What Matters Most at Your Wedding

We all know planning a wedding takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Needless to say, it’s a stressful time for all you brides and grooms, so we here are The O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel, we decided to put together a little blog of ideas to help you plan and make significantly big decisions all for your special day.

Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue.

1. Stick to your budget
Yes, it’s true! Talk to your partner and decide on how much you’d like to spend on a venue. A lot of the decorations and personal touches can be done by you or family and friends to cut costs.

2. Location
One of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to position your wedding. You’re likely to have family and friends across the country (or perhaps across the world!), so choosing a location will be key to making sure everyone can attend. Consider elderly relatives who may not be able to travel very far or walk up stairs, and it might be worth looking somewhere with great transport connections if everyone is coming from far and wide! The O’ Neill Arms Country House, is located just a 35-minute drive from Antrim Airport, so this will be super handy for relatives flying in.

3. Space
Take into consideration the size of your guest list and what you want to happen on the day. Make sure your venue can accommodate for your large party of 300, or has the perfect intimate ceremony space for you and your 10 guests

How to choose music for your wedding?

1. Decide on a DJ or Band
One of the first details to sort out is who will be controlling the playlist on your big day. This may be a DJ, band or combination of both. Some people choose to use live musicians for their ceremony but opt for a DJ at their reception. Others choose to have a DJ all the way through. Think about your wedding style
. While your music doesn’t necessarily have to match your wedding style, it’s a nice way to keep things feeling cohesive.

2. Go with a mix
Variety is the spice of life, so take advantage of all the different genres and eras of music for your big day. Not only will this please the many generations on your guest list, but it’ll also set the tone for different parts of your reception.

How to choose your bridal party

1. Include the brothers and sisters.
Not to sound like your mom, but think about it: Even if you’re not particularly close to his sister or her brother, siblings are going to be around well past your 10-year anniversary, and chances are, you’ll become closer over the years

2. Remember there aren’t rules.
Call him the man of honour and her the best woman. Guys can stand with the bride and women can stand with the groom. It’s really up to you—what’s most important is you include your favourite people, regardless of gender.

How to choose a photographer for your wedding

1. Style
First off is decide your style, you can browse our site and see hundreds of different wedding photos by different photographers, however, it is important you find a photography style that matches what you want, a style that you want your photos to follow.

2. Experience
They may have been taking photos for years, but have only recently started capturing weddings. Make sure they have a good few solid years of photographing weddings.

3. Consistency
You may have found a photographer with the perfect style you are looking for, they have some great shots on their website, now you want to see some albums, whole weddings that are complete.

5. Venue
Have they shot at your venue? This certainly isn’t necessary, however, it is an added bonus if they have, you can see wedding shots they have taken there, and they will know the best places and locations at the venue for some great shots.

Here at The O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel, our wedding planning service is provided to you to assist with your special day, but that’s not all, our award-winning wedding coordinator will be with you throughout your entire journey from booking to the special day ensuring everything goes perfectly. We take the care of the hassle, leaving you and your guests to relax and enjoy the day.

The O’ Neill Arms Country House Wedding Packages From £20p.p. T&C’s Apply

If you would like to get in touch with our events team, please email info@oneillarms.com to book a one to one appointment and discuss your magical wedding with The O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel.

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