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Bridal Bargains

Friday, 26 February 2010

Bridal bargains are relevant all year round, but I suppose at this time of year, many brides who are getting married this summer will be searching out the best deals in dresses, from couture steals to second hand steals.

Roxanne Parker
Roxanne is one of Ireland's hottest young styling talents, styling magazine editorials for the likes of Prudence, Irish Tatler, U Magazine, Image, Confetti, Irish Independent's Weekend Magazine, The Irish Independent, Infant Magazine, You & Your Money, House & Home Interior magazine and Creative Hair.

She has also styled commercial ads for the Conrad International Hotel group in America (Miami & Indianapolis) and Ireland, ads for Heinz, Simple Skincare, Yoplait, Opal Cars, Dubarry Shoes, Waterford Crystal, Zeba Hair Salon, Umamma Pregnancy Spa, MaryB recruitment & OUTHAUS interiors.
. As a journalist she currently writes, compiles and styles the 'Fashion Dilemma' column every 2nd Wednesday in the Irish Independent.
. As features writer for the Irish Independent she travelled to Russia, New York, Greece, London and L.A., covering a broad range of feature topics for the magazine.
. U Magazine: book reviews, features and celebrity interviews. Irish Tatler: Features and interviews.

. Woman's Way Magazine: human-interest features, celebrity and real people interviews and health and fashion features.

. Image Magazine: fashion and health related features.

. Irish Wedding Diary: fashion editor.

. Reporter, features writer and fashion editor for The Dublin Daily.

. Feature writer for the Sunday Tribune's I Magazine.

. Columnist and features writer for the Evening Herald.

Models:- Emma Jane, Louise and Faith

Every part of a bride's dream day is important, but none more so than her dream dress. Gone are the days of the Celtic Tiger "Bridezillas" who threw their eyes to heaven at the very mention of the word 'budget'. Roll on 2010 which sees working fiancés sticking to a tight budget with more realistic expectations of what her dream gown should actually cost.

Today we look at all options for brides on a budget, from vintage gowns to department store dresses, second hand finds and designer dreams for a fraction of their original cost. From the world wide web to your local charity shop or department store, we'll have something to suit every budget.


Model 1:- Emma Jane

Dress, was €3,500 now €750,
Bracelet, €3.50 Accessorize
Gold peep toe shoes, €85, Monsoon

Model 2:- Faith
Earrings, €8.50, Accessorize
Necklace, €25.50, Accessorize
Dress, was €1,800 now €100, Oxfam Bridal
Purse, €78, Monsoon
Shoes, €95, Accessorize

Model 3:- Louise
Necklace, €54, Accessorize
Dress, was €2,950 now €1,500,
Bracelet, €21.50, Accessorize
Shoes, were €70 now €30, Oxfam Bridal

Model 1: Emma Jane
Pearl necklace, €13.50, Accessorize
Dress, was €4,795 now €1,200,
Pearl bracelet, €21, Accessorize
Jasper Conran purse, €47, Debenhams

Model 2:- Faith

Necklace, €17, Accessorize

Vintage dress, €360
Corsage, €2
Vintage gloves, €70
Vintage purse, €120

Shoes, €95, Monsoon

Model 3:- Louise
Head piece, €31, Debenhams
Dress, was €999 now €330, Oxfam Bridal
Purse, €51, Accessorize
Shoes, €30, Oxfam Bridal