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Weddings With Caroline

19 April 2018

We, at Celbridge Manor Hotel, know that planning weddings can be a stressful time for couples and we are delighted to help in any way that we can. We sat down with our own weddings expert, Caroline, to find out what she would recommend as her top tips for newly engaged couples.

•             How many venues should a couple view before choosing?

With so many options available to couples, it’s always good to get together and organise a short list of 5-8 venues that really stand out to you and “ticks your boxes” in terms of what you want for your Special Day.

It’s always important to meet with the Wedding Manager as they can answer all your questions and walk through the venue with you and discuss packages with you. 

             What should they look out for when visiting a venue?

You want to get a special feeling when you visit your venue, it’s an important day for you so you want to ensure you would enjoy your day there and that your guests will be blown away by your wedding. Look at the accommodation as well as the function room and walk around to get a full view of the property. Couples like to imagine the day so looking at photograph opportunities at or near the venue is important also.

•             Are there any budget tips that you can give when organising the wedding?

Be realistic and honest with yourselves. Your expected numbers are so important when deciding on a venue and package so have this ready when viewing and before signing contracts.

•             Who are your most recommended favourite suppliers?

Wow there are so many to choose from and from different genres. In terms of musicians that are different I like Tropical Storm for the arrival reception and dinner. I really like Event Dimensions in terms of décor and the added sparkle they offer. Our local florist Absolutely Fabulous Flowers do fantastic floral arrangements and can add some beautiful colour to a ceremony. Amazing cakes are a favourite of mine in terms of Wedding cake, their name speaks for the talent. Trust me I could go on and on..

•             Are there any trends that you have noticed at recent weddings?

Recent trends would be the Gin trolley, we offer it here as an add on to our package and couples love the idea of it. Also, Tayto sandwiches for the resident’s bar is a popular option.

•             What would be your ultimate top tip when organising a wedding?

Keep organised. There are great diaries and Moposa is a great tool that can help you keep track of information and even your guest list. There are going to be bumps along the way but keep in mind that at the end of it all you are marrying your partner and that’s the most important aspect of the day. Have fun with it too. 

•             What question do you get asked the most by couples in the lead up?

When are my final numbers due? This is an important question as this will determine your final bill and some venues have different time scales so it’s good to know this. The next one is can I drop my bits and pieces into you in advance? A lot of couples like to add their personal touches to the room and we love to see that. This can be done earlier that week or the day before

If you would like to visit Celbridge Manor Hotel as a prospective wedding venue, please do not hjesitate to contact Caroline on +353 (0) 1 601 3700 /