Her big day is on hold for now.
But Youghal hair stylist Donna Savage, who was due to marry her fiance this week, has decided to make the best of a heartbreaking situation and turn it into a good deed during the Covid-19 crisis.
On the morning of Friday, April, 24th, which was due to be the day she tied the knot, Donna was feeling emotional, but a lighthearted plan started forming in her mind and before she knew it, she was turning a sad occasion into a bit of fun for herself and some surprised onlookers.
Despite the fact that her wedding in Killarney has been postponed, Donna took her beautiful wedding dress for a quick solo spin to the church in Youghal, turning up at the venue at 3pm as scheduled.
“I decided to put on my wedding dress.”
“I decided to put on my wedding dress. I live right behind the church so I text my sister and said I’m going to go over to the church wearing it.” Donna told the Opinion Line on Cork’s 96fm.
When she arrived, her wedding party had turned up too:
“She was standing there with my other two bridesmaids, all keeping their distance, and we just decided to take a few photos.
Donna’s fiancé is a frontline worker and she is a member of the Coastguard delivering PPE, so she’s come up with the idea of selling the wedding dress (it’s too big now!) to raise money for PPE. Are you interested in buying this beautiful dress? https://t.co/dOi1baLO7o
— 96fm Opinion Line (@OpinionLine96) April 27, 2020
“There was people who stopped and they were taking pictures. They said ‘you really put a smile on my face today.’
Speaking to Cork’s 96FM, Donna said her husband-to-be, a frontline hospital worker, thought she might have lost it completely but soon saw the funny side as his fiancé headed out of the house in her wedding gown during a national emergency.
“Even today he’s looking at me saying I can’t believe you did that.” she laughed.
Now Donna, a member of Youghal Coastguard, is hoping to sell her wedding dress (worth €2,700) to raise money for PPE for frontline workers.
Alternatively, she may donate the dress and matching veil to a healthcare worker who may need it.