Who am I?
Hi I’m Yvonne, owner of Yvonne Cassidy Weddings. I am an Independent Celebrant and venue stylist, based in Dublin in Ireland. I help couples create amazing weddings.
I absolutely love weddings. From the fashion to the flowers and everything in between, but most of all I love the stories. A wedding is a love story that is played out for you.
The early days
I spent years working in administration and in my professional career I planned nationwide corporate events. This meant organising venues and catering in addition to dealing with speakers and handling hundreds of bookings. But I was unhappy working in a corporate environment and felt stifled. There was little room for creativity, little room to be anything more than ‘grey’, and I felt like every day I spent there I was giving up a little bit more of myself.
Wondering how I was going to change my story, my mind kept coming back to weddings. I love planning events, I love seeing all the parts of the puzzle coming together, and in one of those light-bulb moments, Yvonne Cassidy Weddings was born. I quit the day job and started working on making my idea a reality.
I realised to have the freedom for creativity and expression that I wanted I needed to be my own brand. I also needed to make sure I had the right tools for the job, so I joined a mentoring programme with one of Ireland’s top wedding planners. This set me on a road I was not expecting but one that I know I was destined to discover.
I found a course, ran by the Irish Institute of Celebrants which trained people to be Independent Wedding Celebrants. Instinctively I knew I was meant to do the training. So alongside the mentoring programme I embarked on an intense training course with the IIOC. Six months later I was accredited and sent out into the world to create amazing ceremonies for amazing couples.
Independent celebrancy appealed to me because I enjoy a good love story. No matter how unremarkable a couple might think they are, there is always something in their story that sets them apart from any other couple. I liked that Independent Celebrants were just that, independent. It does not matter what I am or what I believe, all that matters is the couple on their wedding day. This is how it should be. The journey to become a Celebrant was one of self-discovery as well as anything else. I was challenged, pulled out of my comfort zone, and found skills and abilities that were always there but never really got a look in. I found my creative outlet!
Wedding ceremony styling & planning
I continued to explore the planning and styling side to weddings and in styling found another outlet of creativity. Adding that extra bit of ‘wow factor’ to a wedding by dressing up a venue is a great feeling. Seeing the transformation from ordinary to beautiful is worth the sweat and sore muscles!!
On the planning side I decided to concentrate on wedding ceremonies and, combined with the celebrant service and styling service, I recently created a ceremony coordination service which provides a ‘one stop ceremony shop’ for couples.
So this is me! I love helping couples have an amazing wedding and I am ready to help you!
Contact me today and let’s have a chat about your perfect wedding!