Classical Guitar for your Event or Wedding

Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat
Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Michael Stedman is a wonderfully talented musician, listening to him playing classical guitar is always a pleasure on the ear. It was wonderful to have him as our Featured Business.

We were treated to some live and on the spot music during our interview on Facebook. And, our Twitter Chat was great too. We learnt about Michael playing and tutoring. Don’t worry if you missed it. I’m going to round it up for you now.

Q1: Who are you and what is Classical Guitar?

Who are you and what is Classical guitar? | Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

My name is Michael Stedman, I hail from Wicklow and have been playing classical guitar for nearly 15 years. I graduated from DIT conservatory of music and drama and have continued to pursue music professionally since.

Classical guitar is an intricate fingerstyle version of guitar-focused on classical composers with music from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Satie and more. I would utilise a number of different guitar techniques to create and enthral my audience in a different soundworld. 

Q2: Would guitar work for my event?

Q2: Would guitar work for my event? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Yes, guitar is an extremely versatile instrument and suitable for many occasions.  For years the guitar has been a part of many different genres and not confined to one in particular.

Themed events or weddings are easily completed with the repertoire available on the guitar. I have played at Spanish themed weddings and even played a few Disney songs. Most instruments are transcribed for the guitar there’s a lot of possibilities.

The guitar can play a more virtuosic role in your event or amplify the atmosphere. As a small instrument with a typically quieter sound, it often draws the listener in.

Q3: I have a small event and venue. Would guitar work?

Q3: I have a small event and venue. Would guitar work? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Smaller events are perfect for the guitar with light amplification, while bigger events require a slightly larger setup however, that is not as intrusive into the event space.

My setup is relatively small: amp, music stand and me. I can fit into a snug corner or at the entrance and not take away from the needed space. 

Q4: Could I learn to play?

Q4: Could I learn to play? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Yes, depending on what song you wish to do. It is possible to learn a song in a month (provided you practice everyday!) Simple chords and strumming is a lot faster to learn and can be extremely romantic to serenade your partner on their special day or for an anniversary.

I provided vouchers for this purpose. With time and preparation, it would be possible to learn a small classical piece which could be recorded or added to a video of your event. 

Q5: Can anyone learn?

Q5: Can anyone learn? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

As a versatile instrument, the guitar is open to many different people of all levels and abilities. I teach many students that have special needs and not only are they a joy to teach they have progressed steadily.

Their parents and I have been delighted with the progress they have made. As well as the enjoyment and skills they’ve gained during the lessons. We have is no set plan. And, many lessons are conducted with mutual learning. Figuring out together what way to best improve and learn. 

You can contact Michael on his website or on his social media platforms and chat with him about playing at your event or wedding.

Here’s a clip from our Facebook interview earlier. We had some fun and Michael played us a couple of tunes as well.

Click here to watch the full interview

We really do love having our featured businesses come on to Irish Wedding Chat. We are always happy to help our fellow suppliers find a bigger audience and our Twitter Hour helps us do that.

Join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – which the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge is there to look after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

2D Graphic Design

Turning the tables on our Twitter Chat host
Deirdre ní Dhubhghaill of
2D Graphic Design

Talk about having fun and falling off my Twitter chair numerous times during yesterday’s chat. As we turned the spotlight on our Twitter Host Deirdre ní Dhubhghaill of 2D Graphic Design.

Thankfully, we have this blog and I can rescue this somewhat.

Let’s dive straight in…

Our first questions:

2D Graphic Design. Question 1

Q. 1: How can Graphic Design help?

One of the best things as a Designer, I’m lucky to meet people who are passionate about what they do, their business and where it’s going. From this research, stem the concepts and design solutions for you.

I’ll address your questions, concerns & help develop your ideas. A typical project starts with a Briefing • discussion • Concepts • Design process • Artwork to finished product – logos, cards – brochure, web design & image.

Expressing the personality of the wedding theme you wish to evoke. Developing images, invitations, Invitations, Favours, Save the date, Stationary etc. • Design &Promotion to appeal aesthetically and be remembered by your guests.

Q2: Why do you need a designer?

Q 2: Why do you need a Designer?

A Designer will spend time learning about you & your aspirations for your wedding & beyond? Discovering what your wedding material requires to share the story you wish to tell. How you’d like others to remember your day.

Unique • One of a kind design that caters to your tastes & the mood, romance etc. you wish to share with your audience, your guests

Q 3: Do you create pieces that may be suitable as gifts?

Q 3: Do you create pieces that may be suitable as gifts?

I’ve a range of Typographic WallArt. Expressing WiseWords, Proverbs, Sayings, Individuals catchphrases, Poetry & specific to locations • designandart.net

These make Ideal Gifts or Commemorative pieces

Q 4: Would you work on future design projects?

Q 4: Would you work on future design projects?

Yes Indeed! You may have that business idea that allows you to provide for your family in an enterprise you are most passionate about, who knows it may even become the next big thing?

I can be there to help you develop your business mark, Logotype, Symbol, Business Cards & fantastic Promotional material

I hope you enjoyed our Q & A with Deirdre.

I’m always on the lookout for Guests for our community.

Do you have something to offer? Maybe you are launching a book or course?

Feel free to contact me and we’ll help you spread the word.

Operation Help our Heros

Operation Help our Heros
NOT ALL HERO’S WEAR CAPES

We had the pleasure of having Sharon Thomas of Celtic Knot Weddings and Events as our Guest for this week’s Q & A on #irishweddingchat. Where we learnt about “Operation Help our Heros” and why Sharon decided to launch this fantastic initiative.

OPERATION HELP OUR HEROS

Let’s take a moment to introduce Sharon to you:

Sharon is the Owner & Founder at Celtic Knot Weddings and Events, Co-Founder at The Wedding Festival, Creative Wedding Specialist at Glengarriff Lodge and Founder of Operation Help Our Heroes campaign. 

She is a Wedding and Event planner, and Creative stylist who specialises in Boho, Festival and Creative style Weddings. Sharon is a LGBTQ Ally who supports equal civil rights, gender equality and is a LGBTQ friendly wedding & event planner.

She dedicated her business in memory of her Uncle and Aunt who were very supportive of and are her Heroes. And, is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ community because of her uncle who came out as gay, a few years before he passed away. These were the happiest years of his life. It made her realise that life was too short so go for your dreams today not tomorrow.

Our first question to Sharon was:

What is Operation Help Our Heroes all about?

Celtic Knot Weddings & Events and well over 150 wedding suppliers from all over Ireland, including some from the UK. Have come together as a team to help our front line superheroes. Who are working tirelessly, battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the most talented, kind and simply the best wedding suppliers. Have decided to join forces and offer our front line heroes discounts. On our services to help towards planning their weddings, for when this pandemic is all over and we can celebrate life again! 

Who does Operation Help Our Heroes include?

Whether you are a doctor, nurse, paramedic, carer, hospital attendant, hospital porter. A hospital cleaner, nursing home worker, medical administration staff, fire brigade, a member of An Garda Síochána, working with the HSE, or are Covid-19 test centre staff, NHS. Or, if you are a bride or groom working on the front line’s around the world and due to marry in Ireland before December 2021 you can avail of this offer.

Why have you decided to do this, Sharon?

I have decided to launch Operation Help Our Heroes for our Frontline workers, as they are doing a super, amazing job and this is something very close to my heart.

There are a number of reasons why I choose to do this. I’ve family and friends working in the healthcare sector. I also have Crohn’s disease, which means I am in and out of the hospital from time to time for tests and I have had minor surgeries.

Usually, I don’t share this private information with people but I am sharing it, as this is one of the reasons I am doing this. The care I receive from the doctors, nurses, care staff, porters etc, is absolutely amazing every time. They are incredibly kind to me, empathetic and reassuring.

My sister is one of those heroes; she is a care worker. She cares for the long-term residents in Bantry General Hospital and is helping so many people. I am so grateful and proud that she is my sister. She is working so hard along with the other superhero healthcare professionals.

She was also due to get married in Sorrento, Italy, this June. Nothing has been postponed or rescheduled as of yet but I can help my little hero sis when the time comes and pop on my wedding planner cape! It’s the least I can do to help a hero in need!

How do we get in touch to avail of these offers?

Contact Sharon at [email protected] 

Really enjoyed having Sharon on has our guest and learn more about Operation Help our Heros. I hope you did too.

Feel free to join us on our Twitter Hour every Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm. And, chat with our fabulous suppliers while they showcase their gifts, flowers, outfits, cars and so much more.

Would you like to be our Guest or Featured Wedding Business? Contact us for more details.

Sí Jewellery

Si Jewellery

This week our Guest and Featured business was Ailish Kelly of Sí Jewellery. Ailish creates the most beautiful bespoke memorial jewellery. It’s really discreet and meaningful. A wonderful way of having someone who has passed on with you.

Before our Twitter Hour, we got to know Ailish a little more. Here is a little clip from our interview with Ailish in our Supplier’s Facebook Group.

Ailish Kelly of Sí Jewellery

I loved interviewing Ailish, she was just so vibrant. We asked Ailish a few questions all about her memorial jewellery during our Twitter Chat which is on Wednesday’s at 8pm and hosted by the wonderful Deirdre ní Dhubhghaill of 2D Graphic Design.

Question 1:
You offer a very unique bespoke product, Ailish. Can you tell us a little bit more about what you do and what makes you so unique?

Ailish: I love my pieces to bring comfort to those that are wearing them and because each piece is
made with a personal photo, quote or even the ashes/ hair of a passed loved one , – it maintains the bond and love between them
.

Question 2.
We’d love to know where did your inspiration for starting your business come from?

Ailish: A number of years ago my children were competing in the World Kickboxing Championships and I wanted them to have something inspirational and protective, – as I could not find the right piece to fit the bill, I made it myself! The business developed after that

Question 3.
Can you tell us how can your beautiful custom jewellery will enhance our couple’s wedding day?

Ailish: Having a photo of a passed loved one attached to your wedding bouquet, your wedding shoes, or cuff-links allows you to share your day with them, it is a unique way of include all your family members

Question 4.
If I only have a very old photo, can that be used?

Ailish: Yes, I can edit and enhance it as much as possible to a standard that can be used.

Question 5.
Can other photo’s and quotes be used other than memorial?

Ailish: Yes, – it is not always about looking back, – it is also about bringing your personality to your wedding, its your day , your way. You can use a line from your favourite song, or a photo of your pet . Family crests are very popular as groom gifts for example; pocket watch, tie bars etc

We really enjoyed having Ailish on has our Guest Featured Business and learning about
Sí Jewellery. Hope you did too.

Feel free to join us on our Twitter Hour every Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm. And, chat with our fabulous suppliers while they showcase their gifts, flowers, outfits, cars and so much more. Would you like to be our Featured Wedding Business? Contact us for more details.

SVS Concierge

svs concierge - so very sarah

We are delighted to introduce Sarah of SVS Concierge. Sarah offers a comprehensive concierge service to help you plan the perfect event in Dublin or Cambridge. Sarah also is part of our team here at #irishweddingchat and curates our Instagram. So, we were over the moon to be able to have her on has our Featured Business.

SVS Concierge steps to success for planning your Dublin trip or Special Occasion
Q1 How do you help with the planning aspect

1) How do you help with the planning aspect? 

We help our clients to create their perfect trip or occasion in a way that best fits their needs working with them to bring their vision to life. We make it easy for our clients to source the requirements for their needs and most of all enjoy their celebration or trip to the fullest! We offer Supplier sourcing for all your special occasion needs across Dublin and Cambridge and a dedicated Dublin concierge service to help you experience the best that Dublin’s fair city has to offer.

Whether you need a helping hand or a fully bespoke tailored experience SVS Concierge have you covered so you can create your trip or occasion your way.

Q2 What tips and advice would you offer for planning a theme

2) What tips and advice would you offer for planning a theme? 

Coming up with your theme can be tricky so keep the theme simple and effective with a base colour scheme and use little touches and unique finishes to bring it to life enabling you to create beautiful and interesting details and focal points making your event stand out from the crowd. Breakdown your planning into relevant sections with a separate section for your budget requirements and create a mood board to help you brainstorm and visualise this! We also have a handy downloadable 10 steps to theme planning success guide and quick step planner available purchase – email or DM us for more info! 

q3 how can you add personality and uniqueness to your theme?


3) How can you add personality and uniqueness to your theme? 


It’s the little details at an event that your guests appreciate and want to post on their Instagram pages, there are lots of ways to bring your theme together with interesting details such as personalised place settings, table gifts for your guests or even themed beverages to tie in with your event and colour scheme. 

It’s the little touches that help make it memorable and leave a lasting impression. Focus on signature details and areas where you can create a focal point keeping them related to the theme. Quirky details like selfie props, personalized signage, drinks tags and goody bags or gifts are all great ways to add personality and fun into your event.

Q4 When it comes to planning the ultimate trip to Dublin, how can you make this the trip of all trips.


4) When it comes to planning the ultimate trip to Dublin, how can you make this the trip of all trips? 


For us, Dublin is not just a primary location for our business and our services it is also our passion and our second home! We have extensive personal knowledge of the city and a huge range of fabulous contacts that we have built fantastic relationships with.

SVS Concierge offers a fully bespoke tailored service where everything is based on your requirements. And, work with you to create your trip or occasion your way and deliver something truly special.

We want to show you the best that Dublin has to offer and add all the special little touches to make it unique and memorable. And, can create your very own bespoke guidebook specific to your trip or we have a range of handy go -to Dublin guides available to purchase to – Email or DM us for more info! 


Whether it is your first trip to Dublin or not, we guarantee it won’t be your last. Let SVS Concierge take you on a Dublin journey built for you that you will never forget!

Thank you Sarah

Enjoyed learning about Sarah’s wonderful concierge service. Hope you did too.

Feel free to join us on our Twitter Hour every Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm. And, chat with our fabulous suppliers while they showcase their gifts, flowers, outfits, cars and so much more. Would you like to be our Featured Wedding Business? Contact us for more details.

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.

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.

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.

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