Planning your Wedding

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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

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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

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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.

Help!

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

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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

Finding the perfect Wedding Dress

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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.

I love finding blogs and articles to share with you. If you have an interesting story submit it.

Choosing the Right Videographer for your wedding

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Choosing the right videographer is an essential part of your wedding. Afterall, you will be watching your wedding video again and again. I was surprised to learn that is actually really hard to find someone who is really good and that you can rely on. So, to make sure that you make the right choice for you, it’s important to ask the right questions.

So, is it worth hiring a Videographer?

YES! That’s what I’ve learnt reading and researching this topic. This blog from DK Photo gives us some excellent reason why like “A video is not only moving pictures but it also captures sound. Would you like to hear the speeches from your wedding day in years to come? What about revisiting a special conversation between your beloved parent or grandparent after they have passed away. Photographs will not capture those moments in the same way as video can.”

Wedding Videography is one of the services that should be on the top of your planning list. Race Wedding Videography says: Many married couples watch their wedding video on their wedding anniversary. It is like watching your favourite film. Everytime, you sit down to watch your video you go back in time, remember the smells, sounds, laughter and joy. You will watch and share it with other people at different times and always somehow get something different out of it.

One of the biggest fears is to look back on your wedding video and it looks like something out of the “Wedding Singer”. I love this article from The Knot with some expert tips for getting a memorable and modern video of your big day.

Some excellent guidance here from vogue.com on how to make your Wedding Videographer happy. And, get fantastic footage for your wedding video. Like, keeping your videographer in the know. “Professionals with years of experience are able to anticipate a certain ebb and flow to weddings. But, they not mind readers. Before the wedding provide as much information about the day’s itinerary and schedule as much as you can. Including, any surprises for the guests, groom, or bride.”

Wedding Gift Traditions and Etiquette

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Sometimes it can difficult to find the perfect wedding gift for the happy couple. So, if we went searching the internet for useful articles and blogs. That will help us understand the traditions and etiquette that surrounds Wedding Gift Giving.

I always thought that Wedding favours was a modern tradition. Until I came across this fabulous article that gives a wonderful histroy of where Wedding Favours came from. I never knew the tradition dates back centuries.

It’s all about gift etiquette rules to follow according to wedding planners is a fascinating read. It’s informs us full of the rules and things we should consider when we start considering the gift we are going to buy for the happy couple.

The history of the giving of wedding gifts is intriguing and dates back thousands of years. And, days gone by, the wedding gifts were simply the brides price. Thankfully, things have changed with the times. This blog gives you a fabulous insight.

The tradition of gift giving is something the spans the world over. And, we know that it dates back thousands of years. And, there are many traditions associated with wedding gifts. Depending on the culture, particular gifts have greater symbolic and sentimental value.

And finally, Thanking everyone who helped you plan your wedding is no mean feat. You and your partner’s parents will most likely be on the top of the list. Making sure that they receive a gift that is meaningful to your parents and expresses your gratitude for all that they have done.