Sunday, 29 March 2015

Your Dream Wedding Guide

The Landmark Hotel scoops prestigious awards

The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, is delighted and honoured to announce that it has been crowned by Ireland’s top two wedding forums as the Best Wedding Venue in Connaught 2012! 

  These prestigious accolades are the result of nominations and votes by those who know best – Connaught’s brides and grooms! 

  Earlier this year, at the awards ceremony in Dublin, The Landmark Hotel outshone stiff competition to be honoured with the esteemed award of Wedding Venue of the Year 2012.

  The Awards honour and celebrate excellence in the Irish wedding industry and are open to Irish wedding professionals who continually go the extra mile for brides and  grooms and who have a proven commitment to outstanding customer service.

  The accolade of Wedding Venue of the Year – Connaught 2012 is a testament to the level of service and the dedication each and every bride and groom receives at The Landmark Hotel.

  In March, another of Ireland’s leading on-line wedding forums, set about finding the elite service providers within the Irish wedding industry and for the second consecutive year, the award for Best Wedding Venue Connaught found its way to Carrick-on-Shannon and The Landmark Hotel.

  Thankfully, despite the economic challenges that businesses face at the moment, there is still much love in the air and weddings are being celebrated. These awards are a really good news story for the region as a whole as every wedding brings business and extra retail spend to the area.

  The Landmark would like to thank all their brides and grooms, their family and friends for their support, best wishes and votes!

  If you are planning your special day and would like to meet with The Landmark Wedding Team, call today on 071-9622222 or email The Landmark looks forward to welcoming you!


A wedding venue with a difference

If you are looking for a Wedding Venue ‘With a Difference’, with stunning panoramic lake views and superb food, then you have to pay a visit to Glasson Country House Hotel and Golf Club. 

  Situated just outside the quaint village of Glasson, Glasson Country House Hotel could be your ideal wedding venue. 

    As you enter the gates and drive down ‘The Avenue’, with it’s ancient Beech Trees, you are welcomed by stunning panoramic views out over the Golf Course and the Inner Lakes of Lough Ree. Your ‘Arrivals Reception’ takes place in a Private Room blessed with floor-to-ceiling glass, designed to make the most of the spectacular setting, with a roaring ‘real’ logfire. When you walk up the feature spiral staircase, you will once again get the ‘WOW’ factor. 

  The elevated setting further enhances the views, and you can relax on the spacious balcony after your delicious meal. The quality of the food and the warmth and efficiency of the service are both key elements of the success of all the weddings at Glasson. We have been consistency receiving excellent feedback - have a look at to see for yourself.

  Let the wedding experts at Glasson help you arrange your special day – they are more than happy to tailor their sample packages to suit your own particular requirements. Your wedding guests can enjoy four-star luxury with the added bonus of being able to choose from a private cruise, a game of golf or an on-site massage for the ‘day after’! 

  The hotel are also proud to introduce the award-winning wedding planning software Moposa, a fantastic wedding planning tool that will help all brides and grooms with the wedding budget, RSVPs, the seating plan and much more! Confirm your booking at Glasson and you can relax knowing that they will take care of your every need on your special day’ 

  Please contact the hotel on 090-6485120 or by email on if you wish to arrange your own personal viewing – maybe take the opportunity to arrange an appointment now. Feel free to visit our website to register your wedding enquiry details. 

  As a family owned and managed property, you can be assured of a genuine commitment to making sure that you, your families and all your guests have a truly memorable occasion at Glasson.

The Heebie Jeebies – the band everyone’s talking about!

Your wedding is probably the biggest event in your life –and certainly the biggest party! That’s why you should book ‘The Heebie Jeebie’s Band,’ who specialise in providing top class entertainment that will have you dancing into the early hours of the night!

  Every wedding is different and is treated as such. The ‘Heebie Jeebies’ customise their set for each wedding and treat each one with the same special care and attention to detail – ensuring a smoothly run operation is delivered in a timely and professional manner.

  The ‘Heebie Jeebies’ is a party band to cater for young and old and everyone in between, with a dance programme varying from country to charts, pop to rock and some good old rock’n’roll.

  They strive to keep the party atmosphere all night and make your wedding a memorable night! Members of the band will liaise with you regarding all matters involving first dance, times, and any special requests you may have! Feel free to get in touch with any queries you may have!

  From the very moment you make a booking to the wedding night itself, the ‘Heebie Jeebies’ will provide an unrivalled professional and personal service.  

  Watch out for special offers in 2012 from The Heebie Jeebie’s – contact the band for details. For more information contact Allen on 087-7946597 or visit

Capture your special day with Castle Studios

Bringing passion for video filming and a reputation for service which is second to none, Videographer Sean Browne of Castle Studios in Castlerea will ensure that your special day is captured in a most memorable way.

  Asked how often the bride and groom should book in advance for a wedding, Sean recalled that on one famous occasion he did a wedding after getting a call one hour before the event!

  But that is certainly not to be advised in 2012 or 2013 and Sean recommends that wedding parties book a year in advance, to ensure that their date is free.

  Couples need to decide when they want the recording to finish, do they want church only, church and speeches, church, speeches and some dancing or church, speeches and perhaps all of the dancing!

  As well as videoing weddings, Sean also does corporate work and editing and transfers old video tapes to DVD. Images from slides or negatives can also be used. Sean’s Studio is now based at his house, ‘Bella’s’, Ballindrimley, Castlerea, which is across the road from Hell’s Kitchen public house. 

  Sean’s in the business since 1987, so with twenty-five years experience, he is the expert when it comes to capturing your big day for posterity.

  For more information, contact Sean at 094-9620610, 087-2308152 or email

Manhattan meets the Midlands Wedding event at Athlone Springs Hotel

 Experience a wedding event like no other this summer at the Athlone Springs Hotel, when they host their annual wedding fair on Sunday 29th July, 3-6 pm.

  This event is not your usual wedding fair and if you are a bride who is looking for something different then this is the event for you. The afternoon will feature lots of cocktails and canapés and 2013 bridal collections straight from the runways. You will meet over 30 of the midlands top wedding professionals that will guide you every step of the way through your plans. There will also be giveaways on the day and much much more.

  So how is it different? Well if you love glitz, glam and a more contemporary affair then come along as this event will take you through the most stunning Manhattan style room décor, cakes, stationary, gowns, hair, make up, entertainment and most importantly help you choose your venue for your very special day. 

  The Athlone Springs Hotel is celebrating its 5th birthday this year and as a special thank you they are offering all new Brides and Grooms a complimentary wedding favour when they book their 2012/2013 wedding reception. The wedding favours available include a Trad band on arrival; a Manhattan style drinks reception, wedding cake, or wedding car. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

  For more information contact the hotels wedding coordinator on 090-6444444 or who would be delighted to help you begin and plan your wedding journey.

They only thing Pontoon Bridge Hotel will overlook is the lake!

The Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Foxford, is the best location in County Mayo for your dream wedding. Location! Location! Location! The setting right on the edge of the lake sets the scene. Enjoy your drinks reception by the lakeshore where all your guests can meander by the patio, jetty and waters edge. 

  A private beach is next to the hotel for photo opportunities and you may even get the hotels pet donkeys to join in a photo too.  The Mayo room has luxurious space with couches and armchairs for the welcoming arrival area, beautifully candlelit for the warm winter fairyland look and extra special for the Christmas wedding.

  The Waterfront bar is a bright spacious bar area with panoramic views of Lough Conn. Walk out onto its private decking balcony for the BBQ experience or indeed the smokers getaway!

  All the ground floor public areas have no steps so it is very easy for anyone with a buggy or a wheelchair. The Connacht room-banqueting suite has its own kitchen to cater up to 300 guests, air conditioning system, private bar and its own WC facilities – self-contained.

  Step out on to the private balcony with access to the lakeside lawn for guests to enjoy the Pontoon romantic sunsets. There is a smoking area directly outside the banquet suite (the Connacht Room) which is accessed beside the bathrooms.  The outside area is roofed and lit up at night with tables and chairs for your comfort.

  The bridal suite has a magnificent lake view with a large 4 poster bed and access to the new rooftop deck where there is a sauna and hot tub.  The “Serene” beauty salon is a huge draw for the ladies, and gentlemen the massages are a pure joy.

  For any bride planning to be at the Pontoon Bridge Hotel on the morning of her wedding, it is most convenient to now that both hair and beauty requirements can all be looked after in the Serene Beauty salon once it is booked in advance. 

  The warm welcome, friendliness and professionalism of the staff is to be complimented while all the stress is eliminated. Whether it’s an intimate wedding, a more casual style or indeed the full works, including the fire works - it’s all available at the Pontoon Bridge Hotel.

  Civil ceremonies are now very popular with couples in the Pontoon Bridge Hotel, its all made so easy with everything on site. Mass, blessings, renewal of vows and Civil ceremonies, they are all catered for in this beautiful place which is a little piece of heaven in Pontoon. The next day party is a big hit with an informal BBQ or buffet on the lakeside deck off the bar.  They live up to the saying “the only thing we overlook is the lake”.

  Contact Breeta or Denise on 094-9256120 for details on the very special all inclusive wedding package for 2013 at only €35 per person.  

Wonderful wedding cake ideas at Bridie’s Bakery

Whether you’re a traditional kind of girl when it comes to wedding cakes, or someone who prefers the alternative offering, Bridie’s Bakery has something to suit your taste buds on your wedding day.

  Chocolate biscuit cakes, fruit cakes, carrot cakes, sponge cakes, lemon cakes, chocolate sponge and indeed cakes in a variety of other flavours are what Bridie’s Bakery does with sheer expertise!

  When it comes to icing, you can also have your very own taste catered for. Whether it’s your favourite chocolate icing, or regal icing in a colour to suit your wedding party, the team at Bridie’s Bakery is well able to cater for your needs. Cakes can also be delivered to the hotel to save you time and hassle on the day.

  Apart from making wonderful wedding cakes, Bridie’s Bakery is also in the business of home baking, making homemade apple and rhubarb tarts, fruit scones, brown bread and carrot, lemon and chocolate cakes. 

  Based in Ballinagare for over four years, Linda Higgins of Bridie’s Bakery has 25 years experience in the business, having worked in a bakery in Castlerea for over 20 years. Contact Linda at the bakery in Ballinagare at 094-9872917 or 086-0523563. 

Abbey Hotel - your dream wedding venue

The romance, the elegance, the precision of everything – a wedding at The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon is an unforgettable celebration of love in the refined surroundings of the legendary cradle of hospitality.

  The Grealy Family at the Abbey Hotel proudly celebrate 50 years of experience in tradition and exceptional customer service, which has transformed the well-known hotel into one of the midlands most prestigious and unique wedding venues.

  Your wedding reception should be the most special and memorable day of your lives, and the Abbey Hotel, guarantee that they will do everything in their power to make this the reality.

  The magnificent, beautifully appointed ballroom offers the perfect setting for a wedding. Complete with it’s own private bar, while also being adjacent to a Lobby area and the hotel’s main private bar, the ballroom at the Abbey Hotel is perfect for your wedding reception.

  The Abbey Hotel are currently offering 15% discounts on wedding packages on selected dates from now until December 23rd, 2012. The hotel are also currently promoting their fabulous range of Spring wedding offers which are available in January, February, March and selected dates in April 2013!

  The hotel offers individual tailored wedding packages as each wedding is unique, providing the use of the gardens for a pre-dinner canapes and drinks reception.

  Come and meet a member of their management team who will gladly give you a guided tour and discuss menu plans to suit your budget.

   For any further information, contact The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, on 090-6626240, log onto

Make the day magic with Louise’s Beauty Studio!

If you have a special wedding this year, whether you’re a bride, mother of the bride or a bridesmaid, then now is the time to place yourself under the expert care of Louise Conneally at Louise’s Beauty Studio in Roscommon. 

  Wedding preparation is a speciality at Louise’s Beauty Studio, Slieve Bán View, The Walk, Roscommon. By working with Louise and Jackie in the run-up to the big day, your body and skin will be in top condition.

  House calls on the morning of a wedding are a part of her job that Louise loves and she always remains a haven of peace and calm on the morning, ensuring that the bride and her family have extra time to ensure that all the preparations for the big day are in place. Louise is available for bridal house calls in any part of County Roscommon or beyond – just talk to her about your requirements.

  At Louise’s Beauty Studio, Louise can produce a tailor-made package to suit your requirements, taking into account your budget and focusing on the areas that need most attention. For example, toning or skin problems and her bridal packages always feature some goodies to pamper the bride-to-be. Don’t forget that relaxation is an important part to the run-up to a wedding and so perhaps that will be included in your pamper package, if that is your preference.

  So for that perfect look which will have heads turning on your wedding day look no further than Louise’s Beauty Hair Studio. For more information please call the studio on 090-6637939.

You won’t just shine….you’ll sparkle with the Carlton Shearwater Hotel

The Carlton Shearwater Hotel and C Spa, Ballinasloe, is an exquisite Hotel and Wellness Resort finished to an exceptionally high 4 star standard.

  Ideally situated beside the Marina with direct access to the town and amenities, this is the perfect venue for you and your guests. When you choose to have your wedding reception at Carlton Shearwater Hotel and Spa, you can rest assured that you and your guests will be the centre of attention as they have a strict policy of hosting only one wedding each day.

  Their stunning new sparkle wedding package is sure to take some of the stress away when trying to choose your venue as they include everything you need for one all-inclusive price which means you don’t need to worry about any aspect of your wedding reception once you arrive.

  They also offer great discounts on other services such as a wedding car, wedding cake, church flowers, chocolate fountain and wedding Invitations as well as access to their magnificent new secret rooftop garden!

  They are also delighted to provide all of the Brides and Grooms with access to Moposa, their award winning, online wedding planning service. Moposa enables you to share more of the wedding with family and friends, simplify the planning process and save time and money along the way. To find out more about Moposa please visit

  The Carlton Shearwater Hotel and C Spa understand the huge importance of your wedding reception as they realise it can seem daunting and often it is difficult to know where to begin. However, you can rest assured, that with their attention to detail and renowned reputation for great food and service, they will be there with you every step of the way. 

 Their dedicated wedding co-ordinator is always on hand to show you around their fabulous hotel and personally answer all of your questions. 

  The Carlton Shearwater Hotel and C Spa are also currently running a special offer at the moment of €1,000 off your final bill during off peak months and midweek dates.

  For further information or to make an enquiry, contact the Carlton Shearwater hotel and C Spa, Ballinasloe, on 090-9630400, email or log onto

Make your dreams a reality with Future Flowers

Whether you are looking for beautiful traditional wedding flowers, stylish contemporary flowers or striking exotic designs for your wedding, Future Flowers, Roscommon, will work closely with you to make your dreams a reality.

  Future Flowers is a modern and stylish flower arranging business owned and run by Ms. Shirley Spellman, recently located to Lanesboro Street, Roscommon, Established in early 2003 in the town of Roscommon, Shirley provides a reliable friendly service throughout the west of Ireland.

  Specializing in modern once off silk and fresh flower arrangements of the highest quality, Future Flowers will ensure that the flowers are exactly as you’ve imagined them and nothing less than perfect.

  At the initial consultation, Shirley will discuss every aspect of your wedding and the flowers you choose to accompany your day.

  Because this should be the most important day in your life we think you deserve the best. So feel free to contact them to make an appointment for a one to one consultation, where they can discuss shapes, colour schemes, venues and budgets.

  Future Flowers also caters for walk in collections, funerals and weddings. For further information contact Shirley on 090-6630444, log onto or email

Sheraton Athlone Hotel to host wedding show case

Let the Sherathon Athlone Hotel have the pleasure of giving you your first wedding gift when you attend their Wedding Show Case on Sunday July 1st

  Sheraton Athlone Hotel is giving their new Brides and Grooms their first wedding gift when they attend their Showcase on the 1st of July 2012 from 2-6 pm.

  Wedding gifts on the day will include: a two-night stay in Sheraton Poland where the Irish Soccer Team will be staying during the Euros; 14 over night stays in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel on the night of the Wedding Show Case and finally, 15 couples will experience a wedding tasting lunch in Sheraton Athlone.

  In an unique event which is the first of it’s kind in Ireland, Brides and Grooms will have the opportunity to see the Magnificent Hoey Suite fully set in Wedding Style, meet with the management team and discuss their wedding plans, but also 30 lucky couples will receive their first Wedding Gift from Sheraton Athlone.

  Also on the day there will be afternoon tea, BBQ, drinks, live music, beauty demonstrations, fashion showcase from all of our local fashion houses as well as a style talk.

  For all who come they will be having a celebratory style atmosphere as that evening we will be getting ready to watch the Euro final and fingers crossed we may all have to show up in our Green Jersey’s!

  Come along to visit this spectacular wedding venue and meet with members of the management team to discuss your wedding plans in detail, on Sunday 1st of July 2012 from 2-6 pm.

  Contact Anna Connaughton, Wedding Sales Executive on 090-6451000 for more details.    

Imagine…. perfect beginnings at Hodson Bay Hotel

At the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Roscommon, it is the little touches that allow them to create the perfect moments for your wedding day to mark the beginning of your life together.

  As your family and friends raise a glass to you, their dedicated Wedding Management Team will stand proudly by, ensuring no stone is left unturned to provide you with the perfect celebration.

  The Hodson Bay Hotel has earned its reputation as one of Ireland’s leading wedding venues. Offering a spectacular location on the elegant shores of Lough Ree, elegant banqueting suites, excellent food and service combined with the wealth of experience and dedication of their team, the Hodson Bay Hotel will strive to create the wedding reception of your dreams. 

  Priding themselves on their superb cuisine and menu offerings which is one of the most important aspects of any wedding reception, the recently appointed Executive Head Chef Rory Gabriel and his team will make sure that no attention is spared when preparing sumptuous meals for you and all of your guests with the very best of fresh local and Irish produce. Chef Rory and his team recently received an outstanding review from noted food critic’s Paolo Tuilio’s infamous website A Taste of Ireland.

  In addition to an amazing wedding reception, the Hodson Bay Hotel also boasts superb facilities for you and your guests; four-star resort awaits your guests offering a world class spa, award winning leisure complex and great Irish hospitality to give them the perfect base for the nights surrounding your wedding. 

  For further information on wedding packages or to arrange a viewing of the Hodson Bay Hotel please contact our Wedding Sales Executive Lisa Wykes on 090-6442000 or

Kilronan Castle – a magical venue for your dream Wedding Day

Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon,Co. Roscommon, Ireland is a stunning venue for your luxury wedding celebration, providing a romantic setting and breathtaking views which are matched by creative menus and impeccable service.

  This will truly be the luxury castle wedding day you have dreamed of. Every bride wants her wedding to be as memorable and magical as it possibly can be and at Kilronan Castle, the setting couldn’t be more perfect.

   Tucked away from the rest of the world, the 200-year-old Castle is an entirely unique location on the shores of Lough Meelagh situated between the beautiful villages of Keadue and Ballyfarnon, in Roscommon, Ireland.

   Your day can be as relaxed as you want it to be - with the entire Castle estate at your fingertips. You can wander across their open lawns and woodland pathways around Lough Meelagh to find the perfect backdrop against which to set your timeless pictures.

  The lawns provide a breathtaking setting for a Champagne or drinks reception on a summer’s day and the Castle’s backdrop is equally spectacular for a Winter Wedding.

   Perfect for a grand affair, The Grand Ballroom in Kilronan castle can cater for 320 people while providing exquisite décor that sets a tone of opulence underneath magnificent chandeliers.

  For any further information or to make an enquiry, contact Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon, on 071-9618000 or email

For the wedding day you’ve dreamed off – choose Lough Rynn Castle 

When you decide to hold your wedding reception at Lough Rynn Castle, Estate and Gardens, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, they will ensure your dream wedding becomes a reality.

   Lough Rynn Castle offers its guests splendid walkways through our walled Gardens and meandering corridors. Seamlessly blending Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries, Lough Rynn Castle delivers impeccable, unobtrusive service that is never compromised. Guests can relax under the careful attention of our staff and enjoy an exquisite selection of gourmet foods and wines.  

   The hotel are committed to only one wedding per day and we also organise complimentary personalised menus and seating plans. They offer the bridal party a complimentary bridal suite for the wedding night, complimentary venue hire, complimentary personalised menus, special discounted room rates for wedding guests along with the use of manicured grounds for wedding day photography.

  Lough Rynn Castle will be shortly hosting their annual Wedding Showcase extravaganza which will take place at the hotel on Sunday 8th July, providing potential brides and grooms with a glimpse of the wonderful wedding service which they continue to offer.

  Weddings booked with them for 2013/2014 on the day of the Wedding Showcase can receive €1000 off the price of the wedding plus exclusive use of The Baronial Hall and complementary chair covers – A Wedding Showcase not to be missed.

  Lough Rynn Castle will also tailor packages to suit your needs and for any further information concerning their Wedding Showcase or any of the above, please contact their wedding co-ordinators on 071-9632700 or alternatively at

Issue dated: 15 June 2012
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