Transportation in Ireland: Do’s and Don’ts When Booking an Irish Destination Wedding

Organizing transportation for your Irish destination wedding is a crucial aspect of the planning process. From ensuring your guests can easily reach your chosen venue to coordinating group excursions, the right arrangements for transportation in Ireland can help make your big day run smoothly and efficiently. Today I want to discuss the do’s and don’ts of booking transportation for your Irish destination wedding. There are many topics to cover such as airports to choose from, car rentals, driving laws, and group transportation for multi-day events.

Arriving in Ireland: Airports and Accessibility

Ireland has two main airports that cater to international flights: Dublin Airport (DUB) in the east and Shannon Airport (SNN) in the west. Both airports are well-connected to major cities worldwide, making it convenient for your guests to travel to Ireland. When selecting your wedding venue, consider its proximity to one of these airports, as well as the availability of ground transportation options like buses, taxis, or private car services to help your guests reach their accommodations with ease.


Choosing a Venue Accessible by Car

While Ireland boasts a variety of picturesque wedding venues, some are more accessible than others. When selecting a venue, consider whether it can be easily reached by car, as this will make transportation simpler for both you and your guests. Additionally, keep in mind that some historic venues or remote locations may have limited parking facilities or require special arrangements for larger vehicles like buses or limousines.

Understanding Differences in Foreign Cars and Driving Laws

Driving in Ireland can be a unique experience for visitors, as the country’s roads are often narrow and winding, and vehicles are driven on the left side of the road. Additionally, many rental cars in Ireland are manual transmissions, which may be unfamiliar to guests from countries where automatic vehicles are more common. If you or your guests plan to rent cars during your stay, it’s essential to familiarize yourselves with local driving laws and practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.


Car Rentals for Exploring Other Destinations

Renting a car can be a great way for you and your guests to explore Ireland’s stunning landscapes and attractions at your own pace. When booking a rental car, be sure to compare prices from different companies and book well in advance, as demand for rental cars can be high during peak travel seasons. It’s also essential to verify the insurance coverage provided by the rental company and consider purchasing additional coverage if necessary.

Providing Group Transportation for Multi-Day Events

If you’re planning a multi-day wedding celebration with group excursions and activities, it’s crucial to arrange group transportation for your guests. This can include hiring buses or private car services to transport guests between their accommodations and the various event locations. By providing group transportation, you can ensure that your guests arrive at each destination safely and on time, allowing them to fully enjoy the festivities without worrying about navigating unfamiliar roads or arranging their own transportation in Ireland.


  • Research and compare transportation options, including airports, car rentals, and group transportation services.
  • Choose a wedding venue that is easily accessible by car and has ample parking facilities.
  • Familiarize yourself and your guests with local driving laws and practices, particularly if you plan to rent cars.
  • Arrange group transportation for multi-day events to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for your guests.


  • Assume that all rental cars in Ireland are automatic transmissions; be prepared to drive a manual vehicle if necessary.
  • Overlook the importance of insurance coverage when booking a rental car, and consider purchasing additional coverage if needed.
  • Rely solely on public transportation for getting around, as some areas may have limited services or may not be well-connected to your wedding venue.


Remembering that organizing transportation for your Irish destination wedding is a crucial aspect of creating a seamless and memorable experience for you and your guests. Don’t forget to check out my destination wedding checklist for additional tips that might help you plan for different factors such as airport accessibility, venue location, driving laws, and group transportation needs, you can help ensure that everyone can fully enjoy the beauty and charm of the Emerald Isle without any logistical headaches. Taking the time to plan and arrange the necessary transportation will not only make your wedding celebration run smoothly but will also allow you and your guests to focus on creating lasting memories in the enchanting landscapes and rich culture of Ireland.

Slán go Fóill,



Images by David McKelvey, Europcar

A Dream Wedding at Ballyfin Demesne | Nick & Lisa

Wedding photos in front of Ballyfin Demesne

Nick and Lisa, both from Ireland, didn’t know each other for most of their lives. It was a fated meeting at a wedding for Lisa’s childhood best friend’s brother, where Nick was a groomsman, that the couple hit it off. From there, the love story flourished all the way to their own stunning wedding at Ballyfin Demesne. And we were honoured to be part of their very special big day!

But, first – the busy professional couple had an intimate proposal. One night, Lisa (a doctor) returned home from an exhausting 72-hour on-call shift, and she immediately knew something was different by the already-made dinner and the well-cleaned home. Nick had taken it upon himself to make the moment special by setting up a clean space and warm meal for his hard-working love to come home to. He popped the question, and after a post-dinner “yes,” their journey toward Ballyfin Demesne began!

The couple went through various considerations before landing on the breathtaking Ballyfin Demesne as their wedding venue. From Ashford to Hogs Head and Sheen Falls, a few local locations were on the list of possibilities, but Ballyfin Demesne fit all of the needs for capacity and days accessible. Location scouting is one of the joys of my job and when we finally find “the one” it’s cause for celebration!

When it came to the theme, Nick and Lisa were ready for the time of their life. They knew they wanted a night that would be good craic. What mattered most was creating an environment that would match the venue they fell in love with and would also provide their guests with a high-energy evening of fun. With stunning floral décor and live music, the excitement in the room fueled the atmosphere and vibe.

Lisa wore an elegant lace number by Zuhair Murad. She found the gown in London her second time searching for dresses. The bridesmaids wore beautiful satin pieces from Dresscode. Nick, already obsessed with the brand, chose a Tom Ford tux. Lisa also chose to dance the night away with an after-party dress she found online from Mila Nova.


The bride and groom enjoyed more than a handful of memories from their day, but the one that stood out the most was driving off from the church in a V8 with the hood down. It was the perfect moment for the couple to share some time alone right after their “I do,” while still maintaining the day’s energetic vibe.

Additionally, the newlyweds were glad they chose to overcome their nerves of public dancing and enjoyed their first dance together -something made easier by a backdrop of glittering fireworks.

Lisa and Nick remained in fantastic spirits despite any chaos the day threw at them. With the wedding approaching and the rehearsal set, three of the couple’s bridal party experienced serious car trouble- requiring last-minute rental cars, tow trucks, and even the arrangement of insurance policies. Despite the bumps in the road, they didn’t allow stress to bring them down. Instead, they enjoyed the wedding of their dreams!

To those planning a wedding, Lisa and Nick highly recommend hiring a wedding planner, especially if you are two busy professionals working long hours. If you’re short on time, a wedding planner is the best way to ensure a successful and memorable event.

I loved planning this special day for this beautiful couple! Is Ballyfin Demesne on your list of potential wedding venues? Is Ireland the wedding destination of your dreams? If Nick and Lisa’s wedding inspired you, here are even more Reasons to Host Your Wedding in Ireland.

Slán go Fóill,


Planner & Designer: Tara Fay Events | Venue: Ballyfin | Photography: Christina Brosnan | Hair: Aidan Darcy | Makeup: Sue Brophy  | Florals: Frog Prince | Cake: Anna Burke Cakes | Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Dress: Zuhair Murad



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

Escort Card Walls: Showcase Them and How to Make them Pop

An escort card wall is an essential element in wedding decor, as it helps guide guests to their assigned seats while also adding a touch of style and creativity to the event. We will explore some unique and innovative ideas to make your escort card wall pop, ensuring a memorable first impression as guests enter your reception venue.

Go Green with a Living Wall

Accentuate the beauty of nature into your escort card display by creating a living wall of lush greenery. Attach escort cards to small potted plants, succulents, or air plants, and arrange them on shelves or a wire grid. Not only will this create a stunning visual effect, but guests can also take the plants home as a lasting reminder of your special day.

Float on with Balloons

For a playful and whimsical touch, use helium-filled balloons to display your escort cards. Attach each card to the string of a balloon and anchor the balloons to a wall or a weighted base. This fun and unique display will undoubtedly catch the eye of your guests and bring a smile to their faces.

Illuminate with Fairy Lights

Add a magical glow to your escort card wall by incorporating fairy lights. Hang the lights in a cascade or arrange them in a geometric pattern, and attach your escort cards with clothespins or small clips. The twinkling lights will create a warm and inviting atmosphere as guests enter the reception.

Showcase Your Love Story

Turn your escort card wall into a visual representation of your love story by using photos, memorabilia, and other sentimental items. Attach the escort cards to items that hold special meaning to you and your partner, such as postcards from places you’ve traveled together or tickets from concerts you’ve attended. This personal touch will allow guests to share in your journey as a couple while finding their seats.

Embrace Your Theme

If your wedding has a specific theme or colour scheme, incorporate it into your escort card wall design. For example, if you’re having a beach wedding, use small shells or driftwood to hold the cards. For a vintage-inspired wedding, display the cards on an antique frame or repurposed shutters. By tying your escort card wall into the overall theme, you’ll create a cohesive and visually stunning experience for your guests.

Get Interactive with a Puzzle

For a truly unique and engaging experience, turn your escort card wall into an interactive puzzle. Print each guest’s name and table number on a puzzle piece, and encourage guests to work together to assemble the puzzle on a designated wall or board. This idea not only serves as a conversation starter but also adds an element of fun and camaraderie to your wedding reception.

With a little creativity and imagination, you can transform your escort card wall into a show-stopping feature that adds personality and flair to your wedding reception. Whether you choose to go green, light it up, or get interactive, your guests will undoubtedly appreciate the thought and effort you’ve put into creating a truly memorable and unique experience.

Slán go Fóill,


Photo by Brett Harkness