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While weddings are generally envisaged as large events, not everyone dreams of a big day and since the pandemic many brides are opting for a smaller, scaled back affair with a limited guest list - and an array of benefits. Yes, we said benefits!

From being more budget and eco-friendlier to providing reduced stress and intimate experience, the perks of a smaller wedding party have created an increasingly popular trend that looks likely to stay.

Whether your idea of a small wedding is eloping or having an intimate family affair, we’ll cover everything you need to know to ensure your scaled-back affair is a success. Here, you’ll find our small wedding tips, location suggestions and advice on the perfect dresses for intimate weddings.

Small wedding tips

Although organising a small wedding can be a lot less stressful, it still requires some fine-tuning. With our top tips such as being selective about your guest list, downsizing the wedding party and considering turning to technology and inviting some guests virtually, we’re sure your planning will be pitch perfect. 

Small wedding locations

Hosting an intimate wedding requires the perfect location to ensure your venue feels full whilst remaining intimate. Achieving the right balance is a fine craft, so we recommend searching small wedding venues and thinking out of the box. When it comes to finding the perfect place for a smaller wedding party, the world is your oyster. You can opt for intimate locations such as your favourite art gallery, beauty spot, restaurant or even the place you met or first said “I love you”.

Perfect dresses for small and intimate weddings

As intimate affairs become increasingly popular, brides are seeking fuss-free wedding dresses sans sparkle, big skirts and extravagance. Thanks to its flattering shape and understated elegance, one silhouette which has become a new firm favourite is the fit and flare gown. With so many wedding dresses to choose from, we’ve whittled down our favourite picks across our Ronald Joyce and Victoria Jane collections to help you choose your dream small wedding dress. 

Enjoy your special - and small - day!

If you’d like us to cover a different small wedding blog topic or would like to share details of your very own small wedding story, email your details and photos to enquiries@ronaldjoyce.com.


Casual Wedding Dresses to Suit All Brides

RJ Blog Cover (32)Not every bride dreams of being a bridal princess with a big day. In fact, many brides are opting for smaller, scaled back affairs - and a more casual wedding dress.

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Copy of Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (12)When we saw Alexandras gorgeous photos on Instagram, we had to get in touch to hear all about their magical wedding in Australia.

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Leanne & Martin: Real Bride Story

Copy of Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (18)The Covid-19 pandemic stopped real bride Leanne from getting married in Greece, not wanting to postpone, the whole wedding was re-planned in a week! 

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The Perfect Wedding Dresses for Small and Intimate Weddings

Thumbnail photo of model in Ronald Joyce 18454, a plain ivory wedding dress with a pearl-beaded halter neckline and waistband that’s perfect for small weddings With recent world events many brides are opting for scaled back weddings that are smaller and more intimate affairs.  So if you are looking for a non-fussy, less is more gown for your less extravagant nuptials then read on.

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Mary & Paddy: Real Bride Story

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Karen & Graeme: Real Bride Story

We caught up with beautiful Ronald Joyce Bride Karen to hear all about her December 2020 wedding at The Orocco Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh.

 

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Eilidh & Robert: Real Bride Story - Part 1

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Eilidh & Robert: Real Bride Story - Part 2

We hear more about Eilidh & Roberts Summer 2020 wedding.

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Sophie & Jack: Real Bride Story

The last few months have been such a sad time for brides postponing their weddings, when we heard that our gorgeous Ronald Joyce Bride Sophie has managed to have a wedding on October 10th we had to get in touch and find out more. Sophie was really happy to tell us all about it…

Real bride Sophie walking in an ivory Ronald Joyce Robyn wedding dress (style 68060) with her husband Jack. Jack’s in a blue suit and holds a young bridesmaid’s hand.  Rooftops, a cliff edge and the sea are in the background.

 

 

 

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Jada & Joey: Real Bride Story

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Holly & Tom: Real Bride Story

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Kay & Kev: Real Bride Story

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Jessica & Lee: Real Bride Story

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Rebecca: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (10)We spoke to the lovely Rebecca who told us all about her dream wedding and her perfect dress…

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Amy & Roisin: Real Brides Story

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