Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Cupids Arrow Strikes at Powerscourt

Michael & Ruby
4th September 2016

How did you guys meet?

We actually met online through OK Cupid! I was incredibly nervous the first time we met in person as I thought Ruby was way out of my league. We met outside the gates of Trinity College in town and went to Stephen's Green park on our first date. I knew instantly that Ruby was someone very special, and I'm incredibly lucky to have met her!

Tell us about your engagement?

This one is a little weird for us as we actually got married in Taiwan in September 2015, but it was only a small affair for close family. We wanted to have a proper wedding in Ireland on the same date (September the 4th) the following year so that all our friends in Ireland could celebrate with us. We were thrilled to find out that Powerscourt House was free on the same date in 2016, it also means we only have one anniversary date to remember :)

We chose our venue because?

We're massive fans of Powerscourt. I took Ruby here on our second date as I wanted to show her the very best of Ireland. She had had some pretty bad experiences when she first arrived in the country and I wanted to show her that Ireland had a lot more to offer. She fell in love with Powerscourt immediately, and we've been coming here ever since! There was never really any question about where we wanted our wedding in Ireland to be!

Favourite part of your day?

Our favourite part of the day was directly after the ceremony itself. We were finally able to relax a little bit and enjoy the day in the amazing surroundings. The weather was amazing so we had the reception outside in the gardens, everyone loved the place!

Any advice for other couples?

Try to relax and take some time during the day to take it all in. The wedding day passed so quickly that we both feel like we missed so much. You're so busy with photo shoots and meeting & greeting the guests that there's very little time for just the two of you.

Thank You!

We have to say a massive thanks to Conrad from Feast Catering for all of his hard work. The day went flawlessly, and that's all down to Conrad and his team! He was completely unflappable on the day and we were (and still are) completely in awe of him!

Enniskerry | County Wicklow
01 204 6000

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Summer Wedding Bliss at Powerscourt

From a rainy day proposal to an uplifting wedding experience at Powerscourt!

Where did you meet?
Brian and I met in work 6 years ago-you could say it was love at first sight!

Tell is about the proposal!
Brian proposed on St.Stephen’s day in Powerscourt-we had a lovely lunch in the Sugarloaf lounge looking out to what was a horrible dreary wet day! After lunch, Brian insisted we go for a walk…I knew something was up because no one would want to go for a walk on a day like that! We borrowed some umbrellas from reception and walked over to the golf course which is overlooked by Powerscourt House. Brian got down on one knee and proposed in the rain in a deserted wet golf course!

Why Powerscourt?
When choosing a venue it was an obvious choice to go back to Powerscourt…I had seen the ballroom of Powerscourt House on the internet but never in the flesh. We were shown around the venue by Conrad and immediately fell in love; it was the first and only venue we viewed. With 2 large reception rooms to choose from and the ballroom, there are some many options. The d├ęcor is so beautiful; the architecture and interiors really speak for themselves so there is no real requirement to add anything! From start to finish, Conrad at Feast Catering and the hotel staff, in particular Siobhan and Carmel, were extremely helpful and accommodating for all of our questions and requests. We had a tasting with Conrad a few months prior to the wedding and it was truly divine, we knew we were in good hands.

The Best Bits!
Brian and I, and both of our families, stayed in the hotel the night prior to the wedding-my room was enormous and was an ideal setting for getting ready in the morning of! We had our ceremony in a local church and upon arrival at the house, due to the nice weather on the day, had our drinks reception in the gardens. Everything had been organized so seamlessly that there was nothing to worry about. We had our photos taken in the remarkable grounds; the pictures are incredible! My favourite part of the day was the dinner and the speeches. All of our guests remarked on the day about at the quality of the food and the beautiful venue and are still commenting about it! My advice for couples getting married is to try to not stress too much about it, plan as far in advance as possible and put your trust in the expertise of the staff!

We can’t recommend Powerscourt House as a wedding venue more, I feel honored that we were able to host our reception there!

Enniskerry | County Wicklow

Monday, 17 October 2016

Midsummer Romance at Powerscourt

Summer Weddings at Powerscourt House & Gardens

Why get married at Powerscourt?
Powerscourt is one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland and with it's award winning gardens it is the most unique wedding venue in County Wicklow!

Is the summer a good time to get married?
The summer months are truly spectacular at Powerscourt. The Gardens are in full bloom, especially the Italian Garden, Rose Garden and Herbaceous Border. The panoramic vista overlooking with the Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop is breathtaking.

What makes the house so special?
Powerscourt House is a Palladian mansion with 800 of history. Dating back as far as the 1300's Powerscourt was once a castle and over the years Has evolved into one of Ireland's top wedding venues! It boasts a double height Georgian ballroom with ornate columns and ceiling. The series of garden rooms overlooking the magnificent gardens provides a homely and relaxed atmosphere!

Elis and Mark got married her in July 2016!

''Mark and I looked at many venues for our wedding but once we visited Powerscourt House, we knew this was the venue for us! 

On our wedding day we found the staff as a whole extremely professional, all the Powerscourt team were so helpful and lovely with us during the whole experience. We feel the Powerscourt venue is unique with one best gardens in the world, the food was absolutely amazing. We both had the most amazing day and on looking back there is not a single thing we would have changed. We had wedding guests from all over the world such as Brazil, Thailand, Dubai, London, Edinburgh and Ukraine and more and they all  complimented us repeatedly on our wedding day on the amazing venue and the high standards of the meal and staff.   

We wanted to say thank you so much for making our day so memorable and special.''

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Enniskerry | County Wicklow
01 204 6000

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Autumn Wedding Fair - Powerscourt House & Gardens

We look forward to meeting you....

Sunday 23rd of Ocober 2016
1pm to 4pm

Our Wedding Fair is taking place on Sunday 23rd of October at Powerscourt House & Gardens, Enniskerry. We will be here from 1pm to 4pm along with some of our preferred suppliers.

Enjoy some canapes and bubbly on arrival. Take some time to explore Powerscourt House and have a chat with our team. We would like to assist you in planning the day of your dreams. We pride ourselves on offering a very personalised service, so we work with you along each step of the planning process. Afterwards enjoy a stroll through the 47 acres of award winning gardens with the Great Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop!

We have lots more here on the day!
We look forward to welcoming you to Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Register your interest here and we will even email you a reminder!

Enniskerry | County Wicklow
01 204 6000

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Top Tips from Our Wedding Planner

Maria Dunne is a wedding planning consultant that takes a personal and bespoke approach to creating beautiful occasions and unforgettable events. As no two couples are the same, she believes in curating weddings that reflect your personality and in turning your ideas into reality. Maria would like every bride and groom to have the day of their dreams and every guest a day they'll never forget.

I recently had a chat with Maria and she kindly shared some top wedding planning tips with me!

Top Tips from Our Wedding Planner

How did you get started in the business? Did you always know you’d be an event planner?

I’ve always really enjoyed entertaining. Among my friends, I’ve always been the organiser of events and get togethers, so in a sense wedding and event planning came naturally to me. I know I’m really fortunate that I get to do what I love for a living, because for me there’s nothing better than seeing a night, event or celebration really come together.

And of course, being Irish I have the world’s most amazing, romantic and idyllic wedding location right on my doorstep too. From majestic castles and inviting country houses to epic scenery and warm hospitality, I’m really lucky to be able to offer my brides and grooms the venues that have everything.

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Is it expensive to engage a wedding planner?

As a wedding planner that’s a tricky question. While it’s not necessarily expensive to hire a wedding planner, there is undoubtedly a cost. However I think it’s a good idea for couples to look at hiring a wedding planner from a value perspective.

Your wedding is a very special occasion and you only get one chance to get it right. So it’s extremely useful to have an experienced professional there to give you a little guidance, someone you can trust to help with every aspect of your big day from helping to choose the ideal location, negotiating with suppliers or just making sure everything runs smoothly on the day, so you and your guests can really enjoy yourselves.

A good wedding planner will also work around the couple’s budgets and where possible help stretch them a little further. If engaged early in the process not only will you be able to get their preferred suppliers, they should be able to negotiate preferential rates too.

Italian Garden at Powerscourt House

What is the best thing about being a wedding planner?

I’m lucky that there are lots of great things about the job I do. While there’s a lot of responsibility, it’s very rewarding when a couple, ask you to help them with the most important day of their lives. Specifically though the best moment is when the couple you’ve been working with, see their ideas and dreams come to reality on their wedding day. You can see it in their eyes and you know all your hard work has paid off. 

Late evening at Powerscourt House & Gardens

What is the one detail of a wedding reception you wish more couples focused on?

Sometimes couples tend to underestimate the importance of flowers. As well as representing a couples personality, where they’re from they can really help create a really special atmosphere, a treat for the eyes and the nose that can lift every occasion and venue.

Marble Hall - Powerscourt House

Have you ever had a near disaster?

Despite coming close, luckily I haven’t had anything I couldn’t fix. Most recently at a country wedding, the DJ’s car broke down on the way to the venue. Thankfully, I was able to call in another DJ at the last minute and it all worked out without my couple knowing until the next day.

Georgian Ballroom - Powerscourt House

What is the one piece of advice you give couples early in the planning stage and why?

Everyone should set a budget at the beginning and be realistic about it, then allocate it to each area, for example flowers, catering, wedding band etc. It is important to include the cost of the dress, hire of suits and the honeymoon when creating a budget as you want a budget that encompasses all costs, so that you have a solid figure to work with. No matter what your budget is always allow an additional €1,000- €2,000 for contingency costs such as tailoring, extra guests etc. Choose a budget you are happy with and can stick with, and remember this is going to be the best day of your life. 

Maria Doherty - Wedding Consultant

What is trending now for 2016/2017 weddings?

Trends come and go, so here are a few things I have noticed  that are in vogue right now.

1.   Craft bars: This summer I have a couple of weddings, one with a gin & tonic bar and the other has a whiskey lounge.  With so many Irish companies specializing in Gin and Whiskey people love to taste different mixes and it also gives the wedding an exclusive edge, as not every wedding has a personalized alcohol bar.

2.   Sparklers: are a must have for after dinner festivities. You see so many different images of sparklers and how you can spell out ‘I Love You’ in them for example. If you can’t afford fireworks for the night time reception, then sparklers will work just as good.

Maria dunne wedding consultant

+353 (0) 83 0078057

Enniskerry | County Wicklow

01 204 6000

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Andrew & Kathrine Miller Photography

We are pleased to introduce Andrew and Kathrine Miller, our preferred photographer for Weddings at Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Their primary focus is on people. Wedding and portrait photography is what they do best. They love a good wedding, always a happy event! Working as a team of two photographers to capture two perspectives of your special day with many natural photographs.

I interviewed Andrew and Kathrine with some of the keys points that every bride should ask their wedding photographer!

1. How far in advance do I need to book you?
As soon as your wedding venue date is confirmed, then is the time to book your photographer. Popular summer dates are often booked a year or more in advance.

2. How long have you been in business?
I have been working as a photographer for over 18 years, shooting weddings, portraits and commercial projects. Kathrine joined me in the business a few years later, we now work as a team of two photographers. We have Public Liability Insurance. Some venues insist on this.

3. Why do I need two photographers?
Having two photographers means we can capture two different viewpoints. For example one photographer working at the front of the church, one at the back. Also, we take more pictures in less time. So you spend more time with your guests.

4. How many weddings have you shot?
I lost count long ago. Probably somewhere approaching 1000. All I know is we have many filing cabinets of negatives and a huge Digital Archive.

5. If my wedding is outside of your area, do you charge a travel fee?
Generally, there is no additional fee for travel, except if the venue is in one of the far corners of Ireland, Donegal for example, and we have to stay overnight. We have photographed weddings in the UK, Europe and once in Hawaii! In those cases we charge for flights, accommodation and a nominal fee for our time travelling.

6. What time will you arrive and how long will you shoot?
Mostly we begin with the bridal preparations about 90 minutes before the ceremony and finish about the time of the call for dinner. But we are very flexible.

7. If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
We stay until approximately the call to dinner. No set time. No extra charge if dinner is late. Occasionally we are asked to stay or return after dinner for the first three dances or fireworks etc. There is an additional charge for this. Normally we take cake pictures before the meal and even mock dancing photographs if required. 

8. How long after the wedding will I see my pictures?
Our target is for the photographs to be waiting for the bride when she returns from her holiday. Over 400 images are provided on a very cool USB card. These are fully edited. She is free to print and share the pictures with family, friends and her Facebook page.

9. What is the ordering process?
We ask the newly weds to select their favourite pictures for their Wedding Book. This list can be emailed to us, we then design their album. A copy of the design is sent to them for approval, any requested adjustments are made. And when they are completely satisfied, we then send the design to the maker in Italy to be printed and bound. Your Wedding Book will be ready in about 25 days.

10. Will you give me the digital images and is there a fee for this?
We include digital images with every wedding. These files print to about 10”x 8” and are not watermarked. If Hi-Resolution file sizes are required there is an additional charge. Permission to print and share these images is included. Copyright always remains with the photographer.

11. Can we have a shoot after the wedding day?
Yes. Sometimes called trash the dress or cherish the dress shoot etc. A fun photography session after the honeymoon, in a location around Wicklow such as the beach, Glendalough etc. Do things not possible on your wedding day. The dress deserves a second outing! For the bride, bride and groom, bride and bridesmaids; you choose.

Here's how to get in touch with this dynamic duo!


0404 62211
086 2404008

Enniskerry | County Wicklow

01 204 6000

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Wedding Garden Party

Okay so in Ireland this isn't the easiest thing to plan what with our wonderful predictable weather :) but don't rule it out as an option you can always erect some gazebo's just in case it rains!

This is a fun way to entertain your guests and to make everyone feel at home and relaxed, including you, on the big day! Draw inspiration from those who have tried and succeeded and what better place to start than Pinterest.

Go on be brave!

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Even old Pallets come in useful in this picnic style garden party!

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DIY photobooth. Ask your florist to make these up to create a fun wedding album!
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Add a hide-out for the kids, this will make them feel really special and it adds and element of fun!
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This is a table display that your guests will remember!
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Presentation is everything when planning a fun get together party! With the weather heating up, salads are a great option, but keep it simple! One of my favorite salads is strawberries, goat cheese, almonds in arugula, topped with homemade poppyseed dressing.

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Individual cupcakes are ideal and people can help themselves! The kiddies will love them too :)

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Keep and collect glass bottles on the run up to your wedding and create a colourful floral display!

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Create a grand entrance!
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Quench your thirst! Use old mason jars for cups and keep your drinks cool in an old wash tub :)

Happy Planning!

Enniskerry | County Wicklow

01 204 6000