Travel Counsellor Mandy Walsh – Honeymoon offers

Your honeymoon will probably be the most magical and memorable trip you will ever take, giving you time to unwind and enjoy each others company after all the excitement of your wedding day, so it’s important you choose the right destination to share with your loved one.


And just as your choice of wedding venue reflects your own personal tastes, you’ll want a honeymoon destination that fits you both too. If all you want is time together and the stress of long-haul flights isn’t your scene, then a beautiful 2 or 3 centre  in Italy may be the perfect post wedding hideaway.  For some an all-inclusive Caribbean beach holiday combined with a few days in New York or Las Vegas is a must.


A honeymoon on board a luxury cruise ship is the perfect way to take in multiple destinations without needing to carry around a suitcase. Imagine being cosy inside your own luxury stateroom gently cruising around the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or even stunning Alaska. Picture a romantic evening strolling around the decks, holding hands whilst gazing out towards the horizon as the sun sinks into the glittering ocean, enjoying a candlelit dinner in a luxury restaurant and waking up in an exciting destination awaiting discovery each day; a honeymoon on the high seas offers you all this and more.

If you’re worried about the economic climate, don’t!

Why not make the most of the long haul prices that have never been so good?



If you already have enough bed linen and kitchen gadgets, why not put your Honeymoon on your wedding gift list instead?

The Travel Counsellors Honeymoon Gift Registry service works much like the usual department store list except that guests of your special day contribute monetary amounts towards your Honeymoon plans, allowing them to participate in the excitement of one of the most important holidays of your lives.

When it comes to the very best wedding present possible and have everything arranged for you. You will be supplied with gift cards, explaining the service to your guests (similar to those supplied by department stores) for you to include with your wedding invitations. You’ll also be given thank you cards to send to your guests that have contributed.

Your guests can contribute by credit/debit card either online or by telephone. To view contributions that have been made, you’ll be given a unique log in which will take you through to your personal page where you can also view messages from your guests. You’ll receive the honeymoon of your dreams to the total value of contributions made plus any extra amount you may wish to add.

For more information on all of the above, please contact your local Personal Travel Counsellor and all your honeymoon & wedding travel needs will be catered for.


Travel Counsellor Mandy Walsh on 046 9483906

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Suggested Honeymoon Destinations for 2013

Mexico & Las Vegas from €2095 pp *

With Superb beaches, luxurious resorts and top class hotel facilities Cancun in Mexico is a Holiday Paradise. Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxury all suite, all inclusive resort offering countless activities and entertainment in beautiful tropical surroundings. Add 5 nights in Las Vegas to soak up the excitement of the entertainment capital of the world.
*Price is based on two adults sharing. Price includes 4 nights  in the 4* Excalibur Hotel, Vegas on room only basis, 7 nights in a premium deluxe suite in the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa on all inclusive basis, return private transfers in Cancun, return flights from Dublin or Shannon and all taxes. Depart on 4 March 2013.

Maldives from €1865 pp  *

The Maldives is a byword for luxury, romance and tropical bliss, a beautiful string of low–lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean, and a paradise for diving and sun seekers. Kuredu Island is a beautiful destination located on the north reef of the Lhaviyani Atoll famous for its amazing marine life. Kuredu Island resort is a stunning, lush island which boasts more than 3 km of white sandy beaches and is well suited to those seeking a relaxing holiday.
*Price is based on two adults sharing. Price includes 7 nights in the 4* Kuredu Island Resort on all inclusive basis. Return flights from Dublin to Male and seaplane to Kuredu resort included and all taxes. Depart from Dublin on 14th February.  Options also available to stop in Dubai or Abu Dhabi en route, please ask for details.

Three Centre in Thailand from €1975 pp *

Thailand offers astonishing diversity with an enticing mixture of established resorts and out of the way palm fringed island. The country offers a wealth of choice for all tastes.Spend 3 nights in the culture packed City of Chang Mai before you unwind on one of the postcard perfect beaches of Koh Samui.  A stop in Bangkok for 3 nights is a must to see the Grand Palace before you return home.
*Price is based on two adults sharing. Price includes 3 nights in the 4* Tamarind Village on B&B basis in Chang Mai, 7 nights in the 4* Centara Villas on B&B basis in Koh Samui, 3 nights in the Amaria Atrium Deluxe Hotel in Bangkok, return flights from Dublin and domestic flights within Thailand, private transfers to each hotel and all taxes.  Depart on 25th January.


*Prices include return flights, accommodation and transfers. Prices correct at time of going to print. Please contact for latest availability and prices. Terms and conditions apply.

Sign of the Times

Wedding signs are all the trend right now. They may be rustic, artistic, wooden or fabric, chalk or {cheese? No. That won’t work}  bunting, flowery or fancy. Use them for tables, Save the dates, wedding ceremony or reception directions. It doesn’t matter your style or use, just have one!

Save the date bunting in burlap on Etsy

Just for fun sign is also on  Etsy

An announcement or threat? These are Etsy too!

Chalkboard art wedding sign. Guess where? Etsy.

Distressed beacy wedding sign. EEEtsy!

Personalize it forever here

And tell them you appreciate them with these

As you can see, all of these are from Etsy but if you have a handy hubby to be or friend or brother – or you have an artistic side! they are easy to do.

It’s your Wedding. Keep it Real.

Did You Know….

where these wedding traditions came from??

The White Wedding Dress

These days most wedding dresses aren’t true white. May are ivory, champagne and maybe we are going back to an old tradition of wearing colored wedding dresses. Because there was a time when a bride’s wedding gown was just her Sunday best and could be any color, even black. Many also used more expensive fabrics of silk, velvet and lace to convince her groom that she came from a wealthy family. It was actually Queen Victoria (who reigned from 1837-1901) who somewhat outrageously wore white and made it fashionable. She wore a pale gown trimmed in orange blossoms for her 1840 wedding to her first cousin, Prince Albert. It was she who started the now eternal tradition of wearing white.

Giving Away the Bride

Some brides aren’t too happy with this tradition but most wouldn’t hear of doing otherwise. And even if they did there would be some very let down fathers. But years {and years} ago, fathers once used their daughters as currency {shock horror!} to possibly pay off a debt to a wealthier land owner, symbolize a sacrificial, monetary peace offering to an opposing tribe or even buy their way into a higher social status.

The Veil

{This ties into the above too} Brides were to wear a veil so the groom wouldn’t know what she looked like until it was time to lift the veil and kiss the bride at which time it was too late to back out on the ‘gift’ from the afore mentioned father.

The Wedding Party

The original duty of the best man was to serve as armed backup for the groom in case he had to resort to kidnapping his intended bride away from disapproving parents. He was called the “best” because he was meant to be the most skilled with a sword, should the need for a fight arise. So the best man stands guard next to the groom right up through the exchange of vows in case anyone should attack.

As for the bridesmaids, the girls in the olden days were chosen to trick the eye of evil spirits and jealous ex-lovers. They were the bride’s faithful attendants and would wear a dress similar to that of the bride so that during their group stroll to the church it would be impossible for any evil spirits or former lovers to spot the bride and curse or kidnap her from her intended.

Garter and Bouquet Toss

These two traditions are not only a little ridiculous now {seriously demeaning} but began with an even more horrible explanation. It used to be that after the bride and groom said, “I do,” they were to go immediately into a nearby room and consummate the marriage. To really prove that the deed was done, there would need to be witnesses. Wedding guests gathered around the bed with the women hoping to get a token of the bride’s lucky dress as it was ripped from her body {eek!} so she herself would marry well. Eventually people realized that this was all just a little disturbing so it was decided that the bride would toss her bouquet as a diversion while she made her getaway and the groom would just show a piece of bride’s undergarments {her garter of course} and then toss it back outside to the guests proving that the job was done.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Lucky Sixpence in her Shoe

This is also an English customs dating back to Victorian times which, when all worn in combination on the wedding day would bring the bride good luck. But you knew that. here is the rest: The something old was meant to tie the bride to her family and her past, while the something new represented her new life as the property of a new family. The item borrowed was supposed to be taken from someone who was already a successfully married wife and therefore to pass on a bit of her good fortune to the new bride. The color blue stood for faithfulness, loyalty, and purity {note that is blue and not white}. The sixpence in her shoe, and a lot of you forget or maybe just don’t know that part, was meant to bring the bride and her new groom great fortune. And if that wasn’t enough, brides also carried bunches of herbs to ward off evil spirits.

The Wedding Cake

We have gotten sweeter over the years because before wedding cake was the breaking of bread over the bride’s head. The groom would take a bite of barley bread and then the remainder of the loaf was held above the newlywed bride’s head and then broken, showering her with crumbs as the grains symbolized fertility. For some reason, then the guests would pick up the crumbs from the floor to give them good luck.

This tradition evolved as cake became the preferred confection for wedding celebrations. Thank goodness. But then, guess what? Instead of scrounging for crumbs on the floor, guests would then stand in line while the bride passed tiny pieces of cake through her wedding ring to give to guests. I assume they didn’t have many pronged diamonds to ruin but in any case, this act also fell by the wayside and the tradition of giving out whole slices of cake to each guest began. These cake pieces weren’t eaten, but to be placed under their pillow at night so the ladies to dream of their future husbands.

Saving the Cake

It used to be assumed that when there was a wedding, a christening would follow shortly. So, rather than bake two cakes for the occasions, they’d just bake one big one and save a part of it to be eaten at a later date when the squealing bundle of joy arrived. Eventually folks warmed to the idea of giving the poor kid his own, newly baked cake, but the custom of saving a portion of the wedding cake far longer than it should be saved and then eating it and deluding oneself to believe that it actually tastes good is one that persists to this day.

Also along the lines is the tradition of making a christening outfit out of the wedding gown. The original Trash the Dress!

Throwing Rice

The meaning was to shower the new couple with prosperity, fertility and good fortune. Oats, grains and dried corn were used before rice. Not so long ago, rice lost its popularity when it became widely rumored that if birds ate the rice, it would expand in their stomach and kill them. This is actually not true but these days many churches won’t let you throw anything, but if they do, make sure it’s biodegradable. No one likes sweeping up.

Now there you go.

Stay Real!

W’Oscars 2012 Winners

Congratulations to all the winners and a special mention to all those nominated, it was another great year of the W’Oscars.

We’ve also had an addition to the categories ;)

Here’s the list:

Best Wedding Venue All Ireland

Best Wedding Venue Ulster

Best Wedding Venue Munster

Best Wedding Venue Leinster

Best Wedding Venue Connaught

Best Castle Wedding Venue

Best Wedding Stationery

Best Wedding Planner

Best Honeymoon Provider

Wedding Transport Supplier of the Year

Wedding Musician(s) of the Year

Wedding DJ of the Year

Wedding Cake Designer of the Year

Wedding Band of the Year

Videographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year

Most Unique Wedding Supplier

Make up Artist of the Year

Hair Stylist of the Year

Groomswear Supplier of the Year

Florist of the Year

Caterer of the Year

Bridal Shop of the Year

Bridal Jewellery Designer of the Year

Special Award – Supplier of the Year

W’Oscars 2012 – Special Award – Supplier of the Year

Every year along with the nominations we get some beautiful testimonials from brides and grooms, so this year we are honouring the person that received a huge amount of support from their previous brides and grooms.

The Winner

Sue Ryan, Kenmare Bay Hotel, County Kerry.

Well done Sue, from all the team, and your (very) huge amount of supporters.

W’Oscars 2012 – Winner – Best Wedding Venue All Ireland

The Strand Hotel, Limerick

W’Oscars 2012 – Winner – Best Wedding Venue Ulster

Redcastle Hotel, Donegal

W’Oscars 2012 – Winner – Best Wedding Venue Munster

Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, Tipperary

W’Oscars 2012 – Winner – Best Wedding Venue Leinster

The Station House Hotel, Meath

W’Oscars 2012 – Winner – Best Wedding Venue Connaught

The Landmark Hotel, Leitrim