I know I’m not alone is saying we had all hoped for a brighter start to 2021 but as the battle against COVID-19 rages on, compact celebrations remain our focus for the coming months with lots of big and beautiful plans afoot for 2022. Whether big or small, SOCIAL & PERSONAL WEDDINGS are on hand with the newly released spring issue to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. 

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Serving up some inspo for brides of 2021 and 2022, Alexandra Desmond has compiled the top trends we can expect to see emerging in bridal wear for the coming year. From dramatic oversized bows to romantic, flowing ruffles, the difference is in the detail. While boutiques remain closed, use this time to research the styles and fabrics which you could envision yourself wearing for your all-important walk down the aisle.  

Monique Lhuillier

And the inspiration doesn’t stop there…. Showcasing some of the standout collections from this year, immerse yourself in the beauty of the 2021 collections with dreamy dresses on show from top designers including Galia Lahav, Monique Lhuillier and Aire Barcelona. From Pinterest to creating real life mood boards, take the time to find which boutiques stock your preferred designers and don’t be afraid to reach out and enquire about future appointments. 

Aire Barcelona

As the saying goes, it takes an army and we have compiled some useful tips to ensure you assemble the perfect crew when it comes to your bridal party. From navigating family politics to avoiding any awkward assumptions, Emily Money Coutts helps you to consider all aspects involved in choosing your bridesmaids. And if you find yourself further along the planning route and are in search of the perfect gowns for your girls, our spring issue is teeming with looks and ideas to help create a picture-perfect bridal party. 

Jenny Yoo

Brighter times are coming and our compilation of mouth-watering cakes are just the thing to help get your creative juices flowing. From lavish hand-painted designs to the more traditional buttercream bakes, wedding cakes are increasingly becoming a focal point of decor as grand master pieces are created for weddings both big and small, placed front and centre throughout the reception for all to admire.  

While the past year has decimated wedding plans for countless brides and grooms, we take a look at the couples who persevered to plan the perfect day in spite of restrictions and lockdowns. From inspiring Irish couples to more familiar famous faces, we explore the world of COVID nuptials. 

Aine & Rory by Lucy Nuzum Photography

A bride’s wedding day is arguably the most photographed day of her life, so it is no wonder we all try to overhaul our skincare regime to achieve flawless, glowing complexions. Skincare Specialist Nuala Woulfe tackles the main skin sins we can all find ourselves guilty of and advises how to rectify these in the lead up to your day. With lockdown providing the perfect environment for you to get stuck in and make some changes, read up on what it takes to attain fabulous radiant skin. 

- Alexandra