During my travels in Ireland, earlier this month, I had the chance to meet a ton of awesome people! I was interested in getting to know some people who are influencing the wedding industry out there, so I got together with Naoise, editor of Ireland’s super awesome wedding inspiration blog, One Fab Day. One Fab Day is a great tool for Irish brides to get a taste of what’s trending in the wedding world and what’s coming next!
Naoise brought Andrew and I to a chic little cafe, where we conversated over pastries and lattes. During our meeting, we talked about everything in the wedding world and even about her own upcoming wedding!
I did an interview with Naoise to get some more insight on the process behind One Fab Day and her opinions on what’s going on in the wedding industry. This girl is fab!
After reading the interview, be sure to head over and check out One Fab Day for yourself :)
In what ways have you seen the Irish wedding industry grow recently? In what other ways would you like to see it grow?
The Irish wedding industry has changed a lot in the last 12-18 months. There has been a real sea-change in attitudes and practices. Until very recently Ireland was very traditional and quite conservative about weddings – it was very much a conveyor belt, cookie cutter style system.
But a couple of years ago the law was changed to allow civil ceremonies in venues other than registry offices, and this opened up so many possibilities for couples.
As with elsewhere blogs, availability of information and ideas has changed dramatically with the advent of wedding blogs that offer daily inspiration and ideas and as brides see new ideas, their horizons expand and the creative juices flow, so we are seeing really beautiful and unusual weddings start to come through. The recession has also brought new people into the industry, and while this has caused friction and some problems, overall it seems there is a lot more collaboration and a definite openness to new ideas has developed, which is very exciting.
I’d like to see more of the same, but moving a little quicker. I would like to see a new attitude among the more traditional in the industry, and for more brides to release themselves from “the fear” that mum/dad/whoever won’t like or approve of their wedding ideas.
What do you look for in submissions?
The four things that really matter most to us when considering a submission are Love, Photography, Style and Ireland in that order. Love and photography kind of go hand in hand, for us the most amazing submissions are great photography of a couple truly in love, where the photographer has really captured the connection and the couple look utterly relaxed and happy. I’m always looking for that image that makes me sigh. At One Fab Day we’re also suckers for a great love story and an essential part of our posts is hearing how the couple met and got engaged.
Great style is important too, as with all blogs, beautifully shot details inspire our readers. And of course, as we set up One Fab Day primarily to inspire Irish brides and grooms, we pride ourselves on featuring mainly Irish weddings and engagements, but we do love a beautiful set of photographs from anywhere in the world.
What is your current favorite wedding trend?
In Ireland I am loving that people are opting for outdoor ceremonies – this is obviously well established in the US but is just starting to take off in Ireland as people begin to break the traditional mold, and stop worrying about the weather (which is a bit of a national obsession).
But in terms of more international trends we are loving laser cut – both in stationery and decor, and also 2012 wedding dress collections. The laser cut technique isn’t tied to a particular style so it spans vintage to ultra modern and adds that wow factor to everything.
All of us One Fab Day girls are also gaga for the pet trend – we’ve been seeing pets popping up all over the place at weddings, and we’re totally jealous, as in Ireland it’s very difficult to have a pet at a venue, so we’ll just keeping sighing over all your lovely American doggies…
What inspires One Fab Day?
A love of great design, and a love of Love and a belief that every photograph should be beautiful. We adore wedding blogs – big, small, mainstream to niche, from all over the world. They are the best source for finding amazing talented people all over the world who are creating, developing and pushing things forward.
Something else really important that spurs us on every day, is the belief our little island of Ireland is a pretty special place, with pretty special people. When we started One Fab Day we were determined to help other Irish
brides find great inspiration from around the globe, and the suppliers and services that could make it happen closer to home. We work at that every day, and we get excited every day when we see a new beautiful wedding or
find a brilliant new creative who has something to offer.
If you could give advice to all future brides about their wedding, what would it be?
Think long and hard about what makes you and your future husband happy, what do you like doing, what is your natural style in terms of aesthetics. Are you laid back or glamorous, are you big party people or more low-key intimate types? Plan a celebration that is “you”, not someone else – don’t be too swayed by trends, what is “in” right now, or what your mum, dad or best friend think is the “right” thing to do. Whether it’s choosing the dress, deciding how many guests to have, or what kind of food you want to eat – make sure it reflects your taste and not someone else’s.
And one last thing, for any of your readers who have any interest in coming to Ireland, there is always an open invitation here! We would love you all to come and visit!