Friday 20 October 2017

Thelma's Big Irish Communion sees family fork out thousands for Snow White themed day

The bigger the better when it comes to Thelma's clients' dream dresses
The bigger the better when it comes to Thelma's clients' dream dresses
Thelma’s clientele spare no expense when it comes to the First Holy Communion
Two of Thelma's adorable little customers
Some of Thelma's designs
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In tonight's episode of Thelma's Big Irish Communion we see a family fork out thousands for their daughter's big day.

Thelma Madine, who shot to fame as the dressmaker in Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, is turning her hand to First Holy Communions in her TV3 reality show.

Thelma’s clientele spare no expense when it comes to the First Holy Communion
Thelma’s clientele spare no expense when it comes to the First Holy Communion

The six-part series kicked off last week and saw Thelma's workshop prepare for the madness that is Irish Communion season.

In tonight's episode, Thelma travels to West Belfast to meet Kodi-Leigh McGinn.

Kodi-Leigh in her dream dress
Kodi-Leigh in her dream dress

The eight-year-old has been dreaming of a fairytale Communion day. Along with her mother Kate, Kodi-Leigh has searched high and low for a dress that's big enough to create an impact on her special day.

But she hasn't found a suitable dress. According to her mother, only a Thelma Maddine design will do.

Some of Thelma's designs
Some of Thelma's designs

Kate says that the family budgeted £2500 for the Communion day (including dress) but by end it will have doubled.

With a Snow White-themed reception and a giant cake designed by Roisin Mullholland in the making, it seems like this little girl will see her dreams come true.

Two of Thelma's adorable little customers
Two of Thelma's adorable little customers

For Thelma and her 22-member team, no detail is spared and they're prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that the dress is the highlight of Kodi-Leigh's day. But some last-minute alterations bring about some panic.

Thelma’s Big Irish Communions is on Tuesday nights at 8pm on TV3.

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