Planning a wedding can be a daunting task especially if you really have no idea where to start. 2020 has affected many couples wedding plans and also increased the popularity for smaller, intimate weddings with only 15 guests being allowed to attend weddings. There are lots of benefits to having an intimate wedding and plenty of stunning locations for you to choose from. We have put together a list of some of our favourite venues to help give you some inspiration.

Having an intimate wedding is something that many people choose to do as it’s a good way to have a smaller budget and spend your money on the things that really matter to you both as a couple. Just because you are having a smaller wedding it doesn’t mean that you have to lose out on anything or that your guests won’t have a fantastic experience. In many cases, because you have less people it will allow you to be more creative with your budget and perhaps incorporate things that you wouldn’t have considered before.

Choosing a venue

When looking for your ideal venue or location, you need to firstly think about where you want to get married. There are so many options available to you and you can get married anywhere in the county. There are plenty of exclusive use venues in the UK which means that it would only be you and your guests at the venue for the duration of the day. This is even more special if you have chosen a luxury countryside venue as you will be able to make use of the on-site accommodation and make a mini holiday out of it.  By having an intimate wedding and having a smaller number of guests it will mean that you could be more flexible on the day of the week you get married. Some venues offer mid-week deals so this might be something to consider and look into.

Choosing the location

If you are looking to organise an intimate wedding there are lots of options out there for you, especially if you are willing to be flexible or wanting to organise something more unique. Instead of getting married in a venue, you could use a celebrant and get married on a beach or perhaps in a secluded forest somewhere. This opens up more options for you, especially with a smaller number of guests and also means that you can decorate or do pretty much anything that you would like. Having a celebrant is a great idea especially if there is an outside area that you both love and would love to get married in. A celebrant offers more flexibility with not only the location but the format of the ceremony.

The Stack – Cornwall

This venue is beautiful and perfect for couples who love the secluded, Poldark location!  It is a former 19th century engine house which has been converted into a secluded wedding venue. It’s also perfect if you are looking for a boho themed venue.

Fox & Hounds Country Hotel and Treetops Treehouse – Chulmleigh, Devon

This venue is perfect for nature loving couples; imagine saying ‘I DO’ surrounded by beautiful trees and mother earth. This venue holds up to 10 people so it’s ideal for a smaller wedding. The added bonus with this venue is that it then doubles up as a honeymoon venue where you can spend a mini holiday with your partner.

Hidden River Cabins – Carlisle, Cumbria

This gorgeous venue is situated within a secluded woodland area in the Lake District and allows you to get married in rustic log cabins. This is another great venue for any nature lovers and ideal for an intimate wedding, you could even choose to get married outside in the grounds, or within a tipi for a truly rustic, boho vibe. This would also be a great venue to come back to every year to celebrate your wedding anniversary and spend a weekend in a gorgeous log cabin! 

The Priests House – Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire

If you’re looking for a venue with history then this venue is perfect for you. It is a lovingly restored Old Chapel with plenty of character and original features. Small weddings take place within the House itself which has lots of atmosphere and character.

Glazebrook House – South Brent, Devon

This is a quirky boutique hotel located in the beautiful County of Devon and is ideal for anyone looking for a more modern wedding venue. There are lots of areas to get married at this venue, even on the grand staircase which would be perfect if you are only having a small number of guests. This is definitely a unique venue.