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

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

New name!

I’ve just switched my blogs name from The Wedding Planner to Runaway Bride and Groom which is a new venture I am involved with. The website, http://www.runawaybrideandgroom.com is a new specialist travel operator in Ireland specialising in wedding packages in Ireland and wedding and honeymoon packages abroad. Launch date is 19th february 2010! Wish us luck! (feel a bit sad changing the blogs name after achieving 250k visitors in the last two years! Hope you’ll all stick with me!

Wedding In Cuba

wedding in cubaThe largest island in the Caribbean, historical favourite of hedonists and thrill-seekers, Cuba is beautiful, passionate and never less than fascinating. As the last bastion of world communism, this land of elegant towns and stunning beaches has achieved something of a cult status with travellers, writers and musicians, paying homage to its beauty and resilience. Cuba is truly unique, a quality few countries can lay claim to. It has top all inclusive resorts so you can enjoy pampering and beautiful beach front views during your honeymoon.

You will need a 10 year valid passport, Decree of Absolute if you are devorced, birth certs, return tickets. You will need to spend at least 7 days on the island, after 5 working days you can get married there (Mon- Saturday) subject ot availability. We can also arrange a videographer, make up artist and photographer.

If you book your wedding this month, an all inclusive resort for 7 days flying from Gatwich on October 11 2009 including a civil ceremony, will cost less than £2200 for the 2 of you.




Take a visit to Mansion Xanadu for a sunset cocktail. Built in the 1930s by the American millionaire Irene Dupont, this lavish art-deco mansion offers a glimpse of the opulent lifestyles enjoyed before the revolution.

Getting Married in France

chateau_miniGetting married in a chateaux in France sounds very romantic and is very romantic. However it does have its complications. There is a manditory 40 day residency requirement prior to the wedding so this often makes couples look to other countries for their dream wedding.  Only civil weddings are legally recognised in France, so religious ceremonies have no legal standing. If you want to marry in a French church then you will also have to go through a civil ceremony at another venue. A lot of couples consider having a civil marriage at home and then a religious wedding in France.

However if your heart is set on France as the country you want to start your married life in well this is what you need to know:

At least one of the partners to be married must reside in the place where the wedding will take place for at least 40 days immediately prior to the wedding. One or both of you must reside in the departement (district) or the arrondissement (if in Paris) for at least 30 days prior to the marriage. Following these 30 days, French law requires the publication of the marriage banns at the Mairie (Town Hall) for 10 days. Thus 40 days is the minimum period of residence before a civil ceremony can take place.

Non French nationals must provide the following before the banns can be published:

1. A pre-marital certificate, which is obtained at the Mairie (town hall) where the wedding will take place.
2. A certified birth certificate issued less than six months prior to the date of the marriage
3. A passport (carte de séjour)
4. A certificate of residence (provided by your embassy)
5. A prenuptial certificate of health (certificat d’examen médical prénuptial) issued less than two months prior to the date of the marriage by a medical doctor after: serological tests for syphilis, irregular anti-bodies, rubella and toxoplasma. It is possible to have these tests done in France.
6. If you have married previously, a certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse or a certified copy of the final divorce decree
7. A notarised “Affidavit of Law” (Certificat de Coutume), drawn up by a solicitor in the state of residence of the parties, stating that: the person is free to marry, and the marriage performed in France will be recognized as valid in the home country.
8. A personal certificate of celibacy (provided by your embassy)
9. The documents must be translated into French. The translations and the original document must be verified by the French Consulate General (vérification de traduction).
10. Foreign documents must be legalized prior to being given to the French authorities. Obtaining an Apostille can legalize documents.
11. On arrival in France, you should contact the Mairie to see if any other documents are required.

A minimum of four weeks may be needed to complete the necessary documentation and to reserve the wedding date and location. The Wedding Planners Castle Guide 2009 features a number of chateaux’s available for weddings.