Questions to Ask While Wedding Planning in 2021

If you’re wedding planning in 2021 – whether you’re recently engaged or re-starting after hitting pause last year – you’re sure to have a lot of questions. After all, wedding planning can be confusing at the best of times, and that’s without a pandemic in the mix! But while COVID-19 has certainly created lots of challenges, the good news is that there’s a lot that couples can learn from last year’s experiences. Here are some of the most common questions I hear from those who are wedding planning in 2021, along with answers!

How many guests should we invite to our 2021 wedding?

As we move forward through 2021, micro-weddings are still likely to be the norm for a while. For one thing, a smaller wedding means less of a headache if restrictions are tightened. But it’s also an opportunity to celebrate your marriage with a close-knit group of friends and family. Plus, if all goes well, you can always scale up (assuming your venue allows). If you’re still dreaming of a big wedding but are worried about planning one this year, the best policy is either to plan a minimony now and a so-called sequel wedding in 2022 or 2023 or to create your guest list in tiers. Start with the people you can’t imagine NOT having with you, then gradually increase the circle. That way, if you need to downsize, you’ll know where to cut your guest list.

Blue and gold wedding invitation

How should we handle save the dates and wedding invitations?

‘The earlier, the better’ has always been the policy when it comes to save the dates, especially for destination weddings in Ireland. That way, guests have time to make all the necessary arrangements. However, changing restrictions thanks to COVID-19 have definitely changed the rules. Now your wedding invitation timeline really depends on your individual circumstances, such as the size of your guest list and how many of your guests are local. Generally, it’s still a good idea to send out save the dates at least five months before the wedding. For the invitations, you may want to include a card noting that you are monitoring the situation and will notify guests of any changes. A wedding website is also a must to keep everyone informed.

Should we be booking vendors early?

In a word: yes! As things open up, 2021 and 2022 are set to see many more weddings compared to a typical year. All the couples who have had to postpone their plans have rescheduled, as well as all the newly-engaged pairs ready to wed. If you don’t want to be disappointed, it’s best to lock in your key vendors as soon as possible (up to 15 months out is becoming the norm).

Bride entering church as planner holds wedding dress.

Do I need a wedding planner for 2021?

Hiring a wedding planner is always a good idea. But wedding planning in 2021 is especially complex. If there was ever a time to hire a planner, it’s now! A wedding planner’s job is to coordinate logistics and vendors, assist with budgets and contracts, design the event (if relevant) and bring that vision to life, and be your advocate. Right now, it’s also especially important to find a wedding planner who is on the same page when it comes to COVID-19 regulations. That way you know your guests’ (as well as your vendors’) safety will be a priority.

How do I include guests who aren’t able to attend my 2021 wedding?

No matter how many precautions you take, some guests may still not be able to attend your wedding, or may not feel comfortable doing so. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your wedding, but there are ways you can make them feel included. One of the best options is to live-stream the event, so they can view it in real-time. It also makes hiring a videographer even more important, as videos will be extra precious to older family members like grandparents. Send them a copy together with a favour or slice of cake and a handwritten note.

Can I still plan my honeymoon?

There’s still a lot of uncertainty around travel at the moment, so you might be wondering whether you can still plan your 2021 honeymoon. The answer is yes, but with plenty of flexibility thrown in. For example, you could plan one local honeymoon now with a second later on in a far-flung destination. (Check out my list of COVID-friendly Irish honeymoon destinations here!) It’s also a good idea to work with a professional travel agent and purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in case of any last-minute adjustments.

Virginia Park Lodge wedding reception with twinkle lights

Of course, things are still in flux at the moment, so this is the best advice based on the way they currently stand. It’s always important to do your research on the latest restrictions and safety guidelines and talk to your wedding vendors. But for now, I hope this helps with your wedding planning in 2021!

Slán go Fóill,


Images by Doreen Kilfeather, Christina Brosnan, UNIKEYE Wedding Photography, Brett Harkness

Irish Wedding Songs

Whether you’re planning an Irish destination wedding or want to infuse a Celtic touch into your playlist, including Irish wedding songs in your selection is a great idea! After all, music is an important part of any Irish wedding, from walking down the aisle to late night sing-songs. We Irish love music and dancing and of course we have a long and rich musical history to draw on. From traditional Irish wedding songs to chart-toppers from Irish artists, there are so many options to choose from.

But where do you start? Creating your wedding soundtrack is a challenging task – and one many couples mistakenly leave until the last minute. Music can really set the tone for your wedding, make a big grand entrance, stir up emotions, provide insight into your relationship. It’s important to give the process some time and thought so that you pick the right Irish wedding songs for you and your wedding style.

Irish wedding songs harp

Then, of course, there are practical considerations too. For example, if you’re getting married in a Catholic church, there may be limitations on the music you can use. Or if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, you’ll need to ensure that guests are able to hear your music properly without the sound getting carried away in the wind. There are different needs in terms of space and equipment, depending on whether you are having live instrumentals, a singer or choir, or playing a favourite tune out of a speaker. (A wedding planner will be able to help with all of these!)

Irish Wedding Song ideas

But the first step is to know exactly where you’ll need music at your wedding. Here is a basic list.

Key Events for Wedding Music

  • background music before the ceremony
  • processionals
  • ceremony music, including an interlude during the signing of the registry
  • recessional
  • cocktail hour
  • the newlyweds’ entrance into the reception
  • the first dance
  • any family dances (for example, father-daughter or mother-son)
  • ambient music during dinner
  • songs to get the party started
  • the last song of the night

Irish wedding songs musicians

Top Irish Wedding Songs

So now that you have the basics covered, here are some of my favourite Irish wedding songs. This list includes both traditional pieces and modern songs, and ranges from the soft and sentimental to Irish wedding songs that will keep the dance floor full all night long!

  • All I Want Is You (U2)
  • Beautiful Day (U2)
  • Calliope House (Instrumental)
  • Carolan’s Concerto (Traditional)
  • Crazy Love (Van Morrison)
  • Don’t Go (Hothouse Flowers)
  • Down by the Salley Gardens (Traditional)
  • Dúlamán (Traditional)
  • Galileo (Declan O’Rourke)
  • Give Me Your Hand/Tabhair Dom Do Lámh (Traditional)
  • Haste to the Wedding (Traditional, covered by The Corrs)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
  • Kentish Town Waltz (Imelda May)
  • Lewis Bridal Song/Mairi’s Wedding (The Irish Rovers)
  • Love You ‘Til the End (The Pogues)
  • MacAllistrum’s March/Mairseail Alasdroim (The Chieftains)
  • Midnight Walker (Traditional)
  • My Lagan Love (Traditional)
  • She Moved Through the Fair (Traditional)
  • Sweet Thing (Van Morrison)
  • The Book of Love (Gavin James)
  • The Irish Wedding Dance (Remember White)
  • The Irish Wedding Song (Andy Cooney)
  • The One (Kodaline)
  • The Parting Glass
  • The Sweetest Thing (U2)
  • When You Say Nothing at All (Ronan Keating)
  • Women of Ireland/Mná na h-Éireann (Traditional, covered by Sinéad O’Connor and The Chieftains)
  • You Raise Me Up (covered by various artists, including Westlife)

Irish wedding songs first dance

Finally, a note of caution, especially when it comes to choosing Irish wedding songs for key moments like your first dance. Listen to the words! Some of the most popular wedding songs over the years have unfortunate lyrics and meanings. For example, The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ or Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’. Closer to home, some lists of Irish wedding songs include Sinéad O’Connor’s beautiful ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. This song is generally associated with grief and breakups rather than happy moments, so you may want to avoid it too. Of course, the ultimate choice is yours, but it’s always worth reading through the lyrics before you make a decision.

Slán go Fóill,


Images by Lisa O’Dwyer, Eric Kelley, Paula O’Hara, Christina Brosnan & Fred Marigaux Photography

10 Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Ideas

Have you considered a St. Patrick’s Day wedding? Whether it’s a destination wedding in Ireland or a hometown celebration that pays tribute to your Celtic heritage, the 17th of March makes for a great wedding date. But with so many cheap Leprechaun hats and fluorescent green shamrocks about, how do you find St. Patrick’s Day wedding ideas that avoid the gaudier elements of the holiday? The good news is that a few small touches with an eye towards refinement can add a dash of Irish flair without going overboard.

Here are ten creative, elegant and stylish St. Patrick’s Day wedding ideas.

Get creative with the colour palette

To keep things elegant, it’s a good idea to avoid the obvious palette of solid emerald or Kelly green. Remember, there are lots of other gorgeous shades, such as sage, olive, or hunter green. Layering them into a tone-on-tone palette will create depth while lots of crisp whites and glamorous golds will elevate the look. And be selective – a pop of colour will have more impact than too much of it.

Make use of fresh florals

Another way to create texture and dimension in an organic way is by using lots of fresh florals, greenery, and even produce in green and white. With St. Patrick’s Day falling in mid-March, it’s the perfect time to create a spring atmosphere. For a sweet on-theme touch, tuck a fresh green shamrock into each napkin tie.

st. patrick’s day wedding ideas green white florals

Accessorise (but don’t overdo it!)

Accessories are a great place to incorporate your St. Patrick’s Day theme, but remember that a little goes a long way. For example, instead of adding green to your dress, you could wear a pair of green velvet shoes, a delicate shamrock pendant or hairpin, or a piece of emerald jewellery. For the groom and groomsmen, consider shamrock cufflinks or lapel pins.

St Patricks Day Wedding Green Shoes

Serve an Irish menu in miniature

Of course, an Irish menu is a must for your Irish destination wedding, including seasonal, local produce. But why not have some fun with your canapés? Mini portions of classic dishes are always a hit with guests. For example, individual cottage pies or stout pies, colcannon bites, and mini soda breads. Alternatively, create a spread of mini Irish faves for your dessert.

Set the scene with your invitations

Your wedding invites should always set the tone for your wedding and give guests their first hint of what to expect on the day. So, if you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day wedding, ask your stationer to weave Irish wedding traditions or cultural symbols like shamrocks or lucky horseshoes into your stationery.

st. patrick’s day wedding ideas handfasting ceremony

Tie the knot (literally)

The saying ‘tying the knot’ actually comes from the ancient Celtic wedding ceremonial tradition of handfasting. The couple’s hands are bound together with ribbon or cord as a symbol of their bond. If you want to include a touch of Irish culture in your ceremony, this is an easy and meaningful way to do it. (Read about more Irish wedding traditions here.)

St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

For many, St. Patrick’s Day is all about taking a break from the austerity of lent and enjoying a drink (or several), so it’s only appropriate that you include a St. Paddy’s-inspired cocktail in your drinks menu. Whether it’s something cool and green (like a frozen mint lemonade or cucumber gimlet), or a drink that incorporates Irish ingredients (like Bailey’s or Guinness), your guests are sure to love it.

Set up a whiskey bar

Another great way to add some Irish flair to cocktail hour is to create a special whiskey bar, serving up the very best local tipples from across the island.

Irish whiskey bar for St Patricks Day wedding

Give Irish-inspired favours

Whether they’re table gifts or included in welcome baskets, Irish-inspired gifts are a great way to give your guests a taste of Ireland. From household favourites like Ballymaloe Relish or Lily O’Brien’s gourmet chocolates to Irish-made souvenirs like seaweed soap or beeswax candles, there are lots of great options.

st. patrick’s day wedding ideas entertainment

Hire Irish entertainment

St. Patrick’s Day is all about the craic, so of course, we couldn’t have a list of St. Patrick’s Day wedding ideas without including some rousing entertainment. Whether it’s hiring a folk band, having traditional Irish dancing, or a singalong in the small hours, this is an element guests will still be talking about for years to come.

Whichever of these St. Patrick’s Day wedding ideas you choose to add to your big day, having a wedding on this special holiday is sure to bring good luck to your marriage!

Slán go Fóill,


Images by Kieran Harnett, Lisa O’Dwyer, Christina Brosnan, Story of Eve


French Wedding Inspiration with an Irish Twist at Unique Dublin Wedding Venue

A little while ago, I collaborated with an amazing team of vendors on a beautiful shoot in a unique Dublin wedding venue, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLi) on St Stephen’s Green. For the design, I was inspired by the romance of French style, while also incorporating twists on Irish tradition as a nod to my roots. We wanted to inspire a blend of old and new by mixing vintage and modern throughout, via accessories, fashion, and tablescapes. The end result is a refreshed take on chic, effortless style, that brings together the classics in a fresh, elegant way.




We have a saying in Ireland: “Blue and green should never be seen, except on an Irish Colleen.” And it’s true that one rarely sees these two colours combined in fashion or wedding décor. However, I feel that sometimes rules are made to be broken! Unless we experiment with design, everything will always stay the same. So, with this in mind, we chose a palette of classic French blue combined with emerald green for the Emerald Isle, porcelain, and warm copper.





Newman House, where MoLi is located, is a magnificent historic space. With its marble floors, Cuban mahogany staircase, and lavishly-detailed plasterwork, we wanted to do justice to this unique Dublin wedding venue. The table design featured earthy tones and rich, dark ones, with luxe details like custom calligraphy layered with simple household items to play out the juxtaposition of the blue and green palette. Aged wooden farm tables were chosen to bring character, balanced with delicate natural greenery, in the form of ferns and succulents. Layers of dots and petal-like patterns at each place setting modernised the rustic setting, while votives in copper glass holders and emerald green taper candles created an intimate, elegant feel.



Our bride wore a beautiful two-piece wedding gown by Rime Arodaky Paris. The sparkly studded crop top with tulle and organza ruffles and fluid skirt conveys the sexy, devil-may-care but still quintessentially romantic vibe synonymous with the couture brand. We paired it with a 35-carat necklace of vintage 1950s diamonds, as well as contemporary diamond floral earrings and a pair of Bottega Veneta heels. The perfect look for a fashion-forward destination bride! Our groom wore a casual suit in shades of blue and grey by Louis Copeland & Sons of Cork.





Whether you’re looking for a unique Dublin wedding venue or some ideas for how to bring a touch of France to your Irish destination wedding, I hope these images inspire you as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Slán go Fóill,


Producer: Tara Fay Events | Venue: Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLi) at the UCD Naughton Joyce Centre | Photography: Story of Eve | Chairs: Total Event Rental | Tablewear: Maison Margaux | Designers: Rime Arodaky at The White Gallery | Shoes: Bottega Veneta at Brown Thomas | Flowers: The Garden | Hair: David Cashman | Jewelry: John Farrington | Makeup: Christine Lucignano using Chanel | Menswear: Louis Copeland | Models: Assets Model Agency | Linen Napkins: Stable of Ireland | Stationery: Sarah O’Dea

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Getting to Know Ireland Wedding Planner, Tara Fay

I believe working with an Ireland wedding planner is a very personal experience. Right from the very first time you meet (in person or virtually!), it’s about building a relationship, getting to know each other, and most importantly, developing trust. After all, your wedding planner will be managing one of the biggest days – and biggest investments – of your life. By the time the wedding rolls around, my clients have become friends. In fact, I often feel like part of the family! So before you get started, I think it’s important to get a sense of who your planner is. I often find I’m asked some of the same questions about myself, my business, and what I do. I thought I would take some time today to answer them today so that you can get to know me.

About Me

So hello! I’m Tara, the owner of Tara Fay Events. As well as being an Ireland wedding planner, I also have three kids, a husband and a dog. (Although I’m more of a cat person, my husband isn’t, so I had to choose him or the cats!) I was born in Ireland, where I live now, although I have also studied and worked abroad. I still love to travel, as well as restaurants and food in general and adore going to new locations and new hotels and checking them out. My kids have happily inherited my love of hotels and restaurants (as well as my love of setting a beautiful table!), so whenever I get some time off, we love visiting new places all over Ireland and beyond.

I take every single day and trip as a learning experience. When I go into a supermarket in a new country or town, I’m like a kid in a sweet shop, and I love seeing how different countries or cultures create tablespaces and designs. One of my favourite things to do is drive through a new place and just look at the general surroundings or sit at a café or in a restaurant and people-watch. Or walk down a shopping street and window shop, and see how the display has been put together.

Unlike most wedding planners, I was an Ireland wedding planner before I got married. My wedding was on a free weekend, so had to fit around clients’ weddings and events. I also worked all the way through my pregnancies and after having my children. I was lucky I had a great team in place so clients didn’t notice my temporary baby brain, but it’s not something I would recommend, as your body and brain do need time to heal after having a baby.

My favourite part of the wedding day is just as the ceremony starts. It gets me every single time! Another favourite wedding day ritual for me is going for a blow dry. I have wild, curly hair that tends to go quite frizzy, so on the morning of a wedding, I always have a blow dry. It’s my time to think through the day and get myself in the zone.

About Tara Fay Events

My company, Tara Fay Events, was the first event company in Ireland to specialise in private parties, weddings, corporate, and social events. We started in 1997 and, since then, my team and I have created and produced some of the most memorable weddings in Ireland. Our clients include celebrities and leading business figures from Ireland and around the world. Our strength is in tented weddings as we probably have the most experience of anyone in Ireland with this and my production team is one of the best in the country, if not in Europe. We’ve had our work featured in a number of top magazines, as well as on national radio and television. And speaking of television, I’m also the co-presenter of RTE Ireland’s breakout My Big Day: Home or Away alongside my colleague and friend, Bruce Russell.  Together we have another brand called Bruce and Tara Live.

Engage! Ireland

I’ve been lucky enough to have several career highlights. However, probably one of the stand-outs is hosting the Engage! conference at Adare Manor in 2018. I approached Rebecca and Kathryn of Engage! in 2016 and asked if they would consider bringing their conference to the Emerald Isle, not really realising what was involved. Every single person who signed up to work on it went above and beyond to help us showcase how Ireland is the perfect location for your destination wedding. Afterwards, I had the opportunity to lead a fam group of fabulous planners around some of my favourite Ireland wedding venues.

Work with the Irish Tourist Board

For the past six years, I have been working closely with the national tourist boards to promote Ireland as a destination wedding location. In Ireland we essentially have two categories: Fáilte Ireland is the national tourism development authority and Tourism Ireland who are responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas.  Weddings were not a tourism category supported by either agency, but I started lobbying both agencies as to the value of the destination wedding market to Ireland. I think they were so sick of me that they eventually agreed to fund research into the market. This led to a committee of five-star properties, which has led to a joint venture between both agencies called the Luxury Travel Working Group, of which I am part.

Irish bride lace coverlet


How did you become an Ireland wedding planner?

I started as an Ireland wedding planner before there really was a wedding industry here. So not only have I grown the industry, I have grown with the industry.

Back in 1997, I found myself at a crossroads in the job I was in. I had always been interested in events and weddings and my father said: “You need to stop talking about this and do something about it. What’s the worst that could happen?” So I made the decision to intern with an event company in Los Angeles, and become a wedding planner. During my time there, I worked in every part of the company, learning as much as I could, from the flower room to the art department, props, catering, etc. I’d come in early, stay late, and work every hour they would give me. It gave me an all-round education.

When I came back home, I started my own company as an Ireland wedding planner. People thought I was completely mad, that it would never catch on. But I was excited by the challenge! I started off with a lot of US couples planning Ireland destination weddings as well as doing private events for Irish clients. From there, my reputation grew, mostly by word-of-mouth.

“We had the most amazing experience from start to finish even with a Pandemic thrown in! Tara is world class in what she does and delivers. Having Tara as our planner meant that Brian and I could sit back and enjoy every bit of our wedding knowing that Tara had every little detail under control. Tara was involved in every part of the wedding from bridesmaid dresses, wedding dress, styling, flowers, marquee, invites, entertainment, etc. – which I really valued and lent to the whole magical experience.” – Sarah 


Bride entering church as planner holds wedding dress.

What does an Ireland wedding planner do?

I always say that wedding planning is a vocation, not a job. You really have to choose to do it and love it, because it is so all-encompassing!

The first thing I do as an Ireland wedding planner is to listen. Every person and couple is different, and it’s up to me to really listen to what they want so that their event is unique to them. I love meeting them for the first time and getting them to start thinking about their weddings. Often, they’re not entirely sure what they’re looking for, so it’s about asking the right questions and getting them to give me the information to create the magic. For example, I might ask what type of experience they want to create for their guests, or how they want to feel afterwards. The décor and everything else flows from that. It’s so rewarding when later you show the client what you are thinking or images of design, and there’s a look of shock on their faces as they say: “Were you inside my head?” And it’s even better when you get to show them the reality on the day.

A wedding planner is really there to create experiences for people, as well as beautiful events. It goes beyond making sure that everything runs smoothly, managing vendors, and handling any challenges that crop up. It’s about creating a level of service that guests will remember, from the moment they walk in right to the end of the event.

I consider myself very lucky to be able to work in this amazing industry as an Ireland wedding planner. Yet I never forget the job I am there to do – creating an experience for my clients that they will never forget. Most of the time, they never want to leave me! I am adopted by the family and work with them for future weddings and events (even funerals). Mainly, though, my clients say that they enjoy every second of the planning as well as the wedding day itself, as they know everything will be looked after in such detail, and that I have a calming effect on every single person involved. My clients are king, as are my vendors, and treating everyone with respect results in hugely creative and enjoyable events.

“Like pulling a rabbit of a hat, we knew that anything we could have asked for or wanted, she could get done. The experience working with Tara and her team was awesome. Totally carefree! Her whole demeanor on every call was so calm. She just rolled with the punches…and there were some punches with our wedding! But Tara was always accommodating. And the key for us was that if we didn’t know something and we said, “Tara, figure it out!”, she would. And it was stunning!” – Gerhard & Aureana


As an Ireland wedding planner, do you work with a team?

My team is incredible and some of them have been with me for many years. They all stay in the background and let me shine out in front, but without them, I could not shine.

On a wedding day, it’s not about us. We are there to support our couples and be both everywhere and nowhere. The team members are like hidden fairies – you would never even know they are around unless someone needs them. In fact, one of the nicest things I heard recently was when a guest asked about a member of staff that they thought was part of the hotel team, since they looked to be so capable, and it turned out to be our production manager.

My clients love all my team members, as they say they are hugely respectful of them and their guests, and that they go above and beyond in everything. And it’s not just the staff that are there on the day. One Tara Fay Events team member that most people at some point get to work with is Trina. Although she has worked with me for over twenty years, she is never on-site. She prefers to stay very much in the background and be office-based, but her work is absolutely vital.

“Tara is so professional; she is reassuring and thoughtful and her team are just a continuation of that. Everything was flawless and she made the things important to us, important to everyone on our wedding day.” – Emily


Tara Fay and her team dressed in striped tops and black pants.

What is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding designer, and which services do you offer?

A wedding planner is responsible for the logistical elements of a wedding and is usually involved from the very beginning of the wedding planning process. They are also on-site to coordinate the wedding day itself. On the other hand, a wedding designer is focused on the visual aspects of the wedding. They create a design concept and work with vendors like florists, stationery designers, and lighting technicians to ensure the aesthetic is carried through each element of the day.

For some weddings, I work with an external designer, while others I design myself. If I am creating the design, it’s based on what the couple wants. However, even when working with a designer, it’s my job to advocate on behalf of my clients and remind everyone that it’s not our wedding; it’s the couple’s wedding. As one of my brides from this year said: “my concern with hiring a planner is that they would create the wedding based on their own style and tastes, and not ours, but you completely got our aesthetic.” The design will still be based on the client’s requirements, but I manage the design process on behalf of the client.

“We wanted our wedding to be an authentic representation of the things that are important to us and we needed to find a planner that would take the time to get to know us and help flesh out what that representation looks like in the form of a wedding. Tara is the perfect combination of professional and personable. She made us feel so supported throughout the process but also brought so many new ideas to the table that we may never have thought of. I sometimes felt that Tara could see the pictures inside my head, that I couldn’t always find words for, and then they would appear like magic.” – Emily


Why get married in Ireland?

There are so many reasons to plan a destination wedding in Ireland! The dramatic landscapes, the world-class hospitality, the yummiest local organic food, our rich cultural heritage, and amazing venues from castles to cliff tops. You’re probably not going to come here for the weather, but it’s because of the rain that we get a countryside that is so rich and lush and green!

But as an Ireland wedding planner, I think my favourite reason to get married in Ireland comes back to something we call ‘meitheal’, which basically means community spirit. This can also apply to weddings as the Irish love a wedding! If a wedding is happening in a small village in Ireland, the whole village will come out to have a look at the bride and cheer the couple on. It’s the welcome you get from the whole country that makes a wedding in Ireland so unique.

And, of course, there’s the craic! That feeling of fun and music and family and joyful emotions all wrapped up into one. There’s a reason Irish weddings have a reputation for being the most enjoyable!

What are your favourite Irish wedding venues?

In Ireland I work at all the main five-star properties, including Adare Manor, Ashford Castle, Ballyfin, The Merrion, Virginia Park Lodge, and Ballynahinch. I love all of them, and I also love discovering hidden gems as I travel around the country.

Beyond Ireland, I have worked everywhere from French vineyards to Italian villas. It’s always exciting to explore a new destination on behalf of my clients and immerse myself in the local culture.

What are you looking forward to in weddings after COVID-19?

I cannot wait for my destination wedding clients to be able to come to Ireland for their site visits, food tastings, hair and makeup trials, and so on. While we have adapted successfully to current events, there is only so much that can be communicated on a Zoom call or via video links or photos.

And, of course, I am also looking forward to my couples having weddings without restrictions, or where they don’t feel as restricted. What a time of celebration that will be!

Got any other questions for me? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Slán go Fóill,


Images by Doreen Kilfeather, Barry McCall, Kieran Harnett, Fred Marigaux,


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