Mixed weather in Dublin heralded The Wedding Salon at The Merrion Hotel last Saturday, 22nd March but as I arrived the red carpet was being rolled out to welcome the lucky ladies who had been invited to attend. Inside, there was a flurry of activity as one would expect, but everything seemed to be very well organised and progressing efficiently.
The Merrion is a wonderful Georgian building nestling in the very heart of Dublin on Upper Merrion Street, opposite Government Buildings, and unlike some 5 star luxury hotels, it certainly does not shout its presence with it restrained and dignified facade.
Enter inside though and a most beautiful and elegant building is revealed, hung with interesting art and exquisite furnishings. For our part, we had been given a beautiful inlaid display cabinet in the entrance hallway in which to show off a selection of our wedding stationery and no sooner had I set up than the Guests began arriving.
After being greeted with a cup of tea or coffee, by this time the rain was starting to fall intermittently, the attendees were welcomed by the beautiful playing of Deirdre Seaver, Irish Harpist and singer, who was sharing the hallway with me, before being shown into one of the main reception rooms where they were treated to an informative demonstration of hair-styling and make-up by Dylan Bradshaw and Paula Callan.
With Photographers on hand, guests were then whisked upstairs to view the truly beautiful, elegant wedding gowns from Louise Kennedy. A superb lunch followed in the elegant dining room which, like the rest of the Salon space, had been decorated with most gorgeous floral decorations from Appassionata and with our own table stationery, which included individually personalised place cards and menu cards designed to co-ordinate with the floral display on each table.
Matching letterpress printed or foil blocked invitations in the five different colourways were displayed on mood boards which illustrated the concept.
After lunch the Salon continued with more talks by amongst others, the renowned photographer Barry McCall and afternoon was rounded off with the opportunity to meet the contributors and to depart contented with a goody bag from both The Gloss and Jimmy Choo at Brown Thomas.
The team at Prantl would very much like to thank Tara Fay at Xena Productions for including us in this magnificent afternoon.