The gibson Hotel, Point Village, Dublin 1
Looking for an alternative to the country house? If an urban affair is what you're after for your nuptials, the gibson's newly launched wedding packages might whet your appetite. This contemporary hotel in Dublin's Docklands offers a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
What you want to know…
The Venue: You know it as the impossibly cool Dublin city centre hotel, neighbouring the 3Arena. But there's more to the gibson than slick design, modern architecture and a killer backdrop. They recently branched into the wedding market, offering couples a chance at exploring an alternative venue option. At the end of 2015, they hosted 20 weddings.
Accommodation: The bride and groom can stay in a junior suite at the hotel as part of their wedding package, with reduced rates for guests.
Food: Executive chef Nicky Woollard is manning your meal and rather than sticking to a set menu, you can work with Woollard to create a custom menu. To accommodate different types of wedding parties, they offer a five course dinner for a formal affair or a gourmet BBQ for a relaxed event. If you're into a laid-back big day and the sun is shining, the gibson facilitates guests on the heated terrace or outdoor courtyard - three stories high.
How much?: There are a number of packages on offer, catering for up to 200 guests for a sit-down meal and 350 for an informal event. The good news? Packages start from €40 per person.
What you get: Each package is different, but each offers an overnight stay in a junior suite with a bottle of champagne; breakfast the following morning, a gibson centrepiece with candles, a personal consultation with our wedding planner and a bar extension until 1:30am.
Something to think about: The gibson tell me "they're not big on restrictions" when it comes to your wedding - all they ask is a minimum of 40 guests to get the party started. As they describe it, "It’s uniquely urban and crash-out comfortable."
Perks: On-site events manager Karen McCann is there to guide couples to their best plan and do all the heavy lifting - literally. It's ideal for a Dublin-based couple whose wedding vision is less traditional than a country house while staying in Ireland.
The catch: The early bar time is less than ideal for guest with all-nighters on their mind, but people wanting different things is what makes the world go 'round.