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If you're planning a Dublin wedding, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the huge amount of choice when it comes to wedding vendors. There are so many elements to pull together from your dress to your venue, hair and beauty appointments for both of you, to your cake, flowers and everything else in between - where do you even start?

We asked some Dublin wedding vendors to give us their top tips on how to know you're picking the right vendor amongst all your options and what you need to know before you start looking for the perfect fit vendors!

Macarons by Andrea

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Macarons By Andrea is a small business based in Blackrock, Co Dublin, dedicated to producing perfect macarons for every occasion. Baking since 2012, Andrea’s trademark is producing macarons that are bursting with flavour, whilst keeping them pretty and dainty to look at. A macaron pyramid makes for a perfect centerpiece, as an alternative to your traditional wedding cake, or it can bring a wow factor to your drinks reception. Macarons can even be offered as wedding favours.

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With so many wedding vendors based in Dublin, how do I know if I'm picking the right one?
"I recognise that each couple is individual in their taste and style, and therefore I recommend meeting face to face in order to get to know the couple and their preferences. With such an array of colour and flavour combinations to choose from, I will guide you through the decision-making process to arrive at the choice that best suits you. Tasting trials also help you choose the perfect flavour combination for your special day."

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What do couples usually need to know before they first approach planning their wedding cake?
Before meeting up it is good to have an idea of what you would like, no matter how vague. Ask yourselves the following for example:

  • Are the macarons to be used for the wedding cake, drinks reception or wedding favours?
  • Is there a colour scheme to be incorporated?
  • Would you prefer seasonal (floral/berries in Spring & Summer) (nuts/spices in Autumn & Winter) or classic flavours?
  • What budget do you have to work with?

Having just one or two of these questions answered will already be a big step towards finding the perfect solution for you.

You can find out more information about Macarons by Andrea on her website, or by catching her on Facebook. You'll find her by calling 086 2322801 or emailing [email protected]

 

Discount Designer

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Discount Designer caters to designer brides on a budget. They offer new, sample and second hand wedding dresses at up to 50% off new retail price. "We love when a Bride finds her dream dress at a great price and a beautiful dress gets another day out," they say. Their studio in Killiney hosts dresses by Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Vera Wang, Pronovias, Catherine Deane, David Fielden and more.

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With so many wedding vendors based in Dublin, how do I know if I’m picking the right one?
"There are many fabulous bridal boutiques and most of my sellers have bought their dress in top bridal boutiques in Dublin, others in US and UK therefore I am confident in Discount Designer’s collection."

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What are your top tips for brides before they visit your store?
"To be open minded. What we see on Pinterest or on bridal websites and magazines can look and feel so different on. I get a lot of brides saying they don’t want strapless or ballgown, other brides would prefer not to wear lace or a veil yet when they try, can totally change their view point."

You can find out more information about Discount Designer on their website, or by catching them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. You'll find them by calling 087 6126340 or emailing [email protected] to make an appointment.

 

Men's Grooming Ireland

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You might be a Dublin Bride, but you're likely involved in getting your groom together for the wedding, too. Men’s Grooming Ireland is one of the best barber shops located in Stillorgan, and it's known for its prestige, clientèle and traditions. They offer a lifestyle experience and provide a premium range of call out relaxing grooming services. Whether you’re groom or best man at a wedding, attending a cocktail party or checking out a networking event, you want to look your very best.

Extremely proficient in all aspects of traditional barbering and men's hairdressing, the Men's Grooming Ireland team will meet your individual hair and skin needs and provide affordable, professional and convenient service with a superior quality. It’s a known fact that the bride wants to look perfect for her wedding day, so should the groom! Men's Grooming Ireland has a selection of bespoke call out packages, all of which can be tailored to suit groom's individual needs.

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With so many wedding vendors based in Dublin, how do I know if I'm picking the right one?
"The Men's Grooming Ireland team has global experience and are extremely proficient not only in all aspects of traditional barbering but also in men's hairdressing. We work for our patrons and put heart and soul in every service we offer, whilst trying to provide superior experience. We use an exclusive, top quality and natural based range of products throughout the services and choose a personable approach for our clients."
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What are the big mistakes grooms make when they think about their appearance for their wedding?

  1. "Schedule a trial haircut appointment with a professional barber/men's hair stylist you trust a week before the wedding when he may suggest styles that best suit your face shape and hair texture. Trendy hairstyles may be considerate, but keep in mind that photos last forever, and it's often better to stick with a classic cut.
  2. Men who shave the day of their weddings may find their skin is sensitive and irritated, which can lead to redness. This is a good time to splurge on a professional shave with a straight razor at a barber shop you trust. A hot shave from a professional will produce a close shave with the least amount of irritation when done by professional barber.
  3. Have hands look their best with clean, shaped fingernails and trimmed cuticles. Photos of entwined hands or close-ups of the ring exchange will have guests zeroing in on your fingers. Men's salons will do men's non-polish manicures and they can be well worth the investment.
  4. Reducing shine is key for wedding day photos. Yes, you have to moisturise your skin to avoid dry patches, but rely on face and hair products that will not add unnecessary sheen to your skin or hair look greasy."

You can find out more information about Men's Grooming Ireland on their website, or by catching them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You'll find them at 7 Old Dublin Road in Stillorgan, or by calling 01 288 2870.

 

Ebano Skin

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Ebano in Ballinteer launched the skincare clinic, The Clinic @ Ebano, in 2015 and since then it's become a one-stop salon for brides looking to achieve a glowing complexion ahead of the big day. From the much lauded microblading technique for eyebrows to a variety of sought after skin treatments, the team of highly trained experts and skin specialists offer an extended range of affordable services to bring clients the latest in non-surgical, image-enhancing procedures. Among many of the sought after skincare treatments which Ebano provide is the IMAGE designer skin peels which revitalises, renews and replenishes all skin types. Thanks to its gentle formulation and in-clinic procedure designed to leave patients with minimal downtime.

Six months prior to the wedding is when the team at Ebano suggest you develop a skincare regime. Their six month courses start from €350 and if you quote Confetti Magazine when you're booking, you'll get a 15% discount.

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With so many wedding vendors based in Dublin, how do I know if I’m picking the right one?
Our skin specialists just specialise in skin treatments,each and everyday so their experts in their field-having 20 plus years experience , they have worked in knightsbridge in London, Asia, Europe and LA which included having a celebrity clientele to keep happy. We manage clients' expectations and we deliver them promised realistic results along with their desired expectations.

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What are the big mistakes brides make when they think about their appearance for their wedding?
One bit of advice to any bride is allow a minimum of six months to prepare your skin before your big day. All your skin preparation should be complete one month prior to your big day if you are aiming for a flawless complexion that you can illuminate with make up on your big day, as opposed to concealing a skin concern. Ensure your skin specialist understands your expectations and is managing them each visit with a good result.

You can find out more information about Ebano Ballinteer on their website, or by catching them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You'll find them at Unit 2 Ballinteer Business Centre, Ballinteer Avenue, Dublin 16, or by calling 01 2987810.

 

Elite Hair

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After eight years of working in the hair extensions business, using other companies' hair, Elite now offer their own hair extension service, selling the highest quality virgin cuticle hair. They use micro links to apply their hair - small tube like rings are placed onto the hair and then the extension hair is inserted and clamped together. They cause relatively little damage to your hair where extensions are concerned and easily give you that longer, fuller look in just a few hours. The cuticle virgin hair easily lasts three months, according to Elite.

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What are the big mistakes brides make when they think about their appearance for their wedding?
I feel the biggest mistakes brides make when choosing the hair dresser/ style for their day is, going for a completely different style. Make sure you have pictures and visions of what you want on your trial and let your stylist give you a few examples. Wedding hair looks best with soft textures and polished finish and of course complements your face and dress.

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You can find out more information about Elite Hair on their website, or by catching them on Facebook. They are based in Finglas, Dublin and you can contact them by calling 085 212 4955/085 241 5137.

 

 

Elite Beauty

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Elite Hair also look after beauty, offering full make up services for brides and wedding parties.

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With so many wedding vendors based in Dublin, how do I know if I’m picking the right one?
At Elite Hair and Beauty, we are a one stop shop for your hair and beauty needs on your wedding day. Our new salon has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and all our clients are offered hot and cold beverages, and snacks whilst in our spacious waiting area. Our makeup room is private with a relaxed feel to make our brides feel at ease. We also do house or hotel calls on the morning of your big day, if that suits you better.

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What are the big mistakes brides make when they think about their appearance for their wedding?
I feel the biggest mistake brides make is drastically changing there look for there day, and NOT having a trial beforehand to decide what looks best. Our motto for brides is to make then a better version of themselves on their big day!

You can find out more information about Elite Hair on their website, or by catching them on Facebook. They are based in Finglas, Dublin and you can contact them by calling 085 212 4955/085 241 5137.

 

St Stephen's Green Hibernian Club

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The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club is a unique 18th century venue steeped in history, located in the heart of Dublin City Centre. The Club specialises in bespoke intimate weddings from 40-96 people and is the perfect venue to create memories to last a lifetime whilst capturing the romance of Old Dublin. Located at the rear of the building is one of the Club’s best kept secrets.

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Dating back to the 1870s, the Card Room boasts Victorian features, the most fabulous of which is the breath-taking domed ceiling. It’s no surprise that many couples opt to have their ceremony in the Club. The Guest Room, on the first floor, boasts superb views of St Stephen’s Green through its original sash windows. The dramatic fireplaces and ceiling height mirrors remind your guests of the former Georgian home.

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The venue has a capacity of 96 people for a wedding reception and has 10 bedrooms for wedding accommodation.

You can find out more information about the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club on their website, or by catching them on Instagram and Twitter. You'll find them by calling 01 673 0207.

 

Clontarf Castle

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Set in idyllic surroundings, Clontarf Castle Hotel is a romantic 12th century castle that offers the perfect blend of a traditional castle with luxurious interior design, exceptional facilities and a warmth of welcome for which the team are renowned. One of Dublin’s leading wedding venues with an impressive 50+ years experience creating memorable weddings, this unique venue will impress the most discerning couple; from the arrival up the secluded, leafy driveway to the breathtaking castle façade & stunning interiors, this is the setting that romance was made for.

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At Clontarf Castle, they take pride in ensuring that each wedding is a bespoke experience for all wedding couples. Their expert team are on hand to ensure that every detail is delivered with efficiency, grace and style. They have capacity for weddings from 50 to 280 guests and 111 rooms.

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You can find out more information about Clontarf Castle on their website, or by catching them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

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