This is the time to take ad­vice and lean on the ex­perts

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

UN­LESS you win the lottery, your wed­ding is prob­a­bly the big­gest party you are ever go­ing to throw for fam­ily and friends so you’re go­ing to need all the help you can get when it comes to or­gan­is­ing it.

This is def­i­nitely a time to take ad­vice and lean on the ex­perts, from the ho­tel wed­ding co-or­di­na­tor to the credit unions loan man­ager, the pho­tog­ra­pher, jew­eller, sta­tion­ary printer and the florist - they will have helped count­less cou­ples suc­cess­fully take the plunge, walk up the aisle and tie the knot.

The wed­ding event is not called the ‘big day’ for noth­ing.

It is a ma­jor so­cial oc­ca­sion, at­tended by a large num­ber of guests who are in­vited to wit­ness a happy cou­ple mak­ing a pub­lic com­mit­ment to each other and to cel­e­brate with with them af­ter­wards. In re­turn, they are roy­ally wined, dined and en­ter­tained.

A wed­ding has the po­ten­tial for sig­ni­cant surges of stress but it need not be that way if you make a num­ber of key de­ci­sions - what is your bud­get and what type and size of wed­ding do you want - and then del­e­gate to ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional peo­ple who are there to help. It will make eco­nomic sense in the long run. Try­ing to do every­thing your­selves will only leave you fraz­zled.

There will be dif­fer­ing opin­ions on what the es­sen­tial ingredient­s are in a suc­cess­ful wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion. The dress is def­i­nitely cru­cial if you are the bride and it could be ar­gued that from the per­fect gown, all other hap­pi­ness flows.

County Wick­low is so well-served with beau­ti­ful in­de­pen­dent bri­dal wear out­lets and shops spe­cial­is­ing in wed­ding fash­ion, that many peo­ple travel here from other coun­ties to avail of the qual­ity and choice on of­fer.

But the venue has to be the sin­gle most im­por­tant fac­tor and even more so now that many places are also li­censed to hold civil wed­ding cer­e­monies, con­ve­niently pro­vid­ing the en­tire pack­age un­der one roof.

Many ho­tels of­fer amaz­ing wed­ding pack­ages that take much of the stress away from in­tend­ing cou­ples, leav­ing them and their guests free to en­joy a day filled with mem­o­ries to last a life­time.

When it comes to a choice of wed­ding venue, in­tend­ing cou­ples are truly spoilt for choice in County Wick­low which has every­thing from lux­ury ho­tels in town cen­tres and coastal re­sorts to beau­ti­ful coun­try house mar­quees in ru­ral idylls and even re­stored cas­tles of­fer­ing a wed­ding day fit for roy­alty.

Book­ing a con­sul­ta­tion with a wed­ding venue co-or­di­na­tor may be the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion you make af­ter that un­for­get­table mo­ment when you de­cided to get mar­ried in the first place.

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