Making it easy for A Bride Abroad

Wedding planner Ciara Jørgensen takes the hard work out of planning the big day

Originally from Parteen and now based in Killaloe, Ciara Jørgensen (née Lawler) is owner of ‘A Bride Abroad’, a business she launched just over a year ago as a unique service for Irish brides living abroad who want to plan their dream wedding at home.

Mum of two, Ciara created A Bride Abroad as a service to support Irish brides in planning their big day from foreign shores. She seamlessly manages all the logistics with local Irish suppliers that are involved in organising an exceptional wedding event.

Offering services to suit all budgets, Ciara provides guidance and assistance at every stage from venue selection right up to on-the-day support. Highly organised, Ciara wants brides to consider her “a bride’s best friend”. She liaises with brides-to-be via Skype, email, and phone, and is dedicated to making wedding dreams come true.

“The biggest struggle couples based overseas face in planning a wedding at home is the time difference. I provide a helping hand dealing with all your wedministration covering everything from potential venue site visits, choosing a suitable florist, and sourcing entertainment options – complete with
pictures and videos.

“Weddings can involve as much or as little detail as a couple want. Organising everything from your bridemaids’ dress fitting to your canapés can be a challenge at the best of times – let alone if you’re in
another country.”

This is where Ciara steps in to offer her guidance and expertise. She scours the country for the best locations, florists, musicians, menu options, tailors, photographers and much more. Ciara compiles a selection of suitable options matching the couple-to-be’s requirements and taste. And all with minimal disruption to their daily life.

Ciara considers herself more than simply the wedding planner – she is a bride’s secret weapon. Ciara has compiled great tips for brides and grooms to-be at her website abrideabroad.ie – these are just some of the items she can help couples with:

“You really want to see the venue before you book it but you won’t be home to allow that to
happen. I can do a site review trip, taking videos and photos and reporting back in an honest way on what the venue is really like.

“Legal paperwork items can be really trying and difficult to sort from afar, especially with the time difference. I am on hand to help with that too.

“Trying to process deposits from say Australia or Dubai can be expensive and a bit of a pain, I can process the deposit.

“If you are unable to find a priest/officiant available to perform your wedding ceremony, contact us, you just never know I might know someone available.

“Selecting a band or other supplier? You love how the band sound on their website but how do they look? Will they wear appropriate attire on the day? Just ask, I have gone and listened to numerous bands, singers, choirs etc. on behalf of couples-to-be abroad, I may be able to answer your query with ease.”

By Olivia O’Sullivan

This article appeared in the Limerick Post 4th February 2017