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FOR 2022

Keith & Julie

A Special Day

Closer to Home

Bridal Fashion


Snazzy Yazzi

Bridal Lingerie

Best Buys

Blush Wedding


T: 00353 74 913 1217 • E: bridalrooms@mcelhinneys.com • Mon - Sat 9.30am - 6pm


Real Wedding:

Keith & Julie


best buys


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

glossy pages!

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.

Concept & Styling Save The Date Team

Dress The Bridal Showroom

Model Cora Flanagan

Hair by Elaine Gormley

Make-up by Niamh Frain

Cover photo Stevie Toye, Logopix

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Autumn 2021 Edition


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


Leslie Magee gives wedding day skincare tips


‘Blush Wedding’

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


Christina & Paddy

56 & 57 Wedding dress trends for 2022


Louise & Roger


Tax implications for getting married in Ireland

60 & 61 Expert nail advice and preparation

with Signature Nails & Beauty by Rina


Emma Murray Stylist discusses

after party dress fashion


Alison & Kevin


Bridal Beauty by Aoibheann Walsh (G&G)


Bridal fashions with Snazzy Yazzi


Fitzgerald Private Clinic - All things skin

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Snazzy Yazzi

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The Wedding Ring Specialists

R. McCullagh Jewellers | Established 1869

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Letterkenny Shopping Centre | Tel: 074 91 20771

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A Special Day Closer to Home

A Special Day Closer to Home

Keith & Julie

By Jonathan


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”

Julie told.

“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”

she added.

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

become well-known

during lockdown for his

streamed performances,

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

Discover the magic of Harvey's Point at Lough Eske, a wedding venue like no other.

Lough Eske, Donegal Town | +353 74 9724315 | www.harveyspoint.com | events@harveyspoint.com

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!


Nature trends

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.

Colour trends

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 &

v-shaped neckline.

3. Fresh apple, cinnamon, ice and

herb mocktails.

4. Handmade invitations made of

recycled paper.

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.



Alcohol-free Mocktails

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.

Wedding Specialist

County Seat

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

Love Story.

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:


or call now on +353 74 915 3313





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Letterkenny Road, Loughnakey, Milford, Co Donegal, F92 TD4F, Ireland

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10 Best Wedding

Proposal Ideas

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

about it?

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

crowd cheer!

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

for you.

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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Where happily

ever after begins

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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Private Grooms Room

Looking for that special suit for your big day?

Look no further than Evolve’s Private Grooms Room

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

options in hire and sales to suit every budget!

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

experts with over 11 years experience take care of everything.

Don’t delay, call 074 91 61615 or email weddings@evolvemenswear.ie

to book your Private Grooms Room experience! We look forward to

hearing from you!

Renowned for excellent food, outstanding service

and an unrivalled attention to detail,

Villa Rose Hotel offers a charming setting for your special day.

+353 74 91 32266 | www.villarose.ie


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.

Bride Collection

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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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

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You can also wear braces if your are in

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Northwest Wedding & Family Photographer

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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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Gifts for the Groom ...

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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

big day.

The hotel provides the perfect

backdrop with some stunning bridal

photo opportunities: our sweeping "Gone with

the Wind” style staircase affords the most

breath-taking memories. Outside there is an

original stone arch bridge surrounded by native

flora, a quaint relic of the Donegal Railway

which has been lovingly restored by local

craftsmen; alternatively, the Victorian-style

Gazebo and a garden walkway for creating

perfect photographic memories.

As Donegal’s premier wedding venue, we

We have three wedding packages to choose from,


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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Best Buys

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)

Fashion Forward

U Plunge Backless

Strapless Bodysuit

Secret Weapons

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

Push-Up Bra


Firm Control Sheer Stripe

No VPL High Leg Briefs

Suit Your Fancy



Magical & Memorable at the Waterfront

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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

Jackson’s Hotel

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

and elegance.

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

light backdrop.

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.

Carina McLaughlin

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.”

The team

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

private viewing.

p. 0035374 91 31021

e. weddings@jacksonshotel.ie

w. www.jacksonshotel.ie

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Hotel Wedding

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!


Experienced staff

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.

Pleasant décor

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.

Bridal suite

Accommodation for your wedding night.

Wedding packages

Fabulous deals to be had with less work for


In-house catering

Usually a choice of menus for different

budgets and tastes.

Covid plan

All venues must comply with all legal covid



Limited decorating

Not always a huge variety so you might still

need to outsource for that personal touch.

Lacking individuality

Complies to the traditional wedding set-up

The pros

so no real room to do something completely


Number restrictions

Indoor weddings are currently restricted to

100 people (Until 22 October) and there is still

a little uncertainty surrounding this in to the


Music restrictions

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


Not exclusive

There is a lack of privacy as there are usually a

variety of functions and guests visiting

the hotel.

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Garden Wedding

Garden Wedding?

& cons


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



Beautiful location

There is nothing like the outdoors for beauty,

get those flowers planted!

Natural lighting

Perfect lighting for fabulous photos.

Budget friendly

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.

Covid friendly

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)

The clean-up!

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!

Garden maintenance

Months of planning and work to get your garden

how you want it for the big day.

Hidden cost

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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Leslie Magee On Skincare

Wedding Day

Skincare Tips

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


Exfoliate regularly

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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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.

Bridal Bouquets

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!

Hanging Installations

These will use natural materials like hanging florals

and vines, which are used to increase the feeling of

spaciousness in your venue. Think wisteria!

Entry &

Ceremony Arches

Big impact geometric arches with a crisp

modern style are for any palette.

Table Flowers

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

you desire.

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.

Three Stone

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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Four Ways!

Cut, carat weight,

colour & clarity


The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds

for spectacular sparkle and the illusion of

greater size.

Gem Stones

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

or low.


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.

Rose Gold

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!

Yellow Gold

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!

White Gold

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

and popularity.

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Specialising in:

Intimate Weddings, Grand Banquets,

Civil Ceremonies, Entertainment,

& Unique Dining Menus

For more information

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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

Wedding Day


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

Wedding Day


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

available frommcelhinneys.ie

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

dinner menu.

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

Reception Venue

Castle Dargan, Sligo


Pearls & Lace, Donegal Town

Hair by

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

celebrations becoming

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


Plunging V-necklines

This daring aesthetic was

abundant for 2022 season, this

show-stopping look has been

appearing on dress types from

mermaid to sleek silhouette.

for 2022

Fancy sleeves

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

as detachable!

Short Dresses

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.



Dando -



Hayley Paige

– Hawthorn


Lilian West

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Justin Alexander


Mori Lee – Raja


Justin Alexander

Plunging Neckline

Make a statement

Fancy Sleeves

Look of the moment

Short Dresses

Splash out on shoes


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Date: 13th August 2021


The Cathedral, Derry

Reception Venue:

Harvey’s Point Hotel


Paul Doherty Photography

Dress: Pearls & Lace

Suits: McElhinneys

Bridesmaids Dresses:


Hair & Make-up: G&G

Flowers: Alcorn’s

Louise Gillespie & Roger McLaughlin

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SAVE THE DATE Expert View Paul Foley on Tax Affairs

Getting Married in Ireland

Tax implications

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

Irish couple.

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

get married.

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

following marriage:

• 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 appointment

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

bridal party).

• 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

wedding photos.

Lash tips

• 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

your wedding.

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

lower volume.

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

treatment areas.

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


When waxing:

• 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

more sensitivity.

• No sunbed or direct sun exposure for at least 24

hours after a wax treatment.

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Get yourself manicure, eye lash and wax

ready for your wedding day

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Wedding Day Nails €20

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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

summer months.

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.

Emma x


Dress 1

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


Dress 2

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


Dress 3

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

post-wedding party.

Dress 4

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.

Dress 5

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.

Dress 6

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

you move.


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5 6

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Alison Tiffoney & Kevin Doherty

Date: 7th August 2021

Church: St. Columba’s Church,


Reception Venue

Mount Errigal Hotel


Stevie Toye (Logopix)


Pearls & Lace

Bridesmaids Dresses

JJs House


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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

false eyelashes.

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

a trial!!!


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


Love A xxx

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Bridal Fashions

For more Fashion Inspo check out


instagram @snazzyyazi

Hi everyone,

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.

Olivia Rubin

High Street Brands for the

Low Maintenance Bride

Olivia Rubin

Self Portrait

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,

Matchesfashion.com, Harrods,

Mytheresa and Harvey Nichols. As

well as bridal, they offer a range of

bridesmaid Dresses.

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.

Olivia Rubin


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.

Self Portrait


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

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These stunning teepees provide a

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This is a bespoke service and your

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We don’t stop there! Our fabulous

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This well-established business has

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With themed birthday packages for

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Both the styled (where we enter your

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Where did this all start? Inspired by

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I also wanted to solve the age old

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This really is a service which is worry

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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

we are happy to answer all your questions

and guide you through the maze!

Local Travel Agent

Booking with a local travel agent can often

save you money – strong working relationships

with suppliers and the latest in

computer reservations technology enable

us to access the most up-to-date information

on how to get you the best value.

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

also here whilst you are away enjoying your trip.

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

immediately assist you.

Ask about our easy payment plans. When you

book in advance we can work out a payment

schedule to suit your budget.

Honeymoons and holidays for 2021 and 2022 –

Generally a honeymoon is available to book 11 or

12 months prior to the departure date and we are

happy to take enquiries by phone, by email or in


You can also arrange an appointment in advance

if that is more convenient.

Call us, email us or drop into our office to discuss

your ideas.



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