Month: October 2015

Say I Do, For Syria

Do you know what I love? Spending money. And do you know what makes spending money even more fun? When you’re spending it on lovely things for your wedding. And do you know what makes it even more fun again? When the spending of the money helps other people. Because the majority of the time when I’m spending money I’m hurting people. Myself and my bank manager mainly. We both get over it eventually but still it’s rare that anyone gets helped by my spending. Which is why the event that I’m writing about today is so fabulous because it allows brides-to-be to spend their little hearts out for a brilliant cause which will help a ridiculous amount of people.

So what is it?

I Do, For Syria and is predominently a sale/auction of pre-loved wedding attire where you can pick up amazing dresses, accessories etc for ridiculously good prices. There are sample dresses from the likes of Myrtle Ivory, Folkster, Smart Brides and Jeutonic as well as dresses from as recent as this year which have been donated by past brides. All of the money raised is going straight to the Irish Red Cross working on the frontline with Syrian refugees. It is the brainchild of Róisín Kelly of the blog How to be an Adult.

I Do For Syria


Can I have a look at the dresses beforehand?

You can indeed. I’ve included a sneak peak at a couple of them below but if you head over to the Facebook page I Do, For Syria you can check out all of the dresses, their details and guide prices.

AoifeBridesmaids dresses


What if I already have my dress or I’m already married? Can I still go?

Eh ye ya can! Firstly the spot prizes are just incredible. There’s so many I could go on forever but included are prizes like:

– a voucher for Hippenings (decor delights for party people)

– a €500 voucher from The Wedding Picture Co.

– a brand new surface tablet from Microsoft!! (I HAVE to win this!)

Some of them are bridal related but some would be great regardless of if you’re getting married or not. On the night, which will be MC’d by Xposé’s Aisling O’Loughlin, there’s going to be a fashion show, makeup artists, hair stylists, bubbly, music, and loads more so it’s going to be a really glam, girlie night out too.

When is it on?

Wednesday 28th of October at 7pm

Where is it on?

House Dublin on Leeson Street


€21.65 and can be purchased here.

You never need an excuse to get your bridal party together for a bit of fun but if you did then this would be the perfect one. Hope to see you there!





Fit Bride Marian’s Big Day


When Marian Lewis walked up the aisle earlier this year she was one happy woman. The most obvious reason was that Pádraig, the man she loved and wanted to spend the rest of her life with, was waiting at the top. But there was also another reason she felt like bursting with happiness and that was that she looked and felt a million dollars. A few months earlier when Marian joined up to my online course I convinced her that it was worth all of her efforts to achieve that feeling and be the absolute stunner of a bride that she wanted to be. She did so well that the poor lady doing her alterations had to tell her off as she explained she couldn’t make the dress any smaller! You can read about her online story here.

Marian & Mother of Praguw Marian & Dad

Marian & Mam

As an only child she spent the morning getting pampered at home in Roscrea with her parents, two bridesmaids and flowergirl before heading off to meet her man. Marian and Pádraig’s wedding took place on a beautiful day in St. Cronan’s church in Roscrea in May and they partied the night away afterwards in The Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. Check out her fabulous day below captured so well by Denis Vahey Photography in Cashel as well as details of all of her wedding vendors. If you’d like more information about my online fitness courses head over here and leave your details.

Church Marian & Hubby Pew Ends

Rings Sheraton Slippers

Marian and Hubby Veil Cake Topper


Dress: Smart Brides, Portlaoise

Veil & Tiara: Smart Brides, Portlaoise

Alterations: Midland Bridal, Kilcormac

Hair: Bridal Hair by Marie, Clonmel

Makeup / General Beauty: Emily’s Beauty Rooms, Rathdowney

Bridal Car: James Dalton

Rings: Voltaire Diamonds, Dublin