A guide to getting the perfect wedding in Northern Ireland

On your big day, you want everything to go without a hitch. It helps to have a guide so you can ensure that nothing falls between the cracks and that you and your betrothed have that dream wedding.

Things to consider

What is the theme?

Maybe you just want a simple church wedding or maybe something a bit fancier like a castle or a country house like Rathmullan. Once you know the venue then other details like colour themes and food fall into place.

What are your wants and needs?

Drawing up a list of items you need and others that you want helps to keep you grounded in realism. Prioritise the needs and if budget allows start on the wants.


Obvious but you need to budget. Don’t fall into the trap of booking an expensive venue then scrimping to pay for the caterers or the cake. Set a budget and stick to it.

Cutting corners

On your big day, it pays to hire professionals who know what they are doing. You don’t want out of focus photos to ruin your big day. A great Northern Irish wedding photographer is Paul Clade http://paulmcglade.tv/.

Being decisive

Don’t overthink anything. Once the decision is made move on – you have a lot to organise.


Set a realistic timeline of twelve to fifteen months and tick one item off your to do list at a time.

Due dates

Make sure you keep an eye on the deadlines and get those invites out promptly so you know your headcount for catering.


It’s a good idea seven or ten days before the wedding to call all your vendors so you know there are no last minute hitches.

Above all – have fun!

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