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How to Bag a Real Bargain Wedding Dress… and Feel Great About it!

When it comes to weddings it’s fair to say that we Irish tend to spend more than a few bucks getting everything ‘just perfect’. Which is all well and good once you stay within your set budget and it’s a budget you can comfortably afford. But what if you could find the dress of your dreams, have an amazing experience while doing so, bag an absolute bargain and help others at the same time? Sounds way better than scrimping and scraping for that big white dress, right?

Focus Ireland – Beloved Bridal

Beloved Bridal, Focus Ireland‘s first dedicated wedding boutique in Waterford, stocks brand new and once-worn designer gowns and to date has been offering stunning gowns from coveted collections such as Cabotine and Enzoani for a pinch! The beautiful boutique not only stock wedding gowns, and even if you have yours already you should pop in to see their range of bridal accessories such as jewellery and headpieces to help finish off that perfect Big Day look! Every time you choose to buy from a Beloved Bridal you help to create safe and secure homes for children, families and single people all over Ireland.

About Focus Ireland

“Focus Ireland helps prevent families, young people and individuals from having to first experience homelessness if possible. For those currently experiencing homelessness, we identify the best available supports and options to aid them on their journey out of homelessness. Another key aspect of our work is supporting those at risk of homelessness again in the future, to minimise the risk, by providing excellent tenancy supports.”

Facebook Reviews

“First time in beloved today, Saturday 4th Feb, great displays, friendly staff, brilliant value and beautiful shop, well worth a visit. When you walk in you get a great feeling of pride from the staff, mainstream retailers should take note.”

“First time in the Malahide shop today, bought a dress for a black tie event! The staff could not have been nicer!! Will definitely be back!!”

“This is a great shop: I got a gorgeous purple velvet clutch to go with an outfit for a wedding – only a tenner!”

As donations are crucial to the success of Beloved Bridal, the boutique welcomes donations of new and once-loved women’s bridal accessories, jewellery and bridal dresses.

Beloved Bridal
21 Barronstrand Street, Waterford
Phone: 051 361 100
Mobile: 086 0484 599
Email: [email protected]

Barnardos Bridal Rooms

Barnardos Bridal Rooms stock 100% brand new bridal gowns and accessories, and all at bargain prices. Donated by some of Ireland’s top bridal retailers, wholesalers and designers, each dress is one of a kind with prices starting from as little as €250. They have a range of sizes from petite to plus sizes and also have fab range of accessories for brides-to-be and bridesmaids with everything from jewellery, veils and tiaras to shoes and bags. If you’re lucky, you might also spot some adorable dresses for your flower girls, some gorge dresses for your maids or a hat for the MOB. Visit Barnardos Bridal Rooms on Facebook to check out some of the beautiful dresses in store.

About Barnardos Bridal Rooms

Barnardos works with children who have been affected by poverty, educational disadvantage and abuse; and brings hope into their lives. By choosing a Barnardos Bridal dress, you will become part of that hope. Proceeds from the dresses go to Barnardos children’s charity to support their work with vulnerable children in Ireland.


“Maire was so nice and helpful to me – I went in mostly to get an idea of what they had and what kind of prices, and kept an open mind when it came to style. She was really knowledgeable, full of handy tips and not pushy at all. Even though I don’t think I found ‘the dress’ this time, I will certainly be coming back for another look!! I couldn’t believe how good value the dresses were, and in perfect condition.”

“Very helpful, lovely range of brand new dresses, got a beautiful dress for a fraction of the price while helping out a good cause. Would definitely recommend anyone to try there first, especially if you’re not set on a particular style. Great help getting in and out of dresses, would rival any bridal shop. The biggest selection were in the size 10 to 12 category.”

Barnardos Bridal Rooms – Dun Laoghaire
8 Upper Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Phone: 01 280 1246

Barnardos Bridal Rooms – Wexford
11a Selskar Street, Wexford
Phone: 053 912 2679

For appointments, click here.

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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