A LAOIS glamorous camping site will feature on the TV show Don’t tell the bride next Monday night, 20 March.
The show, which airs at 10pm on RTÉ 2, will sees hapless grooms plan crazy weddings for their unwitting brides.
The latest in the series is filmed at the stunning Glamping under the Stars site near Ballyroan.
For the uninitiated, ‘glamping’ is a relatively new, more comfortable way of camping, which often means tents or cabins with proper beds and luxurious loos.
Glamping is growing in popularity all over the world and it seems that Ireland is packing up its posh picnic hamper and jumping on the glamping bandwagon, too.
Ballyroan glampsite owner Kyra Fingleton said: “We don’t actually host weddings here normally. Our main business comes from families with young children who love the outdoors and want to experience camping but don’t want to rough it. We also get a lot of groups of girls celebrating birthdays and hen parties, so we are hoping they’ll see the show and word will spread.”
And the show turned out to be a double bonus for Kyra, who is also a professional wedding singer and goes under the name Wedding Singer Laois.
“I mentioned that I sing at weddings and events while we were discussing plans with the groom. I was absolutely delighted when he asked me to sing a jazzy set when his guests arrived. There was a great atmosphere and people were up dancing at one stage. Then I got to introduce the bride and groom when they arrived at the reception, so hopefully, that bit will make it into the show.”
For the TV programme, groom Jamie Moten chose a festival theme (perhaps the Electric Picnic led him to Laois?) for his wedding, which he had just three weeks to organise.
Barry Fingleton, co-owner of Glamping under the Stars, said: “Jamie was a lovely fella but he was really under pressure time-wise. We pulled out all the stops to get everything ready − from putting up decorations and fairy lights to being sent off to buy him extra minerals and loo roll at the last minute. It’ll be interesting to see what it looks like in the programme.”