Thank you so much for doing this interview Niamh, we are delighted to have you involved in our September Wedding Series as a local bride-to-be planning a wedding. To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a business graduate from the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and my background is in HR. I started blogging in November 2018 as a creative outlet to share my fashion, fitness and beauty tips. I moved to Kilkenny in 2016.
How did you meet your husband to be TJ?
I met TJ a few years ago through a mutual friend.
Tell us a little bit about your wedding plans.
We are getting married in December, I am having three bridesmaids (my two sisters and a close friend from Kilkenny) and I am finding the wedding planning very enjoyable.
Has TJ been helpful with the planning?
TJ has every faith in my abilities to plan our special day and he is happy for me to take the lead on it (which suits me too!). Credit where credit is due though, he is very helpful when I go to him for his input and feedback on wedding related matters.
How is your pre-wedding beauty regime going?
It is going well. I have a good AM and PM skincare routine that I started in February. I have a balanced diet and I exercise regularly. The secret is starting these things in good time and to be consistent. These things don't give results over night!
Did it take you long to find your dream dress?
I started looking for my dream dress last November and I found 'The One' in December! It was a very special moment.
Do you have any advice for other brides-to-be in finding the perfect dress?
I would advise going to as many bridal boutiques as possible! It is so exciting visiting boutiques and trying on wedding dresses. I would recommend trying on dresses you think you'd never wear as you may surprise yourself. If worse comes to worse, you confirm what you already knew about a certain style not suiting you.
How has COVID-19 affected your wedding plans?
Like every bride out there at the minute, there is uncertainty around numbers attending.
Have you had to reduce your guest list?
We are playing it by ear and listening to the government guidelines. Things can change so quickly, it is difficult to know what will happen by December.
Have you had to consider postponing, or changing the date?
We have thought about the possibility of it, however who's to say it won't be the same next year. There is a lot of uncertainty, but it out of our control.
How have you been managing to keep up with all of your suppliers – has everything gone virtual?
I am very laid back; I haven't spoken to some of the suppliers since before lockdown! I still have some suppliers to find, but I am positive it will all work out. I will start working on wedding plans again in a few weeks.
We can only imagine what a stressful time it is to be planning a wedding - What has helped you in terms of managing wedding stress? Any self-care tips to share?
I am not finding anything too stressful (at the minute!). There is so much that is out of our control, I am focussing on the elements I have control over. I exercise regularly, and eat well 90% of the time. This definitely helps. I read and meditate a lot which also keeps stress levels down. My mum and bridesmaids are fantastic too, I am very fortunate to have such good support and positive people around me. I honestly believe there is no benefit to getting worked up about minor things. I am very aware that the most important thing is TJ and I, and our future together.
Final message to other couples planning their big day during this uncertain time?
There are so many people in the same situation right now, don't be afraid to have conversations with others and with your family and friends. Work closely with your hotel or wedding planner and ask them advice and their input. Finally, enjoy it - it's such an exciting time, don't let COVID ruin that.