Sunday 24 September 2017

Fancy something a little different for your wedding? Check out 'The Baravan' craze

The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Making your wedding stand out from the rest can be quite difficult to achieve when most Big Days tend to follow the same format of service and formal party, with band and slap-up meal.

Over the last few years, however, more and more wedding fairs are offering the happy couple alternative food and entertainment options to keep their guests enthralled.

The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub

Mark Mooney (26) set up his 'baravan' almost two years ago but it was the mobile bar's presence at the Wedding Journal Show in Belfast earlier this month that has led to a flurry of bookings for the service.

"We have already been hired for numerous parties, weddings corporate events, engagements parties so we've really done it all at this stage," he told independent.ie.

"The original baravan can hold around 18-20 people but we've created a marquee that be added on to the bar. The way the bar's windows are set up, they can fold back in and serve those in the marquee through a hatch."

A full-time engineer by day, Tyrone-based Mark came up with idea for his 'baravan' while spending time at his family’s caravan in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.

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The family-run company hires bar staff "as and when needed" - particularly when a mixologist is required to cater for a cocktail party - but Mark believes that a lot of his clients appreciate that they can man the bar themselves.

Demand for the unique offering has led to the creation of three baravans in total (not including the marquee) and plans to open at least two more.

The original baravan followed a theme of a tradition Irish pub but Mark said that the other baravans will adhere to different themes - yet to be revealed.

The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub
The Baravan - Mobile Pub

"We are making a profit but we've reached a stage where we are pumping the money back into the business," Mark said.

"After the wedding fair, we got a considerable amount of bookings for 2018 but we still have a few vacancies left in 2017. If we add to our growing number of baravans, we'll be able to cater for a lot more people".

While Mark welcomes booking requests for hosts, he is also opening his baravan doors to musicians to record songs.

"We are introducing the Baravan Sessions where musicians can do a set in the smallest intimate venue," he said.

Pricing for the hire of The Baravan is on a case-by-case basis and differs according to travel costs, party size and whether a bar tender is required or night.

However, the hire of the venue is for 24 hours so that's the residents' bar concern out of the way.  

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