Plan Your Day with Leila & Lynda at the Imperial Hotel

In the heart of Cork City, The Imperial Hotel seems to have it all. With a dream location, an atmosphere of pure luxury, and a dedicated team to making every special day an event to remember, this is one wedding venue you won’t soon forget!

This week we got to know Leila and Lynda from the weddings team. With years of experience under their belts, these two are well equipped when it comes to making couples’ dreams of the perfect wedding day come to life. Take a peek below to learn more about their passion for weddings, favourite memories, and what makes weddings at the Imperial Hotel an experience unlike any other.

The Beginning

Leila:  “I’ve been in the industry for 14 years.”

Lynda:  “All in all I have been working in hotels for 7yrs, however, I have only been working in the Wedding industry for 1 year.”

The Planning Passion

Leila:  “I am a real romantic at heart and the opportunity to work with couples planning such an amazing event celebrating their love and commitment to each other is irresistible to any romantic.”

Lynda:  “You are in the most privileged position on someone’s wedding day, you get to go where no one else is allowed to go, you get to see the bride before anyone else does and you get to share her most important day with her.”

The Highlights

Leila:  “Meeting the couples and taking their vision for their day from initial concept to reality. Seeing the couple on their wedding day when they arrive to the venue is always a highlight.”

Lynda:  “The sense of satisfaction is amazing. You get to meet some fabulous people and generally, everyone in the wedding industry is amazing.”

At The Imperial Hotel

Leila:  “Steeped in history, The Imperial Hotel is one of corks treasures and lends itself to any couple wanting a nostalgic romantic wedding that takes you back to a time of effortless elegance and style and yet offers the Urban Chic location that is Cork City. From the doormen greeting you on arrival to the marble foyer, sweeping staircase, crystal chandeliers the hotel has been host to wedding celebrations for 200 years. We are one of few venues anywhere that can honestly say our couples are still celebrating their wedding anniversaries with us 60 years later!”

Lynda:  “The Imperial Hotel is unique in itself, it is one of the oldest Hotels in the city and offers a wedding setting that nobody can just recreate. The building has history and due to the fact that it is family run there is a sense of ‘’home’’ about the hotel. We are extremely passionate and committed to providing a day that the client will never forget.”

A Word of Advice

Leila:  “To always remember that this is their day and the hotel events team will take care of them leading up to the wedding and everything on the day.”

Lynda:  “Don’t overwhelm yourself with all the inspiration that’s out there on Facebook or Pinterest. Once you decide on your wedding style, try to stay focused on that. Less is always more. Don’t make quick decisions. It may be exciting to book the first photographer or florist you meet, but take a step back and weigh all your options before making any quick decisions.”

Favourite Memories

Leila:  “To choose just one is rather difficult as each wedding will hold a special place in your heart, working with the couples, planning their wedding can form a very close bond. One of my favourite weddings took place at a Country House in Cork, the ceremony was held in the woods in the evening. There were approx. 400 lanterns and specialised light holders in the trees lighting the way as guests walked to the ceremony area. All the trees surrounding the ceremony were dressed with Spanish moss, peonies and wildflowers and candles. The bride arrived crossing a small bridge bathed in candlelight, it was breath-taking. After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a fantastic 5-course meal and only finished the celebrations in the early hours of the morning. It was truly one of the most beautiful weddings I have been a part of.”

Current Trends

Leila:  “Focus on the menu is featuring strongly at the moment with more intimate wedding bookings looking for a sumptuous dining experience. Pre and post wedding events are still a big pre-requisite and luckily for us, we have either the Penthouse Suite or Souths Bar to offer, both of which offer a distinctly different feel for the event. On the décor side of things, lots of floral hoops and hanging floral chandeliers have been seen not to forget pops of colour in the bridal flowers.”

Lynda:  “The biggest trends that I am noticing are sweetheart tables – not going for the traditional top table route and just having a table for the bride & groom.”

Favorite & Least Favourite Trends

Leila:  “I think that one of my favourite trends has been the use of real foliage and trees as part of the décor in particular for summer weddings, for me, there is nothing more beautiful than lush greens set off with pops of colour both on the tables, in candelabra and incorporated throughout the room.”

Lynda:  “Although I haven’t been doing it an awfully long time my pet hate seems to be Photo booths and sweet tables. I cringe when I see them on the checklist. I also have developed a love/hate relationship with the trend of having 2 dresses. I believe that the bride has been waiting so long to wear her wedding gown and it is only one day that you get to wear the dress, you should wear it for the entirety of the day and not change out of it throughout the day.”

The Strange or Unique

Leila:  “I think I prefer to use the term unique in the case of the groom who had never ridden a horse in his life but rode one to the ceremony, there was also a trend at one time to use owls to deliver the rings, this usually went off well apart from once when the owl was distracted by a squirrel the delivery of the rings did take a little longer than anticipated!”


Ally Vogl

Ally is the Content and Social Media Exec here at WeddingDates HQ. Beyond being obsessed with all things weddings, she loves a good cup of coffee and splurging on beauty products.

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