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With the bride rightly stealing the limelight on her wedding day, it’s nice to make the groom feel equally as special… It is his big day too, after all! With this in mind, we have put together out top 10 favourite gifts for grooms, to add a touch of romance to his day too!

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1) Off the cuff

An absolutely classic gift, cufflinks will add the finishing touches to your groom’s wedding day attire and the perfect souvenir for years to come. Nowadays, the options are endless… from traditional to novelty, customised to creative find a pair that suits his personality and style.

For something that little bit more special, mark the date with a pair monogrammed with your initials and wedding date.

Check out these personalised wedding day cufflinks by Lily Bella, available from Not On The High Street, here.

Top wedding day gifts for grooms2) Arrive in style!

What better way to get your groom excited about the big day, than to surprise him by hiring his favourite car to transport him and his groomsmen to the venue. Whether his heart is set on an A-Team Van or Ford Mustang, check out the selection of cars available to rent from local company Star Car Hire, for something that little bit different, here.

3) Don’t be late

Ensure he arrives both in style and on time with a brand new watch. Every man deserves a nice watch and what better occasion to give him one than on your wedding day! And whatever your budget, you’ll have no problem matching it with the endless options available. When it comes to choosing a watch, go for a style that he’ll be comfortable with wearing everyday. Why not mark the occasion by engraving your wedding date on the back?

Check out The Watch Hut’s selection of men’s watches here.

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4) Gadget guy

Boys and their toys! No doubt he’s had his eye on the latest gadget, so why not surprise him with it! From iPads to iPods, the newest phone release or computer accessory pay attention to what has grasped his attention recently.

5) Feeling hip

One of the most popular wedding gifts, but a perfect choice none-the-less, brides have been surprising grooms with hip flasks for many years. With various styles from leather bound to metal, choose his favourite colour and earn bonus points by filling it with his favourite liquor, sure to settle his nerves on the day!

Check out this fitting love heart, personalised hip flask from Etsy here.

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6) Honeymoon haven

Going on honeymoon? Use the opportunity to give him something he’ll use on your trip. Depending on where you are going, there are a wealth of options. Tropical trip… sunglasses are ideal. Europe retreat… a leather bound passport cover or new luggage will be welcome gifts!

7) Get crafty

If you have a flair for the arts or love getting creative, nothing is more sentimental than a personalised album. Why not put together a story book of photos and stories from your time together and leave a few blank pages at the end for those memories yet to be created.

Available in a wealth of colours and sizes, get started with one of these albums, available here.

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8) Say cheese!

If your man doesn’t have a camera of his own, now is the time to treat him to one! Cameras come in various price ranges so make sure you do your research and chose one that he’ll be comfortable with using. Handy for all those honeymoon snaps.

9) Grooming your groom

While you will want to look your best on your wedding day, don’t forget that no doubt your groom will too! What perfect way to start his day than unwrapping a kit complete with everything he’ll need to look great from top-to-toe.

This men’s grooming bag from Selfridges is perfect!

Groom gifts10) Get active

Finally, if none of these gifts are really your husband’s style why not book a fun activity for him!? If he’s an adrenalin junkie, book a skydive, or if golf is more his style, treat him to a round at his favourite course.

Such a pleasure to spend some time with Emma and James this week to capture some natural images of them both.

Their wedding at Roe Park Resort is set to be beautiful next year.

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To see more of Emma and James’s pre-wedding shoot check out the slideshow below!

As Carol-Ann and Kevin live in Australia, but were retuning home for their wedding, I just knew it was going to be a fantastic celebration. A year since their ‘I dos’, Carol-Ann is sharing some words of wisdom with all your happy couples embarking on your wedding planning journey! Check out the highlights from this amazing couple’s big day below.

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Carol-Ann, tell us how you met your husband

Kevin and I met at my sister’s wedding. She was actually marrying Kevin’s brother but we didn’t start going out until 4 months after the wedding. Kevin was the best man and I was bridesmaid. Everyone says to me that another wedding always comes from a wedding so I guess they were right!

How did he propose?

We were on holidays in Bali and Kevin proposed in a restaurant when (by coincidence) the band started playing one of our favourite songs. We were in a secluded part of the restaurant which overlooked a stunning water feature and it was just prefect!

When and where did you get married?

We were married on the 14th of June 2014 in my local chapel in Ballincrea, followed by a reception in the Redcastle Hotel, Co. Donegal. It is hard to believe that it was over a year ago!

Why did you choose your wedding venue?

Kevin had actually chosen and booked the venue before he asked me to marry him. He was definitely brave but he just knew I would say yes! The Redcastle Hotel is our local hotel and also boasts the perfect setting! It is just idyllic. I was delighted when Kevin told me he had already booked it. With the hotel sitting on the edge of the River Foyle, when you are in the function room it almost feels like you are  sitting right on the water. The view looking across to the north is amazing.

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Carol-Ann, tell us about your stunning dress!

My wedding dress was a mermaid silhouette, completely embellished with sequins, which dazzled! It was figure hugging as far as my knees and then flared into a tulle skirt, with a total of 15 layers. It also had the most beautiful diamond encrusted waistband, which perfectly caught the light.

And what about your bridesmaid dresses?

My bridesmaid dresses were emerald green. As we were working away in Australia I wanted my wedding to show our Irish side. The girls said the dresses were very comfortable with their V-necklines and thick straps ensuring they could dance all night and help me with my dress with no worries.

What type of flowers did you choose and why?

I chose roses as I think they are really pretty and simple but effective. My bouquet was cream and pink while by bridesmaids carried cream roses.

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What was the highlight of the day for you?

I cannot say I have one particular highlight. In all honestly the whole day was just perfect. I loved every minute of it and would do it all again. From the minute myself, my mammy and my bridesmaids got up it was just great fun. Once our hair and make up was done we were dancing around the kitchen waiting until it was time to put on our dresses and before I knew it the disco was finishing! It was just amazing. I loved every minute of the day.

What do you love most about your wedding photographs?

I love looking at our wedding photos. I like how they are natural. They are so clear and every detail was captured. Donal was very accommodating! Every request was taken care off and nothing was missed. I found that on the day of the wedding Donal would just snap away and there was no need to pose or stand in a particular way which made myself, Kevin and our bridal party all feel comfortable. I also love looking at the photos of our guests when they are standing outside the chapel and relaxing in the bar before our meal. Everyone that looks at my album just loves it and have nothing but compliments for our photographer.

What piece of advice would you offer other brides?

I would tell all brides to enjoy all the planning and build up to the wedding. I would also advise to not let anything or anyone upset you on the day of wedding enjoy every single second and minute and hour as it is the quickest day ever!

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A full gallery of photos from Carol-Ann and Kevin’s wedding can be found here.

Misha and Patrick’s attention to detail is second to none and they made sure that every guest had a fantastic time.

They had such a beautiful service at Long Tower Chapel and a fun filled reception at the fabulous Harvey’s Point 

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To see more of Misha & Patrick’s Harvey’s Point Hotel wedding check out the slideshow below!

 

Some of the awesome vendors who helped made this day happen!

Bridal wear: McElhinneys 
Make-up: Ashburn Image
Grooms wear: Black Tie Showroom
Videographer : Wheatfield productions 
Bouquets – Bouquet~licious 
Wedding Coordinator – Canterbury Tails
Band: Hipster

Your wedding flowers are a once-in-a-lifetime couture accessory! When else do you get the opportunity to carry around a beautiful bouquet specially created for you all day? To help you find your perfect match, guest blogger Aideen McCanny shares the blooming marvellous trends topping the floral charts this year.

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Vintage vibe

Vintage inspired bouquets continue to prove a popular choice with brides this year and show no sign of wilting any time soon! From perfect posies to hand-tied bouquets, brides are dreaming of a bygone era.

Pretty pastel peonies and roses are given special attention and finished off with simple ribbon tied in a bow, while family heirloom brooches add a personal touch.

Carry the theme throughout your wedding day with finishing touches such as rustic jam jars finished with delicate lace and brimming with your favourite combination of flowers –  a simple, yet effective centrepiece for your big day.

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Beautiful brooch bouquets

With many brides searching for something that little bit different for their big day, brooch bouquets are a fab alternative to real blooms! Incorporating just about everything including crystals, brooches, rhinestones and flowers, there are no rules when it comes to this trend. And, it makes for a fun way to incorporate that all important “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” tradition. Time to raid those jewellery boxes girls!

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Go bold

Fancy something a little bold? Add a splash of personality and vibrancy to your wedding with the season’s hottest trend, bold blooms!

While last year focused on a soft, muted colour palette, this year more brides are opting for vibrancy when it comes to their bouquets. From lush arrangements of red and orange poppies to hot-pink sweetpea arranged with jasmine, and fringed tulips, the options are endless.

Whether you start with a few neutrals and add a pop of colour, or fully embrace the trend with bright and bold colours, bold brights evoke a sense of passion and romance.

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life, so why not fill it with a wonderfully happy combination of colours!

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Tears of joy

Tear-drop or cascade bouquets are all about the drama! Victoria Beckham’s iconic wedding bouquet instantly springs to mind. The perfect partner with fishtail dresses or ballgowns, these daring designs involve an abundance of overflowing flowers, from large and dense flowers at the top, tapering towards smaller flowers in a point at the bottom.

Choose a cascading bouquet and you’ll discover various ways of dressing it up – a length of coloured ribbon or lace tied delicately around the stems is the perfect way to coordinate with your dress or those of your bridesmaids.

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The finishing touches

Wedding flowers are not just about the bouquets. This year brides are discovering more and more unique ways to incorporate the power of flowers into their wedding! From prom inspired wrist corsages for bridesmaids, to flowers intertwined in their hair and ornate vases overflowing with beautiful blooms, it’s time to get creative ladies!

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