Want to keep your wedding on the down-low, or do you only want to invite the VIP’s of your phonebook? No sweat! Intimate weddings are becoming increasingly popular nowadays and more small wedding venues are appearing, as many engaged couples decide to have the company of only their nearest and dearest friends and family for their special day.
We’ve chosen our favourite small wedding venues that cater for cosy, intimate weddings for around 60 guests or less – so sit back, relax and enjoy these small yet incredible spaces! If you want to look at more venues like these, go to Bridebook.co.uk’s Wedding Venue Search and click the ‘Intimate’ filter. Here, we’ve done it for you!
Surrounded by brewing casks and contemporary oak beams, you could say your vows in this super quirky venue. Three Daggers Microbrewery is perfect for hosting your intimate wedding breakfast too, with fine wines and their own ales offered to wash down your feast.
2. George Vaults, Kent
George Vaults is an absolutely stunning 14th Century venue that is steeped in history, but also has a touch of modern elegance. The entire venue has 3 floors and many different function rooms, but this small and cosy space is our favourite setting in one of the most intimate wedding venues in the uk.
Fancy a log cabin wedding overlooking the Cumbrian countryside? Hidden River Cabins is a small, unique venue where you can celebrate with up to 50 of your closest friends and family within the oak framed reception room. The photo opportunities are endless here!
Built in 1596, this gorgeous merchant’s house has two beautiful ceremony rooms and the romantic courtyard garden for you to celebrate your nuptials! The wood-panelled Dining Room at the Elizabethan House Museum can seat 25 guests for an intimate quayside wedding.
Now, this is cosy! You and up to 42 of your guests can enjoy this totally unique Medieval venue, The Lost Village of Dode. Create an incredibly romantic ambience for your wedding using the original historic features and candlelight to your advantage.
This Welsh wonder is Trevor Hall, an early Georgian Grade I-listed private stately home in a secluded area of countryside. The red brick structure caters for intimate weddings of 30 guests, where you’ll be served the finest cuisine and can feast like Kings and Queens in the historic Dining Room.
Cruising the Kingston Upon Thames is this intimate venue, The Turk Launches. It seats 86 guests (or less if you fancy a more spacious boat trip!) Each boat is spacious with and features an outside deck, bar, dance floor and comfortable seating, making this a totally memorable experience for all involved.
600 years old and oozing with historic charm, this setting is definitely easy to fall in love with. Walk the aisle of The Pilgrim’s Rest in front of your nearest and dearest before sitting down to a cosy candlelit dinner. You can thank us later!
Want a super intimate natural wedding in a unique location? Plan-It Earth is a sacred place situated beside an ancient holy well where you can be at one with nature while you exchange vows and banquet alfresco with 25 guests. You can’t get more up close and personal than intimate wedding venue.
10. Scaplen’s Court, Dorset
With period features running through this spectacular venue and a gorgeous garden to explore, Scaplen’s Court is definitely a gem of Dorset. Use it as a blank canvas to put your own romantic spin on your intimate wedding, and take advantage of the Dorset scenery for your photographs!
No matter how small your guestlist, St Mary’s Space can cater for you. Get away from it all in this unique Scottish venue, where the owners can be your witnesses if you don’t want the pressure of family and friends present. The mountain backdrop makes it that bit more stunning, too!
Keeping with the Scottish theme, one of our smallest capacity venues is Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel. Fitting only 28 of your VIP’s, this venue also boasts a luxury hotel with an adjoining restaurant, and not forgetting the 360-degree views over the coast.
Original beams, contemporary decor, gorgeous bedrooms and award-winning gardens – that’s what is in store for you when you enter these Cotswold stone buildings. Temple Guiting Manor screams luxury with a twist of historic ambience. Oh and…the outdoor hot tub!
Boutique by name, boutique by nature! Nestled in the historic town of Southwell, the niche of this spectacular venue is – you’ve guessed it – intimate weddings! With plenty of outdoor space and stunning interiors, your Nottinghamshire wedding venue visits are not complete until you’ve seen The Old Vicarage.
Pekes Manor Estate is a Tudor house overlooking gorgeous lakes and perfectly preened gardens in Sussex. Invite 30 guests to watch you tie the knot in this historic setting, and then party the night away with your evening guests in a glorious marquee on the lawns.
The Georgian Lawrence Castle of Haldon Belvedere is what dreams are made of! This hilltop beauty offers views of land and sea for miles around, not to mention plenty of magical charm for your intimate fairytale wedding. Travel on a horse to this venue and you’re set!
Enough grandeur and class for an elegant wedding; yet cosy and homely enough for a private gathering with your loved ones. The Capital’s 170 Queen’s Gate is a luxurious Victorian townhouse with a beautiful Courtyard Garden where you can sip on bubbly to your heart’s content.
Get up close and personal with your guests at this old and charming railway station. You and 25 others can celebrate at this intimate setting with a delightful afternoon tea, followed by a walk around the wild gardens. The Garden Station is simply splendid!
Walk down the aisle at Tudor House & Garden in the intimate Georgian Room before having celebratory drinks in the 11th Century open-air King John’s Palace. Have photos against a backdrop of rustic stone structures and lush gardens on the most important day of your life.
Delicious local country food and fine wines are on the menu at The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, which is just perfect for a low-key event. The Guesthouse is just as impressive, boasting rustic structures and glowing fires throughout. Be sure to enjoy your favourite tipple at the Medieval vaulted bar ‘The Crypt’ as well!
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Burgh House is a 300-year-old oasis where you can escape the hustle and bustle of Central London. Gather in the cosy Library until you’re ready for a feast in the wood-panelled Music Room – unless you and your small group of guests fancy a gander at the art gallery instead!
22. Lower Barns, Cornwall
Right next to the Cornish coast lies Lower Barns, a quirky yet simply stunning barn venue catering for just 20 people. With accommodation for you and your guests right on its doorstep, this venue is boutique and personal at the same time. Just make sure that your pooch is at the top of your guest list for this one!
Dine by candlelight at Star Castle Hotel, situated on the Isles of Scilly, for one of the most romantic and intimate experiences of your lifetime. The castle’s unique shape of an 8-point star has glorious sea views and easy access to golden beaches – this 16th Century gem is a winner in our eyes!
On the banks of the River Nene sits the Queen’s Head Inn, a warm and cosy pub setting it seems from the outside. However, the interiors are a treasure waiting to be found – it boasts 3 reception rooms of varying sizes, each of which is ideal for more intimate weddings.
25. Solus A Chuain, Highland
You might have to cut down your guestlist for this one, as only 10 people can board this unique venue – but we’re sure it would be worth it! Solus A Chuain, based on the Isle of Skye, is a luxury yacht setting allowing you to get away from the mainland and sail into the horizon.
Richmond’s glorious Petersham Hotel is the epitome of luxury and class, as this Victorian venue offers views of the Thames and award-winning cuisine. Dine with 30 of your guests before taking to the marble floors to see your wedding day out with a bang!
Dating back to 1016, Great Tangley Manor seats only 14 guests in it’s ceremony settings for the ultimate personal wedding experience. This moated manor house promises a historic warm welcome and a totally unique backdrop in the Surrey countryside.
The Papermill, a small riverside restaurant, could be just the place you’re looking for. This contemporary yet casual venue is perfect for an intimate wedding breakfast if the focus is on fab food, friendly service and enjoying the company of your guests.
The service at The Brewers Inn is famed for its personal touch, alongside the incredibly versatile space for an intimate and casual wedding reception. With a wine barrel feature wall and plenty of other nooks and crannies to explore, the secret Cellar Bar is a gem waiting to be discovered.
Nash Point Lighthouse is the only working lighthouse in the British Isles – and you could have your wedding here! Squeeze into the lighthouse tower for an up close and personal experience with your guests, while taking in the magnificent views of the coast.
From an informal drinks reception in the bar to a more grand affair in the Westminster Suite, The Bridge Hotel seeps character and charm for your intimate celebrations. The lucky people on your guestlist will be able to sample this venue’s fine food and drinks, ensuring it will be a memorable day for all.
If none of these small wedding venues lives up to your fantasies, there’s plenty more where they came from! Simply head over to Bridebook.co.uk’s Venue Search and click the ‘Intimate’ filter.
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