Wedding Costs

WEDDING HOTELS

The big bill at the end of the wedding is from this crowd.  I have heard some horror stories over the years where the hotels would nearly charge you for using the toilet but the recession has probably made this the most affordable time to get married in the last 10 years. I am not going to run any hotels down but I would urge any brides-to-be that the hotels first offers are not the ones you should accept. 

THEY  NEED!!!   your business.  The first thing to do is to beat them down on price (especially if you are having a large crowd at your wedding)  and when they’ve gone as far as they’ll go its time to ask about (free!!)  extras (BAR EXTENSIONS, EXTRA CHEAP ROOMS FOR FAMILY ETC) .

At the moment the hotels offering the best all around value for money ( this is my opinion and I wouldn’t know half the hotels in Ireland though I’d know a lot of them) are The DOLMEN HOTEL , Kilkenny road , Carlow , The Ashdown Park Hotel , Gorey  and The Amber Springs , Gorey.

 Most Hotels have realised there is a recession and have adjusted their prices , others still seem to be charging extra for the red carpet when you arrive and the air you breathe while you’re there .So to finish HAGGLE, HAGGLE and HAGGLE some more!

WEDDING DRESSES

 

I WOULDN’T DREAM OF ADVISING ANYONE ON WHAT DRESS TO PICK (YES,  THAT’S A LIE !)  BUT ESSENCIALLY YOU MUST LOVE IT ( IT S COSTING AN ARM AND A LEG AND IN SOME CASES A KIDNEY TOO SO YOU BETTER LOVE IT I CAN HEAR YOUR DADS MUTTERING (YOU’RE PROBABLY PAYING FOR IT ALL BUT HE’LL STILL MUTTER))  AS ALL GOING WELL YOU’RE ONLY WEARING IT TO THE ONE SESSION !

SO HERE ARE A FEW HINTS FOR GETTING THROUGH THE DAY IN THE FORT YOU ARE CALLING A WEDDING DRESS:

FIRSTLY   IF YOU CAN GET YOUR MOTHER OR HIS TO CARRY A NEEDLE AND THREAD FOR YOU (must be the exact right colour or will be spotted by some old dear who normally can’t see well enough to avoid running into a wall!!) JUST IN CASE SOME CLOWN STEPS ON YOUR DRESS AND TEARS IT OR THOSE HEELS CAN SOMETIMES GO RIGHT THROUGH AS WELL.

SECONDLY AND SOMETHING I TELL ALL BRIDES IF WE ARE DISCUSSING IT AT ALL AND THAT’S YOUR BRIDEMAIDS,  MOST ARE USELESS. THEY DON’T REALISE THAT THEIR JOB FOR THE DAY IS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR DRESS; NOT TO LOOK PRETTY AND NOT TO FLIRT WITH THE GROOMSMEN

 BUT TO GET YOU:

  A :TO THE BATHROOM ( SORRY TO BE A LITTLE CRUDE BUT MOST WEDDING DRESSES NEED A CONSTRUCTION CREW  TO GET YOU INTO THEM RIGHT)                  

   B: INTO THE WEDDING CAR /CARRIAGE/HORSE/WHATEVER              

   C: OUT OF THE WEDDING CAR/CARRIAGE/HORSE/WHATEVER

   D:ARRANGED FOR PICTURES BEFORE YOUR WALK UP THE AISLE

AND ACTUALLY THE LIST GOES ON LIKE THIS ALL DAY. IT’S A FULL TIME JOB OR IN MOST CASES SAVAGE STRESS FOR THE BRIDE WHILE HER BRIDESMAIDS ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. 

THIRDLY : YOUR DRESS IS GOING TO GET DIRTY !!   ESPECIALLY THE BIT THAT’S DRAGGING ALONG THE GROUND.THE ONLY WAY I CAN THINK OF TO AVOID THIS IS TO WEAR A MINI!! ( INSERT WOLF WHISTLE HERE!!!) SO ALL I’M SAYING IS RELAX AND DON’T STRESS ABOUT IT .ITS JUST A BIT OF DIRT!!

FOURTHLY :  NOT THE DRESS BUT THE SHOES. MOST BRIDES FEET ARE KILLING THEM BEFORE THEY EVEN LEAVE FOR THE SERVICE. BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES FOR THE HOTEL AND THE DANCING AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO SLIP OFF THE SHOES IN THE WEDDING CAR AND LET YOUR FEET RELAX. ONE BRIDE I MET HAD 2 PAIRS OF SHOES AND A PAIR OF RUNNERS. SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO ENJOY HER WEDDING DAY NO MATTER WHAT!

WEDDING PHOTOS

MY COMPANY STARTED DOING THE PHOTO’S SEVERAL MONTHS AGO SO I FEEL I CAN ADVISE ON WHAT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD BE DOING.

A : SHOULD BE AT THE BRIDE’S HOUSE FOR A FEW PREWEDDING PICS.

B:  ZOOM OFF TO MEET THE GROOMSMEN

C: GET ALL THE MAIN EVENTS AT THE SERVICE.

D: GET FAMILY AND GROUP SHOTS

E: GET A FEW GOOD SHOTS OF BRIDAL PARTY AND YOURSELVES

F: A FEW SPECIAL SHOTS OF JUST YOURSELVES!!

H: DON’T FORGET THE CAKE

P.S.  IF YOU HAVE PAID FOR A WEDDING CAR DON’T BE AFRAID TO TELL THE PHOTOGRAPHER THAT YOU EXPECT A FEW SHOTS WITH IT.

COSTWISE  I’VE SEEN PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO CHARGED 3,4 EVEN 5 THOUSAND EURO  AND JUST DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING.  MY MAIN ADVISE IN PICKING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS THAT HE DOES A LOT OF WEDDINGS AND NOT JUST A FEW WHEN HE’S NOT TAKING PICTURES FOR A MAGAZINE OR SUCH. ALSO CHECK OUT THE PACKAGE HE IS OFFERING YOU COMPARED TO A SIMILAR PACKAGE FROM ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER. OUR PHOTO PACKAGE IS SIMILAR TO A PHOTOGRAPHER IN CARLOW BUT HE CHARGES €900 AND YOU ”DON’T ”  GET THE CD WITH YOUR PICTURES ON IT SO IF YOU WANT AN ALBUM YOU HAVE TO GET IT THROUGH HIM !!! ENOUGH SAID !!

WEDDING VIDEO

 

THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE PHOTO’S IN THAT YOU NEED THE VIDEOGRAPHER TO COVER ALL THE BASES. HE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME CHECK LIST AS THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND YOU’LL FIND THAT IF YOU HAVE BOTH  THAT THEY WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME SIDE BY SIDE SO AS NOT TO BLOCK THE OTHERS SHOTS. ( YOU’LL KNOW AN AMATEUR WHEN HE KEEPS STEPPING IN FRONT OF THE OTHER LAD BUT ITS A BIT LATE THEN)  

WEDDING CAKE

 

TRY SOME AT A WEDDING FAIR AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT THEN NO MATTER WHAT THE CAKE LOOKS LIKE GO ELSEWHERE. IF ALL YOUR GUESTS FEEL SICK AFTER EATING IT THEY WON’T BE SAYING HOW NICE IT LOOKED FIRST.

MY WIFE AND I ARE STILL COMPLEMENTED ON THE NICE MEAL AT OUR WEDDING AND THAT’S 8 YEARS AGO. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE CAKE LOOKED LIKE ( NOT EVEN ME) BUT IF IT IS HORRIBLE THEN IT STILL WILL BE 10 YEARS LATER WHEN YOUR RELATIVES ARE TELLING YOUR CHILDREN WHAT A HORRIBLE CAKE YOU HAD AT YOUR WEDDING .(THIS IS SAD BUT TRUE! )

WE ARE EXPANDING OUR RANGE OF WEDDING CAKES FOR OUR PACKAGE ALL THE TIME BUT IF YOU WANT SOMETHING SPECIAL DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK. 

WEDDING CARS

 

WE ARE PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST WEDDING CAR PROVIDERS IN LEINSTER/IRELAND( MODESTY PREVENTS BUT I’M SURE YOU GET THE IDEA)  IN THAT WHILE WE DO HAVE A VERY NICE SELECTION OF CARS WE ALSO SEEM TO HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE TO MOST WEDDING CAR COMPANIES AS WELL. THIS IS WHAT YOUR CAR SERVICE SHOULD BE PROVIDING.

A: SHOULD BE AT THE HOUSE IN GOOD TIME .

B: SHOULD NEVER RUSH YOU AND SHOULD NEVER SAY “CAN YOU HURRY IT UP LOVE I HAVE ANOTHER JOB TO GO TO” HE’S BEEN HIRED FOR YOUR WEDDING AND IS NOT FINISHED ‘TIL YOU ARE WALKING UP THE RED CARPET INTO YOUR RECEPTION.

C: NATURALLY ENOUGH YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO OPEN A DOOR YOURSELF.

D: IF YOUR BRIDESMAIDS HAVE DONE A VANISHING ACT THEN THE CHAUFFEUR SHOULD GIVE YOU A HAND WITH YOUR DRESS (WITHIN DECENT LIMITS, AFTER ALL YOU ARE NEARLY A MARRIED WOMAN) 

E : A BIT OF TALK CAN HELP CALM THE NERVES . ITS IMPORTANT FOR  A CHAUFFEUR TO BE ABLE TO CHAT AWAY OR TO KNOW WHEN THE BRIDE JUST WANTS A BIT OF QUIET.  

F: BASICALLY A GOOD CHAUFFEUR WILL CREATE AN AREA OF CALM AROUND YOUR WEDDING VEHICLE WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A BIT OF QUIET BEFORE THE CERMONY AND WHERE YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND CAN BE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME AS HUSBAND AND WIFE WITHOUT THE CROWD OF WELL WISHERS ( PLEASE NO SMUTTY COMMENTS. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS? ) AND THE MOST COMMON QUESTION IS “  I’M UP SINCE 7 WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP ?” AND THE ANSWER IS “ABOUT 12 ” JUST IN CASE YOU COULDN’T GUESS.

COSTWISE  IF YOU ARE GETTING SOMEONE LOCAL  (WITHIN 30 MILES) IT SHOULD BE SETTING YOU BACK  BETWEEN €350 AND € 500 .

ALSO BEEN TOLD TO MENTION THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE DOING THE WEDDING CARS ILLEGALLY WHICH MEANS THAT WHILE THEY MAY BE A LITTLE CHEAPER THAN A LEGAL COMPANY THEY DO HAVE A FEW THINGS GOING AGAINST THEM.

a) THEY ARE NOT INSURED SO IF YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT   TOUGH!!

b) IF THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE TURNING UP  (YOU GUESSED IT )  TOUGH!!

c) THEY’RE NOT EXPERIENCED .ONE GIRL I HEARD OF HAD HER TRAIN DRAGGED FROM HER HOUSE TO THE CHURCH BECAUSE THE DRIVER DIDN’T KNOW ENOUGH TO CHECK HER DRESS WAS SAFELY TUCKED IN.(THIS IS SO BAD I CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO SAY THE WORD! )

d) THE TAXI REGULATOR IS AFTER THESE LADS THE WHOLE TIME AND NATURALLY ENOUGH WE REPORT THEM WHENEVER WE COME ACROSS THEM SO IF YOU ARE HIRING AN ILLEGAL CAR THE POLICE MAY HAVE IT BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY !!  TOUGH !!!

QUICK CHECKS YOU CAN MAKE JUST FROM AN INTERENT PICTURE  

a) IF IT ONLY HAS 2 DOORS ITS ILLEGAL !!   

b) IF THE REG IS NOT IRISH ITS ILLEGAL !! CAR COMPANIES FROM THE NORTH CAN’T COME DOWN AND DO A WEDDING IN THE SOUTH. THEY DON’T MEET THE IRISH STANDARDS. I HAVE HEARD OF GUARDAI TURNING THESE BACK.YOU’VE BEEN WARNED !!

c) SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT THE DISCS .IF IT DOESN’T HAVE AN NCT DISC ITS ILLEGAL!! . EVEN VINTAGE CARS HAVE TO BE NCT’D IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE CARRYING PEOPLE FOR HIRE!!!

d) IT SHOULD HAVE A SILVER DISC UP IN THE CORNER OF ITS WINDSCREEN.IF IT DOESN’T YOU GUESSED IT; ITS ILLEGAL!!

e) IF YOU ARE SEEING AN AWFUL LOT OF SIDE AND BACK PICTURES AND NO CLOSE UPS OF THE FRONT THEN PROBABLY YOU SHOULD AVOID THIS AS WELL THOUGH IF YOU LIKE THE CAR YOU CAN ALWAYS GO AND VIEW IT. iF THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO VIEW LOOK ELSEWHERE!!

WEDDING STATIONARY

IF YOU HAVE LOTS OF MONEY THEN BY ALL MEANS HIRE SOMEONE AT A WEDDING FAIR.IT WILL BE BEAUTIFUL AND REQUIRE NO EFFORT FROM YOURSELF EXCEPT SIGNING THE CHECK AND PICKING THE INVITATION YOU WANT.ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN POP INTO A PRINTER AND HE CAN PROBABLY WHIP YOU UP AN NICE INVITATION AND PRINT IT OUT FOR YOU FOR ABOUT HALF THE PRICE.

THE MASS BOOKLET WOULD HAVE TO BE DONE UP BY YOURSELF.( KEEP ALL THE ONES FROM WEDDINGS YOU GO TO YOURSELF AND PICK OUT THE BITS YOU LIKE)  ONCE YOU HAVE IT READY POP ALONG TO A PRINTER AND LET HIM AT IT. IT WOULD COST YOU MORE TO PRINT IT OUT ON YOUR OWN PRINTER. THEN BRING HOME YOUR BOOKLETS AND SPEND A FEW HAPPY HOURS STAPLING THEM TOGETHER.AT THE END OF THE DAY IT ALL SAVES MONEY !! 

 

 

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