Advantages to Having an Intimate and Small Wedding

While some couples dream of big weddings with hundreds of guests in attendance, others dream of something a lot smaller. Just because a wedding is small, it is in noway less fun or glamorous.  While the big disadvantage to small weddings is that you may not be able to invite everyone you hoped to, there’s plenty of advantages to make up for it. Here are a few of our favourites.

Smaller Budget

This is one of the main reasons people decide to have a small wedding but not the only. If there are fewer guests it will automatically cut the budget by a lot. Wedding venues usually charge by head so the less people, the less expensive it will be. Rather than cutting corners if you can’t afford a big wedding, would you not rather everything to be perfect and how you imagined it but with less people?

Guest List

This can be tricky to decide on if you are only having a certain amount of people. Decide on how many  guests you want early on and stick to it. Don’t let your mum and dad decide on who should come, and only have the people who mean the most to you there. As there are less people, you will be better able to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves.

Destination Weddings

If you’re having a destination wedding the chances are less guests will be able to attend. It’ll cost too much for some people to fly out and some may have other commitments. However, all those that do come will likely be really close to you or your partner. Destination weddings are the perfect excuse to make your wedding a whole weekend affair. Organise group activities and give your guests a weekend to remember.


The less guests you have to entertain, the easier it will be. If it is a really small wedding you can even have everyone be a part of the ceremony. Make your wedding entertainment really personal and have games that gets everyone involved. If its possible, seat everyone at one big round table at the reception and nobody will feel left out.


If you have your heart set on a small wedding but you don’t want anyone to feel left out, have a bigger after party. Invite everyone who doesn’t make the cut to the ceremony and dinner to come after. This will ensure that nobody feels hurt that they weren’t invited.

Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!