It has already been a record- breaking year for Derry - but we could hit the record books again on Saturday, April 27, as more than 2,000 brides gather on the Peace Bridge to fundraise for the Foyle Hospice.
The organisers - a group of local women who wanted to raise money for the Hospice in memory of a loved one - are hoping that at least 2013 women in bridal attire will line the Peace Bridge before walking across to Guildhall Square to celebrate their success.
They are hoping brides of all ages, and all shapes and sizes, will air their wedding gowns or beg, borrow or hire from a friend or local charity shop, to relive the happiest day of their lives in the dress of their dreams.
Anything goes when it comes to bridal dresses, organiser Mary Fullerton told the ‘Journal’. All that is required is that brides wear wedding dresses (so no bridesmaids or mother of the brides outfits). However, the wedding outfits can be from any era or tradition. (For example saris can be worn, or older brides can don the suits they may have worn in less flamboyant times).
Mary welcomes any bride, past, present, future or merely aspirational, customising their dress to make sure it fits. (So, all those Derry brides who swear they would have to cut a limb off to fit into their frocks have no excuse!)
The only requirement to make sure the brides can be counted by the Guinness World Record officials is that each bride wears a head piece of some description - be it a tiara, a veil, a flower behind their ear, a fancy hair clip or hat. The options are limitless - but essential if Derry is to score another world record!
Mary is confident the sight of more than 2,000 brides flooding Derry’s city centre will be one to remember for a long time - and the perfect chance to allow brides of all ages to have a bit of fun with their friends. And, of course, all for a good cause.
It is thought a number of local businesses will also be holding promotions during the day for “brides” - so you can have your very own wedding reception after.
The cost of taking part in this memorable event is just £10, with all proceeds going to the Foyle Hospice.
Registration will be open on the day for any last minute brides - although pre-registration is appreciated through the Foyle Hospice and all their shops, Yellow Moon in the Richmond Centre, Essential Hair Company on Great James’ Street and The Coffee Shop at Supervalu in Buncrana.