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Why Stefanie Preissner donned a €49.99 wedding dress for her big day


The Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope creator unveiled sweet images of her intimate Dublin weekend wedding to fiance Noel Byrne.

The writer and podcaster tied the knot last Friday in a low-key ceremony organised almost entirely by her fiance Noel Byrne, a political adviser at Leinster House.

Just 30 guests attended, as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, she said. The pair got married in a Dublin registry office, almost a year after they first got engaged.

“The ceremony was quick and small and perfect,” Stefanie wrote online.


The creator of RTE2 comedy-drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope looked delighted with her big day, taking to Instagram to show off her laid-back ensemble, which included a pair of Adidas and a beautiful bargain dress.

Sharing the images with her 47,200 followers following the celebrations, the Mallow-born writer showed off her stunning DKNY dress, a steal for just €49.99 from TJ Maxx.

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Instead of punishing heels, Stefanie opted for comfortable footwear for the day, donning a pair of personalised Adidas trainers with a hidden heel and emblazoned with the word ‘ding’ on the sides – the nickname she and Noel call each other.

However, instead of laces, she dressed up the trainers with ribbons. Hair and make-up were courtesy of Brown Sugar Dublin and her flowers were a gift from a cousin, while her wedding band had belonged to her grandmother.

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Stefanie told followers her rose-covered two-tier cake was made by her sister-in-law, featuring a lemon layer and a chocolate biscuit cake layer.


Noel dropped his fiance off ahead of the ceremony to get her hair and make-up done and the pair arrived at the registry office together.

He wore a three-piece suit from Diffney and gave a speech on the big day that left his wife in tears.

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True to the spirit of the Covid-19 compliant ceremony, the reception at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin featured reminders for guests to stay safe during the ceremony, including virus-shaped toys from Flying Tiger decorating the tables, along with games.

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“All these bells and whistles are lovely but I am very laid back about the whole thing and just wanted to be married,” Stefanie (34) told the Sunday Independent.

“My priority is home and family. The fact I can gather together all the people I love and who love me to show them that I am introducing a new person to my family and for Noel to introduce me to his family is what our wedding is all about.”

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