Irish Wedding - Claire & Richard

Ceremony in Budapest at Saint Stephen’s Basilica with Wedding Reception at Budapest Marriott Hotel


Why We Decided To Get Married In Budapest


We got married on the 25th May 2019 at St Stephens Basilica, with a legal ceremony and reception at the Marriott Hotel Budapest becoming Mr and Mrs Richard and Claire Brannigan. We are both in our early 40s, from Belfast in Northern Ireland and have been to a lot of big weddings at home. We wanted to do something a little different and get married somewhere that was both beautiful and memorable for our family and our guests. Destination weddings in places like Portugal, Ibiza and Italy tend to be popular for Irish couples. We researched many locations and something kept bringing us back to Budapest. For us, a few key things stood out about the City. The beauty of Budapest is really hard to beat and quite surprising if you haven’t visited before. It really is one of the most beautiful and grand places we have visited. Aside from the sights, we were drawn to more practical matters such as the fact that our families could choose to fly in for a weekend or stay longer if they chose. They would also have lots of things to do outside of the wedding and flexibility and choice for different accommodation options.

Choosing to hire Catherine as our Wedding Planner

Prior to engaging with Catherine and her company Dream Weddings Budapest we had attempted to arrange the wedding ourselves. We found that with the language barrier and difficulties in sourcing and working with local vendors, it would be essential to have someone on the ground. We contacted various wedding planners, however Catherine’s professionalism and attention to detail from the outset made her stand out from the rest. We first met her in Budapest to discuss our vision for the wedding. She guided us carefully through our options and what was possible within our budget. She was highly professional but friendly and down to earth. She set out a clear outline of services based on our specific needs and knew what would work based on her local knowledge. We felt we were in safe hands with Catherine. She demystified a lot of the legal processes and logistics, so we decided to go ahead and plan our wedding with Dream Weddings Budapest. It proved to be the best choice.

Floral centerpieces and gold chiavari seats at Budapest Marriott Hotel

Catherine’s approach to Wedding Planning

When it came to planning the wedding, Catherine left nothing to chance. She honestly went above and beyond our expectations and thought about every little detail. We both work in busy jobs and have a big family to look after. We found it such a relief to know that someone was looking after everything for us and making sure that it would all come together on the day. Catherine took video calls, answered many many emails and messages from us throughout. She acted as a therapist at points coping with pre-wedding nerves and concerns. Above and beyond the call of duty! Catherine made a stressful process really enjoyable for us.

At each stage of the planning process, Catherine presented us with a series of options, pros and cons of vendors and advice on the best choice to make. She pointed out things we hadn’t even considered or thought about. Catherine has a real eye for what looks good and she was a great help on the overall aesthetics of the wedding, from the flowers to room decor to photograph locations. She even helped us design a menu to suit our guests from Ireland. We were never bombarded or overloaded with details. Catherine seemed to give us what we needed to focus on at just the right time in the planning process, making these things much easier.

Our Dream Wedding in Budapest

Catherine also helped us plan a pre-wedding event the evening before the wedding which was wonderful and great for our guest to get together before the big day. The day itself was AMAZING! Everything went to plan and Catherine was on hand throughout the day making sure everything was going as it should. All we had to focus was each other, our family and enjoying the most important of days. The ceremonies were intimate and personal. The standard of hospitality and food at the Marriott was top class. At one point at the reception, we both looked at our friends and family all together dancing, with the beautiful Buda Castle in the view behind them and thought we were dreaming, it was surreal. We had the most memorable and enjoyable day of our lives and that was down to Catherine’s efforts. Our guests all said it was the best wedding they had ever been too. Many had not visited Budapest before but had the best time and are already planning their next trip.

The only regret we have now is that the wedding is over! We wish we could rewind and do it all over again. We had the best journey working with Catherine. The planning was top class from end to end and our day went perfectly under her attention and care. We would highly recommend Catherine and her company Dream Weddings Budapest. We are so glad and thankful that Catherine was part of our perfect day and helped us create memories to last a lifetime.

  -Claire & Richard Brannigan

Wedding in Budapest with views of Buda Castle

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Outdoor Garden Ceremony at The Writer’s Villa with A Budapest Wedding Reception at Brody Studios

Having Catherine as our wedding planner was an absolute blessing. Planning a destination wedding can be very tough especially when trying to deal with vendors who often don’t speak the same language as you, having somebody local and trustworthy to coordinate and communicate is invaluable. From vendor recommendation to coordinating everything on our special day, Catherine went above and beyond in every aspect. We can’t thank her enough for the work she put in to make our special day everything we dreamed it would be.”

  -Tasha Tokar Adams & Zachary Adams

For a more intimate look at this Fairytale Wedding in Budapest, check out the feature on Junebug Weddings below:

Outdoor Wedding ceremony in Budapest, newly married couple walking down the floral aisle with wedding guests applauding and cheering at dream wedding in Budapest
Bride and grrom embracing for wedding photos at a rustic wedding venue in Budapest, bride holds a large wild flower bouquet.