Jenny and Orey, from Dublin, wanted to have a relaxed and “no frills” wedding, where they could just have fun, be themselves and have the type of get together they like to attend.
“All the weddings we’ve attended in the last couple of years have been church or hotel weddings,” began Jenny, “so we wanted to break away from that formality and do it our own way. We also had three venues which meant our guests were able to wander around the city all day. Thankfully we got the weather for it and everyone seemed to enjoy not being confined to one place for the entire time.”
Jenny actually forgot her bouquet on the way to the ceremony and didn’t realise until she was five minutes from the venue! “We had to make a pit stop to a local florist on the way and my dad had to jump out and get me a bouquet made there and then!” she laughed. “The driver wasn’t happy as he was late for the next job and my dad was going crazy because the guy in the florist wasn’t following his very specific arrangement instructions (more pink, less green!) He was worried I was going to have to walk down the aisle behind a bush! The florist owner was lovely though and gave him the bouquet half price. I never got to use the bouquet my poor aunt had been making for me.”
Linda and Derek were married in the west of Ireland, the day before their ten year anniversary. They wanted their wedding to be informal, collaborative and very musical. They had friends helping them with decor and flowers as well as performing throughout the day.
They were married in the garden of Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant on the grounds of Westport House. They had a non-religious handfasting ceremony. “Our venue is not normally a wedding venue, ours was the only wedding there in 2016, but we thought it would be the perfect place for the informal relaxed wedding we wanted”, began the bride. “We found there is a real shortage of alternative venues in the west of Ireland so it was hard to find something different.”
“We decided to risk the Irish weather and have the ceremony outside on the lawn. We are both Atheists so it was important there wasn’t a religious element to our ceremony, but we really wanted it to be relaxed and personal to us. Our celebrant was absolutely brilliant, so warm, laid back and entertaining!”
Jess and Pete love festivals, travelling and they were engaged in Mexico, so these things were what influenced their Irish wedding. They were married in October with an €8000 budget and lots of colourful ideas.
“We wanted a quirky Mexican fiesta weekend and called it Fiesta del Amor (festival of love),” said the bride. “We were inspired by all the places we have travelled and the festivals we have been to. We got engaged in Mexico at a music festival while in a hammock so that’s where the main inspiration came from. When you go to a festival there is always little quirky things to find everywhere like a treasure hunt and we wanted to bring this feeling into our day.”
Their ceremony was held outside and the way they walked down the aisle was really unique. “I decided that I didn’t want to walk down the aisle in front of everyone, we wanted it to always be about both of us”, she continued. “So instead, we did a ‘first look’ and then my dad walked me down while it was only Peter there. When we were both at the front together all our guest entered and we had a roaming band leading them so we could both could greet them. This was my favourite moment of the day because we kept it a surprise from our guests. No-one had a clue what was going on or that we were there waiting down there already.”