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Brides on a Budget

Thursday, 19 February 2009

You want that dream dress but unfortunately you're on a budget. So without having to sacrifice on style & elegance, Tanya has some suggestions for more affordable bridal gowns that will ensure you have enough pennies left in your purse to blow on the honeymoon!

There are wedding fairs taking place in hotels & venues across the country- brides everywhere are searching for the perfect dress to make them feel a million dollars on their special day. Unfortunately, many brides are this year forced to cut back on the overall nuptial spend..including the darling dress. ?

Tanya Grimson- Frugal Fashionista
Tanya Grimson is a Fashion stylist based in Dublin. Since graduating from London college of Fashion and working in leading publications such as Marie Claire in London she returned to Ireland to pursue her career as a fashion stylist.
Tanya has been actively working as a stylist in Ireland for 10 years and has worked for various publications such as The Gloss, Irish Tatler, Sunday Independent's Life Magazine, U Magazine, Confetti, VIP magazine, The Irish Times, Social and Personal and the RTE Guide, she has also worked as the Deputy Editor of Prudence magazine and was the Fashion Editor of Ivenus, Harmonia's online magazine and is currently the Fashion Editor of Irish Brides magazine.

Commercial clients include: Samui boutique, Sasha, Diffusion boutique, heatons, Peruzzi, Pulse accessories, Dunnes Stores, Michael H, Simply B, Oxendales, Applebe jewellers, Mad Flowers, Aer Lingus, Airwaves, Pulse, Lucinda Grey, Tricot Marine, Club Rugby, Dylon, Sheseido, House of Colour,
Tanya has also worked as a fashion journalist for publications such as Prudence, Ivenus, Irish Brides and The Irish Times and is currently involved in fashion production for many of her clients.

Off the peg bridal wear
With more and more people being let go from the jobs and with impending weddings still looming, more and more people are opting for off the peg dresses that don't cost the earth, also a new trend is emerging with couples having less of an engagement lead time, and if you are planning on getting married within 6 months of your engagement, traditional bridal shops are not for you, as there is generally a waiting time of between 8-10 months depending on the shop and the design you pick. If this is your case then you have two options: 1, find a design that you like and get a well know dress maker to make it for you from an image you have given them or you buy from off the peg.

Also more and more shops are starting to do off the peg dresses, costume in Dublin have recently announced the opening of their off the peg wedding dresses to be sold upstairs in their shop, stocking Temperley and Collette Dinigan styles, while Sharon Hoey will also be launching an off the peg collection, that you can buy and leave with if it fits correctly.

Otherwise high street shops such as monsoon, Hickeys and Debenhams stock their own range of dresses at very pocket friendly prices, alternatively Oxfam have a bridal range that has a fantastic selection of once worn dresses if you are one of those people that realise that in fact it is only for one day, the dresses are in immaculate condition and cost a fraction of the normal retail value.
Also other places that are great on line is ebay; anything from vintage to contemporary once worn styles.
Also is fantastic for Irish bargains in 'once worn' dresses
Pre loved wedding dress sale, chambers, Washington st, Cork February 21st

Vera Wang dresses sold for €1300 from €6000 contact:

Look 1
1930s dress, €525, Dirty Fabulous
Corsage €57, Cherry Chau

Look 2
Dress, €390, Nijou
Headpiece, €45, Marion Creedon Hegarty

Look 3
Dress, €116 Debenhams

Look 4
Dress, €420, Arnotts
Necklace, €75
Bracelet, €40, both Marion Creedon Hegarty

Look 5
Dress, €695, Belladonna Galway
Corsage, €57, Cherry Chau

Look 6
Dress, €350, Monsoon
Earrings, €90, Rangoli jewellery
Necklace, €20, Marion Creedon Hegarty

Looking for the perfect designer wedding dress at a low cost? Oxfambridal has something special for you!
Oxfambridal sells a wide range of wedding dresses at low prices. Up to 95% of the wedding dresses are brand new, donated by wedding retailers and designers. The remaining dresses are those that have been generously donated by supporters after their wedding day. As well as dresses, Oxfambridal stocks shoes, tiaras, veils and even outfits for the mother of the bride.
The Oxfambridal range is available in the following Oxfam shops:
Georges St, Dublin 2
Bangor, Co Down