Polka Dot Perfection

Apologies to my regular readers who will have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet of late; I’m due my first baby very soon and trying to get as much relaxation in as possible – baby brain makes it a little bit harder to concentrate on blogging! But I’m back today with some pretty polka dot wedding inspiration. Polka dots are probably my favourite pattern, and it’s amazing to see how what is generally considered quite a childish pattern can look so amazing and glamorous as part of a wedding theme. Hope you like this collection of polka dot perfection that I’ve gathered!

You can find all of these ideas and more on my Pinterest boards!

Pearl Wedding Inspiration

Pearls are a beautifully elegant and luxurious touch that you can style your wedding with, and is a fabulous alternative to diamonds and bling. They are perfect for an old-world style wedding, and pearl details can be added to pretty much any aspect of your big day, from the dress to your hair, decor to flowers. Today, we’ve collected some of our favourite pearl wedding inspiration for your enjoyment!

Pearl Wedding Inspiration from True Romance Weddings

Images via Lovemydress, Style Me Pretty, Frosted Petticoat, ModWedding, Botanical Brouhaha, Emmaline Bride, Buzzfeed, Music Box Invites

Do You Need a Wedding Planner?

In certain parts of the world, hiring a wedding planner to help you organise your wedding is second nature. Here in Ireland though, it’s still a relatively new concept. Movies and TV shows have led to a misconception that wedding planners are for celebrities, and only when a truly lavish and unique wedding is in the making with a massive budget to boot. We’d like to dispel that myth today and talk to you about how a wedding planner works and why you might need one. There are also different types of planners out there, and many that provide a variety of services (like us here at True Romance Weddings) that will suit you, your needs and your pocket.

Full Service Wedding Planner

This is a wedding planner who will guide you from your engagement right through to the big day and beyond. This is most useful for couples who have very little free time on their hands, or who may not be the most adept at organising things. It can also be ideal for couples who are living abroad and planning a destination wedding. A full service wedding planner will help you decide on the concept for your wedding (time of year, style, size, must-haves), source suppliers from the venue to the cake, maintain communication with you and your suppliers throughout the planning process and be your right-hand man or woman on the big day itself. The full service wedding planner will guide you through every step of your wedding and ensure that your vision is achieved.Wedding planning Ireland wedding planner

Partial Wedding Planner

Some wedding planners, including True Romance Weddings, offer partial planning services for supplier sourcing. This can be very useful when you need to make the big decisions such as the wedding venue and the music. They will help you to determine the style or type of supplier you are looking for and then source a choice of vendors which are available for your chosen date and within your allocated budget. They can negotiate on your behalf to ensure you are achieving all of your requests, such as exclusivity, song choice, menu types and so on. Again, this particular service is ideal for couples planning a destination wedding who need a little help to get the ball rolling.

Wedding Day Co-ordinator

This type of wedding planner is for the wedding day itself, and generally doesn’t have much involvement before the wedding aside from meeting with you to discuss the schedule for the day and obtaining contacts for all of your suppliers. They will be on hand from the morning of the wedding to assist you in getting ready, ensuring your ceremony space is prepared, liaising with suppliers to reconfirm times and addresses, can distribute supplier payments on your behalf, and work with the reception venue to ensure everything runs smoothly. A day co-ordinator will be well versed in how a wedding ceremony should run, so can assist you and your guests in ensuring that timings are adhered to, guests are seated, rings are ready and photographer in place. This type of planner is most useful for couples who have no problem organising the wedding itself, but want someone to take the pressure off on the day and take care of certain duties that might otherwise fall to relatives or friends.

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Budget-wise, you may be surprised to find that a wedding planner will work within yours, and when involved in sourcing suppliers can often end up saving you a lot of money through negotiation skills and an endless supply of contacts in the industry. A recent wedding planned by True Romance Weddings, which had a very average budget, came in a whopping 15% below what they had originally planned to spend – and that was including our fee! Contact us today to see how we can help you.

We’ve Made the Shortlist! Blog Awards Ireland 2015

Last night I got an email from Blog Awards Ireland to say that True Romance Weddings has been shortlisted for ‘Best Lifestyle Blog – Company’ for this year’s awards. I am absolutely thrilled to say the least, as the blog won the Lifestyle category last year. It was one of the best nights of life – a total surprise as I was up against some seriously stiff competition! This year, they are doing things a little differently, with a percentage of the results coming from a public vote which opens on the 7th September, so make sure to follow us on Facebook for the voting link!

Blog Awards Ireland Shortlist True Romance Weddings

Groom Style Trends for Autumn/Winter

With autumn fast approaching, and summer having been a near-total write-off in Ireland, we are looking ahead to some opulent and masculine style trends for grooms for the coming months. The Fall/Winter 2015/16 menswear shows featured lots of dark, muted tones, luxe fabrics and classic fits, leading away from the super-skinny pants and ties of seasons past. Today we explore some of our favourite groom trends – let us know your favourites!


Want to stick to the classic dark coloured suit, but break from tradition in another way? Pattern is key here. Dolce & Gabana did it so well, with a sophisticated jacquard pattern adorning full suits, or just the lapels for those who want only a hint of detail. Roberto Cavalli went in a similiar vein with the muted, velvety jackets, but in a more modern pattern.

The New Traditional 

Rustic and vintage wedding trends were reflected by tweed, and a masculine, old-world style graced the runways in the form of sharp tailoring that screamed gentleman. Ralph Lauren and Dior did best, with enviable waistcoats, pocketwatches and bowties.

Shine On

For dull winter days, add some depth to your look with powersuits that shine, like these styles from Versace.

How to have a top secret wedding

If the past 2 years are anything to go by, having a secret wedding is the super-hot trend that celebrities around the world are setting. The days of selling exclusive wedding photos to the likes of OK! and Hello seem to be over, with many celebs choosing a top-secret wedding date, location and even keeping shtum about whether the event even happened or not for months afterwards! In the last few months alone, we’ve been left crying out for details about the big days of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden. Many of these weddings masqueraded as parties, with guests completely in the dark over what was about to happen. It seems as though many celebrities are taking back their privacy by keeping their truly intimate moments such as weddings and babies a secret from the rest of the world.

For those of us existing in the real* world, there are many couples out there who crave such privacy and intimacy for their own weddings. Many introverted people balk at the idea of 12 or 18 months of people harassing them with questions like “when’s the big day?”, “where are you having it?” and “you should hire ‘x’, my cousin used them and they were AMAZING”. The notion of having every detail of your wedding dissected before it’s even begun, combined with worrying about guest lists and table plans, can be incredibly stressful and off-putting to many people. Why not take a leaf out of the celebrities’ books, and plan your very own top-secret, surprise wedding?


How to have a secret or surprise wedding

Source: Bridal Guide

First things first, make a plan with your partner. If you’re having a secret wedding, you will more than likely not even be telling your parents, and therefore paying for the whole thing yourselves (even though this is becoming more and more common anyway). Depending on the size of the wedding party you want to have, you may need months to save up enough money to pay for it. Likewise, if you’re planning to have a traditional wedding reception at a hotel over a weekend, you will find prime dates are booked up well in advance. A church ceremony may completely blow your cover, unless you have a small child that needs to be christened, so it may be best to stick to a civil or humanist ceremony. Try to secure a ceremony time for as late as possible, as people may become suspicious if they see a start time of 4 or 5pm for the party – 7pm will be more appropriate. You could always do the official part in a registry office before or afterwards, and have a simple blessing at the party itself to avoid this situation. Be aware that guests will be suspicious too if you have chosen a hotel that’s well-known for weddings, so you will need a good cover. It could be a surprise birthday party for one of you or for a relative, or even an engagement party. If you want people to dress formally, make sure you say so on the invitation.

How to have a secret or surprise wedding

Source: Style Me Pretty

Bear in mind that you will need two witnesses for your marriage. Pick two people that you can count on to be there, as you will need to provide their details to your officiant beforehand and they may need to show identification. Let all of your wedding suppliers including the officiant know that it is a surprise wedding to avoid any mentions on social media or among your local community. It may also be worth sourcing your outfits in another town or city, so as not to be caught out by a passing friend or colleague! One issue with this is that you won’t have your usual entourage in tow to help you choose your dress, so find a great boutique with a stylist that you can trust to give you honest yet tactful feedback.

Because your wedding is a secret, you can use this opportunity to have exactly the kind of day you want, without the advice (solicited or unsolicited) from friends and family. It can be as formal or as casual as you like. As you won’t be having a traditional bridal party (unless you ask some friends or family members on the day to stand with you) you will avoid the hassle of choosing dresses or suits that not everyone likes, and the food choices will be yours and yours alone – no chimes of “aunty Mary doesn’t eat beef, so you’d better pick the turkey and ham!”.

How to have a secret or surprise wedding

Source: Pop Sugar

Finally, only invite those that you really want to be there to share in your special day. This is not the time to worry about inviting everyone you’ve ever worked with or the relatives you’re not really fond of, and if you want an adults-only event, this is an excellent way to get around it. The key is to plan everything as you would for a normal wedding, with the only difference being that you will have to keep it completely secret. This is a wonderful opportunity to plan the event completely with your partner, as they will be the only person you can really share the excitement with!

What it’s like to co-ordinate a wedding at 7 months pregnant

I’ve been helping two friends of mine from college to plan their wedding since April 2014. After finding out in late February this year that I was expecting, my thoughts immediately went to their wedding day in August, and what it would be like to co-ordinate the wedding day at just shy of seven months pregnant! The last few months have been great, planning everything via phone and email and the odd meeting here and there didn’t bother me as I’ve been so lucky with the pregnancy, but in the past few weeks tiredness and aching has started to catch up with me. It was so important for me that my friends’ wedding day would go off without a hitch (excuse the pun), so I tried to put aside the elephant in the room, i.e. the big baby bump. Today I want to tell you a little bit about the wedding and what it was like to work the full day at 29 weeks pregnant.


I wanted to look nice for the wedding of course, regardless of pregnancy I absolutely love attending weddings and getting dressed up. The selection in Ireland of maternity wear that’s actually suitable for wearing to weddings, however, is dismal. I live in Galway, and access to maternity wear is minimal, and mostly casual, such as jeans and t-shirts from New Look. The last few weeks had been so busy that I didn’t have time to take a trip to Cork or Dublin to try the standalone maternity boutiques, and I didn’t want to buy anything too early as my body has been changing so rapidly. Online shopping is difficult – I did buy a simple black mid-length dress from Asos, but it definitely needed to be worn with a pair of heels and after spraining my foot three weeks ago, heels were out of the question. My mam treated me to a really pretty navy and mint tea-length dress from Red Herring, which I teamed with a pair of navy flats from Penney’s and a chunky bright blue necklace borrowed from my sister. Comfort was my goal for this wedding as I knew I would be running/waddling around a lot, and the dress and shoes helped me achieve that.

Red Herring Navy Floral Maternity Prom Dress Debenhams

The fab Red Herring dress that I wore


I was up early the morning of the wedding, and even though I tried to get to bed early the night before, my mind was racing as it always is before an event as I mentally run through everything that needs to happen the next day. As I’m still working full-time, it’s difficult to find enough time for everything in the evenings when all you want to do is take a nap! I genuinely thought I would need to go for a lie-down after the wedding meal, but luckily my energy levels didn’t dip too low.

Sleeping dog


Of course there is always some stress or just a sense of urgency going on in the background of a wedding. The guests shouldn’t see this, and I always make it my goal to be as serene and calm as possible when in public. It still entails a lot of rushing around as you ensure guests are in place for the ceremony, that the groom and his groomsmen understand where they’re supposed to be, and that the bridal party are directed in to the ceremony in the correct order and in good time. Finally, ensuring that the bride is feeling good and calm before she walks in. My beautiful bride was in good spirits as she walked into the church, and had a big smile on her face. Later, on arrival to the hotel, there were quick checks to ensure everything was in place for the reception, calls to the remaining suppliers to ensure they were all on time and liaising with the hotel staff to run through the timings for the evening. Some of my friends were also attending the wedding and worried about me doing too much, and insisting that I sit down and relax, but as I explained to them until the band were set up and playing after dinner, I was still working and that’s the moment I could relax.

Pregnant woman running


I LOVE TO DANCE! I mean I really do! So you can imagine the disappointment of having one or two spins around the dance floor before realising your energy levels just aren’t there anymore, plus you really don’t feel elegant! I’m normally the best person to get others up to fill the dancefloor, but it’s just not possible anymore. This is the last wedding I’m co-ordinating before baby comes, bar a few wedding stationery orders, so I definitely tried to make the most of it. At the end of the night (12.30am for me, 5am for everyone else!) both the bride and groom and their families were all having an absolute ball, so it was a success overall. I was delighted for them, but also glad to be heading home to my own bed!