Tuesday, January 15th 2013

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On today's Mooney,

We’re going to be talking weddings, civil partnerships, tying the knot, making a lifelong commitment to the one you love – and giving you the opportunity of a lifetime to have the cost of your celebration covered – as we launch our fabulous K-Club wedding competition!

K Club Wedding Competition

About 22,000 couples get married in Ireland every year – and here on Mooney we’re going to make 2013 lucky for some with a fantastic wedding competition we’re going to be running in January in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide and The K Club! To find out more, tune in, get a copy of the RTÉ Guide TODAY or click here!!! And for more information on all the wedding packages and facilities available at the K Club, click here!

Weddings At The K Club

Brenda visited the wedding fair at the K Club recently and spoke to couples as they checked out the venue and the different stands. Amongst those she spoke to were Elaine and Colm from Carlow who were at the fair with Elaine’s mum, Ann. Others featured include Tolani and Patrick, Niamh and Ronan, and John and Janine.

Brenda spoke to Susie Hopkins, the wedding planner with the K Club. She asked Susie to go through the details of the prize...

You could win a spectacular wedding reception for 100 of your family and friends at the prestigious K Club, located in the pretty village of Straffan, Co. Kildare. Nestled on the banks of the River Liffey, the hotel is set in 550 acres of mature woods, parkland and magnificent formal gardens, which will make your special day the envy of every couple in Ireland.

This all-inclusive package for the winning couple includes:

  • Red carpet on arrival with champagne for the happy couple
  • Canapés, Prosecco and light refreshments for guests
  • 5-course wedding meal with wine
  • Room dressed and flower arrangements provided
  • Supper buffet
  • Hotel suite for the wedding couple for 2 nights
  • Pre-wedding spa treatment for the loving couple
  • Two additional rooms for the extended family for 2 nights

Wedding Advice

One thing is for sure... you would want to have a good relationship with your future husband or wife to survive your wedding day and the lead up to it! Karen Heiss knows a thing or two about all of this – she is editor-in-chief of Confetti Magazine which has just launched its 10th anniversary edition, and she joins Derek in studio today...

Noel Cunningham's Do's and Don'ts Of Weddings

  • The mother of the groom can often be sidelined and Noel is very concerned about this. There is a tendency to ignore her and this can lead to bad blood. He sees it time and time again. His advice is to always consult her and welcome her suggestions.
  • The mother of the Bride can sometimes take over the planning of a wedding and she forgets it’s not about her. When the bride’s mother takes over like this she will spoil it for her daughter. She forgets that things have moved on since she got married so she must give way to her daughter.
  • Invites. The rule of thumb is that if you are inviting one set of cousins you should invite all cousins. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t seen 1 family of cousins in years. It will cause a split in the family
  • Church. Bride should not leave guests waiting for more than 15 minutes. Too many bride’s are 20/25 minutes late and this is disrespectful.
  • Bride should be walked up the aisle by her father or if he’s not alive, her eldest brother.
  • Organise and lay down the role of the photographer and the videographer. Do not allow either to take the bride and groom away to the scene of their first kiss in a scenic area leaving the wedding party waiting for hours for them to come back. A lot of the guests will end up getting pissed and this will ruin the wedding.
  • Speeches. These should be confined to Groom, Best man and maybe the father of each with a short welcome. Do not get into a situation where even bridesmaids make a speech. It becomes boring. But don’t put pressure on fathers to speak if they don’t want to.
  • Best man should not refer to stag or grooms exploits. Nor should he be vulgar whyen making a speech. Noel knows a situation where the bride’s mother had to write to all the guests apologising for the best man’s speech.
  • Presents – it’s becoming common for cash to be given and this is used for wedding expenses. Noel thinks this is vulgar.
  • 100 euro per guest is the norm to spend. Family members should spend more.
  • Wedding list. Bride and groom should be sensitive when making a list. Include a range of items not just pricey John Rocha crystal.
  • Kate Middleton declines invites to her friends weddings because she doesn’t want to upstage them

Irish Marriage Law

We’re full of the joys of weddings today - the white dress, the speeches, the first dance... But, is getting married a bit old-fashioned? Aren’t times changing? Isn’t living together essentially the same thing? Shortly we’ll be talking to an expert in Irish Marriage Law but first, MOONEY’s Katriona McFadden took to the streets to ask people “Is Marriage Important Anymore?”….

Dr. Maebh Harding is a Senior Lecturer in Family Law at the University of Portsmouth with a PhD in Irish Marriage Law from UCD (and she is the daughter of Eanna Ní Lamhna!) and she is in the BBC Solent studios in Portsmouth...

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

Today's Podcasts

Launch Of The K Club Wedding Competition
Planning For Weddings, And Do’s And Don’ts
Is Marriage Important?
Irish Marriage Law

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