Are Wedding Fairs Worth Your Time?For the wedding industry and couples getting ready to tie the knot, wedding fairs are a big deal every year! As a wedding photographer in Dublin, couples often ask me if the local wedding fairs are worth checking out.
When it comes to wedding fairs, I’d highly recommend visiting at least one or two. To maximise your time, however, it is essential to arrive at every event with a strategy.
Ready to get inspired?Here’s everything that you need to know about getting the most out of your next wedding fair.
To maximise the time that you spend at a bridal fair, come ready for a long day out! Bring an oversized bag that you can fill up with goodies. Wedding fair vendors have giveaways and brochures that you’ll definitely want to grab and take home.
What to Do Before a Wedding Fair
You will be on your feet all day so wear comfortable walking shoes. A lot of wedding fairs have dresses to try on so wear clothes that are easy to change in and out of. And be sure to bring heels similar to what you’ll wear to the wedding! This will give you a better impression of how each dress would potentially look.
Ps: All images featured in this post were captured by Bruno Rosa
Weddings Fairs at The Johnstown Estate
Come and meet the team who will deliver your perfect wedding, and enjoy first hand all the Estate has to offer. Why not join us for a glass of bubbles and have the opportunity to experience the charm of The Johnstown Estate. Your wedding deserves the very best and the period Georgian elegance of The Johnstown Estate provides the backdrop for an unforgettable wedding.
DATE: Sun 18 February 2018
TIME: 14:00 – 17:00 GMT
The Spectacular Vintage & Bespoke Wedding Fair Carlow
An array of Ireland’s most beautiful unique wedding vendors, products and services presented to you from some of the country’s most gorgeous venues.
For the bride and groom-to-be looking for something a little more unique, personal, handmade or vintage for their big day.
Dozens of stalls offering everything from bridal wear, cakes, flowers and favours to cars and musicians
Relax and plan at our Vintage Tea Party
Grooms can take time out and watch the match or a boy-movie whilst munching on Yorkie bars at our Man-Creche
Tickets are just €5
There will also be
- Live music
- Delicious Food served on site
- Vintage Bridal Models
- Hair and Makeup Demos
- DIY, ideas and inspiration
DATE: Sun 18 February 2018
TIME: 12 O’Clock to 5 pm
LOCATION: The Step House Hotel, Carlow
Make It a Fun Day Out
It’s good to bring someone with you to a wedding fair. Some couples go together, while other brides prefer to make it a girls’ day out. Consider bringing your mum, maid of honour, or possibly your future mother in law.
Ultimately, your approach is totally up to you. You know if you are best as a solo operator or with team support. You might also want to consider going to a couple of different wedding fairs and different bringing people to each one. For example, a lot of brides go to the first one with their girlfriends to get inspired, then when they are ready to start making decisions, they bring the groom.
It’s essential to start with a plan. Organising a wedding is so much work (check out my ultimate wedding planning checklist to make life easier here) and there will definitely be times when you feel overwhelmed with information and to-do lists. Here are some ways to make a wedding fair as useful and low stress as possible.
Print address labels: One thing that saves a ton of time is printing out the name and address labels. They don’t have to be great quality or pricey but just a quick printout on sticky labels (you can find these at any office supply store) with your address and phone number. You’ll find a lot of info request forms and contest entries at every bridal fair and have these labels will make it all easier and faster.
Come ready to pay: Bring cash, and cheques if you have them. If you fall in love at the wedding fair, you might want to just pay the deposit then and there. While a lot of bridal fair vendors have credit card facilities, it is best to come prepared.
Come early: Above all else, it is good to arrive early. A lot of wedding fair vendors have giveaways, special offers, and contents that can be great for early birds.
Use your phone: Flyers and brochures are handy, but it’s best to go digital here. Take pictures of things that you love. Even just taking pictures of business cards next to their respective wedding fair vendor booth can be really helpful to trigger your memory. Trust me, when you get home with a bag full of business cards, flyers, and brochures, it is going to be hard to remember every detail. Take as many photos, and even videos, as you can to help you organise it all.
Cloughjordan House Wedding Showcase
If you are thinking about tying the knot in County Tipperary, you have got to add the Cloughjordan House Wedding Showcase to your to-do list. With a stunning ballroom surrounded by a magical forest, this historical house is unlike any other wedding venue in Ireland. Explore the gardens where ultra fresh and local produce is grown right on-site; meet with their dedicated wedding planning staff, and fall head over heels in love with this enchanting space while visiting their wonderful wedding showcase.
DATE: 22 April 2018
LOCATION: Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary
Book your tickets via emailing [email protected]
Clontarf Castle Hotel Wedding Showcase
If you are looking for a one of a kind historic venue in central Dublin, you can’t miss the Clontarf Castle Hotel Wedding Showcase! With its impressive 12th century architecture, lush landscaped gardens, and stately terrace, this place is straight out of a fairy tale. As a wedding photographer in Dublin, this is one of my favourite wedding venues in Ireland. So, whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a once in a lifetime wedding extravaganza, this is a great place to check out.
DATE: 22 April 2018 from 13:00-17:00
LOCATION: Clontarf, Dublin 3
Book your tickets by emailing [email protected] or calling 01 833 2321.
Tip- If you are getting married in Dublin, be sure to check out my list of the most beautiful wedding venues in Dublin for weddings of every size and style!
Virginia Park Lodge Wedding Showcase
Welcome to the exclusive spring/summer wedding showcase at one of Ireland’s top wedding venues. Explore the dynamic house and expansive grounds of this top wedding venue. With cookery school cottages, a cosy bar and lounge, and stately bedrooms, surrounded by a charming woods and lake, you are going to adore this space.In addition to this April wedding fair in Ireland’s beautiful County Cavan, you can check out space on Thursday, 17th May 2018 from 5 pm to 8.30pm; or on Wednesday, 30th May 2018 from 5 pm to 8.30pm.
DATE: 29 April 2018 from 14:00- 17:00
LOCATION: Virginia, Co. Cavan
Book your tickets HERE.
Palmerstown House EstateWedding Open Evening
More than just an informative wedding fair in Ireland, the Palmerstown House Estate Wedding Open Evening is a just plain fun night out! Sip a glass of Prosecco while snacking on homemade sweet treats and exploring one of the most beautiful properties in Ireland. This four-star hotel is just 30 minutes from Dublin’s City Centre but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Surrounded by magnificent manicured gardens and sparkling lakes, the Palmerstown House Estate is easily one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Ireland.
DATE: 26 April 2018 from 17:00- 20:00
LOCATION: Naas, Co. Kildare
Book your tickets HERE.
Talbot Hotel Wexford Summer Wedding Showcase
If you are considering having your big day in County Wexford, mark your calendar for the Talbot Hotel Wexford Summer Wedding Showcase. It is the perfect opportunity to meet with the brilliant wedding planning staff at the Talbot Hotel Wexford to learn about their unique wedding venue. You can check out their wedding packages, explore the beautifully decorated Slaney Suite, and more.
When you go to the Talbot Hotel Wexford Summer Wedding Showcase, be sure to ask about their special discounts! People attending the showcase get special pricing on every package.DATE: 6 May 2018 from 14:00- 17:00
LOCATION: Whitewell, Wexford
Loughrea Hotel & Spa Wedding Showcase
If you are looking for a beautiful venue in Galway, you have got to get over to the Loughrea Hotel & Spa Wedding Showcase to view this breath-taking venue. In the heart of the Galway countryside with a panoramic view of the Loughrea Lake, you can explore the Grand Ballroom, check out the new Rooftop Garden, and meet with the Loughrea Hotel & Spa dedicated wedding team at this lovely showcase.
DATE: 6 May 2018 from 14:00-17:00
LOCATION: Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, 7 Athenry Rd, St. Laurencesfields, Loughrea, Co. Galway, H62 RC53
Book your tickets via emailing [email protected] or call 091 880 088.
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Wedding Fair
Here is your chance to explore the four-star Fitzpatrick Castle luxury hotel in Dublin and plan your dream and have awesome wedding photos! Get a taste for what their famous champagne receptions are like while you meet up with this impressive wedding team and check out the available spaces. Their impressive banqueting and civil ceremony suites are definitely amongst the best wedding venues in Dublin!
DATE: 17 May 2018, from 17:00- 21:00
LOCATION: Killiney Hill Rd, Scalpwilliam, Killiney, Co. Dublin
Book your tickets by calling 01 230 5461 or email [email protected]
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Salthill Hotel Wedding Fair
Stop by this iconic four-star hotel for a glass of Prosecco to chat with the Salthill Hotel’s impressive wedding planning staff to learn about their brand new wedding package option, tour their beautiful bedrooms, and check out their impressive new tasting menu options. If you are looking to get married in Galway, this is one of the top options that you will find in town and their first class service just brings every event to another level.
DATE: 27 May 2018 from 15:00- 17:00
LOCATION: Promenade, Galway
Oriel House Hotel Wedding Showcase
Are you getting married in Cork? You have got to get to the Oriel House Hotel for an amazing day out. Swing by for wine and canapés at this stunning space to learn more about one of Ireland’s top wedding venues. You can meet the Oriel House’s dedicated wedding team and have a tour around their newly renovated space. Check out their amazing wedding suites, civil ceremony suites, and bridal suites, and see if this might just be your dream venue.
DATE: 27 May 2018, from 14:00- 17:00
LOCATION: Ballincollig, Cork
Get your tickets HERE.
Summer Wedding Evening at County Arms Hotel
This place longest not only has the honour of being the longest established hotel in Ireland's midlands, it is also one of the oldest family-run hotels in Ireland (on top of being one of the best wedding venues in Ireland!). With 55 years of Loughnane family experience, there is a reason why so many couples trust this incredible space with every last detail of their wedding. This award-winning space can accommodate up to 400 guests as well as catering to more intimate affairs, this four-star hotel has everything you would expect from a first class wedding venue.
The Summer Wedding Evening at the County Arms Hotel is one of the best wedding fairs in Ireland and it’s a perfect chance to see one of the best County Offaly wedding venues.
DATE: 8 June 2018 from 17:00- 20:00
LOCATION: Birr, Co. Offaly
For tickets, call 057 912 0791 or email [email protected]
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens Wedding Consultations Days
If you are looking for looking for a five-star hotel wedding venue in Killarney, this is the one wedding fair in Ireland that you just can’t miss! With incredibly impressive gardens beside the Gap of Dunloe, this elegant hotel is a place like no other.
During their wedding consultation days, you can explore this newly remodelled space and meet their first class wedding planning staff to decide if this is your perfect wedding venue in Ireland’s captivating County Kerry.
DATE: 8 June 2018 from 9:00- 17:00
LOCATION: Killarney, Co. Kerry
For tickets, call 064 664 4111 or email [email protected]
The Shelbourne Hotel Wedding Forum
Come to the beautiful Shelbourne Room for drinks, canapés, one of the best wedding fairs in Ireland! In a dream Dublin wedding venue overlooking St Stephen’s Green, you can meet with some of the best wedding specialists in the world, The Shelbourne Hotel’s primo staff of wedding coordinators, and incredible florists, designers, chefs, and other top wedding vendors.
The Shelbourne Hotel Wedding Forum is one of the most anticipated wedding fairs in Ireland so you’ve got to plan early! They only let in 80 lucky brides so get make a request for this invitation-only event as soon as possible.
DATE: 4th July 2018
LOCATION: 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Request your entry with [email protected]
RDS The Wedding and Honeymoon Show
Welcome to the wedding planning paradise, brides and grooms! The RDS Wedding Show is widely considered to be the premier wedding fair in Ireland. With more than 200 top notch wedding exhibitors, you can literally plan every last detail of your wedding from your engagement photo session to your trip back home from your honeymoon.
If you only go to one wedding fair in Ireland this year, get to Dublin this autumn. With incredible discounts, a Bridal Catwalk Show, and so much more, this is the essential event for every couple getting married in 2019!DATE: 1-2 September 2018; from 11am – 5pm
LOCATION: RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Book your tickets HERE.
The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair in Cork
Held in one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in Cork, you can meet a massive array of wedding vendors, products, and services who will turn your dreams into a reality. If you love all things quirky, one of a kind, and vintage, look no further!
One of the coolest wedding fairs in Ireland, The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair in Cork offers a Vintage Tea Party, live music, hair and makeup demos, and food samples, along with a “Man Creche” to keep your guy busy while you browse!
DATE: 23 September 2018 from 12:00-16:00
LOCATION: Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork
Book your tickets HERE.
The Wedding Journal Show
You absolutely must get to the Wedding Journal Show 2018! This is Ireland's national wedding show and when it comes to wedding fairs in Ireland this is the event of the year. They have it all in this incredible wedding planning venue and you can get an amazing amount of planning done in a single afternoon there! There are hundreds of exclusive deals that will save you cash on your wedding planning. Watch the high fashion wedding catwalk shows, or book your honeymoon right then and there. With hundreds of exhibitors, you just will not find a better place for inspiration. And be sure to check out the contest! You can even win a complete wedding worth €35,000.
The Wedding Journal Show is running in both Belfast and Dublin so you can check it out at whichever location is closest to you and still have the chance to meet incredible vendors from all over the country.
DATE: 22-23 Sept 2018
LOCATION: Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland
DATE: 29-30 Sept 2018
LOCATION: Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Book your tickets HERE.
The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair Dublin
Easily one of my fave wedding fairs in Ireland, The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair travels all over the Emerald Isle to inspire brides with incredible ideas while showing off some of the awesome talents from all Dublin to Derry, and from Cork to Galway. Listen to amazing live music, sample awesome food, and see the incredible work of local Dublin hair stylists and makeup artists.
Like all of The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fairs around Ireland, this place has a “Man Creche” to keep your man busy while you are living it up in this bridal paradise.
DATE: 7 October 2018 from 12:00- 17:00
LOCATION: St.Stephens Green Hibernian Club, Dublin 2
Book your tickets HERE.
Wedding Show at the Ballygally Castle
If you are looking for a wedding venue in Antrim, this is one of the wedding fairs in Ireland that you can’t miss! Explore this 17th-century castle with its stunning walled gardens! One of the places to ties the knot in Ireland, this gorgeous space has a private beach with a gorgeous view of the rugged cliffs.
Be sure to come early! The first 100 brides at the Wedding Show at the Ballygally Castle get a free GMINI Magazine, and everybody can check out the amazing local live bands as well as the fashion shows at 14:00 and 15:00.DATE: 14 October 2018 from 13:00-16:00
LOCATION: Ballygally Castle Hotel, Coast Road, Ballygally, Co. Antrim
For tickets, email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 28 2858 1066.