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The Arklow Bay Hotel is a perfect setting for any wedding, with its picturesque lakeside surroundings and idyllic countryside location. Catering for both indoor and outdoor weddings and civil ceremonies, the Arklow Bay Hotel recently renovated its beautiful Bridal Suite , which offers panoramic views of the Arklow Bay. Orla Ryan, wedding coordinator at the Arklow Bay Hotel, knows how important a wedding day is, so she has put together some of her top tips for brides and grooms-to-be:

Get Organised:

  • Create one central email account specifically for your wedding, as it makes planning and managing RSVPs much simpler

  • Make full use of the wedding coordinator, as they can usually provide dependable information on professionals such as photographers, florists, videographers and retailers in the local area

  • Remember to prioritise the few things that are really important to you both, such as the menu and entertainment for example, and then go from there. Be flexible on the other details

  • Give yourself plenty of time when working on lengthy tasks such as the table plan, as they can prove to be stressful if left to the last minute

  • For all essential church details, log onto and for civil ceremonies, log onto

It’s the Little Details:

  • Knowing guests special requests, such as dietary requirements, shows consideration and will make the day more enjoyable for everyone

  • Choose readings or favourite poems and music – it may take a little time to come to a decision on this, but they definitely make the day more memorable

Make it Personal:

  • Why not personalise the tables with your favourite holiday destinations, personal photographs or something that is special to you both and your friends and family?

  • Incorporate memorabilia for your guests to sign, which you can frame and then keep forever  

Remember What’s Important:

  • Once the day arrives, hand your dreams over to the professionals. Relax, mingle with your guests, be involved in every moment and most of all enjoy your day!