Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
And the bride wore... Topshop
The high-street store has been dominating our Saturday night wardrobes for decades, so it was only a matter of time before it moved to occasionwear.
The average spend on a wedding dress is in the region of €1,500, but high-street dresses are increasingly proving to be the budget-conscious bride's choice - for more of which see page 22 of today's magazine. The Topshop bridal collection will drop in stores in April, with five dresses from €490, as well as a large selection of bridesmaids dresses from €117. Sell-out is pretty much guaranteed.
DETAILS: Register for more information at topshop.com/topshop-wedding-dresses
Stunning scenery, thrilling routes and, should you desire, a lively nightlife is in store at the Dingle Walking Festival taking place this weekend. Walkers can simply turn up and register at Danno's Bar on Strand Street, and there is a choice of three walks tomorrow, varying in difficulty, to choose from. Rain gear and walking boots are compulsory and check the website for exact times, routes, updates and fee per walk.
Suits you sir
One for grooms-to-be to mark in their diaries is the Louis Copeland 'Made to Measure' week long event beginning on March 6. Customers will be able to book an appointment to create a bespoke tailored suit of choice and they can also purchase two suits, which are normally €895 each, for €1,200.
BOOK: Visit louiscopeland.com to make an appointment
Get wedding ready
It's not easy to keep track of all the boxes that need to be ticked when planning your nuptials - there's a very good reason why wedding planners do such a roaring trade. A wedding organiser can help you keep on top of everything, from florist appointments to sending out invites, plus, it will make for a lovely keepsake to have after the event.
BUY: Kate Spade wedding planner, €58, available at Moss Cottage; moss.ie
Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem's works are on display for the first time in Ireland at Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery. Having grown up in Antwerp, Van Mieghem is renowned for his depictions of port life. The artist who died in 1930, explores themes of globalisation and migration - which have special significance for Dublin as a port city itself.
Despite the fact that a bride's shoes have become a big feature of modern wedding photography - it's rare an album that doesn't feature them - many women are reluctant to spend a lot of money on a pair that will, in all likelihood, not be worn again. Enter Dune's collection of peep-toe, embellished numbers and flats (they do matching clutches too), where prices start at €105. As well as traditional white, the range also includes some great bright blue and powder blue heels if you want to go for the 'something blue' option.
Afternoon tea gets a beautiful upgrade with the Perrier Jouët spring garden champagne experience in The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke at Brown Thomas, Dublin. Delicacies include truffled chicken gougères, love-apple champagne jelly, and a chocolate marzipan hat dessert. A glass of Perrier Jouët champagne accompanies this or you can opt for bottle service. A very classy hen party option perhaps?
BOOK: Available Monday to Sunday, from 3-6pm for the next two months, from €45-€75 per person. Book at (01) 605 6701.
For couples dreaming of a beachside celebration, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is holding a wedding showcase next Sunday, February 26, as the refurbishment of the Inchydoney Suite is unveiled. In keeping with the hotel's setting overlooking two stretches of Blue Flag beach, the new-look ballroom has seashore tones of blue and grey and bleached timbers. The West Cork venue is a perennially popular choice because you can can say 'I do' outdoors on the Inchydoney headland. On Sunday, the team will be on hand from 1-4pm to show off the suite and talk couples through the various wedding packages available. DETAILS: inchydoneyisland.com
The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair returns for its fifth year to the Convention Centre Dublin, from Thursday, February 23 to Saturday 25. There are some 55 exhibitors of craft beer, cider and spirits in attendance, with more than 400 of the latest brews available to sample. Reflecting the vogue for gin, there will be an increased amount of the spirit's producers in attendance. On the entertainment side of things, bands including Smash Hits and Hermitage Green will be taking to the stage, and live Six Nations rugby will be shown on large screens.
DETAILS: Tickets are available on eventbrite.ie
Slogan knitwear en français
Started by Bella Freud, embraced by the high street. Check out Next's 'Oui' jumper.
Go see Handsome Devil, already a strong contender for Irish film of the year.
Brunette Niall Horan
The 1D star goes back to his darker roots. Clearly blondes don't have more fun.
Fifty Shades Darker reviews
Oh the hilarity. More entertaining to read than watching the film itself.
Celeb pregnancy largesse
First Beyoncé, and now Amal Clooney (twins!) and Rosie Huntington-Whitely. A baby bonanza.
Toddler birthday parties
Adults, you are far more likely to get off your face on sugar than the children.
Recently purchased yellow clothing
Now that the La La Land euphoria has faded, were any of these really a good idea?
Inside-out brollies are distressing, but abandoning them in litter bins, at half-mast, upsets everyone.
Eyesight fail refuseniks
Don't be afraid. Glasses are very cool. Book that optician appointment today.
Latest Insta-food trend. As if the deep-fried pastry obsession needed any more ammo.