Every married couple says that their wedding day was one of the best of their lives (especially the ones we make wedding rings for… just saying!). All of the special people in your life come together under one roof to witness your declaration of love and commitment to one another, there’s food, drinks, music and laughter, everybody looks fabulous, and unforgettable memories are made. However, what they don’t tell you is that months – or even years – of research, saving and planning has gone into the day, not to mention a significant amount of stress!
Lately we’ve been a part of many couples’ big days designing and handcrafting their bespoke Wedding and Engagement Rings for proposals and wedding ceremonies. We love all things wedding related and thought it would be nice to share what we’ve learned along the way. So we’ve put together a useful list of wedding blogs and sites for those of you planning a wedding in Ireland.
Irish Wedding Sites: General
A beautiful online wedding magazine that includes handy hints and tips on everything you need to know to plan a wedding in Ireland; from table planning to honeymoons and the legal practicalities. And then, just about everything in between. It also contains a supplier directory with useful contact details.
This site is very similar in many ways to One Fab Day. It offers forums, supplier listings and articles on weddings. You’ll also find fun weddings news stories from around the world. Great for a little inspiration if you’re looking for a unique twist to add to your special day.
Hitched is an excellent site if your primary focus is planning and organizing with minimum fuss. This website includes a comprehensive directory covering a wide range of topics from inspiration to bridalwear shops and venues, as well as some handy features such as gift list tool and wedding appropriate quotes for speeches.
Confetti is the online counterpart to the Irish Wedding Magazine. Their social media accounts are well worth checking out, full of fantastic ideas and inspiration. It’s also provides some great advice on current wedding trends in fashion, hair and beauty along with their extensive suppliers directory.
This site has all of the same supplier directories and advice as the previous sites, with additional sections focusing specifically on celebrant listings and groomswear. They proudly claim to be Ireland’s first and only gay friendly wedding site, completely and solely dedicated to the gay community.
Venues in Ireland
Wedding Dates is a one-stop-shop for locating that perfect wedding venue. Just about every beautiful location in Ireland is included on the site. It also lists venues by awards won and gives useful listings of upcoming wedding fairs around Ireland. There’s a blog full of handy articles too.
This is not strictly wedding related but Ireland’s Blue Book has a sterling reputation and certainly warrants a mention. Ireland’s Blue Book provides a directory of the most beautifully breathtaking venues in Ireland. Whether you’re searching for a reception venue or planning to your honeymoon in Ireland, this is a great place to start your travel planning.
This is a simplistic site more aimed at and suited for international couples looking for a romantic wedding in Ireland. If you’re thinking of heading to the emerald isle for your big day but have no idea how to go about the planning and organisation process, this is a good place to start.
Irish Wedding Suppliers
Wedding Book is by far the most extensive online directory for Irish weddings. With services throughout the island of Ireland and in all price ranges. It includes listings of all wedding events in the country from wedding fairs to venues holding open days and tips for the most flattering dresses.
Irish Wedding Diary is a great directory site, with extensive listings on every possible aspect of getting married. Unlike many other sites, this one also has dedicated sections for people other than the bride! Mothers, fathers, and of course, grooms will find everything they need here.
Weddings Ireland is another directory-based site that covers everything wedding related that you could possibly think of. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on any of the other directory sites, chances are you’ll find it here. Everything from chocolate fountains to insurance gets a mention!
Planning a Wedding in Ireland
If you’re looking for a wedding planner, these guys are supposedly the best in the business, dealing with weddings in every corner of Ireland. They specialize in the top class venues in the country such as various Irish Wedding castles, manor houses and estates.
This site has some really useful planning guides that will be any bride’s best friend when the logistics and planning become a tad overwhelming. It also has a handy section for multicultural weddings, which Ireland is seeing more and more of in recent years.
Irish Wedding Bands
If you want to have some live music included in your wedding, this site has a huge listing of bands – including their prices – for both the ceremony and the reception. You can search by genre or occasion (engagement party, church music etc.) and it also has a wonderful listing of ‘unique’ wedding entertainment acts.
This is a similar site to Irish Wedding Bands with a directory of live music acts and other crowd pleasing entertainment for all types of weddings. They offer package deals and special offers for certain acts, as well as tips on what to look for and what kind of band suits your day.
If you want your wedding reception to be a fun-filled party-all-night kind of affair, this site is exactly what you need. It goes beyond wedding bands to include plenty of alternative entertainment ideas and DJ listings, and package deals such as latin music, swing music, or traditional Irish.
Anyone looking for a traditional Irish wedding should look no further. Celtic Wedding Entertainment adds a good old Irish traditional music session to your day, as well as bringing traditional music into the church with instruments like the harp.
Styling an Irish Wedding
This site is perfect for the fashion conscious bride or anyone who wants a sophisticated, stylish wedding. It also has a forums sections where newlyweds and fiancees alike can discuss everything from getting in shape for the big day to family planning, or whatever else is on your mind.
This is probably the best site around for style inspiration. It’s got everything covered; from shoes and underwear to menswear and accessories, it also includes non-wedding sections such as debs dresses and maternity wear (just in case you want to get a head start on planning your next celebration!).
Other useful Irish Wedding Websites
My Dream Wedding has a dedicated section called Wedding TV with various demonstrations and tours of certain venues and the like. There is also a dedicated section for groomsmen, something more sites should have considering he has a very important role in the day!
If you have any confusion about who does what on the day, or what traditions you should and shouldn’t do, this site should clear things up. It gives advice on everything from who pays for what to duties for the parents, the meanings of certain flowers and even some listings for pre-marriage courses, to make sure you’re fully prepared for married life.
Weddings can be boring for children; they have to sit still and be quiet during the ceremony, and then there’s lots of waiting around afterwards without many other kids for company. Irish Wedding Sitters provides child-specific entertainment for the little ones on your big day. A good idea if you’ll have more than a few little feet running around.
Irish Wedding Rings & Bridal Party Gifts
For wedding rings, there is only one site you need: Claddagh Design! All of our Irish engagement rings and Celtic wedding bands are handcrafted by our resident jewelry designer in a variety of precious metals. We create custom Celtic wedding rings for the bride and groom to commemorate your big day. Alternatively, you can choose from our range of Celtic Wedding Ring Collection through our online store. Complimentary worldwide delivery.