Spiritual ceremonies by registered solemnisers

Spiritual ceremonies by registered solemnisers

Spiritual Ceremonies have been privileged to have walked with thousands of couples, from all over the world, on their journey toward their special day here in Ireland since 2010.  We travel the length and breadth of Ireland, from Cork to Donegal, seven days a week, making memories with our couples on their special day.  In fact, we performed the first legal outdoor wedding ceremony in Ir...Read More

Summer wedding trends

Summer wedding trends

by Niamh Bartley

Marble everywhere
This trend is definitely emerging more and more frequently in recent times and we can see it being a staple look in summer weddings this year. There is so much you can do with marbling from your invitations to your cake the possibilities are endless. It also looks lovely paired with metallic like rose gold and copper, you could have marbled ...Read More

Summer wedding favours

Summer wedding favours

By Niamh Bartley

When it comes to summer weddings everyone thinks of warm, bright days and late nights. Why not play on the season and choose some stunning summer inspired wedding favours to gift your guests. Here are a few of our favourites.

Bubbles
A super fun and adorable favour to give your guests. Let them let loose and blow bubbles like they did when they...Read More

Perfect songs to play on your summer wedding day

Perfect songs to play on your summer wedding day

Can’t Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
This super up-beat song is just too catchy to leave out of a summer wedding, it will have your guests in the party mood from the second they hear it. It would be a good choice for either entering your reception or leaving your ceremony.

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever - Zayn & Taylor Swift
This sultry number is a p...Read More

Stag party basics

Stag party basics

By Niamh Bartley

The stag party is an important milestone for the groom in the run up to his wedding so whoever’s organising it needs to get it right. Here are our top tips for groomsmen organising a stag party and making sure everything runs smoothly for the groom!

Groom rules
You’re throwing this party for your best friend as his ‘last night of freedom...Read More

Hen party basics

Hen party basics

by Niamh Bartley

The hen party is a huge deal in the run up to the wedding day, it’s a night or two away from planning and organising where the bride can let her hair down and have some fun with her besties. If it’s down to you to organise it we know it can be stressful so we have some great ideas on how to keep it running smoothly and make sure everything goes as planned. Read More

Unexpected colour palettes for summer

Unexpected colour palettes for summer

by Niamh Bartley

There are so many different colour schemes you could go for in a summer wedding, but why not do something completely unexpected and change it up from the expected summer colours. There are some great options that will see you from an early June wedding to a late August one and we have put together a list of our favourites. 

Peach, light pink and light green&n...Read More

Super Summer Extravaganza

Super Summer Extravaganza

by Niamh Bartley

There’s a reason summer is the most popular time of year to get married and we think we know why! We have put together a bunch of reasons that you should consider when picking your wedding date if you’re thinking of a summertime bash.

Long days and short nights
The short nights bit might sound like a negative point but hear me out, you’ll be ...Read More

Save up for your special day!

Save up for your special day!

By Niamh Bartley 

Weddings are always going to be expensive affairs, but there certainly are ways to cut down the cost. Pair that with some handy tips for saving up your money before the wedding and you should save yourself a lot of hassle and debt when all is said and done. 

Take your time 
Unless you’re desperate to be married to your fiancé befor...Read More

No bridesmaids? No problem!

No bridesmaids? No problem!

By Niamh Bartley

There are plenty of reasons to steer clear of a bridal party, whether you can’t choose between your besties or there’s no one you could imagine sharing top table with apart from your future husband. Regardless of why your bridesmaid-less, we have some great advice on how to pull it off with style. 

Ask for help 
Many of you considering having ...Read More

Make your wedding a gamer's paradise

Make your wedding a gamer's paradise

By Niamh Bartley

GARDEN GAMES 
This would be perfect for an outdoor drinks reception. You could set up a huge checkers board or Jenga and your guests will be acting like children before they know it. These are great for making your day a bit goofy and fun, as opposed to following a strict schedule. Plus, you’ll get some great snapshots of your guests and you guys having fun...Read More

Bridal speeching! Yay or nay?

Bridal speeching! Yay or nay?

By Niamh Bartley 

A lot of modern brides are opting to make a speech on their wedding day. It can be a great addition to the wedding day, but we’ve put together a pro and con list to help you decide whether or not this modern trend could be for you. We love the idea but there are arguments both for and against so have a read and see what you think.

FOR<...Read More

A dad's role in his daughter's day

A dad's role in his daughter's day

by Niamh Bartley

There is no bond like a father-daughter bond for those who are lucky enough to share one. Our dads are our first loves, they’re the ones who have been around from the beginning to protect us, love us, support us and fight for us when we need it most. When we were in junior infants the teacher asked, ‘who is your hero?’ and when we got older it became ‘...Read More

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

by Niamh Bartley

A wedding in the spring sound like it could be amazing, so why not make the dream a reality? There are so many ways you can make this season your own and add a flourish to your wedding like no other! I’ve put together my top picks for throwing the best and most unique spring wedding you can imagine. 

Garden tea party 
This can be a fabulous way ...Read More

Plan your wedding in 3 months flat

Plan your wedding in 3 months flat

by Niamh Bartley 

Week 1 -
The nitty gritty bits
 
Basically, you’ll want to decide what your budget is and pick your date this week. Also, you should have a look at venues and try to nail one down, depending on the time of year you might have trouble getting a weekend date but midweek weddings are fab and sometimes cheaper. Another thing to do ...Read More

Types of guest to expect at your wedding

Types of guest to expect at your wedding

by Niamh Bartley

No matter what type of wedding you have, you’ll definitely encounter some of these on your wedding day. Don’t fret though, they can all be dealt with in their own way and (hopefully) not by you personally. 

THE PARTY ANIMAL 
The life and soul of the party, sure to be the first on the dancefloor and the last off it. They’ll be grabbing your g...Read More

Keep your guests happy

Keep your guests happy

by Niamh Bartley

This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but you’d be surprised how a few small changes or disruptions can annoy your guests during your special day. They might not mention it to you, but if they’re not having a good time you’ll feel it which is certainly not what you want. There are a few things you can do to ensure your guests will have a great time all day ...Read More

Something old, something new, borrowed and blue

Something old, something new, borrowed and blue

by Niamh Bartley

There are thousands of ways to interpret this rhyming couplet when it comes to your wedding, but where did it all start? When did superstition become tradition, and why? We’ve done a bit of research and come up with some answers and some possible ways to include these ‘crucial’ elements in your big day!

Something old
There is definitely a...Read More

How to choose the colour scheme for you

How to choose the colour scheme for you

By Niamh Bartley

So much thought goes into your wedding day as a whole, but one of the first things you need to do is determine your colour scheme. There are so many out there, but what will suit your day and make it personal? Think about some of these questions and you should have a clearer idea of what theme is for you.

Where are you getting married?
Th...Read More

Keep the romance alive

Keep the romance alive

By Niamh Bartley 

Planning a wedding can be very stressful, but it’s important not to let your relationship take a backseat while you’re doing it. We have put together some great date ideas for newlywed couples to keep the romance alive after the big day is over. 

Learn something new
Nothing brings two people closer than a joint hobby, especially one that they...Read More

8 tips for choosing a wedding cake

8 tips for choosing a wedding cake

By Gary from O’Carrolls Cakes 

1. Taste, taste, taste 
The cake has to both look great AND taste great so as you start setting up appointments to meet with suppliers, don’t forget to ask about flavours that are available and if samples are offered. Choose the flavours that you both like, and ask questions about current cake trends. 
...Read More

Think outside the box!

Think outside the box!

by Niamh Bartley

Irish couples are well known for having a unique take on the world. To capitalise on this take we have put together a list of things you can do to make your wedding stand out as one of a kind.   


CIRCULAR CEREMONY

Have your loved ones seated around you while you get hitched, it makes for an intimate ceremony even if there is a large ...Read More

Flowers everywhere!

Flowers everywhere!

by Niamh Bartley

The very essence of spring is flowers. They are the first thing that pops into most of our minds when spring is mentioned, especially when it comes to weddings. It is definitely the time of year to play around with floral arrangements and make them a huge part of your day, take some inspiration from these fab ideas.  

Stationery <...Read More

Spring wedding favours

Spring wedding favours

by Niamh Bartley

Spring is a time for creativity and new ideas, there are so many options when it comes to favours and it’s definitely a time for unleashing your creative and inventive side. Here are some of our top picks for your spring wedding favours.  

Seedlings
This would be perfect for a rustic or outdoor type celebration. It’s an ...Read More

Why have a spring wedding?

Why have a spring wedding?

by Niamh Bartley

Spring is probably the most versatile time of year to get married, you have the pick of the crop when it comes to flowers and you can utilise your surroundings when it comes to almost every aspect of your wedding.  

It’s symbolic
Spring symbolises brightness and rebirth, which makes it a lovely time to begin a new chapter in...Read More

Rock those metallics!

Rock those metallics!

By Niamh Bartley


Metallics have proven themselves to be huge in weddings this year, they can be versatile in how they are used and many couples have opted to have them as a part  of their celebrations. From the cake&...Read More

Top 10 movies to watch before your wedding

Top 10 movies to watch before your wedding

By Emma Doran

#WeddingMovies #FilmIdeas #RomCom #KerryWeddingIdeas

What better way to bond with your bridesmaids than over a bowl of popcorn (and wine) while watching a movie? Get your onesies out as we are about to list the top 10 wedding movies that you should watch with your bridesmaids before your wedding day!    


27 dresses
Imagin...Read More

How to Add Pumpkins to Your Autumn Wedding

How to Add Pumpkins to Your Autumn Wedding

When someone hears the word autumn usually the first things that come to mind are fallen leaves, woolly scarves, hot drinks and pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins, the season is not complete without them. If your big day is close to or on Halloween pumpkins are expected to make an appearance. If you are looking to include this seasonal vegetable in your wedding but are not sure how to...Read More

Autumn Wedding Colour Pallettes

Autumn Wedding Colour Pallettes

This time of year is rich with colour. For an autumnal wedding there are endless pretty colour combinations; some are bright and colourful, some are dark and dramatic. Choosing the right one can be frustrating and if you want to change one or two colours in a particular palette what colour do you replace it with? What if your favourite colour doesn’t work? What if you choose a palette b...Read More

This Week in Wedding News

This Week in Wedding News

by Niamh Bartley


A moment of misery turned to delight for newlyweds Joanne Nesbitt & Stephen Whelehan after their wedding rings and Joanne s engagement ring had been left in a taxi on the day of their wedding ceremony. It seemed as though they were gone forever, fortunately for them a very truthful taxi driver returned the rings to the couple as soon as he fo...Read More

We Wish to Invite You to A Wedding Invitation Etiquette Lesson

We Wish to Invite You to A Wedding Invitation Etiquette Lesson

By Michaela Keating

THE WHEN

The best time to send out your wedding is six to eight weeks before your wedding day. This gives your guests time to make their own arrangements for the day such as booking time off work, organising childcare and getting an outfit. If youre having a destination wedding, the invites should be sent about three months beforehand. This will ...Read More

Save the Date

Save the Date

By Michaela Keating

Save the date cards are an American wedding tradition that is becoming more popular here in the Emerald Isle. Sending out a save the date works as a fleeting indication to your nearest and dearest to hold that date in their calendar.

Who do we send them to?
Send your save the dates to the people you definite...Read More

Mother Dearest

Mother Dearest

By Michaela Keating

For many brides to be, the hen-do is a highly anticipated night or weekend away with the gal pals for a night of food, drinks and activities with a touch of adult gifts and a possible visit from a buff policeman. However as much as you love your mammy, you may not be comfortable with her presence as Mr. Goodbody gives you a lap dance with the gir...Read More

Making Shapes! How to choose the right dress for your bridesmaids

Making Shapes! How to choose the right dress for your bridesmaids

By Michaela Keating 

Choosing your bridesmaids dresses can be just as exciting as choosing your bridesmaids. As all women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making sure your gal pals are comfortable on your wedding day is a must. We have put together some guidelines based on dressing for all different body shapes to help you choose wisely for your bridal party.

1. AppleRead More

Ten minutes with Ciara O'Donnell Photography

Ten minutes with Ciara O'Donnell Photography

When a couple choose Ciara O Donnell Photography for their wedding what can they expect?
Ciara O Donnell Photography provides a very personal service, bringing something unique to each and every wedding. I meet plan, shoot, edit, design, produce all my own work. Not many photographers do that any more. I have a way with people and bring a relaxed and pro...Read More

Ten Minutes with Maura Sheehy from Maura's Cottage Flowers

Ten Minutes with Maura Sheehy from Maura's Cottage Flowers

You offer a unique service in which your flowers are home grown, do brides visit the gardens to choose what flowers they want for their wedding day? 
Yes, a visit can be very beneficial as it gives a bride the opportunity to see exactly what is available and gives them a general sense of my style. I offer a free consultation and almost all my brides have availed of...Read More

Ten Minutes with Earl of Desmond Hotel's wedding coordinator

Ten Minutes with Earl of Desmond Hotel's wedding coordinator

Norella Mansfield

What refreshments do you provide to guests on arrival to the reception? 

As part of our great value packages, we will provide your guests with Complementary Fruit Punch, Tea/Coffee, Lemonade, Assorted Biscuits, Chocolate Fountain with Marshmallows & Strawberries & a stocked candy cart for all your guests which is always a huge hit with kids &am...Read More

Ask the Expert: Interview with Gary of O'Carroll's Cakes

Ask the Expert: Interview with Gary of O'Carroll's Cakes

Tell us a little bit about yourself Gary? 
I originally trained as a pastry chef nearly 30 years ago in the UK, which is when I met my wife, who is Irish. We have four children and after the very first time visiting Ireland when the children were quite small, we knew that we would eventually live here one day. So we finally made the decision to relocate from...Read More

Top tips for looking your best on your wedding day

Top tips for looking your best on your wedding day

There are a lot of factors to contribute to you looking and feeling your best on your wedding day. Here are some tips to follow from the moment they pop the question to the minutes before you walk down the aisle!

Healthy balanced lifestyle
It goes without saying that drinking plenty of water, getting your five a day and throwing on the Nike's and heading out for 30 minutes a d...Read More

Writing Your Own Vows

Writing Your Own Vows

Writing your own vows is one of the things that every bride dreams of doing, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's easy to do. We're going to give you an easy guide full of tips on writing your own vows, with the least amount of stress possible. 

Make them personal, but not too personal.
Of course you want your vows to be purely about your groom/bride so you...Read More

A Wedding Thought Box to Help With Your Planning

A Wedding Thought Box to Help With Your Planning

By Michaela Keating

Planning a wedding can be stressful and exhausting, especially when trying to ensure that every detail is perfect. From the moment you got engaged (and maybe years in advance) brides start thinking about the finer details of their big day. However, life gets in the way and it's east to forget the photographer you liked or a cake maker you found out about from a frien...Read More

Arguments All Engaged Couples Must Have

Arguments All Engaged Couples Must Have

The stresses and strains of the big day can sometimes cause a little friction with your loved ones from time to time. It's okay if you have a few little tiffs or dare we say heated debates over certain elements of the wedding in the lead up to it. There isn't a bride out there who hasn't argues with her fiance over elements of the wedding so don't feel alone. We have compiled a lis...Read More

4 Wedding Traditions That Will Never Die and Why

4 Wedding Traditions That Will Never Die and Why



1. The Cake 

No matter what kind of wedding you're having, if it's traditional or not, the wedding cake is always going to be a focal point of the big day. The expense of the ceremony can never change the fact that at the end of the day one of people's favourite parts of a wedding day is the wedding cake. While the look of the cake my change with the times, a tra...Read More

Alternative Grooms Wear Pieces

Alternative Grooms Wear Pieces

By Michaela Keating 

Looking fabulous on your wedding day is one of the most important things for all grooms. We have come up with some ideas to make sure you look more dapper than ever walking down that aisle!   

Check shirt
 A check shirt may be a staple piece of clothing for some men on their days off work,...Read More

Stressed?

Stressed?

By: Kelly Hynes   

Are you as cool as a cucumber or a complete bridezilla in the run up to your nuptials? Either way dont worry. Between decision making, figuring out who to include and finding the perfect dress, your wedding journey is bound to be an emotional rollercoaster! Unless you are an event planner, you have probably never planned a whole day for such a large group o...Read More

Planning made easy

Planning made easy

Not all brides have the luxury of time on their hands. Some brides just dont like planning other brides want those special touches put into their big day and more often than not these brides hire a wedding planner. Brides of Limerick is pleased to outline the duties of a wedding planner and the various services planners provide.

What does a wedding pla...Read More

Adding that personal touch to your wedding day

Adding that personal touch to your wedding day

By Michaela Keating 

Every wedding is personal to the brides or grooms. There are plenty of personal touches that can help you make your wedding original so we’re here to give you a few ideas. Here's our favourites! 

Embroidery 
When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot in an intimate French cere...Read More