There is no doubt about it - whether it is the effect of Leap Year or the aftermath of the recent Valentine’s celebrations there simply was a wealth of brides at last weekend’s Wedding Fair in one of the county’s most prestigious hotels.
They were four to the bed, drinking pints at an open fire, jumping in an out of sporty vintage cars and even doing “a runner” in typical “Runaway Brides” fashion and all this was only a prelude to the superb wedding showcase organised by Deirdre McGlone and Noel Cunningham at the exclusive lakeside hotel at Harvey’s Point.
It has been a season of wedding fairs with practically one every weekend and despite the wealth of options both hotels and ancillary suppliers are reporting brisk business.
Michael Gallagher from Donegal Town who operates his own Limousine Company said, “I will have to say it is very busy - this morning I have four cars out on the road on various jobs - that is keeping four people employed today and the level of enquiries here today is phenomenal.
“I think there is a statistic which indicates that during recessionary times more people get married - I suppose when times are tough company and companionship is a great saviour.”
The event showcased why Donegal is so popular with prospective brides and grooms.
Noel Cunningham who has recently taken over the reins at Harvey’s Point told the Donegal Democrat, “We offer simply superb value, a setting which you wouldn’t find the length and breath of the country and a great wealth of options as you can see here today.
“We are now finding that people from as far away as Dublin, Kilkenny, Belfast to name but a few are booking their weddings in Donegal and making a weekend of it - this benefits the local economy and in these challenging times, it is great to see it.”