Hi Cazzado, summerbride and any other brides having their reception at the Merrion!
Well it will be 3 weeks tomorrow since our wedding - I just want to write quickly to tell you how AMAZING the Merrion was. You are really in for such a treat!!
From the moment I arrived to check in I was treated like royalty. I splashed out and stayed there 2 nights before the wedding so I could spent time in town with guests arriving in Dublin from abroad. They upgraded me to the honeymoon suite for those 2 nights - I could not believe it - it was the most gorgeous room ever!! The service was unbelievable - they left all kind of goodies in the suite - a chocolate fondue set with strawberries and other nibbles, champagne on 2 occasions, boxes of chocolates etc. I've stayed in some very fancy hotels before, but I'd never experienced anything like this. It's a lot of money, but completely well worth it.
The reception itself went like a dream - I didn't realise that it would be silver service, so it was funny to watch how the waiters would glide into the room and encircle each table, then when they felt the timing was right, swept in with their plates etc. It was a spectacle in itself. The food was wonderful, all was just perfect. We got the pastry chef there to make the cake - and oh my god, it was incredible! If any of you would like to see photos (table arrangements, cake etc.), let me know, I can send them on to you.
The only problem I had was the lack of chairs in the pre-drinks reception room. It was about to rain that day, so we used the bad-weather back-up of the fitzgerald room. I had never thought about this before, but seriously this is important - I was knackered from standing around for photos earlier in the day, and I'd say a lot of our guests were too, especially the older ones. Anyway this meant that people disappered off into different rooms nearby to sit down, so all lot of our guests got scattered. As it's a venue for quite small numbers, this makes a difference to the atmosphere etc. - anyway I spent a lot of the evening dashing around from one room to the next, wondering where everyone was. So, ask for chairs to be put into the drinks reception area!!
But otherwise, it was all perfect-everyone loved the Merrion. They upgraded my parents to a suite for the night of the wedding too. It's just a gem of a place...