In the midst of this unusual year, the autumn issue of SOCIAL & PERSONAL WEDDINGS tackles the issues faced by engaged couples during the ongoing pandemic. As the world of weddings is in thrown into disarray, read up on the option of hosting a small wedding at home if the excitement is too much and you don’t want to reschedule celebrations to a later date. We also advise how to get the most out of your budget in these challenging times. 

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Take a peek at the latest wedding dresses with couture offerings from Sharon Hoey, Anna Campbell and Nicole Milano. And once you find “the one”, you can turn your focus to all of the fun events surrounding a wedding, whether that be a bachelorette party, your day two celebrations or perhaps even a smaller Covid ceremony with the main celebrations rescheduled for a later date…The autumn issue features the chicest little white dresses and accessories which are ideal for all of the above! 

Anna Campbell

If you are yet to find your dream dress, read up on the concept of sample sales – certain days which bridal boutiques hold each year as they clear stock for the new collections which allows brides the opportunity to nab their gown at a fraction of the original cost. Unlike your usual appointments which dedicate a full hour to you trying on various styles in the luxury of a quiet boutique, sample sales should be approached with a certain level of knowledge and research to get the most out of the day. 

Shannon Skloss Photography

As the circumstances of weddings remain uncertain for the coming months, some couples are opting to adapt their plans and fire ahead with their original wedding date but hosting their reception for a more intimate group at home instead of their planned venue. Cairenn Foy walks couples through the process of planning a wedding at home and how to make this as stress-free as possible. From lighting to landscaping and catering to décor, find out what you need to factor into your planning.  

Now more than ever, couples are having to scrutinise their spending, but your wedding is one area you’d rather not have to sacrifice your well-formed plans. Bella Alexander investigates the areas which can often hold unwanted surprises and how best to factor these in to your overall spend to ensure you stay within budget. 

A central part of every wedding, flowers have the power to transform any space - injecting personality and colour, they breathe life into any venue, but the question is at what cost? Susan Lynch from The Vintage Rose Company extols the benefits of locally, ethically grown blooms and discusses the darker side of imported flowers. 

Laura Fogerty Photography

Whether you’re looking to tone up before the big day or simply need a healthy outlet to relieve the stresses associated with wedding planning, Personal Trainer Johnny Coleman discusses the best approach for overhauling your diet and fitness regime for results that will last. 

Don’t allow Covid and quarantine to put a dampener on your life as newlyweds. With a whole host of beautiful venues on offer throughout our exquisite emerald isle, we explore the premium offerings available for a much needed mini-moon. 

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