Real Weddings with Sara
Real Weddings with Sara
About Real Weddings with Sara
Real Weddings with Sara focuses on the human side of weddings such as it’s the romantic story, the stresses in the lead up, tips on how to plan or how couples are navigating married life.
During the last few months of Covid Wedding doom and gloom, this Podcast is guaranteed to lift the spirits for couples on their wedding planning journey. It’s not just for those getting married, those day dreaming about getting married and for those married and interested in how others are getting through married life will love this too.
Sit back, relax and tune in to….
Episode One: Chupi Sweetman
Episode Two: Monte Durham (Say Yes To Dress Atlanta)
Episode Three: Blathnaid Tracey
Episode Four: Keith Walsh
Episode Five: Suzanne Kane
Episode Six: The Saccone Joly’s
Episode Seven: Grace Mongey (Faces by Grace)
Episode Eight: Lisa Cannon
Episode Nine: Don O’ Neill
Episode Ten: Kat Williams (Rock n Roll Bride)
Episode Eleven: Mario Rosenstock
The Bride of The Year Show is taking place on the 27th and 28th of January at the RDS. This is Ireland's largest, most exciting and diverse Wedding event. If you're recently engaged and at the beginning of your wedding planning journey or even further down the line of the planning phase, The Bride of the Year Show provides you with the perfect opportunity to chat with over 150 wedding experts in every category imaginable from cakes to décor, bridal to entertainment, Irish and destination Venues and all things Honeymoon all under one roof. With catwalk shows, I do! schools hosted by our very own Sara Kennedy! There is also thousands to be won in prizes, The Bride of The Year Show is your one stop Wedding Show! If you want a taste of what to expect take a listen to some of the great suppliers we bumped into back in September when the Wedding and Honeymoon Show took place there in September, it basically is your one stop shop and inspiration all wrapped up!
In this week`s episode Sara takes a side step from the usual and delves into Awards season! Sara has an established background in Digital Strategy and is also steeped in Wedding Event management and all that goes with it! With that said , she is no stranger to judging suppliers and businesses for some very coveted awards ceremonies.If you are a business or supplier in the Wedding Industry then this episode is 100% for you! In this episode you will get some inside tips and tricks on how to make sure your entries stand out and contain just what`s needed to catch the attention of the judges. Sara goes through what the key elements are to get right with your entry and also tips for what you do if you struggle with putting your greatness into the written word! This is a really good insight into how to get the detail right , your business is brilliant so make sure you get all the recognition you deserve! Now here`s to celebrating no matter what the outcome!
This week Sara chats to the Dentist extraordinaire Dr. Bronagh Keane AKA Ireland`s Tooth Fairy as you may know her from Instagram. On the lead up to your wedding day, there are soo many things to consider , the dress, the hair, makeup, , too much jewellery, too little, heels, no heels, skincare, and did we think about smiling during all of this! if your smile is something that you might be conscious of for photos or you just want to make sure you are in tip top dental health for the big day, then Dr. Bronagh has every tip under the sun for your pearly whites! Sit back and stick on the kettle, if you are going for a treat, just floss after , once a day the doctor says is enough!
This week Sara talks to the lady behind an Irish digital company called My Wedding Whizz. Laura Downes started the business in 2021 after being a bridesmaid for many years and experiencing the fatigue of wedding admin! The lightbulb moment struck when Laura was at her friend`s wedding over a Christmas holidays, there were piles upon piles of wedding cards with generous amounts of cash money! Laura and the bridesmaids had the task of moving and containing the cash as it piled up in the hotel safe. They got it all done and then realised the next day, no banks open for days of course! This was the festive season! This was one of the reasons Laura whipped up the idea for My Wedding Whizz. The website allows you can create a custom wedding website in minutes, with multiple website templates to choose from. You can setup your online wedding guest list manager, create and send stunning customisable digital Save the Date, Official Invites and Thank You cards with a built-in RSVP manager. If you need physical wedding cards, you can even order matching prints. Include a Digital Wedding Post with your package and enable your guests to send you a digital wedding card through your wedding website with a cash gift included. This sounds like your very own digital wedding admin personal assistant and we are here for it! If you are planning a wedding this is going to be a great listen for you! You can thank us later!
On this week`s episode Sara takes a look at the new kid in town when it comes to capturing your big day, The Wedding Content Creator! So what exactly is Wedding Content Creation and what can it bring to your wedding? Sara chats to a lady who does this very thing and has her own company to take care of it , the Wedding Content Company. Weddings, whilst beautiful, can often be hectic. Everyone's running around, laughing, crying, looking for safety pins! The last thing your best friend has time for is capturing the gorgeous behind the scenes footage they were hoping to get. Aine says allow her to become your best friend for the day, capturing 1000+ photos and videos of your special day, so your friends can be in the content, and most importantly, in the moment. This is certainly an interesting listen if social is your thing, and even if it isn't - Aine could bring that extra dimension to your wedding you were not even expecting to get! Sit back and enjoy the ideas in this episode!
This week Sara talks to the powerhouse business founder and stylist Mandy Maher. Mandy is founder of The Platform Agency (Ireland's Social Media Influencer & Content Creators Agency.) and The Catwalk Model Agency. She is also a regular stylist contributor to our TV screens on Virgin Medias`s IrelandAM. Mandy has a wealth of knowledge in weddings, wedding style and also is 28 years married this year to her lovely husband Ger. Mandy met Ger when she was 19 and says she knew instantly when she met him that she was one day going to marry this man! She got married in 1995 and says things are WAY different now, she didn't see one Wedding fair and got her wedding dress delivered two weeks before the wedding! Her advice for keeping the relationship strong is communication and making sure that effort is put in on both sides to keep the spark! Mandy is a tonic and gives some cracking advice for brides and grooms to be and for those already married! Sit back get a coffee and throw on the headphones for another episode of Real Weddings With Sara!
Two fabulous women joined Sara this week to talk about recent engagements and the navigation of the upcoming big days! Sharing their stories are model/make up artist Elisha Stokes and champion of mid sized fashion and beauty Leah Keoghan. Both their stories are ones of knowing that they have met their person and the rest is now easy sailing! In Leah`s case she knew since she was 13 and she met her husband to be on Bebo, he was also 13! It was written in the 90`s social media archives! Elisha also met he husband to be through social media when he messaged her on Instagram! They have been inseparable since and both share how they are navigating the planning, the pain points and the Icks of the upcoming big day. If you need a break from your own planning and want to see how 2 other brides are handling their journeys and their tips on bands, venue, celebrants and choosing the dress then pop those headphones in and enjoy!
This week Sara chats to Lara Battigelli aka Lara`s Bites on Instagram. Lara is a seriously passionate foodie with an obsession for cooking to get her out of any household chores! Her recipes online are DE-VINE and so easy so it was food that drew us to Lara! She is now in the middle of planning her wedding abroad so she takes us through the essential tips for up and coming married couples to be for taking the nuptials overseas! Lara gives some great insight into what bargains can be had and what steps she is taking to make the day as enjoyable as possible. If you are planning your wedding abroad - this one is for you!
This week Sara talks to the UK & Ireland’s Leading Relationship Coach & Founder of Relationship Coaching NI Lisa McFarland. Hold on to your hats, scarves and shoes for this one! This episode delves straight into the tips and tools that Lisa thinks all couples should be aware of when entering into a relationship together. She talks about the most beneficial steps in starting this: Finding your love language, attachment style test, argument style test and the one we love.."Kiss your person for 6 seconds everyday". There is science behind the reason it works! Lisa has been married for 27 years and says she wishes she had the tools and advice she now gives to couples when she was starting out. It`s her mission to become that coaching guidance and make relationship coaching the absolute norm for everyone setting out on their life journey together.
On this week`s episode Sara chats to Honeymoon and Travel Specialist Susan Ryan. Travel has always been Susan`s passion so consider her as your personal Travel Counsellor! She strives to create the perfect bespoke travel experience for you. Whether you’re interested in spotting wildlife in South Africa, dining under the stars in the Maldives, diving in Sri Lanka or sailing a yacht through the Great Barrier Reef… she can help you plan your next adventure! Planning a honeymoon is one of the most enjoyable and exciting times in a couple`s wedding journey, it can also be a little stressful! It`s safe to say if you book with Susan - she takes every ounce of that away, she is on hand at every step, flight information , delays , pre booking hotels/taxis and any detail you have not thought of - Susan will have it covered. This is such a good listen for any couple who are in the midst of honeymoon planning and need a helping hand! Sit back and enjoy, pina colada included! I specialise in bespoke long-haul holidays and honeymoons. On a trip to Iceland a few years ago my now husband surprised me by proposing in the Blue Lagoon. Needless to say, that is a trip I will never forget! We got married in Rome and went to New York on our Honeymoon. Since then I specialise in planning the perfect Honeymoon experience for my customers and after being a finalist in the Brides of Limerick Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019, I went on to win Honeymoon Planner of the Year 2020 at the Irish Wedding Awards in Dublin earlier this year.
On this weeks episode Sara talks to award winning wedding celebrant Enda Harte. Enda performs legal wedding ceremonies in Ireland and Northern Ireland 7 days a week! This is the episode that answers all your Wedding Ceremony questions! This episode covers so much of the questions that have come through to Sara on Wedding ceremonies - what are the differences between humanist, spiritual , interfaith, civil or church and what do I need to do to register and tick all the legal boxes! How do I know what prayers, songs and readings I might be able to include? How long does the ceremony have to be? Who do I really need to invite? Enda is the upmost professional and has many years of experience in this area! He is registered as a solemniser with the General Registrars Office in the Republic of Ireland and also registered with the General Registrars office in Northern Ireland. Many answers are in here for questioning couples! Have a listen and if you are feeling generous please review and rate this episode!
Welcome to this week`s episode where Sara talks all things health and well being with a wonderful group of women who make this their business! They are Catherine, Mary and Nicola from Turning Point Wellness. Their story started with their own personal weight loss journey many years ago with group support and help, they achieved their weight loss goals. They each decided to become Weight Watchers Coaches and this is where their story begins.On 15th June 2006, they met for the first time and they just clicked . They trained together, having the same passion they became colleagues, very soon after that they became great friends in both their professional and personal lives. They help each member who book in with them to learn from using tools to make healthy food choices, achieve their healthy weight and sustain a healthy happy lifestyle. This is easy to say but can be so hard to make that first step - these ladies know very well how to manage that and are happy to chat to you one on one to get you started in the right frame of mind. They meet brides, grooms, families, groups preparing for big days and events and are all about making you feel the best for what ever goal it is health oriented or event oriented - they can help you get there. This episode is for anyone planning a healthier lifestyle and may be a little nervous about what that might look like - it can be overwhelming , sometimes it takes a little helping hand! Take a listen , this might be the solution!
This week Sara talks to blogger, teacher, model and influencer Sarah McDermott aka Sarah`s Secrets as she navigates the journey of being a Bride to Be! Sarah can be found showcasing boutiques and brands from all over Ireland, the UK and more and is now documenting the planning of her upcoming 2024 wedding and sharing all her fashion, venue and suppliers advice along the way! This episode takes you through the many thought processes that take place after an engagement and why it is key to take your time to do what suits you and your partner. Sarah talks about how she worked out her non negotiables when it came to planning the day which helped in each step of the planning. A tip she learned here on the Real Weddings With Sara podcast! Sit back and take in some great advice and top tips from Sara and Sarah!
Sara talks all things wedding invitations with the wonderful Corrine Smith from An Siopa Páipéar or The Paper Shop if looking for her on social. Corrine has been designing since 1995 when she started up an award winning graphic design company in Co. Louth which specialised in menu design. It was during this time that she discovered a passion for handmade papers, stationery, cards and crafts and began designing wedding invitations. In 2005 she sold her business and moved to the US where she continued to work with happy couples to create one-of-a-kind designs. While in the US she began embellishing my designs with various techniques to achieve a uniqueness that is displayed in her work. Happily, she has returned to Ireland with her family and has realised her dream of sharing her passion for design with happy couples on a full time basis. Corrine`s studio is in her home in Belturbet, Co. Cavan. She is open by appointment only, but says she is fairly flexible with her hours. Give her a shout +353 (0)86 067 7737 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great listen if you are looking for options of bespoke, DIY, templates or something completely different plantable invitations! Yes you heard that right - these ideas are something you won`t find everywhere! Corrine sets the record straight on the do`s and don`ts of wedding invites, the common mistakes and tips to make the whole process really enjoyable!
Welcome back to Real Weddings With Sara! We are back and ready for 2023, another busy year ahead we can feel it in the waters! This first episode sees Sara talking to four incredible make up artists, Pamela Matthews, Keira Smyth, Hayley Coleman and Patrycja Rusiecka who have huge experience in the wedding industry. They have invaluable advice for upcoming brides on how to research, what to expect and how to approach your make up artist chat and decision making. These are the people who live and breathe the business so if you are looking for some great advice on booking that make up consultation for the big day - this is a great listen for you!
This week Sara chats to the CEO of Laser Skin and Hair Clinics, Anne Gunning. This episode is a fascinating listen for brides and non brides alike who want to get a closer insight into the ever increasing and expanding world of cosmetic procedures, enhancements and just general face and body maintenance. Many brides to be may often put the facials and maintenance to the back of their minds until weeks before the big day , which is of course totally individual to every bride - however Anne lets us know that if you are planning on doing anything more , planning needs to be a bit further out than that! Anne talks through the many various treatments that are now available on the market, Laser Skin and Hair Clinics pride themselves on using the very best product out there with qualified clinicians taking care of your journey with them. The world of treatments are vast, from fillers to injectables, facials, tighteners, bum enhancements and much more , there are options galore - which can be daunting if this is something that you have ever considered and is very much a personal choice. Anne and Sara get to demystify in this must listen epside!
This week Sara chats to Carole the owner of the well known Pearls and Lace Bridal and Accessory Boutique in Donegal town. It was Carole`s dream to not only open her own bridal boutique but to create something different in the bridal industry. To make shopping for a wedding dress an experience, a memory to treasure. Carole`s advice for wedding dress shopping is invaluable and gives some much calming and practical advice for any bride starting out on the journey of making the most emotional purchase of all! The dress! It`s something that most brides take much pride and time in selecting so Carole wants to make sure it is stress free and full of enjoyment from day one! Step into this podcast and maybe her boutique to find out more!
This week Sara chats to Ian Dolan of the synonymous Carolyn`s Sweets, a well known and trusted supplier in the wedding industry! Ian is the man to go to if you are looking for that extra bit of sparkle and fun to sprinkle on the wedding day, from Chocolate Fountains , Candy Ferris Wheels, Ice Cream Bikes to Sparkle Dance Floors ,4ft Letters & more, they have something for everyone. Ian`s business idea all started from when he was getting married and wanted a Ferraro Rocher pyramid! While the Pyramid was not purchased - he did get a Ferraro Rocher heart built and went on to test the market with the idea - and the rest as they say is history ( of the sugary kind). If you are wondering how all those little magic pieces you spot get sorted and shipped/ set up and how to go about it - this is the episode for you! Ian takes you through the A to Z of novelty items that will create a talking point and most importantly enjoyable memories!
This week Sara chats to the incredibly talented soprano wedding singer Yvonne O`Toole who has over 15 years performance experience in the wedding industry in Ireland and abroad. She has performed in some of the most beautiful venues accompanied by strings, piano, harp and more! Not only has Yvonne extensive wedding singing experience and performed with The Celtic tenors, she was offered a position to study at London's prestigious West End Academy! Yvonne has great advice for upcoming brides and grooms on how to navigate the music choices for any type of ceremony you choose. She insists that asking a dozen questions is the way to get the ball rolling and not to be afraid to ask for what you want, even if that means additional singers or something you think may not work - ask Yvonne anyway! This episode is gold for anyone daunted by the thought of picking a wedding singer for their ceremony and what they can/can`t do and what rules to follow! Sit back and enjoy!
In this week`s episode Sara chats to David O`Connor Group General Manager of Louis Copeland and Sons, also known as Styledoc on Instagram. When it comes to wedding attire - we probably all automatically think about the bride , but don't forget the groom! The style is just as crucial for him and his entourage! David gives us the top tips on what styles, trends and factors matter on distinguished dressing for the men on their wedding day. This is a brilliant listen for top style advice from the best in the business!