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Amazing cakes from Cakes by Dawnh

Cakes by Dawn specialises in creating beautiful custom made cakes, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies and any other desserts you may have in mind. All cakes are baked to order in our HSE registered kitchen. Only the finest ingredients are used to ensure the cakes taste as beautiful as they look.

You’ll quickly notice the passion, commitment and attention to detail that goes into every project after seeing how seamlessly your personality or wedding theme is woven into all your sweet treats. Thanks to our wide range of flavours and designs, you are sure to find something to suit your needs and budget.

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Contact information

Dawn Holland – O’ Donovan
Cairn Woods
Co. Cork
085 – 2021204

8 Tips for arranging your Church Wedding music

Many brides will forget to factor in the effect that the music in the Church will have on their wedding day and quite often will leave it last on the list of things to do. What with the dress, the flowers, the invitations, the cars… it’s easy to see why it can be left too late to find a really good performer and musician. Church music changes the entire ceremony, transforming the atmosphere, creating the mood, complimenting the bride, so getting it right is a matter of huge importance.

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Beach Wedding Theme

Not many things bring fantasy to reality in the manner that a beach wedding theme does. The sunshine, crashing waves and beautiful white sands provide a stellar natural backdrop that needs little décor. You can make the most of modest items to create unique décor. Wood can be used to make a rounded or rectangular arch and decorated with fresh flowers or fabric straps to set off the ocean behind.

Shells and starfish accent bouquets, favours and centrepieces. You can also incorporate them into your groom’s boutonniere. Ditch shoes for jewellery and enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the cool ideas below.

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Floral Wedding Crowns

Tired of bridal veils? Enter floral wedding crowns. These guaranteed head-turners are a pretty and stylish alternative to traditional headpieces. You can decide to look simple and elegant in a lavender crown or angelic in a white floral crown. To look fun and modern, you can opt for big blooms.

A bit of green foliage will add to the natural beauty and freshness of the crown. Regardless of the type of floral crown that graces your head, one thing that’s certain is the romantic, feminine and whimsical touch it adds to your overall look. Take a peek at some of our favourites and be inspired!

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Beautiful Hairstyles For Bride

It’s your big day, and your hair needs to be perfect to compliment your dress and make you glow in photos. Luckily, there are many styles that will help you look flawless. Be it a chic updo, long and loose waves, curly ponytail or intricate braids, there is something for every face shape. Check out the pictures below for some inspiration!

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Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses

Pastel is a leading trend that never fades away, and it’s obvious why. Whether it’s pink, blue, lavender, mint or periwinkle, a girl in pastel always looks lovely. Let your girls rock pastel dresses to add a touch of romance, femininity and sophistication to your special event. From soft, flowy floor-length gowns to ruffle-cocktail length dresses, we have compiled pastel bridesmaid dresses in a variety of styles.

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Top Wedding Venues In Ireland

Ballyfin Demense, County Laois

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Ballyfin is one of Irelands most elegant destinations. A byword for grace and luxury since the eighteenth century, it offers a magnificent state dining room, which opens out onto a beautiful terrace offers seating for up to 60 guests, while parties of up to 130 guests can avail of the ballroom, which is adorned with giant mirrors and spectacular views of Ballyfin lake. Besides all the festive activities, guests can avail of falconry, boat trips, picnics, horse riding, archery, fishing and more. From the food, to the spectacular art collections and impeccable service, Ballyfin is the stuff of dreams. A wedding wonderland. Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland, tel: +353 (0) 5787 55866,


Picking a venue is paramount to a great day out. There are so many beautiful places to have your wedding its easy to get carried away. Do you have it in the romantic castle down the country? In a city restaurant where everyone can have access? Is your favourite holiday destination aboard? Or do you just have it in your own back garden? The choices are endless but there are many things to take into account before you plan your wedding. We’ve listed a few pros and cons to each.

Marquee / Home wedding

It sounds wonderful- having your friends and loved ones gathered in your back garden in the sunshine enjoying canapés and drinks. You can get caterers in and get your wine yourself so you don’t have to pay corkage. It’s more personal than a hotel or a castle and certainly more unique. As well as that you are allowed more freedom. If you invite the neighbours you can party all night long with music and drinks flowing. You can do different deals to get cheap marquees and recruit friends to help you decorate it. On the con side it can be pricier with lots of hidden costs. Also what if the weather isn’t great? Will there be enough room for people to roam around. You may find yourself working much harder than you thought too. Event management for 100 people or more can be very stressful and leave you exhausted on your big day.


You want your nearest and dearest around you on your wedding day and none are dearer than your bridesmaids. In many cases it can be difficult to ensure that you don’t upset anyone if you don’t ask them to walk down the aisle with you. Some of us have lots of really close friends so picking your bridesmaids is tough. We decided to make your life easier by coming up with a few top tips.

Work out your budget

Your budget comes first. If you can afford to have 4 girls, fire ahead. But if not, then get two- perhaps your sister and closest friend. The bride generally pays for the bridesmaids dresses so if money is an issue you can’t have an army of girls with you. Weddings are pricey and if you add 4 or 5 outfits, girls’ days out and lunches etc it can cost an extra few thousand euro, which you may not have budgeted for.


Voltaire Diamonds – Diamond Specialists

Judging by a recent increase in the purchase of diamonds, they’re not just a girl’s best friend, says Seamus Fahy, founder of Voltaire Diamonds, who has offices in Dublin and London.


“Without a doubt, we have seen an increase in sales this year, a sign that the economy is picking up.” He says spend is up by 15 per cent in some cases. “Most of our market comprises of people buying engagement rings. The average spend is anything between €1000 and €4500, with most people going for engagement rings within the €2,500 to €3,500 mark.”

Fahy set up the company in 2006 in order to sell diamonds at competitive prices. “I thought that people would be able to get cheaper deals if we cut out the middle man- in this case, the store. It means the overheads are lower so customers get more diamond for their money. I did a lot of research before I opened a business and studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of America,” he says.

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