Testimonials

Wedding couple

“Dear Collette

It is hard to believe that our wedding in Virginia Park Lodge is over. Thank you, on behalf of Mark and I, for your attention to every detail and all the hard work that you put in to ensure that our rehearsal dinner, wedding and second day was such a huge success.  All of our guests commented on your amazing attention to detail and how beautiful all of the special touches were which made the venue feel like home to us and all of our guests for the three days. Virginia Park Lodge could not have looked more stunning (even with the rain!). You made sure we selected the right suppliers for our special day and Mark and I were both so impressed with how it all came together.  It was very reassuring to know that you were taking care of everything in the background. There was nothing for us to worry about and that meant that Mark and I could really enjoy the weekend with our families and friends, which as you kept reminding us is what it is all about! We are so grateful to you for being such an important part of our wedding day and making sure it was everything we wanted it to be. Thank you so much again.

Love

Rachel and Mark   Virginia Park Lodge 8.4.2016”

 

Collette is not only an incredibly talented wedding planner , she is just the most wonderful person to be around. We could not have created the amazing day that was our wedding without her. The energy , enthusiasm and sense of calm she brought to our day, ourselves and indeed all involved was second to none. Thank you so much Collette – you are amazing!!! 

Amy & James  Slane Castle May  2016

 

"Working with Collette was an absolute pleasure. When we decided to have a destination wedding, we knew we wanted to incorporate as much local flavor as possible, but we had no idea how to do that from the US. We spoke to a few planners on our first trip to Ireland, and no one seemed to get us as quickly as Collette. In our first meeting we felt very comfortable that she understood the kind of event we were looking for and she asked all the right questions to help us communicate our expectations. Throughout the process we felt that she had our best interests in mind, and that her decisions would ultimately create a spectacular event. She provided great vendors for us to choose from, and also went to bat for us with them to ensure we got what we were looking for. We feel very comfortable recommending Collette for anyone getting married in Ireland."

Maura & Josh,  October 2015

 

"The best decision we made was hiring Collette as our planner.  Being that we lived in the United States and our wedding was taking place in Ireland, we needed some major help to pull this off.  Collette was a great listener in terms of what we were looking for on wedding day.  Our venue was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G as was everything that took place that day.  Collette is very confident in what she does, and seemed to always put our minds at ease!  Since we couldn’t see or meet with Collette face to face, we put a lot of trust in her experience and expertise and were NOT disappointed.  Collette is very friendly but firm, and will stand behind you at all times.  Three words we would use to describe Collette would be:
Passionate
Confident
Genuine"

Cindy & Brian,   October 2015.

 

"Working with Collette made our wedding planning a breeze. She knew all the top vendors, worked with us to develop a vision, and carefully planned every single detail. From day one we knew we were in excellent hands. We tasked Collette with a Jewish-Irish wedding and she delivered beyond our expectations at every turn. No task was too small and no request too daunting.

Our wedding turned out even better than we had dreamed it would and even though it was 6 months ago all of our friends and families are still talking about it! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Collette to anyone getting married in Ireland."

Dana & Jack   May 2015

 

" Hi Collette,

Just a short note to say a big thank you for everything you did for our wedding day in May. It is hard to put into words how professional you and your team at Elegant Events are. From the very first time we met I knew that we were in safe hands, nothing ever seemed a problem. Your ideas inspired so many people at our wedding that they still talk about it today. Myself and Karen will be forever grateful for giving us the best day of our lives,  we could not have done so much without you. Its will be a pleasure to recommend you and your team to anybody,,,,you're just amazing..

Lots of love ,

Brian and Karen, May 2015

Xxx   "

Dear Collette,

I just wanted to start by thanking you for the making the impossible, possible. When I started visualizing my dream wedding in Ireland it seemed that it could be nothing more than a dream. Once I stumbled across your website and began conversing with you, I then was able to see that everything I wanted for our special day could be possible.

I looked forward to our talks about the venues, details, and all of the possibilities. I felt that through our talks that you really did get to know not only me but you began to understand the strength and type of Josh’s and my love. The amount of time that you spent looking for nothing more than perfection for our wedding day showed through on the beautiful Sunday, November the second.

As days like a wedding often transpire with confused guests, opinionated families, and little wedding stressors, you Collette were my champion. I would just like to thank you for not only giving us a beautiful day to remember but for being there step by step and moment by moment to insure that nothing went wrong. I could have not ever imagined having someone like you in my corner during such a time of bless and of stress. You took so much of the stress off that it allowed me and our guests to enjoy the day for what it was; the combining of two lives for all time.

Thank you for giving us the gift of such a memorable and perfect day.

Stephanie & Josh, November 2014

 

Hi Collette,
How are you? It seems like only yesterday that pulses were racing and my days centred around poms poms and lanterns!! Life has just about got back to normal and empty nest syndrome has set in. The happy couple had a lovely honeymoon and were upgraded everywhere they stayed and came back glowing.

We all wish to thank you for your fantastic help in making the wedding a day to remember. From my first panic stricken phone call to you until the end of that lovely day , your expertise and service was beyond everything we could have wished for.  From organising caterers, table decorations, magical lighting and numerous special effects to settling nerves (mine) ,lending a sympathetic ear, directing a very nervous young best man, trying to calm numerous very excited children and all the behind the scenes work that went on discreetly by yourself and Marise but most importantly  just being there for Thomas and Aoife.

They had such a happy time.. they wanted the day to go on and on.  It was everything they could have wished for and it could not have happened without your hands on service.  Myself and Tom were able to relax and enjoy the day knowing everything had been taken care of . It was such a magical setting…. Everyone said it was the best day ever….. We were all very proud to have hosted a wedding where people genuinely had a ball.

We can't thank you enough and will highly recommend Elegant Events to anyone who wants a very special and memorable wedding.

Anne and Tom   September 2014

 

Dear Collette,

Owen and I can't thank you enough for making our wedding truly magical. You honestly made the whole experience so much fun and entirely stress free in the weeks and days coming up to the wedding and the day itself was a dream – it couldn't have been more perfectly organised and beautifully decorated and we had absolutely nothing to stress about except celebrating our wedding in the most fun way possible. You made the planning so fun and made me feel really special. You never undermined any daft idea or notion I had – you made all our ideas come to life but at the same time gently swayed me away from things that were never going to work out.

I can't recommend you highly enough for anyone getting married and for any type of wedding – big, small, formal, informal.  You bring class, elegance, fun and something different and new to the wedding. Owen and I are so thankful we found you online during our planning!! It wouldn't have been the same without you. Now the wedding is over I miss our daily phone calls and all the plotting and planning!! You're a star!!

Thank you again,

Gina & Owen.  July 2014

 

"How do you describe the perfect Wedding Fairy Godmother? She is intelligent, knowledgeable, has a great creative eye, makes you smile and knows all the tricks of the trade. Oh, and her name is Collette O'Leary. My husband and I thought we knew what we wanted for our wedding, and being Canadian, figured we would only need Collette for some advice regarding good vendors, and for organizing things from abroad. We had booked the venues, and a few other important details, figuring we were way ahead of the game. We booked a generic place that had had a few good reviews.

Hiring Collette was the best thing we ever did, and we have said that out loud so many times I have lost count. We didn't even realize that what we had booked wasn't was we wanted. 3 months before the wedding, in the late hours and after a few glasses of wine, I wrote Collette an email saying something about "settling". The next day, she was on the phone to us, so worried about me, and immediately was on the case to get us the wedding of our dreams. We didn't even know what that was until she found it for us!

We asked her for an intimate ceremony and amazing food. We asked her for a "wine" theme. We got a spectacular historical building, a modern loft with a handsome TV Chef, and the best food I have ever tasted at a wedding. I said that I wanted a candy table, but a "modern, symmetrical one". She gave me a work of art, and even got out the ruler to make sure everything was even. Every detail was beyond our expectations.

Not only the planning and design was perfection, but her level of professionalism and availability was superb. She was always available for us to meet, even with our busy schedules. She was extremely quick to respond to emails, get vendors on board, and have options ready for viewing. She got us deals I would have never thought to ask for! Even the intimate things – like hair and makeup – I couldn't have been happier with her suggestions (Michelle and Alyson!) and it really was the dream wedding I had hoped for.

If we could do it all again, we would have hired Collette from Day 1. We do not hesitate in recommending (or INSISTING!) that every bride should consider her services – she really was like having a super-Mum on your side! Collette, thank you again and again… and again and again!

xoxo Cara and Kyle Walker"

June 2014

 

I really want to thank you for everything you did to help us with Our Wedding.  Where do I begin to start though??.  "I want to thank you so much for being there for me more than anything, I guess.  As it was myself that organised our wedding, it was a great peace of mind to me knowing that you were there to advise me on anything I needed help with and to make sure all my dreams were played out on the day like I’d planned and even better.

Your presence on the day was invaluable both to Sean and I and to all our bridal party.  Because I was so relaxed knowing that you were one step ahead of me at all times and you had everything under control I think my bridal party, and my parents were able to relax and enjoy our day as much as us knowing that everything was being taken care of by you. They all enjoyed it as they had as such no major responsibility and knew that if they needed anything they could just call on you.

We were so grateful for your advice and the twists you gave us to having things a little different to the norm.  Your bag of tricks were fabulously placed around in different areas and added that little bit extra to the setting of the day and the Table Plan display is still being talked about it.  Our Guests never saw anything like it in their lives.  All our guests raved about what a day it was and how everything was done to perfection.

When I look back I wish I could do it all over again but I wouldn’t change one thing.  I loved every minute of our Wedding Day and I know I can say “thanks to you”, I was able to completely relax and enjoy it.  I’m so glad we got a Videographer as I get to watch it all back when I feel like it.

Everything happens for a reason I always say and what’s meant for you won’t pass you by and I am so glad we both happened to comment on Áine’s face-book page last January and that when I made contact with you, you were available on the 15th of March 2014 for our Wedding as it was one of the best decisions Sean and I made when we asked you to help us with our Wedding Day! You are fabulous, and I can’t wait to see you at Shelly’s wedding next April so we can do it all over again!!

Our wedding day was the best day of our lives so far – we had so much fun and completely enjoyed ourselves with our families and friends.  A huge Thank You again Collette, as I have no doubt our wedding day would not have been the same experience without you!

Imelda & Sean  March 2014

 

Dear Collette

Just a hand written note to say thank you for all the things I know about and the hundreds of things I don't even know you did. You understood my vision and helped me figure out what I should do when I had no vision at all. The entire wedding weekend was perfect. Better than I could have expected. Most weddings feel forced, formal and more traditional…but because of you, we were able to have a real party. You gracefully negotiated special menus, special requests and special personalities :). I owe my dream wedding all to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because of your attention to detail and true commitment to your work – I lived a fairytale. Thank you again & again.

Kaleen

Collette, Best day ever! Words truly can't express how grateful I am for everything you did to make our wedding so special. From dealing with my crazy crew to my diva hair issue, you crushed it! We'll never forget it or you! Thanks a million!

Love,  Mike xoxo

Kaleen & Mike, Santa Monica, USA.

May 2014, Dingle

 
 
 

 

Dear Collette,

Firstly, thank you so much for making our day filled with fun, perfection and absolute gorgeous-ness. It was commented upon on how calm we were in the run-up to the wedding and we owe that to you. Professional, knowledgeable and super warm, you were our ‘Wedding Fairy Godmother’. The day ran completely hitch-free and I think we were possibly the happiest bride and groom ever. Six months on, and we still laugh and share all the fond memories, and guests still comment on the magic and fun they shared with us. So, from the very bottom of our heart, thank you!

Lots of love,

Ciara and Phil xx

CastleLeslie  August 2013

 

Having seen Collette in action at a friend's wedding, as soon as we started to plan our own wedding, we knew we needed her help!  Collette was involved with us from the beginning – from finding the venue, right through to the day itself.  She found the perfect venue for us – she took all the things that were important to us, did all the phone calls, brochure collecting, and hotel visits, so that we didn't have to.  We were still very much in control with all decision making – Collette just did all the time consuming (and frustrating!) work involved in looking into all our options. Everyone Collette recommended to us was professional and reliable – which was very reassuring.  You hear stories of people having invitation or hairdresser disasters – we didn't.  And perhaps even more reassuring was that if there had been any disasters, Collette would have sorted them out – no matter how late in the day it was.  In terms of cost, as soon as you say "wedding", the price tag seems to spiral – Collette knew where and how to get us the best deal, so that we weren't paying over the odds for anything. Our wedding was magical – I, as the bride, was absolutely stress free on the day.  Collette managed everything, leaving me and my husband free to take everything in and enjoy our day with family and friends.  I have no doubt that there were minor (or maybe even major!) hiccoughs on the day – I didn't know about any of them, because Collette was behind the scenes taking care of it all.  The day ran so smoothly, something our guests even commented on.  It was perfect, better than we could have ever imagined!

Anne & Barry  November 2013

 
 

Dear Collette

Just a quick note to say a huge THANK YOU once again for all you did to give us such a wonderful wedding. It was a truly fantastic day that we will never forget and we'll treasure the memories forever!

If you ever make it to Sydney please be sure to let us know. We'd love to catch up with you!!

Leah & Donal  August 2013

I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us. I was blown away by how everything looked and how seamlessly the day went. I lost count of the number of guests who told us that "it was the best wedding they had ever been to" – which was a lovely compliment to hear. You were a pleasure to work with and I will miss our meetings greatly. Thanks again, Lots of Love

Catherine & John | May 2013

 

Dear Collette

We cannot begin to thank you enough for all of your assistance & support in the lead up to our big day! You made planning a wedding from the other side of the world such a joy – would not have had it any other way! You are amazing at what you do! Thanks again, with love,

Lisa Marie & Kevin | December 2012

 

"We recently got married in a marquee at my parents' house in Kilkenny. We didn't take any easy options – we got engaged in September and decided to get married the following May, the house was (and still is) being renovated completely, and, being a marquee wedding, we had to get everything in, including caterers, bathrooms, tables, bar etc etc etc. At times it did seem completely overwhelming, however, once we got Collette on board, everything fell into place. Looking back on everything now, Collette was a fundamental part of the day and went above and beyond what we could have ever hoped for.

Even if you're not taking on a project like we did, we would strongly recommend Collette for any wedding venue, or indeed any event. My only regret is that we didn't get her sooner! She is utterly professional, extremely personable, and incredibly organised. She is also very creative and has a great eye. She is well-established in the wedding and events business and has great contacts with all the best suppliers. This means that she also able to give you great advice on your budget and has plenty of ideas to add the small yet very important touches to your day.
We will always be very grateful to Collette, as because of her, we both enjoyed every second of our wedding day without having to worry about anything. I can't think of anything any bride and groom would want more."

Alice & Hugh | May 2013

 

When Marc and I chose Ireland for our destination wedding, I knew that we needed a planner in Ireland to help with all the details we couldn't do from here. We must have contacted every planner in Ireland. Collette, was the only one that responded immediately sending an email saying she will call us on the weekend and did! She instantly understood my vision. We had 40 close friends and family fly in for our wedding. We had a ceremony on top of the Hill of Slane and a reception at Tankardstown, a rustic and romantic manor house.

I can’t stress to you how important Collette was in the planning of our wedding. She went out to venues, took pictures and negotiated to get us the right price for our budget. She sourced all the vendors as well. She even sourced the ceremony location. She physically went up hills to take pictures and videos for us.

We are from Toronto, Canada. Wedding planners here charge by the hour and make more than doctors! Collette’s fee for everything she did for us was such a small expense for such a huge job. We took out some elements in our wedding that weren’t as important to us so we can afford to pay for Collette. I think I would have been a huge ball of stress on my wedding day if it wasn’t for her. Its tough planning a wedding, now plan a wedding overseas where you cant view things in person or know whom to trust…

We spoke to every planner in Ireland! Seriously. Collette was the only one that spoke like she cared. She wants you to be happy and have great wedding. I felt like it’s not just a business for her –she genuinely cares about her clients and will go beyond her call of duty to make sure you’re happy. Great example is that I got sick two days before the wedding. As soon as she heard she ran out and got me some meds to help me feel better.

Collette is also amazing at keeping things within your budget. If you tell her you only want to spend 300 bucks on a cake, well she will get you the best cake for 300 bucks. She also knows how to put out fires. Something go wrong last minute before the wedding – Collette will find a way to fix it.

The first week was all wedding. The second week we traveled to the west coast of Ireland. Collette helped us plan our itinerary for the trip. She is awesome.

Priscilla & Marc | 2012

 

Eoghan and myself got married last September. Our day was amazing and it was all thanks to Collette O'Leary from Elegant Events.

Collette is one of the nicest, most professional, enthusiastic people I have ever met. She loves weddings and it is so obvious in the way she worked on our wedding day. When we met her last June we had already booked the church, venue and band and then got lost in what seemed an insurmountable mountain of work to do on top of everyday kids, work, training and life!

We met Collette and she instantly put us at ease. She understood us, our lifestyle, who we are as a couple. She introduced me to Lynette from Little Daisy Flowers and Elisha Clarke our photographer, hairdresser, makeup, Bake my Cake who supplied an amazing wedding cake, our videographer… everyone who helped and worked with/for us to make it such a memorable day. Everyone she introduced us to really complemented us and helped us feel so comfortable on the day. She did negotiate discounts!

We never had a worry, there was never any stress. On one occasion when we were away on holidays I thought I had discovered that our band was double booked four weeks before the wedding day. I panicked, Eoghan called Collette who instantly reassured us and within 10mins she had rung The Bentley Boys and called us back – I was overreacting. Closer to the date itself I remember calling her, asking if I should be worried about something – it was all too calm and stressfree! She is super organised.

Collette has amazing ideas, she along with Lynette gave the church and venue beautiful touches that really set off the mood and it all looked fabulous – ideas that I would never have thought of or know how to execute. We had a lot of children(18/19?) at our wedding, she had small bubble mixtures at the church for the kids to entertain themselves with and introduced us to Nana Fifi of Weddings and Events Childcare to look after them all at the reception.

I really couldn't say enough good things about Collette. She worked so hard on our wedding day, I will be forever grateful to her. A brilliant day was had by us, our guests and all the kids. I look forward to working with her again in a few years when we renew our vows! My bridesmaid Anne was so impressed by Collette that she asked Collette to work on her wedding day.

If you do decide to work with Collette, know that your special day couldn't be in safer hands – I know that she will do an amazing job.

Helen & Eoghan | Sept 2012

 

When I started planning my wedding in 2012 all I knew was that I wanted a romantic fairy tale wedding in a castle in Ireland.  I researched many wedding planners to help me with my event as I was thousands of miles away in Texas.  From the first contact, Collette impressed me.  She was very punctual, organized and informative.  I knew it was a match.  On our first phone call I told Collette what my ideas were and what my budget was and it was magic from there.  She found us the absolutely perfect wedding venue!  She took care of every single detail without worry: food, makeup, hair, rooms, ceremony, flowers, tours, locations!  It was by far the best investment I made for my wedding.  As soon as I arrived in Ireland everything was exactly as she said.  The entire trip,  I knew of no problems, everything was perfect (of course she was in the background making sure everything was this way).  She worked very hard to get me deals and find me the very best vendors for my budget.  My wedding felt like a million dollar wedding, and I assure you it was not.  All of my friends and family fell in love with Collette and she will be talked about for a long time to come.  She is the very best!

Doug and Gena | August 2012

 

Collette,   We just want to say thank you so much for how special you made our day. We would have been lost without your help! The way you were able to turn our ideas not only in to reality, but one that completely surpassed anything we could have hoped for. The room decorations were absolutely stunning and really gave a romantic feel to the day. The fact that you were always available by phone to discuss ideas and any problems that arose, was such a big help and kept us at ease in the run up to the wedding. As we were in England, trying to plan a wedding in Dublin, it was so comforting to know that we had someone like you, who could offer advice and a point of contact for which suppliers to use.   It goes without saying that you really know how to create the perfect wedding! We are forever grateful for everything you have done for us and we will certainly be recommending your services to anyone we know who will be planning a wedding in the future. 

  Kim & Derek     August 2011

 

By far the best investment we made for our wedding. Collette turned our ideas into a reality, nothing was impossible. Her creativity turned the simple into the extraordinary. We had a magical day with Collette by our side there were no hiccups or issues. Everything was taken care of. Collette made it seem so easy that we can't wait to work with her in the future.

We can't wait to have Elegant Events on board for our next big event!

Robert and Sarah

 
 
 

Collette,‘Thank You’ doesn’t express how grateful we are to you for helping us plan our wedding.When we first came to you in October 2010 and said we wanted to get married in Portugal the following September, you weren’t fazed at all. We explained what we wanted and you researched everything so thoroughly for us. When we travelled to Ericeira in January 2011, you had found the perfect church, venue, photographer and musicians. You even found an Irish priest to marry us! It really put our mind at ease that we got to meet all the contacts you had made as we knew we wouldn’t be back in Portugal until the week of the wedding.In the months that followed, you were always on hand to offer support and guidance in all aspects of the wedding planning. It’s an understatement to say we couldn’t have done it without you.We had the most amazing day of our lives on 9th September, with you on hand we were able to completely relax and enjoy ourselves. All our guests were so impressed, our friends have been to a lot of weddings in the last few years and we had some lovely comments about how much they enjoyed themselves and that it was great to have something a bit different to a traditional hotel reception.Thank you so much for everything! We will be recommending you to all our friends who are planning weddings in the future.

Shane & Ciara

 

Collette , thank you so much for making our special day stress free and for all of your assistance provided prior to and on the day of our wedding. Your knowledge and professionalism was very evident from our first consultation together and was carried right through to the wedding day. When you say you wanted to get things done perfect, you made sure of it. Your attention to detail was outstanding. You also had just the right amount of input without making us feel like we needed to make decisions every five minutes. It was wonderful knowing someone was in the background to oversee everything was flawless and it certainly was.

Thank you for your encouragement and support through the entire process. I can't recommend you highly enough! Keep in touch!

Louise & Justin

 

Collette,

How can we thank you enough for the wonderful job you did helping us to plan our perfect day?! Every idea I had, no matter how random, you moved mountains to make them happen and always with a smile on your face. Your creativity knows no bounds and your energy never wavered. You clearly love what you do and you are brilliant at what you do. Thank you so very much for everything.

Wishing you the best of luck in your future,

Suzanne and Eoin Ormond

 

Dear Collette

You made all our dreams come true! Our wedding day was everything that we wanted and more. Your organisational skills and attention to detail were outstanding.

We cannot thank you enough.

Peter & Helen

 

Naively we thought it would be easy to coordinate our own wedding, a bit of food, some music and we were sorted. Or so we thought! As we both work fulltime, we just did not have the time to source venues, caterers, florists etc. and get competitive pricing. Collette sorted it all out and in the process, saved us money. We had a fantastic day, with stunning details and our friends still talk about it. We developed a good rapport with Collette and always valued her cheerful outlook. Anything we asked for, we got.

Thank you

Caroline & Neil

 

Just wanted to say thanks so much for all your help and support on the day. Everything went so well… The wedding day management is something that I would recommend any bride-to-be to consider. It just allows you to relax on the day knowing everything will be taken care of on your behalf so you can enjoy the day to the full and not stress about small little things that may not go to plan as you know someone is on hand to resolve them. Collette is so helpful and nothing ever seems like too much trouble for her. We are so glad she was there on the day for us and everything went so well, I will be telling all my engaged friends about her!! Thanks Collette

Gina & James