Honeymoon – planning the perfect romantic holiday

honeymoon-planning your romantic holiday

“Our honeymoon will shine our life long: its beams will only fade over your grave or mine.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

The Honeymoon! Loving the thought of going on a month-long romantic holiday. Wouldn’t that be just amazing? After the wedding is done and dusted. You’ll be tired and exhausted. No doubt looking forward to a few days R & R…Let’s explore planning the perfect Honeymoon.

This fantastic blog by the Fathom Voyagers. It’s full of really useful tips from top wedding industry leaders. I really liked the tip about waiting a few days before jetting off on your honeymoon.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

These tips from Christina Vidal are great! Especially the bit about building in leisure day and putting away the phone. And, one that I wouldn’t have thought of and that’s allowing for extras in your honeymoon budget.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

Giving our #irishweddingchat members a plug

O’Leary Travel is one of our most active members.

Suzanne and her team are well known for their fantastic customer care. They take the time to get to know what you like and don’t like. They will even plan your whole itinerary from start to finish.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

Susan Ryan is a Travel Counsellor is an expert in customizing long haul holidays.

Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful destinations The Travel Counsellors suggest. I love the look of this…imagine swimming in that crystal blue water with your new husband or wife on your honeymoon.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

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Connect and chat with our fabulous members like O’Leary Travel, Susan and others (like me) while we showcase our honeymoon destinations, gifts, bridal and groom wear and so much more. It’s like going to a wedding fair – only it’s from the comfort of your own home.

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Planning your Wedding Feast.

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.” 

M.F.K. Fisher

Gone are the days when you’d only get Salmon or Beef (well, not entirely – I’ve been to one or two weddings where the wedding meal has been really traditional and unexciting).

Let’s explore the exciting world of food and catering for your wedding feast.

via insider.com | Wedding Feast

Let’s start by taking a look at the wedding food trends for 2020.

I do like these Ramen lettuce cups easily catering for Vegans and vegetarians in this fab read from the insider.com when they interviewed Jove Meyer at The Knot’s Annual Gala

Wedding Feast
Andrew Holmes Catering

Decided on who is going to provide the food for your Wedding Feast is probably going to be one of the most stressful and fun aspects of planning your wedding. This is a fantastic read from Andrews Holmes Catering

wedding feast - photo via dpnak

Yummy! Am enjoying this week’s topic. Am getting hungry! I found this super useful blog by dpnack.com where Danielle gives some not so obvious questions to ask your caterer.

wedding feast photo via money crashers

One of the best weddings I went to was a simple and intimate outdoor DIY, BYOB wedding – it was fabulous! With a BBQ, finger food and snacks that lasted the whole night. The food was superb and all home-cooked.

Join us on Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm on Twitter. You can chat with our fabulous suppliers while they showcase their food, candy buffets, prosecco and gin bars gifts, flowers, outfits, cars and so much more.

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The Wonderful World of Wedding Flowers

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.”

John Harrigan

You’ve booked the venue for your Ceremony and Reception. One of the next things to figure out is your decor and a big part of this is your flowers. Your flowers will be carrying the theme and colours through from your bridal bouquet to your celebrations.

Finding the perfect floral designer is going to be essential in helping to bring your vision to life. So, in this week’s I’ve found some very useful and informative blogs to share with you.

We’ll start with budgeting for your flowers.

Jan and Dee run Kay’s Flower School in Dublin. They are fabulous! And, are always so helpful and supportive that I headed straight over to their site to see if I could find anything helpful and of course I did.

Kay's Flower School, Dublin
Wedding Flowers

How much will my Wedding Flowers Cost?

Setting a figure for your wedding flowers can be a pretty difficult thing to do. But, Jan and Dee walk you through the process simply.

Kay's Flower School, Dublin.
Wedding Flowers

Why are Wedding Flowers so expensive?

Once you read this you’ll understand the skill and time that it takes to create and deliver your wedding flowers.

Choosing the flowers

Floral Art. Wedding Flowers

Your flowers will be the first thing people see when they arrive at your venue. The colours and blooms you choose will set the theme of your wedding. Floral Art in Wicklow has put together some fabulous tips to walk you through the process.

Scarecrow flowers. Wedding Flowers
photo credit: Scarecrow Flowers – Dublin

Finding the perfect Floral Designer

Before meeting with a floral designer its important to know what questions to ask. The team at The Clare Galway Hotel have compiled eight important questions to ask. From seeing samples to changing your mind.

I hope that you have found this weeks topic interesting and helpful. Before I go, I’m going to give a few of our #irishweddingchat wonderful floral designers a shout out.

Join us on Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm on Twitter. You can chat with our fabulous suppliers while they showcase their gifts, flowers, outfits, cars and so much more.

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Planning the Music for your Wedding Day

Irish Wedding Chat Topic - Wedding Music

Planning the Music you choose to share on your Wedding Day will probably be the most fun you will have. Being a lover of music myself, I know that if it were me I’d have to make sure that I went along to all the showcases, in fact, I’d go to a couple times. To be sure, that my foot was tapping and I felt like getting up to Dance.


I never would have guessed that there was so much involved in planning the music. From choosing the perfect song to walk down the aisle. To ending the night with a party that your guests will remember for years to come. I found this blog to be full of useful information to help you along the way.

Ceremony Music


Your guests are walking into the Venue, everything ready. Beautiful Decor and beautifully atmospheric music. The stage is set for the Wedding Ceremony.

The music you choose for that all-important moment of you walking down the aisle needs to be just right.

Sinead Nic Gabhann has a gorgeous voice and a very experienced Ceremony Singer. She shares 12 really important tips for hiring the right ceremony musicians.

The Wedding Band


There are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect wedding band. So, where do you start searching for the Band that will fit your needs?

playlist.ie covers everything from booking your Band to the Contract it really is an Ultimate Guide to Booking your Wedding Band.”


I am a big fan of Bands with a Brass section, especially the Saxophone. I just love the why these instruments shake you up from the inside out! Which begs the question, how would you go about finding the perfect Wedding Band with a Brass Section? Ronan of Sax in the City shares some valuable tips with us.

The DJ


If you want to make sure that you have a wedding party that has everyone up dancing from your Grandma to your niece then finding an awesome DJ is a must!

withjoy.com share some great tips for making sure that you hire the perfect DJ.

Join us every Wednesday at 8pm for #Irishweddingchat Twitter Hour. And, connect with some fabulous Wedding Services, Suppliers and Venues while they showcase their wares? We like to call it an online wedding fair. Find the perfect gift or the ideal DJ. All from the comfort of your living room.

Planning your Wedding

irish wedding chat - planning your wedding

Planning your wedding is probably one of the most stressful events ever!

Lot’s things to do. From the ceremony to the reception. And, let’s not forget the honeymoon! All the itty bitty details as well! My head is already swirling at the thought of it. And, I’m not getting married. Well, not yet anyway!

My mission this week was to find the best advice for you.

Planning the big day

Just Married Inishowen Gateway Hotel - wedding expert tips

Starting with this fantastic blog from weddingdates.ie and the team at Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Donegal who share 8 expert wedding planning tips from deciding on your budget to enjoying the planning process.

Destination Wedding in Ireland

Photography by Bruno Rosa. Destination Weddings Ireland

While searching for useful tips, I came across this fantastic blog by Bruno Rosa, a Dublin Based Photographer. He shares excellent advice on how to plan your Destination Wedding in Ireland. It’s incredibly detailed and full of so much useful information from visa to venues.

The Ceremony

The Wedding Lady performing ceremony

Deciding on what kind of ceremony you want will be one of the major decision you and your partner will have to make. There are so many options today that it can be confusing. Sandra the Wedding Lady helps to clear the confusion with the elements that need to be in place before you can get married.

The Guests

beourguest.app looking after your wedding guests

I really enjoyed reading this from Laura of beourguest.app It’s a little bit different from the usual wedding planning blogs I’ve come across. Laura talks about your guest experience. I love the suggestions she makes and how informing your guests is important. Definitely bookmark this one to read later. Oh, and I highly recommend checking out beourguest.app it’s a very handy one to have. Save you a lot of hassle.


Event organisation from decor to hampers

Okay, so you need a little help organising everything because I have come to realise that planning the perfect wedding day is stressful, to say the least. That’s where Sarah comes in. She is s**t hot when it comes to sourcing the little details. From pulling together your theme to your favours.

I hope you found this week’s blog helpful. I learnt a lot! Come along to our Wedding Chat every Wednesday from 8pm until 9pm on Twitter using the hashtag to #irishweddingchat to join in.

Wedding Speech, Singing and Dance Lessons

Microphone on table

This week’s subject I’m exploring the all-important Wedding Speeches! And, singing and dancing lessons. I did thing a little different this week and reached out to my network. And, got some wonderful articles to share with you. I also step of my comfort zone and did my very first podcast with Executive Speaking Coach Eamonn O’Brien.

Sing a song

But first, surprise your bride or groom with a song? Is this something that maybe you have thought of briefly? Thinking ahh no…I don’t have the confidence to sing in public. Well, the beautiful Aideen talks about how to pick the perfect song for you to sing.

Let’s Dance!

First Dance tips

Now, onto creating the perfect first dance with tips from Dance Divas in Galway

The Wedding Speech!

Wedding speech tips

Now, onto the dreaded wedding speech. Before I share my very first podcast with you. Here are some fabulous simple tips and tricks to deliver the perfect wedding speech from Maureen of Soft Skills Success

So, here it is…my very first podcast. Excuse the quality of sound. I wasn’t really ready to do this. It was very much spur of the moment.

Below I outline of 3 tips that Eamonn gave me during our interview.

Tip 1

It’s really about sharing memories. It is about a big day out for the bride and groom. It’s about really you reflecting well on the people that you love. You are the of ministers of joy!

Tip 2

Tell stories. For example, why are the bride and groom so special to you? Sharing stories is perfect. Think about why the couple are special to you or what you see in them and why they are a marvellous couple together this is a great time to share that idea.

Tip 3

Keep it short. Sometimes people stand up. And, all of a sudden to think to themselves. Well seeing that I am here. I’ll stay here for a while. Please don’t! If you are the best man and you’re up for more than five minutes. Stop it… imagine there is a giant hook pulling you to hack off the microphone. It’ll make for a nicer occasion. I promise people will love the speech

Hope you enjoyed this week’s topic. I know I did. If you have an article or a real wedding you would like to share with us

Stationery for your Wedding Day

Stationery for your wedding day that’s our topic this week. Starting with your invitations and finishing with your Thank you cards. There are lots of things to consider when you are thinking about your wedding stationery. Like your ceremony booklets, menus and welcome boards. It can be head swirling to say the least. This week our aim to make the journey a little easier.

Our first share is from Paper Crabb with some excellent tips on what to consider before you order your wedding stationery.

from brides.com stationery set

Our second share from brides.com gives a fantastic guide outlining what to send with your wedding invitations

Hello Snowflake wedding stationery supplier

Hello Snowflake shares her top ten need to know wedding invitation tips with us. From how to let your guests know your theme to the kind of papers available

Wedding stationery from anyodom.com

Let’s have a look at the wedding stationery trends coming to us in 2020.

We are always on the look out for useful blogs and articles to share.
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Christmas and Winter Wedding Gift Ideas

This week our topic is all about Gifts for your first Christmas together as a married couple. Or, for your friends that are having a Winter Wedding.

I found some fabulous Christmas and Winter Wedding Gift ideas and inspiration for you.

Cone Shaped FIre Starters - Christmas Winter Weddings

Like these fabulous Fire Starters. Perfect for your Winter Wedding Favours. There’s lots more ideas shared by Elegant Wedding Invites

Winter Weddings are becoming more and more popular already packed with festive cheer and celebrations. It’s a wonderful time to be invited to a wedding. E W Moda shares some ideas for thoughtful christmas wedding gifts

Celebrating your first Christmas together has a married couple will be a special milestone. I love some of these simple ideas shared by @hitcheduk especially these cute photo frames for your tree.

Buying a gift for your newly engaged Gay Friends at Christmas. My favourite are these lovely figurines.

For Christmas and Winter Wedding Gift Ideas come along to our Wedding Chat every Monday at 10pm until 11pm gmt on Twitter use the hashtag to #irishweddingchat to join in. I’m always on the lookout for helpful tips, tricks and ideas. Submit your Wedding Blog and let us share it with our fab community,

Finding the perfect Wedding Dress

Irishweddingchat topic wedding dress

The Wedding Dress will be in most cases at the top of the planning list. While I was researching this topic, it became really clear really quickly that finding the perfect bridal gown is pretty stressful. So, I decided it was my mission to find the very best advice out there to help ease the whole experience.

Wedding Dress Trends 2020

Let’s kick off our topic with a look at the Bridal Fashion for 2020. Loving the Randy Fenoli gown shared here by Sara Kennedy, irishweddingblog.ie

I’m looking forward to the Trunk Show in Eden Manor Bridal on the 14th. I’ll have to make sure that I take a few pics and maybe even share a story or two.

Wedding Dress Etiquette

Did you know that there is a Wedding Dress Etiquette? Really simple things to take into consideration like putting away your phone, so you don’t get distracted.

Wedding Dress Trunk Sale

Ever wondered what a Trunk Sale is? It’s normally really special event that where Bridal Boutique invites a designer to showcase their collection. These gowns are normally not yet available in your country or city. Here are some fabulous tips to help you shop at a Trunk or Sample Show.

Shopping for your wedding dress

These tips will help you take away the stress of shopping for your wedding dress

Wedding Dress Guide

Saving the best til last. Bookmark this one – It really is the ultimate guide to the perfect wedding gown. From things like shapes and necklines to trying on your dress.

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Finding the perfect Gift for Newlyweds

Twitter hour #irishweddingchat topic gifts for newlyweds

Finding the perfect gift for newlyweds that have everything is a difficult task especially at Christmas. My mission this week was to find the best ideas and inspiration to share with you. And, I came across some fantastic ones.

Your close friends have just got married and this Christmas is their first one has a married couple. We reckon you will want to find the perfect gift for the newlyweds. Something really special, something that they will cherish. Here’s 50 fantastic gift ideas from Marcus and Ashley Kusi of ourpeacefulfamily.com

Miniature replica of wedding cake.
Finding the perfect gift for newlyweds

Loving the idea of giving a wedding ornament has a Christmas Gift for newlywed couple spending their first christmas together by Country Living Magazine. This replica of a wedding cake really takes my fancy. A lovely little reminder of their wedding day.

The Two Drifters, Amy and Nathan share some fabulously unique Christmas Gift Ideas for a married couple. We definitely give this one a browse if you are looking for the perfect gift for the newlyweds in your life.

Christmas Wreath
Wedding Cake with sparklers

Now for the couple who are getting married for the second or third time or maybe they’ve been living together for years. And, they have everything they would need or want to make their house their home. So, what to give them? Here’s 27 fun gifts from huffpost.

This packed with 25 fantastic gift ideas that will definitely inspire you to find something for the couple that have everything.

Back of car with just married sign

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