Planning an Intimate Irish Wedding

When it comes to wedding celebrations, many couples agree: size matters. Lower numbers creates a more intimate celebration, allowing the bride and groom more time to spend with their guests. So if you have your heart set on an intimate wedding, here are our top tips to help you along the way.

1. Smaller Budget

Some couples can be very strict when it comes to their wedding budget. You might decide that a four-course dinner for 30 of your closet friends and family is the your dream wedding. This approach should cut your costs in half. Focus on the essential; food, location, wardrobe. If you're really keen to keep your budget small your 'do to list' should check off pretty quickly.

2.Treat Your Guests

If the dream isn't necessarily to spend less, but more to have less people, then you can really show your guests a good time. Limousine services, the best champagne, surprise gift baskets and six-course feasts, are suddenly more feasible. When the guest list is small, the bride and groom can also spend time with each of their guests, making them feel welcome.

3. The Details

Your wedding may be smaller, but that does not mean it has to be simpler. Every detail will pop, so pay close attention to how your present each of your ideas. There's no hiding behind the crowd at a small celebration— so go the extra mile and plan every detail to the best of your ability.

4.Team Work

With a smaller group it is easier to involve your guests. You could have everyone read a line from a special reading at the ceremony, or have your guests stand around you as you exchange your vows, or seat everyone at one big table at the dinner reception - this way no one feels left out.

5. Adults Only

A smaller wedding is more likely to be a grown up affair, so a kid free zone is an option. Smaller weddings tend closer to home, so your guests with children won't be to far away should they need to make an emergency return. It's also a nice opportunity for everyone to let their hair down and not have to stress about their children's whereabouts or behaviour.

6.Location Choice

There are so many creative options for locations when you're not trying to accommodate hundreds of guests. Location ideas might include; your favourite restaurant, a small art gallery, your back garden, a cozy cabin or a posh private suite.

7.Party On

After your intimidate affair you might choose to have a large, casual party a month or so after your wedding. Of course, this means paying for another event, but it can be fun to have a bigger crowd gathered in a more relaxed setting— this way you can have the best of both worlds.

8.Destination Weddings

Why not take a group of your nearest and dearest and get married aboard. Take over a private villa or rent a group of cottages on the beach. Make the most of trip by making it a week long affair with the skiing, swimming, great food and relaxing. You get the wedding of dreams and your guests get a lovely holiday - everyone wins.

Image credits

Top image Gregory Ross | Group image Campbell Photography | Top left Gregory Ross | Top right Jenna Bechtholt | Bottom left Samantha James | Bottom right Simple Tapestry