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Tuesday 22 July 2014

A wedding with a difference - RTÉ's Sinead Kennedy breaks with tradition for her big day

Laura Butler

Published 04/03/2014|09:30

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Cork woman Kennedy, who first met Kirwan in 2005, she has planned her big day -- the location of which she's keeping a secret -- around the band that will play at the couple's reception.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend -- but not when it comes to Sinead Kennedy.

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After eight years together, the RTE television host and her Naval Service captain partner Conor Kirwan are set to make a trip down the aisle.

But the 30-year-old has broken with tradition, opting for a blue gemstone instead of a flashy diamond engagement ring.

"I wouldn't be into diamonds -- I've no interest and I like a bit of colour," she told the Herald.

"I love the colour of my ring. I went for tanzanite. You've got to go big with it too -- go big or go home!"

Cork woman Kennedy, who first met Kirwan in 2005, she has planned her big day -- the location of which she's keeping a secret -- around the band that will play at the couple's reception.

She said: "We booked the entire wedding based on the band's availability.

"We've got Spring Break. They're so good, so at least we're guaranteed a good, fun night.

"The wedding is in autumn and it's all done. We knew what we wanted venue-wise, so we're organised."

Kennedy has even got her dress in the wardrobe.

She said: "I don't know if I'm a traditional bride, I'm probably somewhere in the middle. I didn't go for the big flouncy meringue dress, but I did actually try one on -- I liked it and thought, 'Wow, I look really small in this', but that's not what I went with in the end.

"I like to think I'm quite rock-chic in style, but my fiancé told me that if I wore black he'd turn up and walk the other way.

"I don't look good in white. I was very plain in that regard in the finish of the dress."

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Sinead Kennedy and her other half Conor Kirwan

Although most of the planning is done, Kennedy admitted that she would have happily let her other half plan their wedding -- like in her favourite TV show, Don't Tell The Bride.

She said: "I've always loved Don't Tell The Bride and I would trust my man to plan the wedding.

"He knows the rules, he knows what I like and don't like, or what kind of dress I'd go for."

The Herald

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