The Best Wedding Venues for Small Weddings: Intimate Spaces that Pack a Big Punch!

Why Small Weddings are the New Big Thing

Oh, the magic of small weddings!

In the midst of a global pandemic, couples embraced the simplicity of intimate celebrations with their nearest and dearest. And who can blame them? With lockdown restrictions limiting wedding guest numbers to a tiny 6 people and then up to 20, it sparked a micro wedding trend that has taken Ireland by storm.

These small weddings have become more than just a necessity; they've become an opportunity for couples to create truly memorable moments with their loved ones. The benefits are countless - from more quality time spent with each guest to the ability to focus on personal touches and details that truly matter.

Gone are the days of extravagant affairs with 300+ guests, a day overshadowed by stress and logistics. Instead, couples are opting for smaller, more meaningful gatherings where every moment is cherished. It's all about creating an atmosphere that exudes warmth, love, and authenticity. It helps thing things real you know!

It's heartwarming to see how couples have adapted and embraced the micro wedding trend. Whether it's an intimate garden ceremony or a cozy reception at a local inn, these celebrations prove that big love can be celebrated in small ways.

So let's raise our glasses to the beauty of small weddings - where love shines brightest and memories are made forever. Cheers to this delightful wedding trend that has captured hearts across Ireland!


Ballyvolane House

  • Capacity: 80 guests minimum at weekends*
  • Unique spaces: The gardens, The Dining Terrace and adjoining Barn, & Drawing Rooms
  • Fermoy, Co. Cork

Ballyvolane House is an inviting venue for couples seeking a spellbinding setting for their wedding. Nestled in the picturesque north Cork countryside and only 40 minutes from Cork Airport, this private estate has been in the Green family for generations, offering couples and their guests a warm and welcoming environment with a touch of ancestral charm.

For those looking to celebrate with an intimate gathering, Ballyvolane House is the perfect choice. The venue caters to small weddings and offers the ideal space for intimate celebrations. Whether you envision exchanging vows surrounded by close family and friends or desire a micro-wedding experience, Ballyvolane House can accommodate your needs.

One of the standout features of Ballyvolane House is its stunning gardens and games. These picturesque surroundings provide a beautiful backdrop for wedding ceremonies, photographs, and outdoor receptions. Imagine saying "I do" amidst lush greenery, taking a ride in the retro or enjoying your first dance under twinkling lights.

Sheen Falls

  • Capacity: Up to 50 guests in the Boathouse, up to 14 guests in The Library, up to 30 guests in the Dining room, up to 100 guests in The Sir William Petty Suite
  • Kenmare. Co Kerry

For those seeking intimate celebrations and small weddings, Sheen Falls Lodge offers the perfect setting. Nestled within breathtaking coastal surroundings of Kenmare micro coastal venue provides a beautiful backdrop for your wedding day. Imagine exchanging vows with the soothing sounds of the seaside as your soundtrack or going for a spin in the vintage Bewick.

With a selection of beautiful spaces available both inside and out, you have the freedom to choose the perfect spot for your ceremony, guests and photos. Our glorious grounds offer endless possibilities for creating unique and memorable moments. Whether it's boathouse ceremony overlooking the bay or an indoor affair adorned with regal decor, Sheen Falls Lodge can bring your dream wedding vision to life.

Kilshane House

Capacity: 60 guests minimum midweek

Unique spaces: The Orangerie, outdoor spaces

Kilshane, Co. Tipperary

At Kilshane House, they specialize in hosting small weddings and intimate celebrations. With the recent rise in micro weddings and the growing trend towards more personalized and meaningful ceremonies, Kilshane House is the perfect choice for couples who want to create memories that will last a lifetime. One of the key benefits of having a small wedding at Kilshane House is the ability to seat over 280 guests at elegant round tables for fine dining. Imagine exchanging your vows in the picturesque surroundings, followed by an exquisite meal shared with your closest family and friends.

Whether you envision an outdoor ceremony amidst nature's beauty or an indoor celebration in one of their elegant event spaces, Kilshane House has it all. Their attention to detail and commitment to creating unforgettable experiences will ensure that your wedding day is everything you've ever dreamed of.

Don't miss out on this hidden gem! Visit their website at for more information and start planning the wedding of your dreams today.

From scenic coastal wedding venues, quirky outdoor venues to secluded manor houses, there is a small intimate wedding venue for every budget & style

Sarah Kate