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Wedding planning advice from One of My Brides

Wedding planning advice

Words of Advice from One of My Brides



Olive and Rory Esler got married on Dec 29th 2013 and they had a beautiful wedding day in Markree Castle in Ballisodare, Co Sligo.
As one of my brides, I asked Olive to share some of her wedding planning advice for you. I hope you find some of her tips and tricks of benefit.


Let the Planning Begin!

Wedding planning can become incredibly overwhelming, very quickly. All of a sudden you are hit with 100 questions that you may never have really thought about! When? Where? Colour schemes? Invites? What flowers? Wedding Photographer or two wedding photographers?  How many bridesmaids? Videographer? Do I need a Photobooth? ? Flower girls? Unplugged Wedding? THE WEDDING DRESS???!!!

Wedding planning advice


You’re Getting Married – Remain Calm!

My advice – Take a breath. Open a bottle of champagne and ENJOY the excitement of taking it one step at a time. You don’t need to decide everything at once. The most important thing, in my opinion, is to decide on what makes sense to you as a couple. What type of day do you want and how can you stamp your identity onto it?
There are four areas that I think are the most important to look at:
The Venue.
The Photographer.
The Food.
The Band.


The Venue

My husband and I are both from Connacht so we quickly agreed to look for our wedding venue within the five counties. We wanted something a little different so when walked through the doors of Markree Castle in Ballisodare, Co Sligo we were very impressed.  The reception has a huge open fire, there is a beautiful staircase with a stained-glass window and the dining room looks like something out of ‘Downton Abbey’. It was perfect! It felt like we would be having an elegant house party in a castle which is exactly what happened on the day!


The Wedding Photographer

Everyone says the same thing when they talk about their wedding day. The day went so fast! I couldn’t agree more. That’s why for me, having our magical moments captured throughout the day, was so important. The wedding photographs are all you have when the big day is over. I wanted our wedding photographs to capture the emotion, fun and WOW moments of our wedding day. Daniel from DKPHOTO exceeded our expectations.

Take your time finding your wedding photographer. Make sure that you can see he or she is talented at capturing photographs that you would be excited with, if they were yours. Look through an album. It’s easy for a photographer to have 10 amazing photographs from 10 different couples. But what did the wedding album look like?

You can see there full wedding stories by DKPHOTO

Áine & Steve from Dkphoto on Vimeo.

Claire & Daniel from Dkphoto on Vimeo.


Talk to your wedding photographer and give them a sense of what you want. As they get to know you and your personality an experienced wedding photographer will get a sense of what you are looking for. Don’t stress yourself out micro-managing with photograph lists. Your wedding photographer should know what wedding  photographs need to be taken. It’s your job to enjoy the moments.


Wedding planning advice – Top Tip

Weigh up the costs and the quality of the work. If one wedding photographer is more expensive, but his or her work has the WOW factor, then I would advise that you to revisit the budget. Do you really need the sweets trolley?! For me, having amazing wedding photographs after our wedding day was far more important than having favours on the tables or confetti for the guests to throw and all those little extras add up.


The Food

The Irish wedding guest is obsessed with the food. I have found over the years that guests forget the details that brides put so much work and effort into. They remember if the food was good and if the wine was flowing.

It’s a long day and by the time the dinner bell rings people are hungry. There is nothing worse than being asked to listen to 60min worth of speeches when your tummy is rumbling – or plan to have speeches after a meal or short speeches before meal.


Wedding planning advice – Top Tip

We asked the castle staff to top up the wine a little but often. The perception was that the glasses were constantly being topped up with wine but our guests were still only served a half bottle of wine per person.


The Band

Getting the party started is so important and will all depend on your wedding band. You need a wedding band that are versatile, energetic and know how to work the crowd. An experienced wedding band won’t need a set list of songs from you and they should be willing to allow you to see them in action at another event or at a showcase. That’s so important!


Wedding planning advice – Top Tip

Be careful of your timings. If the dinner runs long or your photo session gets delayed, some wedding bands allow that to eat into their time. You are spending a lot of money on the entertainment so make sure to check what their start and wrap times are and how flexible they are if things run a little late.


Don’t sweat the small stuff!

Above all else, enjoy your day. Allow yourself to take in each moment as it happens. Enjoy the excitement and try to relax. You have hired the best people to make sure that your day runs smoothly and they are there to ensure that everything is taken care of.

Wedding planning advice


Your only job on your wedding day is to smile and to enjoy the wedding celebrations.

You can see more advices on Bride Guide Wedding Blog


This comprehensive list of tips and advice will guarantee that you will choose the right wedding photographer  : 

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Wedding planning advice by DKPHOTO and Olive :)

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