Duo’s ‘hearts went out’ to gownless brides-to-be

NOT so much for richer as for poorer, brides-to-be left gownless and cash-strapped following the sudden closure of a wedding outfitters may yet make savings on a replacement frock.

Stirred by the plight of scores of young women left in the lurch after The Wedding Dress Ltd, of Penrose Wharf, Cork city, went into liquidation, the owners of a Dublin bridal shop have travelled south.

Vincent and Liz May, the proprietors of Bridal Heaven in Swords, have booked a room in the Clarion Hotel in Cork from where they will offer their wares to budding brides in need of a dress.

Armed with last year’s fashions at knock-down prices, the pair promise substantial savings to interested buyers.

Although the gowns are sample dresses which have been tried on in their shop, all have been dry cleaned, individually bagged and are in excellent condition, according to the Mays.

All the dresses have been bought and paid for by Bridal Heaven so there is no question relating to ownership or title, a problem which cost some customers of The Wedding Dress their outfits.

“We heard about the girls in Cork and our hearts went out to them. We decided to travel down for their sakes. We will have dresses that were over €1,200 available for as little as €500,” Liz said.

“We will also have a number of one-off bridesmaids’ dresses and some sets of threes. There is quite a good range of material.” Designs include La Sposa, Dessy, Mon Cheri and Romantica and colours range from white, to ivory, beige, cream, gold and rum pink.

The story of the Cork brides-to-be, many of whom had paid in full for dresses they never received after The Wedding Dress Ltd ceased trading late last month, has surfaced as far afield as the Daily Telegraph in Australia. The shop went into liquidation with debts of over €1 million, leaving close to 200 creditors with no hope of getting their money back.

For women still in search of a dress, the Mays plan to hold their sale from 11am-6pm on Saturday, May 6, and from 11.30am-3pm on Sunday, May 7, in the Clarion Hotel, Cork city.

For information on styles/colours/sizeslog on to www.bridalheavenonline.com or contact Liz on 087 7660409.

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