30 Small Wedding Venues For an Intimate Ceremony
Published date: 5th June 2020 | Author: Hollie Bond
Whether you’re downscaling your wedding party due to Covid-19 or have always dreamed of a bijou wedding, these small wedding venues will be the perfect location for your intimate “I dos”.
There are many reasons why small weddings are just as magical as big, grand affairs. For starters you get to be surrounded by only your closest friends and family as you say “I do”, without any grumpy old uncles or annoying work colleagues in sight. And instead of trying to speak to a multitude of guests you can spend quality time with the few guests you’ve invited.
You’ll also have more budget to put towards the key wedding purchases like your venue and dress rather than stretching it to feed hundreds of guests. While a small wedding doesn’t appeal to everyone, many couples have always dreamed of having an intimate wedding, but if you’re one of the couples who have had to rethink their plans because of coronavirus, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that small weddings are just as brilliant and memorable as big ones.
You’ll be pleased to hear that planning a small wedding is infinitely easier than one with a never-ending guest list too. When it comes to choosing a venue especially. By having a small wedding you’re opening up your options to include lots of wonderful spaces, from private rooms within castles and stately homes, to blank canvas barns, Art Deco city venues and quirky small wedding venues that have one-of-a-kind celebration spaces.
Where you choose to hold your small wedding is a huge decision though, as it’ll shape the entire feel and vibe of your day. To guide you on this key part of the planning journey we’ve rounded up 30 of our favourite small wedding venues that are just perfect for intimate big days for 50 guests and under.
1. Kew Gardens, West London
If you want to be surrounded by nature on your wedding day but still close to city transport links then Kew Gardens would make a stunning location for your small wedding. The botanical gardens are one of the most unique wedding venues in London, just a stone’s throw away from the capital’s centre, and a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Cambridge Cottage is the ideal spot to gather a small guest list of loved ones to witness you say “I do”. Choose between an indoor ceremony in the Drawing Room followed by your reception in the Gallery, or a romantic outside wedding in front of the French doors with views of The Duke’s Garden.
2. Nonsuch Mansion, Surrey
Small and intimate doesn’t mean a mansion wedding is out of the question. Surrey’s Grade II Listed Nonsuch Mansion has two licensed rooms to tie the knot that are brilliant for small weddings. There’s also 300 acres of land to enjoy and use to take some gorgeous wedding photos. This venue offers tailored wedding planning, meaning regardless of the size of your guest list, you’ll be treated like royalty and have plenty of personalised options.
3. Hall Place & Gardens, London
You don’t have to travel to the countryside to be surrounded by greenery and nature on your wedding day. In a leafy part of South-East London you’ll find Hall Place & Gardens – a gorgeous country house built in 1537 that still has many of its original features light gorgeous fireplaces and high ceilings.
The estate has 65 hectares to enjoy, so you are sure to feel like you have escaped to the countryside, even though the amenities and sights of London are just around the corner. For a small wedding of 50 guests or less, we love The Great Chamber and Long Gallery, which has plenty of features but still plenty of scope for you to decorate and make it your own.
4. Crondon Park, Essex
If you are looking for small wedding venues in Essex, you might want to consider Crondon Park. Located in Stock Valley, this wedding venue offers beautiful scenery and stunning views across the surrounding countryside. Just think of the wedding photos!
Although the character-filled Baronial Hall, with its light oak beams and rosewood flooring, is big enough for larger weddings it could still work perfectly if you sectioned off an area for a small wedding. And if you’re a fan of golf, the Crondon Park golf course is just a short distance away, so why not indulge in a round to unwind from all those wedding celebrations?
5. Manor By The Lake, Gloucestershire
Manor By The Lake, located in the heart of the Cotswolds, is a stunning Gothic manor house built in 1845. You’ll fall in love with the impressive grounds, Italian garden, and shimmering lake, all of which guarantee a gorgeous backdrop for your photos.
Enjoy a small indoor ceremony in the Maximilian room or make the most of the gorgeous gardens with an outdoor ceremony. You also have your pick of the space for your wedding breakfast, whether you want to take advantage of the light and airy ballroom or stay in the manor and enjoy the Gothic features.
6. Woodhall Manor, Suffolk
The rural idyll of Suffolk is home to some of the country’s most beautiful stately homes, including the gorgeous Woodhall Manor. Located in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Natural Beauty the surrounding area is a setting worthy of a thousand wedding photos.
Perfect for an intimate wedding, Woodhall Manor is steeped in history and full of character, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more enchanting setting for your special day. For a small wedding in summer, you’ll want to consider the romantic Dovecote. Inside the ideal function rooms for small weddings are the rooms inside the Manor and The Cherry Blossom.
7. Hatfield Place, Essex
A small wedding is the perfect time to get your nearest and dearest together in one place, so why not choose a manor house for a house party to remember? With equal amounts extravagance and that special home-from-home vibe, Hatfield Place is an exquisite Georgian manor in Essex surrounded by 15 acres of parkland.
Located next to the River Ter, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the backdrop for your wedding photos. They have several indoor and outdoor areas available for your small wedding, including an elegant ballroom. A bonus – there are 12 bedroom suites available on the property, perfect for all your guests to stay the night.
8. The Kingscliff Hotel, Essex
Located on the Essex Sunshine Coast, The Kingscliff Hotel is a beautiful venue with views across manicured gardens, and the beach. Their King’s Suite offers flexible ceremonies and receptions, perfect for anyone who has decided to have a small wedding. And, as with any hotel, on-site accommodation means you can party the night away!
9. Botleys Mansion, Surrey
If you are looking for a historic venue to host your small wedding, Botleys Mansion is bursting at the seams with original features. The 18th century Palladian style mansion located in Surrey offers the luxury that brides and grooms deserve on their wedding day, with exclusive use of The Greene Room for a gorgeous small ceremony, and your choice of reception rooms for post-wedding celebrations. They aren’t short on outdoor space either, with plenty of pretty gardens to take a relaxing walk as newlyweds and capture a few photos.
10. Addington Palace, Surrey
A beautiful historic wedding venue nestled in 163 acres of Surrey countryside, Addington Palace gives you the choice of two spaces for your wedding day. The Georgian Mansion is best suited to couples who are having a small wedding, with a range of smaller rooms, with space for everything from the ceremony and reception, to getting ready and staying the night.
You’ll have the palace all to yourself to feel like royalty for the day. Make your entrance on the grand staircase leading from the library, which is also a stunning spot for wedding photos. Choose between The Winter Garden and The Great Hall for your ceremony, both equally impressive and flooded with an abundance of natural light that your photographer will thank you for.
11. Hever Castle, Kent
Kent is known for its stunning scenery and historical architecture, so it comes as no surprise that it’s a hotspot for weddings. Hever Castle is among the most sought after, and gives you the choice of three different locations for your special day.
Though a castle might seem rather large and grand for couples with small guest lists, conversely they are actually better suited as intimate wedding venues due to the small rooms that they are made up of. Hever Castle is one such venue and has a range of smaller rooms to choose from, plus 28 luxury on-site bedrooms, so there will be plenty of space for you and your guests to really experience living like royalty for the night.
12. Bradbourne House, Kent
Kent’s countryside is full of tiny villages and great expanses of land. Hidden among it all is Bradbourne House, a stunning Tudor property surrounded by 20 acres of parkland. Just an hour away from London, this country house is a magnificent venue for an exclusive small wedding.
There are four spaces licensed for the ceremony, with fabulous options whatever the weather. Inside you’ll find it hard to choose between The Great Hall and The Drawing Room, while for couples looking to say their vows under the summer sun, there’s the choice of either The Hatton Fruit Gardens or the Great Hall steps. Either way, your small wedding will be truly unforgettable at this intimate wedding venue.
13. The Barn, Tunbridge Wells
When it comes to small weddings, no one does it quite like The Barn Pub and Restaurant, Tunbridge Wells. Weddings at The Barn are wonderfully personal, and unlike a lot of barns, which are vast and more suitable for large weddings, just a few guests will be right at home in this boutique beauty surrounded by wooden oak beams and an abundance of character.
The venue is also a gorgeous countryside pub and restaurant and home to an award-winning courtyard garden, the perfect spot for those all-important wedding photos. The Barn is a magical spot to hold a small wedding in one place.
14. Oaks Farm, South London
South London may be known for its busy city atmosphere, but there are also many areas of tranquility too. Located on the outskirts, Oaks Farm is the ideal escape for a small wedding. Surrounded by views of rolling hills and the picturesque countryside, you will feel like you are in a world of your own as you say “I do”.
The barn and orangery are licensed for ceremonies, as well as some sublime outdoor spaces, including the wooden steps of the summer house, or beneath the gorgeous wisteria covered arbour next to the pond. As an intimate wedding venue this takes some beating.
15. Meols Hall Tithe Barn, Lancashire
For those in search of small wedding venues that aren’t quite as grand as a mansion or a castle, something a little more rustic might work in your favour. Tithe Barn is located in the gorgeous grounds of Meols Hall, and its romantic, candle lit atmosphere make it the perfect spot for intimate weddings. Surrounded by parklands and enchanting woods, this really is a magical venue to share your special day with your closest loved ones.
16. Rookery Hall, Cheshire
Cheshire is known for its extravagance and affluent areas, so it’s a given that it’s home to some rather spectacular venues, like Rookery Hall. The tree lined driveway guarantees a stylish arrival, and the blend of historic Georgian manor house features and modern upgrades means you can enjoy the beautiful architecture whilst enjoying the luxuries you cannot go without.
Pick either the Morning Room or the Nantwich Suite for your ceremony, or perhaps you would prefer Cheshire’s rolling hills as the backdrop as you tie the knot. Either way, you are guaranteed an exclusive day surrounded by your nearest and dearest guests.
17. Merrydale Manor, Cheshire
Cheshire isn’t short of stunning buildings, and Merrydale Manor is one of the finest. With masses of rolling parkland and picturesque gardens, you really aren’t short of a view or two once you’re inside the building either. With grounds that include a picture postcard lake, fountain and the grand manor itself, the list of photo opportunities is never ending.
The gorgeous ceremony room with wooden pillars and oak beams has an abundance of daylight streaming through the floor to ceiling windows, with views of the surrounding grounds. There is also a church nearby if you would prefer a religious ceremony before using the venue for your reception.
18. The Oak Tree of Peover, Cheshire
The Oak Tree of Peover is a wedding venue in the heart of Cheshire surrounded by stunning views of the countryside. Rustic and rural, the venue is simply divine even without adding your own unique decorations.
The oak wood details, abundance of greenery and natural light create the perfect daytime setting, and as the sun goes down and evening sets in, a romantic glow creates a magical atmosphere for you to celebrate with your family and friends. The civil ceremony room and the Acorn Lounge are both options for the ceremony, with view of the pretty gardens.
19. Heaton House Farm, Derbyshire
A farm might seem like an unusual place to choose for an intimate wedding venue, but this isn’t any ordinary farm. Heaton House Farm was formerly a dairy farm, but in recent years they have ditched the dungarees for gowns and tuxedos with a truly remarkable renovation.
The converted barns have been designed to fit all themes and decorations and all sizes of weddings including intimate weddings. With fairy lights and chandeliers, who would guess it used to be a working farm? You have a lot of choice when it comes to ceremony location at Heaton House Farm, including the option of marrying outdoors, as well as in the local church nearby.
20. Colshaw Hall, Cheshire
Colshaw Hall is a Tudor style manor house in Cheshire, surrounded by 300 acres of grounds. With stunning views and exclusive use of the property for the day, it’s the perfect place for a private and intimate wedding.
The elegant Stables is a stunning room to say your vows, and in the warmer months the Magnolia Garden and the Walled Garden are also licensed for ceremonies. Colshaw Hall also has on-site accommodation, so you can really party the night away. From seven bedrooms in the manor hall, to eco cabins for the environmentally conscious, there is plenty of space for your friends and family.
21. Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa, Cheshire
Sitting on the edge of the Peak District, Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa is the ideal countryside escape for anyone looking for a small wedding venue in Cheshire. This romantic country house dates back to the 19th century, and the Drawing Room is a beautiful historic room for an intimate ceremony. Not only is the room itself packed with period features, but the huge windows let in plenty of daylight and on clear days the views stretch as far as Manchester.
22. New House Country Hotel, South Wales
It can be difficult to find the ideal location when searching for a small wedding venue. Perhaps you want a countryside wedding, but don’t want to ask your guests to travel too far. New House Country Hotel could be the answer if you are searching for a venue in the Cardiff area.
Located on Cardiff’s outskirts, it’s just a short distance from the busy city, but also has views of Wales’ rolling countryside and hills. It might be a gorgeous country mansion, but the open fires and cosy intimate décor will make you feel right at home, and it’s perfect for celebrating with a few special guests.
23. De Courceys Manor, South Wales
This stylish manor is fronted by a regal fountain filled with colourful blooms so the arrival for your guest will be nothing short of spectacular. It sounds like something out of a movie, but De Courceys Manor is available for hire as an intimate wedding venue. It is nestled in the Welsh countryside, just a short distance from Cardiff City Centre.
Tie the knot in their stunning Floral Room, before spending the night in their luxury accommodation, which includes a boutique wedding apartment as well as cosy family cottages. What’s more, the gorgeous grounds are the picture-perfect background for your wedding snaps. What more could you ask for?
24. Manor Parc Country Hotel, South Wales
As small wedding venues go Manor Parc Hotel is ideally suited to anyone looking for intimate “I dos”. Manor Parc country Hotel is a family-run venue situated just on the outskirts of Cardiff, so you’re in the country but still have a gorgeous view over the city.
The rooms available for wedding celebrations are all smart and stylish – the Cedar room has been recently refurbished and the Orangerie has an incredible glass dome ceiling showcasing the surrounding views. With on-site accommodation, a church nearby and exclusive use for your special day, it is a real winner.
25. The Union Club, Soho
Looking for wedding venues in London? In the heart of stylish Soho, The Union Club is set in a fabulous Georgian town house believed to be 270 years old. Bursting with character, charm, and an abundance of history, it’s the perfect place for intimate weddings.
Unique and quirky in its décor, the elegant rooms are full of light, with walls covered in paneling and an array of art. Full of warmth in winter thanks to the open fires, The Union Club is an ideal venue for couples who are having a small wedding.
26. Trailfinders Sports Club, West London
Trailfinders Sports Club is a unique venue for your intimate wedding, and has a lot to offer. Home to 18 acres of land, gorgeous grounds and located in West London, it really is a hidden gem. Channel Victorian style elegance when you say “I do” under the Olympic Pavilion, or perhaps you would prefer something a bit more modern by choosing the Centenary Club. Either way, it’s sure to be a wedding to remember. If you’re looking for wedding venues in London on a budget, this is one to check out.
27. The Clarendon, South London
In the heart of Blackheath Village, The Clarendon is a grand, yet welcoming venue for any intimate wedding. With views of Royal Greenwich Park, this Georgian Hotel is one of South London’s staples. There are plenty of rooms to choose from for your ceremony and reception celebrations, with four suites, the Goffers room and stunning walled gardens visible from The Meridian Suite.
28. The Lensbury, West London
When it comes to spectacular city landscapes, it’s hard to beat The Lensbury. Located on the banks of the river Thames and surrounded by 25 acres of land, your wedding photos are bound to be simply breathtaking with this setting as the backdrop. With five function rooms to choose from and a shuttle bus available to transport you from A to B, your wedding day is sure to be stress free and elegant – the day you’ve always dreamed of.
29. Fulham Palace, West London
Want to go all out even though your guest list is small? How about taking over one of London’s most iconic palaces for the day? Fulham palace is a unique and regal country house in West London, which means you get the tranquility away from the city without having to travel too far.
You can marry in one of the civil ceremony rooms or the private chapel. Every inch of the palace can be decorated to your taste, and room layouts can be adapted to accommodate smaller weddings, making it perfect for those intimate celebrations.
30. Woodlands Park Hotel, Surrey
Steeped in history and full of original features, Woodlands Park Hotel is a Victorian country house in the heart of Surrey’s countryside. Surrounded by glorious gardens and with its own landscaped maze at the entrance, this really is a regal wedding venue. Inside there are bright and airy ceremony rooms and gorgeous stained-glass windows. It’s truly a stunning venue for a small wedding.