Weddings are happening again in Northern Ireland!
As lockdown eases, small wedding with up to 10 people can be celebrated, outdoors, from Monday past. This means that you can now get married! Yes, it will be different from how you imagined but it will still be the best day of your life!
I am so excited to bring you helpful information if you’re planning your intimate outdoor wedding. This week I have shot two small weddings that have taken place outdoors, and they were AMAZING. Let me share their tips with you, and how they did it! Here are my 7 Timeline Tips for your day:
1. Choose Your Location
This is a task for you both. Sit down together and think it through. Did you know you can get married ANYWHERE outdoors in Northern Ireland as long as you have your officiant with you? This makes the options limitless.
The location could be as simple as your own back garden, outside on church grounds, or you could go to the coastline.
Park up at the White Rocks and within 100 feet, you’re on the beach. This could be a magical location for your ceremony, with stunning views.
Dunseverick Castle is a popular spot for Irish Elopements and outdoor vow renewals. It’s often forgot about, so you have the place to yourselves. With a short walk and at sunset you can get images like the one above. How awesome is this photo going to look in your new house?
Another quiet spot is Kinbane Head. With old castle ruins, surrounded by cliffs, the sea and Rathlin Island, It’s a stunning location. Can you imagine saying your vows here?
Beach & Coast Views: Harry’s Shack are offering FREE wedding ceremonies to take place on their decking in June, it’s right on the beach. White Rocks, White Park Bay & Downhill, Ballintoy Harbour & Murlough Bay.
Venues: Here is a list of Venues that are council licensed for outdoor weddings in Northern Ireland for weddings.
2. Let the Registrar Know
If you were supposed to get married before lockdown then you’ve probably already filled out all the forms at your local council office, and been preparing for your wedding. Don’t delay giving notice to the registrar, update them of your date change- if any, and location information. If you are getting married and haven’t done this yet, most councils require 28 days- 12 Weeks notice before your wedding.
3. How To Include Family & Friends
My lovely bride and groom, choose to have 9 people there PLUS ME, their photographer, making 10 in total. This number might change during the next phase, so keep an eye out on the Northern Ireland news.
They had their close family attend, all outdoor seating was social distanced, keeping the lockdown rules. The ceremony began in the late afternoon.
4. Live Stream
They Set up a Youtube private live stream, shared with close family & friends click here for how to do this. It was from a high angle to get everything in.
5. Tell your neighbours
Neighbours stood and greeted from afar – this is totally a Northern Irish tradition on the morning of a wedding outside the bride’s parents house. Send them a text.
6. Line up a Convoy
A Convoy drove past of Friends & Colleagues, after their vows. It was amazing to see everyone, some even held handmade congratulations signs out their car windows! Lots of their friends sent cards, hampers and more items that were delivered on their day.
YUMMY nibbles were provided. The best way to do this is to contact your local bakery and have them make individual closed boxes for each person. Sones, cake, fresh fruit and tray bakes are well loved. French Village Belfast, are doing this.
7. Pick somewhere awesome to get your couples pictures taken
Firstly make sure your photographer is coming! Oh, and make sure to do it at Sunset. This way you get the amazing golden hour light, a romantic sunset and awesome scenery. The walk is also a beautiful thing to do, spending some time together, just the to of you. Plus you’ve had the whole afternoon and early evening with your guests- and make sure to do a confetti throw before you go, it will still work with two people throwing it!
Book me now for your small wedding. I’m offering hourly coverage. I’ve also got a fab list of locations and ideas.
by Tiffany Gage Photography
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Have I inspired you to hold your wedding outdoors during lockdown? At one of the many unique wedding venues in Northern Ireland or along the coast?
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