Whether you’re looking for budget hacks to help you save or you’ve always preferred the idea of a more intimate wedding, a small wedding venue can create a fantastic atmosphere for your big day.
If you’re having just your closest family and friends for your big day, you’ll want a venue that specifically caters for a smaller number of guests. You’ll lose any sense of ambience with 30 people sitting in a huge, empty room meant for 150!
We’ve rounded up 18 venues which are full of character and ideal for under 60 guests.
If you’re looking for more small capacity wedding venues in your area, you’re sure to find one you adore.
Hidden River Cabins – Cumbria
If you’re after a small rustic wedding venue, these gorgeous log cabins set in serene woodland in the Lake District are the ideal unique choice. While Hidden River Cabins is opening up a dedicated wedding barn for 2020 that can hold up to 250 people, all their cabins, their reception and Hidden River House are all licensed for more intimate weddings.
If you and your guests want to truly get at one with nature among the beautiful woodland and River Lyne, you can host your reception in an open-air tipi or marquee. Their dedicated team are on hand to help you with everything from finding a photographer to delicious catering – and the accommodation is sorted!
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Newton Hall – Northumberland
This enchanting venue in Alnwick has plenty of magical spaces for you to choose from for your big day. As well as stunning outdoor weddings, we love the stylish Hall and the romantic Glass House for intimate ceremonies.
You wedding at Newton Hall will be truly distinctive – there’s stunning lawns and a nearby beach; 21 quirky boutique bedrooms for your guests to stay in; and bold, stylish decor throughout. With 11 pricing levels, there’s something for everyone.
The Royal Pavilion – Brighton
One of Brighton’s most famous landmarks is ideal for an intimate wedding. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, this exotic palace was used as a residence by Queen Victoria. Now it can be the regal setting to your distinguished day, knowing there’s no other venue like it in Britain.
The Royal Pavilion has lots of ceremony room options that suit a small wedding. The Red Drawing Room (above) can seat 44, while the Music Room holds 90. Two exquisite reception rooms for up to 60 seated guests are ideal for a dinner with your closest friends and family, but all the best of Brighton is also on your doorstep here.
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Glazebrook House – Devon
Glazebrook House is a quirky boutique hotel, bursting with cool, contemporary interiors and literary floruishes. The nine Alice in Wonderland-inspired bedrooms have names like the Mad Hatter and Caterpillar room, and look out over their secluded grounds.
Glazebrook can host up to 72 of your nearest and dearest for a wedding, either outside in their magical gardens, in the restaurant, or even on the grand staircase. This luxury venues is perfect for those who wants something out the ordinary and truly special.
The Perch Inn – Oxfordshire
Fancy a champagne boat arrival at your venue? This thatched, centuries-old, riverside pub looks straight off a chocolate box and can be reached by a short river ride along the Thames from your church or registry office ceremony in Oxford’s historic town centre.
Inside The Perch, you’ll find impeccable service, delicious food and drink, and bags of character. The country feast is their specialty: feasting platters or hog roasts and locally-brewed beers on tap. You can have a small wedding reception inside the pub or there’s an option to have a canopy for up to 200 guests – the choice is yours.
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Aswarby Rectory – Lincolnshire
A stunning Georgian house set in 9 acres of Lincolnshire countryside, Aswarby Rectory is a dream backdrop for a wedding. Oozing with rustic charm and period features, it’ll look stunning in your wedding photos.
The rectory has space for up to 80 daytime guest and on-site accommodation, including a beautiful bridal suite. Exclusive hire means it’s private and tranquil – perfect for a relaxed, personal day with friends and family.
The Secret Garden – Kent
Not so secret anymore, because we’re letting the cat out the bag about this gorgeous wedding venue. With a peaceful backdrop of rural Kent, this country wedding venue is dedicated to making your day unique to you. The Secret Garden can offer catering options from posh picnics and afternoon tea to a la carte, plus vintage props, fairy lights, chintzy china, bunting and large candle lanterns are available for your use.
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There’s five spaces to hold your big day: the stunning Gazebo – surrounded by The Wildflower Meadow, Peter Rabbit Orchard and the Flower Cutting Garden – the south facing Terrace, the Courtyard with its glass canopy roof, the secluded Victorian Coach House and the intimate Glass House.
The Glass House, offering smaller vintage weddings with its own private herb garden for alfresco dining, is our favourite choice for an intimate wedding venue.
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The Crab and Lobster – North Yorkshire
Set in the market town of Thirsk, in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside, is Crab Manor, and the Crab & Lobster Restaurant. With acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains and terraces, this is a perfect place to say ‘I do’.
There’s packages to suit all budgets and tastes, whatever your guest list size, and accommodation that’ll make this venue feel like a true escape. With log cabins, a thatched beach hut and beautifully located garden rooms, each with their own hot tub and two boasting their own sauna, this is a unique small wedding venue.
The Haywain at Lyde Arundel – Hereford
From welcoming your pets to finding you suppliers from stone baked pizzas to fireworks or a casino, there’s no part of your wedding at the Haywain at Lyde Arundel that isn’t personal to you. You’ll have exclusive access to the barn for the two days before your wedding to decorate and get everything ready.
As well as the barns, you can also hold your ceremony in the Summer House overlooking their lake and grounds. Within easy reach of Hereford, this venue could be perfect if you want a blank canvas to make your own and feel super homely. It’s great whatever the season.
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Beeston Manor – Lancashire
If you’re a foodie couple, you’ll love Beeston Manor. Head chef Julie Bickerstaffe-Smith and her team are happy to provide you and your guests with whatever you want to eat – just ask! This family-run barn prides itself on treating every wedding like it’s their own, and that’s the real vibe here.
Beeston Manor is set against rolling countrise views, while inside the oak beams rooms are romantic and exude character. They happily accommodate smaller weddings and create a package unique to you.
The Elephant Hotel – Berkshire
There’s 22 individually-designed rooms at this quirky hotel in Berkshire, so there’s more than enough accommodation to host everyone at a small wedding and wake up to breakfast with your family and friends. The Elephant is excellent fun to explore, with romantic secret gardens, fireside lounges and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces.
Within easy reach of London, reading and Oxford, you couldn’t feel further from the hustle and bustle in the leafy, riverside village of Pangbourne. Hire the venue exclusively for a unique wedding weekend like no other.
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Matara – Gloucestershire
Set among 28 acres of grounds in Kingscote Park in the Cotswold, Matara has a tranquil, ethereal energy. All food is fresh and seasonal; you’re encouraged to be as creative as you like with decorations; and your guests can dream the night away in their converted haycroft ‘zen rooms’ (there’s a honeymoon lodge and large Regency home too). It’s ideal for a wedding weekend with your loved ones.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with places to say ‘I do’ at Matara. The most stunning place to exchange your vows is the Asian-inspired cloistered courtyard, but there’s also a banquet and dance hall, with a glass dome at its centre, alongside five ante rooms and extensive gardens.
Patterns – Brighton
Patterns oozes style and sophistication. Not only does it have a terrace which overlooks the iconic Brighton pier, it pays homage to its Art Deco roots with original stained-glass windows, exposed brickwork and pops of colour.
It will be the perfect backdrop from which to show off your contemporary wedding décor.
The upstairs of this Brighton venue can be exclusively hired for parties and small as 30, so if you’re dreaming of an intimate affair then make sure you give this place a visit.
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The Plough Inn, Alnwick – Northumberland
Combining traditional Georgian architecture with chic and contemporary styling, The Plough Inn in Alnwick is the perfect setting for a small ceremony.
The Northumberland venue’s restaurant, Restaurant Amelie, offers an intimate and rustic setting for your civil ceremony and dining for just 35 guests, so you’ll feel totally close to your loved ones.
Once your special day draws to a close, you can head to the bridal suite: your very own sanctuary for the night. It features sumptuous décor and everything you’d ever need to relax and unwind at the end of the day.
There are a further six bedrooms, too, each individually designed with style and comfort in mind.
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Fairyhill – Swansea
This countryside wedding venue is as magical as the name suggests.
Fairyhill is luxurious, exclusive and sophisticated, and the experienced team guarantee first class service and fantastic food. Sounds pretty perfect, right?
The traditional chocolate-box Georgian mansion overlooks enchanting lakes and woodlands, which can all be seen from the panoramic glass windows of their ceremony room, The K Room. Although it can cater for up to 300 wedding guests, Fairyhill pride themselves on being able to create the most stunning intimate weddings too. This place is definitely worth a look.
Cherrytrees – Lothian & Borders
If you are looking for an enchanting wedding venue for an intimate gathering, Cherrytrees is the outdoor venue that dreams are made of.
Just a stone’s throw from the Scottish-English border, it is a lovely Victorian property and walled garden suitable for up to 50 guests. It would be perfect for a summer celebration.
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There are so many extra special touches which make this venue even more wonderful. You can feast on home-grown vegetables and meat from home-reared livestock as part of your wedding breakfast.
What’s more, flowers handpicked straight from the wall garden can be featured in your bridal bouquet, table centrepieces and to make your confetti.
Woodhill Hall – Northumberland
Woodhill Hall does weddings for fewer than 30 guests beautifully. In fact, it does weddings for all numbers beautifully, but if you’re looking for a small and intimate wedding venue in stunning Northumberland then your search could be over!
This quirky and unique venue gives you a surprise around every corner: from the 16 gorgeous bedrooms that are brimming with individuality to the terrace which overlooks the magical 100-acre estate, there is so much to enjoy.
With several special locations to hold your ceremony, you can personalise your day by choosing from the tropical courtyard, Orangery, woodlands, or even the picturesque terrace that overlooks an enchanting 100-acre estate.
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The Frogmill – Gloucestershire
There are a number of areas which will be exclusively yours if you choose to hold your small and intimate wedding at The Frogmill.
Perhaps the most jaw-dropping is The Mill Room: a chandelier-adorned reception space with vault ceilings and ornate décor.
The room looks stunning with an intimate table arrangement set in the centre – dining in close proximity to your loved ones could not be more special.
Outside, the rural backdrop is ideal for your wedding photos, and inside there’s 28 bedrooms for your guests to lay down their head after your big day.
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