Planning a Wedding in Dublin
Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially if you are planning a destination wedding to Dublin from anywhere in Ireland or from another country, but it doesn't have to be. Here's everything you need to know to plan your perfect Irish wedding in stunning Dublin.
Choosing the Best Season to Get Married
If you're planning an outdoor wedding, there are a couple of things to consider in terms of weather. The best months for outdoor weddings are May through September, but these can be costly.
Don't be afraid to go off-season for your Dublin wedding. During the off-season, venues are more likely to offer deals and discounts on certain days or times because they have less demand for their services -- which means you pay less for them! Some venues will also offer off-season packages that include discounted food or drink options and other perks for your guests.
Adopt Some (or all) of the Irish Wedding Traditions!
Irish weddings are full of meaning and tradition. Whether you're a local to this stunning country or visiting for a destination wedding, consider adopting some of the following traditions into your special day.
Incorporating Irish symbols like the Celtic knot, crosses, or shamrocks into your wedding look.
Have Irish lace on your wedding dress
Have your groom wear a kilt
Incorporate something blue into your wedding
Include some lucky symbols as part of your festivities, like a horseshoe!
Handfasting during your ceremony
The ringing of wedding bells
Have Irish dancers perform
There are so many more unique Irish traditions that you could incorporate. Pick what means the most to you, and remember to have fun with it!
Choose Your Venue Carefully
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing your venue. We'll start with the location and what it has to offer. The following questions will help you decide if a particular place is suitable for your needs:
Is the venue easy to get to?
Are there any restrictions on parking? What are the costs?
Is there disabled access? This is particularly important if you have elderly guests coming along or anyone who has mobility issues.
What is included in the cost of the venue?
Getting married in Ireland is an experience like no other. You can find great places to get married in Dublin; there are also options for those who want something more exotic. For example:
Galway Bay Hotel & Spa - Galway
Four Seasons Hotel Dublin at Powerscourt Estate - Wicklow Mountains
Ashford Castle - Mayo
These venues offer breathtaking views of the landscape that surround them – not to mention their excellent service!
Hiring Dublin-Based Vendors for Your Wedding
One of the best things you can do when planning a wedding in an area that you aren't familiar with is to hire local vendors. Check on bridal forums and blogs to see what other brides are saying about vendors in Dublin.
If you're considering hiring a videographer to capture your day, check out Reel Irish Wedding, with wedding packages tailored to suit any request!
The Wedding of Your Dreams is in Ireland
Imagine having the wedding of your dreams in a place as beautiful and romantic as Ireland, blessed with green hills, ancient castles and abbeys, and sweeping landscapes that will help you create memories that last a lifetime.
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Derek Lawless is a professional Wedding Videographer based in the Garden of Ireland, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.