Small Wedding Venues: The Perfect Places to Host Your Intimate Wedding

From castles to restaurants, and even forts...these wedding venues are perfect for hosting more intimate celebrations


Whether you're looking for budget hacks to help you save or you prefer a more intimate and smaller wedding, a ceremony with fewer guests can still be held at a hugely impressive wedding venue. To help you with your wedding planning journey we've gathered together a list of the most stunning small capacity wedding venues that you are going to adore. 

Gilpin Lake House – Lake Windermere

Gilpin Lake House in Lake Windermere is the dream wedding venue for small and intimate weddings. With seats for just 25 of your closest friends and family, it really is the perfect location for a meaningful celebration with a small group of people. They even have mini-moon packages available if you wanted to extend your stay.

READ MORE: 29 of the Most Amazing Places to Mini-Moon in the UK

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The Lost Village of Dode – Kent

Kent couples will fall head over heels in love with The Lost Village of Dode. It’s undoubtedly one of the most exclusive wedding venues in this area and has a real history to it. Built over 900 years ago, the marriage room is perfect for parties of a maximum of 40 guests so you and your closest friends can celebrate all night long.

small wedding venues - the lost village of dode

Spitbank Fort – Hampshire

Spitbank Fort is a former fort in the Solent and has been transformed into a private use five-star venue with space for a maximum of 60 guests. Only accessible by boat, it couldn’t be more exclusive with eight bedrooms, an open-air hot pool, wine cellar and champagne bar to prove that secluded needn’t mean missing out on any mod cons.

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Cherrytrees – Lothian & Borders

Cherrytrees is a breath taking Scottish wedding venue located in the beautiful Borders countryside, just a stone’s throw from the Scottish-English border. The stunning Victorian walled garden boasts a sophisticated conservatory and romantic ambiance which is perfect for a cute celebration.

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Cley Windmill – Norfolk

Getting married in a windmill has never been as glamorous as it is here at Cley Windmill. The enchanting wedding venue is a truly magical location to get married and their sitting room offers the most unique ceremony space for a party of 22 wedding guests. Just imagine how amazing these views will look in your wedding pictures!

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Channings Hotel – Lothian & Borders

Couples looking to get married in Edinburgh will adore this bespoke wedding venue. Not only is Channings Hotel home to a calm and relaxed ambiance that is ideal for romantic celebrations, but it holds just 50 guests – perfect for brides and grooms who dream of an intimate wedding party in a grand wedding venue. 

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Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard – London

Getting married in the city of London is a dream for so many couples and the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is a wonderful place to do it. Although the hotel has a potential capacity of 110, it can also give the cosy vibe that is necessary for weddings of less than 30 guests. They have facilities that will blow your mind so if you’re looking for luxury, this is where to find it.

SEE MORE: City Wedding Venues

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Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant – Dorset

With stunning views overlooking Lyme Regis Cobb and the Jurassic Coast, the Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant in Dorset is a real steal when it comes to wedding venues. Couples who want a wedding setting with views that cannot be beaten will be taken back by the stunning, scenic surroundings that can this hotel is set amidst – not to mention the fairy tale tower you can say your vows in.

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The Murrayfield Hotel – Lothian & Borders

Located amongst the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh City Centre, The Murrayfield Hotel is a strong contender for brides and grooms thinking of booking their wedding in Scotland. They can accommodate a wedding party of up to 80 guests but also have The Doocot suite which is ideal for a private sit down meal for 20 guests.

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Malmaison Belfast – Belfast

Formerly a seed warehouse, the Malmaison Belfast is a wedding venue that is very popular with couples who don’t like ‘the norm’. With a small event space that can accommodate for groups between 12-40 guests and décor inspired by the Titanic, it really is a venue worth considering.

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The Ballroom at Amalfi White – Derbyshire

The Ballroom at Amalfi White is a wedding venue which gives the perfect opportunity for couples to throw an intimate wedding in a big and bold way. Having a small wedding party shouldn’t mean you have to have a smaller venue if that’s not what you’ve always dreamt of, which is why venues like this are so special! Despire their potential capacity for 90 ceremony guests, the venue will also welcome smaller celebrations with open arms.

small wedding venues - the ballroom at amalfi white

The Bentley Hotel – South West London

City-loving couples, meet The Bentley Hotel. With 64 well appointed, luxurious bedrooms, your guests can also stay the night with you and your partner; which is perfect for weddings where guests are travelling from afar.

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The Old Parish Rooms – Essex

Originally built in 1863 as a parish and school house, this bright and modern venue can cater to any wedding theme whether it’s modern and glamorous or a totally vintage celebration. The Old Parish Rooms are oozing with natural light and would look gorgeous pictured in the summer months.

SEE MORE: Summer Wedding Inspiration

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Severndroog Castle – South East London

Severndroog Castle in South East London is a truly rare find. It is not often that a couple will have the chance to say their vows at a castle wedding venue that is set in such a central London location, and has capacity for a small group. The maximum capacity is 55 guests across three floors, giving people the ability to host an intimate castle wedding.

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The Gallivant – East Sussex

The Gallivant is a wedding venue styled to look like a New England beach house with modern, seaside décor that is totally to-die-for. 95% of all the venue’s meat and fish is sourced within ten miles of the location and their menu itself is just stunning, making it a real foodie wedding venue.

SEE MORE: Coastal Wedding Venues

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Borthwick Castle – Lothian & Borders

Originally built in 1430, Borthwick Castle is a historic wedding venue oozing with character and Scottish history. It can accommodate up to 85 wedding guests for the entire day and is also home to 12 bedrooms so you, your partner and a select few friends and family can spend the night in this gorgeous venue.

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Rayleigh Windmill – Essex

For the seriously intimate weddings, Rayleigh Windmill is a beautiful spot to say your “I do’s”. With a capacity of just 20, you can hold a truly special celebration within the walls of this venue with only your nearest and dearest friends and family.

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Llanerchaeron – Ceredigion

Looking for an intimate wedding venue in Wales? Look no further as Llanerchaeron is a wedding venue that has so much to offer. Nestled in its own picturesque estate complete with a breath taking lake and walled gardens, this pastel coloured building is the perfect setting for a country wedding in the height of summer.

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The Bothy – Central & Glasgow

We’re seriously obsessed with The Bothy here at hitched. Set In the heart of the West End of Glasgow, this unique Scottish restaurant can provide you and your partner with a private dining experience alongside eight or 22 guests, depending on which of their two gorgeous function rooms you choose.

small wedding venues - the bothy

Still looking for more? Plenty of our landmark wedding venues offer the perfect home for a small and intimate wedding day!


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