A bride who wants to say goodbye to a wedding day by putting her husband’s ashes into a bottle will be able to do so in Dublin’s new wedding reception centre.
The newly renovated centre at the Ballybrack House, near St Patrick’s Cathedral, will open on Monday to the public.
The reception centre, which will also feature a dance studio, is the brainchild of a newly-formed company called The Dunn Wedding Designs.
It was established by former St Patrick and St Vincent de Paul minister John Dunn and his wife, Ann, after Dunn decided to end his marriage.
Dunn said he wanted to give couples the chance to say “dinner” at their weddings.
“I wanted to say a ‘Thank You’ to the couples, so I said ‘we can do that’, and I started putting the ashes into bottles and putting them in bottles,” he said.
“It was a good way to do it.
It’s been very popular with people.”
Dunn, a former businessman and business consultant, said he was looking to expand his business to offer more services to clients.
“There’s a lot of business out there and a lot more people who are interested in making their wedding more memorable,” he added.
“A lot of people have come to me saying, ‘How do you do that?'”
The reception will be held on Monday from 11am to 6pm.
For more wedding photos and details visit www.dunnweddingdesigns.com.
A number of venues will be offering receptions and events at the new reception centre at St Patrick Cathedral on Monday.
It will also be the site of the opening of the Dublin City Bar and Grill on Saturday from 11.30am to 5.30pm.
The bar will feature a bar menu, a wine and beer menu and a cocktail menu.
Dublin City Bar & Grill, a family-owned restaurant, opened its doors in the old St Patrick St in 2016.
The Irish Times understands that the reception centre will be open to the general public for the first time.
The Dunn wedding reception is the culmination of a project that started more than a decade ago.
The firm was formed in 2007 by former members of the Dunn family.
The couple had been married for nine years.
After their divorce, Dunn was elected to parliament for the second time and became the party’s TD for Dublin West in 2012.