10 Tips For Planning A Wedding At Home

Budget - First things first, remember if you are planning your wedding at home your guest numbers will most likely be higher. You may even have to include those cousins you haven’t seen since childhood. Divide your budget by the number of guest, to get a good starting point for the price per head budget you are looking at. We budget about €80-110 per person for food and drink on the day.

The Venue Consider the type of venue you both want. Ireland has a lot on offer. Be it a Castle, a Georgian House, or even a Country Manor Estate. Many couples consider the venue search to be the most difficult decision of all, so it is worth taking your time and making sure you find the perfect venue – but do it early. Once chosen the venue will set the tone and style of your wedding.

It's About Time While it may be more straight forward planning a wedding at home rather than abroad, you still need to allow yourself as much time as YOU need. There are brides who can plan a wedding in 3 months, other take 12 month; make sure you allow enough time to suit your planning style. After all you don’t plan on doing it again so make sure you have time to enjoy all those long girlies lunches while wedding dress shopping.

Blame it on the weatherman Let's be honest, the Irish weather is never really on our side. With Irish weather, you just need to plan ahead. Why not have stylish wellies and fashionable umbrellas close on hand, should you need them. If you're planning an outdoor wedding just ensure your venue or location has an indoor option too. From May to October is generally when we see the best and warmest of the Irish weather. 

You've got a friend The great thing about getting married at home is having your friends and family close by to lend a hand. From DIY projects, to running errands and much much more, having helping hands around you releases stress, keeps morale up and creates happy memories. 

Keep your cards close to your chest Getting married at home means many of your guest will be familiar with many of the vendors you choose to work with. They may have even chosen many of the same vendors for their own big day. Ireland has a pretty small wedding network. Make sure to only divulge information if you want feedback. 

Visit the venue as option are you can Pop in when you know there is a wedding on. Check out the venues during a ceremony, a drink reception and later in the evening. What are you seeing that you like and do now like and how can you tailor your day accordingly!

 Be Inspired locally Try out local wedding shows and sample sales. Even if you are not booking professionals there, you will find inspiration and the latest the industry has to offer all in one spot. Irish based wedding magazines and blogs are perhaps your best bet for local inspiration and vendor listings. 

Rule Breakers Getting married at home allows for flexibility when it comes to guest numbers. If you would prefer a smaller, intimate dinner and a big after party - this is possible. Perhaps try a cool city restaurant with family, followed by a celebration in bigger venue. Having everyone close by means you can have the best of both worlds. 

Legally Married Ireland/Northern Ireland has three kinds of wedding ceremonies on offer; humanist, civil ceremony and religious. Don't be fooled into thinking because you're getting married at home that legal documents will easier. Stay on top of your paper work and get speaking to the right people as soon as possible.