As Christmas is just around the corner once again, our winter issue of SOCIAL & PERSONAL WEDDINGS has a firm focus on all things dresses for all of the upcoming brides-to-be. Whilst current restrictions are somewhat more accommodating to weddings, we remain optimistic for a continued return of larger celebrations for 2022 with dress designs reflecting this. 

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As so many brides made the tough decision to postpone their nuptials until a time they could celebrate with larger guest numbers, designers embraced the mantra of “go big or go home” with dramatic tiered skirts and romantic ruffles adorning some real statement gowns for 2022. Check out these and the rest of the top trends for the coming year in our all-encompassing Runway Report from October’s Bridal Fashion Week for autumn/ winter 2022. 

Elie Saab

If you’re already decided on the style you want but are yet to find “the one”, we bring you dozens of dazzling dresses fresh from the 2022 collections to help spark some inspiration. One of the most exciting partnerships to hit bridal attire, legendary designer Vera Wang has joined forces with powerhouse atelier Pronovias to bring you Wang’s signature styles at a more accessible price point. Also included in this issue is a preview of Suzanne Neville’s latest designs, available at Sharon Hoey Boutique, along with a peek at the Monique Lhuillier 2022 collection. 

Vera Wang for Pronovias

The most special day of your life, the wedding day excitement starts from the moment you wake with the house abuzz with bridesmaids, family, hair and make-up artists, not to mention your photographer. Dress the part in a pretty pyjama set or delicate silk robe to embrace your bridal role from the get-go and capture these special moments as you get ready for the ceremony. Stylist Roxanne Parker curated some different looks which will carry you from wedding morning to honeymoon in an exclusive editorial shoot for SOCIAL & PERSONAL WEDDINGS. 

Jeannie Wenham & Roxanne Parker

And once it comes to planning, I think we can all agree that the weddings which truly stand out are the ones which convey the personalities and quirks of the newlyweds. Put your own stamp on the celebrations with thoughtful little touches which give guests an insight into your personal lives and who you are as a couple. From handwritten welcome notes to photobook place cards, see which little details captured our hearts. 

Real Weddings are a great source of inspiration for brides-to-be, they can help highlight the many different vendors you’ll need when organising your special day including photographer, the venue, hair stylist, make-up artist, even where to get your dress. We spoke to three beautiful brides for this issue who all planned very different styles of day from Aisling’s bright and beautiful day at Tankardstown to Naomi’s forest woodland theme at The Station House and model Sarah’s rural retreat to the picturesque Mount Errigal in Donegal. Follow their journey from the proposal to the aisle!  

Pawel Bebenca

And not forgetting the all-important beauty regime, Skincare specialist and owner of Facial Rejuve Clinic, Dr. Altona Myers highlights the importance of keeping your skin happily hydrated during these colder months with our skin under attack from cold, harsh weather, along with central heating wreaking havoc on our complexions, causing dry skin. Read up on her top tricks and treatments to combat these concerns and achieve that all-important bridal glow!  

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- Alexandra