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On distant shores. Getting married abroad. 

It sounds romantic, getting married on a Spanish beach, or in an Italian vineyard, and many couples are opting for a foreign wedding. The good news is that at least 60% of Irish people said they would travel for a wedding abroad.

The bad news of course is that if you invited 100 people to your wedding, that means 40 of them won’t be prepared to travel to your wedding. The people least likely to travel are the elderly, so your granny most probably won’t be attending. Couples with small children may also decide that the effort of traveling with a baby might not be worth it.

Depending on the cost, some of your younger friends, those who are studying or just starting work might not be able to afford it. If your wedding is a short hop on a budget flight to Spain this is most probably not a problem, but a short stay in a Swiss ski resort for your wedding may not be in everyone's budget. In the same survey, guests made it clear that if they are traveling abroad for a wedding then the couple shouldn’t expect wedding gifts as well.

drunk uncle wedding

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Dealing with the druncle.

Your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life, and the one thing that can leave a bad taste and that happens far too often is having to deal with the druncle. Alcohol, families that haven’t spoken in years, long-standing family feuds and the general Irish temperament can all lead to a nasty incident of violence at a wedding.

All is not lost though, there are a few practical steps that can lessen the chance of this happening, or lessen its impact if it does.

Some brides are easy to deal with...

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Some brides are easy to deal with...

If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid you’ll know it is a lot of work. Some brides — like you, we are sure — are easy to deal with. They know what they want, they don’t ask for the impossible — or the downright extravagant — and they are grateful for all your hard work. Others, let’s face it, go full-on bridezilla. And you should never go full-on bridezilla.

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Relationship Expert Is gaming ruining your relationship? Podcast

Does gaming get in the way of your relationship?

David Kavanagh informs Ciara of what to do if gaming is starting to become a problem in your relationship.

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Tips For Planning A Winter Wedding

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Getting married in winter Tips For Planning A Winter Wedding

Traditionally weddings were meant to be held in spring, and if you had lived in the 16th Century, everyone in your village would most probably have gotten married on the 1st of May in the local church. In the modern world though, your wedding could be anywhere, and anytime.

Winter weddings offer some advantages, venues are cheaper as it is “out of season”, and it is easier to find suppliers, caterers, photographers and all the other services you would need. On the other hand, winter weddings present their own sets of problems, such as the cold and wet weather and the early onset of darkness.

Engagement and Wedding Ring Trends in 2017

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Five Engagement and Wedding Ring Trends in 2023

Choosing an engagement or wedding ring is a big deal. Most married folks wear this ring for the rest of their lives. At least that’s the idea! Some couples like to upgrade the ring if and when they can afford it. Jewellers love this! But most couples are sentimental about their wedding rings, which means choosing the right one is important! The solitaire diamond is a classic which will never go out of style but there are some lovely options which look likely to very popular in 2017.

If music be the food of love. Bands, DJ’s, singers, string quartets.

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If music be the food of love. Bands, DJ’s, singers, string quartets.

If music be the food of love…

It can be quite intimidating the first time you go online and type in “wedding music Ireland” into the internet search bar. Bands, DJ’s, singers, string quartets and uilleann pipers. Which one do you choose, where do you start, and what on earth are uilleann pipers?

A lot of what you choose will depend on the type of wedding you want to have. A traditional wedding, a rustic country wedding or an urban hipster wedding will all require a different approach to the music, but there are a few standard boxes to tick before you decide.

One trend we are loving at the moment is flower boats.

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One trend we are loving at the moment is flower boats.

Flower boats

Wedding trends come and go. Some are gorgeous, like the current trend for florals and cacti in flower arrangements and bouquets. Others are less enthralling — like trashing the dress. But one trend we are loving at the moment is flower boats.

5 Wedding Trends that need to go away!
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5 Wedding Trends that need to go away!

Here at Avalon Precana Courses we love checking out new wedding trends. Some are clever and amusing; others are over-the-top or very expensive. Either way it is fun to keep up to date with what brides and grooms are doing for their special day. Having said that, there are just some wedding trends we’d like to see disappear into the history books.

1. Keeping Up With the Kardashians

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PrCana Online - The effects of Internet addiction on Relationships

Relationship Expert David Kavanagh gave Ciara his advice on Internet addiction, as many couples are coming to conflict over the issue.

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Irrespective of the consequences that Internet Addiction has on real-life relationships, without any doubt it has a tremendous psychological hold over an individual operating in cyberspace and his relationships, causing dissociation of the real into the virtual and letting the subconscious surface and play its defences. Only an aware and self-disciplined individual can escape the subtle yet powerful psychological manipulation of this addiction to know the boundaries and where to draw the line. Treating internet as a means to an end helps to perceive it just as a commodity and not as something to seek life contentment from.

Festival bridal fashion -  Floral hair, Crop Tops, Glitter.

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Festival bridal fashion

 
It’s summer! This means it's both wedding season and festival season. While weddings have long had a “look”, over the past few years, festival fashion has become increasingly popular. Unsurprisingly, festival fashion has influenced summer wedding fashion. Both are often romantic, with a penchant for flowing garments and flowers. 

What’s an experiential wedding?

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Weddings ain’t what they used to be! And that’s no bad thing… Traditionally the bride, her family and bridal party were responsible for putting the wedding together and making all the big decisions from venue to menu, to flowers and favors. These days couples are far more likely to both be engaged in the planning. After all, it’s the grooms big day too.

Over the last couple of years, having a wedding that reflects both people’s personalities as well as their shared history has been a key trend. In 2023 we can expect to see the rise of the experiential wedding. But what, you may ask, is that?

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