Celebrating Donegal Love Story Wedding Memories


What is Donegal Love Story all about?

Donegal Love Story is a unique idea based on Evelyn’s own experience.

Having got married in The Central Hotel Donegal over 31 years ago I felt it would be a unique  idea to host an event where our wedding reception was held – relive the memories of another time . Display mementos and nostalgic items from wedding days of the the past not just for me but other brides and grooms who held their wedding reception in the hotel.

No event of its type had been held in the North West before and so the first Donegal Love Story event was held in The Central Hotel in June 2018 , 20  brides and grooms  with their families and friends returned for a night of nostalgia and celebrating the memories of the past.

Drinks reception on arrival and a buffet style dinner were served and dancing continued late into the night with the “bridal parties”.

An exhibition of wedding dresses, wedding albums and mementos from each couples special day were displayed and the atmosphere was truly  filled with romance and a night out for everyone to remember.


One of the grooms actually proposed again to his beautiful wife of many years.  Each couple got the opportunity to say a few words and talk about their special wedding day memories and received a personalised certificate to commemorate the event..


There were a few couples on the night who were over 50 years married and their families expressed gratitude that they could relive the happy memories with their parents, some of these stories and memories they had never been aware of  in the past.



Donegal Love Story



Donegal Love story celebrating over 50 years of marriage


















Why host a Donegal Love Story event in your hotel?

  • Opportunity to thank and celebrate with your previous brides and grooms the nostalgia and memories of their special day.
  • Add to the story of your hotel, share through media and create content for your social media accounts.
  • Through testimonials, video and reviews of the event your hotel will attract attention from romantics everywhere!
  • Highlight what you already offer –  create awareness of your wedding offerings throughout the years to the present day.
  • Promote your special wedding day package offerings.
  • Introduce future celebratory  events for  all your wedding couples, especially the brides and grooms of yesteryear.
  • Each Donegal Love Story can be unique to your venue- celebrate in your own unique style!


What can Evelyn Mc Marketing do to help?

As the creator of Donegal Love Story ,  a marketing consultant and a romantic at heart, Evelyn  will share her unique idea and  work with your team to highlight and host a unique event to your specific venue.

Offering marketing and event management support to you and your team, both on and off line , writing the story, liaising with your bridal couples and  working with you throughout the event in your venue.

That includes helping you to collate and display the nostalgic wedding mementos on the night , plus following through on PR and social media exposure after the event.



Not just about weddings, Donegal Love Story will be developed through branding and web site / social media /blog etc in the future to promote love of person, place, experiences  and Donegal as a destination. Celebrating everyone’s unique love story with the county of Donegal and its people.

From the wedding perspective, each individual venue produces their own take on the Donegal Love Story theme with the backing and support of Evelyn Mc Marketing and the concept that has been created.

Inviting your prior brides, grooms and bridal parties to participate in  an anniversary love story celebration, unique to your venue .

Thanking those couples for choosing your hotel for their original celebrations and creating a new modern day story.




 Memories from the Past, Present and Future

Weddings, People, Places, Experiences….



Evelyn     087 2246989

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Thanks to Gabrielle’s Diary for the use of some of her photos and to all the brides and grooms at our very first Donegal Love Story event for allowing me to share their story. Also huge thanks to Elaine McInaw who celebrated the very first Donegal Love Story in her venue, The Central Hotel Donegal town.

Launch Your #DonegalMarketingWow For Free


Evelyn Mc Marketing delivering recent marketing workshop to Donegal Women in Business Network       Photo Credit Donegal Woman

Hello from evelynmcmarketing.com,

As you can see I haven’t written a blog in a while, I have been distracted from writing by other things  .

There’s always so much else to do, or that you think you have to do, but I am really going to try and blog a lot more this year. With #DonegalLoveStory and donegalmammy.com there are plenty of reasons for me to keep writing.

Recently, I gave a talk to an amazing group of women from Donegal Women in Business Network (If you are not a member you MUST join) and where I spoke about how even in business everyone looks like they are successful and on top of things, even if it’s not the case.

Their Instagram and other social media posts scream success following the beautiful colour schemes and styles of the day, their podcasts and videos are always excellent quality and I swear they must have been in the hairdressers and beauticians for hours to prepare for the camera.

I admire them, I respect them, but so many of us will never be them and that’s ok! Stop beating yourselves up and thinking that’s how you should be marketing your business.

Back to the talk, I read the words of Gloria Gaynor’s 1984 song ‘I am what I am’ and these words resonated with everyone.


“It’s my world that I want to have a little pride in
My world and it’s not a place I have to hide in
Life’s not worth a damn
‘Til you can say I am what I am”

Gloria Gaynor      I Am What I Am       1984


So even in your marketing and business, do what you feel suits your brand and personality, be authentic, be honest and most importantly be you!

Ignore the inner voice that says you are unworthy, undeserving  and a business imposter. People buy from other people, and they will know when you are not being true to what you are.

So, I have come up with a way  to help and support your  marketing efforts in your business.

Read on!


Business is like going on holiday; you do the research, plan it all out, get there and then you spend time ‘promoting’ it all on your Snapchat and social media to your friends back home. After a while unless you do something really wow they will get bored with your constant feed of sandy beaches and cocktails by the pool.

They want to see you jump out of a plane or scuba dive or a video of you bungee jumping off a cliff. Then they go “wow“.

So just like that, go plan some #DonegalMarketingWow in your business today and let me know about it. You can tag me or email me your wow and I will share and promote your marketing antics to everyone in my networks.  That’s quite a lot of people between Donegal MammyDonegal Women in Business Network and Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Networking Donegal.

If you are struggling to find your WOW – I can help you find it! Get in touch today.


Evelyn Mc Marketing Motivational and Planning Workshops


Evelyn Mc Marketing can help with digital marketing, setting up your social media accounts, writing a blog or just supporting your business and helping you put a plan together in one of my 1-1 2 hour mindmapping workshops that look at where you are going and how to get there.

Stop second guessing yourself, just do it, learn from others but be your very own self and always be who you are.


Contact Evelyn    087 2246989