How to dress up little angels for heavenly prices
PARENTS of little girls making their First Holy Communion can breathe a sigh of relief.
The frothy meringues of the boom years are out -- and the more affordable and simple communion dresses have made a comeback.
This year reasonably priced dresses and boys suits are back in stores.
Not only are this year's styles cheaper but they are also deemed a lot more tasteful than the garb in the Celtic Tiger years.
A girls or boy's communion outfit, which are usually worn under a religious robe called an alb, now cost substantially less than in previous years .
In schools where parents are asked to vote between wearing a traditional outfit or a sackcloth-style alb, they are voting for the popular dress or suit instead.
Although most communions take place in May, a lot of parents shop early for bargains .
With this in mind, Marks & Spencer unveiled their communion dress and suit collection yesterday.
Outfitters Elliot Chambers are also selling online at communion dresses.ie and from their studio in Goatstown, Dublin.
They are also hosting a communion showcase at the Goat Grill's pub, Goatstown, Dublin, this Saturday and Sunday from midday.
Later this month Debenhams in Dublin will have a range of Jasper Conran communion dresses in stock for €90.
Also in the capital, Arnotts are selling dresses by Isabella in for €275 and designs by David Charles for €260.
But for those parents who would prefer to keep that extra €200 for tuition and education costs, there remains lots of places to shop around.