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31 small wedding venues for an intimate UK wedding

Whether you're looking for small wedding venues for 30-60 people or places to fit a guest list of 10 or less, we've found the most beautiful spaces around the UK. There's everything from rustic barns and country houses to unique city venues - all just made for a smaller wedding.

Putting together our edit of the best small wedding venues in the UK proved beyond doubt that intimate celebrations are a popular choice. The average UK wedding has 81 guests – rising to 103 in the evening – but a surprising number of venues cater for smaller guest lists, too.

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We’re not just talking about venues that are small in size. Large venues clearly recognise the importance of providing options for more intimate celebrations, such as dedicated private dining areas and special packages.

With so many potential venues out there, we’ve helped narrow the search by picking the 31 most beautiful small wedding venues in the UK, whether your perfect wedding guest list is two or 60.

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1. Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk

The restaurant at Tuddenham Mill
The restaurant at Tuddenham Mill

This picturesque converted water mill has options for different sizes of guest list. The restaurant suits up to 60 guests, while the Terrace Room suits up to 36. The watchword here is flexibility, with celebrations entirely tailored to you. After your perfect party, there are 20 bedrooms for you and your guests to repair to, all with luxe touches such as ESPA products and Missoni dressing gowns.

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2. Gilpin Lake House, Cumbria

Exterior of Gilpin Lake House
Gilpin Lake House

The Lake House at the Gilpin Hotel in the Lake District is a lovely place for a small wedding. Take it on an exclusive-use basis for 12-60 people and you’ll enjoy two days of festivities, starting with a champagne afternoon tea to welcome your lucky guests. There’s accommodation for 12 at the Lake House itself. You can also hire the Boat House for a just-the-two-of-us ceremony, if you’re planning an elopement.

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3. Treseren, Cornwall

Dining room at Treseren
Treseren

When it comes to creating a welcoming atmosphere, a family-run venue is hard to beat – that’s just one of the many reasons we love Treseren. This country house is pretty as a picture, and hosts exclusive-use weddings for up to 12, with on-site accommodation for 12.

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4. The Union Club, London

Union Club dining room
The Dining Room at The Union Club

You don’t have to be part of this laidback private member’s club to have your wedding here. While the Georgian townhouse can accommodate parties of up to 300, for a smaller guest list, you can take the eclectic, charming Dining Room for a sit-down reception of up to 60. The Union Club prides itself on the quality of its food, with all bread and pasta hand-made fresh on site.

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5. The Secret Garden, Kent

The Secret Garden wedding venue
The Glass House at The Secret Garden

Even though there are three wedding spaces at The Secret Garden, the venue only hosts one wedding per day, giving you perfect privacy. For an intimate celebration, choose the light-filled Glass House, which seats up to 26 – it comes with a private herb garden should you prefer to dine outdoors.

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6. BAAD Glasgow, Scotland

BAAD Glasgow
BAAD Glasgow

When it comes to wedding venues in Scotland, there are plenty of historical options, from castles to country houses, but we also like the contemporary-cool feel of Barras Art & Design, also known as BAAD, in Glasgow. While they can cater for large-scale events, they also have weddings for guest lists from 25 upwards.

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7. The House at No. 131, Gloucestershire

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The House at No. 131

This boutique beauty in Cheltenham has won plaudits as a chic and unique hotel, and it’s also a delightful place for a wedding. The House at No. 131 is licensed for civil ceremonies, and can host up to 50 guests. There are eight gorgeous bedrooms, so your nearest and dearest can stay over.

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8. New House Farm, Cumbria

Exterior of New House Farm
New House Farm

Looking for a rural venue for an intimate wedding? Set in glorious countryside, New House Farm could be just the place. While larger weddings are hosted in the barn, you can have a wedding for up to 20 in the main house.

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9. Glazebrook House, Devon

Entry hall at Glazebrook House
Glazebrook House

Glazebrook House combines sophisticated design with quirky details, making it a personality-packed place for a wedding. You can take the whole hotel on an exclusive-use basis for you and 62 guests. The gardens are beautiful – the perfect backdrop to newlywed photos.
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10. Cherrytrees, Lothian & Borders

Exterior of Cherrytrees
Cherrytrees

If you want to get married outdoors, you need to take a look at magical Victorian walled garden Cherrytrees. Just imagine have your ceremony surrounded by gorgeous blooms – followed by a wedding breakfast to remember, whether you want a formal dinner for 50 or an afternoon tea.

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11. The Old Vicarage, Nottinghamshire

Exterior of The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage

Located in the picturesque town of Southwell, The Old Vicarage can be hired on an exclusive-use basis for 50, for an elegant affair. There’s a bandstand in the beautiful grounds, carved by Amish craftspeople in Pennsylvania, where you can have your ceremony.

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12. Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk

Exterior of Bruisyard Hall
Bruisyard Hall

This magnificent country estate caters for weddings both large and small. You can have a celebration for 28 in the historic main house, working with the private chef to create menus that perfectly suit your tastes. If you want to really treat your guests, the venue offers a concierge service to put on everything from balloon rides to pamper parties.

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13. Burgh House, London

Burgh House ceremony room
Burgh House

Burgh House is ideal if you’re looking for an elegant backdrop to your wedding. Built in 1704, it’s filled with period charm, and you get the use of the baby grand piano. The focus here is on flexibility, with the catering team as happy to create a formal sit-down wedding breakfast for up to 62 as a laidback champagne and canapés reception.

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14. Camel Studio, Cornwall

Wedding breakfast at Camel Studio
Camel Studio

Camel Studio is a fresh, contemporary take on a country venue. The pared-back studio can be decorated to suit your style, or you can have a reception outdoors in a Sperry tent. They cater for guest lists from two to 80, and all weddings are on an exclusive-use basis.

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15. Birdsall House, North Yorkshire

Dining room decorated for a wedding at Birdsall House
Birdsall House

Want a bespoke wedding? Check out this stunning, family-run country house. With a planning service included in the hire charge, you’ll be able to work with the team to create a celebration that perfectly suits you as a couple, with a minimum guest list of 20.

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16. Eshott Hall, Northumberland

Eshott Hall exterior
Eshott Hall

This enchanting country house hotel has a variety of spaces for a smaller reception, including the atmospheric Library and the refined Drawing Room. Take the whole place on an exclusive-use basis for a country house party your guests will be talking about for years to come.

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17. Hever Castle, Kent

Exterior of Hever Castle
Hever Castle

A castle may seem an unlikely venue for an intimate wedding. However, Hever Castle has splendid spaces for smaller guest lists. Take the Dining Hall, which accommodates a maximum of 40 and has a carved Minstrels Gallery and huge stone fireplace.

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18. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire

Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons. Image by Paul Wilkinson Photography
Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. Image by Paul Wilkinson Photography

If fine dining is your priority at your intimate wedding, look no further than this renowned country house hotel, founded by Raymond Blanc. The food truly is exquisite, guaranteed to delight up to 50 guests, and the bewitchingly pretty rooms and grounds are designed to impress.

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19. Fforest coast, Ceredigion

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Geodesic Dome at Fforest Coast

We’re big fans of all the fforest venues, but it’s fforest coast that’s particularly well suited to a more intimate wedding. Set within a secluded valley just 15 minutes from a beautiful beach, the venue comprises a Dutch Barn, expansive terrace and vintage marquee, hosting up to 60. There’s accommodation on site for 40 in lodges and cool geodesic domes.

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20. The Crown Inn, Oxfordshire

Interior of the Crown Inn dressed for a wedding
The Crown Inn

This 18th-century coaching inn certainly has historic charm, but it also has a fresh-feeling contemporary aesthetic, making it a stylish spot for a small wedding. The pub caters for up to 55 guests at a seated wedding breakfast, and there are five individually designed  bedrooms.

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21. Brickhouse Vineyard, Devon

The Roundhouse at Brickhouse Vineyard
The Round House at Brickhouse Vineyard

The thatched Round House at Brickhouse Vineyard is a cool and quirky space for a wedding – and this is where you’ll say ‘I do’ whether your guest list is four or 60. The views are beautiful; enjoy them from the terrace with champagne, as you toast your newlywed status.

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22. The Chimney House, Sheffield

Interior of The Chimney House
The Chimney House

Sometimes industrial, warehouse-style wedding venues can look a little stark. Not so The Chimney House, thanks to the warm tones of the wood and exposed brick. Hosting weddings for up to 50, this riverside venue is a romantic spot for an intimate urban wedding.

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23. BALTIC, Tyne & Wear

Couple kissing by a window
BALTIC

The stunning views from the iconic BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art are a big draw – but they’re not the only thing we love about this stylish venue. There are a variety of chic event spaces that you can really make your own. For intimate weddings, it has to be the Level 5 Viewing Box, with floor-to-ceiling windows, which seats 24.

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24. The Gatehouse at The Lord Crewe Arms, Northumberland

Interior of The Lord Crewe Arms
The Lord Crewe Arms

This wonderful historic pub has long been a Y&YW favourite when it comes to wedding venues, with excellent food, plenty of character and an idyllic village location. You can still experience all this if you have a smaller guest list – you just need to book their private venue, The Gatehouse, which seats up to 18.

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25. Roulotte Retreat, Lothian & Borders

Exterior of Roulotte Retreat at night
Roulotte Retreat

This collection of hand-carved French caravans – the ‘roulottes’ of the name – is a lovely spot for a small wedding of up to 35. The meadow location is bewitchingly pretty, and the roulottes have all the contemporary comforts you need. There’s a central 1950s studio with wood burner and covered deck for feasting and dancing.

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26. Nantwen, Pembrokeshire

Interior of ceremony room at Nantwen with two grooms
Nantwen

What could be more romantic than an intimate wedding at a secluded country cottage? Nantwen is set in the middle of Pembrokeshire National Park, and offers a range of options for different guest lists, including elopements and weekend parties for up to 20 guests. Accommodation is in the cottage itself or in well equipped tipi tents in the wild gardens.

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27. Millbrook Estate, Devon

Exterior of Millbrook Estate
Millbrook Estate. Image | Pinterest

Millbrook Estate specialises in weddings for couples and up to four guests, so if you’re planning a countryside elopement, this could be the one for you. The setting is lovely, with lakes and wild flower meadows in the grounds, and there’s a pretty licensed summerhouse for the ceremony.

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28. The Star Inn at Harome, Yorkshire

Exterior of the star inn at harome
The Star Inn at Harome

This idyllic pub, which dates back to the 14th century, has become a foodie destination in recent years, with a menu of modern Yorkshire dishes made from local produce. Groups of up to 10 can reserve the private dining area in the pub itself; larger celebrations up to 40 take place over the road at Cross House Lodge, which has a spectacular wheelhouse and terrace.

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29. Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire

Dodford Manor exterior
Dodford Manor

Barns usually cater to larger guest lists, but the divine Dodford Manor also offers options for 30-40, setting up the spaces so they feel special and intimate. This is a very special venue, dedicated to delighting couples and their guests – there’s no corkage, and the catering team will work with you to create the menu you want.

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30. The Great House at Sonning, Berkshire

The bar at The Great House at Sonning
The Great House at Sonning

We’ve been recommending The Great House at Sonning as a destination for UK honeymoons for a few years now, thanks to its dreamy riverside location, delicious Coppa Club food and chic interiors. But these factors also mean the hotel is an excellent venue for weddings, including those on a smaller scale, with a minimum guest list of 60.

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31. The Lodge on Loch Goil, Argyll

The treehouse at The Lodge on Loch Goil
The treehouse at The Lodge on Loch Goil

Surrounded by magnificent Scottish scenery, restaurant with rooms The Lodge on Loch Goil hosts weddings of all different sizes, whether it’s just the two of you or a party for 50. The treehouse is the perfect place for an intimate ceremony, and the accommodation is beautifully appointed.

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