° Braveheart ° Camelot ° Dangerous Beauty 0 Robin Hood Prince of Thieves ° Elizabeth ° Ever After ° Excalibur ° First Knight ° Henry V ° King Arthur ° Kingdom of Heaven ° A Knight’s Tale ° Lady Jane ° Ladyhawke ° The Lion In Winter ° The Lord of the Rings trilogy ° The Mists of Avalon ° Much Ado About Nothing ° Orlando ° Othello ° The PrincessBride ° Queen Margot ° Romeo and Juliet ° Shakespeare InLove. And last but not least Shrek!
The Wedding Planner in Ireland advises: You don’t have a lot of time to reserve your wedding reception site. The most popular sites go quickly. You should choose your wedding location about one year prior to your wedding. It should be one of the first things you take care of on your wedding planning list.
Does it feel right?
It might seem silly, but first impressions are also important in deciding on your wedding reception site. If you walk into a venue and you have an uncomfortable feeling, or you are simply uneasy about the whole place, you might want to move on and continue your search. But, if you find the place charming, you might move on to the next question.
Is it big enough?
Yes, size does matter when it comes to wedding reception venues.
The place has to accommodate your wedding party. It is a simple thing, but you need to make sure the place is large enough. You need to consider not only your wedding guests but also everything from your DJ to the dance floor to the place for your wedding cake. If you ask nicely, they might let you visit the place in action. Yes, it’s best to get a feel for the size of the place, as it is being setup for a wedding reception.
Is there enough parking?
If you live in an area of the country where people would most likely drive to your wedding reception (which is most of the country), you need to make sure your wedding guests can park. If parking is unavailable you should arrange a shuttle bus to take your wedding guests from the wedding ceremony to the reception.
Is it private?
Hotels and restaurants can be less private than you might think since they often host multiple events simultaneously. If this bothers you, you need to make sure there are no other events are scheduled for your wedding day.
Does it have a view?
A great view can add to the overall experience of your wedding guests. Whether it’s a dramatic ocean view, a beautiful mountain view, or a historic park, wonderful art, a great wedding reception will always have something fantastic to see.
Is it well lit?
In addition to the above, you should make sure the reception hall is well lit. Light can make or break your event. The lighting of the room sets the overall mood of the place, so make sure you see the place lit during your walk through.
How much does it cost to use the venue?
How much do you have to pay up front?
If you are asked to pay the entire cost up front, you should turn around and walk faster than you can say “Thank You.” You should never pay more than fifty percent of the total rental cost. If you put a deposit down, ask about their refund policy. Anything can happen, and you might need to cancel your reservation. You must get the cancellation policy in writing.
What exactly is included in the wedding reception package?
You should never take their word for anything. You must get it in writing even if you think you have never met a more trustworthy person in your life.
Are chairs, tables, centre pieces, and such included?
What time can you occupy and what time do you have to vacate the reception site?
How much are you going to be charged if you stay longer?
Are they insured in case an accident happens?
Has an accident ever happened, and how did they handle it?
Do you have to use their caterer, or can you hire your own?
Is there a kitchen or other available cooking facility?
Are you going to be the only event scheduled on your wedding day?
Could there be any scheduling conflicts, if there are other events scheduled for the same day?
If it is an unusual venue do they have an alcohol license?
Can you bring in your own wine and how much do they charge for corkage?
Can you visit the venue as they setup for a wedding, so you can see what the site looks like for the big occasion?
How much flexibility do you have to move things around the room?
Can you make the adjustments to the furniture and such to accommodate your event?
Is parking available, and how much does it cost?
Is there valet service?
Are the bathrooms and other facilities clean?
Is there a dressing room available for the bride and groom?
Is there a dress code your wedding guests must adhere to?
If there is make sure to notify your guests.
The Wedding Planner Ireland advises: You’ll know long before you start the wedding plans if your faiths are different from one another so this shouldn’t be a shock. And you may have already begun how you want to deal with this. It doesn’t have to be a problem; rather, it can be a great way to create a new ceremony for the both of you.
Deciding to convert
Before deciding to convert to one religion or another, you want to take your time to discover why you’re doing it. Do you truly want to convert to another religion or do you just want to make your spouse and his or her family happy? This is a very honest discussion to have with your self and there aren’t any good answers, except for the ones that are true.
If you feel that converting is a good decision for you, then by all means, go ahead and take the steps needed. Many times, you’ll have to take classes and speak with the religious head well in advance of any wedding plans.
The trick is not to feel pressured into converting. And with all of the emotions attached with a wedding, some families may have trouble accepting someone of a different faith. If you believe that you want to remain the faith that you are, you should do so. And if your spouse is trying to coax you into converting, you may want to hold off on the wedding as well. This is a very personal choice, and it needs to be made by the individual, not everyone else.
A dual faith wedding It’s actually very easy to have a wedding that incorporates two different faiths. Sit down and see what each faith requires at the wedding and then talk about how you can compromise to make sure all is proper. You may want to have the wedding in a non-denominational setting so that you don’t have the ‘home court advantage’ for one faith or another. You may also decide to have two different ceremonies weaving in and out of one another, combing elements of both faiths. This really shows the commitment to each other and to the separate faiths.
You may also want to have two different ministers or one denominational or have a civil ceremony that is legally binding without the emotion attached to either denomination.
The Wedding Planner in Ireland advises: A destination wedding isn’t a destination wedding unless you’re off to somewhere exotic and remote. You might pick a tropical island like Mauritius or somewhere in the Caribbean. Perhaps a mountain top in South Africa, a castle in the heart of Scotland or the rainforests of Australia are more your thing you. This is your dream, pick exactly what you want.
Realize that the farther that you go, the less people will want to or be able to come with you. And this might be exactly what you’re looking for – just a simple wedding with you and your soon-to-be spouse. In either case, you will still want to send out announcements of your wedding date so that your friends and family will know. In many cases, you can get married at the destination wedding, and then have a party more than a reception when you get home. Why these are popular Destination weddings take away a lot of the traditional planning of the traditional wedding. There aren’t the crowds of people to meet and greet. There aren’t the floral and cake and decoration meetings. In most cases, these resorts will do everything for you so you get to relax and enjoy your day.
The pictures that you will have from your wedding can be in stunning locations and very unlike anything that they could have created in their own country. A move toward ancient culture tradition is also in vogue. Many couples are being married by the native priests and ministers in the traditional ways of the tribes that live there.
In Hawaii, you can be married in the Polynesian tradition, with a hula dance, in Ireland a priest can do the old tradition of tying the couple’s hands together – where the saying ‘to tie the knot’ came from. Being able to invite only those people that you love is a great way to enter into married life together. The settings are intimate and private, so you can just enjoy each other.
Destination weddings can be expensive weddings for your family to attend, so you may want to turn on a video camera when the actual vows are exchanged. Then go on your honeymoon, enjoy yourself, and go back home to celebrate with your family.
The Wedding Planner can organise weddings and honeymoons in over 4,000 locations in over 40 different countries.
The Wedding Planner Ireland advises on SOME BONUSES TO GETTING MARRIED IN FIJI
LOWER 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!
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
Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages
PO Box 2236, Government Buildings
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
The Wedding Planner advises: Have you always dreamed of wearing a wedding dress by a top designer on your big day, but just can’t justify spending thousands of Euro on a dress you will only wear once? The designer bridal sale may have the answer. Taking place in Tallaght Plaza Hotel, Dublin on the 26th and 27th of April 2008, the event will feature stunning brand new gowns by renowned bridal designers including Alan Hannah, Ian Stuart, Paloma Blanca, David Fielden, Bronte Bridal, Jesus Peiro, Adele Wechsler and others. Gowns originally priced at €1,200-€4,000 will be reduced to €100-€500 with no dress over €500. All of the dresses are brand new and have only been used as stores samples.
The massive reductions offer an opportunity for brides struggling to budget for their big day to wear something really beautiful, made from fine fabrics and with the stunning cut associated with designer gowns. The sale will feature 70 bridal gowns with the majority in sizes 12 or 14, the dresses can easily be altered down up to two sizes. Dresses are sold as seen and as this is a one off event, independently organised there is no return. The sale will also feature a range of designer bridal accessories including shoes by Filippa Scott, Rainbow Club and Paradox, tiara’s, veils and jewellery with all accessories only €25.
Full details and images of some of the dresses on sale at www.irishbridalsale.com
Date and venue: Tallaght Plaza Hotel, Dublin from 11am-5pm on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of April.
The dress featured here is a Catherine Jane (style 424) Size 14, silk gown with straps hand applied applicque on bodice with aline skirt and train. It was €1150 Now € 100
Hidden away on an island at the heart of Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands, Belle Isle Castle hosts small civil wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 40 guests. The 17th century Belle Isle Castle sits at the heart of a unique 470 acre estate spread over eight islands in County Fermanagh.
The Castle is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and couples can choose
to marry in three locations – the hall, the drawing room or the garden. Anyone wishing to hold a civil ceremony at Belle Isle Castle must use one of the local registrars to perform the ceremony.
All wedding parties at Belle Isle must book the Castle accommodation for a minimum of three nights. The Castle can accommodate up to 14 people in eight bedrooms. Additional guests can stay in the nearby coach house and courtyard apartments or one of the estate cottages.
This castle along with 100 other international castles worldwide which can be booked for weddings feature in ‘The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Castle Weddings’ which is available from mid March 2008 through www.weddingplanner.ie.
This Wedding Planning Checklist lists everything you need to do or consider when planning your wedding, and advised the best time frame to do each item.
If you have less than a year to plan your wedding, just start from the beginning of the list and try to catch up as quickly as you can!
12 months AND EARLIER
- Set a date for your wedding.
- Hire a The Wedding Planner or sign up for free online planning.
- Determine the type of wedding you want: location, formality, etc.
- Start a style file.
- Decide on a budget – save rather than borrow to pay for your day
- Buy a diary for important dates and set up a file box or computer file to keep record of contacts and payments.
- Write up a guest list. If too long divide it up into:
1) those who must be invited
2) those who should be invited
3) those who would be nice to invite.
- Book church or registry office and celebrant.
- Select and book your reception venue and caterers.
- Start dress shopping.
- Book photographer.
- Start a healthy eating plan
- Choose your bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer.
When it comes to staying in shape, you
need to think of a few things before weighing yourself constantly. First of all, your health is number one at this time. You are under a lot of pressure, so you need to make sure that your body is able to handle it well.
To do this, you will want to find some way to incorporate exercise into your life. Even if it’s just fifteen minutes a day, you need to walk, run, bike, whatever.
Exercise creates stress resistance. You’ve heard the expression of blowing off steam by going out for a run, well it works. Not only are you creating a great distraction for your body and mind, but you’re also strengthening your body for any added pressure.
Of course, burning calories is always a positive!
Watching the Nibbles
Mindlessly nibbling is the quickest way to gain weight. And even though you don’t have the time to prepare the healthiest of meals, you may want to consider healthier choices.
When you’re having your fittings for your wedding dress, you will want to be honest about what you can wear. Just because you want to wear a size 10 dress doesn’t mean that your size 16 body is going to magically shrink to accommodate you. Be realistic about what you’re going to be able to wear and tell the person who is altering the dress if something is too tight. You don’t want to be uncomfortable on your big day.
If planning a large or small wedding in Ireland consider Clontarf Castle. Located in Dublin’s Northside suburbs, Clontarf Castle Hotel is part of a privately owned Irish collection of hotels. With turrets, tapestries and an ancient history, the thick castle walls conceal a hotel interior that recently went under a €10 million makeover. The magnificent Great Hall is situated on the ground floor and offers floods of natural daylight. The Hall has capacity for up to 450 banquet guests. The castle has an exclusive wedding package but also honeymoon packages. As part of Clontarf’s Wedding Package, Bride and Groom can enjoy a complimentary four- poster bedroom for the night of their special day. The castle has 111 guest rooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and views of the Dublin Mountains.This castle along with 100 other international castles worldwide which can be booked for weddings feature in ‘The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Castle Weddings’ which is available from mid March 2008 through www.weddingplanner.ie.