The Cinderella Bride

Every Bride Deserves Her Fairytale Wedding…

Should You Invite Social Media To Your Wedding?


If  your answer is Yes…. your next question should be…

Do you need to take control of any social media associated with your wedding?

We think a definite YES! It is up to you to control it for the build up right up to the day and the day after your wedding.

Engagement – Congrats on your engagement! First photo’s will be of you as a couple and of course of ‘The Ring’! So how do you let the world know?

Well if you are a frequent social media user, you will, no doubt want to make a splash! If you are lucky enough to set up your engagement shoot straight away, you then have the images to share (where you are of course looking your best and with the best photo’s of your ring!)


Hen & Stag Party – This is where you are dipping in to more dangerous territory with the addition of alcohol so you need to be clear on what get’s ‘out there’!

Possibly the best idea is that there should be an embargo on photo’s after a certain time of the night and ensure that your Facebook is set to allow you to ‘approve’ any photo’s that you are tagged on before they appear on your timeline…

You need to feel you can relax and let your hair down without the threat of pictures appearing the next day that may show your ‘enthusiasm‘ for your night out a little too explicitly.

Wedding Day – It is lovely to have a photo journey log of your day and again, here you can take control. Create your #Hashtag and ask your friends and family to use it for the build up and on the day. This will make it easier for your to track your day after the event so you not only have your professional photo’s which are wonderful, but you get ‘real’ photo’s and a vision on how your day really is. #lovestory #hashtagyourwedding

Don’t get too caught up on it during the day. Ensure it is your guests are the ones working for your by taking the snaps for you to enjoy in your own time over the next few days. If this works well, it will eliminate the need for photo-booths or photographers at the reception.


Social Media can be a wonderful free assistant for your wedding but must be managed and planned in advance to ensure it works to it full potential on the day.

The most important thing is that NOONE posts a photo of the dress or the bride BEFORE she walks down the aisle to the groom… it may seem obvious but it has happened!


Annette x


Bridal Hair Trends For 2016


What way should I wear my hair for my Wedding? Should I wear it up or down? Should I wear a veil or a birdcage? Should I wear a crystal headpiece or fresh flowers? What are my options? These are the issues facing a bride for her wedding day.

Firstly, your hair will depend on three important things:

  1. Your Dress – Your Dress style will determine the style of your hair, accessories and everything else about your wedding, including bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen, wedding venue dressing and flowers. Also the neckline of your dress will help guide you as to if you wish to wear your hair up or down or even…. Half Up/Half Down!
  2. Your Personal Style – What would you describe your style as? Would a relaxed and soft style suit you better or something more formal or sleek?
  3. Your Hair – Is your hair short, mid length or long? Are you putting extensions in? Is your hair fine or thick?

The most important thing is to consult with your stylist in advance of your day. Show them images of your dress or at least the neckline if your wish to keep it top secret…

Linda of Fenn’s Hair Design, Cork advises a bride to Have a hair trial, or several if you need and make sure to photograph the one you are happiest with so you can match it perfectly on your wedding day.

Bring your accessories with you so your stylist can fit them in your hair as per your own vision for your day.

Every bride has a vision on how they want to look… Don’t compromise, speak up and make sure you are happy. This will be the most important hair moment of your life… EVER!….

I have included some of my favourite hair inspiration photos from Pinterest and Azure Jewellery, Cork.

Dream Big Ladies…


How To Choose Your Bridesmaids…

Bridesmaids Movie Image

From The Movie – Bridesmaids

Choosing your bridesmaids is sometimes more difficult, as you are merging two families into one, which can often lead to requests, expectations, confusion and even stress. After all this is supposed to be your day, your way right? Relax…. and remember what is important. You need to arrive at a list of your bridesmaids that pleases everyone, especially you!


Bridemaids Note

 What is important is that you choose the people to whom you are closest to be part of your wedding party. Aesthetically, the same number of attendants on both sides looks best, but there is no rule that says they have to match.

Start by writing your wish list of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Next, add your fiancé’s picks, and those who would make political sense (your brother’s wife to make him happy, for example). See if there are natural groupings that would make choosing easier: all sisters, all school friends, just one sister and one friend, etc. If your list is still unwieldy, consider the following to help you eliminate people or decide their role.

First, think about their responsibilities. The maid of honour or chief Bridesmaid is generally the bride’s right-hand woman before and on the day of the wedding. Her main duties include planning the bridal shower/Hen Party and helping the bride select her gown and address invitations. The bridesmaids assist the maid of honour and bride. In the US The Maid of honour and Bridesmaids typically pay for their own dresses but here in Ireland, it appears the Bride is still the one paying for the gowns for the most part. Will this change in time? Who knows!

Then, factor in the lifestyle and current situation of those you intend to ask, and how it meshes or clashes with their responsibilities and your needs. For example, what if your sister lives in Australia and your best friend just lost her job, or if another friend is so swamped with work or a new baby that she barely squeezes in a phone call, much less time to plan a bridal bash. All these circumstances impact a potential maid’s ability to do the best job possible. That said, even if someone can’t be there physically, she may still provide valuable moral support. So decide what’s most important to you.

Popping The Question... Now the fun part—asking people to be in your party. Some brides try to avoid disappointing anyone by asking people they don’t really want to participate, assuming they’ll say no because they’re too busy or won’t be able to afford it. Big mistake: This approach can easily backfire. Some people are so honoured to be included that they’ll move the world to make it happen. Only ask those you’ll be thrilled to hear a “yes” from.

Plan a fun get together for you and your chosen bridesmaids, maybe a dinner and ask them all at once. You can then spend the evening making all kinds of plans for the months ahead. There are lots of cute ways to ask your bridesmaids, check out some ways on Pinterest.

Remember these ladies are going to be a group of ladies you love and who love you and together you will plan this journey to the most amazing day of your life. Make a pact to be open and honest and always try to keep each others feelings in mind. It can be contentious at times but it should be a wonderful experience that you all love and enjoy!

Bridemaids How You Met

Wedding Shoes – Cute or Comfy?

Or can they possibly be both?…


Shoe from Manolo Blahnik

When choosing your dream wedding shoes, there are lots of things your need to consider aside from just how fabulous they are. You will be wearing these shoes all day. You will need to walk down the aisle, stand for lots of photographs, circulate to meet all your guests and dance the night away. Can you do this in heels? Just how high a heel can you do this in? Well now you have your starting point!

Award-winning shoe designer Rachel Simpson says “Choose shoes that make you feel amazing! Even if your dress is floor length, giving your guests the occasional peek of an exquisite pair of shoes will make you feel like a true princess! Wedding shoes don’t have to be boring – combine classic style with fashionable detailing and you’ll love them for years.”

Choosing a Bridal Wedding shoe designer is always a great place to start. They know the requirements of any bride for their shoes, designing comfort and style in one.

Mischka Badgley

Shoe from Mischka Badgley

You have to love your shoes! They will be photographed with your dress just before you put them all on and at a minimum the toe of your shoe will show in each step you take even if you are wearing a full length gown.

You should plan to wear your shoes all day! There is no point in paying to have your gown altered based on the height of the shoes you wear, if you end up kicking them off or switching for a flat pair later in the day and then your gown is too long again. Choose a pair that you believe you will wear all day.


Shoes from Rainbow Club

You must be comfortable as well as fabulous! The technology in good Bridal Shoe designs now is amazing. You can get padded insoles and skin-fit technology which is the softest inside of any shoe possible and make them fit like cushions. This is what you want on your big day!

Look After your feet! Make sure to get a pedicure and some foot pampering in advance of your wedding. They will look their best for both your big day and of course be picture perfect for your honeymoon.

Make sure to practice wearing your wedding shoes for the weeks coming up to your Wedding day. You need to be really used to wearing them to be sure for comfort on the day.

To some, shoes are a passion and choosing your bridal shoe should always be a careful choice as ill-fitting shoes can spoil your day or ensure you have a an amazing day! Choose carefully….

elspeth from Rainbow Club

Shoes From Rainbow Club

Dream Big Ladies!!!

By Annette Enright…



Newest Wedding Cake Trends

Just about anything can inspire your wedding cake design. The beautiful ornate moulding in your ballroom venue, your beautiful gown, your table centre pieces or even your chosen flowers. Here, a few trends to help inspire your custom cake.

 THE NAKED CAKE….Naked Cakes



Yep, you read that right and it is the hottest trend in Wedding Cakes right now. With the deconstructed cake, you get to show off the inside. For a summertime wedding, berries work well; in winter and fall, ask your baker to fill the layers with seasonal fruits, like apples, pears or even blood oranges. “The exposed cake and filling of the naked cake appeal to both the eyes and the stomach,”


Experienced cake bakers are turning out tiers decorated with beautiful designs, reminiscent of the most gorgeous wedding gowns imaginable — like yours. A lot of brides are looking for patterns copied from the lace in their dress. So decide which detail from your dress to highlight on your cake, from a few simple sugar-made buttons to ivory and white fondant lace appliques wrapped around each tier. The key to pulling it off is in the color. This trend works best with light hues and little contrast.


Metalic Cakes
Metallics are only big for stationery, but for wedding cakes as well. We’re not talking about a gold and silver vintage style, but more a stylized glam, art-deco, old-Hollywood look. The best part about metallics? They can adapt to any style; delicate embroidery in gold feels opulent while geometric shapes give off a fresh, modern feel. If an entire tier is too much glitz for you, consider adding a little sparkle all over. Fine edible glitter (think: pixie dust) can add a decorative sheen to your cake without overpowering the whole design.
In reality, you can let your creative juices flow when it comes to your cake but remember it must taste yummy as well as look beautiful. Think outside the box and incorporate something personal into your cake. You really should have your cake and eat it!!

“Dream Big, Ladies”……. Annette 

How To Find The Perfect Wedding Gown…

Finding the perfect gown is such an important part of your wedding planning experience and as the adage goes  if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Firstly do your research on the style of dresses you love, the shapes of dresses that suit best your body shape and finally the bridal boutiques that stock those styles of gowns.

Make sure you take only 1-2 people who know your style and who’s opinion you value with you to your appointment. You can bring back the entourage to a ‘reveal the dress’ visit when you go in to do your final measurements. This will eliminate any strong personalities from influencing your choice and ensuring you choose the dress that you feel most special in… as well as looking fabulous in of course!

Do not visit too many boutiques. You will try on an average of 10 dresses in each shop, so 2-3 boutiques is loads. Again, do your research to see who has a good on-line presence. A good boutique invests in their on-line presence and is very active on social media.

Be honest with your consultant. Their job is to help you choose the perfect dress but if you believe you may have already found ‘the one’, say that at the beginning of the consultation, so she has a clear idea of the dress she needs to beat. Also, be very clear about your budget. Identify your preferred spend as well as your maximum spend so the consultant will only bring dresses within your range to you. There is nothing worse that falling in love with a gown that is way outside your budget.

Finally enjoy the experience and your ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ moment. This will be probably the most expensive gown that you will buy in your whole life so you need to enjoy that. You will find, it is a wonderful relief to have chosen your dress as this will determine the whole theme of your wedding. There is very little detail that you can choose before your choose your dress.

Remember firstly you must feel fabulous and secondly look fabulous!

Dream Big Ladies…


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