Friday, 26 September 2014

Helena and James' Wedding 5th September 2014

Walking up the aisle to meet her true love brought tears to the eyes of Helena Skelly as she realised her dream wedding was becoming a reality, and memories that will last to eternity were being made for all her friends and family.

Helena married her fiancĂ© James Beatty at The Lucan Spa Hotel on Friday 5th September 2014 after the hotel and a number of top wedding suppliers donated the happy couple their wedding to the value of €10,000.

The hotel had run a competition along with Gazette Newspapers to offer one lucky couple the chance to win a dream wedding worth €10,000. "We were soon inundated with many people on our Facebook page commentating on our page for Helena and James to win", explained Claire Casey, one of the hotel's wedding coordinators. "At this stage, we did not know of the couple's situation". Finally, Helena's friend Deborah Murphy sent in an official entry and outlined the reason's behind recommending James and Helena. "We learnt that Helena was suffering from terminal cancer through Deborah's entry. Their story touched a nerve with everyone here in the hotel, as cancer is something that has affected everyone at one point in their life".

As per procedure of the competition, the hotel were allowed recommend a number of entrants to go through to the final 20, where the winner would be chosen in a public vote. "Initially, we had Helena and James down for a top 20 spot", explained Claire. "But just one day in the office, myself and my colleague Ulick decided to take them out of the competition and offer the couple their wedding on the hotel. We then continued with the competition separately (eventually won by Louise and Terry)."

James and Helena with Claire and Ulick from The Lucan Spa Hotel
Claire and Ulick called out to the hospital and delivered the good news to Helena and James personally. "They came to the hospital and told me they were giving me a wedding. I was gobsmacked" Helena told us later.

"It was one of those days I don't think I will ever forget" added Ulick. "Myself, Claire and Cathy from the Gazette visited Helena, James and Helena's daughter Rebecca in Beaumont Hospital and Claire announced the news to them. Both James and Helena burst into tears at the announcement and it definitely hit me then on what it really meant to them both. At one point I looked over at Claire and she looked back at me as if to say "Don't cry!" But by then it was too late as we were both welling up. It was a whirlwind of emotions but we were glad and thankful as a hotel to be in a position to assist Helena and James."

Following the announcement, a number of other wedding suppliers heard of the story and offered their services free of charge also. These included Pat from Trendphotography.ie in Lucan, Helen from Gift Cakes in Clondalkin, Greg from Dublin Formal Wear in Lucan, Jackie from Jackie's Flowers in Ballyfermot, Gerry from Getmarried.ie, Celtic Limos, Liz from Bridal Heaven in Swords and DBS Promotions supplying the band Vertigo for the night.

Speaking about the day itself, Helena said it couldn't have gone any better "It was absolute fantastic from start to finish and everything was gorgeous". The weather can be touch-and-go for many couples on their special day, but thankfully the weather on James and Helena's day was not a problem as the sun shone all day. The couple's beautiful wedding civil ceremony was carried out by Gerry from getmarried.ie and took place in the hotel, and was followed by a reception of 100 friends and family. "Having everyone celebrating it is just amazing. We have built memories for everyone and have amazing photographs for everyone to look back on".

Praising the hotel for making her day happen and making it one to remember, the happy couple said "I couldn't fault the hotel for anything. The meal, everything, was amazing and the staff were absolute fantastic. They were on top of everything from start to finish. We want to thank everyone who made this possible, all the suppliers and of course The Lucan Spa Hotel, especially Claire, and the owners who made all this happen".

Below is a few photos of the happy couple's special day:

If you are interested in hosting your wedding reception at The Lucan Spa Hotel, please contact our wedding coordinators using the following details:

Tel: 01 628 0494
Visit www.lucanspahotel.ie/weddings.html for more information.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Lynas Foodservices Trade Show

The Lucan Spa Hotel recently hosted the Lynas Foodservices tradeshow for the Dublin region. Featuring 50+ stands, the trade show saw over 400 delegates from the food and drinks industry come through the door to view the many products on offer and speak directly to suppliers.

The tradeshow was hosted in the Boyne Suite Conference and Banqueting area of the hotel, and included use of the pre-reception area as a "coffee and snacks" area and the private balcony area to allow for business owners and managers to speak to reps and suppliers in an informal setting.

Suppliers on the day included Dinkum, Walkers Crisps, Knorr, Golden Bake and lots more. Lynas Foodservices have themselves been in the industry for over 50 years and have become a leading foodservice company throughout Ireland.

If you are interested in hosting a conference or availing of meeting space at The Lucan Spa Hotel, please contact us using the following details:

Tel: 00353 (0) 1 628 0494
Fax: 00353 (0) 1 628 0841

Please visit www.lucanspahotel.ie/conferences.html for more information.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bride and Groom in Ice Bucket Challenge

What's the best way of finishing off one of the best days of your life? Well, for Geraldine and Robert, it was to "take the plunge" in more ways than one and participate in the popular Ice Bucket Challenge!! The happy couple celebrated their Civil Ceremony and wedding reception at The Lucan Spa Hotel with their friends and family and finished the celebrations in style by having their groomsmen pour ice cold water over them at 1.30am. See the video and reactions below:

Popular website, her.ie, described the event as "the greatest Ice Bucket Challenge yet".

A huge round of applause goes to the brave couple. To make a donation to IMNDA, please text MND to 50300.  

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wedding Place Cards

Wedding place cards are a great way of bringing a formal organisation to your table arrangements and can finish off a table setting beautifully. A few weeks ago, Eoin and Nina had these charming mini "kissing bells" to hold each wedding guests' placecard similar to the photo below. 

These creative method was a simple but gorgeous idea that added to the unique style and appeal of their wedding at The Lucan Spa Hotel. Below, we have given samples of other ideas you can use for your place card presentation.

These cute feathers can feature your matching colours and labelled for each guest.

These place cards sit neatly into miniature teeth holders. 

Creative place cards for a natural theme.

Cork holders are a popular method to display place cards.

These cute place cards include a little treat for guests!

Mini Burger-shaped biscuit place cards. Delicious!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Legalisation of Outdoor Weddings in England and Wales

A proposal to legalise outdoor weddings in England and Wales could pave the way for eco-ceremonies to take place for the first time. This new law could open up the choices available to couples and allow them to tie the knot on a beach, forest or even a mountaintop.

Under the current system, marriages can only take place through an authorised religious or civil official. The new bill aims to allow groups such as humanists to carry out ceremonies “anywhere meaningful to the couple including outdoors”.

The proposition is great news for any engaged couple, and will allow them to have the choice of a beautiful outdoor ceremony.

The stunning woodland wedding ceremony at The Lucan Spa Hotel.
In Ireland, couples already have this choice available to them, and the gorgeous surrounds of our private woodland area on the grounds of the hotel has become a popular setting for wedding ceremonies at the hotel. If you are interested in hosting your wedding ceremony at The Lucan Spa Hotel, please contact our wedding coordinators using the following details:

Tel: 01 628 0494
Email: info@lucanspahotel.ie
Visit: www.lucanspahotel.ie for more details.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Win Your Wedding Competition Results

The Lucan Spa Hotel recently held a competition along with Dublin Gazette Newspapers for one lucky couple for a fantastic prize of a wedding worth €10,000.

The hotel has become increasingly popular among couples to host their wedding day, with the huge transformation of the beautiful Boyne Suite reception area and banqueting suite attracting couples from all over the Dublin region and beyond.

The Boyne Suite of the Lucan Spa Hotel Dublin.
A further addition to the hotel that has stirred huge interest with engaged couples has been the ability to host outdoor weddings in the beautiful scenic surrounds of the private woodland area on the grounds of the hotel. Placed in the most romantic of locations, couples can say "I Do" in what is a unique and wonderful setting.

A Woodland Wedding Ceremony at The Lucan Spa Hotel
After hundreds of entries, 20 finalists were chosen and put through to a public text vote. The winners, Louise and Terry, we revealed at The Lucan Spa Hotel's Wedding Fair on Sunday 22nd June. The lucky couple were in total shock at the announcement, and thanked everyone who voted for them to receive this great prize. "It was just a great surprise" said Louise. "We are delighted, absolutely delighted".

The winning couple, Louise and Terry.

The remaining 19 couples did not go empty handed either, as they picked up a voucher for €1,000 off their wedding at the hotel.

If you wish to enquire about hosting your wedding reception at The Lucan Spa Hotel, please contact the wedding team using the following details:

Tel: 01 628 0494
Email: info@lucanspahotel.ie
Visit: http://www.lucanspahotel.ie/weddings.html

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Themed Weddings: Lego Wedding

With the release of the The Lego Movie this week, here at The Lucan Spa Hotel, we decided to take a look on ideas on how to incorporate the childhood classic into your wedding day. Weddings are about celebrating two lives, so bringing back your childhood memories for the day with this cool theme will add heaps of fun for your day. The Lego theme could also be a brilliant way of involving your own little ones into the planning for the day and add to the whole family's excitement.

Below is a list of props and items that can be incorporated into the day to create the Lego theme (click on each photo for more details):

I Do: Engagement Ring Box only €6.76 on Etsy.
Start building your relationship with this Lego inspired ring from Paul Bierker. 
Lego Men Cufflinks available on Etsy for €22.65
Lego Chocolate Favours
Lego Nails
Lego Wedding Bouquet
Lego Place Cards
Lego Favour Bags
Lego Table Numbers. Cute under the small fishbowl vase.
Epic Lego Seating Plan. Can't imagine the fun matching your guests to Lego men
Grand Lego Wedding Cake
Lego Table Centrepiece.
Gorgeous Lego Wedding Cake.

The above images are just a small sample of what you can do to achieve the Lego theme for your big day. Are you thinking of a theme for your wedding day? Why not seek help from your venue coordinator and visit websites such as Pinterest and see all the wonderful ideas to create any theme.

And finally....
Too Far? Amazing Lego dress by Japanese artist Rie Hosokai 
The Lucan Spa Hotel is one of Dublin's top wedding venues and offers couples the choice and flexibility to plan their day the way they want to. With an unlimited choice on menus, decor and drinks, we aim to recreate the day of your dreams. Looking for that magical venue? Why not contact us using the following details to book a private appointment to view our stunning hotel.

The Lucan Spa Hotel
Lucan, Co. Dublin,
Tel: 01 628 0494