10 wedding trends you will see everywhere In 2017

Posted on: 6th February, 2017

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

New year, new trends – and this one promises to be better than ever says Ciara Moore. If you’re getting hitched in 2017, look no further. We’ve got you covered from colour schemes to all those little decor details.

Lush Greenery

Fashion critics wait with bated breath each January in suspense of the Pantone Colour of the Year announcement. Introducing greenery; a refreshing shade of zest-yellow green that is symbolic of new beginnings – the perfect hue for sprightly spring and summer brides. This year, couples will be going back to basics. Expect neutral tones and foliage galore. Centrepieces, hanging garland and bouquets will all be loosely constructed with the likes of eucalyptus, fern and various leaves.

Creative Catering

It all started with the humble candy cart, and now the arrivals reception and evening buffet is almost as big as the main meal itself. Dessert tables and wacky treats have become the norm at weddings – and the donut wall is on the very top of our foodie wishlist for 2017.

The Year Of The Humanist Ceremony

Over the past year, we have seen a rise in the number of couples opting in favour of a humanist ceremony instead of the traditional church wedding. The humanist ceremony is a fantastic compromise for couples who come from different religious backgrounds or those simply looking for something a bit more unique. In Particular, the handfasting ritual has become hugely popular for couples looking to celebrate their Irish heritage. This involves the couple’s celebrant tying either one or both hands together with colourful ribbons before their vows are exchanged. With more freedom and flexibility to personalize details such as the location, readings and music, we predict many more will begin to follow suit.

Bubblegum Brights

Pop, clink, fizz. We will be moving away from the primary school brights and blush pink tones of 2016. There’s a new colour scheme in town and it oozes playfulness and summer cheer. Turn heads with these eye-catching details; flamingoes, unicorns, glitter and all things bubblegum pink. This year is sure gonna be fun!

Pimp Your Prosecco

Signature cocktails are so last year. Pimp your Prosecco station with a series of delightful toppings for an authentic twist. Candyfloss, ice-lollies and rock candy are all worthy contenders to create a dazzling spectacle.

The Balloon Brigade

The balloon is here to stay for the foreseeable future, except it’s now being taken to new heights! A simple and inexpensive decor addition, the basic balloon will add a splash of fun to the dullest of spaces and result in some pretty epic wedding photos. We’ve seen everything from giant balloons lining the church aisle, to utterly fabulous balloon arch backdrops behind the cake stand.

Image Mapping

Tacky up-lighting has officially been banished – can we get a Hallelujah? Image mapping is where it’s all happening when it comes to state-of-the-art futuristic wedding trends. Using technology, light and moving pictures can transform your ceremony or reception space to match your wedding theme. From an enchanted forest to an under the sea vibe, the sky really is the limit. For the budget-conscious couple, a simple way to tap into this craze is to opt for an image mapped wedding cake. This is definitely one trend that will WOW your wedding guests.

Flower Power

Well, if it was good enough for Kim Kardashian…It may have taken a few years for this trend to trickle down to us mere mortals. Taking the selfie to a whole new level, expect to see A LOT of flower wall photo backdrops during 2017. Strike a pose!

Four-Legged Friends

Your pooch is part of the family, so it makes sense to involve them in your nuptials. For many, incorporating their pet in their special day will mean the world. Whether you’re including your furry little friend in the proposal process or kitting them out in a doggie tux for the day itself, these will be treasured memories to be looked back on fondly for years to come.

The Engagement Photo Shoot

The engagement photo shoot is still slowly creeping its way across the pond, with many Irish wedding photographers now beginning to offer packages. A brilliant option for the camera-shy pair, the shoot will allow you to build a working rapport with your potential photographer and get a feel for their shooting style. Ask yourselves these questions before booking them for your wedding day: Did they make us feel comfortable during the engagement shoot? Did they listen to what we wanted? Did they guide us and offer gentle suggestions on shooting locations and ideas? Were we happy with the finished result?

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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