We look through wedding venues, outfits, hen parties and themes with a twist
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‘If you have to be a bride, be a cool one’ says one new range for the bride on a budget.
Online fashion chain Misguided, which brings affordable fashion to their target audience of twenty something females, launched their brand new bridal range last week in their quest to make wedding outfits more affordable.
On the back of a huge social media campaign, in which their models wear differing modern takes on bridal wear in the famous Las Vegas chapels, the online store have followed in the likes of Ted Baker, Coast and Monsoon at bringing wedding dresses for a matter of hundreds.
Misguided say: “The exclusive 9 piece collection uses soft silks, luxury sequins, delicate lace and beaded embellishment to create head-to-toe statement gowns. From signature floor-skimming white dresses to an exclusive sequin side-split high-lo this is one cool girl bridal collection.”
• See more at www.missguided.co.uk
The aptly-named ‘Missbrided’ section on their website also features bridesmaid and wedding guest outfits, and the wedding dresses themselves range in price from £75- £150. The looks are not your traditional wedding fare however, with split thighs and plunging necklines, but many are floor length, have intricate beading or elegant sequins or lace which mean that they may be perfect for the modern bride to change into a second outfit come the party hour of their reception.
Alternative wedding venues have taken place in schools, museums, parks, markets and warehouses in London, but what about the bride who is looking for something a little more quirky in Ireland?
For festival-inspired chic or just something a bit more intimate and outdoorsy than the traditional hotel wedding Mount Druid in Co. Westmeath could be what the alternative bride is looking for.
Set in the picturesque village of Castletown Geoghegan, Mount Druid is set on 100 acres, with a purpose built tin chapel, boathouse, barn and custom-made accommodation. Managed and created by the Murphy family, it is set among 200,000 trees, an organic sheep farm, and much of the menu comes from the farm itself.
The compound is yours to rent for the day of your wedding and breakfast/brunch the next day, and the yurt accommodation is managed on-site, even as far as a courtesy bus that can drop guests from the reception back to their sleeping quarters at the end of the night. The accommodation itself comes in true festival style, offering luxury camping with a difference.
There are 20 yurts on site which sleep 2-4 people, and toilets and hot showers are just a short walk from each yurt and all are located within walking distance of the local shop and pubs in the nearby village. The chapel itself has a seating capacity of about 180, and the venue’s website lists local and recommended musicians, bands, DJs, hairdressers, make-up artists and photographers for ease of use.
• See more at www.alternativeweddings.ie
A ‘survivor’s’ guide to hen parties
While hen parties traditionally conjure up visions of raucous parties or sophisticated spa weekends, what about the fitness enthusiast or the bridal party that are looking for something a bit more challenging?
It might not be the typical farewell to single life, but a new hen party package from Go-Hen promises to tick the boxes of adrenaline junkies as they channel Bear Grylls for their activity-packed weekend.
GoHen.com have teamed up with the adventurer and TV presenter’s team of survival experts to offer brides the chance to toughen up for the wedding day with a pre-wedding weekend that will see the hens venture into the unknown.
Forget something old, something new, this is something a little bit challenging and a whole lot of fun. During the 3 days and two nights in the beautiful Brecon Beacons (training ground of the SAS), the hens will face tests and training in;
• Rock climbing
• Shelter building
• Gorge walking
• Fire making
The weekend will also include some of Bear’s famous snacks with a hen party bush tucker trial of ‘gross eats’.
GoHen’s Head of Sales Matt Lay said, “This couldn’t be further away from the usual hen weekend of spa treatments, sipping cocktails and dancing the night away, this is a full on adventure that the more daring bride-to-be and her pals will be talking about from years to come. Especially Bear’s unique gross eats!”
• Visit www.gohen.com for more information or other party packages