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Malta for Weddings

With its med climate, historic sites, beautiful sea and fabulous venues, Malta is one of the most requested wedding destinations for Runaway Bride and Groom clients.  The small island is steeped in culture and history so there is lots for your guests to do during their stay.  Everyone speaks english and wedding paper work is very straight forward for civil or Catholic weddings. There is no residency requirement and with short direct flights from Ireland and the UK,  Malta will remain on our popularity  list for years to come!

We sent our Honeymoon Testers to renew their vows in Malta and check out different venue options for you;

Ultimate Job winners looking to break Guinness Record

The Ultimate Job winners, Mark and Denise, also known as The Honeymoon Testers, are in New York to kick off their attempt to break the world record of wedding vow renewals by one couple.

The Ultimate Job, which attracted more than 30,000 applicants from would-be honeymoon testers across the world, began in earnest this week and Tuesday 25th May was Mark and Denise’s first official day as Runaway Bride and Groom’s Honeymoon Testers.

They have 83 vow renewals to beat which must meet a certain criteria set by the Guinness World Records to become the most married couple in the world.

Follow their progress on www.thehoneymoontesters.com

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 Groom.com.

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 RunAwayBrideandGroom.com, 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 www.sjpireland.com

Kinsale to Host Final of The Ultimate Job

Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland, is to host the final of The Ultimate Job in Ireland (and probably the world) on May 7-9.

The top 10 finalists  will head to Kinsale, which is becoming known as Ireland’s Ultimate Wedding Destination, to face the Judging Panel and a range of tough challenges and interviews to decide who gets ‘The Ultimate Job’ of Honeymoon Tester.

They will stay for the final challenge weekend at the stunning Ballinacurra House, the Exclusive Use Private Estate in Kinsale, well known as the ‘Irish home’ of Michael Jackson, prior to his death last year. 

The couples will enjoy the full Kinsale dining and leisure experience, with challenges and tasks combined with sightseeing and fun time at some of Kinsale’s top class clubs and venues, such as Blue Haven, Hamlets Bar and White Lady Nightclub.

Ciaran Fitzgerald, Chairperson on Kinsale Chamber of Tourism is delighted with the impending influx of “honeymooners”!  “Kinsale has everything that a couple would need to plan their ultimate wedding experience… from the romantic surprise engagement to the hen and stag parties right through to the big day and after.  We also do great christenings!”

Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of Runaway Bride and Groom, explains: 

“Numerous locations in Ireland were vying for the opportunity to host the final  but we decided to opt for Kinsale based on its many attractions of  wonderful hotels and private  estates, stunning harbor, great bars and  restaurants, range of activities and ease of access. The Kinsale Chamber of Tourism was also very proactive in providing an equally exotic package of events for the Final Weekend that complement its reputation as a premium Wedding Destination as well the Gourmet Capital.”

The final interviews will take place on Sunday in the stunning surroundings of the Carlton Hotel after a little pampering to calm the nerves at the C Spa.

The chosen couple will be finally revealed on Sunday evening at a Gala Dinner at Ballinacurra House, with special guests and top entertainment.

The successful applicant and their partner will immediately start preparing for their first trip after the announcement and will fly out on 21st May to  Zanzibar, Mauritius and private escorted safari in Kenya – a week in each destination – just for starters.

Elizabeth and Claire designs are a perfect fit for Runaway Bride

Irish fashion label teams up with Ultimate Job in Ireland  

Kelly Dress Berry by Elizabeth and Claire

 Dublin fashion label Elizabeth and Claire has teamed up with Runaway Bride and Groom to dress the successful candidate to the Ultimate Job in Ireland before heading off to test luxury wedding and honeymoon destinations across the globe.

 Elizabeth and Claire, the fashion label for professional and business women, will be providing an elegant ‘Going Away’ outfit for the chosen ‘Runaway Bride’. The successful couple will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co. Cork, on Sunday 9th May, after a Final weekend of tasks and events that will give couples the chance to show why they are the right ones for the Ultimate Job.

 “A ‘going away’ outfit is a must-have for any bride and whoever is chosen our Runaway Bride on 9th May. Elizabeth and Claire’s Spring Summer 2010 is a gorgeous collection, focusing on classic cuts with a chic twist, which makes them the perfect fit for the Ultimate Job successful candidate,” explains Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of Runaway Bride and Groom.

 “We are delighted to be involved with the Ultimate Job in Ireland and its unique candidate selection process,” says Elizabeth Moore, from Elizabeth and Claire. The Irish fashion label combines comfort with elegance, making the designs suitable for many occasions, from professional interviews to public appearances. Since it’s creation in late 2009, Elizabeth and Claire, has gained many fans among Irish public figures, including several politicians and celeb chef Rachel Allen.

 Since The Ultimate Job in Ireland (And Probably the World) was launched in February, www.runawaybrideandgroom.com 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.

 The Top 50 finalists were announced on 10th April and the shortlist included couples from Canada, US, UK, Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Italy, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Poland, China, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, Romania and Ireland.

 The Top 10 candidates to the Ultimate Job were revealed on Thursday 22nd April. To follow the finalists; or book your dream wedding and honeymoon go to www.runawaybrideandgroom.com

 Elizabeth Moore and Claire Doyle are the innovative force behind the luxury brand Elizabeth & Claire. The creative and artistic synergy between the duo is absolutely central to the success of the Elizabeth & Claire brand, bringing a shared sense of inspiration and information that is based around each other’s creativity, imagination and vision.

 The label has been created with a strong, single focus in mind. Elizabeth & Claire is for women who appreciate the true elements of fashion, colour, fabric, proportion and silhouette.

 The aesthetic is balanced and uncomplicated. It focuses on research, technique, pattern cutting and attention to detail, combining to deliver the scale and proportion which emphasise Elizabeth & Claire’s contemporary designs.

 For more information or to see Elizabeth and Claire’s Spring Summer 2010 collection, please visit www.elizabethandclaire.ie

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 www.runawaybrideandgroom.com

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 www.runawaybrideandgroom.com 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 http://www.runawaybrideandgroom.com 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

Don’t have a video camera? – Still apply for Ultimate Job!

I got a query from someone who wants to apply for the Ultimate Job in Ireland by http://www.runawaybrideandgroom.com but they don’t have a video camera so this is what I suggested:

Most cameras and phones now have a video recording facility on them. I would recommend asking around your family and friends to see if they have a digital camera you can use. There are free video editing facilities on most computers now too so even a series of photos with a voice over could be very effective. Or even a series of drawings scanned in and pieced together as a video. Recruit your friends and family to help!