Ultimate Weddings Live in Association with FRANC comes to Kilkenny this October!

The wedding show that should not be missed will be happening at The Hub, Kilkenny on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October!  Meet FRANC, the name that is synonymous with everything stylish and individual in the wedding industry who will share his expertise and vision and help you make your day unique.

 

Ultimate Weddings Live have also have brought together a host of local exhibitors who will professionally advise and assist you in planning and booking your entire wedding easily and stress free.

 

With everything from reception venues and dresses to cars and favours, they have assembled all you could need under one roof to help you make your big day extra special.

 

Ultimate Weddings Live events are action-packed days out with so much to interest a bride-and groom-to-be. Venues to menus, flowers, cakes, video and photographers – in just a few hours at Ultimate Weddings Live it is possible for you to book your whole wedding thanks to the fantastic selection of professional, affordable wedding vendors. Meet the people who’ll be supplying your wedding services face-to-face on the day, check out discounts and offers and quickly work out what the competition has to offer. For the busy couple, it’s stress-free, fun and a great day out.

 

Relax and enjoy the Catwalk shows, starring models from the Andrea Roche Model Agency, which will be staged at 1.30 and 5.00 each day. All gowns and groomswear will be available from stockists exhibiting at the event.

 

Be entertained and informed by “An Audience with Franc” from the main stage at 3.00 each day.

 

Presale tickets can be booked on www.ultimateweddingslive.com for just €5 or you can pay €7 at the door.

 

For more information please contact Joanne Maloney on 0878346147 orultimateweddingslive@gmail.com


Derry the Marriage Proposal Planner featured in The Sun Newspaper

We got some great coverage in The Sun Newspaper for marriage proposal planning!Derry O Donnell willyoumarryme.ie


Over 50 per cent of Irish brides say bad weather will disrupt their big day

A new survey has found that over 50 per cent of Irish brides say bad weather will disrupt their big day, with a third citing the likelihood of good weather in summer months as a major factor in choosing the time of year to get married in Ireland.

 

The survey of over 230 Irish brides was conducted by one of Ireland’s top wedding venues, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, which, in response will launch its new ‘Rain or Shine’ offer at the hotel’s Wedding Fair on October 21st.

 

The four star Dunboyne Castle Hotel’s new ‘Rain or Shine’ offer takes the stress out of Ireland’s typically bad weather for brides and grooms. If the sun shines, the bridal party can have their photography taken in the hotel’s picturesque tree-lined grounds. If the weather is not so good, photography can be taken in the hotel’s light-filled Castle Lounge and originally restored Dunboyne Mansion, with a romantic, candle-lit drinks reception.

 

“We want to give people the wedding of their dreams and this survey is so useful in identifying that for an incredible 53 per cent of brides-to-be surveyed, bad weather is a real wedding worry” said Elisabet Diaz, General Manager of Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa.

 

The survey also found that over half of respondents said the reputation of wedding venues was a primary factor in choosing a location, more specifically those with great surroundings and photo opportunities. Over 70 per cent choose the weekend to get married for guest’s convenience with Saturday being the most popular day. 

 

Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa’s Wedding Fair will feature everything the engaged couple needs to create their perfect wedding from the latest trend – providing guests with a gorgeous ‘pick n’ mix’ sweet selection – to wedding bands, DJ’s, décor and luxury cars.  The room will also be dressed as a real wedding to give bridal parties a real sense of what their special day will look like. 

 

The Fair will also feature a Bridal fashion show of Ciara Roe bridal gowns as well as the perfect ‘Mother of the Bride’ outfits. To entertain visitors, there will be performances by wedding favourites The Halleluiah Gospel Choir and dancers, Celtic Fusion. All couples who book their wedding at Dunboyne Castle Hotel’s Wedding Fair will be given a complimentary overnight with breakfast at the hotel’s sister property, Dublin‘s five star boutique Dylan Hotel.

 

Renowned for its friendly service, sweeping grounds and the beautiful décor of the original Dunboyne House, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa offers couples the ideal wedding destination in the countryside, just minutes from Dublin. The bridal party and guests can also enjoy the hotel’s Ivy Brasserie and its award-winning Seoíd Spa, set over three floors with one of Ireland’s most extensive thermal treatment facilities.

 

The Wedding Fair at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa takes place from 1 – 5 pm, Sunday, October 21st. See www.dunboynecastlehotel.com


Confetti Live! in association with Franc comes to Kilkenny this weekend

TV sensation Franc is the star of the show at Confetti Live! coming to Kilkenny’s The Hub this weekend, October 13th & 14th.

Ireland’s sassiest, classiest wedding fair, Confetti Live! promises to be the most spectacular wedding event for brides and grooms-to-be in the Kilkenny region.

Whether you’re engaged, have just popped the question or are deep in the organisation process, there’ll be something for everyone. Bring your bridesmaids, mum, dad and sisters – there’s something for everyone at Confetti Live!

You can also expect to meet and chat with vendors and discover offers from a whole range of products and service suppliers including venues, food, favours and wine; bridal shops, dresses and grooms suiting; shoes, accessories and beauty; travel, honeymoons and weddings abroad; cars, wedding bands, DJs and soloists; plus pre-marriage courses and advice.

Confetti Live! Kilkenny will also feature a number of live audiences with Franc each day, where he will dispense his words of advice and wisdom gleaned from his many years in the planning and organising of stylish, exclusive and exceptional weddings worldwide.

Then relax and watch fantastic catwalk shows, professionally produced and staged, starring models from the Andrea Roche Model Agency, featuring gorgeous gowns available from stockists exhibiting at the show.

Ahead of the event brides-to-be in the Kilkenny area have a fantastic opportunity to avail of discounted tickets to Confetti Live! if they book online before the event.  Just visitwww.confettilive.ie to get yours now!


Top tips from leading website MarryAbroad.co.uk on tying the knot with children

This month destination wedding site MarryAbroad.co.uk has surveyed its UK couples database, and found that 40% of those choosing a wedding overseas already have children.

 

And the site’s wedding planners, based in both long and short haul destinations, typically found that over 5 years, they have seen on average a 17% increase of couples with children or step-children, getting hitched.

 

Joint Founder Steph Bishop perceives this trend, currently big in the wedding industry, to be especially suited to destination weddings – as couples often will combine their wedding with a family holiday.

 

Bishop states: “We are seeing couples choose child-friendly resorts more and more often, and sometimes even combine their wedding with a christening event too”.

 

MarryAbroad.co.uk’s Top 10 Tips for Child-Friendly Destination Weddings

 

1.             Find a resort with a kids club / Crèche

 

Up to 80% of wedding couples staying at Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece, use the facilities of the kids club and crèche, according to Anna Wohlfart, Wedding Coordinator. And on the actual wedding day, many couples book a babysitter during their evening celebrations – giving them time to enjoy the event, in the knowledge their children are safe and sound.

 

2.             Consider the weather

 

For example, it is best to avoid Thailand in the hottest months of April and May – when humidity is at its highest, when marrying with small children. In Southern Europe, avoid the heat of a hot summer’s day, and choose the morning or early evening for the ceremony.

 

3.             Timings

 

For long haul destination weddings, try if possible to arrive a week before the actual day, so that kids can acclimatise slowly and get over jet lag.

 

4.             Water

 

Make sure children stay hydrated. Include lots of pool and beach time to keep them cool!

 

5.             Get the children involved

 

Try to involve children with the ceremony as much as possible, as ring carriers and flower girls.

 

6.             Food

 

Arrange a familiar feast for children, speaking to the wedding planner in advance to ensure children have food they will recognise on the day. And don’t forget the seating – wedding planners can also arrange for smaller seats, tables and high-chairs for kids.

 

7.             Clothing

 

If children are dressing up; remember that heavy dresses or suits in a hot country can be uncomfortable.

 

8.             Older Children

 

Thai wedding planner Creative Events Asia wedding found that this year, 15% of bookings were for couples remarrying, with older children. If taking teenagers away and it is within budget, let them take a friend along for company.

 

9.             Keepsakes

 

Angelina Jolie is famously marrying a certain Mr Pitt this year, and reportedly has commissioned individually designed jewellery, for all of her six children – as keepsakes on their special day. Make like Angelina, and buy something a little special for children to give them at the ceremony, that will remind them of the wedding for years to come.

 

10.          End the night with a bang

 

Fireworks on the beach and lantern releasing, is always a huge hit with children!

 

For more information, please visit www.MarryAbroad.co.uk or visit them on stand A54 at the National Wedding Show, Earls Court, London, 28-30 September 2012.


Confetti live! in Association with Franc Comes to Kilkenny this October

TV sensation Franc is the star of the show at Confetti Live! coming to Kilkenny’s The Hub this October 13th & 14th.

Ireland’s sassiest, classiest wedding fair, Confetti Live! promises to be the most spectacular wedding event for brides and grooms-to-be in the Kilkenny region.

Whether you’re engaged, have just popped the question or are deep in the organisation process, there’ll be something for everyone. Bring your bridesmaids, mum, dad and sisters – there’s something for everyone at Confetti Live!

You can also expect to meet and chat with vendors and discover offers from a whole range of products and service suppliers including venues, food, favours and wine; bridal shops, dresses and grooms suiting; shoes, accessories and beauty; travel, honeymoons and weddings abroad; cars, wedding bands, DJs and soloists plus pre-marriage courses and advice.

Confetti Live! Kilkenny will also feature a number of live audiences with Franc each day, where he will dispense his words of advice and wisdom gleaned from his many years in the planning and organising of stylish, exclusive and exceptional weddings worldwide.

Then relax and watch fantastic catwalk shows, professionally produced and staged, starring models from the Andrea Roche Model Agency, featuring gorgeous gowns available from stockists exhibiting at the show.

Ahead of the event brides-to-be in the Kilkenny area have a fantastic opportunity to avail of discounted tickets to Confetti Live! if they book online before the event.  Just visit www.confettilive.ie to get yours now!


Live Lip Sync Marriage Proposal

When it comes to marriage proposals it doesn’t get much better than this one. The amount of effort that went into it not to mention how everyone must have prepared and managed to keep it all a secret is truly amazing. What a great video!


Honeymoon tips for a destination that suits you both

By Catherine MaGuire

Your honeymoon should be the most magical holiday of your life, giving you time to unwind and enjoy each other’s company after all the excitement of your wedding day.


And just as your choice of venue for your wedding day reflects your own personalities, you’ll want a honeymoon destination that suits you both. Remember – there is no obligation to lie on a beach for two weeks!


‘A quiet, relaxing time together – anywhere would do’

If all you want is time together and the stress of long-haul flights isn’t your scene, then a beautiful cottage in Tuscany may serve you just as well as an all-inclusive Far Eastern beach holiday.


‘A little bit of luxury and privacy’

If you want something glam and gorgeous, then saving on travel in favour of a top-class location may be the best bet. You could fly to France, but then stay in a succession of luxurious chateaux and hotels.


‘A taste of adventure’

Perhaps you’ve both always wanted to do something a little bit different and adventurous. Whether it’s an African safari, white-water rafting, snorkelling and diving or trekking, make sure, that you both have the same idea of what you’re letting yourself in for. Your Honeymoon is not the time to try somewhere unusual that you’re not going to like.


‘To see the sights’

Perhaps you can think of nothing more romantic than sitting together in a cafe in St. Mark’s Square, Venice or wandering through the ancient temples of Luxor. Make sure you do your research – there’s nothing worse than getting home and finding that the museum/gallery you’ve always meant to visit was literally just around the corner from your hotel!


‘Sun, sea and sand’

Walking hand-in-hand through the surf on a white sandy beach is surely the definitive honeymoon scene. Just be sure – especially if you are active types – that you really do want to be lazing around for all that time. You might consider combining the tropical beach with a week of…


‘Action’

An activity element – perhaps walking, skiing or cycling – can be perfect if you both love the activity involved. After all the stress of the wedding – and all that food and drink – some exercise can be invigorating and restorative. But avoid forcing your favourite activity on your less-than-enthusiastic new spouse.

‘Best of both worlds’

Honeymoons are supposed to be romantic – but even the most intense lovebirds need a break! The most popular choice nowadays is a ‘dual centre’ break, combining a week of beach-based relaxation with a more active or city-based week.


For more information and advice please contact: Catherine Maguire

Telephone0504 33333

Catherine.maguire@travelcounsellors.com


bordgáisenergybookclub.ie Reveals Book Lovers Favourite Love Stories

Key findings:

 

  • o It’s all about the breeches! Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy sends hearts aflutter as 55% of those surveyed think he is literature’s most romantic leading man
  • o Almost half (49%) of Irish booklovers say that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is their all-time favourite classic love story
  • o One Day by David Nicholls and Atonement by Ian McEwan polled equally as the number one modern day love story
  • o Tissues at the ready! A third of Irish people surveyed bybordgaisenergybookclub.ie think The Notebook is the best movie based on a romance novel, followed by Pride and Prejudice and Gone with the Wind, with 17% and 13% of the votes

Mr. Darcy is the ‘ideal man’ according to a new survey conducted by Ireland’s biggest book club bordgaisenergybookclub.ie.  To mark Valentine’s Day, the survey sought to reveal the favourite love stories and characters of all time among Irish booklovers.  Over half of those polled (55%) voted Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice as their favourite male character in a romance novel, Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights came in second (15%) and Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind followed as a close third (14%).

 

Pride and Prejudice was voted as the all-time favourite classic love story with a whopping 49% of respondents’ number one votes. However, only 17% of respondents chose it as their favourite movie so it appears the love for the book outweighed the love for the movie – despite that famous lake scene portrayed by Colin Firth. Gone with the Wind and Wuthering Heights were voted as the second and third favourite classic love stories with 20% and 19% of Irish readers’ votes.

 

When asked to choose their favourite female character in a romance novel, Irish literary lovers chose Jane Eyre with 28% of the vote.  Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind and Emma from One Day were also among the favourites with 27% and 24% of the votes respectively.

 

The results for modern love stories are not quite as unanimous, both One Day by David Nicholls and Atonement by Ian McEwan were voted joint favourites with each receiving 24% of respondents’ votes. These were followed by The Bridges of Madison County (20%), Twilight (18%) and Irish best-seller, PS I Love You (17%).

 

People love a good tearjerker and when asked to pick their favourite movie based on a romance novel the results were as follows: The Notebook (28%), Pride and Prejudice (16%), Gone with the Wind (15%), Dr. Zhivago (10%), Atonement (9%), Twilight (7%), Wuthering Heights (7%), One Day (8%), Jane Eyre (3%), P.S. I Love You (1.9%).

 

 

*This survey was carried out amongst 105 adults

 


How about an Underwater Marriage Proposal this Valentine’s

Here’s a lovely opportunity highlighted by our friends at De-Stress 4 Life

You can try a scuba dive with  Atlantic Diving School based in Co. Clare, under the watchful eye of Chris Healy who recently broke a World Record

Discover Scuba diving is an experience designed for those who want to test the waters and who have a little adventure in their blood.

You will be shown the basic safety procedures for an enjoyable scuba dive under the watchful eye of a Qualified PADI instructor.

Please be aware that PADI Discover Scuba diving is not a diving certification but an introduction to diving in a safe environment.

If you’re feeling confident enough why not propose marriage underwater? Bring a little sign with you or have the instructor carry it saying ‘Will You Marry Me?’. You could even bring the ring if you’re feeling brave enough. Tie a piece of string to it to ensure it’s not lost in the seaweed or sand though! You could also use a temporary ring, especially if wearing dive gloves. You could also ask Chris (or whatever dive instructor is going to be with you) to hide the ring in the box in spot where you can ‘find’ it on the dive. Most dive spots have well recognised landmarks by those who frequently dive them, so ‘finding’ the box shouldn’t be any trouble.

What You Need
 
A Bathing Suit
A Large Towel
A Sense of Adventure
All other equipment is provided
 
Cost
 
80€ Per Couple
 
Contact Chris Healy at 086 0570544
or chris@atlanticdivingschool

To make your reservation

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