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Tiny Weddings Fair: Making your Elopement Possible

If there’s a better way to get married and someone can point you to the right direction, wouldn’t you drop all your plans for the day and meet this person right away?

Truth is, with the wedding industry getting more and more extensive, a bride like you might feel exhausted and desperate to find a better, faster and easier way to plan your big day while making sure it will be as magical as you wish to be.

But the question is, how to begin?

Choosing your wedding vendors has never been this hard with the big and deep sea of options right in front of you. And sometimes, even with the picture of your perfect day in mind, it just doesn’t make sense with the number of people in your guest list.

You try hard to put the pieces together but they just wouldn’t fit and it feels like every adjustment takes you farther from your dream wedding.

That’s a scary thought, we know. And you’re probably in that deep, dark pit right now. But, we’re here to make it rather simple for you!

“Microweddings” Might Be the Magic Formula You’re Looking For!

Here’s what we’ve found out as wedding planners for more than four years: the most beautiful weddings are not the biggest and most expensive ones!

The happiest, most meaningful celebrations we’ve seen are those where the bride and groom freely followed their hearts on the most important decisions they had to make, such as the wedding venue, styling, and the guests to attend their big day, without compromising.

Most of these couples dropped the common items we usually see in a traditional wedding checklist and  blissfully booked a plane ticket to have a small wedding in Italy, France, and Ireland!

And guess what, all of them were so glad they did!

These couples we’re talking about are those who have discovered an emerging niche in the industry that made their destination wedding possible. It’s called elopements and small, intimate weddings.

If you’re a bride-to-be who’s been checking out inspirations online but you’re not getting any closer to your dream wedding, this might just be the right formula for you.

And the first order of the day would be – nothing else but your guest list!

The best small, intimate weddings and elopements we’ve seen are those with a guest list of just 5 to 50 people!

It’s hard to say for sure, but we’re starting to believe that a trimmed guest list, containing the names of only the closest people to you is the biggest reason for the success of small, intimate weddings and elopements.

And the exciting part is that in this post, we’re sharing with you an upcoming event that may just take you closer to that kind of dream wedding.

The Tiny Weddings Fair

First off, Tiny Weddings is a blog that changed the landscape of wedding planning by introducing what we’ve been talking about earlier in this post – elopements and small, intimate weddings.

Behind this blog is Carly Straughan who has been blogging about elopements since her own elopement in 2015. As she was planning her own marriage three years ago, she felt the need to share her journey and every step of it to the whole world so brides from everywhere could see that there’s a better way to go about all these planning ordeal.

Fast forward to today, Carly jumped from wedding journalism into wedding planning and events management.

With an extensive experience of planning and executing weddings, fairs, and events for some of the UK’s most recognisable venues and attractions, she wants to widen her reach and help more brides-to-be from around the world by holding a fair!

We at Peach Perfect Weddings just got so lucky to be invited to this very helpful event called Tiny Weddings Fair which will be held at Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe, just one hour outside London (UK) on September 30, 2018. The fair focuses on none other than elopements and small, intimate weddings.

We were so excited to discover them as they’re the exact fit for us! We really wanted to attend this fair on September of this year but we are so overwhelmed with planning the weddings of all couples who booked us for this season, that we won’t be able to make it.

But we made a promise to ourselves that we’ll keep following them and make sure we can attend the next fair!

Here’s How You Can Join and Get Some Freebies!

As for you, Tiny Weddings Fair is something you shouldn’t dare miss if you’re really serious about finding a better alternative to a traditional wedding.

As you may assume, this event will allow you to have a more in-depth knowledge about this emerging wedding niche.

Not only will you be filled with information and inspirations from this Tiny Weddings Fair, but you will meet suppliers and elopement vendors from around the world up close! When we say up close, we mean face-to-face, that you’ll have the chance to ask them personally and even look at their portfolio!

Plus, you will hear talks straight from couples who have chosen a small ceremony.

It’s your chance to learn the best tips on where to get married, the legalities of weddings abroad, and how to get started when choosing a tiny wedding venue or location.

Know more about this event and secure your tickets here and learn about the freebies you’ll get if you’ll book this early. We highly suggest that you buy tickets in advance to be in front of the queue for the talks, and be entered into raffles for prizes.

So to answer your question of “Where to begin in this whole wedding planning ordeal?” We say, start by attending Tiny Weddings Fair on September 30, in High Wycombe! Take it from planners who have arranged around a hundred European elopements for adventurous couples like you!

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Why Travellers Should Go for an Elopement Package for Two

Mystical forests. Historic castles. Rustic mountains. Game of Thrones shooting locations!

If your attention was caught by these descriptions, you’re showing signs of a certified globetrotter!

Travellers go by so many names – a wanderer, wayfarer, voyager, or a travelholic. Call them by any name you can come up with but this species of human beings finds purpose in TRAVELING.

Knowing different cultures and seeing places they’ve never seen before are the most exciting activities for them.

They’re willing to splurge a hefty amount of cash for these adventures and they don’t feel an ounce of regret upon returning.

They know that learning a different way of life on the other side of the globe, expanding your horizons, and “escaping” from your usual, mundane life are priceless.

What does it mean to elope to a destination spot?

If you know that you have the same passion for traveling and you’re currently planning your wedding, then we have something worthy to share with you today.

Since you love traveling and you’re getting married soon, why not do these two at the same time? In an intimate setting at a price that won’t break the bank?

An elopement package for two is that option that will allow you to get married in the most unique way possible while doing what you love the most – traveling!

To help you decide, here are some great reasons why a travelholic like you should go for an elopement package for two in a magnificent destination!

You can travel and elope at the same time

Talk about traveling with a purpose.

Travel enthusiasts have plenty of great reasons to travel. Some of them want to challenge themselves and push their boundaries by going to places they’ve never been to before.

Some would like to learn something specific from a different country, like a cooking method, a language, or a way of life. There are those who simply want to have fun in a place they’ve never seen before while some are on a hunt for their next job.

Why elope to Europe?

You may have experienced a different way of life in Asian countries. You may have seen how laid back and happy people are in Australia. But have you been to any European country in your long journey of traveling?

Now that you are getting married, go for a destination elopement in Germany, Italy, or France!

Just imagine seeing Germany’s historic, neo-romanesque castles, hidden forests, and rustic mountains. These are all new destination spots waiting for you to discover.

But more than just adding them to your countries I have visited list, you’ll also be ticking off married the love of my life in your bucket list when you opt for an elopement abroad. Isn’t that a wonderful excuse to buy another plane ticket to a destination spot?

You’ll have a unique wedding ceremony without having to spend too much. The fact that you’re having a destination wedding is unique in itself! It will beat those traditional weddings held within your country.

Traveling and eloping at the same time is one of the biggest reasons why most of our couples chose to elope to Europe. They are not even travellers but they loved everything about their destination elopement. What more for you who gets an adrenaline rush every time you step out of the country?

You can trust wedding planners to recommend the best venue

When traveling, you often need to read a lot of reviews and recommendations to ensure you’ll get the best from your tour. But when you decide to elope to a European destination, you don’t need to do your research.

Just hire a team of destination wedding planners who have been arranging weddings in the country you’ve chosen and you can trust them to recommend the best venue for you. Tell them how your ideal elopement ceremony looks like and they can recommend to you a perfect villa, castle, beach, or an outdoor garden venue that looks exactly like what you have in mind.

Unlike planning a wedding on your own or creating your own itinerary for traveling, having a wedding planner by your side will make everything easier.

You won’t need to read reviews or recommendations online because your wedding planners have personally inspected these venues and gathered all the details you have to know, even those you won’t find online.

They can discuss with you specifics about a popular wedding venue and some off the beaten path locations.

Wedding planners will give you an honest guide, not a fixed itinerary

When you go for a destination elopement ceremony and you hire a wedding planner, you’re also getting an honest guide about the best locations to visit, the best restaurants to dine in, and the best hotels to check yourself in.

Why? Because unlike travel agencies and tourism businesses, wedding planners are not getting commissions by recommending restaurants, hotels, and venues. They’re doing it for the love of the couple!

Therefore, they will give you unbiased tips on where to go and what to do. Plus, having made their thorough research on the place as a requirement for their job, you can expect them to have extensive knowledge on popular spots and off the beaten path locations all over the country.

Elopement packages are complete, you can focus on enjoying every moment!

Planning a wedding means talking to different suppliers until you get the right fit. You need a decent florist, a talented photographer, and a trusted driver who can get you to the location safely.

All these wedding vendors are included in an elopement package so you don’t need to worry about anything. You can focus on appreciating the beauty of the destination spot where you choose to elope.

You can savour every moment of your stay before, during, and after the intimate wedding or elopement ceremony. After all, traveling while eloping should exactly be like this!

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Unique Wedding Venue in Italy Atop the South Tyrol Mountains

We’re so excited to share with you yet another breathtaking wedding venue in Italy that we visited last year.

Just so all of you know, we’re actually writing a series of articles describing six wedding venues in Italy that we personally examined last 2017.

We went on this quest because we’ve always believed that only a personal, firsthand experience of our recommended wedding venues will allow us to give couples the best advice for a destination wedding location.

Just last month, we featured Château Monfort, a fairytale wedding venue in Milan, that’s perfect for elopements and intimate weddings.

Today in this post, we’ll talk about a dreamy wedding venue on top of the South Tyrol mountains. You can just imagine how scenic the views are from up here!

So if you’re one of those brides who want a dreamy destination wedding in Italy, we’re serving to you on a silver platter everything you need to know about this palace-like wedding location, which is one of our top picks.

Mediterranean Mountain Views and Waterfalls

Castel Fragsburg is a five-star hotel located in South Tyrol with 20 uniquely designed suites, the view from which will constantly remind you that you are on top of Merano hills in Italy.

The suites are not your usual modern-day hotel rooms that look entirely similar. Instead, each suite in the Fragsburg is different from another, but all of them have that classy, Mediterranean feel thanks to its rustic wooden floors, floral wallpapers, and antique pieces of furniture.

   

It’s a sanctuary where nature and the art of fine living come together. Albeit being the smallest 5-star hotel in the region, Castel Fragsburg gives couples an opportunity to exchange their vows with the astonishing Mediterranean mountains as their backdrop. Not even the biggest and most famous Italian wedding venues can offer this chance for couples.

Castel Fragsburg offers another bonus, which is the tallest waterfalls in the entire Dolomites region. You can easily reach this spot on foot which is just 15 minutes from the hotel. Now, imagine having your elopement ceremony and saying your “I do’s” in this dramatic location. Waterfalls rushing on the background. Rock formations all around. Truly breathtaking!

But if you’re not a fan of gigantic mountains, tall trees, and waterfalls, you still have other options here at Castel Fragsburg.

   

They have a private garden where an intimate ceremony can be held. Near the garden is a swimming pool where your guests can have snacks and cocktails while waiting for you to finish with your photo session. This alternative ceremony location is perfect for elopements since the private garden is a great spot to take photos and videos.

An Ideal Reception Spot

As for our gastronomic experience here, we can say that the seasoned chefs of Castel Fragsburg have mastered baking South Tyrolean pastries, cooking homemade pasta dishes, and making pressed juices using the local produce of the region.

You can taste contemporary flavors and distinct Italian herbs and spices in their dishes!

Let your wedding guests savour these authentic Italian food on your reception. You can hold your after-ceremony party at the covered terrace of the Fragsburg that looks out onto the mountains.

This is the most ideal spot for your intimate wedding reception as it can accommodate up to 75 people who can be seated indoors or outside, making it flexible for whatever kind of weather.

If you’re lucky enough, you may also see a lightning storm happening in the mountains like what we saw during our stay here.

Bottom Line

If it’s only possible to take all couples who dream of a wedding in Italy to this venue, we think Castel Fragsburg will be booked for the whole 2018 and beyond.

That’s the level of confidence we have about this wedding location because every corner and every view is painfully pretty.

Every bit of this place will remind you that you’re really getting married in Italy! In fact, from the looks of it, you don’t need to decorate the place any further because the panoramic views speak for themselves.

Castel Fragsburg is a dreamy wedding venue in Italy that’s perfect for the most intimate of occasions. This is our number one pick for dramatic elopements and small weddings in the South Tyrol region.

You might want to check out some of our past weddings and find other locations in Europe that you can consider for your intimate wedding or elopement abroad.

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“A destination wedding in Italy? Isn’t that expensive?”

When we combine the ideas of traveling and getting married, there’s that stigma that it’s going to cost a fortune. Traveling, albeit being one of the best hobbies one can ever have, is one of the most costly too.

And getting married? Need I say more?

Holding a wedding ceremony or even a vow renewal, plus a festive reception in this day and age, means going through a stressful planning process, accomplishing many items on your wedding checklist, paying high fees for your numerous vendors, and last but not the least, feeding many guests on your big day.

Having all these things in mind, most couples easily ditch the idea to get married abroad, even when in their heart of hearts, saying their “I do’s” with a surreal mountain backdrop, a breathtaking landscape, or a dramatic view of the sunset on the beach in a perfect spot out of the country is what they really want for themselves.

If you and your fiancé feels exactly the same way, don’t let go of that dream just yet because we have a better alternative that has probably never crossed your mind yet – a destination elopement with only the two of you, in ITALY.

Yes! You have the option to just leave all the stress behind to create the most intimate, most meaningful wedding you can ever have, the one you truly deserve – a destination wedding for two in Italy, one of the most romantic countries in the world!

What are the Benefits of Eloping?

Hold it. I know what you’re thinking.

By now, a lot of things are running in your head. Like, how you are going to plan this wedding if it will be miles and oceans away from you. How can you communicate and have meetings with your vendors? How can you pick the best venue for this dream destination wedding?

Do you have to do one, two, or three separate travels to Italy or stay there for weeks to months for all these planning and consultation hullabaloo? The quick answer is, “No!”

Remember, your goal is to spend less while making your dream destination wedding come true.

This goal is achievable if you follow these tips we’re giving you bit by bit. So let’s begin!

Hire a Local Wedding Planner and Let the Team Do Everything for You

Okay we’re done here.

When you have a team of competent, experienced, and dedicated wedding planners with a trusted network of local suppliers whom them have worked with for many, many years, that leaves you with almost nothing else to do but to make the final decision.

Once you explain to your planner how you want your elopement to be and in which country you want it to happen, she will present to you your best options for local vendors.

Planners usually have a list of the best local suppliers whom they are comfortable to recommend to make your destination wedding come true.

Which wedding vendors, you might ask?

Those who provide to couples all the essentials for a destination wedding. That includes the photographer and videographer, makeup and hair artist, florist, wedding transportation supplier, and more! Our elopement package even includes bouquet and boutonniere and live music for the ceremony.

With all these things provided for you by the wedding planner, how can you get stressed? In terms of budgeting, you only have to pay for one elopement package because as we said, everything you need is included. This will save you from all the unnecessary expenses that “uninformed” couples usually incur.

Sure, eloping to one of the most sought-after destination spots in the whole wide world is no joke, but it is not impossible! Those weddings and elopements in Italy that we handled were all worth it. The couples did not regret their decision because they got what they really wanted and spent less for their wedding.

Cut your Guest List and Be Firm About It

The point we’ve been trying to stress out to our brides is this – “This is your wedding. Own it!” The decision of who to invite is only for you to make, not your parents’ or in-laws’.

It shouldn’t even be dictated by your guilt feeling and shame that you cannot invite those who want to be there on your wedding. Again, it’s your big day! You decide who should be there and who shouldn’t.

In our previous post, we emphasized that the term elopement these days also includes intimate weddings with a few select friends and relatives of up to 50 or a little more. Trim down your guest list to only a few closest people in your lives whom you really want to be with you on your wedding day.

If you mean so much to them as they are to you, they might even suggest that they will shoulder their own travel expenses just to be there on your big day.

But you can always do what most of our couples did.

They opted to have an elopement in its truest and literal sense – getting married with only you and your love in front of an officiant. This way, you won’t need to worry about the expenses of bringing anyone else to Italy. Don’t worry about the legality of your wedding. If you hire us, we can provide witnesses to make your ceremony binding.

Do A Live Streaming Instead!

If you still can’t embrace the idea of not giving all your friends the privilege of witnessing your wedding day, then give them a chance to watch it live wherever they are.

After all, not everyone can take a few days off to go to Italy to be your guest. It’s a reality that every couple must face because adults these days have a lot of things to accomplish. But that shouldn’t be a cause for them to miss that special day of your life, thanks to the wonders of modern technology. A great idea to bridge the distance is to live stream your whole wedding.

Find a videographer who does live streaming of weddings for their couples or contact us to connect you with one.

Tie it to your Honeymoon!

Now we reach the exciting part.

We’ll talk about the convenience that most of our couples love about elopements – wedding-and-honeymoon-wrapped-in-one!

The truth is, planning your own wedding always entails the honeymoon. After tying the knot, the next few weeks will be extra special, that you have to spend them celebrating your love in an equally special destination.

For those who choose a traditional wedding, they would have separate expenses for their honeymoon. For some, honeymoon fees are even more expensive.

But when you choose to elope to Italy, your wedding ceremony itself will already be part of your honeymoon! Italy is such a special place where you can spend a few days to a few weeks to celebrate with your spouse. As wedding planners, we even book dinner reservations and hotel accommodations for our couples so their honeymoon will be a lot easier.

Don’t Feel Guilty!

As our parting words, please don’t feel an ounce of guilt when you decide to elope rather than go for a traditional wedding.

Check your heart. Ask your spouse. Be true to yourself. This list of pros and cons may help you decide. But after making an honest assessment and arriving at a decision to elope to Italy, do yourself a favor and close all your senses from negative remarks. Stick with your decision because going with what you really want will be worth it.

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If your Mom and Dad had a hashtag for their wedding decades ago, what would it be?

Funny if we think about it, right? Weddings in the 80’s or 90’s with a hashtag! But these days, you barely see a wedding without a hashtag. This is one of the essentials of a millennial wedding that we’re going to discuss in this post. Looking at your newsfeed on Facebook or stories on Instagram, you will have an idea of how weddings these days look like. They’re not all the same but they have similar elements that complete the picture of a millennial wedding.

If your parents are lucky enough, they may have a wedding photo album showing every little detail of their big day. Sadly, most of them were not as vain as we are, so they only have five to ten physical photos of that special day. Or should we say, the wedding industry was not that lucrative during their time that they didn’t need any of the suppliers we now have, including an official photographer? But even without photos, you can’t deny how different weddings were before.

There’s a lot to say about how weddings have changed over the years but today, we’ll talk about the key elements of a millennial wedding. We’ll dissect them one by one and I’m sure you’ll find most, if not all these elements in your friends’ weddings. Or maybe in yours!

Wedding Hashtags 

Seriously, who among your friends does not have a hashtag for his or her wedding? It’s a revolutionary element of a millennial wedding that was instantly adopted worldwide by all couples.  It gives every wedding a unique identity and it seals your social media posts about a wedding too. What’s funny is that we barely even know who first used a wedding hashtag!

Rustic- or Nature-Themed Weddings

It’s safe to assume that the word rustic has never entered the wedding vocabulary until the past few years when couple started to love the wooden, vintage, half-classy, half-cowboy feels of this popular theme. In fact, the genuine roots and identity of the word rustic was lost in translation. Today, everything with wood and greens are called rustic. But what this word really means is relating to countryside or rural. It’s originally characterized by something simple and unrehearsed, but now, rustic wedding themes are elaborate and well-crafted.

Another prevailing theme in weddings these days is nature. Slightly intertwined with rustic is a nature-themed wedding that a huge percentage of brides seem to love! In fact, almost all of our wedding and elopement in France have this for the theme. Millennials just can’t get enough of greeneries in their wedding ceremony and reception.

A Boho Wedding Dress

Brides who get married these days or even those who do vow renewals are gravitating towards less flashy, more comfy, yet stylish wedding dresses such as a boho wedding dress. What’s not to love about this kinds of bridal dress when you can look like a rockstar bride and move with ease wearing it? You don’t even have to change your dress from the ceremony to the reception because you certainly can dance in a boho wedding dress!

Naked Cake

A tall white wedding cake with the most number of layers wins. Nah. Not in a millennial wedding. These days, millennial couples are gravitating towards simpler, more natural-looking, yet dramatic naked cakes with only one or two layers. What’s great about naked cakes is that they go well with all wedding themes. Whether you’re having a glamorous bespoke wedding with a Great Gatsby theme or a simple elopement for two in Ireland or any destination, you know you can design a naked cake to perfectly fit in.

Unique Venue

While our parents and elder sisters had very limited options for a wedding venue, millennials have a wide range of options for all themes and motifs of wedding these days. We can choose an indoor function room with classy interiors, an outdoor garden venue with scenic views, or a beachfront with sunset as backdrop when you say your “I do.” Speaking of unique, look at how gorgeous this wedding on a Cliff is.

Intimate Celebration

Lastly, more and more couples are starting to be picky about their wedding guests. We can still remember how our older sisters and brothers who got married before us were forced to invite all relatives and parents’ friends, even grandparents’ friends who they barely know to their wedding just because mom or grandma said so.

Gladly, these days, we can see tons of infographics teaching us how to decide whether to invite this person or not. Some would say that if you have not seen a relative for years, then you’re not obliged to invite him or her to your wedding. In fact, more and more couples are choosing to marry overseas without a single guest! This gives them more financial freedom and a more intimate ceremony where they can focus on the most essential element of the wedding – the bride and groom.

Decades ago, elopements and intimate weddings were inexistent, except for those secret, high-profile, and controversial ones. But today, more and more couples are embracing small weddings.

We can pretty much see the bigger picture of a millennial wedding now. With a booming wedding industry, we barely read observations like this. But these elements are worth taking note of because the wedding industry is a fast-paced one. We can’t even say how long these millennial wedding elements will last. Who knows which trends will be hot in the next couple of years, right?

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Italy has always been one of the top picks for a destination wedding venue. Not surprising at all because when a couple thinks of a destination spot, they imagine Italy’s mountainous landscape, its fresh Mediterranean climate, the country’s historic buildings, and its rich flora and fauna that complete the elements of a picturesque wedding.

However, you can’t just pick the first venue available or the cheapest events place you see on the internet when you decide to get married in Italy. You can’t even rely on photos, descriptions, or reviews that you read because they won’t show you you the whole picture of what these venues offer.

We, the planners behind Peach Perfect Weddings, understand this predicament so well, having planned over 50 weddings since 2014. We’re lucky enough to have a chance to stay at six high-end wedding locations in Italy that breathe authentic regional traditions in all corners. Based on our actual and personal assessment of these venues, we’re comfortable to recommend them in out elopement package.

So if you’re one of those brides who have long decided in your heart to say your ‘I do’ in the surreal grounds of Italy but doesn’t have time to personally look into these venue options, what we’re going to feature for this series of posts are not just pictures and descriptions. We will instead give you complete details directly from us, wedding planners, who personally stayed inside these venues.

We embarked on this adventure to find out if these venues are your best options for a destination wedding in Italy. The first leg of our series would be a gorgeous fairytale hotel in Milan. Here you go!

Château Monfort

This 5-star hotel in Milan located on the doorstep of the city’s fashion district, is known for its elegance and a palace-like vibe. You can choose from among its 77 rooms with designs inspired by princesses and princes, and all our childhood fantasies.

We say this because of certain noticeable features like glass dividers embedded with floral designs, Snow White-inspired mirrors, large and classic chandeliers, and silver curtains. You wouldn’t normally see these things elsewhere, right?

Where to Say your “I do” Here

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Some of the additional memorable elements inside Château Monfort are wide marble staircases and brick ceilings that exude a truly classy ambiance.

Weddings here usually take place at the Hall of Enchantment that’s perfect for a fairytale occasion. It is a 118-sq. m hall with lavish travertine floors and intricate floral patterns embedded on the wall, reaching up to the ceiling. If you are rooting for a religious and a more solemn ceremony, the Catholic Church located 100 meters from the hotel is the perfect venue for you.

If you imagine a whimsical outdoor elopement ceremony in a garden, there is a special area around Château Monfort’s glass dome that could be a perfect spot for your elopement or intimate wedding. It can accommodate 20-25 people.

Wedding Reception Spots

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The Lounge Bar Mezzanotte is ideal for wedding receptions because of the elevated area in front that can serve as your stage during the program. It is spacious enough for the couple, the musicians, the host, and some of your guests who will say their meaningful speeches.

The dome-shaped opening at the ceiling is covered with glass that lets all the light in at daytime. This area also gives your guests the chance to adore the Italian starry sky at night.

The smaller Rubacuori by Venissa restaurant, which is another option for the reception, has a distinct beauty in itself. It’s divided into three rooms with chic and shabby wallpapers, delicate chandeliers, and antique furniture. One of these pieces of furniture is a cabinet that displays the finest Italian wines. The restaurant is definitely smaller than the Lounge Bar, but is more relaxed and casual.

You see, here at Château Monfort, you don’t need to go further. In fact, you don’t need to leave the venue because you can do literally everything inside the walls of this five-star hotel, from preparation to reception. As they say, weddings are naturally stressful, but you know, you can make yours an exception by picking the venue wisely.

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It is not urgent.  Some of us naturally have the reluctance of getting an insurance. Whether it’s a car, health, or life insurance, we think it’s not as important as buying your immediate needs for the next couple of months. We don’t see the urgency of getting one so we easily shrug it off and dump the idea.

It would be a lengthy discussion to go into the details of insurance benefits. That’s not what this writeup is all about anyway. This is a wedding blog so we’d like to tell you about a unique type of insurance that covers all unexpected “disasters” during weddings. Yes, a wedding insurance! If you’ve not heard of it, we’ll gladly walk you through the details of these contracts and why they are essential for destination weddings.

What does Wedding Insurance Cover? Vendor-related problems

“I can’t make it to your wedding. I am so sorry.” Imagine hearing this from your photographer a week before your big day and right after an accident she just encountered from her last project. How can you blame her if she’s in the hospital, suffering from pain and injuries? The sad part is, you have no one to blame yet you’re in deep trouble. Even if your photographer returns the deposit, it would be too hard for you to find a replacement just a week before your wedding at a price that is not double the rate or even higher. Now imagine hearing that from other wedding vendors.

Some brides encountered this problem before that’s why we have what is called a wedding insurance that covers the costs of vendor-related problems such as this. Whether you’re having a bespoke destination wedding or an elopement ceremony, an insurance will be your safeguard.

Lost Items

This contract covers all unfortunate events happening before and during your wedding. Aside from vendor-related problems, wedding insurance also saves couples from mishaps like missing wedding rings, lost suit of the groom, and one as tragic as seeing your wedding dress in flames.

Postponements

What if the venue you rented becomes inaccessible on the day of your wedding because of extreme weather conditions or other causes beyond your control? Change of date and rebooking with vendors often require additional fee and worse, some of your wedding vendors may not be available on the new date of your wedding. This will force you to book another at a higher price. Wedding insurance also covers these unexpected events by giving you a reimbursement for all the additional costs you need to incur.

Accidents

When someone gets hurt during your big day, you won’t have to spend your honeymoon fund to answer for hospitalization bills or property damage. Wedding insurance will reimburse you for every single cent you spend on such expense.

Why is it Essential for Destination Weddings?

Generally, wedding insurance is important in all kinds of weddings. But what makes it more essential for a destination weddings are the following.

You’re an alien in that country

As simple as that. When you choose to marry or elope to Ireland, Italy, or any place outside your own country, you have no idea how wedding industry works in that place. You have scarce knowledge and zero relationship with vendors, making it extremely difficult to solve an unexpected problem.

Imagine when a cab that’s supposed to take you to your destination wedding venue does not show up. You will be forced to hire someone else immediately and you’ll settle for anyone who offers the same service even if he charges triple the price of your original cab driver. Doesn’t sound like a wonderful start for a happily ever after, right? Wedding insurance can save you from that disaster.

Liabilities are covered

When you’re outside your own country, you’ll be under the legal jurisdiction of the state where you are. You follow its laws and regulations, including those referring to personal liabilities. With an insurance for your destination wedding, expenses for any accidents or personal injuries will be covered so you won’t need to go through the complexities of appearing before foreign courts. Your local insurance company will take care of absolutely everything, including the payment of anyone affected by the untoward incident.

In the chaotic world of weddings, getting your big day insured is a safeguard that you won’t be hopeless when something really bad happens. Having planned so many weddings for the past few years, we understand the need to have this layer of protection for your big day. In fact, in the consultations which are included in our Elopement Packages, we help clients find the best insurers for their wedding.

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Unconventional Adventure. We think nothing describes an elopement better than the combination of these two words.

To defy the rules of how weddings are supposed to be is already an adventure that only an independent-minded and strong-willed person can accept. Just imagining the reaction you’d get from friends, workmates, and relatives when you tell them they’re not invited on your big day is not for the fainthearted.

But aside from facing the challenge of receiving negative criticisms from people, an elopement is a positive adventure because you can travel to a destination spot with your groom and get married in that dreamland of your choice.

Once you get to that place with the love of your life, all the negativity you had to endure would be gone in an instant. Just think about eloping to Ireland, France, Germany, or Thailand and the panoramic views you’ll witness as you say your “I do’s.” And this, you can do by choosing a complete Elopement Package that includes all the essentials to pull off a wonderful elopement ceremony.

However, the question of whether to elope or not should be weighed with so much wisdom. You should take some time to brainstorm with your partner and seriously consider the pros and cons of an elopement.

To help you see the bigger picture, let’s discuss the details of an elopement and have a full grasp of what this unique option presents. The following points are based on an infographic made by The Wedding Band Shop‘s John Cunningham.

To Elope or Not to Elope

Is the idea of a big wedding just not your thing? Perhaps super spontaneous types always looking for an unconventional adventure? Make sure to have a long hard think about whether its the right decision for you. Learn what to keep in mind when planning an elopement now.

The Pros and Cons Pro: It’s Far Less Expensive

Avoid the costs of having a massive reception with a ton of guests, large venue, decorations for a large space, and other related costs.

Con: Potential Hurt Feelings

In an ideal world, people will be happy to let you do your own thing; but unfortunately, the real world isn’t that easy. You may have to deal with some annoyed friends and family.

Pro: You Call the Shots

Elopement puts you and your partner back in control. You can make your own decisions without family and friends getting involved.

Con: Fewer Gifts

If you want to receive amazing and touching gifts from family; it’s likely it won’t be as plentiful if you choose to elope.

Pro: The World is Yours

Rent a little cottage in the country or exchange vows on a beach in Thailand; the possibilities are endless.

Con: Less Extravagance

Smaller weddings are often less glamorous affairs due to unorthodox locations and fewer attendees. If fancy soirees are a passion of yours, an elopement might not be the best option for you.

Pro: Only VIPs are Present

If you do decide to bring a few friends and family, they are going to be the ones who matter most to you and your spouse.

Con: You’re Dependent on the Photographer

With the advent of high-quality cameras on smartphones, you can build a great photo album just from photos that friends and family take.

Pro: Privacy

It can be hard to truly share your special moment with 200 people watching you. With an elopement, you can focus more on your special moment.

Con: Fewer Witnesses to Share the Memories

With fewer people, there will be less people to reminisce with about your amazing day. Everyone can see the video but they will never truly know how amazing your day was.

Questions before you Elope What’s motivating your decision?
  • Some brides dream of having the day where they walk down the aisle with all eyes on them, but not all women are like that.
  • However, some people may let family frustrations or arguments about wedding planning push them into elopement.
  • Take a step back and ask yourself if you really want to elope or if the stress of wedding planning is influencing your decision.
What does your partner want?
  • It’s about arriving at a mutual decision with your partner and finding some middle ground. It’s the type of scenario where you shouldn’t be making unilateral decision.
  • Always ask your future partner where they stand on a big wedding vs. eloping and make the decision together.
Have you considered all the options?
  • It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and more modest ceremonies could suit you.
  • Perhaps you could have an intimate ceremony and invite more friends and family to pick up the party later that night.
Is there a chance you’ll regret your decision?
  • Facing friends and family after the wedding and honeymoon may be something with which you’re uncomfortable.
  • If you’re unsure about your decision to elope, take a weekend away to clear your mind of all the wedding talk.
  • Whatever path you choose, you want to be sure you made the right decision.
From Engaged to Eloped: Do’s and Don’ts

If you’ve decided to go for it, well done you! Here’s what to keep in mind for a perfect elopement.

Do: Take care of all the legal details

Find out if you need a license and how long everything will take. You may need to get a city hall appointment and there may also be a requirement for witnesses.

Don’t: Downplay your elopement

Just because you’re eloping that doesn’t mean the day is any less special. It’s still your wedding and there is every reason to be excited and celebrate just as much.

Do: Hire a local planner, photographer, and videographer

You shouldn’t be completely on your own. Hire professionals locally to help you with your day.

Don’t: Be afraid to ask vendors for special pricing

Because your wedding is a smaller scale with shorter time commitments, many vendors will offer special rates for elopements.

Do: send marriage announcements

A marriage announcement is the perfect way to let people know what came of your engagement. It’s good to let friends and family know you eloped as they might be expecting an invitation. You can also showcase intimate photos of your special day on the announcement!

Don’t: Forget the budget

Even if it’s just the two of you, the expenses can still quickly get out of hand. It’s still important to sit down and discuss where money is being spent. Spend enough to have an amazing day but be a small but sensible.

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How every bride hopes wedding planning is just like pinning pegs on Pinterest, right? Unfortunately, that’s not even one-tenth of a percent in this long and stressful journey of wedding planning. Choosing the venue, selecting a theme, and finding the perfect wedding gown are only few of the tiny pieces in this whole ordeal of planning your dream wedding.

What makes conventional weddings so stressful?

Even with all these elements prepared, you still have to work on a lot of other things like selecting a reliable hair and makeup artist, meeting photographers and videographers, arranging hotel accommodations for your family, and checking on each of your hundreds of guests to make sure they will get to the venue on time. Oh, and did we mention the legal paperwork you have to personally take care of?

Selecting the venue is one of the most stressful aspects of wedding planning because your budget does not always correspond to the rental fee for the place that can accommodate your immense number of guests.

This problem gives birth to other issues such as the amount and price of food needed to feed your guests, the price of the groomsmen and bridesmaids’ attire, and the fee for venue styling which is usually more expensive if the place is bigger.

With all these things to think about after the proposal, a bride-to-be is off to a real battle! And most of them become so consumed to the point of being jaded when their big day finally arrives. So if you’re just starting out with wedding planning, we tell you, don’t do it alone!

You’ll need more than just a wedding planner, but a team that will take care of all the items in your wedding checklist and those that you probably even forgot to put there!

Why elopement is a wiser option

Now, what if we tell you that you can actually ditch all these stress-causing elements of a conventional wedding and just opt for an elegant, memorable, and genuine ceremony where only the real essentials of a wedding are present? What if we tell you that this heartfelt wedding of yours can happen in a destination spot with breathtaking views at a price that will definitely fit your budget? A price that will give you real value for your money?

And what if all you have to do is to pick a destination where you want to say “I do,” and then let the experienced warriors of wedding planning manage everything for you? Will you take it?

A lot of couples actually did and boy did they enjoy every minute of their big day. So close all your wedding apps right now and focus on what we are about to say. Here are the reasons why more and more brides-and-grooms-to-be are choosing to elope to Ireland, Italy, and other destinations instead of stressing themselves out in planning a conventional wedding.

Elopement is Legal!

What a relief, right? We’re really surprised to hear couples asking if an elopement is actually a real wedding. Some of them think that elopements are just symbolic ceremonies that are not recognized by the state. Woah! Wait! This is a misconception.

While you can opt to have an elopement ceremony that does not have any legal effect at all, an elopement can also be one that legally binds you and your loved one as an officially married couple.

At Peach Perfect Weddings, we provide help with legal paperwork to ensure that your elopement will be considered legal back to your home. We can even provide witnesses to your ceremony to avoid any loophole as regards the binding effect of your elopement.

So if the question of legality is what keeps you from going for an elopement, then we tell you, there’s no cause for worry. By complying with some legal requirements, your elopement will be legal whether you hold it in your country or wherever.

You can sit back and just wait for The Day to come

Eloping these days is not limited to saying your “I do’s” with just the two of you and the officiant in a place where no one can find you. We have to break the misconception that elopement is similar to a “secret wedding.”

The truth is, it could be a ceremony with the bride and groom plus a few select guests, including the couple’s immediate family and a few of your friends. We’ve written earlier about the basic idea of an elopement to make sure you understand what it really means.

So here’s why you can sit back and relax until The Day comes – Elopement Packages literally include all the essentials of a wedding that you’ll need in order to pull off a memorable elopement ceremony. The inclusions of these packages are the following:

  • Ceremony Location & Set-up
  • Bouquet & Boutonniere
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Photographer (And you can be sure they are the skilled, tried, and tested ones!)
  • On-the-day Coordination
  • Wedding Planning
  • Officiant / Celebrant
  • and yes, even the Musicians for the ceremony!

So all you have to do before the wedding day is to pack all your things, fly to your elopement destination of choice, and let the trusted suppliers chosen by your wedding planner do everything for you.

Well, we don’t mean that too literally. What we’re saying is that with Peach Perfect Wedding’s elopement packages, we will do all the face-to-face meetings with these wedding vendors, make all the arrangements on-site for the location setup, and ensure that the accessories you’ll need will be complete on the day of your wedding. We take all the stressful part so you can prepare yourself (and preserve your sanity!) for The Day.

Planners know the “right” wedding vendors

Do you know that there are thousands of wedding vendors all around the globe that brides-and-grooms-to-be can choose from? The wedding industry has grown to be a multi-billion-dollar industry and it’s hard to fish for the right suppliers in the vast sea of photographers, caterers, videographers, and florists.

Wedding planners offering elopement packages are experts when it comes to finding the right suppliers. Peach Perfect Weddings has worked with many of them and will definitely choose those who will give you the wedding that you deserve. In fact, it’s also for our sake that we pick trusted and experienced wedding vendors who won’t give us a hard time planning a perfect wedding for you.

So stop trusting your instincts that this could be the right photographer, stylist, or makeup artist. By choosing our elopement package, you are also hiring a team of established wedding professionals who work together to produce the perfect wedding experience for you.

Your wedding budget will certainly fit

How will it not when you have only a small handful of guests to feed, a small venue to rent, and a few gowns and suits to pay? When you opt for an elopement, your multiplier for all the wedding essentials will be a smaller number. Budgeting will be more of a subtraction rather than infinite multiplication which normally happens when you choose to have a conventional wedding.

Fewer people in your wedding, fewer mistakes

Another cause of a headache with wedding planning is deciding who to include on the guest list. Certainly, not all of your friends can come. You really have to choose only those closest to you. In the process, you can’t help but worry about how the others would feel.

But take it from wedding planners like us. The more guests you invite in your wedding, the more latecomers and the more awkward moments seeing some guests not enjoying the whole thing.

Less is always more and this is the central idea of an elopement. Not that we are against big weddings but couples of Peach Perfect Weddings who chose to elope did not need to deal with all these guest-related issues.


You’ll get the intimacy your wedding deserves

Lest you forget, your big day should be about you, not about your family, friends, or guests! It’s about time we get this right. Bride, don’t stress yourself out! You know in your heart that you are getting married to officially tell your groom that you are his’ and vice-versa.

More and more couples are starting to realize this so they choose to elope to Ireland, France, or Germany because they know that with this option, there’s a guarantee that their wedding will get the intimacy it deserves. Just imagine these:

  • All the unnecessary elements will be gone.
  • There will be no awkward moment with a guest who needs to leave early or who is obviously not enjoying what’s happening.
  • You can be sure that these are the ones who really want to stay until the end
    • who will listen to every word in your vow
    • who genuinely celebrate with you
    • and who will be excited to say their heartfelt speeches for you and your spouse?
  • You can give yourself, your family, and closest friends a wedding feast that you all deserve

It will be a ceremony with only the two of you or with a small group of important people with whom you can be who you are. Based on our experience as wedding planners, that is what a truly perfect wedding means.

It’s a honeymoon and wedding wrapped-in-one

Finally, you don’t have to set a separate budget or a different schedule for your honeymoon! The elopement package of Peach Perfect Weddings may include add-ons for hotel accommodations after the day of your elopement and even tours and activities in the destination you’ve picked.

Imagine visiting the breathtaking shooting locations of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland, or dining in several popular restaurants located in France, or drinking the most delicious wine you’ve ever tasted in a fine Italian restaurant with the view of the Tuscan hills. Aren’t these the best honeymoon experiences you can have?

Wedding planners from Peach Perfect Weddings know that these things are the best that you can have for a honeymoon. Trust us on this because we don’t only research online, describe the places based on websites or online photos, or call the managers of these venues for details.

We spend several months every year checking these venues out personally to have the feel of what our couples are about to experience for their elopement and honeymoon. Our Instagram photos can attest to that!

As we’ve said, you can extend your destination elopement to a few more days for you to have an unforgettable honeymoon in these iconic places that others can only dream of visiting.

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Step 1: Contact Peach Perfect Weddings… and leave the rest to us. Done! Okay, you probably came here to get some actually useful information on how to organise your elopement or intimate wedding in Ireland yourself. Well, you’ve come to the right place! At Peach Perfect Weddings we have helped couples from all around the world tie the knot with an elopement or intimate wedding in Ireland. We would love to share our experiences and hopefully let this guide inspire you to elope to Ireland.

About this guide

How will it help me plan my elopement?

There are many great guides on how to plan your elopement or small wedding in general, so in this article – whilst still covering the entire process – we will focus on what is specific for elopements in Ireland.

We are particularly proud to offer you first-hand information based on all that we have learned over the years from planning elopements for our amazing couples. Peach Perfect founder and dedicated wedding planner Yana takes care of all of them and can share all her tips on planning a successful elopement in Ireland with you.

It is worth noting that even though we offer Elopement Packages, it does not mean that we sell a generic service to fit all sizes. Just like each and every couple is different, no elopement is exactly like the other. This is why all of our Packages are customisable and leave room for your own wishes and ideas. In this article, we will talk about the typical elements we encounter in each elopement.

Do I really need a guide?

Why do I need a plan? Shouldn’t elopements be spontaneous and simple?

Yes, you do need a plan! Even if “elopement” and “planning” don’t sound like natural friends at first, being prepared will ensure that you are relaxed on the actual day of your wedding, knowing that everything is taken care of.

But no need to worry, planning an elopement is still definitely easier than planning a “normal” Wedding for dozens, if not hundreds of guests. At Peach Perfect Weddings, we also organise destination weddings for parties of up to 200 people. A wedding like this takes approximately 250 hours to plan for a first-time bride. That’s over 6 months if you were doing it as a full-time, 40-hours a week job! Avoiding all that stress and time is actually one of the main reasons so many couples now choose to elope. For an intimate wedding just for the two of you, or maybe with a few of your nearest and dearest, the amount of time and stress is (luckily!) significantly lower than that. With a professional wedding planner, the planning will be very relaxed for you. You share how you envisage your Wedding day and your planner will make your vision become reality. Simple as that! For those couples who prefer a hands-on approach, you can absolutely plan your elopement on your own. Just be prepared to put in some more time and effort.

When is the best time to elope to Ireland?

What is the “safest” time of year in terms of weather?

Generally speaking, there is no better or worse time to elope to Ireland. Each season has its pros and cons so this will depend on your personal preferences and requirements. For example, if you absolutely want an outdoor wedding and want to minimise the risk of rain as much as possible, it’s best to consider eloping during the least wet months of the year which are between April and July. Contrary to popular belief, whilst summer in Ireland tends to enjoy higher temperatures the average rainfall is actually higher. The wettest months of the year are August, October and December!

The other side of the coin is tourist activity. If you wish to elope in a popular place like the Cliffs of Moher then it’s best to avoid the peak tourist season which usually runs from May to September. If privacy during your ceremony is important to you and you don’t want to fight your way to the pub afterwards, then it’s also best to avoid eloping during the weeks around St. Patrick’s Day!

But what if it rains?

Can we still have an outdoor ceremony if the weather is bad?

Rain in Ireland is an unavoidable and totally unpredictable thing. But once you embrace it, it can be a lot of fun! Think colourful wellies under your wedding dress and romantic umbrella photos! In most cases you can postpone the ceremony for half an hour or so and hope that the sky clears up. We usually advise all our couples to book a nice hotel which can serve as an alternative ceremony location if the weather is particularly bad. Our tip: Don’t try to predict the weather because it can change in a moment. So come prepared for the worst (torrential rain) and hope for the best (glorious sunshine). We always advice your brides to wear practical shoes, their hair tightly up against the wind and always have a pretty cover up in case the weather plays tricks on you!

Type of Ceremony

What are the different ceremony types? Which one is right for me?

The type of ceremony you choose will have an influence on your ceremony location. In Ireland, you have the choice between a Civil, Religious, Symbolic, Humanist, Spiritual, Secular wedding (more info on the different types here). If you are opting for a legally-binding marriage, that will be recognized back home, your ceremony location must fulfil two requirements:

  1. It must have a postal address or identifiable landmark (i.e. it cannot simply be on a random beach or in an open field!)
  2. It must also be accessible to the public (i.e. not on someone’s private property)

So whilst a castle ruin in a field is OK as long as it has a name or address, an empty beach wouldn’t be suitable because you can’t pinpoint the location precisely. To overcome the hurdles and restrictions that entail a legally-binding elopement in Ireland, many of our couples choose to have a Symbolic blessing ceremony where they exchange vows and rings but sign the dotted line at home where the process may be simpler.

Ceremony location

What are the most beautiful ceremony locations in Ireland?

When eloping with just the two of you or with a handful of guests, your venue options are much wider and often free to use! With a big wedding, you would need to hire out a space to host the 100-or-so guests you’ve invited, but an elopement can usually take place in a remote outdoor location for free. Specifically, in Ireland, these ‘venues’ can be anything from an abandoned castle or church ruins to cosy little cottages, beautiful fields,  forests and breathtaking cliffs or beaches. When choosing an outdoor location, keep in mind to have a plan B ready in case the Irish weather strikes. Be sure to check out our article about 9 places for elopements and small weddings in Ireland for more inspiration!

Number of people

How many guests can I invite for my elopement?

Although traditionally an elopement is just for two people, our couples often bring their nearest and dearest friends and family to witness the moment. Having a couple of guests is also useful if you are having a legal ceremony, as you are required to have two people over the age of 18 to witness the marriage taking place. Typically we consider anything up to 20 guests to be an elopement as this is the number you can still comfortably bring to a pub or reserve dinner for in a local restaurant. Groups of more than 20 people require more organisation and typically need special wedding venues reserved in advance that have the appropriate capacity.

An elopement for two also has its own perks! Couples decide to elope with just the two of them out of various reasons, but mostly because they realised that all they really need for their perfect day, is to be together. If you are planning your wedding to be legally binding, we can provide Witnesses as part of your elopement package. For the couples planning their elopement on their own, why not ask your photographer and videographer or musician to be your witnesses? After all, they will be present at your ceremony anyway!

Flowers & Music

I want to have flowers and music for my wedding day. How does that work?
With an elopement in Ireland, there’s no need to budget for elaborate centrepieces or ceremonial arches (except you want to!). The beauty of nature is your wedding decor! Of course, to make your special day as festive as possible some flowers are still advisable. With our Peach Perfect Elopement Packages, we always include a bouquet for the Bride and matching buttonhole for the Groom, made according to your preferences and matched as closely as possible to the reference picture you send us.
So, what about music? Take it or leave it! – Whilst a traditional wedding most definitely requires at least some music to keep the guests entertained, with an elopement you can forego this expense in favour of partying at the local pub. Most pubs in Ireland host live music nights at least once a week, but usually almost every night during the summer and holiday seasons. We believe that music is very important to set the mood for your ceremony, so in our Elopement Packages we always include a live music element.

Transportation

Getting from the airport to your destination and arriving in style at your ceremony.

Unless you plan to stay in the Dublin area during the whole of your stay in Ireland, you really can’t get away with not renting a car. Public transport in Ireland is very poor in general. There are only three train lines from Dublin to Belfast, Tralee and Cork. There is a national bus network but when travelling long distances you will usually need to make several changes and the entire journey can take twice or three times longer than if you were driving a car. We can arrange for an airport transfer for you and your guests, should you want to. When it comes to getting your ceremony location, it gets more interesting. Arrive in style with a vintage Bentley or let a classic horse carriage drive you to your ceremony spot – whatever best fits your style!

Flights

At Peach Perfect Weddings we travel a lot… As your wedding date will most likely be influenced by flight prices and availability, here are our best tips for booking your travel to Ireland!

What are best airports to go to for different regions?

There are two international airports in Ireland that have flights to and from the USA: Dublin and Shannon. Flights to Dublin are more regular and from a bigger selection of US airports, however, if you are getting married in the West of Ireland then be prepared for an additional 3-4 hour car journey after you land. For couples who only spend a short time in Ireland to get married on the Cliffs of Moher or in another location in the West of Ireland we advice flying directly into Shannon Airport.

When are the cheapest flights?

Flight prices to Ireland usually correlate with peak tourist season of May to September. We recommend to do some research and set flight price alarms on Skyscanner.com. We personally use Skyscanner to plan all of our trips because it allows you to search flights by months instead of specific date. The search result will show up a bar graph of the lower flight prices for each day and you can see at a glace which travel dates are the most budget-friendly!

But don’t rely solely on flight comparison websites or even your travel agent… Sometimes the cheapest way to travel is via an additional city! And we’re not just talking about short stopovers to change flights. If coming from afar, take a 1-2 day city break somewhere where you can fly to for very cheap and then take another flight a day or two later to your end stop. For example, sometimes flying to London UK can be much cheaper than flying to Ireland directly. Whilst flights from London to anywhere in Ireland can cost less than the price a taxi ride to the airport if you book far enough in advance!

As a real-life example for the purpose of this article, we did a comparison of a one-way direct flight from New York to Dublin on 4th August 2018. A direct flight from NY to Dublin would cost you €223 per person whilst a flight from NY to London is only €137 with an onward flight to Dublin on 6th August being only €28! Yes, you have to consider additional accommodation and airport transfer costs, but if your time frame allows you to see an additional city on your journey and save money on your overall cost of travel to Ireland, then why not?

How much will it cost me?

Before you add a single guest to the table, the fixed costs of a wedding in average are about €10,000 for things like Officiant, Venue Hire, Photographer and Videographer, Flowers, Music for the ceremony and party, Invitations, Hair & Makeup for the bridal party, etc. This is not even counting the wedding attire yet! Of course, then you also have to feed and water the guests! The average spend per head is around €100. So if you have 100 guests to feed, you can see how the math works against your wallet here.

The cost for an elopement for the two of you or even with a few guests is much more wallet-friendly. Yes, you will..

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