NI Wedding Boutique Of The Year

Castle Bridal, Castlewellan wins NI Wedding Boutique of the year after operating for only 7 months!!

Castle Bridal of Castlewellan, County Down have been named NI Wedding Boutique of the year at the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast. This is an amazing achievement given the fact that it has been open less than a year! The boutique rounded off a hugely successful night by also scooping the Wedding Boutique of the year for County Down.

Josie McEvoy and her team were delighted to have picked up both prestigious awards,after being open only 7 months!She thanked her staff for all their hard work and dedication, and also all the customers who nominated the boutique for these awards. Josie & her team are overwhelmed by these two amazing awards and see them as a vindication of the massive effort to ensure that every customer request is catered for,

Apart from the large collection of wedding dresses instore, they stock curvy dresses up to size 32 & their well-known brand True Bride collection. They are a one stop shop from shoes, veils, jewellery & 1 of the largest collections of True Bride bridesmaid dresses. Their dresses come from all over the world to suit every budget plus we have a in-house alteration service available. If you’ve just said yes to the most important question of your life, the next decision should be when you’ll be able to pop in to them!

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How did you meet your husband?

Believe it or not, I have known my husband from my early childhood as we went to the same primary school and were in the same year but a different class. We then went to different secondary schools and did not connect until we were 17 when we met through friends in November 2010 at a social gathering. We went on a couple of dates together and very soon, we were an item and have been ever since.

How did your husband propose?

It was July 28th 2014 and we were on holiday in the beautiful Greek Island of Crete in a resort called Hersonissos. It was coming near the end of our holiday, we had been out for a meal at an Italian restaurant and decided to retreat to our apartment and relax before the journey home the following day. I was sitting on our balcony embracing the breath-taking scenery from our apartment when Colin came out, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! Of course I said YES! He had just made me the happiest girl alive. He produced a ring box from his pocket, so I instantly thought he had been ring shopping (which shocked me)…he opened up the box and there he had a haribo gold ring inside which did make me laugh. We arrived home the next day and went ring shopping and I can safely say I came home with more than a haribo and Colin’s pockets were a bit lighter also!

When and where did you get married?

We got married in our hometown Banbridge, in Scarva St Presbyterian Church on Friday 21st July 2017. Our service was at 12 noon with all our friends and family present – it was perfect. My father who is disabled was able to give me away as my uncle pushed him down the aisle in his wheelchair which meant a lot to me. We enjoyed having some photographs taken after our ceremony featuring a Massey Ferguson tractor as well as our groomsman’s lorry which he had personalised just for us on our big day. We then travelled to Balllymena to our reception which was held in the stunning Tullyglass House Hotel’s Clocktower Suite. We had a beautiful meal, enjoyed the company of our friends and family and we danced the night away as the new Mr & Mrs Irvine.

Describe your gown. 

My wedding gown was from the Mark Lesley Collection at Peony Bridal, Hillsborough. The dress featured a delicate lace corset bodice with a tulle princess skirt. The dress flaunted a sweetheart neckline which was embellished with spectacular diamantes and pearls. Crossed ruching at the waist helped define my figure and the beautiful lace appliqué that glistened throughout the bodice and skirt really set the dress off. An overall stunning bridal gown.

What about the bridesmaid dresses?

My bridesmaids wore stunning dresses from the ‘True Bride’ collection at Perfect Day, Lurgan. The dresses were made in chiffon with a pleated bodice and had delicate beadwork to the waist and back. The dresses were in the colour ‘heather’ and were truly elegant, the bridesmaids looked fabulous and many people passed comment on how amazing the dresses were – particularly the colour.

Can you describe your bouquet? 

My wedding flowers were supplied by the very talented Wendy Hull of Flowers by Wendy, Lisburn. My bridal bouquet was a teardrop shaped arrangement consisting of a blush pink sweet avalanche rose which complimented the soft lilac tones of the memory lane rose. Filler flowers of baby’s breath and the delicate wax flower tied everything together magnificently. The final sentimental touch was a charm with my grandmother’s photograph in it which was attached to my bouquet. The bridal party carried matching hand tied bouquets and the men also wore matching toned lilac and pink roses in their button holes.

What was the highlight of the day?

I have to say, I had the most fantastic wedding day; it really was a dream come true and we both enjoyed every minute of it. It’s hard to select a highlight as the whole day was perfect from start to finish however, the fact that my Father and Grandfather were able to be with us after both battling with their health meant a lot. Also, we were graced with wonderful weather which was not predicted, in fact the weather forecast give heavy rain and potential thunderstorms that day- it rained early in the morning and that was it, not a spit of rain the rest of the day…prayers were definitely answered. Besides the weather and the presence of loved ones, getting to marry the love of my life is definitely the ultimate highlight!

Castle Leslie Estate Wins A Condé Nast Johansens Award For Excellence

Our very own Castle Leslie Estate scooped the prestigious 2018 award for excellence in the category of Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Occasions at the Condé Nast Johansens 36th annual awards for excellence. The awards were held on Tuesday 7th November at The May Fair Hotel in London, with hundreds of top hotel industry professionals in attendance.

Castle Leslie was recognised by judges as one of the last great Irish estates still owned by its founding family. The stunning Irish castle stands majestically within the green beauty of the County Monaghan countryside featuring the tranquil waters of Glaslough Lake.  Weddings are given the full treatment with exclusive use of the Castle and as you would expect, renowned warm Irish hospitality is a given here with complete escapism guaranteed

Condé Nast Johansens, from the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Vanity Fair, is the premier reference guide for independent travellers. The Awards are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback and Local Expert reports drawn hotels in the most recent Guides those featured online. With dedicated and highly trained Local Experts, almost 10 times as many properties have been assessed as appear online or in the Guides, in order to narrow the final selection down to the best.

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Corick House Hotel Unveils New Wedding Suite

After Corick House Hotel & Spa underwent a series of refurbishments at a total of £250,000 to its main wedding suite, hotel bar, conservatory and restaurant, in addition to their award winning spa and new bedroom development, they now offer the complete package for any bride looking for an exquisite venue for their special day.

The wedding co-ordinator at Corick House Hotel, Lynda Beacom said: “We strive to do the best in everything we do at Corick House Hotel. With a capacity to seat up to 350 guests for your wedding banquet, it is extremely gratifying to see the investment and hard work planned by the family over the last number of months come to fruition. The results are fantastic. The response from our Brides has been a delight”

“No question is too small and no request is too big. We now have 20 years’ experience in wedding planning and host up to 150 weddings a year, delivering at the very top of our industry.”

Couples are invited to experience the venue first-hand by appointment, on Thursday evenings and on Sundays, to make sure it’s the right place for them. The Corick House Hotel’s wedding team advise them on their all-inclusive wedding packages for 2018/19.

To find out more or to make an appointment, email Lynda on or telephone 02885548216.

The beautifully refurbished Orchid Suite


Four Seasons Wedding Fair

The Proposal Wedding Fair recently took place at the Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan. It was the perfect opportunity to discover a brand new pre-reception suite where you can celebrate your “I Do’s” in the sophisticated and elegant Limewood Suite, with stunning ornate plaster work on the barrel vaulted ceilings, with a vantage point for guests to welcome you as a married couple

Guests enjoyed a huge range of quirky wedding suppliers, gourmet canapes, champagne and viewed exclusive plans of the brand new Limewood Suite which is to be showcased on Sunday February 19th 2pm.  If you are interested celebrating your wedding in the Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan, please email or call 00 353 47 81 888.

For more coverage of this event, check out the Winter issue of Ulster Tatler Brides, in shops now.

La Mon Wedding Showcase Day

La Mon Hotel & Country Club held its Wedding Showcase Day on Sunday 15th January 2017. La Mon offers a beautiful country location, within the rolling hills of Co. Down yet uniquely located on the periphery of Belfast and surrounded by 10 acres of mature landscaped gardens. La Mon’s ceremony, reception suites and luxury accommodation were all showcased on the day, along with their fantastic wedding suppliers.

Join them at La Mon’s Bridal Fair on Sunday 19th March 2017 between 1pm-4pm and experience Love at La Mon.

For more coverage of this event see the Winter issue of Ulster Tatler Brides, in shops now.

A Unique Wedding Open Weekend At Lough Erne Resort

Five-star Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh is inviting happy couples from across Ireland to a unique ‘Wedding Open Weekend’ at the luxury resort which has just been awarded the title of ‘Top Rated Wedding Venue’ in both Northern Ireland and Ulster as voted for by brides and grooms of

The venue, which boasts a championship Faldo golf course, unique Thai Spa and the outstanding culinary talents of Noel McMeel, will host the bespoke event on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of March from 12 noon until 6pm each day. This is the perfect chance for couples either engaged or thinking of getting married to explore the stunning resort and extensive grounds which are set against the backdrop of Castle Hume Lough.

The wedding and events team will be on hand to show you around the resort whilst taking the opportunity to reveal the stunning new Ross Suite which will have undergone an extensive £200,000 transformation.

Selected bridal experts will also be in attendance to advise on the exclusive discounts that they offer to couples booking Lough Erne Resort for their special day from decor packages to flowers. Plus, Lough Erne Resort will also have an exclusive offer for those lucky couples that book and confirm their wedding on the day.

The unique ‘Wedding Open Weekend’ comes after Brides and Grooms from across Ireland rated Lough Erne Resort as their top choice for the perfect wedding, in a double award win that names the luxury resort as ‘Top Rated Wedding Venue’ in Northern Ireland and Ulster.

The awards were certainly no mean feat with thousands of newlyweds having reviewed their chosen venue on the popular website. Ciara Crossan, CEO of WeddingDates said “the awards are based on real wedding experiences and are key for couples in making the decision as to where to host their big day.”

“The team at Lough Erne Resort work tirelessly year-round to ensure each and every wedding that they host goes smoothly and the reviews from past couples are a testament to that.

“One of the main sources of information when planning a wedding is word of mouth – people rely on the advice and recommendations from others” she added, “If wedding couples have had a good experience at a venue, then the likelihood is that you will too.”

Speaking ahead of the Wedding Open Weekend, Lough Erne Resort General Manager, William Kirby said the wedding team can’t wait to show off the new Ross Suite to couples planning their big day.

“We are investing heavily in our wedding facilities at Lough Erne Resort to ensure we have real standout across Ireland. Our investment will also help ensure we continue to exceed the expectations of our brides and grooms who recently named Lough Erne Resort as Top Rated Wedding Venue not just in Northern Ireland but in the whole of Ulster, which is fantastic news.

“All of the couples who choose Lough Erne Resort to celebrate their marriage receive a bespoke service from our experienced team, with memories that will last a lifetime.

“The new Ross Suite is the perfect setting for a wedding celebration, and we look forward to welcoming couples to our Wedding Open Weekend in March”.

Northern Ireland Couples Can’t Wait For Weddings

Brides-to-be across Northern Ireland are following the lead of their favourite Hollywood couples and choosing short engagements ahead of long, drawn-out events. With A-list couples like Cameron Diaz engaged to to Benji Madden for a blink-and-you-miss-it 17 days, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen married to Tom Brady just one month after he proposed, the trend for by-passing a long engagement to be with the one you love is gathering pace.

It’s a trend that the 5-Star Lough Erne Resort have recognised, and with increasing demand for shorter engagements the weddings team have created a bespoke ‘When Love Won’t Wait’ package which includes all the essential aspects for the big day, making it perfect for couples who just want to get on with the business of being married.

The luxury Lough Erne Resort, nestled in the heart of the stunning Fermanagh Lakelands, can cater for up to 300 family and friends, with a gourmet menu created by the award-winning Chef Noel McMeel, who was recently named a Hospitality hero by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Lough Erne Resort Concierge Gordon Elder is on hand as Jessica Turley swaps her running shoes for designer heels with her very own price charming Paudy Lunny at the five star venue, as new trends show couples from across Northern Ireland are racing up the aisle rather than settling for a long engagement.

General Manager William Kirby says the demand for the resort’s new When Love Won’t Wait wedding package shows a major shift in wedding choices within Ireland.

“The reasoning behind a long engagement in recent years has been to plan and perhaps save for the celebration. With a shift in couples now living together and buying houses prior to engagement, the need for waiting to get married has significantly reduced. Our new ‘When Love Won’t Wait’ wedding package at Lough Erne Resort is perfect for couples that don’t want to compromise or postpone their marriage any longer but want an excellent price point with unrivalled lakeside views and 5-Star service.

The “When Love Won’t Wait” wedding package offers a Lemonade Bar on arrival with tea, coffee and shortbread followed by a sumptuous five course banqueting menu with a half bottle of House Wine per guest and evening reception. The Ross Suite at Lough Erne Resort will include chair covers, sashes and candelabras for each table as part of the package. Ahead of the big day to ensure the dining options on the big day are perfect, each couple will enjoy a menu tasting session, with a complimentary 1 Night Bed and Breakfast stay to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in style!

Win A Wedding At Boutique Hotel Ten Square

Belfast’s leading boutique hotel Ten Square is celebrating a massive makeover for brides in its newly refurbished Linenhall Suite with a wedding showcase on Sunday 24 January 2016.  All brides who come along and register on the day will enjoy cocktails and canapés overlooking the prestigious City Hall and will be entered into a draw to win a luxury wedding package for up to 100 guests at the hotel, which will include an arrival drinks reception, 4 course gourmet menu, ½ bottle of wine per guest, sparkling toast, evening buffet and complimentary overnight stay in the hotel’s luxurious suite as well as room design from Mood Events and a DJ from Vertu Entertainment.

The dedicated bridal events team, who together have a century’s experience in weddings and bridal planning, will have the beautiful Linenhall Suite set up for a chic  wedding to give prospective brides an image of what Ten Square would look and feel like on their wedding day. Wedding co-ordinators will be on hand to answer questions and discuss bespoke ideas and themes, and couples can liaise with the hotel’s preferred partners including Mood Event Design, Bradley Quinn Photography, Victoria Gault Florist, Cakes by James and Vertu Entertainment.

Wedding and Events Manager Lucy Anderson said: “From initial plans to the magic of the day itself, our wedding team at Ten Square Hotel will carefully co-ordinate every moment to make each bride’s wedding an unforgettable experience.

“Highly personalised and professional planning are just two of the many facets that make Ten Square a wise choice for a couple’s special day. Our exceptional culinary team presents creative dishes to suit all tastes and budgets accompanied by a prestigious selection of wines.

“Couples attending the showcase will be able to peruse menus and wine lists and taste the culinary delights from the hotel’s executive chef Chris Bell, who has worked under iconic chefs such as Paul Rankin, Michael Deane and two-star Michelin chef Paul Heathcote. Chris spent a year working at the seven star Burj Al Arab in Dubai and twice represented Northern Ireland on the hit BBC Television show, Great British Menu.

“I can also personally advise brides on the ideal wedding cake, floral designer and room design; plus, as a licensed venue for civil partnerships and civil ceremonies, we can liaise with the City Hall Registrars to make marriage applications.

“Our exquisite 23 guestrooms offer luxurious overnight accommodation for the bridal party and guests at preferential rates, allowing the couple’s special day to last all day or even over several days!

“My own wedding vow is to bring every bride’s dream perfectly to life with impeccable attention, imaginative presentation and perfect timing. Our experienced team of specialists will ensure that each detail unfolds accordingly to the bride’s desires and we look forward to meeting lots of couples here on 24 January.”

The win-a-wedding couple will be drawn at random by the General Manager of the hotel on the day and the winner notified by 31 January.

Victoria Square Unveils The Quirks Of Wedding Gifting Ahead Of Its Wedding List Launch

A survey commissioned by Victoria Square, Northern Ireland’s premier retail, residential and leisure complex, has revealed that a staggering 40% married or engaged couples polled across the region, have re-gifted an unwanted wedding present.

The research comes in the lead up to Victoria Square’s Wedding Event this weekend (Saturday 05 and 06 September) when it will officially launch its ‘Wedding Gift List’ service, the first multi-store wedding gift list service of its kind in Northern Ireland. The event will also showcase everything you need for the big day in one place.

The online gift card service offers the gift of choice to couples with a variety of over 50 fashion, technological, beauty and jewellery shops and 18 restaurants to purchase from, minimising the risk of brides and grooms receiving unwanted gifts.

The study also uncovered some of the weird and wonderful gifts received including literally everything from toilet brushes and plastic bed sheets to banjos and baby name books.

It’s no surprise that the most popular wedding gifts have changed through the years and many couples who didn’t have a wedding list also received multiples of the same items. The most common included: toasters and towels in the 80’s, towels and mugs in the 90’s, bed sheets and wine glasses in the 00’s and picture frames in most recent years.

Much loved Northern Irish cook and cookery writer, Jenny Bristow, who married her husband 1977, said: “In our day there wasn’t the option of setting up a gift list and even asking for gifts was unheard of. It was up to friends and family to buy whatever they thought appropriate. I remember at the time we received Ainsley Vases, in every shape, shade and size but the most memorable gift was a cheque from a guest who hadn’t signed it, meaning that we couldn’t cash it. We had an inkling of who it was from but never went back to ask for their signature out of sheer embarrassment, but we had a good laugh about it at least!”

Michelle Jackson, Victoria Square centre Manager explains, “Our Wedding Gift List signals the change in consumer needs – they want more choice than the standard gift card and this service offers exactly that. It allows friends and family to contribute towards a Gift Card so couples can buy exactly what they want not only for the home, but money towards wedding rings, a honeymoon wardrobe or a romantic meal post-wedding too.”


More information about the Wedding Event at Victoria Square can be found at and the Wedding Gift List service can also be set up here too. 


Ulster Tatler Weddings

Kerrigan & Ausenhaus

Miss Eleanor Kerrigan and Mr Eric Ausenhaus were recently married in Parkanaur Manor House, where they also held their reception.

Walsh & McAleenan

Miss Máiréad Walsh and Mr Adrian McAleenan were married recently in St Patrick’s Church, Banbridge. The happy couple held their reception in Ballydugan Mill, Downpatrick. The couple spent their honeymoon in Provence, France.

Cunningham & Lawther

Miss Laura Cunningham and Mr Richard Lawther were recently married in the First Presbyterian Church, Comber, followed by a reception in Stormont Hotel.

For more coverage see the Ulster Tatler March edition.