2023 Wedding Trend Alert: Hanging Florals for Your Wedding Venue

Wedding decor and thematic decoration are constantly changing, and as we move into 2023, it’s clear that hanging florals are set to still be a major trend. These stunning floral installations add a whimsical touch to any wedding venue, and they offer a unique way to incorporate natural beauty into your special day. Curious about how to incorporate the hanging floral trend? Here are some of my tips on how to incorporate them into your wedding decor.

What are Hanging Floral Arrangements?

Hanging floral arrangements are simply floral arrangements that are suspended from the ceiling or other high points in a wedding venue. These can take many forms, from floral chandeliers to hanging floral hoops, garlands, and even backdrops. As an example, see the picture below of a wedding at Virginia Park Lodge I planned which featured hanging floral chandeliers.

hanging florals for fall wedding in Ireland

Benefits of Hanging Florals

One of the primary benefits of hanging florals is that they add an extra dimension to wedding decor. While traditionally flowers may be placed on tables or along the aisle, this alternative decoration will create a focal point that draws the eye upward. This can be especially beneficial in larger wedding venues where you may be wondering how to “fill the space”. They also allow couples to incorporate natural beauty into their wedding venue uniquely and unexpectedly.

Selecting Flowers and Greenery

When selecting flowers and greenery, it’s essential to consider a few factors. Don’t forget to keep in mind the location of the decorations, for example, whether or not they will be placed indoors or outdoors. If your ceremony will be primarily held outside, be aware of the temperature (heat can cause drooping in some varietals) and the possibility of rain and if they will need to be under a cover. Keeping this in mind and matching the ambiance of the location, will create a stunning backdrop to create a focal point behind the head table or photo booth. Also, be aware of the season in which you are getting married and select flowers that are readily available during that time of year.

Incorporating Hanging Florals into Your Wedding Venue Decor

There are many ways floral decorations can be incorporated into your ceremony and wedding venue decor. For outdoor weddings, hanging floral installations can be suspended from tree branches or other natural features. For indoor weddings, hanging floral installations can be suspended from the ceiling using rigging equipment or simply hung from hooks or wire. Working with venue staff is important to ensure that the floral arrangements are hung safely and securely.

For the ceremony, floral backdrops and floral arches can create a great focal point that draws the eye to the couple. For the reception, floral chandeliers can be suspended above the dance floor, while floral hoops and garlands can be used as table centerpieces. Garlands can be draped across the ceiling or suspended from the walls and are a great choice for a more natural look. Finally, hanging floral arrangements can be repurposed throughout the day to create a cohesive look and feel.

fall wedding cheese wedding cake table with hanging florals and greenery

Hanging florals are a unique way to incorporate natural beauty as well as add depth to your wedding decor. When selecting flowers and greenery, it’s important to consider your wedding colour scheme and the season in which you are getting married. From floral chandeliers to garlands and backdrops, many options will provide you with the perfect setting for your wedding venue.

Slán go Fóill,


Photo Credit: Flowers by MoiraBecca Heuer Photography via Style Me Pretty

2023 Summer Wedding Trends in Ireland

There’s something undeniably magical about a summer wedding in Ireland. As the Emerald Isle blooms with lush green landscapes, ancient castles, and quaint villages, it becomes a dreamy destination for couples seeking a romantic and unforgettable wedding experience. I wanted to touch on summer wedding trends taking the season by storm, including charming themes and delightful Irish customs to make your day a very special affair.

First Trend Alert! “The Understated Wedding Bouquet”

Understated summer wedding bouquets have emerged this summer for those seeking a minimalist and effortlessly chic aesthetic for their special day. In Ireland, a lot of the natural spring and summer foliage works well with this trend. This trend is really highlighted by the wedding party showcasing arrangements with muted tones and subtle flowers and prioritizing quality over quantity and the natural beauty of each individual flower. This trend puts the focus on meaningful details and the intimate emotions of their celebration. The popularity reflects a growing desire for authenticity and simplicity in wedding design, as couples increasingly opt for personalization and meaningful touches over lavish excess.


Second Trend Alert! “Minimalist Stationery”

Minimalist summer wedding stationery is a refined and elegant choice for couples looking to incorporate a touch of simplicity into their special day. This design approach relies on clean lines, understated typography, and a carefully chosen colour palette to create a sophisticated and timeless appeal. By emphasizing whitespace and using high-quality materials, minimalist stationery exudes a sense of effortless luxury, allowing the content to truly shine. The subtle elegance of minimalist summer wedding stationery sets the tone for a sophisticated celebration, inviting guests to partake in a memorable experience marked by an appreciation for the finer details and the beauty of simplicity.


Stationery with Subtle Celtic Elegance

Celebrate your love with a touch of Celtic elegance, infusing your wedding décor with traditional Irish symbols and elements. Incorporate the Claddagh, the Celtic knot, or the shamrock into your invitations, table settings, and ceremony backdrops. Opt for a colour palette of rich greens and golds to evoke the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

Using the Irish Coastline as Inspiration

Select a beachfront or cliffside venue and incorporate nautical elements such as driftwood, seashells, and lanterns into your décor. A color palette of soft blues, greys, and sandy neutrals will perfectly complement the stunning ocean views and also incorporate current trends that are sure to make your event all the rage this summer!

Third Trend Alert! “Incorporating Unique Customs and Traditions”

Handfasting Ceremony

Incorporate a handfasting ceremony into your wedding, a time-honored Celtic tradition symbolizing the binding of two souls. During the ceremony, a cord or ribbon is wrapped around the couple’s hands, symbolizing their unity and commitment to one another.

Irish Wedding Blessings

Celebrate your love and commitment with traditional Irish wedding blessings, which can be read by your officiant, family members, or friends during the ceremony. These heartfelt blessings, often passed down through generations, express love, joy, and wishes for a happy marriage.

Traditional Irish Music and Dance

Bring the spirit of Ireland to your reception with traditional Irish music and dance. Hire a live band to play upbeat jigs and reels, and invite a troupe of Irish dancers to perform and teach your guests some steps. This energetic entertainment will have your guests dancing the night away in true Irish style.


These summer wedding trends will help create a truly enchanting experience, with its stunning venues, charming themes, and rich cultural traditions. The Emerald Isle offers a unique and magical setting for couples seeking a romantic and unforgettable wedding celebration. With careful planning and the right guidance, your Irish destination wedding will be a dream come true. Embrace the beauty and spirit of Ireland as you embark on your journey of love and commitment, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Slán go Fóill,


Images by Lemon & Lime, Save The Date

Real Wedding: Liam and Marisa’s Classic Wedding at Carton House


Liam and Marisa, both Virginia natives, grew up in Loudoun County and Fairfax County, respectively. Liam hails from a family of brothers, with whom he collaborates at their family company, while Marisa grew up amidst a close-knit clan of four sisters, all of whom continue to reside in the area. Fate, and an anonymous friend, played a part in their initial meeting post-college; Marisa kept Liam waiting for a full three hours, thanks to an overstretched hair appointment. And yet, Liam waited, marking the beginning of a heart-warming love story and subsequent Carton House wedding.

Fast forward a bit, and we’re in the COVID era. Between adjusting to home offices and training their new puppy, Liam saw a golden opportunity. He used the cover of a wine dinner, (supposedly a must-attend event thanks to his folks) to catch Marisa off-guard with a proposal. And surprise, surprise, all their family and friends were there to share the magic. Now, that’s what we call a celebration!

When the time came to pick a wedding venue, there was no contest. Liam’s childhood memories from Carton House in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland made it an easy choice. And Marisa, trusting Liam’s good taste, didn’t even visit the venue until October 2021!

As for the wedding theme, the couple opted for a classic ambiance, choosing to highlight the charm of their chosen destination. Their favourite details of the day included the stunning floral archway at the church and the breathtaking flower structure above the main table at the reception, illuminated by an ensemble of candles.

Marisa wore a dreamy Justin Alexander gown, discovered at Elegance by Roya in Tysons, Virginia, on her very first visit. The bridesmaids wore subtle Amsale gowns, and the men were suited in black tuxes from Indochino. Liam distinguished himself with custom tartan pants, adding a personal touch to his ensemble.

The couple’s favourite memory was the after-party, where the formalities melted away, and pure joy took over. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day, an occasion etched in the hearts of everyone present or this spectacular Carton House wedding.

To those planning a wedding amid COVID, Marisa and Liam advise a flexible approach. It’s important to remember that the day is yours, and while some changes may be inevitable, how you choose to handle them is entirely up to you. Their ultimate advice to all future couples is to plan the day that you want, without succumbing to the stresses of the process. And they were especially grateful for the seamless planning and execution by me and my team, who turned their vision into reality.

Looking back, they were delighted to have included entertainment at the welcome party and reception. The performances by drummers and a saxophonist turned out to be highlights of the celebration, amplifying the joy and excitement. Their favourite part of the day? The after-party, hands down! With the formal stuff out of the way, everyone let their hair down and just had a blast.

Liam and Marisa’s wedding was a beautiful blend of traditional elegance and personal touches, culminating in a celebration that perfectly encapsulated their love story. The execution was flawless, turning their dream into a reality at the breathtaking Carton House. Their day, filled with love, laughter, and a dash of classic charm, was indeed one for the books.

If you are interested in reading more about the best luxury venues near Dublin, check out my in-depth blog post.

Slán go Fóill,


Planner & Designer: Tara Fay Events | Church: St. Mary’s Cathedral | Venue: Carton House | Stationary: Aimee Willow Designs | Photography: Story of Eve | Hair: David Cashman | Makeup: Christine Lucigano | Florals: Mark Grehan | Music: Carly Coonagh | DJ: Gordon Johnson | Cake: Clare Anne Taylor, Couture Cakes | Shoes: Gucci | Dress: Justin Alexander