Lady Whistledown would be so happy. The “Bridgerton effect” with all its Regency flourishes is shaping up to be one of the big wedding trends of 2022.
With at least 30,000 weddings planned, this year is shaping up to be a boom year for weddings in Ireland.
That number doesn’t include the couples who have taken the “marry now, celebrate later” advice during the pandemic and want to have the second leg of their ceremony.
Dublin wedding planner Tara Fay typifies the professionals, service providers and venues effectively trying to turn three years of weddings into one.
“Typically there are between 19,000 and 22,000 weddings a year in Ireland. They will be up to 30,000 this year and maybe even more,” Ms Fay said.
“I know from talking to revelers that they’re working every day of the week at the moment.
“I don’t think you can get an appointment at Dublin Register Office until August or September and you’ll need to make an appointment in person to get your marriage license.
“The wedding sector here is valued at €2.3 billion and that’s a conservative estimate.”
Ms. Fay confirms: “Everything is Bridgeton” at the moment.
She continues: “It’s long dining tables and hanging flowers. That Bridgeton Soundtrack is very popular and string quartets are making a complete resurgence.
“There is special string quartet music from the show’s soundtrack.
“At New York Bridal Week, Madonna’s material girl, adapted for Bridgerton, has been the opening song on countless bridal shows.”
Bridgeton, the hugely popular Netflix production, has pushed the boundaries. His presence on Instagram influences many Pinterest mood boards for table settings and wedding attire.
Galway-based events and wedding planner Maria Reidy runs Signature Editions which sells and hires out wedding decorations. Ms Reidy confirms that colored glassware is really having a moment along with lots of tall taper candles in different hues, colorful linens, velvet bows and hanging flowers.
From a fashion point of view, the show has given us plenty of billowy bosoms for girls and brooches for boys.
Think dresses with square necklines and trains.
Irish brides-to-be love to hop on the accessories bandwagon, from oversized bows to sheer gloves to jewel hues throughout the wedding celebration.
Velvet jackets and brocade waistcoats are also very popular.
Destination weddings are back, both inside and outside of Ireland, says Ms Fay. “It’s about more and more,” she added.
“Two and three day weddings don’t seem weird anymore. Couples want to enjoy the time together with their families and guests.
“People have been kept separate for so long and now they have the opportunity to do so [to be together], they won’t let her go just for one day. The biggest change is that couples are getting married every day of the week, including Mondays.
“In the past people might have just looked at a bank holiday Monday, now if you walk past Dublin Register Office on any day of the week it’s packed.”
In terms of style, Ms. Fay says “people want to make it their own,” with brides opting for a jumpsuit with a train, cape, or veil.
People want an element of the bride, like a train or a detachable skirt. They can get a ball gown or evening dress for any event, but they want it to be special.
Some brides want to put on a second dress for the evening to feel more comfortable. Others opt for personalized versions of their favorite sneakers or have them painted.
When Olympic champion Kellie Harrington and wife Mandy Loughlin wed at Dublin City Hall, they typified the new generation of brides looking for something different. They wore a lace tunic with a train over pants, a bodice, and a skirt.
Fashion and beauty blogger Bonnie Ryan wore a white beaded pants suit by Nadine Merabi and a hat by Kerry Hatter Carol Kennelly for her civil wedding in Dublin in March.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/from-three-day-celebrations-to-bridgerton-inspired-gowns-the-wedding-boom-is-back-41629347.html From three-day celebrations to Bridgerton-inspired dresses, the wedding boom is back