Proposing Marriage? Should you buy the ring beforehand?

Should you buy the ring for the wedding proposal?

According to this research, Valentine’s Day is second to Christmas in terms of popularity of marriage proposals. But should you get down on one knee with the ring already purchased or should you propose and then go shopping for the ring together?

When I researched this topic for An Ideal Farm Husband, I had assumed that most farmers wouldn’t dream of trying to find the perfect ring on their own. There’s so much to consider and get [...]

Should Matchmaking Make A Comeback?

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Matchmaking has a long history in Irish courtships and it seems to be making a comeback in the number of matchmaking (not just dating) websites out there. Before I debate whether it should make a comeback or not, let’s have a look at how it worked in the past.

HV Morton reported on his experiences of viewing matchmaking in the 1920s in the West of Ireland (In Search of Ireland, published 1930):

In Ireland, as I noted in Kerry, the separateness of [...]

What is an Ideal Husband?

First draft - marry a farmer

I’m working on my third book (Ideal Farm Husband) at the moment and while doing some research in newspaper archives, I came across some articles on what women in the post considered to be an ideal husband. Partly because they are quite amusing and partly because we’re all depressed between bad milk prices, rain and Brexit, it’s time to have a bit of a laugh, I’ve decided to do a couple of comparisons.

According to the Kilkenny People on 22nd October [...]

How To Propose Marriage Farming Style

Marriage propose at an agricultural show

Thinking of getting married? Wondering when to propose? According to this research, Valentine’s Day is second to Christmas Eve for marriage proposals.

Apparently, a simple Will You Marry Me? is the most popular method of proposing (51%) but of course, there’s a variety of ways to do that. Here’s a few examples to give you some ideas and no, there’s no sign of a Miley / Glenroe¬†proposal in sight (something along the lines of knowing each other for some [...]

10 Farm Wedding Cakes

10 Farm Wedding Cake IdeasI’m currently writing an ebook for ‘farm wedding speeches’. The plan was to have it out for Christmas but between doing other things and the odd bit of procrastination (such as being sidetracked by ‘cow’ wedding cakes on Pinterest), I reckon it will be January before I have it ready to go on Amazon.

I decided to go looking for more wedding cakes for country and rural [...]