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In case you haven't heard the best wedding news ever, let me enlighten you, Tara Fay, Ireland's premier bespoke wedding planner will be holding a wedding masterclass at Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal on September 26th and 27th!
So let me break this down...this means you can get wedding tips and advice from Ireland's best wedding planner at one of Ireland's bestest 5 star venues (and WeddingsOnline.ie Wedding Venue of the Year)...it's a no brainer. Oh and Joanne (the WOL Customer Service Manager) and I will be there too! I will be the girl grinning like a little school girl in the front row.
So here is an interview with the master herself, Tara Fay of Xena Productions.
What is your job exactly?
I am a wedding planner, the best way to describe what I do would be to say, I am your stage manager and you as the client are my directors. So I will take direction from you, but help and guide you in your decisions, but ultimately it is always your decision, as it’s your wedding!
How long have you been in wedding planning?
I set up Xena Productions in 1997 when I returned from Los Angeles where I worked with a party planner there, on weddings, parties and events all over California. I was the first company In Ireland to specialize in weddings and private parties.
What do you love most about your job?
Even though I work on all types and sizes of events, I love weddings the most. You are sharing in one of the most important life events of your client. I still keep in touch with loads of clients and get sent photos of new babies etc.
What do you think every bride should know before they start planning a wedding?
That it’s their wedding, so take advice but it’s your decision ultimately. Remember to enjoy it!
What’s the biggest mistake you see brides and grooms make?
Trying to do too much and keep too many people happy, that they forget about themselves and the commitment they are making to each other, and it’s only the week of the wedding that it hits them.
Why did you decide to team up with Solis Lough Eske to hold a wedding masterclass?
I think Lough Eske is such amazing venue (in fact it has been chosen as one of the most romantic venues in Ireland to get married and will feature on UTV next year), it really has tailored itself specifically for weddings, I would be hard pushed to find fault with it and believe me, I have looked! The fact that they are so focused on weddings and minding the couples gives me such confidence to partner with them for this masterclass. Also the venue is so relaxing it will enable the couples or the brides to relax and ask the questions they really want to.
What will the class entail (besides a chance to learn from the best!)?
Attendees will really have time to spend with each expert as there are times assigned for mini seminars, also the fact that each expert is on site for a day or two, will give couples the chance to ask questions face to face or come back and ask questions later, I always find couples remember the most important question five minutes after a meeting.
Will there be any tips for the budget conscious bride?
Each expert will be including budget and costs in their presentations, an amazing opportunity for brides and grooms to pick the brains of some of the industry’s best.
What are some practical wedding planning tips that attending brides will learn?
The hotel itself will talk people through planning a menu, stationary and calligraphy expert will talk through ordering the invitations and the time involved. I will be giving an overall planning masterclass and will be available to answer questions over both days. So in essence, it’s nearly a one to one consultation for each couple at the masterclass.