Say a big hello to our Wedding Columnist Alexandra Manning, who's here to share expert advice with Donegal brides ahead of their big day:

Wedding Planner Alexandra Manning

A big hello to all of the readers! I am absolutely thrilled to join the wonderful team of writers here and to bring you all an insight into the wonderful world of weddings.

My name is Alexandra Manning and I am the proud owner of a wedding planning business, The Wedding Experience. I started The Wedding Experience a little over 3 years ago as a branch of my family business Occasions Event Management in Cork. I have always worked in the family business booking wedding entertainment for couples and running corporate events and parties but I just loved the wedding side of things the most. And so The Wedding Experience was born!

My aim is to make the wedding planning process as stress free as possible while allowing the couple to have fun along the way.

I work with a lot of couples who are either busy working or taking care of their families or just panic at the thought of where to start planning! Spending hours researching wedding details online or trying to catch the right time to call their vendors on their lunch breaks from work just takes up too much valuable time for them.

I also work with so many vendors throughout the year that I can quickly tell who would work well with who, it’s like wedding match making!

I can be as involved as a couple wants me to be or at the same time be just the person in the background who pulls it all together for them towards the end. Either way, they can rest assured knowing that their wedding day will run seamlessly and they will have nothing to worry about.

I am so excited for this next chapter for The Wedding Experience. We are in the process of finalising our office and showroom up here in Ballybofey and I am really looking forward to working with the wonderful wedding suppliers, venues and couples in Donegal.

I made the decision at the start of the year to expand the business and started researching my options, then this opportunity came up that I was delighted to jump at and here we are! (My better half is a Donegal man so I couldn’t resist the chance to live up here, it didn’t take much convincing though, Donegal is absolutely beautiful!).

I am excited to get stuck into sharing all things weddings with you all. If there is anything you would like me to cover or if you have any questions at all then please send them my way!


Got a question for Alexandra? Let her know by leaving a comment below!