Saturday 19 August 2017

Irish bride left in tears after alterations shop gives her wedding veil away to another woman

Bride Sheila left her wedding dress and veil in to alterations shop in April

Karen Birney

A bride-to-be who left her veil in to an alterations shop to have it suited to her wedding dress has been left without a headpiece for her big day when the store gave hers away to another customer.

The bride-to-be called Joe Duffy on Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1 to seek help with her problem, and held back tears as she explained how she had been left without her veil for her wedding day, which is in two weeks time.

Bride Sheila explained that she had had the veil made to match her dress in November last year, and left the lace veil into the alterations store in April. She went to pick it up yesterday.

However it was then that she was told that the store no longer had her veil and instead had given it away to another customer who is getting married tomorrow.

Sheila said that the other bride-to-be would not give the veil back to her.

Dress maker Alma, who altered the veil and gave it to another customer, spoke to the show through her son Eamon, who said she was very upset by her mistake.

He explained that his mother was commissioned to make another veil for another customer and when said customer came to pick up the veil, she gave them bride-to-be Sheila's veil instead.

"She shouldn't have tried on my veil period," bride Sheila said about the mix up.

"I wouldn't go into the alterations and ask to try on all the other wedding dresses," she added. "All I want is my veil back."

"My mother is upset and both brides are upset," the dressmaker's son told the programme. "It's the first time since the shop was open that this happened," he said.

The other bride, who has the veil and due to walk up the aisle in it tomorrow, was said to have been offered the have a replica veil made up for her dress overnight but allegedly refused the offer.

The alterations store says that they also offered to make Sheila a replica but she has refused.

"It's very upsetting but it has been a genuine mistake," caller Nora said. "It would be very uncomfortable for a bride walking up the aisle tomorrow knowing it's not her veil and knowing it's been discussed on the national airways.

Would she not get into her car and take that veil back to the shop?"

Linda, a representative from Ennis Bridal Boutique called the show to offer bride Sheila a veil to replace her own for her wedding in two weeks. She said she would travel with a selection of veils to choose from.

Sheila was too upset to talk to Joe for long and husband-to-be Brendan had to take over talking.

"God help her in later life, I do feel sorry for her but come on. Get your priorities right," said caller Jane. "Get on with it and enjoy your wedding day."

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