Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Save the Date ! ! ! . . Personal Wedding Websites

  Save The Date! ! !  . . . . . . 

Today most of us are on line, nearly 24/7! Emails, text messages, social media, instant messaging, never before has technology been so 'important' in our lives, with our friends and families moving further away, wonderful technology has brought us closer together. All the websites mentioned are easy and fun to use. Here are my Top 3!!! 

First up is


WiX is a wonderful platform to use. Just simply pick your template and upload your images and text.

As time passes you can 'blog' your Wedding Journey to keep everyone up to date.


Another beautiful free and easy to use Wedding Website is mywedding


Here on this multi-functional website, you have built in tools in your 'Menu Planner' as well as an option to build a website too. With over 600 website designs to choose from, your own personal Wedding Website is a great way to show of your Wedding theme, even with the option to match your website with Wedding stationary! 


For the more Modern Contemporary Bridal Couple squarespace is an another beautiful, easy to use website. 

You have options to pick your own domain, RSVP and lots of templates where you can choose colours, fonts, layouts, to create the look you wish. You can also be rest assured there is an award winning 24/7 customer care service team to help you with any questions you may have. 

Short and Sweet but I think you will find the best possible website for your needs out of these 3 fantastic options. 


* Collect all your friends and families mobile contact numbers and add them to a list. Use one of the group apps on your mobile device so when you have compiled all the contact numbers you need, add them to your Wedding Guest Group. When your Website is live, you can simply send the same message to everyone announcing your Wedding Date, Time, Location of the Ceremony and Reception venue etc!!! 

* Update your website with random photos of how your plans are coming along. If your a DIY Bridal couple making booklets, why not share with your family and friends the fun you are both having!! 

* Best to test and play around with the functions to create the perfect page for you both and don't forget to save, preview and spell check before going 'live'!! 

* And most of all ..... Have Fun!!!! 

Friday, 31 January 2014

Seasonal Wedding Bouquet Inspiration July - December

Seasonal Wedding Bouquet Inspiration

July Wedding

Bouquet by: Ruby & Grace

Your inspiration: A beautiful array of sun-kissed colours; strawberry ice cream, handfuls of raspberries and freshly cut green grass.

You could try: ‘Miss Piggy’ roses, ‘Pepita’ spray roses, peonies, fountain grass, guelder rose and pittosporum. 

August Wedding

Bouquet by: Get Knotted

Your inspiration: Choose a freshly-picked arrangement inspired by summer woodland walks. Think brilliant bundles of wild flowers, grasses and berries.

You could try: ‘Sweet Avalanche’, ‘Upper Secret’, ‘Pepita’ and ‘Dark Hypnose’ roses, thlaspi, alstroemeria, hypericum and asclepias.

September Wedding

Bouquet by: Robbie Honey

Your inspiration: Garden-fresh shades of seasonal purple are perfect for a vibrant late-summer feel.

You could try: A simple bouquet of freesias.

October Wedding

Bouquet by: Philippa Craddock

Your inspiration: Crisp golden leaves and berries represent the change in season. Robust blooms will represent a bountiful harvest.

You could try: ‘Boheme’, ‘Love Unlimited’, ‘Memory Lane’ and ‘Quick Sand’ roses, waxflower, ligustrum berries, papaver seed heads, eucalyptus, scabiosa and skimmia.

Philippa says: “This bouquet includes dusky pink and orange roses, seed heads and berries to give a real autumnal feel.”

November Wedding

Bouquet by: Pollen Nation

Your inspiration: Seasonal roses will fill your bouquet with warm colour and a variety of dark green foliage will add texture for an arrangement that’s undeniably autumn.

You could try: ‘Red Petite’ and ‘Cherry Brandy’ roses, alstroemeria, waxflower, eucalyptus and twisted willow.

December Wedding

Your inspiration: Mirror a snowy December landscape with delicate and graceful blossoms. A loose gathering of widely available gypsophila will make a dramatic statement when bunched together en masse.

You could try: Gypsophila and narcissi.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Seasonal Wedding Bouquet Inspiration January - June

Seasonal Wedding Bouquet Inspiration

January Wedding

Your inspiration: With crisp mornings, bare branches flecked with frozen dewy droplets and silver foliage, January calls for a bouquet which replicates the cool colours of winter. 

You could try: ‘Akito’, ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Exclusive Sensation’ roses, ranunculus, eucalyptus and waxflower.

February Wedding

Bouquet by: Love Lily

Your inspiration: Complement a snowy cluster of white blooms with a hint of colour – the dusky lilac in these anemones mimics the blue-grey feel of the season.

You could try: Lilac, ranunculus and anemones.

March Wedding

Bouquet by: Nadia di Tullio

Your inspiration: Spring is a time for new beginnings. Embrace the abundant blossoming blooms and seasonal pastel hues with a straight-from-the-garden bouquet featuring a textural variety of inky purples and fresh green foliage.

You could try: ‘Memory Lane’ roses, ‘Cari Lavender’ and ‘Rosita Purple’ lisianthus, ‘Delta River’ freesias, astilbe, astrantia, veronica, mixed eucalyptus, syringa, senecio, viburnum berries, dried lavender and clematis.

April Wedding

Bouquet by: Rebel Rebel

Your inspiration: Love the idea of one simple hue? Give your bouquet extra ‘oomph’ with large, fluffy heads and feathery foliage for an enchanting spring feel that suggests romance. 

You could try: Ranunculus and astilbe.

 May Wedding

Bouquet by: Hayford & Rhodes

Your inspiration: Combine soft spring shades with a touch of drama as you welcome in the summer season.

You could try: ‘Memory Lane’ and ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses, ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peonies, anemones, freesias, lisianthus and lilac.

Charlotte from Hayford & Rhodes says: “Fragrant peonies come into season, a firm favourite for bouquets.” 

June Wedding

Bouquet by: Emma Lapin Flowers

Your inspiration: Cheery hues are all around, from your on-trend coral nail polish to the sunshiny yellow blooms growing in your garden. 

You could try: ‘Bowl of Cream’ and ‘Coral Sunset’ peonies, ‘Irischka’, ‘Talea’, ‘Vendela’ and ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses, craspedia, eustoma, stachys and brunia laevis. 

Emma says: “This bouquet will add a lovely burst of colour to your look, and looks great against even the most subtle of materials.”

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

What is a Civil/ Partnership Wedding?

What is a Civil Wedding/ Partnership?

Civil / p
artnership weddings are for couples that do not wish or cannot have a full religious Wedding Ceremony, but want something more than a wedding in a registry office, during office hours. It is important to note that civil/ partnership ceremonies are not legally binding though, so you will have to get officially civilly married in the Registry Office first. 

A civil/partnership w
edding ceremony tends to be very personal and meaningful and the officiant will work with the couple to decide on the style that will suit them. Guests to a civil/ partnership wedding ceremony may have reservations at first (a religious relative or an overbearing parent!) however, it’s often the case that the most skeptical guest will be the most impressed at the end of the ceremony.

The format is actually very similar to a traditional church wedding. Traditionally the bride will walk down the aisle, there are readings, music, vows and an exchange of rings. The only difference, is that there is no mention of God.

The officiant will talk about the couple coming together to celebrate their love for each other and mark their commitment to each other in front of their family and friends. The readings can be poetry, prose, or song lyrics! The civil celebrant will make suggestions and common readings would be Shakespearean Sonnets, Yeats poems etc. No surprise, the readings are usually around the themes of Love, Marriage, Commitment and Friendship.

Couples that opt for a civil/ partnership wedding, will often write their own vows which makes the whole experience even more personal for them and the guests. For those of you who are maybe divorced and getting married for the second time round, or non religious people who are still looking for “special occasion” then this is ideal.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Have you seen or are you aware there is an Irish on-line up to date death notice website? This wonderful informative website is a wealth of knowledge, where you can find all you need on one site. 
They cover the following: 

Death is not something we wish to think or consider when we are busy with our lives, but we all know that day will come to us all. Being prepared and informed is vitally important and will help making the right decisions in any circumstances. Below is some practical information to get you started should you need information to prepare. Follow through to to the practical information section for more details. 

Before a death

Making a will

What is a will? The practical steps involved in making a will and what happens when someone dies without having made a will.

Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney is a legal device in Ireland that can be set up by a person (the Donor) during his/her life to allow another specially appointed person (the Attorney) take action if the Donor is absent or becomes incapacitated.

Legal Arrangements for Incapacity

The various legal arrangements which a person can make for looking after his/her affairs if he/she is unable to do so, for whatever reason.

Advance Care Directives

An advance care directive in Ireland is a statement about the type and extent of medical or surgical treatment you want in the future, on the assumption that you will not be able to make that decision at the relevant time.


Checklist - My Possessions

Putting your affairs in order is vital to help those who are left behind when you die.
A will is a witnessed document that sets out in writing the deceased's wishes for his or her possessions, (called his or her 'estate'), after death.

Reasons for making a will

It is important for you to make a will because if you do not, and die without a will, the law on intestacy decides what happens to your property. A will can ensure that proper arrangements are made for your dependants and that your property is distributed in the way you wish after you die, subject to certain rights of spouses/civil partners and children.

Checklist of where your possessions are kept:

It is also advisable to complete and keep updated a list of your assets. You can use a form such as that produced by the Citizens Information Board, which I have made available to download below.
It will make it easier to identify and trace your assets after you die. You should keep the list in a safe place.