Galway Wedding Centre Wins Wedding Shop of the Year

Winners in the Republic of Ireland Prestige Awards 2021/22 

The Galway Wedding Centre is run by Christine Bourke, who merged the historical Simply Weddings Bridal and Martin Feeney Menswear in 2020 to produce one of the finest wedding-wear businesses in the region. Fresh from its rebrand, it has a wide range of exquisite wedding dresses and men’s formal occasion wear alongside first communion dresses for children.

Beautiful brides

Visitors to this store will be met with a multitude of gorgeous gowns, all in unique styles with inspiration drawn from both traditional and contemporary wedding culture. The collection is kept fresh by a mixture of off-the-rail dresses and designer items for various ages, shapes, and sizes.  Renowned designers known for their bridal collections make their mark on the range, including Danielle Couture, Mon Cheri, White Rose, Millie May, and Bianco Evento. It is also an exclusive supplier of Randy Fenoli Bridal in the west of Ireland, stocking his beautiful Silver Springs Collection – an array of superbly crafted dresses with striking detail and floral patterns. Magnificent embroidery is complimented by an open back or lace finish.

An alterations specialist

The owner, Christine, began her career doing clothing alterations in the 1990s before opening her own store. Collectively, there is over 30 years of experience in alterations at the Galway Wedding Centre today, with highly experienced seamstresses on-hand to alter men’s suits and wedding dresses. The staff are able to make any necessary tweaks to even the most intricate of wedding dresses, or even completely restyle them if the customer so desires. The needs and requirements of the client are of the foremost importance, so a bespoke service is offered to ensure brides, bridesmaids and groomsmen look their very best for the occasion.

Formal menswear

Between the range of styles, the delicate details, and the quality materials, there is a suit fit for any man at the Galway Wedding Centre. Formal attire for numerous occasions is available for purchase or hire, including the traditional Tailcoats, Frockcoats and the stylish Prince Edward suits. Contemporary collections of slim, tailored three-piece suits also feature in-store for the ultra-modern gentleman. Traditional morning suits are a popular option, their stylish look and snug fit is well complimented by the customary top hat – a classic wedding choice. The luxury Magee Tweed suits come from the renowned Irish manufacturers in Donegal, with their own unique style and comfort it’s a brand synonymous with Irish formal attire. The Galway Wedding Centre further completes the look with a selection of high-quality accessories such as smart cufflinks and sophisticated bow ties.

Judges’ comments:

The judges were highly impressed by the extensive services on offer at the Galway Wedding Centre, and its ability to secure exclusivity on some of its ranges. Aside from both purchase and hire options, the alterations team is also well complimented by the dry-cleaning service which is included for visitors who need their items altered. Broadening the clothing options are a new line of communion wear. The store has recently added a beautiful new collection of evening dresses for that special occasion, which will undoubtedly entice a diverse mix of shoppers of all ages and sartorial styles.

Visitors to this store will be met with a multitude of gorgeous gowns, all in unique styles with inspiration drawn from both traditional and contemporary wedding culture.