Reviews & Testimonials

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Hi Cathy, Thank you so much for everything…we couldn’t have done it without you! We had a great time, thoroughly enjoyed our day and all your little touches…it was exactly how we wanted it to be. Our guests were extremely complimentary about the organisation, rooms, food, flowers, service…please pass on our sincere appreciation to the team there. See you next year for our anniversary 🙂 Thanks again Cathy.

Claire & Dave


Hi Cathy, can you please pass on our thanks to everyone at the hotel who made our day one that will be remembered with joy by ourselves and all who joined us. It is rare that an event with such high expectations are exceeded but it’s fair to say that on all fronts this was the case for our wedding. In particular, we would like to thank Anna and her team, Robbie and the team of chefs, Melita and yourself. Cathy, your advice, attention to detail and crucially your kindness and support was so very welcome and appreciated. We imagined it would be special but the team at the Shelbourne made it spectacular. We will never forget how the experience made us feel. Thanks and we hope to see you soon,

Angela & Ken


Hi Cathy, Back to work and reality and I just want to sincerely thank you and all the staff at The Shelbourne in helping us to have the most amazing wedding day on Saturday! The flowers were amazing so please pass on my thanks to Anna and all the florists. The food was superb and has been much commented on by the guests for its quality and beautiful presentation, so please pass on our thanks to all in the banqueting team. Especially Danny the coordinator who was so lovely and couldn’t to enough for us. Finally, the biggest thank you is to you Cathy, always an absolute pleasure to deal with, a total professional who was always so helpful and kind, I can never thank you enough. We had the most fantastic time at The Shelbourne and look forward to going back for future celebrations and anniversaries! With my very best wishes, Una

Una & Ivor


Hi Cathy, We have arrived back in Sydney after a whirlwind and fantastic 2.5wks away. We cannot express enough gratitude for everything you and the team at The Shelbourne did to make our wedding the most special day we’ve had. Every little detail was so mindfully thought out and we felt like absolute royalty. From you bringing me that amazing cream from the spa, to the set up of the rooms and the beautiful calm nature on the day was truly wonderful and we send you and everyone involved a huge heart filled thank you…. Oh and not to forget THAT entrance you all provided, that knock our socks off! Our families and friends were equally grateful and impressed with everything. Thank you so much and we cannot wait for our next stay with you and hopefully to see you again to give you another hug 🙂

Sophie & Arie


Hi Cathy, We hope you are well. We just wanted to write and say thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. Sorry it’s taken us a few weeks, have been meaning to get in touch but wifi was intermittent at best in Mexico.  We really appreciate the hard work you put in to make the entire day so special and personal to us.  Everyone had such a great time and we had so much fun, there were lots of tears and laughter which we think is a good sign!!  We were really happy with the quality of the food – everything was perfect!  All your colleagues on the night and indeed throughout our entire stay were so friendly, professional and accommodating.  We didn’t want to leave! Thanks again and good luck with all your upcoming weddings! Take care, 

Lesley & Madthav


I just wanted to thank you on behalf of Seán and myself for everything you did for us for our wedding.  I didn’t get to see you much on the day as I was all over the place.
We had the most amazing day from start to finish.  I literally can’t put into words how amazing it was.  I loved every second of it and want to do it again!
We had the most amazing service, food and venue. We really wanted to try and express how grateful we are for all that you especially did for us. You have been a constant support over the phone and email for nearly a year and right up to the last day and all the last minute changes, you have been incredible.  We couldn’t have wanted for any more, you really went above and beyond. The Shelbourne Hotel have an absolute jewel in you Cathy and you are amazing at what you do. You made it feel so personal to us and that we weren’t just another wedding. We really did have the most amazing experience at The Shelbourne.  The staff are absolutely unbelievable and so attentive. Thank you so much to you, Robbie and his team for the incredible food and to Danny and his team for looking after us so well in the evening.  We really didn’t want for anything, We were so well looked after. Thanks so much again Cathy.  I wish we could do it all over again!”

Anouska and Seán 


“Dear Cathy, I know yourself and Matt have been in touch however I wanted to drop you an email to say thanks so much for making our wedding day so unbelievably special. It was the best day of our lives and we enjoyed every minute. The work that you and the team did to make our day so special will always be remembered by everyone, from us to our family and friends. The attention to detail was nothing short of perfect and our overall experience was amazing. You are so brilliant at what you do and your passion for it shines through. We will never forget it 🙂 The Shelbourne will always have a special place in our hearts…. I look forward to coming back to The Shelbourne (anytime I get the chance!!) and hopefully I’ll bump into you again. Thanks so much and all the best. ”

Ciara and Matt


“Hi Cathy,
Apologies for the delay in coming back to you. Between the honeymoon, settling back in here in San Francisco and going straight to work, we feel like we are only coming down from what was the best few days of our lives so far.
We cannot even begin to thank you enough for the help and assistance that you personally gave to us and also for the overall service of the staff of the Shelbourne Hotel. It really was incredible and we genuinely believe probably the best standard of service that not only we, (and many of our guests have stated too) have ever experienced in ANY 5 star hotel in the world. It truly was Phenomenal.
From the waitresses, Kate in particular on the Thursday, to the concierge (Daddy has a new best friend in Dennis!), to Peter helping us on the Thursday evening with rooms, to Mary who saved the day with my flowers, to Gabor during the meal, to Yvonne and Stephen coming up to help settle our nerves before we left for the church, we were constantly showered with warmth and assistance.
Our guests couldn’t speak more highly of the food they had for the meal and also the canapés during the drinks reception. We were also told that guests literally could not finish a glass of wine before it was filled up again and were absolutely blown away by the attentiveness of the servers during dinner.
What really surprised my parents was the number of cards that guest have sent after the wedding THANKING US (!) for inviting them to what many described as the best Irish wedding they have ever been to! (I personally have never heard of guests sending thank you cards but it is in part a great testament to their Shelbourne Hotel experience)
Lastly, a huge thank you to you Cathy. Your attention to detail, your professionalism, and your calmness under pressure throughout the day was amazing. We can’t thank you enough and you really did help create the most special day of our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you. x
The Shelbourne Hotel will always have a special place in our hearts and we look forward to celebrating many more days there when we return to Ireland and throughout our married life.
What a wonderful footing on which to start our new lives together. We’ve only just begun……….”

Emma and Bob


“Dear Cathy, We wanted to send a few words to express our sincere gratitude for everything the Shelbourne hotel and its staff did for us during our stay for our wedding on July 11th 2015. The entire team went above and beyond on every occasion to ensure that both myself and Colm and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The service of all staff (porters, reception staff, cleaning staff, spa staff, catering staff on the day and night of our wedding, etc) was simply exceptional. We continue to receive outstanding feedback daily on how amazing the staff, food, reception, flowers….simply EVERYTHING was.
Cathy, as our wedding planner you were simply outstanding. You were always there for us with helpful advice and a friendly smile. You are the face of The Shelbourne when couples decide to get married there and there is no better person for the job. It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with such a competent and professional wedding planner. Thank you sincerely for everything.
Anna and all the team, To say the flowers were out of this world would be an understatement. They were everything and much much more than we ever expected. We knew we were in good hands right from the beginning and the end product was simply beautiful. Almost all our guests commented on the flowers and how well done they were. Thank you ladies for everything.
To the evening banqueting manager (sorry Cathy…I can’t remember his name…he is from Roscommon though!!) It was an absolute pleasure to deal with you as our banqueting manager for our wedding. Cathy ensured she was leaving us in the best hands and that she certainly did. You ensured that everything ran so smoothly on the night. The food was fantastic and the whole show ran so so smoothly. Please also pass on a huge thank you to all the fabulous staff who waited on the tables at our wedding and served at the bar. We are truly thankful to you and all the team.”

Michael & Colm


“How do you start when something is perfect? I am the mother of the groom. My son and daughter-in-law were married at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on June 21st, 2015. From the time the venue was being considered, to the time the happy couple checked out of the hotel the day after the wedding, we reveled in a six star experience. Cathy O’Shea was our dedicated Wedding Consultant and from 18 months prior to the wedding, she was informed, patient, cheerful, reassuring and anticipated every need. She perfectly co-ordinated the other vendors so the wedding flowed seamlessly.The ceremony and the reception and the dinner and the dance and the mid-night supper were all held in the group of rooms called The Adam and Deirdre Suites.The menu tasting, seven months before the wedding was a splendid event in itself. The in-house florist created a spectacle- there was an audible gasp from the guests as they entered for dinner. The ceremony, also held in The Shelbourne Hotel, was conducted by a Humanist Celebrant, Eithne Dempsey. There wasn’t a dry eye. Beautifully executed and with total professionalism, and held under a mind blowing floral arch lovingly designed and created by the in-house florists. The couple had hired Celtic Wedding Entertainment, a division of The Irish House Party. Eighty-eight guests from seventeen nations took to their feet, after having been presented a mouth watering dinner delivered with flawless service. I could expound further with superlatives – the photo in the couple’s suite that greeted them when they finally did make it to their room, the bagpiper greeting them as they returned after their photos, the sheer elegance of The Shelbourne Hotel itself. When something is perfect- well it just is. I would shout it to the highest rooftops! You will not go wrong if you choose The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin as your wedding venue.”



“Hi Cathy, Wanted to say a very big thank you to you and your team for making Greg and Izumi’s Wedding day so special. It was a wonderful day full of happy memories for them both. Our family and friends agree that the day could not have been better and that your team went above and beyond to make it an exceptional experience.
Kind regards and again a very big thank you.”

Irene and Terry


“I have been desperately wanting to email you over the past few weeks but quite simply haven’t been able to come up with sufficient words to thank The Shelbourne for what you gave us in December. In short you gave us a Christmas miracle. You gave us a stay that in my wildest dreams I simply could never have imagined. Absolutely everything about our stay and the day itself puts the word “perfection” to shame because it was beyond perfect, it was a fairytale. Nick and I have been very lucky to have stayed in some spectacular 5 star hotels across the world thanks to my job from Raffles to Sofitel, Paradise Cruisers and countless boutique hotels and Art Series Groups. I have never experienced service as we received in The Shelbourne. In fact nothing has even come close. I’m doing my best not to shed a tear as I remember the warmth, friendliness and genuine happiness expressed by every single one of your staff while we were there. From you, to Gwen, to Gillian (who made up our beautiful wedding bed), to the girl who brought us room service on Christmas morning and wished me the happiest Christmas with a genuine smile and every other member of staff we encountered, you were phenomenal from start to incredible finish. Nick especially would also like to compliment all the chefs, kitchen hands and service staff for the stunning meal. That was also the feedback we got from every single guest who attended on the day. Please pass on our 11/10 score to everyone involved along with our heartfelt thanks for giving us the best day of our lives. On a final and personal note I really do want to thank you personally for the little touches all the way throughout the day, from the Irish Times in our room right back to the first time we spoke when you always assured me that I had nothing to worry about, and you were absolutely right. Looking very much forward to our return to The Shelbourne”

Nick Casey & Jacqui Casey-Cullen


“Sincere thanks to you and all of your team at the Shelbourne for making our day so stress free and enjoyable. Everybody was so attentive, kind and professional. It was an absolutely fantastic experience and one that we will always remember. Friends and family alike also echo our thoughts and thanks to you all.”

Lousie & Cathal


“Cathy, I want to say a thousand thousand thank you’s. The wedding was beyond my wildest dreams. Your an ultimate professional. The whole team in the Shelbourne were brilliant. Please also thank James the food and beverage manager he was a star. thank you so much again.”

Ashling & Rob


“Just back to the real world now, and we both want to thank you and your staff for providing us with a wonderful wedding reception at The Shelbourne – I do not recall EVER coming across such high standards of service and quality that we enjoyed last month, and the special touches such umbrellas waiting for us at Doheny & Nesbitts, the line of honor as we came into the hotel, the photo left in our room and so forth really showed what the ‘WOW’ factor is all about.”

Grace & Ian


“Just back from honeymoon and wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the staff. Our wedding a couple of weeks ago was exactly what we wanted and absolutely all of the guests have said it’s the best wedding they’ve ever been to. The food, the service and the decoration were all completely perfect. We can’t thank you enough”

Louise & Mark


“Dear Cathy, just a little note to thank you so so much for everything on Saturday and indeed over the last nine months or so. You have just been a pleasure to deal with. Everything was just as I wanted from the flowers to the canapés.We were so well looked after. Our arrival at the hotel was something I will never forget. The service and the food was just wonderful and exactly as requested. We will never want to leave the princess grace suite, it is just the most amazing place to start our married life. The framed photo was the perfect final touch. I really can’t thank you all enough. It was the perfect day in the perfect place. The Shelbourne has always been special to me and now it’s even more so. I have attached a few photos! I’m sure we will see you before we leave. Thanks again. “

Elaine & Eoin 


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