Plan your wedding or honeymoon abroad at Holiday World Show 2018



Top 10 wedding destinations exhibiting at Holiday World Show Dublin


 December is the most popular time of the year to get engaged, thanks to festive decorations, champagne and lots of gatherings with family and friends. Start planning your special day at the Holiday World Show Dublin, taking place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January 2018 in the RDS Simmonscourt, and get the inside track on where to go for your wedding abroad or honeymoon. Whether you want to escape to a romantic hideaway or bring all your family and friends for a fun celebration, getting married abroad has never been easier. Here are the top wedding destinations exhibiting at the show:


  1. Portugal

Portugal is best known for its long sandy beaches, good quality food at excellent prices and lovely welcoming people – not to mention glorious sunny weather. Add to this a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets and low cost flights, it’s no wonder that Portugal is one of the most popular wedding destinations for Irish couples.


2. Italy

Head to the land of Romeo and Juliet, fabulous food and wine, and romance for an unforgettable wedding. With its beautiful villages and towns steeped in history, scenic vineyards and villas, and breathtaking cathedrals and churches, Italy offers a bounty of lovely wedding locations.


 3. Spain

Over 1.8 million Irish will visit Spain in 2017, demonstrating the Irish “love affair” with this beautiful country. The country’s travel experts will be on hand at the Holiday World Show to help you plan your wedding, whether it’s a city wedding in Barcelona, a countryside celebration in the beautiful Basque Country or a laid-back beach ceremony.


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Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain


 4. Cyprus

As the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Cyprus has legendary connections to romance. This island nation in the Mediterranean also offers a range of unique wedding venues, ideal weather, beautiful beaches, a wide range of accommodation options and outdoor activities to enjoy when the celebrations are over.


5. The Caribbean

Dreaming of an idyllic beach wedding? Then the Caribbean is the destination for you! With powder white sands, turquoise seas, a backdrop of blue skies and swaying coconut palms, the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados will quite simply take your breath away. If this vision is the epitome of romance, then the Caribbean is the location for you.


6. Thailand

From the ornate palaces to the rich coral reefs and other wildlife, a wedding in Thailand offers guests an opportunity to visit this exotic country. Take a trip to Northwestern Thailand for wildlife and Bangkok for a cosmopolitan experience, before heading south to the beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters and luxe resorts of the island wedding destinations of Phuket and Koh Samui.


7. Cuba

Bleached by the sun and yet full of colour, Cuba is a perfect wedding destination for couples seeking something alternative. Choose from all-inclusive packages, or have something completely bespoke. Make sure to stop by Havana when there so you can rumba in the street, drink a toast to Hemingway, have a cigar and tour the city in a classic 50s car.


8. USA

The 2018 Visit USA Pavilion at the Holiday World Show is the largest ever with over 40 exhibitors offering Irish holidaymakers the chance to meet travel professionals from right across the US. Wedding destinations on offer include the vineyards of Napa Valley, a chapel wedding in Las Vegas or a trendy city celebration in New York.


9. South Africa

South Africa’s stunning landscapes, wildlife preserves, pristine beaches and rolling vineyards have made it an ideal exotic destination wedding. It is the perfect location for adventurous couples who wish to throw a unique wedding for guests willing to make the trek.


10. Mexico

It’s tropical climate, amazing beaches and a colourful culture make Mexico one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for Irish couples but why not consider having your wedding there too? The country’s beautiful beaches, palm trees and blue skies make a breathtaking backdrop for your “I dos” while the all inclusive packages on offer make for easy budgeting and planning.


Sunway – the REAL Package Holiday Company will have Honeymoon Specialists present at the Holiday Word Show 2018 to discuss popular destinations on offer. Tanya Airey, Managing Director at Sunway, commented: “We are looking forward to showcasing our fabulous range of romantic destinations at the 2018 Holiday World Show. At Sunway we can look after all aspects of your wedding and honeymoon abroad from booking flights and accommodation for the whole wedding party and tailor making that once in a lifetime honeymoon experience for you, to putting you in contact with experienced wedding planners on the ground to help plan your special day. Whether it’s a beachside, cruise, tropical or other wedding or honeymoon location that you desire… Sunway have the perfect option for you!”


Maureen Ledwith, Organiser of the Holiday World Show, added, “If you’re preparing for your big day, come and meet the experts at the Holiday World Show to organise your perfect wedding abroad or honeymoon.  With over 55 countries represented, almost 1,000 travel professionals will be on hand to give advice and detailed, expert information on how to make the most of a honeymoon or wedding abroad and how to get the best value!”

For up to date information on Holiday World Show 2018 see www.holidayworldshow.com .

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How to propose at Christmas

Christmas proposal propose marriageChristmas is a wonderful time of year to propose marriage. With all the decorations, Christmas lights and the fact that a lot of family and friends will be home to share in the joy of your engagement, it is an ideal time to pop the question and ask “Will you marry me?”

I’ve created an anagram to help you create a winning marriage proposal. If you can tick off most of the following, you are on to a winning proposal!

And the anagram couldn’t be easier to remember at this time of year!


  • C – Cheerful. Christmas is a time of good cheer. Make sure your proposal is cheerful.
  • H – Happy. It’s a happy time of year. Embrace the happy Christmas spirit.
  • R – Romantic. It goes without saying, ensure your proposal is romantic.
  • I – Initiative. Show some initiative, use your imagination, brainstorm a few ideas.
  • S – Surprise. A proposal works best when it is a surprise. Lay a false trail if you must, book flights to Paris for  Valentine’s Day if planning to propose at Christmas.
  • T – Tale to tell. Everybody asks ‘how did he/she propose?” Make sure you have a tale to tell.
  • M – Memorable. Make it memorable or you won’t have a tale to tell.
  • A – Authentic. Try and be authentic and come up with an original idea (see I above)
  • S – Silly. Why not be silly if you are both jokers and enjoy a laugh.

Argos prepares for a 50 surge in Christmas Eve engagement ring sales

It’s the most wonderful time, to propose… Argos prepares for a 50% surge in Christmas Eve ring sales

Argos jewellery experts are predicting a bumper engagement period this festive season, following analysis of 2016 sales data which revealed a huge 50 per cent rise in ring sales on Christmas Eve.

When it comes to ring specifics, the retailer has stocked up on three-stone rings after ‘Meghan Markle Mania’ saw a 25 per cent rise in sales of the classic trilogy evergreen design after the Royal engagement was announced in November.

However, the most popular type of engagement ring is still the classic diamond solitaire, with 51 per cent sold versus other engagement styles, with a higher demand for 9ct white gold.

And perhaps Shirley Bassey and Kanye West were wrong and diamonds aren’t forever…as Argos jewellery experts have also reported a rise in coloured-stone rings being bought as engagement rings, particularly with millennial customers who are looking for something a bit quirkier than the standard solitaire.

Jo Rowland, Jewellery Buying Manager at Argos, said: “Research shows time and again that the magical festive period is the most popular time for proposals, and our sales data points to the same conclusion. In fact, we sell more engagement rings on Christmas Eve than we do for Valentine’s Day.

“The last-minute sales phenomenon does beg the question, are those buying rings on Christmas Eve planning in advance but buying last minute or are they deciding as late as Christmas Eve to propose the next day? Either way we’ll be ready for them!”

Last minute shoppers need not fear as they can purchase in-store with Argos right up until closing time on Christmas Eve.  Customers should check specific local stores for opening times and stock availability.

Top 3 best-selling new diamond engagement style rings at Argos:

Argos prepares for a 50 surge in Christmas Eve engagement ring sales

For further information go to http://www.argos.ie/