WEDDING PLANNING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

5 STEPS TO WEDDING PLANNING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

5 STEPS TO WEDDING PLANNING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC [COVID-19]

It’s safe to say no one expected to be wedding planning during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’re finding yourself in this situation, try to remain calm and allow yourself some grace to process all your emotions. While the situation is causing a lot of changes, it’s important to realize you still have options. Here are some things to think about!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?


Postpone the Wedding


If your wedding date falls within the Irish Goverment recommended 5-phase time frame (to mid-August) of wedding cancellations, you are probably unsure of what will happen next. It’s best to start reaching out to vendors, venues and guests to discuss days for postponing.

Keep in mind that changing the date may cause you to lose out on vendors you already have since they may be booked for a new date. To counteract this, reach out to your vendors to see what dates they have available before officially choosing a new one. This way you can see if any vendor availability matches up!

If you’re postponing, it’d be beneficial to get in contact with a wedding planner if you don’t already have one. With day-to-day Coronavirus updates, it can get overwhelming for one person to take on re-planning an event. Having someone helping you through this period can alleviate some of that stress.

  • I managed to accommodate 90% of my couples new dates for Wedding Photography


Carry On with an Elopement


Unfortunately, no wedding can continue on totally unscathed. If you can’t bear the idea of postponing the wedding or switching to a livestream, you can move forward with an elopement.

If you decide to elope with immediate family or only a few close friends, you’ll still want to practice social distancing at this time. It’s a great idea to set up a sanitation station and revise food options, as self-serve food should be refrained from to reduce spreading the virus. For more tips on social gatherings, check out the Irish Goverment guidelines. This is PHASE 5. Although, there is going to be restrictions in place in to the amount of people allowed to gather.

I believe that Irish Government will ease the restrictions during the 5-phase period and you should be able to Elope. Weddings are going to be limited.

  • An Elopement option seems to be the one that would 100% happen.
  • A Wedding – you’re risking with numbers of guests and if you have a large wedding venue – you will end up paying for this.


Be Mindful of Contracts


It can be the case that you have deposit paid for your vendors and they are not available on your new date.

In this case I suggest  – take note of few potential dates that you would be happy with and ask them for their availability. Most Vendors are happy to provide change of date without additional cost or without losing your deposit.


Be smart about the NEW DATE


What if your Wedding or an Elopement was in the middle of the week?

I am sure that new date will have an impact on the prices, if you are re-scheduling from Spring to Summer, wedding venues have sometimes higher cost on Peak times which tend to be Summer.

What if it was still SUMMER, but it was a MID-WEEK? or a Thursday? I am ssure your guests can make it on a Thursday and it will make such a difference to your vendor availability

  • I have re-scheduled some of my couples to MID-WEEK! So I was able to re-schedule 90% of weddings.


If You’re In the Process of Planning you Future Wedding


For those of you outside of the 5-phase restriction and still in the process of planning your wedding, there are still many things to keep in mind. With so many couples having to reschedule their weddings, prime 2021 dates are quickly filling up for many vendors. If you’re worried about your date being taken, reach out and book your favorite vendors as soon as possible!

As everything changes daily, it can add more stress and uncertainty to an already overwhelming time. This is a hard time for everyone and know that you aren’t alone. If you’re looking for more direction when it comes to COVID-19 and planning, I created this 25-page guide to help you through: The Ultimate COVID-19 Wedding Planning Guide. It’s packed with more advice, email templates for your vendors and guests, and what I’m doing to help during these times.

  • The World is in a difficult place and it will take time to recover from this.
  • You may see increase in prices from some vendors, so be wise and maybe try to PLAN FOR A MID-WEEK? Thursday?


Updated 03/05/2020

Irish Goverment COVID19

Here's a full list of the roadmap as it stands:

  • Allow outdoor meetings between people from different households
  • Childcare at home for healthcare workers
  • Hardware shops and garden centres
  • Opticians, homeware, electrical and IT stores, mechanics and phone shops
  • Tourism sites, carparks, beaches, mountain walks
  • Reopen pitches, tennis courts and golf courses where distancing can be maintained
  • Reopen schools and colleges for teachers to organise remote learning
  • Permit outdoor sport and fitness activities where there is no contact in groups no more than four
  • Outdoor workers in construction can return along with gardeners and those working on allotments

  • Extend restrictions on travel from home to 20km
  • Visits to homes of over 70s and vulnerable permitted
  • Slightly larger numbers can attend funerals
  • Open small retail outlets and marts
  • Open public libraries
  • Specific retail hours for over 70s and vulnerable who should wear gloves and face coverings.
  • Up to four people can visit another household for short period

  • Permit ‘behind closed doors’ sporting activities
  • Return to work for those with low levels of interaction in workplace
  • Reopen non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit
  • Reopen playgrounds
  • Phased restarting of visits to hospital, nursing home and prisons
  • Travel restrictions on numbers to and in major urban centres on weekdays and weekend days
  • Phased reopening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers
  • Allow small social gatherings
  • Reopen cafes and restaurants that adhere to social distancing guidelines

  • Reopen crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing basis
  • Return to work for those who cannot work from home
  • Gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services like hairdressers
  • Reopen museums, galleries, and places of worship
  • Permit sports team leagues like soccer and GAA but only where limitations are placed on the numbers of spectators
  • Reopen public swimming pools where effective cleaning can be carried out
  • Hotels, hostels, caravan and holiday parks for social and tourist activities initially on a limited occupancy basis
  • Progressively decrease restrictions on numbers travelling to and in major urban centres
  • Small weddings and baptisms

  • Allow larger social gatherings
  • Return to work across all sectors
  • Reopening of primary and secondary schools and third level institutions
  • Further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services
  • Resume tourist travel to offshore islands by nonresidents
  • Reopen roller skating and bowling alleys, bingo halls where numbers can be limited
  • Permit sports spectatorship, festivals, events and other social and cultural mass gatherings only in accordance with both indoor and outdoor numbers
  • Permit close physical contact sports (rugby, boxing, wrestling)
  • Reopen gyms, exercise, dance studios and sports clubs where regular and effective cleaning can be carried out
  • Open theatres and cinemas where social distancing can be maintained
  • Reopen enclosed shopping centres where social distancing can be maintained.
  • Further loosening of restrictions on services involving direct physical contact for periods of time between people for which there is not a population-wide demand (e.g. tattoo, piercing) for later phases due to risk.
  • Return to normal visiting for hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.
  • Reopen pubs, bars, nightclubs, casinos, where social distancing and strict cleaning can be complied with

Overview of Reopening Phases

Commencing May 18th

Covid Roadmap Ireland Wedding

Stay Safe, guys!

 

Stay Positive.

 

Love and Family,

 

is what matters!


Hope to see you soon!


7 Tips for choosing a Wedding Photographer

7 Tips for choosing a Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer can be hard.


Not decided yet?

Let's do this!

Most of the emails I get from brides ask me questions on the process of choosing a wedding photographer. They have never done this wedding thing before and Pinterest will lead you astray in the mist of your decision making.

Why do I need a professional?


When the guests are fed, cake is cut, feet are sore from dancing – all that is left with you and people around is “memory”. Wedding photographer creates a story of this memory and lets you re-live those moments over and over again.

This post is meant to be a guide that serves you and the Wedding you have always dreamed of!

Want to make your wedding photography dreams come true? 7 Tips for choosing a Wedding Photographer

Let's dive in!

#1 When is the right time to book your photographer?

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After he proposes, and venue is picked and the date is booked, you are ready to book your photographer. Usually, couples spend the most on engagement rings, venues and photographers so knowing that you’re investing in the big things first can help you set a realistic budget. Don’t delay in choosing a wedding photographer as they book clients pretty far in advance and your date may not be available by the time you decide to inquire.

#2 Where do I start researching photographers?

If you know a friend recently married, ask them first! Or ask your venue for recommendations. A lot of photographers have referral programs that might benefit you. Google local photographers and hashtags like #DublinPhotographer or #MeathPhotographer and click on the pictures that make you feel something. If you notice that you click on the same person’s photograph’s, reach out- that’s a match! 🙂

You can check selected photographers galleries to see if the story unfolds in the way you like it to see. I always say to my brides that every story has a beginning. So I strongly recommend starting with morning preparations and capturing the fun, the worry, the emotions. Choosing a wedding photographer based on how you would like your story to be told

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#3 Should I reach out to all the photographers I like?

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You should narrow down your search by your style and preferences. Ask yourself: What similarities do you see in the images you like? Dark and moody? Candid or posed? Dramatic flash lighting? Does this photographer flatter his/her subjects? If it looks natural? Has the photograph let you be part of the event? Can you feel it? Learning what you like helps you communicate style preferences with potential photographer. Pick about 4 favorites when choosing a wedding photographer and contact them to get a conversation going.

#4 Should I ask them for their pricing first?

Aside from providing your wedding date, photography budget range and venue info, you should include a nice message that gives insight to relevant points of your day. Remember, you’re going to have this person with you on the most important day of your life, having a connection with your photographer is the start of a trusting relationship. Opt-in for an in person meeting or via video call to get all your questions answered and see the pricing list. By meeting him, you’ll get an idea of what it will be like to spend your day with them and actually see what he is offering. Email conversations can delay the process of choosing a wedding photographer and you might not know if you like them or not.

To conclude – price does matter, but equally the quality matters. To have a photographer that you trust is essential. Only then he/she can create stunning Documentary series of the day.

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#5 What should my budget be?

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Having a realistic budget is crucial because when the cake is eaten, the flowers wilt and the dress is hung, all you have left are your wedding pictures. I’m a believer that you deserve the wedding photography of your dreams. For reference, wedding resources (One Fab Day) say that at least  10%-15% of you wedding budget should be allocated for wedding photography. If you’re like me and think that photography is the most important item of your day, you will increase that percentage. Mine was 15% of my budget. According to UK/Ireland statistics- weddings are estimated around EUR 28,000. Be upfront about your photography budget range with your photographer. Understand that “you get what you pay for” is true. The higher the skill set and experience of the photographer, the more expensive it will be. Consider cutting costs in areas and things you don’t value as much to increase the photography budget. Ask about payment plans if available.

#6 What questions should I ask my photographer?

This part is crucial to your consultation with photographer. Should I hire a second shooter? Second shooters are helpful when your wedding has a large guest count or you have multiple venues the day of. Also if yourself and your H2B want to have really good focus on preparation photos of the day. A lot of people recently are asking for a second photographer to cover the groom preparations. Ask the professional about what they recommend. How much coverage will I need?

Most weddings have a 10 hr coverage with a comfortable timeline but you might need more or less coverage than that. What wedding packages are most popular and why? Packages save you money instead of a-la-carte custom pricing. Having prints and albums at the end of the wedding experience is ideal because you don’t have to worry about those things after the honeymoon and it will save you money in the long run. It took me 3 years to purchase my own wedding album because it wasn’t a priority. I regret not purchasing it when I booked my photographer. It’s our favorite thing to share with friends and loved ones. My daughter loves going through it 🙂

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#7 What about engagement photos? Engagement Shoot?

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Engagement session is going to set the pace for what your pictures will be during the wedding. It’s like a stress free trial on the experience. You’ll end up feeling comfortable in front of the camera, trusting your photographer and be much more relaxed when the day comes. Consider the main benefit of the engagement session as becoming comfortable with your photographer and photos secondary. This will ensure your wedding images are the best they can be. Also this is a great opportunity to talk about some specific shots you have imagined to have for your wedding. This can also be an adventure Engagement session, hiking, boots etc…

An End Note

Making the final decision over the wedding photographer should be between you and the fiance. If someone else is paying for the photographer, I suggest inviting them to the consultation so that they have the opportunity to ask questions and set expectations. Did you connect with the photographer and love their photos? If your answer is yes, ask for a contract to pay the deposit for the package you want. Deposit is normally in an around EUR 300, depending on the coverage and package you choose.

Photographers are hired as first-come, first-serve basis and once they book, they’re booked! You don’t want to lose your first choice because you took too long to decide. I recommend 7-14 days to have a response. And finally, if you talked to other photographers and ended up not choosing them, let them know. You’re not hurting their feelings, they appreciate not being “ghosted”. Go the extra mile and provide feedback on why you didn’t choose them. That information is valuable to their business and helps them serve clients better. They will love you for it!

I hope this guide helped you in choosing a wedding photographer for your special day!Good luck and happy Wedding planning :)


If you would like to get in touch and discuss more questions you might have in relation to the above - feel free to reach out to me!!
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What Creates an Emotional Wedding Moments

What Creates an Emotional Wedding Moments

What Creates an Emotional Wedding moments?

Personal thoughts over “what makes emotional wedding moments”. One of obvious factors are the Bride and Groom. Some couples are very emotional by nature and that is beautiful.
However there are few other factors that can influence the overall feelings, emotions and the memories of a wedding.


Photography Style – Photojournalism (Documentary Photography)the story is described with the help of photographs.

Although it may seem simple at first, it is not. The fact that the photographer mechanically captures the moments with the help of a professional camera is not enough. In order to create a complete story with content, the photographer, emphasizing the most important, must be able to capture the link between the pictures. Creating a logical chain of events. In other words, easily give the viewer a hint of what is happening. Directing viewers attention to the desired direction.

The advantage of this type of photography is the natural, emotional pictures that make up the documentary wedding day narration. Capturing true, not perfect, but co-ordinated and in some way artificial moments.

At the wedding we can attract the best professionals in the industry, rent the most luxurious decorations, or hire the best event manager, but there is one thing we answer ourselves at the wedding. That is- the emotional mood.

WHY do we feel this mood in some weddings that makes our eyes wet? While others experience a somewhat cool atmosphere? So what ultimately makes the wedding emotional?  Would your guests say: “This was the most beautiful wedding ever been to!”?


Self written marriage promises

One of the most emotional wedding moments is, of course, the marriage ceremony. However, they may also differ. Most likely, if the couple themselves have written their own oaths to each other, it will be much more emotional than a poem read by the registrant.

People love real love, they are ready to drop more than a single tear, so one of the keys to emotional wedding moments is certainly true words from the heart.

“The very heartfelt ceremony was that we had written the promises ourselves. It’s not easy to write them, but the end result is worth it!!”

admits the bride Jane, who got married this summer.

What Creates an Emotional Wedding Moments
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The look of the groom, when he sees bride for the first time

Those who have been at a wedding several times will know that during the marriage ceremony, the gaze should not only be at the beautiful bride, but also the groom who is faithfully waiting for her at the altar. The groom's face expression can often become the most emotional wedding moments in the day not only for the bride, but also for the guests.

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The more emotions you will see in the Grooms dace – the more they will appear in the expressions of guests.


Choosing the right song for your ceremony

Music has a great ability to influence people's emotions, to create emotional wedding moments - everyone who works in the cinema industry knows it. That is why choosing the right song during the wedding ceremony will also determine the overall emotional mood of the guests.

Those first few strings of a song or a note can catapult you back to a certain time or place and leave you feeling elated or teary eyed depending on the tune. So to say your musical choices for your wedding ceremony are important is an understatement.

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Speeches of close people

In many years, this tradition has strengthened its quality in Ireland. Perhaps because wedding celebrations are increasingly entrusted to be organised and directed by professionals who are there to create an emotional mood?

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Couples want to hear not only traditional speech, but also emotional stories and speeches that take time to prepare. That is why the closest guests, family members are often highlighted by the couple’s desire to hear a speech so that their speaker can prepare in time.

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Mother/Father - Daughter Dance

This is definitely an emotional wedding moment that will make any wedding more emotional. Dad and daughter dance is touching, especially when looking at the bride's father's face, which only prides itself on his daughter.

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Those strong emotions in the parents when they dance with their child. Such activity is not happening every day – if even it ever happens. As a father I can only imagine this moment to be very powerful and emotional for me.


Something very special to you both

One of beautiful ways of extending emotions of your wedding day is to add something extra to it. Some couples are saying promises to each other on the night of the wedding. They believe this will strengthen the marriage and make it happier for both. This part is where you both make genuine promises of how strong will you love and care about each other.

Why doing this in late evening?

At a special time when wedding is winding down, taking a break for this part is perfect. All the guests are surrounding the coupe to hear what promises are being made and to witness strong love between them. One thing for sure - it is very emotional moment.


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Relaxed and Informal Wedding

Relaxed and informal wedding?

Are you planning one?

Micro Wedding?

Weddings are very personal and there is no wedding that fits all, everyone will want something slightly different. Be it the dress, catering, styling or flowers. While the latest wedding trends change, so do tastes, and what people wish to spend their money on when it comes to their big day.

Let me explain the below:

  • What is the difference between a "formal" and "informal" wedding?
  • What makes the wedding "relaxed"?
  • How many guests are fine to have?
  • What about the pretty picture perfect wedding?
  • Best places to have one?

Relaxed and Informal Wedding

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Your Vision

I would encourage you think about your wedding day and discuss with your partner. Your VISION, what you would like to see, how would you like to feel?

You might want to have a small gathering or a large wedding but at the end of the day it is your decision you have to make for one of the most important days in your lives!

Let’s dive in!

What is the difference between a "formal" and "informal" wedding?

After some research I have found that top of the wedding trend list is informal gatherings. Inviting all and everybody you know and you don’t know to your big day is no longer the trend. This is because couples opt for more intimate, meaningful celebrations with their nearest and dearest. This means couples can plan and spend their budget differently on a smaller group.

The main difference is that if you choose to opt for “informal” wedding, you can use this term to let everybody around you know that this is not going to be huge gathering but more a relaxed “get-together” with the close family and friends

Some of my couples were very creative in organizing a “backyard” weddings with a smaller group of people.

Formal Wedding

Formal weddings have their set timeline and must have specific sequence of events that are wedding standard.

Informal wedding

Informal wedding allows you to do whatever you want, if you choose to do so. The legal part however must be complete, either in a civil ceremony or in a small church.

One of the big wedding trends coming is for more intimate ceremonies. They are also known as ‘micro weddings’. These occasions tend to have a smaller guest list of around 40 people or fewer. They can be formal or informal, and keep with tradition, or take a more modern approach – however, they tend to have a mix of both.

What makes the wedding "relaxed"?

Relaxed wedding is a term that basically speaks for itself. You absolutely do not have to organise all the traditional wedding day events, like a cake cutting, bouquet toss or first dance. You can still have it all though – it is totally in your control and you could be choosing to have a “mid-night  first dance“, for example. Or you could be flying a lantern instead of cake – whatever would make you enjoy the day even more and make it very special for you!

Relaxed Wedding

Relaxed wedding term is used to make you feel that you are in total control of designing your day! To open your mind and think - "where I want my first dance?" maybe in the field, under the moonlight or other location that might be special for you?

Traditional Wedding

There are certain parts of the day and a timeline that has to be followed. You still can alter things, like cake cutting or the dancing. However you are more limited with creative approach :)

How many guests are fine to have?

A micro wedding is such with less than 25 guests. As a result of being smaller it tends to be more relaxed and shorter in length than a traditional wedding day.

It is different though from both an elopement and intimate wedding. Elopement is usually done in secret, with the attendance of the couple and two witnesses, and is often a simple registry office ceremony – whereas a micro wedding is a full wedding day, just on a smaller scale.

Also, micro weddings are different from intimate weddings. An intimate or small wedding is generally planned to have between 25 and 65 guests.

How many guests?

Generally around 30 people, which obviously depends upon the size and how big your direct family is.

Traditional Wedding

Large gatherings are generally over 100 people.

What about the pretty picture perfect wedding?

Beautiful pictures are the ones with beautiful lighting. Wherever the photos are taken, the light is crucial. I personally recommend making sure there is enough light, when planning such a gathering, so the the memories are beautiful and bringing you the joy.

If there is sunset in the location – this is basically everything we need! I am sure we will be able to find a tree, or beautiful greens, that would make stunning portraits in a relaxed way.

Remember – light is king 🙂

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If you choose to go for an informal option somewhere specific, just make sure there is enough daylight and there potentially is a sunset! That is all we need. If it means, driving out to somewhere special - why not?!

Wedding Venues

Generally Wedding venues are designed to be Picture perfect in a way that there are lots of locations for portraits on the grounds of the venue.

Best places to have one?

You can research some of small wedding venues, barn venues, if you do not have an option to organize everything in your back garden. Barn wedding venues often give relaxed, warm feeling. Seagrave Barns is very popular option for such choice with intimate and rustic feel . There are many perfect barn venues in Ireland.

Bellinter house and Boyne hill house are also a good choice if you are looking for more intimate and smaller wedding.

Small Wedding Venue

There are many small beautiful wedding venues in Ireland and it very much depends on your choice - what feel would you prefer.

Intimate Wedding Venue

This is a question to yourself - WHERE WOULD YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE?
In a barn type wedding venue or a more like a country house with high ceiling and paintings on the walls?

End Note

One of the big wedding trends coming is for more intimate ceremonies. They are also known as ‘micro weddings’. These occasions tend to have a smaller guest list of around 40 people or fewer. They can be formal or informal, and keep with tradition, or take a more modern approach – however, they tend to have a mix of both.

Also, since there is more budget per head, such weddings lend themselves perfectly to bespoke soirees, which are remembered for personal touches throughout. This can range from private wine tasting to personalised favours as part of the wedding day celebrations.

Most importantly of all, they also allow the bride and groom to spend quality time with each and every guest – one of the reasons for its surging popularity.

Some engaged couples prefer such approach and it seems to be increasingly getting popular. As a wedding photographer, I know that being relaxed and happy on you wedding day is extremely important. The memories from Wedding Photographs will be related with “how I felt that day

For more on ideas and planning visit

Bride Guide- Wedding Planning Ideas for couples.

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Your memories will fade away, as the time passes. Then you will look back at your wedding photographs with a high value. Having a privilege to save your memories in a set of images is really rewarding for me. Not only I fulfill my heart and soul by sharing positive energy in my work, but I also document a real story of the day to add to the story of your lives…

Those moments will forever stay with you!


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Going Sustainable / Eco Wedding Trends

In these eco-conscious times we live in, now more than ever, couples are looking at ways to host responsibly. This means cutting back on unnecessary waste and trying to be as eco-friendly as possible. Wedding venues are being greener and becoming more sustainable, many venues that provide in-house catering will use locally sourced produce, as well as other areas within their business to be more eco friendly. Tankardstown House and other wedding venues have their own garden which provides delicious food and is “green”.

One of the new wedding trends is for couples to upcycle, or to pledge a commitment to zero waste. This can be from offering wedding flowers away to good causes, to going plastic-free on your big day.

Other ways that couples can achieve this wedding trend is to swap out plastic straws for paper ones, sharing wedding day flowers and décor with other couples using the venue, and offering to ‘replant trees’ as a wedding favour.

For Green Wedding Venues in Ireland, see this post

For more advice, see Bride Guide

Wedding Planning Covid 19