Wedding Trends 2016

Posted: January 26, 2016

 

With Valentine’s Day only around the corner talk returns once more to weddings and what’s hot and what’s not this year! With this in mind we thought it might be fun to share some of the predicted and growing trends (in no particular order) that are making a name for themselves for 2016;

 

1. Mismatched Bridesmaids
Is Ireland ready for this yet? One of the predictions for 2016 is to forgo the line of identical bridesmaids for a mix of attire that best suits the individual, this also includes using separates that the ladies can add to their wardrobes and use again thereafter. Coast have some a great selection of bridesmaid styles to choose from.

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2. A Dessert Display rather than an official wedding cake
We saw the influx of cupcake ‘cakes’ but this appears to have moved even further into offering a full dessert display so guests can pick and choose from a range of sugary delights

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3. Fun Photography
Standard static group shots are soooo last season, bridal couples are electing instead for more reportage-style photography that tells more of a story. Add a little action to wedding photographs by ‘staging memorable scenes’ for example bridesmaid doing up the buttons on the brides gown or beautiful bride sweeping down magnificent staircase in the Lobby of the Red Cow Moran Hotel towards proud father with tear in his eye. At the reception another popular one is for the bride and groom to share a piece of cake rather than the traditional cake cutting image. If you’re really daring you could even hire a drone to take some random aerial shots.

 

4. Boho Brides
Floaty off the shoulder dresses with floral headpieces and lashings of lace are trending once more for 2016. Carry the look into the reception venue by adding dream catchers, lots of texture and bold florals.

 

5. Personal Details
Bridal couples are veering more and more towards adding personal touches to their wedding reception. A particularly popular choice is naming each table after a special place the couple or either bride or groom have visited that holds a special place in their heart. There is no end though to how far you can take this and other fun elements include; personalised seating cards; printed pics of each guest as children for their place setting – this is great way to open proceedings on a lovely light hearted note or give a CD of you and your hubby’s favourite tunes as a unique wedding favour

 

6. Lighting
Lighting is getting bigger and bigger and with the introduction of fake candles that are so real you could mistake them for the real thing, couples are not skimping on this element of their wedding décor. An inexpensive but effective way to add a warm atmosphere to any setting.

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7. Creative Seating and Seating Plans
Gone are the days of wedding receptions where the Bride’s family are on one side and the Grooms on the other. Big efforts are now being made to mix the two families and this has the biggest implication at the wedding banquet. Couples are choosing to ditch the top table and instead to sit with their guests and others are also switching from rounds to trestle tables to allow guests to sit more closely and engage more easily with each other.

 

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8. His & Hers Cocktails
This adds a fun element to the pre-reception event at a Wedding and often tells merging family and friends a lot about the two personalities who have joined together

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9. Multiple Music & Entertainment Options
Each stage of the wedding has become an event in itself and bridal couples are tending more and more to reflect this in their entertainment plans. A full schedule could incorporate a gospel choir or a folk singer for the marriage service, a pianist for the drinks reception, instrumental during dinner followed by the ‘main’ act and closed off with a DJ….phew!

 

10. Non Floral Centrepieces
Anything goes for table centrepieces these days, from a potted tree to a flowering plant. A budget friendly version would be to use bare branches and adorn with cheap and cheerful ornaments like sparkly jewels or crepe paper. Our beautiful candelabras are still proving popular for weddings at the Red Cow Moran Hotel.

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So there you have it, there are loads more depending on which magazine you pick up or which website you google but these were our favourites and the best thing about them is all could be incorporated into your wedding reception at the Red Cow Moran Hotel.

 

Our Next Wedding Showcase is on Wednesday 17th February (5-8pm) so why don’t you come along. Admission is free and it presents a great opportunity for you and members of your bridal party to see our magnificent ballroom, chat to our team and get tips and advice from a host of experts on a whole range of wedding trends for your own Special Day!
www.redcowmoranhotel.com/weddings Email: redcowweddings@moranhotels.com

Christmas Spirit Dublin 2015

Posted: December 10, 2015

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Christmas is such a crazy time of year with everyone rushing to get somewhere or do something so it’s important to take time to actually experience

some of the terrific Christmas festivities happening around this great city of ours.

Dublin is a hive of activity at Christmas and there’s something to suit all ages and tastes. For the kiddies a Santa visit is a must, last minute texts to Santa with wish lists are all very well but really the best medium for kids to deliver their own special requests is to talk to the man himself!

There are so many wonderful Santa experiences across Dublin but one in particular that we thought we’d highlight is the Airfield Estate Christmas Experience. A different dynamic to most Santa’s Visits; instead of individual trips into the Big Man which involve queuing and waiting, waiting and queuing, the group, which is kept quite intimate go in to meet Santa together. Sitting on the floor around Santa, he chats to each of the kids and asks them individually what they would like for Christmas. Then he calls out each child’s name and hands them a gift. It’s a really nice relaxed affair. After meeting Santa the kids can go and write their letters to Santa and elves are at hand to stamp and help post them. They can also visit the reindeers and Santa and Mrs Claus’ bedroom. Thumbs up for the Airfield Estate Christmas Experience.

Another great option for time-out during the Christmas Chaos is to do a spot of ice-skating. Certainly something a little different that is fun to do for a date night or with a group of friends. Dundrum on Ice have a great set up and there’s plenty of choice for places to go for a bite and a bevvie after.

Sadly the Christmas Markets didn’t happen for Dublin this year but there’s always Grafton Street for the obligatory stroll on Christmas Eve to soak up the festive atmosphere. Best done when you’re organised and have the shopping finished so you can observe but not have to partake in the chaos around you. It’s also lovely meeting up with friends and family for ‘one’ before you head home to the wrapping.

For a handy guide to what’s on in Dublin this Christmas visit our website www.redcowmoranhotel.com

Easter & Midterm Breaks in Dublin

Posted: March 30, 2015

Easter & Midterm at The Red Cow Moran Hotel  is approaching fast! It is a lovely time for family and friends to relax and take some time out. The evenings are getting brighter and everyone is getting that ‘spring’ in their step!

Dublin is the perfect location for a short break and family getaway. Perfectly located just off the M50, easily accessible, beside the red Luas line and close to Dublin city centre we are the ideal hotspot for your break!

Easter is a great time for kids! So many fun activities to do; Easter egg hunts, chocolatey treats and craft and games and at The Red Cow Moran Hotel we are delighted to share Easter with you and create that special family break. We have excellent family packages available.

Zoo Package From €129
Accommodation + zoo tickets
*offer based on 2 adults and 2 children

Tayto Park Package From €139
Accommodation + tayto park tickets
*offer based on 2 adults and 2 children

3 Nights Fun Package From €429
3 nights accommodation, full breakfast on 3 mornings, zoo + tayto park tickets PLUS a 2 course meal on the evening of your choice
*offer based on 2 adults and 2 children

EASTER & MIDTERM FAMILY BREAKS – BOOK NOW

City Breaks..

We also have excellent B&B offers for couples and friends looking for a City break! Visit the buzzing Dublin City, live music, funky and chic coffee shops all for you to explore.

B&B Easter & Midterm Special From €129
A nights accommodation + full Irish breakfast

BOOK YOUR CITY BREAK NOW

Enjoy & Happy Holiday

Bride of the Year Show

Posted: January 20, 2015

 

Have you recently got engaged?

Are you now looking for the perfect wedding venue?

 

Bride of the year show

 

Bride of the Year Show is on this weekend at the RDS Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th . It is on 11am to 5pm daily.

The Red Cow Moran Hotel will be at the show. Their wedding stand number is D16.

Visit our wedding stand and speak with our dedicated wedding coordinators at the show.

If you book your wedding at the Bride of the Year Show you will receive €1000 off our exclusive ‘Moon’ Wedding Package.

 

Red Cow Moran Hotel have three wedding packages on offer:

The Sun

The Moon

The Stars

 

Check out our gallery for weddings at Red Cow Moran Hotel.

 

All other queries relating to Bride of the year Show check out their website here.

 

 

 

Southern Brides Wedding Show 2015 – Silver Springs Hotel Cork

Posted: January 9, 2015

Have you just got engaged over the festive season and are now planning your special Wedding Day?Southern Brides Wedding Show

The Southern Brides Wedding Show takes place this January in The Silver Springs Moran Hotel on 10th & 11th of January 2015.

The Southern Brides Wedding Show is the perfect place to meet with many wedding suppliers and services and listen to their advice while availing of some fantastic offers to save you money.

If you are planning your wedding or helping a friend this Wedding Fair will save you lots of time. Services such as Photographers, Cakes, Honeymoons and Bridal Wear are all in the one place, at The Silver Springs Moran Hotel.

It’s a perfect day out with your husband to be, wedding party or just family and friends. Don’t miss  the amazing fashion show with Bridal Wear & Menswear and Fashion. Glenda Gildon from Xpose & TV3 will MC on Saturday 10th January.

The Silver Springs Moran Hotel is listed as one of the best wedding venues in Munster and one of the top wedding venues in Ireland. Having won the Southern Brides Best Business award this Cork wedding venue is the perfect venue for your special day.

The Silver Springs Moran hotel have some great all inclusive packages available starting from €45 per person – for more information click here or call us on 021 450 7533

The Silver Springs Moran Hotel will be hosting their wedding fairs on Sunday 18th January & 4th October 2015 – for more information on these events, please click here

 

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Watermarq Restaurant at Silver Springs Moran hotel Cork

Posted: December 23, 2014


AA Rosette Silver Springs

Watermarq RestaurantAA Rosette Silver Springs Cork at Silver Springs Moran hotel is delighted to have been awarded the prestigious AA Rosette Award . This is presented for the quality of the restaurants cooking that demonstrates consistent standards of all dishes on the menus flavours are expected to be well-balanced and each dish appropriately presented using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The menu should reflect an obvious enthusiasm and commitment to promoting good quality food.

The AA inspector described their meal as “simplicity at its best” and commenting on the “great flavours” and “accurate cookery” of the dish. Quality of service received is also taken into consideration. The AA inspector said “the team exuded natural friendliness which was underpinned by sound professional procedures and great menu knowledge” Watermarq Head Chief Gary Burke uses local produce and sources only the finest ingredients for all dishes.

The Watermarq Restaurant in the Silver Springs Hotel is one of the finest restaurants in Cork. This quality cork restaurant opens for lunch and dinner and offers an extensive a la carte as well as a range of great value fixed price menus that appeal to all. Menus change frequently to reflect the best of what is in season and available locally. Lunch is served at the Watermarq Restaurant Monday to Friday and Sunday Carvery is particularly popular and remember KIDS EAT FREE! You can view our Kids Free Carvery Menu HERE.

A new addition to the Watermarq Beer Garden is a fantastic new children’s playground, ideal for visiting families and guaranteed to ensure healthy appetites all round. A specially designed ‘young diners’ menu is also available for our under twelve year olds as well as a choice of adult dish options in half portions.

The Watermarq Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday and caters for parties of all sizes. Restaurant does not open on a Sunday or a Monday evening. Whether it’s an intimate dinner for two or a group celebration we have the perfect table for you. From the 6th of July to the 31st of August the restaurant will be open all nights except Monday.

The Perfect Gift

Posted: December 19, 2014

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones, then look no further than a Moran Hotels Gift Card.

Moran Hotels Gift Card

There are four Moran Hotels, all of which are luxury four star hotels. With locations in Dublin, London-North West & West London and Cork your friends or family will have a wide choice to select from.

Moran Hotel Gift Cards can be used in each hotel for luxury accommodation, dinner in their unique restaurants or drinks in their cosy bars.

Accommodation:

Red Cow Moran Hotel

Silver Springs Moran Hotel

Crown Moran Hotel

Chiswick Moran Hotel

 

Dining:

Red Cow Moran Hotel- Winter Garden Restaurant

Silver Springs Moran Hotel- Watermarq Restaurant

Crown Moran Hotel PanAsia at the Crown

Chiswick Moran HotelNapa Restaurant

 

Beverages:

Red Cow Moran Hotel- Lounge Bar

Silver Springs Moran Hotel- Lounge Bar

Crown Moran HotelThe Crown Pub

Chiswick Moran HotelThe Globe Bar

 

As you can see there are many great uses for a Moran Hotels Gift Voucher. We will be looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones in the New Year!

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Merry Christmas from Moran Hotels

Hope you have a lovely New Year!

 

West London Business Awards

Posted: December 16, 2014

Chiswick Moran Hotel were proud to be finalists in this year’s West London Business Awards.

The West London Business Awards was on the 27th of November.

The aim of the West London business awards is to celebrate business excellence and to showcase the innovation within London’s business sector.

More than 300 guests attended the night of the gala dinner which showcased the excellence and intelligence in businesses in West London, recognising and congratulating the best in their sector.

Chiswick Moran Hotel got a highly commended award and came runners up in the Hospitality Business of the year awards.

Big congratulations to Chiswick Moran Hotel for all their hard work and dedication.

 

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Christmas Events in Dublin 2014

Posted: December 9, 2014

Christmas Events in Dublin

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Tis is the season, Christmas 2014. A time to spend with your loved ones, a time to laugh and let your hair down. There are events for everyone whether you want to go out with friends and enjoy the festive party scene or if you would like to create memories with your children, Dublin City has it all. Keep reading to find out Moran and Bewley’s Hotel Group Favourite Christmas in Dublin 2014 events.

You can start off your day in Dublin City Centre enjoying the festive cheer that the city brings or shopping for that perfect gift for your friends and family. To help make the lead up to Christmas less stressful Dublin City Centre has launched “Shop and Drop” for the second year running. This allows you to drop off your shopping at either Henry Street or Grafton Street and pick it up at a later stage in the day. For more information on this fantastic service click this link  http://www.dublintown.ie/whats-on-events/shop-drop-grafon-street/ This also allows you to enjoy some of the fantastic events happening around the Dublin City Centre.

Moran and Bewley’s Hotel Group have picked out some of the best Christmas in Dublin Events for 2014.

 

Visit Santa in the City.

Mr Clause has one of the hardest jobs in the world. Visiting all the children around the world. He has made sure that this year he will get to meet all of the wonderful children in Ireland. You can visit Santa in many locations in Dublin City Centre, here are a few of the best.

 

Christmas Shows on in Dublin City Centre.

Why not treat yourself and your family and book into one of our 5 locations in Dublin City Centre and relax after all your Christmas activities. Our Hotels include 1. Red Cow Moran Hotel, 2. Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge, 3. Bewley’s Hotel Leopardstown, 4. Bewley’s Hotel Dublin Airport and Bewley’s Hotel Newlands Cross. Book now to avoid disappointment.

 

Christmas Concerts in Dublin City

All of our Hotels are within very close proximity off all the Christmas Concerts in Dublin City Centre. To make a booking check out our New Websites http://www.redcowmoranhotel.com/ or http://www.bewleyshotels.com/

 

Christmas Markets in Dublin City

For Christmas Markets near the Moran Hotels in London and Cork check out our recent blog post.

 

Exciting Christmas Events on In Dublin City Centre.

 

Moran and Bewley’s Hotels would like to wish all our guests a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you haven’t booked yet for your trip to Dublin City Centre call us now or check out our websites for the best available prices.

http://www.bewleyshotels.com/newlands_cross   http://www.bewleyshotels.com/dublin_airport

http://www.bewleyshotels.com/ballsbridge             http://www.bewleyshotels.com/leopardstown

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The 02 in London

Posted: December 2, 2014

 The 02 London is brimming with a great selection of acts set to take the stage this year right through to 2015.

Bring your children to see the favourite kids film of the year ‘Frozen’-Go into the Frozen world, and ‘Have A Go At Let It Go’ in the Disney Frozen sing-along cabin and record your karaoke moment. It is on until the 4th of January 2015.

Let it go Snoop Dogg

Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball will be in the 02 the 6th & 7th of December.

The infamous rapper Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic will be live the 9th of December.

Get a personal insight into the life of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, through the largest Elvis retrospective ever mounted in Europe which will be live from the 12th of December to 31st of August.

Funny man Russell Howard will hit the stage 14th of December, get ready to laugh your socks off!

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Canadian Singer Michael Buble will be live the 15th & 16th of December.

Another good one for families to enjoy is Disney on Ice. This will be live from the 24th of December to the 4th of January.

Ring in the New Year with The King of RnB Trevor Nelson who will be throwing another one of his legendary New Year’s Eve parties on the 31st of December.

New Years Eve

The National Television Awards is here on the 21st of January, Join hundreds of stars along with the host Dermot O’Leary, this is a night not to be missed!

Watch your favourite stars dance the night away at Strictly Come Dancing live the 7th & 8th of January.

Treat yourself and stay in one of our stylish London Hotels.

Crown Moran Hotel

Check out Crown Moran Hotel’s Special Offers

Chiswick Moran Hotel

Check out Chiswick Moran Hotel’s Special Offers