Friday, February 4, 2011

Civil Partnership

Civil air about hotel weddings
FEBRUARY is upon on us, spring is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so thoughts are turning inevitably to romance. And in the spirit of inclusiveness newly enshrined in Irish law, one city hotel is positioning itself as the ideal location for civil partnership ceremonies as well as traditional white weddings. Since the Civil Partnership Act was passed in December, the Commencement Orders means same-sex couples will be able to apply to the Civil Registrar to enter into a civil partnership. The Absolute Hotel was granted a licence to hold civil ceremonies last year and Wedding Co-ordinator JoAnne Hickey is keen to exploit this new angle in the nuptials market.
The hotel was the official sponsor of Limerick Pride in 2010 and says it appreciates the glamour and the fun that comes with looking after a Civil partnership weddings.
Putting across one’s needs is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Some of the stories that couples have relayed to JoAnne are of a Fawlty Towers nature.
Two ladies who made an inquiry at one wedding venue in Clare had the difficult task of helping the general manger grasp that indeed it was not a double wedding, and they were not sisters or friends shopping for wedding venues and, no, they didn’t want the restaurant and the function room. After several attempts the penny dropped and the embarrassed manager hurriedly showed them the wedding ballroom. The Absolute has positioned itself to being open and understanding to couples’ needs.
“You have to appreciate this all very new in Ireland and there are a lot of challenges facing gay couples when shopping for the traditional wedding fare,” says JoAnne
Wedding Packages range from €38 per person and can be tailored to suit individual needs offering quality menus from ingredients that are sourced locally.
Call 061-463600 or visit www.absolutehotel.com.

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