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Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life and lots of couples would like the celebrations to continue for forever! While every event must come to an end there are opportunities to relive the magical moments of you wedding. By renewing your vows you and your partner get to celebrate your union all over again. Today we are sharing: ‘Renewal Of Vows – Everything You Need To Know’.

When To Renew?

Because renewing your vows is a way to celebrate your already existing marriage there is no set time for this process. A lot of couples tend to choose an anniversary to reaffirm their commitment, because they are still heavily in love or maybe you and your partner made it through a rough time together and want to celebrate. There’s no wrong reason to renew.

Where Should It Be?

As for the reason same goes for the location! There is no set place for a renewal of vows, and you can choose anywhere that has sentimental meaning for both of you. If you got married in Ireland this would be the perfect occasion to come back to this beautiful country as one of our couples did this week by returning to majestic Ashford Castle on their fourth anniversary! The bride wore an a Kelly green gown, one of their wedding day colours to renew her vows in.

What About The Legalities?

Because a vow renewal isn’t a legally binding ceremony you don’t have to worry about legalities or an official officiant.  Anyone you wish including your child, a close friend or former Maid of Honor can officiate at the ceremony.

Who Should You Invite?

Given the very special reason for this event you might choose to have an intimate reaffirmation with close family and friends who’ve been to your actual wedding. Or host a large party and make it just as fabulous as a real wedding.

What Should You Wear?

Feel free to dress up! The attire of the day should always go with the overall setting and size of the event: if it is a small gathering a less formal dress code would be perfect. As the bride you could even wear your original wedding gown or choose another dress.

If you’re the groom, you might wear your original attire as well, updated with a new tie or vest.

Wedding Party – Yes or No?

While attendants are unnecessary for a vow renewal but you may still ask your original bridesmaids and groomsmen to serve as these again. It is also a beautiful idea to involve your children or grandchildren into the ceremony.

What Does The Actual Ceremony Look Like?

A vow renewal can look quite the same as an actual wedding! First, you’re walking down the aisle maybe alone or with your kids or grandchildren. Your partner and you exchange vows which could be the same as many years ago or you may decide to write new ones. After you’ve done your vows you can re exchange rings. These can be your original bands with new engravings, like the date of your vow renewal, or new rings purchased for the occasion. Afterwards, close relatives and friends can do readings and music is played.

Should You Have A Reception As Well?

Why not? You can have all the fun you had back at your real wedding from a first dance to cake and fireworks! Planning the party is totally up to you and you can decide on the style and size of the event, and it might be a good idea to consider hiring a wedding planner, if you’re going all out!

Should You Register?

This might be one of the only parts different from an actual wedding. A vow renewal is not the time to upgrade your kitchen. You can skip the gifts, but if guests insist, suggest they make donations to your favourite charity.

Get in touch with us today to start planning your very own & special renewal of vows!

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It was a sunny day in Mid-summer when Kara & Jeff tied their knot in beautiful County Kerry on the south coast of Ireland! The landscape is truly remarkable and one of the reasons the couple picked Kerry as their wedding destination. Let us show you more of ‘Their Beautiful Wedding Day On The Wild Atlantic Way’!

Let The Celebrations Begin

The couple’s three-day wedding kicked off with a welcome party in Jarvy’s Bar where guests were entertained by wonderful local musicians & enjoyed delicious pub food.

The night prior to the wedding all of the guests attended the rehearsal dinner a BBQ  in the luxurious Park Hotel.

The Big Day

Kara and Jeff’s wedding style could be described as a ‘Midsummer Night Dream in an enchanted forest’ and was achieved through a colour palette of white, green and lavender as well as lots of green foliage.

The Ceremony took place in the majestic Cathedral in Killarney. The bride & groom stopped at Muckross Park & Abbey for photos en route to their reception.

And finished their journey the Killarney way in one of Killarney’s world famous jauntin cars.

Their Magical Décor

Flowers & the overall décor for the wedding were very important for the bride. Herself & Michelle worked tirelessly to style the wedding exactly as the bride envisioned. The flowers of the day included peonies, freesias, hydrangeas, spray roses and seasonal local foliage such as parv and eucalyptus which were also found in the bride’s soft, loose and unconstructed bridal bouquet.

The flowers in the church featured an extra-large arrangement for the unity candles on the altar as well as beautiful pew ends.

Kara and Jeff Wedding Day 17.07.2017 Killarney {persons}

In the reception room  the mood was set to achieve the look of an enchanted forest through fairy lights, lanterns, moss, wood, vases and candles.

Wedding Food

During the cocktail reception set up in the garden guests enjoyed delicious canapes, Prosecco & Pimms.

A gourmet five-course dinner begun with a Kerry seafood trio followed by roasted butternut squash soup & house salads while main course was mouth-watering fillet of beef or choice of roasted Halibut or corn-fed chicken washed down with the sommeliers choice wines.

The on trend naked cake was creatively decorated with fresh fruit & flowers and each layer was layered with cream cheese & fresh raspberry conserve.

The Entertainment

The Killarney School of Dancing provided a high octane, entertaining Irish Show at the end of dinner where guests even had an opportunity to try a few steps!

A Photo wall continued the Mid-summer Night dream theme & guests entertained themselves all night taking fabulous selfies.

Guests placed their fingerprint on a board to create a keepsake for the bride and groom.

For any guest feeling little thirsty there were fun test tubes of shots.

We’re wishing Kara and Jeff a blissful marriage full of love, laughter and happiness!

xxx

Thanks to our wonderful team of vendors including:

Wedding Planning & Styling – Dream Irish Wedding

Cake – Selina Cakes

Flowers – Tie the knot

Irish Dancing – Killarney School of Dancing

We hoped you loved ‘Their Beautiful Wedding On The Wild Atlantic Way‘ as much as we did! Contact us now to start planning your very own Dream Irish Wedding

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Your wedding budget is crucial for creating the wedding of your dreams with funds you have available. The budget is one of the first things you and your partner should discuss before you begin the actual planning process! As a wedding is a once in a lifetime occasion I am sure many of you don’t know what it costs to host one. We’ve compiled some tips on ‘How To Set A Reasonable Wedding Budget‘ as well as a budget checklist for you to download!

Build A Contingency Amount Into Your Total Budget

Once you’ve decided how much you can afford to spend on your wedding, put some aside as a contingency ie shave a part off it and work along with what you have left. That way, there is some money as a back-up for any unexpected costs or if your dream dress happens to be €500 over-budget!. 12.5% is a good middle ground: So, if you’ve decided on a €20,000 budget, from now on pretend you have €17,500.

Dividing Up The Budget Between The Venue & The Rest

Divide your working budget in half (in our example the €17,500 becomes €8,750) and that’s the amount you have for your venue. With that you should cover your reception venue hire fee as well as your food and beverage.

Work Out Your Per Head Price

Along the way of wedding planning you’ll have a number in your head of how many guests you’re going to invite. Divide the budget you have for your venue by the number of guests you expect, and you’ll have your per-head price. This will be helpful while checking out venues as many will quote per head. Always keep in mind that some additional charges may apply, so if you know your budget will cover €120 per head, it maybe best to look at packages that are €100 per head. This way you’re prepared for any surprises avoiding over runs!

Set Priorities for the Rest of Your Budget

The remaining 50% of your budget covers everything from your decor to your dress, to your photographer to your stationary and all in between. Decide on what’s most important to you for your wedding but remember it won’t work if too many things are a priority, so try to limit it to just couple of elements eg entertainment , photography & flowers.

Allocate the Rest of Your Budget Accordingly

Rather than guessing the figures, get quotes from several different suppliers before you allocate an amount to them. Always ask if VAT, delivery, and service fees are included in their quote, otherwise every €100 on your spreadsheet could end up turning into €150 very quickly!

Stay on Budget Throughout the Planning

Throughout all the excitement of the upcoming big day many couples loose track of their budget or may abandon it completely. While our checklist is a simple way of keeping an eye on your budget it is also a good idea to keep a running tally of the money coming in, the deposits and expenses going out, and the balances due at a later date.

Wedding Budget Worksheet

We’re sure you now know ‘How To Set A Reasonable Wedding Budget‘ and contact us to help you planning your dream wedding!

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Wedding season is in full swing, which means you may be looking at wearing more formal attire than normal. If you have received an invitation to a wedding and the dress code is “Black Tie” you might ask yourself what should I wear? You’ve come to the right place for help. In today’s blog Black Tie Attire Explained: What You Need To Know we are using our expertise to ensure you are best dressed!

Men

Questions that pop up in your head: Do I need a cummerbund? What kind of socks should I wear? How do I wear my hair? What even is a cummerbund? It might seem overwhelming at first but you can never go wrong with classic elegance. The combination of slim-cut black suit, white shirt and perfectly tied bow tie is eternally chic and so simple.

The Suit

There’s really nothing as sophisticated as a man in classic black tie. He should wear a dark dinner jacket (also known as a tuxedo jacket) and matching trousers. The jacket should be single-breasted or double-breasted with no vents, silk peaked lapels (or a shawl collar) and covered buttons. A fitted suit is always the way to go but avoid anything that clings anywhere.

Tom Ford Tux
The shirt

A black tie shirt, also known as a dress shirt, one that’s traditionally pleated and takes cuff links on the sleeve.

Shoes

The look needs to be a step up from the smart every day. Something black and patent is classic and comes off well against the formality of the suit. Velvet slippers are fine too.

Bow tie

Colour deviation is accepted, if it works. Never can it be white which is saved for the white-tie event. Nevertheless, it should be hand-tied but don’t leave it until the day to try tie the hand tied tie practice and or have your best man practice in advance of the day !

Cummerbund and Waistcoat

It’s not a staple, but it does show you respect the dress code and have done your research. One of the forgotten most important rules of black tie is hiding the waist. A cummerbund is not the only solution, as a waistcoat keeps things sophisticated while providing the same.

Accessories
Paul Valentine

Ideally you should have a watch which is slim, gold ideally, and on a black alligator strap. Socks are considered a must have. Make sure your shoe fits and always go black – unless you can handle the controversy that comes with wearing a coloured sock. The same simplicity applies to cufflinks and pocket squares: nothing fancy.

Hair

Your hair should be off the face and more precised than you’d normally wear it so either swept back or to the side.

Women

The famous “Black Tie” invitation arrives at your door and you might get all excited about adding new outfits to your wardrobe. This is the opportunity for you to look your most gorgeous and feel like a princess!

The dress
Bloomingdales

A dress can be full length or knee-length, but no shorter, and should only reveal a little décolletage. The colour palette consists of dark rich shades like jewel tones, metallics, black or brown. Another option for black-tie affairs: Chic separates, such as a silk blouse with a full satin skirt.

Nordstrom
Fabrics
Revolve

What applies to the colours goes for the fabric as well: opt for rich silky fabrics like chiffon or organza, as opposed to shiny satin or anything too stretchy, and always keep embellishments to a minimum.

White Runway
Shoes
Lulus

Since most women tend towards a full-length gown worrying about the shoes is not necessary. Make sure you’re able to walk in them all day and look for colours that match your dress or outfit.

Christian Louboutin
Jewellery

Costume jewellery or simple bracelets and necklaces are most appropriate, instead of anything too bling. Here goes: less is more.

Hair

While most go with a polished and elegant look of an up do wearing your hair down in soft curls or a side swept is also an option.

During Colder Seasons

In colder months go for a classic black or charcoal-grey overcoat and pass on the parka. Sadly, your down jacket, regardless of how cold it is outside, just does not fit the occasion. Women should feel free to mix in pastel hues, especially for summer weddings. Top it off with a chic shawl or cashmere wrap and you’re good to go.

If you’re tying a bow tie for the first time and need some guidance than click here for a step by step video!

We hope our post Black Tie Attire Explained: What You Need To Know helped you. Get in touch with us today – we have many other fashionable ideas to make your dream wedding unique!

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Following a cathedral ceremony, Lyndsey and Paul treated their 600 guests to a star-studded wedding celebration at the recently refurbished magnificent Adare Manor. The event was beyond everything at a #beyondeverything venue . From Royal Ascot to London to Dublin the wedding was the one of the hottest invitations of the season – A Beautiful Star-studded Day Fit For Royalty!

Wedding Styling

Lyndsey and Paul dreamt of a classic, elegant and romantic wedding with an opulent & luxe feel. The design team headed by our own planner extraordinaire Michelle and Wedding Designer to the stars Viv Keating certainly worked their magic. The marquee alone took 5 weeks to build the masterpiece was the size of giant football stadium! With silk chairs from Paris , chandeliers from Belgium and glassware from Germany the setting for this wedding was sure to be splendid !

The colour palette of rose gold, blush pink, white and grey created a grand and fairy tale ambience.

The fabulous décor and arrangements included stunning lush white and ivory flowers with hints of blush. The overall look was slightly unstructured, loose and lux with some foliage in the ceremony and reception flowers.

Wedding Attire

Beautiful bride Lyndsey wore a magnificent white Irish designed dress set off with bespoke Sophia Webster shoes.

She had eight bridesmaids who comprised family members and friends. They all wore beautiful blush pink dresses in various styles while the flower girls were so pretty in white.

The dapper groom and groomsmen wore suits designed in Saville Row.

Time To Party

Making sure everyone was having a blast at their dream wedding, the couple provided lots of entertainment: The music entertainers including The Vows, Ronan Keating, Cole Page and DJ Scruffy Duffy made sure the dance floor was never empty! Caricaturists made fun sketches of everyone, a party photographer snapped all night & along with the pink photo booth provided 1000’s of additional fun images! While the candy bar ensured sweet pickings all night long.

We must also mention the amazing music provided by the 24 man choir & musicians in the church Ancor they were beyond divine.

Fun For Kids

To ensure the 25 children enjoyed the party as much as Lyndsey and Paul they had their very own marquee where they were entertained til bed time! Their entertainment included movies in their very own cinema, a candy cart, giant games, clowns, dancers and DJ – but not an Xbox in sight!

Rich Pickings!

The food & beverage were very important to the couple who were delighted to be able to add some of their favourites to the 5* culinary delight. During the cocktail reception, the guests enjoyed canapes including duck spring roll, smoked salmon and tempura prawns. Dinner was a delicious 5 course meal of white crab meat tian, roasted vegetable soup, mouth watering fillet of beef & all the trimmings and a gourmet trio of desserts.

The All Important Wedding Day Beverages

In keeping with the wedding pink colour palette Rose Tattinger Champagne was served throughout. No wedding for the brides family (who hailed originally from Leitrim) would be complete without a Gunpowder Gin Bar so guests could experience Leitrim In Adare ! While signature cocktails of
Pimms, Mojitos and Tom Collins kept the award winning Adare Manor mixologist busy!

The Wedding Cake

Matching the overall theme, the 4-tier cake featured blush, rose gold and white colours as well as a monogram of the couple’s names and diamantes. It comprised several flavours including chocolate and Bailey’s, luscious lemon, sublime caramel cake with extra caramel and chocolate biscuit.

The Celebration Never Ends

Following an amazing, star-studded wedding day the couple invited their guests to join them for some further celebrations the day after. The afternoon begun with some old school games including tug of war or giant egg and spoon races. In the evening everyone was welcomed to a BBQ post wedding party. Providing another splendid dining experience Lyndsey and Paul decided on bowl food which included Irish lamb stew, fish & chips, braised beef cheek, beef sliders, the brides favourite bangers & mash & of course the BBQ favourites. Their wedding cake served as dessert for the BBQ as well as apple & rhubarb crumbles, an ice cream cart and a cheese board which kept guests nibbling all night.

The Best Day Ever!

This production could never have happened without the beyond amazing team of vendors Michelle gathered around to create the spectacle including:

Wedding planner: Michelle Mc Dermott, Dream Irish Wedding

Venue: Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick

Stylist: Viv Keating , Incredible Future & Events

Marquee: Eventus Marquees

Ceremony : St John’s Cathedral, Limerick where Ancor Choir provided the amazing music

Floristry: Joeanna Caffrey Flowers – primary florist and Twisted Willow Florist for marquee florals including the magnificent ceiling flowers

Cake: MMCookies

Entertainment: Ronan Keating, Munster Quartet, Cole Page, The Vows

DJ: Scruffy Duffy

Photography: Woodards

Videography: Dreamcatcher Productions

Sound, light and PA: AV Matrix UK

Linens: Gotcha Covered Rentals

Hair: Cathriona Rohan

Make Up: Lola Desmond

We hope you enjoyed A Beautiful Star-studded Day Fit For Royalty! Contact us now to start planning your very own luxurious dream wedding. Email: info@dreamirishwedding.com or Call : +353 61633636

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Once the thrill and excitement of your engagement fades it can be quite overwhelming to plan your wedding. From flowers to food and venues to entertainment, there are so many decisions to be made. That’s why we have created an amazing wedding checklist which you can get for free as a PDF form: Just Engaged What To Do? Your Ultimate Wedding Checklist!

12  Months Before
  1. Set the conditions: What is your budget? Work out how many people you want to invite and what the overall wedding theme is. After answering these questions, you can start planning!
  2. Find and secure the venue: If you are getting married during a popular time of the year (May – October), you may need to book the date minimum one – two years in advance.
  3. Gather guest’s information: There is a lot to do here like full names and addresses so you will be prepared when it is time to send the invitations later on.
  4. Research suppliers and vendors: As summer and autumn are incredibly busy you need to book vendors such as a photographer and band early!
  5. Think about your wedding party: If you’re going to have bridesmaids and groomsmen, pop the question once you know who you’d like to have.
8-10 Months Before
  1. Find accommodation: If your guests are traveling to your wedding, reserve hotel rooms at the wedding venue if (available) and overflow as early as possible.
  2. Plan the décor: At this stage it is not about having every detail in place but rather an idea of the aesthetic. Look into Pinterest or Blogs for some inspiration about styling, colours, flowers, furniture and lots more for your wedding!
  3. Order your wedding cake: This will be fun! You and your partner will have the chance to taste lots of sweet treats.
  4. Book the honeymoon: After all the planning and excitement of the big day, you will have a well deserved honeymoon chance to spend some quality time together after the wedding. Look into different options and book your dream vacation & ensure to check if any visas or vacinations required.
  5. Time to get dressed: After narrowing down styles, shapes and colours you want to start shopping for your wedding dress. Give yourself plenty of time to search and check out your options! Remember it can take up to six months for your dress to be created if couture and same time if buying in boutique!
  6. Book florist: When thinking about your ceremony it is time to decide on floral decoration options with your florist as well as for your reception.
6-8 Months Before
  1. Send out the invites: If having a destination wedding you can send out the formal invitations six months prior to the wedding. If not destination 6 – 8 weeks prior is adequate.
  2. Prior events: Hen and stag parties, anybody? This is the perfect time for your bridesmaids and groomsmen to get to work and plan a real party!
  3. Wedding attire: Buy or look in to hire options for the groom’s and groomsmen suits and source the bridesmaid dresses.
4-6 Months Before
  1. Get your paperwork together: In Ireland, you need to give minimum three months’ notification before you tie the knot. Research the requirements so you’ve got everything in order.
  2. Hire the stylists: If you want a professional to assist you with hair and makeup reach out to them at least six months before the big day. Don’t forget to schedule trials.
  3. Order of service for your ceremony: If you’re getting married in a church be sure to plan some time for consulatations with the priest /pastors and completion of paperword, as well as prepping prayers, readings, and music.
  4. Buy wedding shoes and accessories: Ensure to break in your shoes in advance of the wedding day.
  5. Finalise your décor & flowers: have meeting with your florist to complete order and finalise your linens /props/furniture order if applicable .
2-3 Months Before
  1. Put a ring on it: If you and your partner have been looking at rings it is time to make a final decision on them.
  2. Favours & gifts: Organise wedding gifts to say thank you to your parents, wedding party, and favours for your guests if you are having them.
  3. Vaccinations: If your spending your honeymoon far away or somewhere tropical you may need vaccinations. Now’s the time for it!
  4. Menu Tasting: After your wedding cake this is the next choice to try delicious options! Set the courses and menu.
4 Weeks Before
  1. Create a timetable: This is great to stay organised during the day! Check with your suppliers to see when each item is arriving and inform the venue.
  2. Confirm with vendors: Do a final check on everything to make sure there are no surprises as you are getting ready to walk down the aisle.
  3. RSVPs: If there are any guests that you haven’t heard back from, follow up and finalise the guest list.
  4. Create a seating chart: With a clear list of who is coming, you’re ready to create a thoughtful seating chart.
  5. Song choices: Decide on your first dance and additional tunes for the ceremony and reception and share the suggestions with your band or DJ.
2 Weeks Before
  1. Chat with your photographer: After getting inspired by photos of friends or online talk with your photographer (and videographer) about must-have pics.
  2. Write speeches/vows: This might take longer than you think, and it can be hard to put the love for your partner into words.
  3. Go over checklist to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything!
1 Week Before
  1. Timetable: Reconfirm itinerary with the venue
  2. Time for a makeover: Use this week for glam and pampering. Do manicures, massages, waxing, and whatever else you feel like doing.
  3. Pack your suitcases: One if you’re staying overnight after the wedding and for your honeymoon – pack your bags early and don’t forget your passport.
Yssavo and Leandro Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan Photography.
2-3 Days Before
  1. Make sure payments are ready: Get cash for any final amounts due on the big day.
  2. Re confirm transport: Ensuring you /wedding party know the time the wedding cars will pick you up for the ceremony.
  3. Wedding emergency kit: Put together a small emergency bag including lipstick, needle & thread, tissues, plasters, mints etc.
The Day Before
  1. Drop it all off: Look through everything and drop off décor, place cards, favours, etc.
  2. Lay out your wedding attire and accessories so everything is on hand!
  3. Ceremony rehearsal /walk through
  4. Rehearsal Dinner – enjoy if you are having dinner with your family /wedding party or all of your guests!
  5. Get a good night sleep!
The Wedding Day!
  1. Treat your friends: Give out your bridal party gifts!
  2. Enjoy every second: Time will fly, so don’t get stressed with anything at all!
After the Wedding
  1. Return the rentals: Be sure that you have arranged for someone to return any of the rentals that you had for the wedding.
  2. Be grateful: Get on those thank-you notes!
  3. Make it official: Collect your marriage certificate.

Now let’s do it! Write us an email below to grab your Ultimate Wedding Checklist and contact us to help you planning your dream wedding!

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We’ve talked about the roles of décor, flowers, fashion, food and favours in terms of planning a sustainable and eco-friendly wedding. Now this series comes to an end we want to share tips & advice on wedding venues and transportation in the final blog: ‘How To Make Your Wedding More Eco-friendly – Part 4’.

Wedding Venues

Choosing a venue helps set the stage and theme for your big day and is usually your first major decision. It is also one of the biggest factors in having an eco-friendly wedding.

1. Outdoor Celebration

One of the biggest ways to cut down on energy is to get married outdoors. There are many options to choose from like a botanical garden, historic landmark or the estate of a castle or manor. This is of course only an option when you’re getting married and the weather is warm and dry.

2. One Venue Only

Have your cereemony & reception in one venue, therefore no one will have to travel to get from one event to the next, which cuts back on fuel emissions.

3. Find a Sustainable Venue

Instead of transporting and constructing a venue like a marquee, choose a permanent building like a castle, barn or manor. If they regularly host events, they’ll have sustainable infrastructure like recycling facilities and good contacts with local suppliers.

4. Reduce the Number of Guests

A complicated one, but worth a try. Being strict with your guest list and cutting it down will reduce waste and emission, since less guests need to travel. You will host a beautiful intimate wedding with all the people dear to you and still be able to save some money.

5. Ask your potential wedding venues

If you’re still concerned about reducing the environmental impact it is handy having a list of questions to ask your wedding venue! How do they dispose of food waste? Where do they source the ingredients? Are they involved in any green or charity initiatives? What is their plastic policy? What cleaning products do they use?

Transport

The bride or couple arriving in a car or carriage is a traditional part of the wedding day. Add the emissions from all your guests travelling to the wedding and suddenly you’ve got a lot of pollution on your hands.

1. Ditch the Vehicle

Walking to the wedding (or taking a boat) is a great choice if you want to be truly eco-friendly. This is an easy one if you picked a ceremony & reception venue as one or church close to your home. A pair of comfortable shoes are a must, but once you get to your wedding you can change into those killer heels.

2. Hire a Coach

Hiring a coach to take guests to & from the reception is a great idea to make your wedding eco-friendlier and this can also be a fun part of the day!

After the Wedding

Sustainability does not only apply to the wedding day itself. Your honeymoon is an opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and we’re not going to tell you to ditch it or spending it camping in the rain forest – unless that’s what you want! Planning a responsible honeymoon comes down to supporting locally owned hotels, stores and attractions. Some travel pages also donate a small amount of the money you pay to charities. So do some research and figure out what works best for you and your partner!

If you’ve loved the ideas from ‘How To Make Your Wedding More Eco-friendly – Part 4’, then check out our other parts of this series and see how you could adapt them – Flowers & Decor; Fashion & Beauty; Food & Favours.

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Kelly & Tom travelled to Ireland from the US and upon visiting an itinerary created by Michelle of 6 castles they settled on the magnificent 5* Ashford Castle as their wedding venue. Continue reading on how ‘Their Dream Came True In A Luxurious Irish Castle’.

Days of Fun, Relaxation & Beauty

The celebrations begun few days prior to the wedding when the group descended on Cong where they embarked on some of the castle activities included a boat ride on the Corrib, golf, falconry and the Award-winning spa was well sampled by the ladies! While the rehearsal dinner was hosted in the castles splendid George V dining room, dating back to early 20th Century when the future King George V visited the castle. The setting was so fitting for the future Mr & Mrs, who will become King & Queen of Ashford Castle for their wedding day anyway!

Their Wedding Day

Kelly & Tom’s wedding had an elegant & classic style fulfilled through a colour palette of white, ivory and champagne with a hint of gold.

Amazing floral arrangements included orchids, roses, lilies, freesia, hydrangea and gold gyp while the bride’s bouquet included the first of the season peonies.

The wedding ceremony took place outdoors on the back lawn against backdrop of the castle and the splendid champagne reception followed in the the Prince Of Wales Bar.

As a Pre-dinner surprise a dance group performed high octane Irish dancing followed by the bride & groom’s first dance.

Wedding Attire

The bride was so beautiful and elegant in her champagne lace couture Trumped style dress with a cathedral length veil. The groom was very becoming in his Tux as well!

Wedding guests followed a formal black-tie attire for the celebrations.

A Foodie Wedding

Prior to dinner everybody feasted on canapes including flambé organic salmon in Irish whiskey. Dinner was served in the splendid Connaught room and begun with organic goats’ cheese, followed by prawn bisque. A choice of 3 main courses including melt in your mouth fillet beef & was washed down with choice of 4 wines and champagne.

But no dinner would be complete without a choice of delicious chocolate desserts!

The couple’s couture wedding cake did not disappoint with a splendid sugar paste flower cascade and delicious flavours of chocolate heaven & luscious lemon.

It was a real pleasure to work with Kelly & Tom! We wish them nothing but love and happiness after Their Dream Came True In A Luxurious Irish Castle!

xxx

Thanks To Our Team Of Wonderful Vendors

Wedding Planning & Styling – Dream Irish Wedding

Photography – Nicola Webster

Flowers – Lawless flowers

Hair – Nuala Hanley

Make up – Rachelle Guiry

Wedding Cake – MMCookies

Dancers – Dance For Life

Ceremony & reception musicians – Corrib Quartet & harp

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We’re a melting pot society and it is not a rare thing anymore for the bride and groom to come from different cultures and backgrounds. You will both want to include some of your traditions as symbolism on your big day and we want to help you with this process. Here are some tips on ‘How To Create The Perfect Multicultural Wedding’.

Do some Research

Firstly, turn to your family to learn about wedding traditions. They can share customs you may not be familiar with or just give you some inspiration through their own weddings. After talking to them, use Google and Pinterest as a resource and look for books, websites, and blogs that address your heritage directly.

Make a list

After your research make a list and write down the traditions you want to include in your multicultural wedding. Pick what feels right to you based on tradition and personal preference and talk it over with your fiancée to ensure they are happy with it too!

Weigh up your options

For some couples, it makes sense to have two separate weddings in order to do justice to both customs. The customs & traditions can be so vastly different that it might not seem right to merge them together or both families just live too far apart. Others decide to do two ceremonies but celebrate with a joint reception. Just determine what works best for you and your budget!

Setting the Date

Usually couples pick a wedding date based on when their preferred venue is available, but why not let the stars decide? In various Asian countries, a family member, priest or astrologist determines the best date to ensure a happy marriage. Should the date fall on a weekday it would be the perfect occasion to hold dual marriage ceremonies: one with close family on the lucky day and a larger celebration that weekend.

Communication is key

Wedding planning involves spending a lot of time interacting with friends and family. Always consider their feelings and thoughts but still have the final say in decision-making. There’s a lot of potential for one side to feel left out or hurt. This is especially true when it comes to multicultural weddings. Also keep in mind to talk with your partner about everything and anything!

Get help from experienced people

Planning a multicultural wedding and especially two separate wedding can be tough. While relying on your families is the first step you should consider hiring an expert. There are wedding planners who specialize in weddings that celebrate specific cultures and backgrounds. They are also experienced when it comes to combining them. And furthermore, you can be assured everything will go smoothly on your big day!

Create a fusion menu

Whether you’re setting up a buffet or serving seated courses: present a menu that brings in the flavours of both cultures. Talk to your caterer about your favourite dishes, spices or recipes and conceptualise a fusion of both backgrounds. Your guests will feel comfortable with familiar tastes, as well as exploring a new cuisine.

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Brides are you having trouble choosing between two wedding dresses or colours? Wear them both! During Asian weddings the highlight for most guests are the bride’s multiple dress changes. And Western cultures are starting to adopt this tradition – A gorgeous ball gown for the ceremony and a figure-hugging design for dancing at the reception. So, for your mixed wedding wear a western wedding dress during the ceremony or reception and choose your culture’s traditional attire for the rest of the celebration.  The same goes for your accessories as well!

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The wedding ceremony program is an ideal place to list the different cultural elements of the ceremony and even extend it to include the reception if necessary. For the parts your guests or spouse’s family might be unfamiliar with it would be good to include small descriptions as well.

The menu card would also be an opportune place to include information on the various cultural items you are including in the menu.

Highlight rituals and music

Music and rituals are a big part of every culture but especially music is a great way to combine tradition with modern. If you want to include particular songs or dances in the celebrations make sure your band or DJ is familiar with them.

Always remember your own style

While trying to fuse two cultures, it’s easy to forget that you have your own style, too. Don’t let it get lost in the process! Whichever customs you choose – be sure that they still reflect your personal characters and true vision for your wedding.

We hope you enjoyed our blog, but there is one last advice: As hard as it may be, try not to be too competitive or worried about your wedding and remember that on this day, you’re marrying the love of your life. And that’s all that matters!

Get in touch with us today to make your dream wedding come true!

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