You can add all the succulents and signage you want to your wedding but when it comes to what guests really remember about the Big Day it’s the entertainment… from the stirring soloist who announces your arrival on the aisle, to the photo booth where guests have the ultimate craic, to the late night DJ who keeps the party going and going and going, the magician who keeps guests amazed throughout the drinks reception to the band on the dancefloor where shapes are pulled – it’s all about creating memories for the couple and their guests. This year’s weddingsonline awards celebrated the suppliers who excel in creating an incredible atmosphere and fun memories for everyone involved for years to come.
Wedding Band of the YearSway Social
Winner of the 2017 weddingsonline Band of the Year, Sway Social are four “best buds” from childhood. After separate music careers they came together to form something new, fresh and relevant in wedding music. They play a huge setlist which spans from the 1950s right through to the present and it’s this variety that represents the guys’ musical ability as four lead singers and musicians.
FINALISTSAll Talk Wedding Band | Bentley Boys | Panic Animal | Pink Champagne Band | That Wedding Band by Who Knows | The Electrix Wedding Band | The Irish Rat Pack | The Pearly Whites | The Vows Wedding Band
Three-time winner of the weddingsonline Entertainer of the Year award Shane is one of Ireland’s most sought-after wedding entertainers specialising in his own unforgettable brand of Mind Reading and Psychological Magic. For over 10 years Shane has been captivating audiences in Ireland and abroad. Shane’s alternative performance style has been honed over the years, blending magic, sleight of mind and psychological illusions that leave guests speechless.
FINALISTJohn Frawley -The Singing Chef
The multi-talented Nikki Kavanagh scooped the award for Church Singer of the Year at this year’s weddingsonline awards and was also a make-up artist of the year finalist. Nikki has performed at some of the country’s most prestigious venues including The National Concert Hall, The Helix, The Cork Opera House with Liam Lawton, Vicar Street and still performs regularly with The RTE Concert Orchestra. With years of experience in the business, Nikki’s package is very attractive to couples as she has a broad repertoire including traditional hymns to the more contemporary style that has become so popular today, there is literally something there for everyone’s taste.
FINALISTSBlush Wedding Music | Catherine Byrne Wedding Singer | Claire Malone Church Singer | Grainne & John – Harpist & Wedding Singers | Lucy Kavanagh Singer and Pianist | Nicola McGuire Wedding Music
Winner of the fiercely fought DJ of the Year award, Munster DJ Hire provides a complete, professional wedding DJ service throughout Munster. Munster DJ Hire was awarded the top spot for the great care and consideration they put into planning every detail of their couples’ wedding entertainment. Based in Cork and servicing weddings throughout the local area including Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Clare, Munster DJ Hire can provide a wealth of experience and knowledge for couples looking to create a real party atmosphere on their Big Day and keep everyone on the floor all night.
FINALISTSDJ Tommy Elliott | DMC Events | Midland DJs | Star DJs
Photo booth supper of the year Instaglam Photobooths has over 10+ years in the wedding market and specialises in touch-screen photo booths for weddings. Instaglam goes above and beyond to make everything fun, easy and stress-free for couples. Their inhouse creative design team can create an intimate and personalised feel for photo booths and selfie mirrors and they ensure that all prints and products in their service are the highest quality in industry standard.
FINALISTSImagery Booths | Shoot Booth
Candy Buffet Supplier of the YearCarolyn’s Sweets
Scooping (!) the award for Candy Buffet Supplier of the Year was Carolyn’s Sweets. Carolyn’s Sweets specialise in buffets, cute candy carts and lots of other sweet treats that having been going down very well with wedding guests all over the country.
FINALISTSCandy Couture Sweet Boutique | Candylady
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.