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Walk down the aisle in Fair City dress for €175

FANCY walking up the aisle in a TV wedding dress at a bargain basement price?

The Herald can reveal that Fair City character Connie Doyle, played by Lisa Harding, walked up the aisle in a dress that would make recessionistas proud.

Her gold Marc Bouwer designer dress can be rented for just €175 from one of Dublin's best known boutiques -- Covet, which hires out couture dresses for a fraction of their cost.

Last Sunday, Irish soap viewers saw Fair City's first gay wedding -- and while the brides weren't wearing white, they were shopping on a budget.

As Connie wed her pregnant fiancee Yvonne Doyle, played by Ciara O'Callaghan she was sporting one of the shop's most popular dresses.

Covet's owner Suzanne Hourican said that the boutique has recently launched a 'bridal to borrow' special for women who want something special, but can't afford to break the bank for their big day.

"If you're a savvy bride in search of something a little different we could be the place for you.

"Think contemporary and vintage pared down pieces from the likes of Fendi, Emanuel Ungaro, Temperley and Valentino, all to borrow for a mere fraction of the retail price," she said.

Prices for dresses start at €160 and renters can keep the gown for up to four days afterwards.

As soap watchers are gearing up for fireworks on Sunday night's episode featuring the much-talked-about wedding, actress Lisa Harding said that she has enjoyed being a part of one of the show's most controversial and entertaining storylines of the year.

And she revealed some details about the pair's upcoming nuptials.

"Connie thinks that Yvonne will change her mind and want to keep the baby when it is born," she said.

Yvonne's actress Ciara O'Callaghan said: "This is a huge commitment for Yvonne.

"But she is so in love with her and is willing to do anything to make her happy."