Back in the day, eloping literally meant running away from your parents so you could get married. These days, eloping is more about escaping the stress of wedding planning and jetting off to a gorgeous location to tie the knot without 150 of your nearest and dearest. Call us biased, but we reckon Ireland is the perfect location for a wedding or elopement. So, we’ve put together a list of the best suppliers to help you bring your Irish elopement dreams to life!
Planner: Help Plan My Wedding – Eloping in Ireland | View Profile
With Stephen Neary, from Help Plan My Wedding – Eloping in Ireland, you’ll get the professional services of a wedding planner, with the added benefit of knowing that he specifically deals with elopements!
Having an elopement wedding in Ireland removes the stress and high costs of planning a large wedding at home. The wedding day is very romantic and intimate as it’s usually just the couple or the couple with some close friends & family. Also, a fabulous honeymoon exploring all that Ireland has to offer can be combined with an elopement wedding. – Stephen
“My wife and I had already booked our trip to Ireland by the time I proposed. Our initial plan was to have the wedding next year, but we quickly became overwhelmed with the planning. My wife had the brilliant idea to get married while on our trip, and bypass any further headaches that come with planning a wedding. Then she found Stephen with Help Plan My Wedding by searching online for a wedding planner in Ireland. From then on everything seemed to fall in place. We gave Stephen a month and a half to plan a dream elopement for us, and we could not have been happier with the results. His responses were prompt and he was extremely easy to work with. He tried to accommodate our every request but remained honest and realistic when we had been a bit fanciful. He was extremely helpful in regards to the legal aspects of our getting married in Ireland, and what options we had. Not only was Stephen a joy to work with, but so was the team he assembled for the ceremony. We were completely at ease and enjoyed our time with these fine folks. I know that not everyone can say the same about their special day. Should a couple chose to work with Stephen, I can guarantee they will not regret it. Five out of five stars all around!” – Calving and Mindy
Planner: Weddings by DD | View Profile
Daragh is an excellent wedding planner, with all the expertise required to pull off a stunning elopement. If experience and the ability to provide peace of mind is what you’re after, DD is your guy.
The moments between you and your loved one in front of a celebrant are often the ones you’ll savour most when you look back in the years to come. It’s a deeply personal experience and I’m passionate about delivering a beautiful ceremony for every couple. – Daragh
“We had Daragh as our wedding planner for our wedding on the 15th December 2018. I can honestly say that Daragh was one of the nicest, professional, organised and understanding people we encountered during the process of organising our wedding. He was diligent from the beginning, realistic and ensured we stuck to our budget. He was always available for phone calls and meetings when needed, which was especially important for us as we were planning our big day from London. He ensured we negotiated the best deal possible with our hotel and even went to extra mile in helping me choose my dress! Daragh made every effort to ensure we were happy with the progress of events and particularly on the day of the wedding he made sure we did not have to stress about anything. He did a fantastic job making sure everything ran smoothly, including giving us a detailed schedule of the timing of the day itself. He helped us to make important decisions, deciding on things we needed to have and things we did not need to have on the day. He also did a fantastic job as MC at our reception. We honestly could not recommend him enough!” – Lorraine
Florist: Flowers from the Secret Garden | View Profile
Your wedding flowers are a huge part of your wedding day, so why should your elopement be any different? Flowers From The Secret Garden is an artisan, boutique florist who has been part of the Florist Wedding industry since 2009 specialising in natural, vintage, boho and unique style weddings. To give your elopement that extra special touch, they can provide bouquets of Irish-grown seasonal flowers!
“Sarah, where do I even begin. I believe it was faith that brought us together!! From our first meeting in your magical timber flower house drinking tea from china cups and chatting all things flowers I knew I had hit the jackpot with you. You took my visions of fabric colours and textures to another level. Your attention to detail and creativity are truly amazing. I love that like me you don’t conform to trends. Your props…literally there are no words!! You are more then a florist you are a visionary artist. To all brides to be who are looking for stunning alternative bouquets of wild beautifulness, Sarah is your lady. Thank you so much Sarah. Honestly my flowers were the highlight of my day X” – Sinead
Photographer: Deirdre Langan | View Profile
No two weddings are the same, so Deirdre approaches every wedding and elopement with the view to photograph it uniquely. She is known for making her couples feel comfortable, she is discreet, hard working, and her photos are incredible.
“Deirdre was the photographer for our wedding in Galway on 24 March 2017 and we simply can’t recommend her highly enough. Deirdre is a complete professional, a pleasure to work with and highly organised. The photographs perfectly capture the atmosphere of our day and bring back all the memories! She helped plan the location for the bridal party photos, which were exquisite, and unobtrusively took fab photos of our guests while family members were rounded up. Both we and our families are thrilled with the photos, a number of which will be framed!” – Fionnuala
Photographer: Paul Duane | View Profile
Paul and Fiona are a husband and wife team, ready to bring your wedding to life through gorgeous photos. Their mix of documentary style and traditional photo-taking produces fun photos you will be looking at for years to come. Known for being creative, unobtrusive and wonderful to work with, you can’t go wrong!
“Having researched a few photographers we chose Paul as we wanted someone to capture our day in a relaxed way. Paul was exceptional to deal with from the moment we contacted him. He guided us in the right direction so many times and gave us lots of brilliant tips for the big day. Any requests we had were never a problem,he even called to both houses on the morning of the wedding to capture the different build ups! On the day Paul’s relaxed approach continued and this helped everyone involved feel completely at ease. We were absolutely thrilled with the way our photos turned out, and have received so many complements on them. We loved how Paul seemed to capture all the special moments totally naturally, we would highly recommend him to anyone planning their big day. Paul is just a great photographer and a great guy! Thanks again Paul 🙂” – Eimear and John
Legal: Spiritual Ceremonies
Spiritual Ceremonies is a group of registered solemnisers ready to make your marriage legal. Not only that, but they will create a wonderful ceremony for you, full of unique, personal touches. They will walk you through the formalities, while making sure that you have the right music, poems and readings to really reflect your personalities.
“We are beyond grateful that we had Miriam as our solemniser for our special day. Her calm and kind personality shone through the entire ceremony. From the day we met Miriam we knew she was going to make our day about us and include those closest to us especially our son. Our ceremony was so personal, relaxed and meaningful. Every single guest commented on how moving it all was. Miriam welcomed our family and friends and made everyone feel at home. She spoke so softly and made sure every word reached every guest. We never once felt under pressure as she was extremely organised with everything involved in the ceremony. We included our personal touches to the ceremony and Miriam then took it all into her own hands and made sure it all went smoothly. Her kind smile and calming voice helped us both with our nerves on the day. We highly recommend Spiritual Ceremonies Ireland and if you are lucky enough to get Minister Miriam Fitzgerald as your solemniser then we guarantee you your wedding ceremony will be an unforgettable one. Thank you Miriam.” – Grace, Seán & Jake
Meet the team: Enda Harte | Eileen Morris | Mike Murray | Sandra Losty | Berenice Farrell | Miriam Fitzgerald | Tara Carroll | Vincent Whelan | Rose Mummary | Graham Barrett
The perfect way to remain stress-free, by Patricia Daly | View Profile
“The Peaceful Bride’s Guide : How To Manage Your Mind While You Plan Your Dream Wedding”
As well as being a wedding harpist & singer; I teach brides… through a 90-day virtual program… how to develop a vibrant mindset so that they can cultivate inner leadership and plan their big day stress-free!
About the virtual program:
- The Peaceful Bride’s Guide: How To Manage Your Mind While You Plan Your Dream Wedding is a hand-picked gathering of some of the worlds most inspiring suppliers in the wedding industry – showcasing their strategies, experience and up to date tips before a pre-registered audience of couples planning their most amazing wedding day.
Where it’s available:
How it works:
This is a FREE interview series. Interviews can be accessed from the comfort of your own home at any time of the day and focus around 7 different themes helping Brides and Grooms-to-become more informative while planning their wedding day. You must register to gain access to the interviews and Free Gifts that come with the series.
- Posture, Empowerment and Confidence …how to feel more confident in your skin (and your dress).
- Elopement; Overseas Brides;
- Health, Wellness & Fitness;
- Style; Makeup;
- Wedding Planners and Honeymoon Travel;
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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.