What to expect from a wedding at The Merrion Hotel
The Merrion Hotel does weddings with class and sophistication. If you’re looking for beauty, elegance and incredible attention to detail, you’ve found your place at The Merrion Hotel. You have a whole separate part of the hotel that is completely dedicated to the wedding ceremony, reception, dinner and festivities. Each ceremony is catered to the clients specific needs. I imagine that every wedding is completely different. This makes it extra special.
Ceremonies usually take place in the Grand Wellington Room and depending on the weather you can either dine el fresco in the courtyard or celebrate cocktail hour, dinner and after festivities in the Fitzgerald Room in the area of Number 24.
For more information on pricing and whats included check out their brochure here.
A non-traditional ceremony at The Merrion Hotel
Garret and Dermot chose a non traditional approach to their special day at The Merrion Hotel which was hosted by their dear friend Erika Ruigrok. I met them and their two best friends in the wedding suite where they chatted and celebrated with bubbles. The ceremony room is just across the hall. The stunning Georgian Grand Wellington Room overlooking the hotel gardens. The duck egg wall colours and ornate finishes bring a serene calmness to the room.
The most important part of their ceremony was signing the wedding certificate from each of their loved ones to commemorate and bless their union. I then followed the four best friends to have a peek at the ceremony room and wonder around the Merrion Hotel.
Portraits at The Merrion Hotel
We stayed in the the hotel grounds for portraits as it was raining that day. That it was never an issue as there are so many beautiful parts of the building to photograph. If the weather is fine, you can venture out to Merrion Square Park or grab a cheeky pint at a local pub.
We started with some portraits when we went down to the reception and dining salons. In this hallway stood the most magnificent wedding cake which was made by Clare Anne Taylor. Garret and Dermot had both worked on the design of the cake together and wanted it exemplify their love for each other.
We then walked up the stairway for stunning shots by the Georgian windows.
The four friends then meandered down to their stunning dining area and the headed back to the wedding suite for sandwiches and bubbles whilst the guests arrived.
I can’t speak more highly of this one. It was honestly on of the most special I have ever seen. There were laughs, loads of tears (even from me) and so much love in the room. Garret and Dermot walked into the room with their best friends. They were honoured by their loved ones with beautiful speeches and poems, accompanied by the most exquisite music play by Canape Cruisers. Their guests each got up to sign the wedding certificate. They ended the ceremony with a first kiss to trump all first kisses. Stunning!
The wedding party then followed Garret and Dermot downstairs to the first floor salon rooms. There they celebrated their cocktail hour with bubbles and speeches. Choosing to have the speeches during the cocktail hour was a lovely idea because it brought a lively energy to the party just before dinner.
Music: The Canape Cruisers
Cake: Clare Anne Taylor
Celebrant: Erika Ruigrok
Suits: John O’Donoghue at Louis Copeland on Capel Street