Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Autumn Wedding Fair - Powerscourt House & Gardens

We look forward to meeting you....


POWERSCOURT HOUSE
Sunday 23rd of Ocober 2016
1pm to 4pm

Our Wedding Fair is taking place on Sunday 23rd of October at Powerscourt House & Gardens, Enniskerry. We will be here from 1pm to 4pm along with some of our preferred suppliers.


Enjoy some canapes and bubbly on arrival. Take some time to explore Powerscourt House and have a chat with our team. We would like to assist you in planning the day of your dreams. We pride ourselves on offering a very personalised service, so we work with you along each step of the planning process. Afterwards enjoy a stroll through the 47 acres of award winning gardens with the Great Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop!

We have lots more here on the day!
We look forward to welcoming you to Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Register your interest here and we will even email you a reminder!


POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Enniskerry | County Wicklow
hospitality@powerscourt.net
01 204 6000


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Top Tips from Our Wedding Planner



Maria Dunne is a wedding planning consultant that takes a personal and bespoke approach to creating beautiful occasions and unforgettable events. As no two couples are the same, she believes in curating weddings that reflect your personality and in turning your ideas into reality. Maria would like every bride and groom to have the day of their dreams and every guest a day they'll never forget.

I recently had a chat with Maria and she kindly shared some top wedding planning tips with me!


Top Tips from Our Wedding Planner

How did you get started in the business? Did you always know you’d be an event planner?

I’ve always really enjoyed entertaining. Among my friends, I’ve always been the organiser of events and get togethers, so in a sense wedding and event planning came naturally to me. I know I’m really fortunate that I get to do what I love for a living, because for me there’s nothing better than seeing a night, event or celebration really come together.

And of course, being Irish I have the world’s most amazing, romantic and idyllic wedding location right on my doorstep too. From majestic castles and inviting country houses to epic scenery and warm hospitality, I’m really lucky to be able to offer my brides and grooms the venues that have everything.



Weddings at Powerscourt House & Gardens

Is it expensive to engage a wedding planner?

As a wedding planner that’s a tricky question. While it’s not necessarily expensive to hire a wedding planner, there is undoubtedly a cost. However I think it’s a good idea for couples to look at hiring a wedding planner from a value perspective.

Your wedding is a very special occasion and you only get one chance to get it right. So it’s extremely useful to have an experienced professional there to give you a little guidance, someone you can trust to help with every aspect of your big day from helping to choose the ideal location, negotiating with suppliers or just making sure everything runs smoothly on the day, so you and your guests can really enjoy yourselves.

A good wedding planner will also work around the couple’s budgets and where possible help stretch them a little further. If engaged early in the process not only will you be able to get their preferred suppliers, they should be able to negotiate preferential rates too.



Italian Garden at Powerscourt House

What is the best thing about being a wedding planner?

I’m lucky that there are lots of great things about the job I do. While there’s a lot of responsibility, it’s very rewarding when a couple, ask you to help them with the most important day of their lives. Specifically though the best moment is when the couple you’ve been working with, see their ideas and dreams come to reality on their wedding day. You can see it in their eyes and you know all your hard work has paid off. 



Late evening at Powerscourt House & Gardens

What is the one detail of a wedding reception you wish more couples focused on?

Sometimes couples tend to underestimate the importance of flowers. As well as representing a couples personality, where they’re from they can really help create a really special atmosphere, a treat for the eyes and the nose that can lift every occasion and venue.



Marble Hall - Powerscourt House

Have you ever had a near disaster?

Despite coming close, luckily I haven’t had anything I couldn’t fix. Most recently at a country wedding, the DJ’s car broke down on the way to the venue. Thankfully, I was able to call in another DJ at the last minute and it all worked out without my couple knowing until the next day.



Georgian Ballroom - Powerscourt House

What is the one piece of advice you give couples early in the planning stage and why?

Everyone should set a budget at the beginning and be realistic about it, then allocate it to each area, for example flowers, catering, wedding band etc. It is important to include the cost of the dress, hire of suits and the honeymoon when creating a budget as you want a budget that encompasses all costs, so that you have a solid figure to work with. No matter what your budget is always allow an additional €1,000- €2,000 for contingency costs such as tailoring, extra guests etc. Choose a budget you are happy with and can stick with, and remember this is going to be the best day of your life. 



Maria Doherty - Wedding Consultant

What is trending now for 2016/2017 weddings?

Trends come and go, so here are a few things I have noticed  that are in vogue right now.

1.   Craft bars: This summer I have a couple of weddings, one with a gin & tonic bar and the other has a whiskey lounge.  With so many Irish companies specializing in Gin and Whiskey people love to taste different mixes and it also gives the wedding an exclusive edge, as not every wedding has a personalized alcohol bar.





2.   Sparklers: are a must have for after dinner festivities. You see so many different images of sparklers and how you can spell out ‘I Love You’ in them for example. If you can’t afford fireworks for the night time reception, then sparklers will work just as good.



Maria dunne wedding consultant
maria@theeventdesigncompany.ie

+353 (0) 83 0078057


POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Enniskerry | County Wicklow
hospitality@powerscourt.net

01 204 6000

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Andrew & Kathrine Miller Photography

We are pleased to introduce Andrew and Kathrine Miller, our preferred photographer for Weddings at Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Their primary focus is on people. Wedding and portrait photography is what they do best. They love a good wedding, always a happy event! Working as a team of two photographers to capture two perspectives of your special day with many natural photographs.

I interviewed Andrew and Kathrine with some of the keys points that every bride should ask their wedding photographer!

1. How far in advance do I need to book you?
As soon as your wedding venue date is confirmed, then is the time to book your photographer. Popular summer dates are often booked a year or more in advance.

2. How long have you been in business?
I have been working as a photographer for over 18 years, shooting weddings, portraits and commercial projects. Kathrine joined me in the business a few years later, we now work as a team of two photographers. We have Public Liability Insurance. Some venues insist on this.

3. Why do I need two photographers?
Having two photographers means we can capture two different viewpoints. For example one photographer working at the front of the church, one at the back. Also, we take more pictures in less time. So you spend more time with your guests.

4. How many weddings have you shot?
I lost count long ago. Probably somewhere approaching 1000. All I know is we have many filing cabinets of negatives and a huge Digital Archive.

5. If my wedding is outside of your area, do you charge a travel fee?
Generally, there is no additional fee for travel, except if the venue is in one of the far corners of Ireland, Donegal for example, and we have to stay overnight. We have photographed weddings in the UK, Europe and once in Hawaii! In those cases we charge for flights, accommodation and a nominal fee for our time travelling.

6. What time will you arrive and how long will you shoot?
Mostly we begin with the bridal preparations about 90 minutes before the ceremony and finish about the time of the call for dinner. But we are very flexible.

7. If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
We stay until approximately the call to dinner. No set time. No extra charge if dinner is late. Occasionally we are asked to stay or return after dinner for the first three dances or fireworks etc. There is an additional charge for this. Normally we take cake pictures before the meal and even mock dancing photographs if required. 

8. How long after the wedding will I see my pictures?
Our target is for the photographs to be waiting for the bride when she returns from her holiday. Over 400 images are provided on a very cool USB card. These are fully edited. She is free to print and share the pictures with family, friends and her Facebook page.

9. What is the ordering process?
We ask the newly weds to select their favourite pictures for their Wedding Book. This list can be emailed to us, we then design their album. A copy of the design is sent to them for approval, any requested adjustments are made. And when they are completely satisfied, we then send the design to the maker in Italy to be printed and bound. Your Wedding Book will be ready in about 25 days.

10. Will you give me the digital images and is there a fee for this?
We include digital images with every wedding. These files print to about 10”x 8” and are not watermarked. If Hi-Resolution file sizes are required there is an additional charge. Permission to print and share these images is included. Copyright always remains with the photographer.

11. Can we have a shoot after the wedding day?
Yes. Sometimes called trash the dress or cherish the dress shoot etc. A fun photography session after the honeymoon, in a location around Wicklow such as the beach, Glendalough etc. Do things not possible on your wedding day. The dress deserves a second outing! For the bride, bride and groom, bride and bridesmaids; you choose.








Here's how to get in touch with this dynamic duo!


ANDREW MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY
photo@andrewmillerphotography.com


0404 62211
086 2404008


POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Enniskerry | County Wicklow
hospitality@powerscourt.net


01 204 6000


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Wedding Garden Party



Okay so in Ireland this isn't the easiest thing to plan what with our wonderful predictable weather :) but don't rule it out as an option you can always erect some gazebo's just in case it rains!

This is a fun way to entertain your guests and to make everyone feel at home and relaxed, including you, on the big day! Draw inspiration from those who have tried and succeeded and what better place to start than Pinterest.

Go on be brave!

Image via Pinterest

Even old Pallets come in useful in this picnic style garden party!


Image via Pinterest

DIY photobooth. Ask your florist to make these up to create a fun wedding album!
Image via Pinterest

Add a hide-out for the kids, this will make them feel really special and it adds and element of fun!
Image via Pinterest

This is a table display that your guests will remember!
Image via Pinterest

Presentation is everything when planning a fun get together party! With the weather heating up, salads are a great option, but keep it simple! One of my favorite salads is strawberries, goat cheese, almonds in arugula, topped with homemade poppyseed dressing.

Image via Pinterest

Individual cupcakes are ideal and people can help themselves! The kiddies will love them too :)

Image via Pinterest

Keep and collect glass bottles on the run up to your wedding and create a colourful floral display!



Image via Pinterest

Create a grand entrance!
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Quench your thirst! Use old mason jars for cups and keep your drinks cool in an old wash tub :)


Happy Planning!


POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Enniskerry | County Wicklow
hospitality@powerscourt.net

01 204 6000



Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2016

We are fresh into the new wedding season of 2016! The last few years have seen brides drawing inspiration direct from Pinterest or the Royal wedding, couples are now hoping to put their own personal stamp on it and for their guests to have fun!

SHINE ON
According to Harriette Rose Katz, an event planning guru from New York, metallic is big in for the 2016 wedding season. Rose gold is hot and will be seen from the wedding ring itself to table linens, florals and much more. Silver, apparently, is on the way out!

Image via Pinterest



THAT HOMELY FEEL
Couples are now incorporating those special memories and trinkets from home. Even if the wedding is not local to where they grew up. For example using vintage street lamps, props from an Irish Bar and so on.

Celtic Wedding Theme



ROMANCE IS STILL ALIVE
Yes believe it or not romance is still at the forefront of wedding decor and design. Creating a soft, moody and romantic atmosphere helps guests to relax and enjoy the celebrations. Los Angeles–based event designer Trish Stevens, of Classic Party Rentals. “Wedding lighting is the best — and simplest — way to establish both.”

Image via Pinterest


LESS FORMAL FLORALS
Arrangements that feature both whatever is in season and whatever is local are gaining traction. Sometimes couples request a “wild” look, say Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet in Los Angeles. “What they’re after are freshly picked blooms.” These free-form bouquets and center pieces often include a mix of big and small blossoms in more than one color, and might use spiky flowers or fruiting vines to serve as exclamation points.

Image via Pinterest


THE BRIDAL ATTIRE

Feathers! Plunging necklines! 3D florals! The Spring 2016 bridal runways were rife with trendy details that all brides will adore. It all comes down to personal choice but there are so many differing trends for 2016 it even has me confused!

Sharon Hoey Design



POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Enniskerry | County Wicklow
hospitality@powerscourt.net

01 204 6000

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Planning a Wedding From Abroad

Coming home to get married .... Top Tips!

It may seem like a daunting task planning a wedding in Ireland from abroad. We asked Laura Cash from Swans and Gibbons to give us her top tips! Laura has worked with couples getting married at Powerscourt House and Gardens  and here are her top 5 tips for your destination wedding in Ireland!



As Dorothy says .... 'There's no place like home'. So it's not surprising that many Irish couples living abroad are coming home to get married. And with an abundance of incredibly talented and creative suppliers, a diverse range of stunning venues and the 'can't be bought' bit of Craic, its no wonder!

So we have compiled a Top 5 list of what needs to be done to get the ball rolling ....

1. Make Pinterest and Skype your new best friends. Pinterest is an incredibly valuable tool for sharing your style with suppliers allowing them to see your vision. Be warned though - many days will be lost to pinning addiction. If you are finding it difficult to realise your vision on Pinterest alone, then Skype will allow you to see everything a little easier. From tours around Venues to chats about bouquets. It will encourage good communication and stop days wasted through back and fourth emails.




2. The Dreaded Legals! We can't emphasize how important it is to get on top of this task from the get go. Whether you are getting married in a church, at the venue or in a forest, you will need to give notice of your intent to marry at least 3 months prior to your wedding. And if your partner is not from Ireland or has a different religion be prepared to fill out extra paperwork. You can contact any of the registrars on the HSE website who will steer you in the right direction. www.hse.ie

3. If you are going to make a trip home in the months before your wedding make sure you set aside a day or two to arrange all your appointments to meet with suppliers you are using - cake tasting, wine tasting, florist, make up, hair etc. You will be worn out but will have plenty to check off your list and it will eliminate the need to do it the week before the wedding which should be about relaxing and spending time with family and friends.




4. Get organised! Log on to the Internet, source what you need then write up a list of everything that you can do from where you are living (dress, suit, shoes etc) and another one for what needs to be done in Ireland. This will ease that overwhelming feeling of panic. Then delegate, delegate, delegate. As self confessed control freaks we know this can be hard (believe us) but if your brother/aunt/neighbour is offering to help, take them up on the offer. Small jobs like collecting the Ceremony booklets and buying the unity candles take up plenty of time when you add them all together. So don't be shy in asking for and taking help.




5. Talk to your venue. No one will know your venue better than the venue itself. So make an appointment to chat (via Skype of course!) and get grilling them on all things wedding. Most venues will have a designated wedding coordinator who will be happy to run through all your questions. They will know what works best and where the band/DJ should go, what canap├ęs work best and what time the dancing kicks off.




And if all else fails, think about hiring a Wedding Planner for full planning, on the day Coordinating or anything in between. We love love love taking the stress out of wedding planning and creating the perfect day for each individual couple. 

Happy Planning

''At Swans and Gibbons, weddings are our buzz. They’re the crispy bits on our bacon, the flake in our 99. We are so passionate about weddings that we want your big day to be THE big day, and put the special 'ding' into your wedding. We have an exhaustive knowledge of where and how to make the perfect wedding in Ireland. No-matter where in the world you’re coming from, we can cater for your every whim to create an unforgettable experience.''

SWANS & GIBBONS

Laura Cash
Wedding and Event Planning and Design
00353 876300627


POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Enniskerry | County Wicklow
hospitality@powerscourt.net

01 204 6000


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Powerscourt House & Gardens Wedding Fair 2016

We look forward to meeting you....




POWERSCOURT HOUSE
Sunday 31st January 2016
12noon to 4pm

Our Wedding Fair is taking place on Sunday 31st January at Powerscourt House. We will be here from 12 noon to 4pm along with some of our preferred suppliers.

Enjoy some canapes and bubbly on arrival. Take some time to explore Powerscourt House and have a chat with our team. We would like to assist you in planning the day of your dreams. We pride ourselves on offering a very personalised service, so we work with you along each step of the planning process. Afterwards enjoy a stroll through the 47 acres of award winning gardens with the Great Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop!

Some of our suppliers will include;

SHOOT BOOTH
A wedding photo booth for your special day is guaranteed to be a big hit with your guests.
Not only do wedding photo booths capture some of those special moments you do not get to see on the day, but it will ensure your guests have their own immediate memento of your special day, as well having as them talking about it for days, weeks and even months after.




THE WEDDING CAKE BOUTIQUE


The Wedding Cake Boutique is an artisan wedding cake design studio.

''At the Wedding Cake Boutique we don't just make cake, we tell a story and create a memory''



THE CONOR MCKEON BAND

Guaranteeing a packed dance floor all night with an extensive and amazing set list.

The Connor Mc Keon Band bring a massive amount of experience, professionalism, energy, charisma and the very highest level of entertainment to your guests on your wedding day.




We have lots more here on the day!
We look forward to welcoming you to Powerscourt House & Gardens.


POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Enniskerry | County Wicklow
hospitality@powerscourt.net
01 204 6000