Much more than a wedding fair

  Sheraton Athlone Hotel Fair on June 14   Sheraton Athlone Hotel is a remarkable new setting for stylish weddings. To showcase their stunningly designed property and to assist brides-to-be in their preparations for the big day, Sheraton Athlone Hotel are hosting a fabulous Wedding Fair event on from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday June 14th.             This free event will include exhibitions of local suppliers and services, information, discussions, presentations and makeovers from experts throughout the afternoon, a chance to win a Sharon Hoey wedding dress worth €3,000 on the day, culminating in a bridal fashion show, as well as giving guests the opportunity to sample some of the delicious wedding menus and canapés created by the talented team of chefs at Sheraton Athlone Hotel.             The renowned Off the Rails stylist Marietta Doran will makeover three lucky guests attending on the afternoon, and will also be available to give tips during a Q&A session that day. Joan Scales of the Irish Times will be advising on romantic and fascinating honeymoon destinations.             Immensely popular bridal designer Sharon Hoey will have a selection of her magical bridal collection available for private appointments in the penthouse on Saturday afternoon. To make an appointment contact Lorna from Sharon Hoey Bridal Salon on (01) 707 95 63.             The Sharon Hoey Bridal Salon will also participate in the fashion Q&A session, as well as showing some of these divine designs at the fashion show, taking place in the Hoey Suite at 4.30 p.m., which will be compered by the master of ceremonies, Ireland AM’s Laura Bermingham. The fashion show showcases outfits for all wedding attendees – not just the bride, but bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and bride’s best friends too!             The Q&A and information sessions are at 2.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m., with the fashion show at 4.30 p.m. all in the Hoey Suite, which will also have part of the room fully set in wedding format, allowing guests to see the décor – table settings, centrepieces, floral arrangements – as well as the magnificent bespoke chandeliers from Niamh Barry lighting design which create the unique and special Hoey Suite sparkle!             The ongoing exhibitions and displays from the professional wedding service providers can be visited in the Siege Suite and Burke Suites upstairs at Sheraton Athlone, where everything from florists to photographers, car hire to cake specialists will be available, and the chefs’ menu tasting section will be in the rooftop garden area throughout the afternoon.             Guests will also receive goodie bags on their departure, no doubt as full of lovely gifts as the day itself will be full of invaluable advice, access to expert guidance, and a broad range of useful services!             Sheraton Athlone Hotel’s fabulous wedding fair event, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 14 June. For further information telephone (090) 64 51000 or visit www.sheratonathlonehotel.com