Bride-to-be fears for 'instant dream dress'
Bride-to-be Katie Madden thought she had everything planned ahead of her big day in six months' time.
The 25-year-old, from Clondalkin, west Dublin, is one of hundreds of brides who bought her "dream dress" from Berketex Bridal in Dublin's Jervis Shopping Centre.
"It was my instant dream dress when I bought it in June.
"It was the only dress I tried on," Ms Madden said.
"When my Mam showed me the news on Facebook, I sobbed instantly when I read it.
"I thought maybe it was just in the UK but as I continued reading, I felt this pit in my stomach."
Ms Madden checked on the company's website, which directed her to Wilson Field Limited, with an address in Sheffield in the UK.
Her dress cost €1,500, and she had paid a deposit of €400 in cash.
"I emailed them as soon as I found out and they got back to me yesterday afternoon," she said.
"I was told if it was paid in full, they could try sort the dress, and deposits on card might come back through the provider - but as I paid my deposit in cash, I was added to a creditors' list.
"I was lucky I saw it online or I would've presumed my dress was fine.
"I just felt sorry for the staff that worked there, they were all so lovely."