Bella’s Argyle Jumper Style Wedding Dress

Forget Will and Kate’s wedding, the real wedding of the decade finally took place on our cinema screens last night and the big reveal of ‘The Dress’. Yes Breaking Dawn Part 1 is what all the older Twilighters have been waiting on – Bella’s wedding dress, the reception, the honeymoon, the birth.

The only words I can find to describe the Breaking Dawn wedding dress is epic – epically disappointing. Long sleeved with lace cuffs, a broad fitted neckline and argyle styled bodice panelling. The white silk (or is it a mix?) fitted dress has a train and buttoned lace detail back. The lace back detail clashes with the simplicity of the rest of the dress. I really think designer Carolina Herrera and the producers missed a huge opportunity to set a wedding trend. I know Bella is not an OTT girl, and likes her things plain. And yes a simple, elegant dress would have worked well, but the dress is not plain in an elegant way it is plainly boring beyond belief. I imagine Herrera probably wanted to stay true to the book, but I am sure Stephenie Meyers would have granted some artistic license to give it a big screen wow factor. Come on Carolina you had centuries of fantastic classic vintage influences to pull from and we get this? I really think she could have brought the vampire influence in a little and gone for an elegant, grunge, gothic, classic, creation. That we could have all had a little gasp about.

The veil looks more like a piece of netting bought for 90c a yard rather than a designed veil, maybe the lack of edging or finishing was done so as to not take away from the sapphire encrusted hair comb heirloom Bella’s parents gave her, but still a little detail for us girlies to talk about would have been nice.

I know Bella was saving herself until the wedding night but it is not because she is chaste and pure in thought, it is because her fiance doesn’t want to loose the run of himself and savage her. Would an 18-year-old would choose a dress that covers every inch of their skin for a summer wedding? – I don’t think so, unless a burka was the only alternative offered. Kristen Stuart has such a lithe frame she could carry any dress off well, even a disappointing one, and like every bride she looked nice, but nice isn’t good enough for the millions of brides-to-be around the world waiting for some dress inspiration.

I would have loved to see a creation that bridal designers could have pulled influences from, but I can’t see brides beating a track to bridal shops looking for Bella’s argyl jumper wedding dress.

Check back later for my honeymoon, wedding reception comments. I might even mention what I thought of the movie.

Lough Eske Castle Weddings

Lough Eske Castle Donegal

The Castle’s experienced wedding team will help you plan every aspect of your special day down to the very last detail. We pride ourselves on our extremely high standards of service and our aim is to create the most memorable day of your life.

An enchanting, majestic, fairytale setting with plenty of opportunities to capture unique wedding photos

Licensed to hold Civil Marriage Ceremonies

Dining facilities that cater for up to 280 guests with food prepared by Donegal’s award winning and Michelin trained Executive Chef, Philipp Ferber

8 treatment rooms in our award winning spa for pre and post wedding pampering

96 luxurious 5 star guestrooms and suites including the two bedroom presidential suite, voted the world’s best Luxury Country Hotel 2009 and 2010

A choice of stunning rooms in which to hold a civil marriage ceremony, each with its own character and beauty

A dedicated wedding planner to guide you through all your requirements

Wedding packages tailored to suit your needs and budget

Please call our team today on +353 (0)7497 25100. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail and will be fully committed to making your memorable day extra special.

2011, 2010 and 2009 winner of the World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel

Ireland Wedding Venue of the Year 2010 & 2011

Castle Venue of the Year 2009

Click here to view Lough Eske Castle’s Gorgeous Wedding Brochure

Steve and Devon’s Wedding in Ireland

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

My wife and I decided right away after I proposed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. After some discussion we decided on Ireland. I can tell you there are not may places with such beautiful landscapes, colorful people, history and romantic settings as Ireland. Once we made the decision to work with Rosemarie, the first thing that she really made me feel good about was our budget. We had a number in our head of what we wanted to spend and were determined to stick to it. Rosemarie was very understanding of that fact and made us feel like we were a real priority to her. Even though our budget was modest. The end result of all Rosemarie’s hard work and time was a wedding in an Irish Castle, a horse drawn carriage through the gardens, a reception overlooking the Irish Sea and a end of the night celebration in a small quaint pub with live music. I still look back in disbelief that our initial dream became such a beautiful moment that we never will forget. None of it would have been possible without the help of Rosemarie. I think she honestly cares about making your moment special. So in short, I can’t imagine there is anyone better that you could plan your wedding with.

Steve and Devon Swanson, Minnesota

(Wedding in Johnstown Castle, Sept 2010)

Venue: Johnstown Castle & Golf Package Wexford, Ireland

Shane and Niki’s Wedding in Malta!


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

“Nikki and myself always knew we wanted to get married aboard and after getting engaged we contacted We met with Rosemarie and explained to her what we would like and our budget. Rosemarie was amazing, she listened to us and then gave us her ideas and she was able to give us a beautiful venue at a very reasonable price. The Runway Bride and Groom wedding planner in Malta was exceptional; everything we had asked for was ready for us with no fuse or hassle. Because we choose as our wedding company there was no hassle, no worrying or organising all we had to do was show up. For anyone getting married abroad, I would recommend to get Runaway Bride and Groom to organise your wedding you will enjoy your special day a whole lot more. They strive to make your day the most enjoyable, unforgettable and special day of your life. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rosemarie and”

– Shane and Niki Dunphy, Wexford, Ireland

Wedding in Malta, May 2010

Royal Honeymoon Poll Result!

Greece 46% Poll result: Greece 46% / Libya 5%

These were the results of our online poll of where Will and Kate should spend their honeymoon after their royal wedding on 29th April.

A yacht in Greece because of the privacy it offered got 46% of the vote of the engaged couples polled. Mauritius for its amazing beaches got 17%, a safari in South Africa scored 16% and Ireland for the Guinness scored 14%. The two final destinations suggested got surprising results, with ‘Libya for the hell of it’ scoring 5%, which was 4% more than the 1% Wales (for the good PR value) received.

“Lots of couples have travelled or holidayed together before they get married, so they often come to us looking for something adventurous and different to make their honeymoon really memorable, but I think a honeymoon to a war zone would be an adventure too far!”, says Rosemarie Meleady wedding planner and MD of

“Most couples love the idea of somewhere private and secluded where they can be without interruption, so I am not surprised the yacht and Mauritius scored highly,” says Rosemarie.

For their honeymoon in 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana caught the train to Romsey in Hampshire where they stayed at Broadlands, the family home of Prince Philip’s family, the Mountbattens.

The second part of their honeymoon was spent on board the royal yacht Britannia, cruising for two weeks to Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, the Greek islands and Egypt. Finally, they flew back to Scotland, where they spent time with the royal family in Balmoral. Their honeymoon officially ending three months after their wedding.

*Packages for weddings and honeymoons abroad are available at while packages for weddings in Ireland are available at

Malta for Weddings

With its med climate, historic sites, beautiful sea and fabulous venues, Malta is one of the most requested wedding destinations for Runaway Bride and Groom clients.  The small island is steeped in culture and history so there is lots for your guests to do during their stay.  Everyone speaks english and wedding paper work is very straight forward for civil or Catholic weddings. There is no residency requirement and with short direct flights from Ireland and the UK,  Malta will remain on our popularity  list for years to come!

We sent our Honeymoon Testers to renew their vows in Malta and check out different venue options for you;

Beach Wedding in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is such an exotic location.  It has some really beautiful, sexy locations for beach weddings and spectacular honeymoons. Runaway Bride and Groom sent the Honeymoon Testers over to test some of the venues and resorts we have on offer. Here’s their video report:

Please do contact us if you would like to honeymoon or have a romantic break at this exotic location: