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The Morning of the Wedding is a time to enjoy with your nearest and dearest. Its a time to switch off the phone, put on some music, pop some bubbles and have some fun !! All the planning has been done so now its time for you to switch off so my advise is to write up an Emergency Contact List. This list should be given to all your family members, all your wedding suppliers, any friends or family that have jobs or roles on the day and it should be pinned up around the house or place where you are getting married. This list is to make sure that no one anoys you on the day and that everyone has a contact for what they need !!
So Who Should be on the List ?
Maid of Honor
Flower Girl Parents
Parents of Bride
Parents of Groom
Sisters and Partners
Brothers and Partners
Make Up Contact
Breakfast Delivery Company
Car Driver/ Company / Person who owns the cars
Celebrant / Priest
Readers at Mass
Prayers of Faithful
Person to remove flowers from Church to Venue
Drinks Reception Entertainment
Performers / Other Entertainment
Wedding Co Ordinator
Other eg Ice Cream Van, Prosecco Van
All the Above Should have names, numbers and roles on the day. Its a lifesaver on the day and relieves so much stress from the couple. Remember If its an emergency don't contact the couple use the list !!
Are you Recently Engaged ...................
well my TOP tip for all couples starting to even talk about weddings is
To set up a new wedding email.
Yes you can thank me at the end !!!
Its so vital to keep all wedding emails together, you can track back on deposits paid, you can get yours guests to rsvp and your own personal emails wont be clogged up with all things wedding related !!
So TOP tip this week is get your wedding account set up, even if you are in the early stages of planning its still not too late so get going on this today !!
Tonight I had the pleasure of having the amazing Deborah from Cakes by Deborah on our #asktheexperts segment.
Deborah always had a love and an interest in baking and pastry. Her love of cakes began 25 Years ago when she was on a mission to make her own wedding cake for her wedding day. This wasn't going to be any simple three tier wedding cake. She went on a sugar craft course in Limerick with Mary Ryan and that began her craft and her skill and her own wedding cake ended up having 100 Pink Rose Buds all made by herself for her day !! And as they the rest is history, Deborah later got her Master in PME in Sugarcraft and since has been making lots of amazing creations. Tonight we got an insight into cake making and asked her about some different trends and tips. Here are some top tips I took from our conversation
Most Popular Flavour's
Can you have different flavours in each tier
Your All Time Favourite Cake Flavour :
If your venue are making your cake as part of the package any tips
Should I have a tier of fruit cake to keep the older generation happy ?
Dietary requirements - Should I consider the Gluten Free Guests when choosing the cake flavours and ingredients
Its not vital but if you want to consider them you can have a small cake on the side for them or have little cupcakes that are gluten free. Deborah made a really good point to make sure to alert your venue that you have a gluten free tier or cupcakes when they are serving them so that they don't get mixed up.
Where do couples get inspiration for their cakes?
Some couples will have very fixed ideas and others won't know where to start but that's what the consultation is for. Deborah normally meets the couples before the wedding to get to know you a little better and run through some ideas with you and also to TASTE some yummy flavours.
Opinions on Fake Tiers and Cutting Cakes ?
If the Cake Table needs decor? Is this something you look after or should the couple provide items for it ?
Deborah always sets up her own cakes, she will set it up, set up the table with the couples items, add any toppers or any fresh flowers that the florist leaves. Deborah is a little obsessive when it comes to setting up the cake but she is a perfectionist at the end of the day and we would expect nothing less !! Deborah sometimes works with Decor Companies aswell for example : @graceevents or @kittureweddings and she would liaise with them in the lead up to the big day.
Fresh Flowers for the Wedding Cake - Who gets these ?
Deborah will always contact your wedding florist and liaise with her on the flowers and Deborah will add these to the cake.
The Doughnut Wall - Give me some info on this
This is a really popular addition to a drinks reception. We provide the board and the 100 doughnuts and people can enjoy with a cuppa tea or coffee or a glass of bubbles.
Trends for 2020/2021
The Dessert Tables are a huge trend at the moment and will be for the next year or more. There is so many options available and people love the idea of going up to pick what they want themselves and they look stunning. You don't need a lot of everything, there is more variety
200 People at a Wedding, How many tiers should we order ?
There are lots to factor in for this and its up to the couple, the budget & if you are having a post wedding party as this is where people get a lot of value for their Cake when people use it for their post wedding party.
Buy a Cake Topper or get one made?
Depends on what you want !! The Acrylic Toppers are the most popular at the moment and are approx €25 each to personalize.
The Figurine Toppers are approx €150 made with resin or claydough - quite expensive but you can keep them as keepsake. The Icing Models are more expensive as they take a lot more time.
When should people book their cake?
As soon as they have their wedding date confirmed with their venue - as dates are filled very very quickly !!
Who are you favourite cake people to follow ?
For More Information on all things Cake
Contact Deborah on
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cakesbydeborahguerin/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/cakesbydeborah/
Tonight we had the one and only DJ Paudie Walsh on with us. He is a well known name in the Wedding Industry and has an array of awards over the past few years and is a great entertainer for any wedding. Paudie is a DJ and offers lots of packages for your wedding day. He interacts with the crowd and judges the floor to make sure the dancefloor doesn't empty !! He joined me tonight for some chats and below are some tips that he recommended:
For More Information you can contact Paudie on
Instagram : @paudiewalsh_dj
I was so excited to welcome on the amazing David & Laurie from Awake & Dreaming Photography tonight to #asktheexperts. Photography is such a big part of the wedding day and in the end the photographs are what you have when all is done and what you can look back on the day fondly with. We had a great chat with them both and they offered some great advise. They too are in the wedding planning process and are a couple affected by COVID 19 and had to postpone their special day so it was nice to hear their personal side to the wedding plans aswell as all their amazing tips, some of which I have noted below
Huge Thank You to David & Laurie for taking the time out to chat to us tonight. Lots of tips and advise throughout and again if you have any queries or want to check out some of their work you can connect with them on the below
I was delighted to welcome the amazing Deirdre from Body Treats Beauty Salon in Ennistymon on tonight for the very first live instagram on #asktheexperts. Deirdre has a wealth of knowledge on all things beauty but specifically Bridal Make Up is her passion so it was great to get some tips and advise from her. Body Treats Beauty is led by Deirdre but she has a fantastic team backing her, Camille, Orla, Noelle & Ellie. The Joy of having a talented team behind you means that there is alot of offerings under one roof and of course that more than one make up artist can be with you on the morning of the wedding so it makes things a little easier and quicker for larger wedding parties. They have an array of awards and actually where meant to be attending the Hi Style Awards recently but this had to be postponed due to Covid19. Camille was nominated in the "Best Beauty Therapist Category", Orla was nominated for "Best Brow Artist" and The Bodytreats Team were also nominated for "Best Wedding Make Up Artists". So you are definitely in good hands with this team on a wedding day !!
So some pointers and tips I have noted from Deirdre's Chat with me are listed below
Waxing and Tanning
On the Day
A Huge Thank You to Deirdre for coming on and for all the tips and advise. You were an absolute pleasure.
For anyone looking for more information you can contact Deirdre on the below
You can also give them a follow on instagram
Today we reached 1000 Followers on Instagram and I cant quite believe it. I remember when I started the page as a bit of fun. I was in training to be a celebrant and wanted to share my tips and advise from all the weddings I was planning each week.
I remember when I reached 100 and thought "o my gosh that is so many people" but now it just keeps growing more and more. Each follower I am so grateful for and I love when they message me and I get to hear about their day and what they have planned. Some DM me for Supplier Advise and others for Advise on the COVID 19 pandemic. Its nice to be there for people, to be someone they can talk to and just have on their side. Its all private but in a way I feel like we have our own little community ! A community that absolutely loves weddings and all things around wedding. Its also so nice to see some of my past couples add me, each one of them mean so much to me and its lovely to keep in touch.
So to all of you who are following me on Instagram a HUGE Thank you
We went into Lockdown in Ireland this weekend. Its time to start working from home and boy am I glad I went on a shopping trip last month to buy a desk and a book shelf. My office has never looked so good now to actually start doing some work !
Its very strange not being in the hotel. Not having your work colleagues around you. Normally mid week we work on the admin and catch up on emails after a busy weekend on the floor with couples on their special days. Its days like today where we are normally printing menus, getting table plans and work plans ready for the next wedding. But for now we don't know when that might be.
But today I have said enough is enough time to start the ball rolling and get motivated so I reached out to some service providers about doing a segment on Instagram called #asktheexperts. Its going to be a Live Instagram where I interview leading Suppliers (experts in their own fields) and give all the couples who follow me an opportunity to ask questions and get their worries answered. There is a lot of uncertainty about dress shopping, honeymoons etc so now I can use Instagram as a platform to get these questions answers and keep everyone motivated because this is a prime time now when people are at home to keep the planning going and get jobs done now for the wedding that you might not get done when things get back to normality.
Its been a busy week but we are here and delighted to be launching #asktheexperts
Cannot believe the generosity in people giving up their time and agreeing to come on and answer questions live to people. Its not for everyone I totally understand but i am grateful to everyone for assisting in making this happening so the line up for Season One is.....
"Your Health is Your Wealth "
I was off last week on annual leave and spent some time in Donegal with my family. I was meant to stay there longer but my trip was cut short when an announcement was made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar putting a stop to big functions larger than 100 people. When he made this announcement I was at home in the sitting room in front of a roaring open fire. I couldn't believe what this virus was doing to our country. My heart immediately broke for all my couples. All the Weddings that they have been planning their lives around for so many months. I hopped in the car 40 mins later and headed on the N17 back to Clare.
Today, I went back to the Hotel where I work. In Seven Days there has been so many changes and regulations since the last time I step foot into the hotel. Yesterday the hotel shut its doors to the public. Today, it is a dark, empty hotel. No guests in the corridors or bars, no hustle and bustle in the kitchen, just 3 other team members and I are in the Hotel today. We made the decision to contact all our couples for March today and advise them to move their weddings. But what do you say to these couples ? How do you tell them this? After my first call, I burst into tears. And for me this was only the beginning. I think it all hit me today, how hard this was gonna be and how this would affect so many people. To think 2 months ago we were laughing about Hand Sanitizer in the Canteen and now its come to the Hotel closing and us postponing so many of our couples special days.
I am an emotional wreck today. I cannot stop crying and I don't know if its because the hotel is so empty, because I miss my team mates that work with me or if it's talking to so many amazing couples that is bringing so much sadness to me today. I am trying to be strong and positive for the couples but inside my heart is breaking for them. I know sometimes I get too attached to my job but really my role is more than a job. Being a Wedding Co Ordinator, you don't just plan weddings. You are a person that will do anything to make two people's dream day become a reality. You are a listener, you are a source of information, you are a leader, you are a facilitator, you are a time keeper, you are a planner, and you are a friend to this couple. And its days like today I find difficult. I postponed 6 weddings today but all couples are happy and that is the positive thing from today. Every couple will still have their wedding day. The Wedding is not cancelled, they get to enjoy the engagement for that little while longer !! For the Health and Safety of all involved its the right thing to do and as the saying goes "Your Health is Your Wealth" and I am a true believer of that. Tomorrow will be a better day, I hope ....