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  • Exciting days at Malone Lodge 11.07.15

    Well, after a few months of long talks and brainstorming our new wedding brochure is with us and it is beautiful! To flick through a brochure you wouldn't believe the detail and work that goes on in the background from deciding on the best packages & imagery, to costing every little item from the champagne for the toast to the cost of each napkin, the list is endless!

    Looking back now I think there was at least 10 checklists made over the period, and as a wedding co-ordinator - I heart checklists. I couldn't survive without them and believe they are paramount to keeping calm when it comes to wedding planning!

    Feel like pulling your hair out?? Stop! And write another checklist!

    No wedding is the same and with the detail that goes into each wedding, checklists are your best friend! At the moment I have a work checklist, home improvements checklist, shopping list, ‘To do before I’m 30’ checklist and (of course) a holiday checklist. Off to the sunny sandy beaches of Portugal next week!! :)

    We launched the new brochure at our open house last weekend and it was great to get such positive feedback about the new packages we have designed. Thank you to all the lovely couples that popped in and for their insight.

    Our wedding team are so looking forward to a very busy September with amazing wedding shows in the city, especially with a new brochure to be proud of. First up is the brilliant Quirky Fair at the Waterfront (September 13th) which is a must if you are the show going type! You will be blown away with great ideas and the creative talent of each vendor.

    More info at; http://quirkyweddings.co.uk/

    We love weddings and I strongly believe that with our new packages and the fabulous redesign in 2013 the Malone Lodge Hotel, after 25 years in the business, is a strong competitor with the other beautiful wedding venues in Northern Ireland.

    Our motivation is your wedding day, your way – an exceptional experience.

    Thanks for reading! Happy summer to all & may the good weather last! 

    Until next time,
    Lisa-Marie xx
     

  • Getting engaged, such an exciting experience for any bride and groom, but after the gloss of this exciting time fades away, whats left is actually planning the most important day of your life, or so they say.

    When doing research for this blog, I stumbled across countless blogs and articles on ‘how to plan the perfect wedding’ but really they are just bound to stress a bride-to-be, even more so than they already are.  Why does it need to be perfect?  Why cant it be a day planned by you and your loved one which reflects the both of your personalities, and which is just enjoyable for everyone involved, rather than ‘perfect’?

    Planning a wedding needs to be realistic, with regards to time-frame and budget.  A wedding is a day dedicated to celebrating the love for you and your other half by friends, family and other loved ones – it is not about outdoing the last wedding you went to and making sure to not make the same ‘mistakes’, if that is how they wanted their day to go then who are we to judge?

    “This is your wedding,  do what you love.  Invite the people you want.  Dance to the songs that bring you most joy.  Eat the best food you will ever have.  Be the king and queen of the rest of you life.  Enjoy all moments.  Share the photographs with your children and grandchildren.  But most of all, spend the rest of your days with the person you love”