There are plenty of wedding fairs coming up - time for you to really whet your appetite for all things wedding related. Starting this weekend and running until early March, you're sure to get the inspiration you've been searching for in several of Cork's best known wedding venues.
It's the first quarter of 2019. You know what that means? The Cork Weddings Spring edition will soon be on the shelves!
Packed to the brim with insightful wedding inspiration, this is one of our best editions yet!
Coming up in this season's mag:
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The question, do you bring a handbag or clutch with you on your wedding day? Many brides opt not to bring a bag with them, but your bridesmaid should definitely have the following five wedding day handbag essentials with them in case of any emergencies.
Compact Translucent Powder with Mirror
This will serve as a 2-in-1. A handy mirror to check yourmake-up but also to help set your make-up again and take away excess shine if needed.
Keep shine away with oil-absorbing sheets. You don't have to resort to tampering with your make-up, just fix the shine instead.
Have your shade of choice with you to touch up your lip colour as often as you wish during the day. Bring lipliner too if you're a devoted lipstick addict like us.
Do you always cry at weddings? Best to bring the tissues then. We really recommend waterproof mascara as well. There's nothing worse than the fatal mix of mascara stains with white dresses...
You'll be doing plenty of talking and plenty of kissing on your wedding day. Breath mints will keep your breath minty fresh for the duration of the day.
Have you any other handbag recommendations to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments.
Contributed by Maya O' Brien, owner of Bridal Boudoir, Cork
We might think the job is done when our bridal gown has been chosen, but we keep forgetting what's going under our gowns.
Choosing the right foundation is just as important as picking your dress. Specialised lingerie is there to enhance and show off your best assets. The wrong underwear and support could end up in catastrophe and easily destroy the whole look on your big day.
The first thing to have in mind when going lingerie shopping is the best shape; cut and material of your dress; what type of neckline it has - strapless, racer, backless; what parts of your curves you want to enhance and what you need an extra hand with. Follow these steps to get your foundation right.
Even though we think we know our size, most of the time we are wrong. Depending on brand and style, measurements can vary. Whether you choose thick shape wear, corset, backless, it has to fit perfectly. VPL is the last thing you want to see in your wedding album.
Splash Out a Bit
Stretch the budget, it's a once off and generally price reflects quality. Therefore the higher the quality undergarments are usually the most expensive.
Remember Comfort and Practicality
It's a long day of sitting, eating and dancing. It's easy to forget about practicality and simple things like going to the restroom can prove problematic with the wrong underwear. If your dress is tight fitting and requires shapewear, then it might be a good idea to get a shape skirt.
A backless gown will need a stick-on bra or built-in cups. Stick-on gel cups are not a good option as they are too heavy.
Choose the Right Colour
Colour is important. Choosing ivory tends to be the first choice for brides but leave that for the wedding night. Ivory on ivory will shine through the layer of material and show up on photos. It's a more sensible to choose nude or blush.
We hope these tips help you to choose underwear that's as stylish as it is comfortable for your wedding day.
by Eric Marah
1) Lacking motivation? Your Personal Trainer will motivate you to get the most out of each session so that you'll leave with a sense of achievement.
2) Take away the guess work. Not experienced in lifting weights? Technique and exercise execution is vital for results and avoiding injury. Your Personal Trainer will ensure you get this right.
3) Do you train hard but can't seem to reach your goals? Nutrition is essential to body fat loss. Your PT will give you the knowledge you require.
4) Become accountable. Nothing will keep you more on track than knowing measurements and weigh ins are coming every week or two.
5) No excuses. Book those PT sessions in to your diary. Think of them as the most important appointments of the week and never, ever miss a session.
6) Want to train but don't fancy big commercial gyms? There are many personal training centres throughout Cork and Ireland where you can avail of private one-to-one sessions.
7) Results! Nutrition and training are essential for achieving a healthy body and mind. I've seen people train on their own for years but it's not until they hire a Personal Trainer that they achieve genuine life changing results.
You've tied the knot, now it's time to kick back and relax. Ditch the heels and have one hell of a party in our favourite flats that are perfect for either chilling out or dancing the night away. The great news is you'll get a tonne of wear out of these beauties-even after your wedding day!
Kurt Geiger Princely, €145
Inspired by Kurt Geiger London's Kingly, Princely arrives as a versatile style sibling. With a fine white leather upper and a foot-flattering topline, this backless mule is topped with a crystal-encrusted strap for a wholly regal finish.
Badgely Mischka, Quinn, €185
These pretty pointy-toe flats are embellished with sparkling crystals for added glamour. Available in a traditional ivory satin or a pretty blush pink to suit most bridal tastes.
Jimmy Choo, Romy, €550
These delicate white lace pointy toe flats are the perfect choice for even the most discerning of brides.
Dune, Newlywed, €145
Elevate your occasion profile with this Newlywed mule by Dune London. Featuring an open-toe design and embellished front strap, it's finished with a low heel and sparkling diamante details. Dune have several pairs of beautifully ornate flats that are perfect for an apres ceremony dance off.
Nine West, Adelphine, €102
Add adequate glitz and sparkle to your wedding day flats by choosing Adelphine, a gilded gold, glittering flat that's as dazzling as it is comfortable.
Quiz Diamanté Slant Strap Pumps, €29
These beautiful flats from Quiz are perfect for your next special occasion. Featuring a slant diamanté strap and buckle fastening, these gorgeous pumps will add a touch of glamour to any style of wedding dress.
Pearl Converse, Etsy, €106 (+shipping)
These beautiful Converse trainers are embellished with all sizes of pearls and crystals and are the perfect shoe for any bride who wants to be comfortable as well as stylish on her wedding day.
Have you found any other gorgeous flats? Let us know in the comments. We'd love to share them with all our Cork Weddings readers x
By Sarah Cremin
New year, new bridal couture and it's shaping up to be as interesting as last year when it comes to bridal style trends.
Make a statement on your big day by trying these on trend wedding looks!
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This season, all of the most coveted bridal collections featured jumpsuits. Bridal jumpsuits are the go to item for the fashion forward bride. Make a real style statement and look every inch the fashionista with a chic and modern look that will give any wedding dress a run for its money in 2019.
Bridal Two Piece
Bridal two pieces are a fantastic alternative to the traditional wedding dress, especially in the Spring time. Cropped tops and tulle skirts are great for breezy, bohemian brides who want something laid back and unconventional.
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Feminine bows and slinky dresses are this year's biggest bridal trend. They work best with classic fabrics such as silk and satin to create a sophisticated, high brow bridal look.
Off the Shoulder
Image Credit: Berta Muse Diana
Off the shoulder dresses are so whimsical and romantic. Exude femininity with this neckline that emphasizes your decolletage. Mix with this season's foliage trend and blush tone to get this season's perfect wedding dress.
Image Credit:Carolina Herrera
Tiered skirts featured in several collections for 2019. From rustic Bo Peep style silhouettes to flouncy, lace couture numbers, this is a trend that can work for every kind of bride - from bohemian to classic.
Which style of dress would you say yes to? Let us know and make sure to tag us in your pictures with the hashtag #corkweddings x