There are plenty of wedding fairs coming up - time for you to really whet your appetite for all things wedding related. Starting this weekend and running until early March, you're sure to get the inspiration you've been searching for in several of Cork's best known wedding venues.
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Fota Island Resort – Exclusive Wedding Showcase - 27th January – 12-5pm
Christmas has been and gone, and for those who woke up to the excitement of an engagement ring under the Christmas tree or were surprised with a proposal on New Year's Eve, Fota Island Resort have the return of its highly anticipated Spring Wedding Showcase.
Join the team at Fota Island Resort and begin the exciting journey of planning your big day. An invaluable resource for those tying the knot, Fota Island Resort's Spring Wedding Showcase takes place on Sunday 27th January and will present every possible service and suggestion for your special day.
Expect the finest of photographers, wedding planners, bakers and musicians showcasing their top services. There'll be delicious delights from Broken Spoon Cakes, Baker Boy Cakes and Butler's Ice Cream, photography from photographers John Sexton, David Clynch and Ted Murphy, videography with Studio Plus, flowers from florists Flower Power and Wonderous Weddings, magic from magician Gerard Kearney, while wedding planners To Have & To Hold will answer any questions you may have, tending to your every need.
It's guaranteed to be a day not to be missed!
Oriel House Hotel – Winter Wedding Fair – 27th January – 2-5pm
Come meet the Oriel's experienced and dedicated wedding team to fully envision what your wedding day could be. Take a tour of the new look wedding suite, civil ceremony suite & bridal suite.
- FREE car parking
- FREE admission
Love Weddings, Love Oriel House!
The Brehon Hotel, Killarney – Wedding Consultation Day – 27th January – 12-5pm
Visit the Brehon this January 27th for their Wedding Consultation Day! See the hotel in unique natural surroundings of beauty. Experience the Brehon's Virtual Reality Tour, view their Banqueting Suite and meet the team behind your Brehon Wedding.
Booking advisable: Contact Sharon Devine, Wedding Sales Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 064-66 30700.
Clayton Silver Springs – Wedding Showcase – 27th January – 1-5pm
A day for your diary, on Sunday 24th February 2019 the Clayton are holding their wedding consultation afternoon from 2-4 pm. With complimentary admission their Wedding Coordinators will be on hand to help you plan your most memorable of occasions from beginning to end. The wedding suites will be fully decorated to give you a real sense of what’s on offer and to help you set the scene for your big day. So, whether you’re planning a large reception or a more intimate one, the Clayton Silver Springs can make your dream day come true.
Kenmare Bay – Wedding Open Day – 3rd February – 12-5pm
The Kenmare Bay Hotel recently completed their Wedding Banquet Suite Make-Over. Along with a complete décor update with luxurious tones and a neutral colour palette, they now have chiavari chairs and a personalised lighting system with tailored colour schemes to suit each couple and each wedding perfectly.
To showcase their new look, they are having a Wedding Open Day, Sunday February 3rd, from 12-5pm. Meet with the dedicated Wedding Team, see the revamped Wedding Banquet Suite and tour the hotel facilities. You will also get the opportunity to avail of special discounts on the day.
Call Sile or Alan today or pop us an email to register your interest. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Castlemartyr Resort - The Spectacular Vintage & Bespoke Wedding Fair – 3rd February – 12-4pm
The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair Cork is on in the Castlemartyr Resort from 12-4 on Sunday 3rd February.
This is the perfect place for brides and grooms to-be who are looking for something a little more unique, personal, handmade or vintage for their big day. There will be dozens of stalls offering everything from bridal wear, cakes, flowers and favours to cars and musicians.
Relax and plan at the Vintage Tea Party.
There will also be:
- Live music
- Delicious Food served on site
- Vintage Bridal Models
- Hair and Make Up Demos
and lots more DIY, ideas and inspiration!
Tickets are priced at just €5.
The Kingsley – Wedding Showcase - 10th February
From its stunning location overlooking the River Lee to its opulent interior, The Kingsley is Cork’s most elegant address for a wedding. Visit this wedding showcase to experience one of Cork's most luxurious city wedding venues.
The Kingsley is ideally suited to host memorable weddings, civil ceremonies and informal blessings. The dedicated wedding team would be delighted to customize an event which fully suits your every need. From the first meeting with the committed Events Team, to the final send-off of the happy couple, you and your partner will know they have made the perfect choice.
The Wedding Experience Expo (held at Clayton Silver Springs) – 16th & 17th February
The Wedding Experience Expo is setting out to be a wedding fair like no other. Couples will be able to tailor the experience to their own needs entirely, with the benefit of a show guide with exhibitor information in advance, in addition to a planner for each bride to arrange appointments.
With over 100 exhibitors across 30 categories, couple’s will have the option to arrange their entire wedding while at the fair.
Other unique features of the fair include, The Groom’s Room, A Money Matters Room, as well as fashion shows, demos and expert chats and advice from the main stage. VIP tickets and the option to enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel and soak up the atmosphere will complete the perfect day out for Brides & Groom to be.
The Heights Hotel Killarney – Wedding Showcase – 17th February – 12-5pm
The 4* Heights Hotel has over 40 years Wedding Experience. Their Motto is Your Wedding, Your Vision, Your Way and this is exactly how you will be treated from the day you book your wedding until you say 'I do'. Come to their wedding fair to see the beautiful setting that will make your wedding vision perfect. From the arrivals drinks reception in the grand glass orangery, they have the ideal surroundings to make your day truly remarkable.
Clayton Silver Springs – Wedding Showcase – 24th February – 2-4pm
Visit the Clayton to see several wedding suppliers under one roof. Discover the beautiful hotel and see how your wedding day will be in the Clayton Silver Springs.
Imperial Hotel Cork – Spring Wedding Showcase - 24th February
This four star luxury boutique hotel have had the privilege of organising wedding celebrations in the heart of Cork City for the past 200 years! The Imperial aims to blend the warmth, elegance and excellence of times past with the style and luxury of a boutique guest experience to ensure you have the perfect wedding day.
The Walter Raleigh – Wedding Showcase – 3rd March
This fantastic wedding fair is happening in the Walter Raleigh Hotel Youghal on March 3rd. This free wedding event will have 30+ confirmed suppliers in attendance and is well worth a visit. Take in the seaside views and get to plan your wedding all on the one day!
Happy Wedding Planning!
Love the Cork Wedding magazine team x
It's the first quarter of 2019. You know what that means? The Cork Weddings Spring edition will soon be on the shelves!
Packed to the brim with insightful wedding inspiration, this is one of our best editions yet!
Coming up in this season's mag:
Real Weddings Bumper Edition
We have more Real Weddings in this issue than ever before, so you can be inspired by real couples who have planned their weddings locally. Discover local venues, see all the wedding style and find out about stockists and suppliers near you.
GAA Star Ruairi Deane Talks About His Romantic Engagement to Girlfriend, Niamh
Wait until you see how he proposed! It was just sooooo romantic!
Bridal Make-up Dos and Don'ts
Beauty guru, Moira Fox, takes you through her top tips on the Dos and Don'ts of wedding make-up.
Get Some Scents!
We take a look at some of the best wedding day scents to kick your olfactory function up a notch or two.
Japan - A Honeymoon Like No Other
Discover all the treasures that Japan has to offer with newly weds, Declan and Ciara Clancy.
Life Through His Lens
We catch up with photographer, Ivan Begala, to discuss all things photography.
& much, much more!
You can pick up your copy in a Dunnes or an Easons near you. Cork Weddings magazine is also available in all major retailers.
Contributed by Moira Fox
Searching for a cleanser to deep clean your skin and leave it looking radiant and revitalised? Well, we have just the thing.
Monu Skin - Resurface and Peel Homecare System
The Resurface and Peel Homecare System is a simple addition to your skincare regime that will allow you to maintain immaculate skin in between professional treatments.
Tackling a variety of skin concerns from acne, scarring, pigmentation and age spots to reducing wrinkle depth and increasing cell renewal. This home care kit promises to completely overhaul the complexion to leave you looking and feeling radiant and vitalised. This home peel kit has been designed to improve current courses of treatment being undertaken or can be used on its own to reveal instantly more youthful skin.
A light chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that removes the upper layer of dead skin and damaged skin and encourages skin cell regeneration. This type of peel provides a gentle treatment for fine lines, acne, chronic dry skin and uneven pigmentation.
Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator
This is perfect for both sensitive and dry skin. Micro-spherical Jojoba beads are blended with hydrating Rose Absolute to gently exfoliate the surface of the skin leaving it silky smooth and soft to the touch. Cucumber Extract-rich in Vitamin C, a natural anti-oxidant moisturises as it soothes and refreshes.
Sisley Paris Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
If you have sensitive skin and feel most exfoliators are too harsh, you'll love this. This buffing cream contains Matricaria, a botanical extract that has soothing and softening properties, which means it can be used on the most sensitive of skin. Plus, it dries like a mask and you roll it off to remove it.
Trust us, your skin will be looking like new in no time.
Contributed by Moira Fox
The question, do you bring a handbag or clutch with you on your wedding day? Many brides opt not to bring a bag with them, but your bridesmaid should definitely have the following five wedding day handbag essentials with them in case of any emergencies.
Compact Translucent Powder with Mirror
This will serve as a 2-in-1. A handy mirror to check yourmake-up but also to help set your make-up again and take away excess shine if needed.
Keep shine away with oil-absorbing sheets. You don't have to resort to tampering with your make-up, just fix the shine instead.
Have your shade of choice with you to touch up your lip colour as often as you wish during the day. Bring lipliner too if you're a devoted lipstick addict like us.
Do you always cry at weddings? Best to bring the tissues then. We really recommend waterproof mascara as well. There's nothing worse than the fatal mix of mascara stains with white dresses...
You'll be doing plenty of talking and plenty of kissing on your wedding day. Breath mints will keep your breath minty fresh for the duration of the day.
Have you any other handbag recommendations to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments.
Contributed by Maya O' Brien, owner of Bridal Boudoir, Cork
We might think the job is done when our bridal gown has been chosen, but we keep forgetting what's going under our gowns.
Choosing the right foundation is just as important as picking your dress. Specialised lingerie is there to enhance and show off your best assets. The wrong underwear and support could end up in catastrophe and easily destroy the whole look on your big day.
The first thing to have in mind when going lingerie shopping is the best shape; cut and material of your dress; what type of neckline it has - strapless, racer, backless; what parts of your curves you want to enhance and what you need an extra hand with. Follow these steps to get your foundation right.
Even though we think we know our size, most of the time we are wrong. Depending on brand and style, measurements can vary. Whether you choose thick shape wear, corset, backless, it has to fit perfectly. VPL is the last thing you want to see in your wedding album.
Splash Out a Bit
Stretch the budget, it's a once off and generally price reflects quality. Therefore the higher the quality undergarments are usually the most expensive.
Remember Comfort and Practicality
It's a long day of sitting, eating and dancing. It's easy to forget about practicality and simple things like going to the restroom can prove problematic with the wrong underwear. If your dress is tight fitting and requires shapewear, then it might be a good idea to get a shape skirt.
A backless gown will need a stick-on bra or built-in cups. Stick-on gel cups are not a good option as they are too heavy.
Choose the Right Colour
Colour is important. Choosing ivory tends to be the first choice for brides but leave that for the wedding night. Ivory on ivory will shine through the layer of material and show up on photos. It's a more sensible to choose nude or blush.
We hope these tips help you to choose underwear that's as stylish as it is comfortable for your wedding day.
by Eric Marah
1) Lacking motivation? Your Personal Trainer will motivate you to get the most out of each session so that you'll leave with a sense of achievement.
2) Take away the guess work. Not experienced in lifting weights? Technique and exercise execution is vital for results and avoiding injury. Your Personal Trainer will ensure you get this right.
3) Do you train hard but can't seem to reach your goals? Nutrition is essential to body fat loss. Your PT will give you the knowledge you require.
4) Become accountable. Nothing will keep you more on track than knowing measurements and weigh ins are coming every week or two.
5) No excuses. Book those PT sessions in to your diary. Think of them as the most important appointments of the week and never, ever miss a session.
6) Want to train but don't fancy big commercial gyms? There are many personal training centres throughout Cork and Ireland where you can avail of private one-to-one sessions.
7) Results! Nutrition and training are essential for achieving a healthy body and mind. I've seen people train on their own for years but it's not until they hire a Personal Trainer that they achieve genuine life changing results.
You've tied the knot, now it's time to kick back and relax. Ditch the heels and have one hell of a party in our favourite flats that are perfect for either chilling out or dancing the night away. The great news is you'll get a tonne of wear out of these beauties-even after your wedding day!
Kurt Geiger Princely, €145
Inspired by Kurt Geiger London's Kingly, Princely arrives as a versatile style sibling. With a fine white leather upper and a foot-flattering topline, this backless mule is topped with a crystal-encrusted strap for a wholly regal finish.
Badgely Mischka, Quinn, €185
These pretty pointy-toe flats are embellished with sparkling crystals for added glamour. Available in a traditional ivory satin or a pretty blush pink to suit most bridal tastes.
Jimmy Choo, Romy, €550
These delicate white lace pointy toe flats are the perfect choice for even the most discerning of brides.
Dune, Newlywed, €145
Elevate your occasion profile with this Newlywed mule by Dune London. Featuring an open-toe design and embellished front strap, it's finished with a low heel and sparkling diamante details. Dune have several pairs of beautifully ornate flats that are perfect for an apres ceremony dance off.
Nine West, Adelphine, €102
Add adequate glitz and sparkle to your wedding day flats by choosing Adelphine, a gilded gold, glittering flat that's as dazzling as it is comfortable.
Quiz Diamanté Slant Strap Pumps, €29
These beautiful flats from Quiz are perfect for your next special occasion. Featuring a slant diamanté strap and buckle fastening, these gorgeous pumps will add a touch of glamour to any style of wedding dress.
Pearl Converse, Etsy, €106 (+shipping)
These beautiful Converse trainers are embellished with all sizes of pearls and crystals and are the perfect shoe for any bride who wants to be comfortable as well as stylish on her wedding day.
Have you found any other gorgeous flats? Let us know in the comments. We'd love to share them with all our Cork Weddings readers x
New year, new bridal couture and it's shaping up to be as interesting as last year when it comes to bridal style trends.
Make a statement on your big day by trying these on trend wedding looks!
Image Credit: Folkster
This season, all of the most coveted bridal collections featured jumpsuits. Bridal jumpsuits are the go to item for the fashion forward bride. Make a real style statement and look every inch the fashionista with a chic and modern look that will give any wedding dress a run for its money in 2019.
Bridal Two Piece
Bridal two pieces are a fantastic alternative to the traditional wedding dress, especially in the Spring time. Cropped tops and tulle skirts are great for breezy, bohemian brides who want something laid back and unconventional.
Image Credit: Watters
Feminine bows and slinky dresses are this year's biggest bridal trend. They work best with classic fabrics such as silk and satin to create a sophisticated, high brow bridal look.
Off the Shoulder
Image Credit: Berta Muse Diana
Off the shoulder dresses are so whimsical and romantic. Exude femininity with this neckline that emphasizes your decolletage. Mix with this season's foliage trend and blush tone to get this season's perfect wedding dress.
Image Credit:Carolina Herrera
Tiered skirts featured in several collections for 2019. From rustic Bo Peep style silhouettes to flouncy, lace couture numbers, this is a trend that can work for every kind of bride - from bohemian to classic.
Which style of dress would you say yes to? Let us know and make sure to tag us in your pictures with the hashtag #corkweddings x