Planning a wedding in Ireland from abroad?

In this day and age it’s not uncommon for couples to be planning their wedding in Ireland from abroad. Us Irish love to get married at home, at any cost it would seem. The economy and job opportunities have forced many people to leave. So I’m never surprised to get a call from a Mammy or a relative enquiring on behalf of a couple from abroad. It is often a couple of years in advance!

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Clonakilty Co Cork wedding, portraits in the nearby forest

Planning a wedding in Ireland from abroad?

More and more enquiries at wedding fairs come from family and friends trying to cover some ground for their loved ones, while they try to choose services for their wedding from halfway across the world. There are advantages’s not all doom and gloom. Organising from abroad can give couples the best excuse to delagate! And why not. There are some many little things that any good willing sister brother friend would be delighted to do to help you out. As in a crisis (although lets hope your wedding is not a crisis!) people like to feel helpful. Give them jobs to do for you!

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Tanya gets ready in Sneem Hotel Co. Kerry for her wedding in January 2015

The Big 5 for a wedding in Ireland

So how do you go about planning a wedding in Ireland from abroad? Well, the first step is getting the “Big 5” taken care of. Every couple needs to put these in place before they can take a breather and consider the details of the day itself. What a lot of couples do is get a family member to research these until they are whittled down to 3 or 4 options for each. The Venue, The Church, the Dress, the Photographer and the Honeymoon. Once these things are in place and booked, you can relax and get the ball rolling on the rest! Many of the big 5 are best organised by the couple as they have a pretty significant impact on the day itself. Other details can be dealt with in time bit by bit.

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Carole & Kenneth with a view of the Slieve Mish from The Tankard Bar, Kilfenora, Co. Kerry

Connecting with my clients abroad

My Skype, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages are invaluable to me in helping me to keep connected with my clients abroad. These  social media platforms are great for demonstrating to them that I’m active and being followed, and legit. It’s the main motivation in keeping my TwitterFacebook & instagram busy and informative, giving my followers a little insight into my professional practice and my personality. I love nothing more than seeing a foreign bride of mine reacting to a post from a wedding at home on facebook or twitter…it gives them a little buzz about their own imminent wedding. It also helps to present ideas to the brides and grooms from abroad about how they would like their own wedding to be shot when it’s their turn.

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Wedding in Sneem at The Sneem Hotel, Co. Kerry

Destination wedding in Ireland

The overseas bride can function fairly well due to the help of online services and I for one do not have to treat any couple differently during the planning process. Working as a Kerry wedding photographer the percentage of brides and grooms I see travelling for a destination wedding in Ireland is very high. Many couples from overseas have never even seen their venue and are reliant on us to help visualise their dream wedding. It cannot be easy for them. I have photographed weddings all over Ireland in Kerry, Cork, Mayo, Sligo, Kildare, Westmeath, Meath, Wicklow & Tipperary. We as wedding industry professionals are quite used to dealing with all sorts of different circumstances. So do not despair. Trust us, we’ll do a good job. Remember, we do it all the time! Please feel free to share using all social icons above, thanks.

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Blarney Castle, Co. Cork
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Marguerita & Holger’s wedding day – Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry
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Ciara & Steve at Inchadoney Beach, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
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Sliabh Mish mountains behind The Tankard, Fenit, Co. Kerry
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Middleton Park House Co. Westmeath
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Lough Rynn Castle, Co. Westmeath
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Emma glances back before she walks up the aisle in Tralee Co. Kerry

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Irish TV at the KBN Business Expo 2015, Tralee, Co. Kerry