Mark and Denise land Ultimate Job

Celebrities and media gather at Ballinacurra House for International final

Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas at Ballinacurra House, Kinsale

 Celebrities and international media gathered at Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, where Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas from the UK and Australia, were chosen the Top couple for the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world! After a weekend of challenges and beating stiff competition, Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas have landed the Ultimate dream job: 6 months of luxury travel around the globe for Irish wedding and honeymoon company Runaway Bride and

The Top 10 candidates came from Australia, US, Canada, South Africa,

Brazil, UK, Galway, Wexford, Sligo, Dublin and Cork to enjoy a full Kinsale dining and leisure experience at some of Kinsale’s top class restaurants, clubs and venues, such as Blue Haven, Hamlets Bar, White Lady Nightclub, Trident Hotel and Carlton Hotel.

Organised by, the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world! received 30,000 applications from over 90 countries and global media attention since launching on 19th February.

“It has been an amazing weekend for all people involved. Kinsale has been the Ultimate host town for the Top 10 couples and the judges,” says Runaway Bride and Groom managing director Rosemarie Meleady, also one of the judges. “The Top 10 have all worked incredibly hard not just to get to the final but also throughout this weekend, with all the tasks we have given them. Given the amount of talent displayed by all the contestants, the decision was a very difficult one but we are happy with the final result. We really hope to keep in touch with all the couples and we wish them the very best.”

Denise and Mark will immediately start preparing for their first trip after the announcement and will fly out at the end of May to Zanzibar, Mauritius and private escorted safari in Kenya – a week in each destination – just for starters.

“We have had the most amazing weekend in Kinsale and we hope to make you all proud as ambassadors for Ireland around the globe in the next six months,” they said.

*Picture by Susan Jefferies

Top 10 candidates to Ultimate Job in Ireland revealed!

the ultimate job in IrelandGalway couple David Mottershead, a cameraman from South Africa, and Daniela Gross, a Brazilian journalist, were the first candidates to make it through to the Top 10 candidates to the Ultimate Job in Ireland, thanks to public voting.

Now nine additional couples, selected by the Runaway Bride and Groom judges, will join David and Daniela in the final stage of the selection process:

Kerri Mc Guinness and Matt Chapman – USA/Ireland (Kildare)

Tara Sparling and Mark Kelly – Ireland (Clare/Dublin)

Deirdre Morissey and Rory Moran – Ireland (Waterford/Carlow)

Denise and Mark Duffield Thomas – Australia/UK

Brendan Powell and Melanie Piche – Toronto, Canada

Allan Mulrooney and Niamh O’Connor- Ireland (Sligo)

Tim and Lauren Oliphant – USA

David Gilbert and Nina Cait Twihog – Ireland (Wexford/Cork)

Lizzie Kinross and Ed Sherwood – UK

The successful couple will be announced on Sunday 9th May at a Gala dinner in a secret location in Ireland, following a weekend of tasks where the judges will get to know the final 10 candidates.

Since The Ultimate Job in Ireland (And Probably the World) was launched in February, the website has received over 300,000 visitors and over 30,000 people from all over the globe wanted to become Ireland’s Runaway Bride and Groom.

To follow the Top 10 finalists or book your dream wedding and honeymoon go to

Follow the last stages of the Ultimate Job in Ireland on FACEBOOK and Twitter

Top 50 candidates revealed!

The names and countries of the top 50 candidates to the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world, organised by and The Irish Times, have been revealed.

Since The Ultimate Job in Ireland (And Probably the World) was launched in February, the website has received over 250,000 visitors and over 30,000 people from all over the globe wanted to become Ireland’s Runaway Bride and Groom.

The Ultimate Job in Ireland team received applications from Ireland, Moldova, Sudan, Nepal Romania, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Australia, UK, Scotland, USA, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, China, Korea, Taiwan, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Japan, Iceland, Malaysia, Sweden, Mexico, India, Turkey, Brazil, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Slovenia, India, Saudi Arabia, Montenegro, Bosnia H., Cyprus, Spain, Malta, Cape Verde, Israel, Czech Republic, Norway, France, Dubai, Portugal, Singapore, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland, Ecuador, Jamaica, Malaysia, Columbia, Indonesia, Iceland, Maldives, Pakistan, Luxemburg, Philippines, Bolivia, Trinidad, Jordan, France, Estonia, Hungary, St Martin French West Indie, Bulgaria, Finland, Thailand – all telling the judges why they think Ireland would make a great wedding destination.

“We are amazed by the quality of the entries. Unfortunately, we had to narrow it down to 50, in our quest to find the perfect couple for the Ultimate Job in Ireland,” says Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of Runaway Bride and Groom.

Public voting for the 50 finalists will be open until midnight (Irish time) 17th April 2010.
Go to to vote for your favourite!

Top 50 Applicants:

Adam West, Ireland
Aisling Keenan, Ireland
Allan Niamh Mulrooney-O’Connor, Ireland
Annie Griswold, USA
Brendan Powell, Canada
Carey Paris, USA
Charlie O’Donoghue, Ireland
Chris Edmed, UK
Ciara McAree, Ireland
Claudia Ma, Italy
Creona O’Connor, Ireland
Daniella Cambouroglou, UK/Greece
Dave Mottershead, South Africa/Brazil
David Gilbert, Ireland
Deborah Waugh, Ireland/New Zealand
Deirdre Cussen, Ireland
Deirdre Morrissey, Ireland
Deirdre Ryan, Ireland
Denise Duffield Thomas, UK/Australia
Denise O Riordan, Ireland
Edith Kwiatkowska, Poland
Elaine Mackenzie-Smith, Ireland
Elizabeth & Ray Maynez, USA
Filly Gaines, USA
Greg and Sarah Amidon, USA
Guo Yi & Jean Gagnon, China/Canada
Ian Taylor, Ireland
Keith Clinansmith, Canada
Kerri Mc Guinnes, USA
Laura Kavanagh, Ireland/UK
Leticia Torgo, Brazil
Lizzie Kinross, UK/Ireland
Lukas Manka, Czech Republic/USA
Luke Owens, Ireland/Germany
Mark & Hazel Esguerra, Philipines
Mary Jane Webberley, Ireland
Oonagh & Danny good/Denton, Ireland
Phylecia Sutherland, USA/UK
Rachel O Connell, Ireland
Rachel Wegner, USA
Sara Schousboe, Germany/Denmark/USA
Scot Witman, USA
Seth & Jenny, USA
Silvia Bonichini, Italy
Sinead Gillett, Ireland
Stephen Fullerton, Northern Ireland
Tara Sparlin, Ireland
Tim Oliphant, USA
Tudor Buzie, Romania
Valerie Hourigan, Ireland

Fiji Wedding Facts

The Wedding Planner Ireland advises on SOME BONUSES TO GETTING MARRIED IN FIJI

as-the-sun-goes-down-in-fiji.jpgLOWER COSTS (once you get there) Many of the resorts don’t charge for venue hire lowering your costs significantly. All you pay for is the food and drinks you consume.

EVERYTHING ORGANISED FOR YOU – Resorts will happily organise all details including arranging all legal requirements and many have a wedding coordinator – you just relax.

A CHOICE OF CEREMONIES – With option of integrating traditional ceremonies for something unique the many cultural influences that make up Fiji allow ceremonies to be blended for your choice of ceremony.

NOT HAVING TO TRAVEL FOR YOUR HONEYMOON – what better way to start your honeymoon than simply walking up the beach!

GROUP TRAVEL DISCOUNT – wedding parties will frequently qualify for group travel discounts. Your guests will be able to enjoy a holiday at a much better rate than they could buy on their own as this provides a fantastic excuse for your guests to indulge in a holiday break.

HAVE AN ENTIRE RESORT TO YOURSELF – In Fiji, wedding parties are often able to take over whole resorts allowing total privacy.

 HASSLE FREE DOCUMENTATION – Any official documents you need are exactly the same as getting married in any part of the world. 

A CHOICE OF ISLANDS – with over 330 different islands you can choose how remote or busy you want your wedding location to be.

ACCOMMODATION – The majority of the resorts cater for weddings, including obtaining the license.  Room rates are quoted per night, but often tour operators can offer special deals.  



Wedding Facts – The ceremony can still be arranged in a single day!

Documentation required:

1. Original or certified copy of birth certificates

2.  Passports (with valid visitors permit)


3. Decree Absolute documents (divorce papers) if relevant


4. Officially witnessed consent of your father if you are under 21 (or mother if father is deceased)


5. Death certificate of deceased former spouse (if relevant)


6. To present yourself together at the Registry Office when applying for the licence which can be obtained within one working day. This must be done in Fiji. Registry offices are in Suva and Lautoka, while District Offices throughout Fiji also facilitate this.


7. Registration offices are open between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday through Friday. Registration formalities take about 15 minutes.


8. The fee is €10.00 and the license is valid for 21 days.


9. Confirmatory letter on current satus to be obtained from marriage Registry where the applicant resides or statutory declaration signed by a Justice of Peace or Notary Public or Solicitor to prove that he/she has not entered into a marriage before (this declaration applies to first or second marriage).

10. Applicants from Asian Nationals who are named herein: Chinese/Phillipines/Pakistan/India) are to apply one (1) month in advance for their marriage licence

Mailing Address:
Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages
PO Box 2236, Government Buildings

Office Hours:
Registrar General’s Office (Suva): 8.30am to 3.30pm Mon to Fri- Phone: (679) 3315280
Divisional Registrar Lautoka- 9.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri- Phone (679) 6665132
Divisional Registrar Labasa- 9.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri- Phone (679) 8812477


Wedding Abroad on Necker Island

The Wedding Planner advises: cd_seychelles_wedding-2.jpgOne out of every six couples getting married for the first time choose a destination wedding, that number rises to 61% for couples getting remarried. For most, destination weddings offer a chance to celebrate in the sun and somewhere a bit different to the norm. For high-profile brides and grooms such as Google co-founder Larry Page and Lucy Southworth (the now Mrs Google), destination weddings are the best way to guarantee privacy on the big day. 

 Necker Island was the destination of choice for 34 year old Page when he recently married 27-year-old student Lucy. The 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands is owned by billionaire Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin fame. Guests can stay in the eight-bedroom Great House or in one of the five smaller Bali houses that dot the island; together they sleep 28 guests.

The entire island can be reserved for about $47,000 a day – you might think that, that is not too bad as that is close to the price of the average wedding – the catch is that there is a five-day minimum stay!

You may choose between an informal beachfront wedding or a more formal ceremony in the main lounge. Included in the package are such amenities as a couple’s massage, access to water sports, lessons with a professional tennis pro, all meals and drinks, and boat transfers from Virgin Gorda or Beef Island (Tortola) airports.

Necker Island is one of a handful of spots worldwide that offer pricey exclusive island weddings. Other spots include Guana Island (Virgin Island) and Turtle Island (Fiji). All feature luxurious lodging, ultimate privacy and top-notch amenities – they’d want to for that price!

Not dear enough for your dear loved one?? Then try One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives, situated in the Indian Ocean’s North Male’ Atoll. The Legendary Sunset Wedding Package is a mere $2,480, however guaranteeing that the wedding stays an intimate affair costs a bit more than Necker island. This 109-acre island costs $1.2 million to rent the resort for three days.