It’s been a long time since I’ve mentioned the wedding. We have the majority of our Vendors booked, with just a few things left to sort. We’ve set our date for Feb ’18, so I need to start tying up all our loose ends shortly as time is passing so quickly.
Finding the dress was a long LONG process, I really liked lots of dresses, but I didn’t fall in love in any of them, there was always one thing I wasn’t 100% on, one teeny tiny annoying thing! I was so close so many times with so many different dresses #headmelt
I took ‘breaks’ inbetween my appointments, usually 2 or 3 weeks. I needed thinking time after each appointment, my head was wrecked from the whole thing! And I found the breaks gave me time to internalise each dress, it helped me figure out if that (the dress) was really what I wanted, a few times I went back to see a particular dress and realised it wasn’t the one. That kind of dragged the process out a bit. but I finally said ‘Yes to the Dress’ and when I did, there was zero doubt! Eeeeeek!
For any ladies looking for a wedding dress; out of the shops I visited, here are my favourites:
The White Room, Mullingar:
The girls are fab here, the shop is really beautiful with a large selection of dresses at varying price points. The ladies were so patient, nothing was ever too much. I visited here 3 times, I’m not even joking! But each time the ladies were so accommodating and really took their time with me. With designers like Pronovias, Jesus Peiro and Daalarna, it’s def worth a visit. Jesus Peiro and Daalarna have the most stunning dresses, if you haven’t tried; you need to! Daalarna dresses are really pretty but with a little twist, Jesus Peiro dresses are so simple yet elegant! It is definitely worth the trip for those two designers alone.
Padanee, Carrick on Shannon.
Tricia in Padanee is a doll, with the most GORGEOUS selection of dresses. We’re talking Hailey Paige, Lazaro, it’s very trendy! Again, dresses here are at varying price points, something for everyone. The selection of dresses in Padanee is so good, you have your pretty bridal gowns, but then you have also got beaded, glam, glitzy Art Deco gowns, pink (fab!) gowns and the ‘something different gowns’ . Tricia pours her heart and soul into Padanee and it really shows, she’s a true gem. If you’re looking for top of the range wedding dress styles/choice with someone who will bend over backwards to help you – look no further! Padanee won Xpose Bridal Shop of the Year this year. Easy to see why.
Kathy De Stafford – Nenagh, Howth, Dublin city centre.
With shops in three locations, it’s pretty easy to get to wherever you’re coming from in the country. I paid a visit to the Nenagh store, Louise was my consultant. The service was faultless, Louise really knows her stuff, she was beyond helpful (even when I was being beyond annoying!). What I particularly loved about DeStaffords was that Kathy designs her own range of wedding dresses so you know that (the dress) is not going to be stocked in other bridal boutiques around the country. Her work is exquisite, I tried on a few of her designs, the quality was AMAZING. For anyone interested in custom design, they also do that in house, you’ve so many options and could potentially create your dream dress! DeStaffords stock Pronovias, Kenneth Wilson, Fara Sposa to name just a few. Definitely recommend this bridal store, you will not be disappointed. I promise it is worth the trip.
Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown (about half an hour from Enniskillen)
I love Suzanne Neville dresses, so I just had to take a trip up here, it is such a beautiful store. This boutique is probably smaller than the ones mentioned above but the quality of the dresses is superb. After I had my pick of the dresses, Ruth pulled a few wild cards, she knew exactly what would suit and brought me dresses that I wouldn’t of even considered but they fit me like a glove! A real expert, she knows her stock and brides inside out. Serendipity is also an award winning boutique scooping Best Bridal SHop in 2016. Serendipity stock Justin Alexander, Pronovias, Ronald Joyce, just to name a few. If you want to take advantage of the sterling euro exchange rate, I’d definitiely recommend heading up to Serendipty. The girls are also on snapchat so if you wanted a sneak peek before the journey you should check them out! Username:serendipityqb
In each of these shops I found a dress which I adored but I’m obviously not going to go into the details of my dress, just yet! But I’ll do a seperate blog post on it at some stage. (I feel like it deserves its own post, lol) I LOVE IT!!
A few tips for the bride to be on dress shopping:
1. You have to love it
2. You have to love it
3. You have to love it
4. Don’t settle. DO.NOT.SETTLE
If you’ve any doubts, just walk away and revisit the shop again another day. Don’t jump the gun.
I’m told all the fun starts closer to the wedding, invites, RSVPS, table plans etc etc. Orgainsation and me don’t go together very well, so I’ll definitely be calling Louise in to sort my life out with all that wedding lark!
That’s all the updates. If anyone wants details on venders etc(I did a good bit of research) especially if you are struggling to find something/someone just Facebook or DM me on Instagram and I’ll try help! I don’t have my flowers booked or invitations ordered yet so I can’t give info on those ones, but everything else should be ok.
Until next time 🙂