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Posted on: 5th February, 2014

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

Believe it or not — we are not living in Kansas! With all that wind, hurricanes that sound like they will rip your roof off and ‘storm’ force rain drops, it may come as a surprise that Spring is here and it is actually time to entertain the thought of wearing lighter colours and fabric.

This is the absolute perfect time for all of you ‘loved-up’brides to get shopping for your dream wedding dress, the new lines are very definitely upon us. This is the dress that should take more time, more thought and more investment than any other single item set to adorn your body.

Why shopping for a wedding dress can turn in to a stressful event for any bride-to-be is beyond me? Isn’t it something that most girls dream of for most of their lives? Yet I regularly meet brides that are overwhelmed and disillusioned. Be very real girls, know your body, accept and love your shape or else get up off your behind and do something about it — wedding dress shopping will then be exciting and enchanting. I met a stunning bride-to-be at the West Cork Hotel wedding fair in Skibbereen. It was refreshing to hear her say “No, I don’t have my dress yet and, with a 10 month-old-baby, I know exactly what I want — something light and easy to move in”. Practical, yes and of course she will find exactly what she wants.

Who is out there to make life easier for you? I have to say that ‘Brides of Eire’, Clonakilty is the only answer when it comes to shopping for ‘THE’ dress. The dedication and professionalism of Maria, owner and her experienced staff is what every bride needs. No amount of time is too much and the floor plan of the shop allows much sought after privacy so only you and your chosen dedicated sidekicks get a sneak peak at what might be your dream dress. The collection of dresses is breathtaking and they stock up to size 32.

In my business I can honestly say that nothing stops me in my tracks; I’ve been around a bit too long for that so I was very pleasantly surprised when a new business called ‘Undercover’ literally ‘stuck’ me to the spot. Still relatively new and successfully marketed on facebook by sisters Linda and Viola, Undercover is a Clonakilty based wedding umbrella business. Doesn’t it make perfect sense? Look at our weather! Wedding umbrellas are the answer and they add a ‘chic-ness’ to your wedding photos. You really need to check it out on facebook and the range of colours means that they are not just for the bride, any wedding guest can accessorise with one — a definite 10/10 from me.

While the mothers-of-the-bride can tend to travel the length and breadth of the country to find the right ensemble for that ‘big’ day, why bother? Trag Fashions, Tragumna, Skibbereen has stood the test of time and is definitely worth a visit promising a huge collection including Mirea, Luis Civit, Carina, Zelia and many more and carry sizes up to size 26.

Lady Couture, Clonakilty is the newest one-stop shop for mother of the bride/groom and occasion wear. It stocks Michel Ambers, John Bentley, Gold, personal Choice and Botecca among others, a selection that is sure to meet all your needs and desires.

I always believe that a ‘perfect’ mother-of-the-bride/groom outfit should be as simple as possible, simple always equals elegant and classic. Avoid patterns and extra detail, in other words stay away from the busy-looking dresses and most importantly, remember that it is your daughters day, not yours, she is the focus.

Enjoy all of the wedding build-up, of course there will be stressful times and last minute whirlwind bits to organise, prepare yourself for that and to any grooms-to-be that might be reading this, the perfect Valentine’s gift for your special someone is a gift voucher for a massage or two. Giving someone a gift that will help to chill out and de-stress is priceless. Bump up that gift by learning how to give a massage, works wonders and it keeps everyone happy!

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