Northern Ireland wedding photography-How to plan a small wedding that rocks


How to plan a small wedding


2020 hasn’t shaped up the way any of us expected, has it? If someone had told us in January how the world would turn upside down, I don’t think we’d have believed them!

Coronavirus has meant plans have had to change. Maybe you had to postpone your wedding and reduce your guest list. But a smaller wedding doesn’t mean it’s less of a celebration. As they say, love isn’t cancelled.

Did you know that a wedding with less that 20 guests is known as a micro wedding? And anything under 50 people is classed as a small wedding.

There are so many benefits to having a smaller wedding. It might be easier on the wallet, it is definitely more relaxed, and it should be easier to plan. Here are some ways to have an amazing small wedding!

How to plan a small wedding Finnebrogue Woods


Having fewer guests means that the world is your oyster regarding where you can get married!   You could have an outdoor ceremony and get married in the woods (Finnebrogue Woods is a favourite venue of mine!) or on the beach. You could head to your favourite restaurant for your reception. What about a wedding at Harry’s Shack in Portstewart or Ardtara Country House, where the food is to die for?

You can get creative and have a food truck or a backyard BBQ. You could celebrate the happy occasion by eating all your favourite things. A taco truck, anyone?

Don’t limit yourself to one day of celebrating. You could rent out a venue and spend the weekend celebrating. I love the thought of an extended celebration!

Wedding BBQ at Finnebrogue Woods

Lissanoure Castle weddings


With a smaller wedding, you can splurge on the things that are really important to you. That might be the food, photography or flowers.  Obviously, I hope that photography is a big priority to you when you are planning your wedding! Whatever your budget, it’s important to choose a wedding photographer whose work you love and who helps you to feel relaxed in front of the camera.  Some people think that a photographer just turns up on the day and takes a few photos. However, a good photographer will tell the story of your day through their images, capturing both the big and little moments.

What are your priorities on the wedding day? Invest your budget in the areas that matter the most to you.

Relaxed wedding at Finnebrogue Woods


Leave out traditions that aren’t important to you. There’s no “right’ way to get married, so you can plan your wedding whatever way you wish!

Hate the thought of a first dance? Skip it.

Dread the speeches? You can do without them.

Think favours are unnecessary? Don’t have them.

You have the freedom to choose what you want to include on your wedding day.

Elope to Northern Ireland


Fewer people means that the whole day should be more relaxed. You have more time to hang out with your guests without the pressure of trying to chat to 150 people!

A smaller wedding gives you the freedom to have a really personal, intimate day. Remember that your wedding is all about celebrating your love and commitment to each other. So even if the day doesn’t look quite as you might have hoped, you have more freedom (and cash) to create a day that you love.

wedding guests having fun

I hope you enjoyed my suggestions for planning a small wedding that rocks!

Check out Dani and Kyle’s Finnebrogue Wood’s wedding here

Harry’s Shack-a cool venue right on the beach in Portstewart.

Ardtara- the food is amazing here!

Take a look at Finnebrogue woods if you’d like to get married in a woodland.

Read the official Government guidelines for small weddings here.





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