Kerry Wedding Show 2017 by TaraD

Recently I had the good fortune of attending the Kerry Wedding Show 2017, even though my bridal shopping days are over!! I had a great day out helping couples on the day, talking them through our photography packages here at Tara Donoghue Photography. I was very impressed by the layout of the stalls and of the effort all the suppliers put into making them stand out.  I found myself trying to plan a party for the future just to avail of the brilliant ideas and eat the delicious cakes that were displayed! 🙂

What I really loved about this fair was the open area that it was held in, the INEC proved to be a great spacious area where there was even enough room to hold a fashion show!! Norma O Donoghue put together a great collection of bridal wear and together with the music and lighting, it really was a show stopper!

This year there were 81 stalls at the wedding show. Upstairs there were performances from wedding singers and bands which added an extra element of fun to the day! I really enjoyed  the variety of stalls, and the unique ideas they had, the prosecco cart was mouth watering!!

There were a variety of suppliers offering everything you could need to make your wedding day special! From hotels to photographers and everything you could want in between it was a day for every wedding couple to enjoy!


To top off the day Aine Clifford, a bride to be, won the fabulous prize we organised worth over €2,500 which the following suppliers were part of:

Tara Donoghue Photography

Flowers from Tie the knot weddings

Brides of Kerry Wedding Spread

Headpieces by Cathy Troth

All you need is love stationary suite

Cosmo Video Productions



Thanks for a great day and I am looking forward to next year already 😀

~ Adeline

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Interview with Tie The Knot Weddings by TaraD

Today we have an interview with Tie The Knot Weddings-  wedding flower and event specialist.



Tie the knot wedding is a family run company for over 30 years and we are a mother/daughter team who specialise in wedding flowers and décor. Mary who is a real creative brain started selling a few plants and little arrangements many years back and over the years trained and grew the business to being one of Munster’s leading wedding suppliers. Danielle qualified in event management and started out working for Irelands largest event promoter, working with some of the worlds biggest music artists and also a stint as personal ASSISTANT TO Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett. She made the move closer to home to help run the business and now works closely with all the couples from their first phone call/mail until the morning of the big day!


Meeting new people and having the chats! It’s so lovely being part of a couples journey to their big day and it’s so rewarding when it all comes together and they are happy with everything.


We love the soft, wild bohemian style of bouquet that is loose and unstructured. It’s so popular at the moment, that carefree, relaxed look. In terms of flowers there are too many to choose, it’s like picking your favourite child! 😉 We love the Lilac flower and of course the Peony and David Austin Rose, so exquisite. We are a huge fan of lots of different seasonal and locally grown foliage. Grey/Silver foliage is going to be really big this year.


Thankfully we don’t see too many. I suppose the main thing really would be the couples taking on too much and planning to do it all themselves, particularly the week of the wedding. The day before the wedding should be as stress free as possible. You will need that time to do your last few jobs, enjoy getting your nails/ tan done and to have a few drinks and fun! Sometimes I have seen brides trying to finish off making a cake or trying to do some of the flowers themselves and they end up missing out. My advice would be hire the professional if you at all can, delegate and take the pressure off. X


As soon as you know who you want to work with get in touch and secure the date. Good suppliers are booked up fast. There is loads of time to pick out what you are going to have but the main thing is the date, especially if its summer or xmas, or other peak times. In terms of flowers, there is so much choice. We offer a lot of hired out options so it helps to reduce the cost while still getting the wow effect!

Also there is a price for everything. When shopping for quotes take into account the business reputation, years in business, previous client’s feedback, their portfolio and their actual skill. If something is very cheap there is usually a reason why. But the main thing would be to enjoy it all! Enjoy the planning as much as you can as the day goes so quickly and it’s the build up that really is  a huge part x

Thanks so much to Danielle from Tie the Knot Weddings for a great interview!

For more information about Tie The Knot Weddings please visit http://tietheknotweddings.ie/contact-us/

~ Adeline






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Wedding favour TIPS by TaraD

Give it a personal touch!

Give thought to what your big day is about, how you and partner met, the place for instance or where ye got engaged

(Sand in a little bottle from the beach you got engaged at, with a tag saying’ take some of our paradise home with you’)


Match your wedding theme!

Keep all your ducks in row and stick to your wedding theme, having a sea themed wedding? Give your wedding guests a rubber duck with your wedding date on it!

Keep your guests in mind!

Think of your guests and what they would use. If you are getting married in winter why not treat them all to some cosy favours?



Present them uniquely!

Presentation is a chance to incorporate your wedding theme with the wedding favours, display them on a table somewhere in the room that will catch the guests eye, have the table decorated in such a way that it shows off your wedding theme or if you want a standalone piece have it loud and proud, it’s amazing what a few fairy lights and a bit of imagination can do!


Make it fun!

Funny props and disposable cameras on the table is a great way for people to interact and the kids will love it!!

~ Adeline


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