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Dublin influencer eschews the extravagant lifestyle for a simple city center wedding

After 14 years together, Sarah Hanrahan and her husband Sean tied the knot in September 2021.

Although the influencer has almost 62,000 followers on Instagram, she only invited 38 people to her wedding.

The couple had an easy day as they celebrated their wedding with their closest friends and family in Dublin city centre.

Sarah, who was born and raised in Dublin, told us about her incredible day and the moments she will treasure forever.

Tell us all about your wedding and venue.

We had our ceremony at The Yarn overlooking the Ha’penny Bridge, had our reception at The Whiskey Palace, upstairs in the legendary Palace Bar on Fleet Street and then had dinner and danced at The Winding Stair.

Tell us about your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses.

My bridesmaids all have very different personal styles. I would hate to make them wear something they don’t love themselves, so they all wore something different in different complementary colors; a burgundy jumpsuit from Arnott’s, a pink suit from ASOS and a rust colored dress from Folkster.

I designed my wedding dress with the amazing women at Covet. I was sure I wanted a short dress with long sleeves, I was so happy with how it turned out. It felt fresh, modern and very me.

What was the best part in building up to your day?

The excitement of seeing the day come together and looking forward to a day with so many people I love.

What was the best moment of your day and your other favorite parts?

Sean and I wrote our own vows, so hearing his vows was very special. I also loved the moment after the photos, relaxing with everyone over toasts and pints of Guinness.

What would you advise other brides to plan first and what are your top tips?

Be sure to choose your venue first, and your choice of dress may depend on where the venue is and when it’s available.

On the other hand, if you fall in love with a dress, just grab it, there is no right or wrong way to do it. My top tip is to do exactly what you want as a couple and also spend on what you really care about and save for what you don’t care about. We didn’t bother with fancy cars, cakes or invites so we didn’t do any of that, no regrets.

What was the hardest thing to plan? Did you encounter any difficulties?

Some minor details were unexpectedly difficult to plan for, like the fact that because I chose ivory for my dress, I was looking for ivory wedding shoes instead of white shoes. It turns out that white is much more common than ivory, and there’s a big niche in the market for shoes that aren’t super twee or very over-embellished.

Tell me all about your theme of your wedding? how was it different

We wanted a modern, relaxed city wedding, so it was important to us to keep it in the city center for everyone to travel with ease. We kept numbers fairly small at just 38 people so we could have the full menu choice at The Winding Stair, which was very important to us as big foodies.

Also, we did toasts and pints at reception instead of canapés and wine, which people really loved. What’s more quintessentially Dublin than a pint of Guinness and a cheese toastie?

Is there anything you would do differently or wish there was something you weren’t worried about?

The DJ’s speaker turned out to be nowhere near loud enough when the room was packed with all the guests, which was stressful. Luckily we had another good friend in town who was able to have another, much larger speaker for us within the hour.

Other than that, I didn’t have too many worries leading up to the day as I knew it would fly by and the only thing that would really matter that day would be love and good vibes.

Has Covid affected your plans at all?

It wasn’t very fortunate when we chose our date amidst Covid. We got engaged in December 2020 and decided on September 2021. We chose to keep it small as we knew many guests would be more comfortable. We could have had 100 guests but left with 38 and cases were low when our big day came.

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