Every week I get the incredible pleasure of sharing three real wedding stories on the blog. I love looking at gorgeous wedding photos of real couples enjoying their Big Day. I’m also constantly inspired by the beautiful love stories I get to share! One of my favourite questions that couples answer is “What was your favourite part of the day?” so today I’m compiling some of their answers for you. The best way to know where to spend your time, money and efforts when planning your own wedding is to get some inspo from the things other couples still remember about their own day.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
This is a really hard one to answer, I don’t think I have a favourite moment because I loved all of it. We took the week off work before the wedding and the whole build up was great. We travelled down to Brook Lodge the night before and had dinner with our families and bridal party which was a really lovely thing to do – the calm before the storm! The morning getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids was so fun and exciting. I loved my parents walking me up the aisle, seeing Phil at the top and all of our friends and family there to celebrate. I loved the moments after the ceremony, we were just so excited and I couldn’t stop smiling. I loved all of the speeches, even doing my own one wasn’t too bad! The dancing in the evening was so fun, the dance floor was packed the whole night. We also really loved our day two, we hired giant Jenga, table tennis, foozball and cornhole from Budget Event hire and brought along some board games as well. All of our guests got so into the games and it was a really fun day, finished off with toasting marshmallows over some braziers set up by Brook Lodge. – Ali and Phil
My favourite part of the wedding day was the saying I DO bit! I have heard the saying tying of the knot before, but never did I think my hands would be physically tied to my future husband when we were going through our vows! My joint-favourite part of the day was the throwing of the bouquet and the throwing of the garter. This was a really funny moment on the day and a real competitive moment amongst friends. – Rowland and Jo
So many to choose from! I loved getting ready with my bridal party. Sitting down at dinner and looking around seeing all our family and friends in one room chatting and laughing and knowing they are there for us and happy for us and enjoying themselves. It’s the only time when all your different groups of friends are together and all your family, neighbours etc from both sides are all there to celebrate with you and it’s such a lovely feeling. Listening to the speeches and the lovely stories from our parents and friends. I loved seeing our reception room transformed, draped with fairy lights, sparkle dance floor, centrepieces etc the vision straight out of my head a reality, with our beautiful cake there, and knowing any drama with our supplier and hotel was worth it. I know most people will say seeing their partner at the top of the aisle or getting married but in truth that was really nerve wrecking!! I loved the build up and the planning just as much as the day! – Aoife and Michael
Just before our first dance – stopping to take in the moment with all of our friends and family around us wishing us well. For Tim it was our vows, which we each wrote for one another. Both mothers read moving poems aloud, which we have printed and framed. Tim’s mum’s reading was interrupted by one of the grandchildren, who wanted to show his grandmother the flowers mid-way, which all of the guests found very funny. – Victoria and Tim
Seeing Cathal at the top of the church and just feeling on top of the world that I was finally getting to marry him. – Cathal and Fiadhnaith
Everything, if we could do it all again we would!! Getting ready with our three year old Ella that morning was magical, we both felt like princesses!! The photos at the rock of dunamaise were brilliant, although the photographer and videographer were with us it felt like we had some time to ourselves and we had so much fun! – Natasha and Mark
The wedding mass, and the first dance. – Rachel and Seamus
The drive down from the church in Cratloe, Co. Clare to Ballyseede Castle, Kerry. It is a journey of roughly 1 hour and 10 mins. We just soaked it all in and drank champagne as newlyweds before all the fun and madness began. – Jenny and Cian
Obviously marrying the love of my life but seeing all my work coming together. – Erica and Ashwin
Louise: Was waiting to see Darragh. Everyone was asking was I nervous or what I was looking forward to, and all I said was that I couldn’t wait to see Darragh. I couldn’t wait to officially start our day. My smile got bigger from that point.
Darragh: I was nervous standing there waiting for Louise to arrive but they went the minute I saw her walk up the aisle. It was a perfect day that I didn’t want to end. – Louise and Darragh
Taking some time out to walk around the venue after dinner with my Husband. – Gerard and Emma
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.