Despite the recent rules banning gatherings of more than six people in England, wedding ceremonies and sit-down receptions are still allowed—with a maximum of 30 guests at ‘COVID-secure’ venues.
If you are searching for a beautiful venue in which to host an intimate wedding due to the new laws—or would simply prefer just closest friends and family present for your big day—then read on to discover some of the best smaller capacity wedding venues in which to get hitched.
Say ‘I do’ on a working farm
As far small wedding venues go, Heaton House Farm ticks all the boxes. The venue is suitable for between 10 – 120 guests and offers a choice of four charming areas for the wedding ceremony, either indoors or out in the open.
The venue is a working farm tucked away on a hillside on the Cheshire and Staffordshire border and is surrounded by spectacular scenery that will make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.
The bridal party can also enjoy use of the ‘Bridal Pamper Room’ a dedicated space to get hair and make-up looking perfect before the ceremony.
Heaton House Farm also offers virtual tours of their venue, so you can explore the farm to see if it it’s the right venue for you without leaving your home, Many venues are now offering virtual viewings as a practical and responsible way to view their spaces in the current climate.
Get hitched in a luxury treehouse
Quirky couples who are looking for a truly memorable venue, will delight at the chance to hold their wedding ceremony at Treetops – a luxury treehouse overlooking six acres of landscaped gardens.
Treetops is located in the grounds of The Fox and Hounds Hotel, nestled in the heart of the Devon countryside. The venue hosts up to 10 guests and the venue offers a 2-night deal that includes a civil ceremony, champagne and canapes from £1,200. We’d also recommend speaking to the venue to arrange one of their sticky-sweet Doughnut Walls as a fun twist on a dessert!
Guests can stay overnight at the hotel and the happy couple can relax in the 7-foot four poster bed in the bridal suite after the ceremony.
Sssshhh… It’s a secret
We’re letting the cat out of the bag and sharing with you just how beautiful The Secret Garden is for an intimate wedding. So intimate that the venue will host wedding parties of just two guests!
If it’s your dream to have a truly vintage wedding then this Kent venue is well worth a viewing (virtually or in person). Wedding ceremonies take place in The Glass House, which is designed for smaller weddings and includes a private herb garden that can be used for outdoors dining for the wedding breakfast.
The Secret Garden can decorate the venue with chintzy china, quirky props, bunting and strings of fairy lights to complement the vintage theme.
The highlight of this beautiful wedding venue is the abundance of photo opportunities it provides. Choose from a cobbled courtyard, a shepherd’s hut, wildflower gardens or a clock tower as a unique backdrop for your precious photos.
Invite your pets and have a paw-fect day
The Haywain at Lyde Arundel is a personal venue that welcomes four-legged friends as wedding guests. So, if you would like your pooch to play a part in your big day, then The Haywain is well worth a viewing.
The venue only hosts one wedding a week, and you get exclusive access two days before the event to style the space exactly as you would like. Located within easy reach of Hereford it provides a blank canvas for creative couples to make their own.
And best of all… there is vineyard—so your guests can be served the venues’ very own Peacock Paddock wine, a light, crisp English white wine that is perfect for toasting the beginning of married life!
A Georgian venue for an effortlessly elegant wedding
With its traditional Georgian architecture, fused with an eclectic modern design, No.131 The Promenade located in the town of Cheltenham, has been deemed one of the best hotels in the Cotswolds.
The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies, and the happy couple can exchange their vows in either the elegant lounge or the dining room. The ceremony will be followed by guests having a champagne reception on the terrace, before enjoying an intimate wedding breakfast.
The food at the venue makes the most of seasonal ingredients and is locally-sourced, which is another reason to get married at No 131. Afterwards, guests can stay in one of the eight bedrooms, all exquisitely decorated with antiques—and soak away the day in a roll-top bath.
Fall in love in a lighthouse
For a wedding venue with a 360-degree view of the rugged Scottish coastline of Galway, the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel is a unique, yet luxury venue for an intimate wedding reception. It can host up to 28 guests and is licensed for civil or religious wedding ceremonies.
You’ll be sure of an impressive wedding breakfast too, with dishes such as free range chicken breast delicately smoked over juniper and oak whisky cask shavings, or pan-fried Scottish beef fillet flashed in French brandy, followed by poached pear in a cinnamon and port sauce—ideal fayre for a hearty winter wedding menu.
The lighthouse was built in 1851 and is a building of major national importance—it is a listed ‘A’ building. It’s beacon still beams to ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan, so if a wedding in a working lighthouse floats your boat, this could be your ideal venue.
Check before you travel
If you plan to view any of these wedding venues, always check that they are currently hosting viewings, as the COVID-19 guidelines change frequently. For the latest information, see the government website.