Jumping for joy over bargain bridal chic

IRELAND’S leading independent children’s charity Barnardos is really embracing “budget chic” with the opening of its new bridal room and boutique in Carlow.

Yesterday’s gala opening was attended by TV3’s glamorous news anchor, Elaine Crowley and one of Xpose’s star presenters, Sybil Mulcahy.

The new store, located on Dublin Street, houses a range of brand new goods, donated by wholesalers and retailers, as well as top-quality once-loved treasures.

The bridal room will stock brand new bridal gowns and accessories at just a fraction of their high-street cost.

Barnardos’ shops development manager, Colette Miller, said their bridal boutique in Dublin had been a phenomenal success. Prices at the Dublin outlet range from €150 to about €900, with most dresses retailing for about one third of their standard price.

The store also stocks veils, bridal shoes and dresses for bridesmaids, with less ornate dresses costing about €150.

It was due to the popularity of Barnardos Dublin bridal show that the charity decided to open the outlet in Carlow.

“We have developed a winning formula that brides and their families appreciate — top-quality brand new gowns; cut-cost prices and a team of bridal experts on hands to help with queries, sizes and nerves,” she said.

Ms Crowley said: “Barnardos’ new store in Carlow should be on every bride-to-be’s must-see list. It’s the perfect combination of beautiful dresses at dreamy prices,” she said.

The bridal service is by appointment only to ensure that Barnardos can offer an exclusive bridal consultation service.

Money raised in the store goes directly to supporting Barnardos’ services in communities across Ireland.

To celebrate the opening, Barnardos have launched a competition offering brides-to-be the chance to win their dream wedding dress.

The competition invites entrants to tell the story of their most romantic moment — in 300 words or less.

Application forms are available in the store and the closing date is September 30.

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