on stage and
propose in front of the crowds.
6. Put it in print
Invest in a full-page ad in a newspaper,
then find a beautiful spot to have a romantic
morning of catching up on current
events. You need to get the timing right so
be ready and watch her face!
7. Radio goo-goo
If your loved one loves to listen in and you
are very brave - call into your partners
favourite show while they are listening and
propose on the air.
8. Foodie favourite
Talk to your favourite restaurant and set
up a special menu! Get the waiter to bring
sheet of paper you’ve planted with your
marriage proposal. Be ready on one knee
with the ring!
9. Campfire talk
Camping has become hugely popular this
year and a lot more comfortable! What
better than a night under the stars roasting
marshmallows for a romantic opportunity.
10. First meeting place
This can be a really fabulous proposal!
Take a trip down memory lane and revisit
the bar you first met in or the restaurant
where you first had dinner. It is the perfect
way to reminisce over your happy relationship.
As you recall all the wonderful
memories, you can get down on one knee
and ask if they would like to make memories
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Weddings at The Old Courthouse
Radiating in historic charm, The
Old Courthouse has taken pride of
place in Donegal’s County Town of
Lifford for over 270 years. Today, its 18th
Century Courtroom still maintains its stunning
neo-classical design, with marvellous
windows and remarkable high ceilings,
providing an intimate and unique venue for
your special day.
Priding itself on its flexibility, allowing
guests to create their ideal dream day within
the grounds of The Old Courthouse, the
Weddings at the Old Courthouse package
provides you with everything you will need
for your wedding celebration, and the ability
to sculpt your own vision around this
with any added extras you would like. After
all, it’s your dream day and the staff at The
Old Courthouse will help make it a reality.
The Old Courthouse is the ideal location
for an intimate wedding and each wedding
group is provided with exclusive use of the
building. A dedicated, experienced events
team will be with you each step of the way
in your planning to help make sure you are
looked after exactly as you should be.
Couples are also provided with complimentary
use of the historic Grand Jury Room
for ceremonies, and with a large riverside
courtyard to the rear of the building,
ideal for a large marquee, the possibilities
and configurations are endless for
creating a ceremony that is perfect
Enjoy your stunning wedding banquet
in the comfort of the historic Courtroom,
catered by an experienced
kitchen team who will work with
you to create the perfect menu for
you and your guests. Then you can
dance the night away in breathtaking
surroundings, with everything you
need to make perfect memories.
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Celebrate your special day in stunning
surroundings, whether you are planning a
small intimate ceremony or a larger reception,
The Cosh Venue is the perfect location
to host your big day.
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Looking for that special suit for your big day?
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We have the latest styles of suits ready to cater for your special day, with
options in hire and sales to suit every budget!
Enjoy the build-up to your wedding and let our award-winning wedding
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Renowned for excellent food, outstanding service
and an unrivalled attention to detail,
Villa Rose Hotel offers a charming setting for your special day.
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The venue of choice for many years, Weddings at Villa Rose are focused
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Vera Wang Bride comes to McElhinneys, Donegal
new era in Bridal Fashion arrives at McElhinneys Bridalrooms
this Autumn 2021. The Bridal team at McElhinneys are excited
to announce the Iconic designer Vera Wang Bride collection will
be now available to the Irish/Donegal Bride.
The Artistic Director of Vera
Wang Bride is Vera Wang. She is
a modern-day fashion icon, who
is known throughout the world for
her cutting-edge designs. She has
dressed dozens of A-listers and celebrities
including Selena Gomez,
Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Diane
Kruger, Alicia Keys, Victoria
Beckham, Hailey Bieber, Ariana
Grande and Gwen Stefani to only
mention a few.
A native New Yorker who spent
her career at the forefront of fashion,
Vera Wang began a sweeping
makeover of the bridal industry
in 1990 with the opening of her
flagship salon at the Carlyle Hotel
in New York City.
The first Vera Wang Bride collection
at McElhinneys consists of 12
dresses designed entirely by Vera
Wang and her team. Vera Wang
designs are accessible to all brides.
With this launch, the singular style
of Vera Wang will reach a wider
audience by offering wedding
gowns at a more accessible price
range with the high level of quality
and craftsmanship for which the
designer is renowned.
“We are really excited to be
able to bring the Vera Wang Bride
collection to Donegal and to have
every McElhinneys bride experience
true luxury when it comes to
bridal. This was one of the most
interesting and diverse collections
that I have ever had to choose from
and I hope our brides love these
stunning dresses as much as I did
sourcing them” - Richie Crawford,
McElhinneys Bridal Buyer.
Booking in advance of the arrival
of this stunning collection for
October is advised.
To book your appointment please
call McElhinneys bridal customer
service team on 074 9131217
or book by email to:
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SUITABLE FOR SMALLER,
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TO 450 GUESTS
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Getting married in
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We recommend to have a check up
and treatment plan six months before
the big event if you are planning to get
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or teeth whitening to have a brilliant
smile on your special day.
It is advised to start your treatments
two years prior to the wedding if you
want to get braces done, and one year
if you want implants. Implants start
You can also wear braces if your are in
the middle of your ortho treatments,
the ceramic brackets are almost
Our bronze package helps you out if
you have to get your teeth fixed one or
two weeks before your wedding, which
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We recommend getting the scale &
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wedding, as it cleans the teeth,
removes the discoloration from the
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Gifts for the Bride ...
One tradition that will never go
out of style is to give your loved
one a gift on the morning of your
wedding. A little love token to start a
special day will always be remembered.
It is a beautiful gesture on the big day
when a quiet moment can be sorely
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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 venue, 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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Your wedding day is one of the most important and
special days of your life, and you want to feel
comfortable, beautiful and sexy on the day.
With this in mind, choosing the right bridal underwear is
very important and should never be an afterthought.
When you have worked out what you
need for your dress shape make sure
to get fitted properly when buying
the underwear. Also remember to
consider the colour of your dress as
bright white can stand out underneath
and nude colours are often more
Definitely take your chosen lingerie
to your next dress fitting to make sure
everything is in place. Bear in mind
support bras and shapewear aren’t
always pretty so a second fancy set of
lingerie for the wedding night can be
a good idea!
It can all seem like a tricky task, but
we are here to help.
Below we have covered two dress
styles popular for 2022 and paired
them with the right underwear.
The Plunging Neckline
Wedding gowns with plunging neckline are a
sophisticated choice. A deep V lengthens your neck,
flatters your décolletage and adds a little oomph to any
dress whether it’s a strapless corset bodice or a longsleeve
lace number. In this style dress what you have
on underneath really matters! The size of your bust
will also determine which option suits both you and
your dress. Look for a bra that has a special cutout in
the front to accommodate a low neckline. This type of
wedding lingerie will usually have extra support on the
side to ensure everything stays in place despite the dip
in the middle. Another option would be to see if your
bridal salon or seamstress can sew the bra into your
dress to give you built-in support.
Ultimate Plunge Bra
Ultimate Silhouette Brazilian
(brief or thong)
U Plunge Backless
Va Va Voom Boob Tape
(may need to be used in conjunction
with a stick-on bra)
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The Square Neckline
We can probably thank “Bridgerton” for this neckline
and we couldn’t be more grateful. The square wedding
dress neckline is going to be everywhere for wedding
dresses in 2022. It’s really versatile as it’s flattering
for both large and small busts, giving you support or
coverage when you need it while also creating and
enhancing your cleavage by revealing more of your
décolletage. This dress requires less complicated
lingerie however, some careful thought is required
when it comes to what bra to wear. Too full of a cup
style and it may be visible through or above your
dress, so a balconette bra is probably a better option.
A square neckline will draw the eye to the top part of
your dress, so make sure your bra is perfectly fitted.
Refined Glamour Balconette Bra
Chantelle Irresistible Multi-Way
Firm Control Sheer Stripe
No VPL High Leg Briefs
Suit Your Fancy
Magical & Memorable at the Waterfront
Make it magical and memorable at the luxurious 4 Star Waterfront
Hotel, perched on the edge of Dungloe Bay.
This stunning venue offers intimate and breath taking surroundings
with an unrivalled level of expertise, experience and attention to detail.
With two elegant wedding suites this Donegal hotel is the perfect choice
for large (500 guests) or intimate celebrations depending on your individual
needs. Packages start from just €45.00 per person, with a range of options
to suit your requirements. Call us today to arrange a private show around.
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Donegal’s Hidden Gem
When you think of a stunning
riverside wedding venue
overlooking leafy woodland,
you would be forgiven if Ballybofey,
Co. Donegal wasn’t perhaps your first
But nestled in the heart of the Twin
Towns is a real hidden gem that not
only boasts panoramic river views
from its ballroom but also has the
picturesque backdrop of Drumboe
Jackson’s Hotel is perhaps best
known for its leisure centre, family
breaks and where you had your
school formal but since coming into
the ownership of the Gallen Family
in 2017, this hotel has taken on a
transformation of its own.
The Wedding Suite is simply majestic,
from the moment you enter the
spacious lobby with a sweeping
staircase and ornate chandelier you
are transported to a world of grandeur
Follow through to the Finn Suite to
be greeted with a wonderfully bright
Ballroom that draws you in with its
high ceilings, unique dome lighting and an
outdoor terrace with breath taking views.
Purpose built for dream weddings, the Finn
Suite is a chameleon – easily shape shifting
into a room that comfortably caters up to 500
guests and then transforming to an intimate
space for a more intimate wedding of 250
guests or less – all due to clever design and
bi-fold partitions adorned with a twinkling fairy
Weddings are not new to Jackson’s Hotel, it
has a long-standing reputation for offering
I’ve always loved
weddings and worked
in the industry for many
years helping brides and
couples plan for their day
so I have a great
understanding of what
couples are looking for.
Wedding & Events Sales Manager
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exceptional service and great food but what
is new to Jackson’s Hotel is the introduction
of a new Wedding & Events Sales Manager
in the form of Carina McLaughlin, better
known in wedding circles as Team Bride.
With over 12 years’ experience in the world
of weddings, Carina brings a wealth of
knowledge and a fresh look to weddings at
Jackson’s Hotel. With a keen eye for details
and a genuine love of weddings Carina is
excited to work with couples to create a
truly memorable wedding experience.
“I’ve always loved weddings and worked in
the industry for many years helping brides
and couples plan for their day so I have a
great understanding of what couples are
looking for. I’m in a really unique position
that through Team Bride I talk to brides
every day about the highs and lows of
planning a wedding and in particular their
experience of working with suppliers, good
and bad. It’s my job to understand what
each couple want from their venue and to
help make that a reality.”
At Jackson’s Hotel the success and
enjoyment of a wedding day or indeed
the planning process is not down to one
person yes, your wedding manager may
be your point of contact and the face of the
venue but it’s the team in behind that work
to make every aspect of the process and
the day itself run like clockwork. Every team
member is a vital cog, from the cleaning
staff, maintenance, chefs, waiting staff and
everyone in between. We all work diligently
to ensure every little detail is taken care of.
Donegal has long been known the world
over for its friendly banter, warm welcome
and caring hospitality, pair this with
beautiful surrounds, industry knowledge
and a team that care to give you just a taste
of what you can expect at Jackson’s Hotel.
Contact Carina today to arrange your
p. 0035374 91 31021
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Hotel Wedding or
Welcome back hotel weddings!
They are not quite the same
as before, however it is good
to be able to celebrate together. Hotels
have always been the most popular
choice for weddings due to their
convenience and versatility. With
the wedding dynamic changing over
recent years we look at the pros and
cons to help you plan your big day!
There is usually a wedding team with a lot of
experience. There will also be someone with
you on the day to help the event go smoothly.
Most hotels will have a selection of
decorations that you can use on the day, such
as chair covers, ribbons and centrepieces.
Convenience and accommodation
Rooms for you both to get ready on the day
and rooms for guests usually at a good rate and
no need to worry about transport.
A licensed room for your wedding ceremony-
For those not going to the church, an adaptable
option for everyone.
A formal dining room
Lots of space for your wedding meal
A bar or lounge
Great section for pre-dinner drinks.
Accommodation for your wedding night.
Fabulous deals to be had with less work for
Usually a choice of menus for different
budgets and tastes.
All venues must comply with all legal covid
Not always a huge variety so you might still
need to outsource for that personal touch.
Complies to the traditional wedding set-up
so no real room to do something completely
Indoor weddings are currently restricted to
100 people (Until 22 October) and there is still
a little uncertainty surrounding this in to the
Thankfully live music is starting to return
indoors, but it is still something we need to
keep an eye on.
Limitations on outside vendors
Hotel policies vary on bringing in outside
There is a lack of privacy as there are usually a
variety of functions and guests visiting
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beautiful and lush environment
is a fantastic location for a
wedding. If you love nature
and the outdoors what better than a
garden wedding. However, as with any
wedding venue, there will be pros and
cons you will need to make a choice if
the negatives outweigh the positives
when it comes to planning a garden
There is nothing like the outdoors for beauty,
get those flowers planted!
Perfect lighting for fabulous photos.
With no venue cost, your budget can stretch
Freedom with décor
The sky (and your imagination) is the limit for
how you want to decorate.
Keep it local
Great deals in Donegal & Northwest for locally
produced food and catering.
Outdoors is great at the moment, larger guest
list and live music allowed!
Plan for cover in case of rain or wind!
More planning involved
All the organising is down to you - catering,
decorating, etc, etc, etc.
With 200 allowed at an outdoors event you
may still have to keep it small if your garden is
modest. (Until 22 October)
Hiring professionals would by my personal
opinion on this one.
You have to do the work on a covid plan and
make sure any outside source has one to keep
all your guests safe!
Months of planning and work to get your garden
how you want it for the big day.
Think PA systems, ice- machines, lighting for
the evening, items you would never think of
that are provided in hotel venues.
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SAVE THE DATEExpert View
Leslie Magee On Skincare
You’ve made it through the exciting part
of your engagement (Prosecco and ring
selfies), now it’s time to prepare for
your big day.
For my first column, I’m going to be talking
you through your wedding beauty regime.
I promise you that if you follow my tips and
tricks - you will have the best skin as you walk
down the aisle.
Starting a wedding beauty regimen is a form
of self-care, this is the perfect excuse for some
pampering before the nuptials.
Below are the main points to consider when
your creating your beauty routine.
Manage stress levels
By Leslie Magee
This is a dealbreaker. Many inflammatory
skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema
are thought to be related to stress. Excess
stress can also disrupt your sleep pattern,
leading you to have a skin tone similar to
Wednesday Addams. Do whatever you can to
chill out. Binge watch Sex and The City. Book
a yoga class. Head for a stroll on the beach
(my personal favourite). Just make sure to
Book an appointment with a skin
By talking to a professional you will be
able to find out your skin type and your skin
concerns. This will give you a core plan that
you can follow.
Decide if Retinol is right for you
The hottest ingredient on the skincare block
is retinol, a derivative from Vitamin A. Retinol
increases cell turnover, unclogs pores, targets
acne and targets pigmentation. As great as this
ingredient is, it can cause purging including
peeling, sensitivity and redness before the
amazing effects kick in. If you are playing
with the idea of incorporating a retinol into
your routine, start at 12 months from your big
Dead skin cells that accumulate on the
surface can give a dull appearance. Regular
exfoliation with a good quality exfoliator
that is designed for your skin type will have
you glowing on your wedding day. Initially, I
recommend exfoliating once per week, then
advancing to twice per week after a month if
you can tolerate it.
There is a huge range of products out there
with the hottest ingredient, Retinol.
This is not another hectic to-do list. I
promise this checklist is more exciting than
organising the seating plan for your feuding
family members. Stick to the rules and you
will have glass-like skin on your special
If you wish to book a personalised consultation
with myself, do not hesitate to
contact me. Instagram - leslieemagee.
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STUNNING WEDDING VENUE
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There is nothing like
flowers to make a day special
You must consider the theme and design
of your big day as well as your own
favourite flowers and the time of year.
This year unique and personalised combinations are
abundant. Your wedding florist will help guide you in
making final decisions. We are here in the meantime
with some tips for what’s coming up in 2022.
Picture dried and fresh flowers combined and
mixtures of roses, pampas grass and bunny tails -
divine! The combination of fresh and dried gives a
great balance of colour and texture!
A neutral palette with timeless, classic whites/
creams and luscious green foliage is bang on trend.
Keeping with neutral earthy tones such as dusky
pink and sage green will also feature in 2022. However,
with people’s individuality popping out expect
anything in this exciting year for colour!
These will use natural materials like hanging florals
and vines, which are used to increase the feeling of
spaciousness in your venue. Think wisteria!
Big impact geometric arches with a crisp
modern style are for any palette.
Long foliage garlands for rustic
style long tables and eye
popping centre-pieces for round
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Engagement Ring Guide
for any budget
Diamonds are the traditional
way to go and also the most
expensive! There are four ways
to judge a diamond engagement ring -
cut, carat weight, colour and clarity.
The cut determines the sparkle and brilliance
so choosing well here pays off! If the sky is the
limit the higher the carat the higher the price.
Colour and clarity are where it gets technical,
high-end stones are magnified to determine
quality. A good balance between the four C’s
is ideal, carefully selecting cut and colour can
keep you on budget while still getting the look
There is a myriad of shapes and settings to
dazzle available, below are the classic styles of
setting all of which have stood the test of time
because of their beauty and popularity.
A single stone remains the most popular choice
for engagement rings. The head secures the
diamond. Timeless elegance!!
Diamonds or gemstones, run alongside the main
stone for extra sparkle or colour.
Traditional and very romantic, one diamond
for the past, one for the present, and one for the
future. Usually, the centre diamond is larger
than the two side stones. Megan Markle!!
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Cut, carat weight,
colour & clarity
The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds
for spectacular sparkle and the illusion of
If you want a diamond but not the price tag, try
a white sapphire, these have the same appearance
and are also durable for daily wear. For a
bright and beautiful look, gemstones are a popular
alternative and can suit a more sensitive
budget, blue sapphires, rubies, and emeralds all
make fabulous engagement rings. Think chic
and unique!! Antique rings are a truly romantic
buy and can keep in line with any budget high
Platinum is one of the strongest and most
durable of ring choices, so it’s perfect for
engagement rings. This strength will protect
your diamond or gemstone and see the ring
withstand years of daily use. Although it will
require you to flash the cash being at the higher
end of the price scale.
This magical pink-tinted metal is gold with an
added copper alloy. The more copper alloy in
the metal, the deeper the rosy tones.
Rose gold represents love, a true representation
of your engagement. Oozing style and
beauty as well as being durable it’s another
budget friendly choice!
Once you make your purchase remember to
get your bling insured. By mixing and matching
stones metals and settings, everyone can find
their perfect ring.
There really is something for everyone so keep
looking until you are satisfied!
A traditional favourite, this naturally yellow
metal gets combined with different metal alloys
for added strength. Classic and elegant it’s
always a popular choice. Unlike diamonds, the
higher carat isn’t the best choice as the metal
becomes softer and easier to damage, a fact
which also helps with the price!
When yellow gold is painted with rhodium
white gold is created, a stunning appearance
similar to platinum. An elegant and versatile
choice that can suit any budget.
There is a myriad of shapes
and settings to dazzle available,
classic styles of setting, all of
which have stood the test of
time because of their beauty
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Pearl hair accessories -
a touch of vintage glamour!
Gold pearls hair wreath available from
Sensational shoes - Jimmy Choo Saeda 100.
Available from jimmychoo.com
for the bride
Capes - a unique alternative to a veil, they are back again.
available from NoonOnTheMoon @ etsy.com
Dangling earrings - whether its skinny stones
or eye-catching statement pieces dangling
earrings are in this year!
Diamonfi re Marquise drop earrings
available from rmccullagh.com
Well, you’ve said “yes to the dress” now you need
to accessorise! We believe accessories can really
lift your bridal look and make you sparkle on the
big day. It is truly worthwhile to spend a little time
deciding on your accessories.
These can curate the look you want literally, from
head to toe. From underwear to shoes to hairpieces
there are a multitude of items to investigate.
Luckily, we are here to help with accessories for
that perfect finishing touch on your big day!
Pearl hair accessories, a touch of vintage glamour!
Gold pearls hair wreath available from
Belts - the right belt and dress are a match made in heaven.
Farah Belt available from www.pearlsandlace.ie
Floral embroidered veils - a beautiful touch
especially in spring!
Poppy Floral Lace Veil available from
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Shoes - the essential finishing touch to the outfit make sure to do it in style.
Ted Baker Vattal Leather Derby Shoes available from arnotts.ie
for the groom
Stand-out neckwear - floral and fancy
or patterned and colourful,
neckwear can make your look amazing!
Moss London Sky Rose Tie & Hank Set
available from mossbros.ie
Watch, an elegant watch to get you
there early on the big day.
D’Alton Quartz Pocket Watch
All grooms want to look splendid on their
wedding day, we are here to help you customise
that wedding outfit. Whether you fancy a
classic tux or a casual suit, there are plenty of
ways to personalise your outfit so that it feels
right for you. The right accessories will make
the world of difference to your look. From
printed ties to custom cufflinks, you can totally
change the vibe of your wedding suit! To make
your shopping experience as easy as possible,
we’ve rounded up the best groom accessories
that you can buy now.
Super socks - adding some personality in a
subtle manner can be easily achieved with socks
or keep it elegant and simple with plain black.
Art Sox available from mcelhinneys.com
Perfect pocket-square, don’t let the tie be the
limit! Sophisticate that pocket square!
Moss 1851 navy & red floral pocket square
available from mossbros.ie
Cool cufflinks, whether engraved and elegant or novelty and fun
cufflinks always add a touch of interest.
Newbridge football cufflinks available from www.mcelhinneys.com
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Planning your first
Congratulations you are taking the
plunge! You have your ring sorted and
the question popped, what do you do
next? Your wedding meal is the delicious feast
after the ceremony, the couple’s first meal as a
married couple. We are here to help with a
step-by-step guide to help plan the perfect
wedding reception your guests will remember.
Step 1: Save the date!
Do this, before you start looking for locations for the
Some venues may be booked up to a year (or more)
in advance, so be prepared to be flexible with dates and
places. The time of year and the day of the week will
reflect in availability and price. These days people have
had to adapt to all the restrictions and weddings can
happen any day of the week or time of year!
Step 2: Splash the cash!
With a date sorted you must decide your overall budget.
This and your number of guests will determine what
venues are perfect for your celebration. Hopefully covid
will not be deciding guest numbers in 2022.
Step 3: What and where?
Would you like it indoors or outdoors? Remember to
have a plan for rain if going with outdoor, we do live in
Ireland after all! Vaccinations are required for indoor
dining right now which is also worth thinking about.
What type of food do you want to have? There are
many choices for this, while a sit-down dinner is the
traditional type of reception, other choices to consider
are a family dinner, buffet, a pig on a spit or food trucks.
Are you having a toast? Toasts can be a lovely moment
for the couple and guests, but it’s best to keep them
short and sweet. Usually, they should be made during or
in between dinner courses, and kept to two or three.
Step 4: Suigh síos (Sit down)!
If you decide you want a sit-down dinner (one of the
safest choices during covid), you will have the task
of assigning seats. This should be simple however it
usually gets complicated, have fun!
The top table usually sits the married couple, with
the bridal party and parents. However, don’t be afraid
to break from tradition and do what suits your own
situation the best, it is your day after all.
Have fun naming tables after places you have visited
or you favourite authors or local landmarks e.g., Mount
Errigal, Malin Head…
Do remember to think about the elderly and their
seats not only for covid safety but also for comfort.
Name place cards are the formal way to arrange
seating, it is a great option if you are concerned about
placing people next to each other who might not
get along! Also, escort cards with just the name
and table number are another way to arrange
seating and they can choose their own seat at
that table. Enjoy picking the stationary flowers
and table decorations to fit in with your theme.
Step 5: Food glorious food!
Food is one of the most important elements of
the reception, and something that everyone will
remember for years to come.
What do you want? What time of year is it?
Most venues will offer packages and choices
for a variety of styles.
Choosing a menu is great fun and you can
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meal as a maried couple
offer your guests something truly special.
Decide if there is a drinks reception on
arrival at the venue, this can keep guests busy
while you are off getting photos taken. There
are dozens of options with canapes, cheese
boards, and chocolate fountains being popular
For a sit-down dinner, the guests have menus
at the table. They will be served their meal
seated at the table.
These days a buffet will still require servers
as well as a plan for guests to get their meal
safely. There are also other alternatives, such
as family-style or food stations, so discuss
all these options with your partner and your
Where will you put the wedding cake and
when will you cut it? Usually, there will be
a separate small cake table and you need to
decide when the cake will be cut.
You can use the cake as part of the dessert,
serve it later in the evening or let guests take a
piece home with them at the end of the night.
Decide if you will cut the cake when you
are ready to serve dessert, right after dinner or
earlier in the evening.
Make certain that the photographer knows
your plan so that they are ready to capture the
moment when you cut the cake.
Will there be music and dancing? - we
certainly hope so, don’t forget to book!
Step 6: Make a
health and safety plan
Not the most fun part of the planning but
necessary these days! This will involve talking
to your venue and or caterer about what they
are doing to comply with current guidelines as
well as deciding on any additional items you
want added such as hand sanitising stations
or masks for guests. Just remember these
steps are what make your wedding possible
and safe! Don’t forget this is a day for you to
express and commit your love for one another,
enjoy the planning and the details but try not
to worry if they have to change.
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Christina McSharry & Paddy McCauley
Date: 28th August 2021
Photographer: Barbara McGroary
Church: St Aidan’s, Kinlough
Castle Dargan, Sligo
Pearls & Lace, Donegal Town
Blown Away by Lesley, Bundoran
Marcella McGovern, Sligo
EJs Menswear, Sligo
Ailíns Flowers, Kinlough
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Great news for the year
2022 maximalism is back
and anything goes! With
safer, planning weddings is
easier and more enjoyable.
The wedding dress is top priority
and there are fantastic styles out
this season. The last year has
taught us that traditions are made
to be broken so 2022 weddings
are all about doing you - however
that looks. Take a peek at what’s
about in the bridal fashion world
to gain some ideas for your own
This daring aesthetic was
abundant for 2022 season, this
show-stopping look has been
appearing on dress types from
mermaid to sleek silhouette.
From billowing and voluminous
bishop styles to “Bridgerton”
inspired puff-sleeves, fancy sleeves
are the look of the moment! For
many dresses they are also available
Shake your booty down the aisle
in a thigh-skimming mini wedding
dress or if your feeling bashful
opt for a midi or tea-length style.
Splash out on outstanding shoes
to complete the look.
Colorful designs, especially pastel
floral prints and embellishments,
are a major wedding dress trend
for 2022. These garden-inspired
styles are new and exciting for
those in search of something
unique. Expect to find pastel
embroidery, hand-painted details,
and dainty floral motifs.
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Make a statement
Look of the moment
Splash out on shoes
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Date: 13th August 2021
The Cathedral, Derry
Harvey’s Point Hotel
Paul Doherty Photography
Dress: Pearls & Lace
Hair & Make-up: G&G
Louise Gillespie & Roger McLaughlin
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SAVE THE DATE Expert View Paul Foley on Tax Affairs
Getting Married in Ireland
After birth and death, marriage is the
next most important “life event” that
has an effect on your tax affairs.
If you get married, it is important you tell
Revenue, as soon as you can, by providing
them with your own and your spouse’s PPS
numbers and your date of marriage.
Since 2011, all married couples and
registered civil partners are treated the same
way for tax purposes.
When you get married or enter a civil
partnership it can change your reliefs, credits
and thresholds. How you choose to be
assessed will also have an effect.
Revenue recognises certain registered
foreign marriages and civil partnerships for
tax purposes. A list of all foreign marriages
and civil partnerships recognised in Ireland
is given by the Department of Justice and
Foreign registered marriages or civil
partnerships which are recognised by
Revenue will be taxed in the same way as an
Once you are married, you will continue
to be taxed as two single people in the first
You may qualify for a refund if you pay
more tax for the year, as two single people,
than you would if you had been taxed jointly.
If you are due a refund, it will only
be given from the date of marriage or
registration of civil partnership.
You can claim the refund of the difference
after 31st December of the year in which you
Refunds are repaid to each person in
proportion of the amount of tax paid by each
Following the year of marriage
there are three options for calculating
tax for you and your spouse or civil
• Joint assessment
• Separate assessment
• Separate (single) treatment
Joint assessment is the option that
benefits most couples, whereby
you are chargeable to tax on your
combined total income.
This is the option that Revenue
apply when they are notified that you
are married or in a civil partnership.
If you are a resident in Ireland and
your spouse or civil partner is not,
then you will be taxed as a single
If you are both non-resident, but one of you has an Irish income and pays Irish tax (for
example a cross-border worker) then your income will be taxed in the same way as if only one
partner is resident.
If your non-resident spouse or civil partner has either no income or non-Irish income, you may
be able to claim a portion of relief after the year end known as aggregation relief.
The portion of relief you receive is based on the proportion your Irish income is of your total
worldwide income as a couple.
Note that the tax affairs of cross border workers are complicated and therefore any advice
obtained should be specific to your personal circumstances.
When you get married or enter a civil partnership it can change your reliefs, credits and
thresholds. How you choose to be assessed will also have an effect.
The following is a list (not definitive) of tax credits and reliefs to be taken into consideration
• Home Carer Tax Credit
• Single Persons Child Carer Credit
• Health Expenses
• Age Tax Credit
• Exemption and marginal relief
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Wedding Prep 101:
Let’s talk nails...
Picking a wedding dress is a fun
experience, trying on many styles and
colours then finally choosing that one
that suits your personality and makes you
feel a million dollars… Deciding on the right
manicure ‘for you’ is not much different, not all
brides like the same dress, why should they like
the same nails?
Nails show off your personality, if you are a
bubbly extrovert, why not get the bold red nails
with the red lip? Or maybe you are quiet and
more of a romantic, French ombre or pink nudes
may be the style for you. Don’t let the cliche of
‘this is what brides are having done’ hold you
back from BEING YOU, on YOUR wedding
Your nail technician will help with all the other
decisions like ‘gel polish, acrylic, extensions,
overlay. These decisions can be quite daunting,
and this is the very reason why nail trials are
important. Getting to know your likes and
dislikes allows the nail professional to create a
set of nails that showcases who you are.
The week before the wedding normally entails
running around tying up the loose ends before
the I Do’s.
If the salon can accommodate the whole bridal
party, why not make it a pamper morning and do
a little bonding with the ladies walking down the
aisle with you.
Make sure to schedule your nail appointment for
2-3 days before the wedding to ensure your nails
look their best on the photos, framing the new
ring on your finger.
Tips for the bride
• Research nail/beauty salons if you do not
already attend one.
• Book appointments ASAP (for yourself and the
• Don’t forget your hubby’s hands (it’s not only
your hands that will appear in the photos).
• Look up ideas to see what you might like.
• Get a good hand cream/cuticle oil and use it
• Make the most of the experience and enjoy
every last second.
Flutter those lash extensions
Lashes accentuate your natural beauty and that
creates radiating confidence.
Choosing the correct style of lashes can be
difficult when you have a specific ‘make-up’
look in mind.
Make-up and lashes go hand in hand. Booking
your lash and make-up trials around the same
time will allow you to see the finished look,
rather than the one clashing with the other when
putting them together on the big day.
Your lash tech may book a face-to-face
consultation and a patch test to help you decide
which style to choose.
A patch test is very important, even if you have
had lashes done in the past. Test again!
Red swollen eyes are not a pretty look in
• Start your lash trials at least two months before
the wedding to ensure you get the style you like
• Clean your lashes regularly (a build-up of
make-up and oils can cause the lash extensions
to detach from your natural lashes, or worst case,
it could cause eye infections).
• Brush your lashes daily to keep them looking
• Book at least one lash trial and make-up trial
around the same time to see the finished look.
Carefree while hair free
Waxing is a great way to get hair-free before
Removing the hair from the root and not just
skin level will give you a long-lasting result.
Going to a salon that uses a good professional
wax like ‘Waxperts’ will provide you with a pain
free waxing experience.
Waxing is an effective hair removal method,
which leaves hair growing back finer and at a
It is suitable on any part of the body leaving your
skin feeling smooth and silky.
Your beauty therapist will advise you on
whether to use hot wax or strip wax for different
It is best to start your waxing journey a few
months before the big day,
This will give time to build up trust between you
and the person doing your hair removal.
Tips and tricks
• For certain areas on the body the hair has to
be the length of a grain of rice to ensure the best
• Exfoliate regularly the week and up to a day
before your appointment to buff off dead skin
cells and avoid ingrown hairs, always choose a
mild exfoliant as a harsh exfoliation may leave
the skin to sensitive.
• A hot shower prior to your appointment will
open the pores and help with waxing.
• Avoid caffeine before your treatment, it
stimulates your nervous system and creates
• No sunbed or direct sun exposure for at least 24
hours after a wax treatment.
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While your wedding dress is the
most important dress you will
wear, your after-party dress is
up there with being very important too!
You can have a lot of fun with it and that’s
because a lot of after-party dresses will
be sparkly fabrics, shorter hemlines and
beautifully cut dresses.
It is also a great opportunity to show
your personal style and the best thing
is that you will be able to rewear your
special dress time and time again in the
A shimmering mini dress with a little
bit of sequins and beading is a classic
choice for late night celebrations. Not
only are they eye-catching but something
a little different if you opted for a more
conservative wedding dress - it gives
you the chance to have a little fun with
your look! If you prefer something a little
understated, an ultra-chic dress in bridal
white with no fuss or pattern will be
timeless and elegant. Or, if you want to
go all out for a bolder after party moment,
why not opt for a jumpsuit!
I have put together a few of my top picks
and I hope you find a dress you absolutely
love and feel amazing in. Enjoy ALL
of the planning and with normality now
resuming, I know your celebrations will be
everything you hoped for.
No dress is more party-ready
than a sparkly mini dress. All
eyes will be on you as you hit
the dancefloor in this silvery
Not all party dresses have to
be covered in sequins and
embellishments. If you’re
having a destination wedding,
this light-weight dress featuring
a side cut-out feels especially
fitting for your warm-weather
You can never go wrong with a
little white dress, especially one
that is covered in sequins with a
romantic open back. This style
could easily be worn to any
When it comes to your afterparty
look, you’ll want to make
sure you choose an option that’s
not only stylish but functional
too. Playsuits are fashionable,
fun, and perfect for letting loose
on the dance floor.
If you want to stick to bridal
white for your after-party look,
opt for a sequined-embellished
little white dress. This flirty mini
from Galvan is fun and comfy
thanks to its soft silk-satin lining.
There is perhaps no better dress
to dance in than one that’s made
entirely from cascading fringe.
That’s because a swishy fringe
frock not only screams afterparty,
but it also moves when
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Alison Tiffoney & Kevin Doherty
Date: 7th August 2021
Church: St. Columba’s Church,
Mount Errigal Hotel
Stevie Toye (Logopix)
Pearls & Lace
Spent in Kerry (Staycation)
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Your Bridal Guide
Every bride wants to look beautiful on
her big day, which means her hair and
makeup must be on point. And to ensure
this a bride must do two things: choose the
right artist and the right look. Read on for some
helpful wedding hair & makeup tips!
Finding inspiration for your wedding day style
is as easy as ever. First of all the venue will
sometimes determine what dress you will wear,
for example you wouldn’t wear the same style
of dress to a destination beach wedding as what
you would wear to an Irish country castle! The
style of dress therefore will also determine
your style of hair and make-up…. Read on to
hear more tips on how you should prep your
hair before styling & whether you should wear
Finding your perfect
makeup artist & hair stylist
Firstly check their experience. Secondly
book a trial. Most make-up artists will have an
online portfolio of their work to view. Lots of
experience is great for obvious reasons - level
of work, professionalism and with experience
your artist’s timing will be impeccable the
morning of your special day (we have the
routine down to a fine art now and are usually
finished when photographers arrive), you don’t
want your hubby to be waiting at the altar.
Your chosen artist will be a relaxed calming
influence on the day, ensuring you can sit back
and just relax.
How should brides prepare hair
prior to wedding day styling?
For the big day, book a trial to find your perfect
team. I always recommend that brides arrive
to the salon the day prior so her stylist can prepare
her hair for the following day, particularly
if the bride is leaving her hair down this allows
the stylist to pin curl her hair to ensure the curls
last the following day.
The most asked question......... “I want to leave
my hair down but the curls won’t last. What do
I do?” There is only one thing to do get extensions.
We offer Beautyworks extensions here
in the salon. Book a consultation for a method
that suits you and also your budget!
Makeup & skin
There are two questions I get asked more
than any others. First, brides enquire whether
to opt for full glam or traditional makeup.
When considering a glamourous or traditional
makeup application, the most important
thing is to have an idea of what you envision
yourself looking like for the big day. Do
you envision yourself looking glamorous or
natural - or do you prefer something natural,
like someone might look at you and not realise
right away that you had makeup on, the ‘I
woke up like this look’?? Knowing the answer
to these questions will help us determine the
right application for you. If you choose the
latter…. Natural: Get your skincare on point
YESTERDAY I highly recommend getting
microneedling - I have recently started getting
mine in Raw Wellness and I honestly can say
I’m glowing! I am also going to let you in on
a massive secret too – check out the profhilo
treatment available at Fitzgerald’s Private
Clinic here in Letterkenny…. I’ll let you do the
research on that!
Speaking of skin, if you are not embracing the
pale and interesting look, I highly recommend
getting a Lusso spray tan, also available here
in the salon - we even have packages for our
brides. It is honestly thee nicest tan and it is
an Irish brand and vegan friendly! Also book
I have now an obsession with brows, I am
officially that person - yes I watch someone on
tv and say “I would love to do their brows.”
For those that cannot join in on the lovely
fluffy natural brow trend because they let their
13 year old friends pluck what mother nature
gave them into two clown arches…..THIS
IS FOR YOU (and I was referencing myselfthanks
Susan)! Phibrows are natural hairstrokes
that create full gorgeous brows – I will eat my
words if anyone thinks otherwise. Again, book
in for a consultation if you are sick of drawing
unsymmetrical brows on daily!
Last but not least
Lashes, if you are going for a very natural look
opt for LVL lashes (available in the salon)
takes 45 minutes and lasts for 6-8 weeks.
Then if you are going on honeymoon, I highly
recommend semi-permanent lashes, I adore the
classics. We supply individual lashes or strip
lashes with our bridal packages.
Hope you enjoyed my wedding prep tips and
if you would like to be a G&G bride just email
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For more Fashion Inspo check out
The pandemic has
changed weddings as we
know them. More and
more brides are opting
for simple, smaller weddings
and chic dresses
over extravagant gowns.
I’ve always been a fan of high street bridal
wear as you can find something so affordable
yet still so stunning for the big day.
Rixo is a relatively new brand ran by Henrietta Rix &
Orlagh McCloskey, two friends who started Rixo in their
London living room. Their prints are instantly recognisable
by any fashion fanatic and this year, they branched in
to the world of bridal wear.
Their dresses and accessories range from £75 - £1500.
High Street Brands for the
Low Maintenance Bride
Self Portrait was founded in 2013 by
Han Chong. The brand has grown
dramatically over the years and is
now sold in Selfridges, Net-A-Porter,
Mytheresa and Harvey Nichols. As
well as bridal, they offer a range of
The prices range from £300 - £700.
Olivia Rubin is a London based womens-
wear designer that is famous for its ‘joyful
designs in signature colours’. These dresses
are perfect for a colourful spring/summer
The pieces range from £250 - £595 and
range from a size 6 - 24.
Needle and Thread
Needle & Thread is a contemporary and feminine womenswear
brand founded in 2013. The brand specialises
in gowns, and has a bridal range, but if you are a bride
looking for something a bit different, their main collection
gowns are perfect for you.
Their dresses range from £115 - £750.
Coast is a brand we’ve known and loved for a long time, I’m sure we’ve all at least
once bought an outfit for a wedding from Coast. Their bridesmaid dresses have always
been very popular and this year, they released a bridal collection.
Prices range from £37 - £215.
Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread
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Enhance your special day with the unique
Are you getting married and having children at your
wedding? The Sleepy Teepee Club offers venue décor with
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entertainment for the kids at your wedding which also complements
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Choose from our beautiful Vintage
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teepees to create the WOW factor
& make the day extra memorable
for your littlest guests. Packed full of
extras we provide a comprehensive
solution to capture the imaginations
of all ages.
These stunning teepees provide a
beautiful backdrop for pictures &
give you and your guests the freedom
to enjoy your wedding while the
kids chill out within sight, keeping
This is a bespoke service and your
wedding colours can be incorporated
We don’t stop there! Our fabulous
outdoor belle tents have proved to
be a massive hit for the bride’s hen
party also. In response to this we
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Dream Belle with a kids area for your
wedding. We were also lucky enough
to be chosen to host a wedding reception
in our beautiful Dream Belle
which will remain one of our highlights
Having worked with an extensive
range of venues across both the
Republic & Northern Ireland on
communions & confirmations we
have numerous reviews & plaudits
from previous brides/grooms, customers
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proud of. We have a reputation for
professionalism which extends from
first contact, your special day is in
This well-established business has
grown from strength to strength since
its conception at the end of 2018, as
the Northwest’s first provider of this
service, the additional choices now
available cater to all ages & interests.
The other side to this business is
our wildly popular themed teepee
sleepovers in your own home.
Holding a Covid-19 Reassurance
Mark from Derry City & Strabane
District Council, we offer both styled
& DIY services. Our unforgettable
themed birthday parties & nights in
with friends is the ultimate childhood
experience in the northwest. Treat
your child to a magical sleepover or
pyjama day that will create lasting
With themed birthday packages for
boys and girls there is lots to choose
from & mixing & matching is never
a problem if you just can’t choose!!!
Both the styled (where we enter your
home & set up) & the DIY service is
fully explained & adapted to make
the experience smooth & simple for
Where did this all start? Inspired by
my three children, I wanted to capture
imaginations & add excitement
to the usual movie nights at home.
I also wanted to solve the age old
issue of what to do with kids when
attending a wedding. It was important
to factor in the aesthetics when
building out our kids area so we’re
very proud that we have managed to
make this pretty & eyecatching whilst
keeping it fun. It is a very different
and totally unique option to decorate
your wedding venue
This really is a service which is worry
and stress free! It’s all about creating
a bit of magic for children, it’s a talking
point, a magical escape in your
home or at an event. One that won’t
The Sleepy Teepee Club is without
doubt unique, so what are you
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wedding, communion, bridal shower,
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Your honeymoon starts here at Liberty Travel
To begin, everyone at Liberty Travel
would like to congratulate you
on your engagement and wish
you well through the exciting process of
planning your wedding. Whilst we cannot
assist with any of that, we can assure you
that you will be in expert hands when it
comes to arranging your honeymoon with
Planning your honeymoon can be
confusing, daunting and time consuming.
Where should you go? When should you
go and for how long? When should you
book? Do you need a visa? What about
vaccinations and documentation? How
much will it cost? Is the travel company
financially secure? Are you adequately insured?
What should you pack? Where are
the most popular destinations? Which destinations
are most recommended and what
is the feedback?...So very many questions
and lots to consider but with our expertise
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Booking with a local travel agent can often
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Your best interests are our priority and
not only are we here to deal with you
‘face to face’ at the time of booking but we are
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In the event of any problem arising during your
honeymoon, we have a 24-hour number for you to
contact from anywhere in the world so that we can
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Ask about our easy payment plans. When you
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Honeymoons and holidays for 2021 and 2022 –
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