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So Last Season

Five weeks to go!

Wednesday, 27th September, 2017 6:04pm

It’s five weeks 'til the wedding and it’s gone from nought to 100 in the blink of an eye.

There are so many jobs that can only be done nearer the big day and all your free time is taken up with organising and making decisions on such riveting topics as whether enough people like lamb (they don’t) and what ties the groomsmen should wear (striped cream and navy).

It seems like the minute you send out your invites it all starts happening, and even though I’m looking forward to having my weekends back, I know I’ll also be sad when the whole thing is over.

I had an action packed, if somewhat stressful week, last week as I had a lot of travelling to do to pick up my dress and headpiece.

I got my headpiece made in London, so I popped over to collect that and of course had to fit in a lovely late lunch and gin tasting session with one of my bridesmaids that lives there.

Really, getting married is a huge excuse to eat lovely food and drink alcohol, which of course, is typical when you’re being on your best diet behaviour to fit into the dress.

Having collected my head piece, I flew back to Dublin the next day as I had to go to Newry to collect my dress. Of course my flight was delayed and it’s like running a marathon trying to get through Dublin Airport, especially if you fly with Ryanair, so you’re practically at the very end of the airport.

Stress levels were high, and then to top it all off, there was a crash on the M1 so we were stuck in traffic for ages. An hour late, I arrived at The White Gallery and I was surprised by how nervous I was about collecting my dress.

I was terrified that I’d try it on and wouldn’t like it, but once I had it on again, and with my headpiece I knew I was just being completely irrational. I’m assured though this is a common occurrence with brides to be and it’s understandable with all the pressure to have a beautiful gown that a little bit of self doubt would creep in at the last minute.

With dress and head piece in hand, it was off to the aircoach and back to Cork and let me tell you bringing your wedding dress on public transport is no joke.

I was a ball of stress and absolutely wrecked from an epic day of travelling. I kept imagining someone strolling through the bus with an open bottle of red wine and spilling it all over the dress which, let's face it, is not beyond the realms of possibility on the coach of dreams.

I also kept falling asleep and then waking myself up in a panic thinking the dress was gone. I’m sure the people sitting behind me thought I was a complete weirdo as I kept jumping up and checking everything was as it should be in the seat opposite me.

Thankfull, my fears were unfounded and none of the other passengers seemed in anyway inclined to thwart my big day, so we made it back home safe and sound. Now I just have to keep the destructive Mr Kitten away from it for the next few weeks...

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