Just because you’re having a small wedding, doesn’t mean the celebrations have to be toned down! In fact, if you’re planning an intimate celebration, there are so many fabulous ways to elevate the festivities.
Welcome guests with a hamper
Create cute welcome bags for guests, filled with items they’ll be able to use while at your wedding. These could be things like water bottles, a snack for the road, a hangover kit for the next day, a schedule of events, or even items that are unique to your relationship.
Create a wedding lounge
The beauty of a small wedding is that you can be more creative with your seating! Create an informal atmosphere with a unique wedding lounge setup, where guests can mingle comfortably.
From water bottles to accessories, a small wedding provides a fabulous opportunity for customised items. Put your names and wedding date on the items, and where possible, use your guests’ names!
Include cultural traditions
From a hand fasting ceremony all the way through to beautiful Irish blessings and traditional music, there are plenty of stunning ways to include your Irish heritage in the festivities.
Exchange vows privately
Up the intimacy by exchanging vows in a private ceremony. You could do this before the guests arrive or even on honeymoon!
Choose your seating wisely
With fewer guests in attendance, you can get creative with how and where everybody sits. A long, banquet table is a lovely way to celebrate ‘family style’.
Plan a wedding weekend
Why not extend the celebrations by hosting a wedding weekend! This way, you’ll get more time with everybody, and you can plan different activities for each day.
Get ready together
Who says you have to get ready separately and only meet up at the beginning of the ceremony? For a really intimate experience, get ready together in your home.
Include live music
Just because there will be fewer guests, doesn’t mean you can’t have live music! A band or acoustic duo will keep the festivities going.
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Have interactive food
We love food and drinks stations! And the more interactive, the better. Serve your favourites – like pizza and beer – and allow your guests to have tasters of different flavours.
Personalise the wedding decor
A lovely small wedding idea is to take the time to personalise your decor. You could use hand written signs or even special name cards with a personal note from you to each guest.
Include your pet
We’re big animal lovers here, and love the idea of including your furry friends in the wedding festivities!
If the sun comes out, why not play some fun lawn games together! And if not, there’s nothing more fun than the Mr & Mrs Game (or Mr & Mr or Mrs & Mrs).
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