5 Best Small Wedding Venues

intimate wedding venues in the UK

A large wedding can be perfect if you’ve got a long guest list of family and friends to invite. However, a more intimate affair is becoming more and more popular, enabling you to spend time with that very special chosen few. Our very nearest and dearest.


If you’re planning to spend your wedding day with a select number of guests, choosing the right venue is crucial. You want a venue that is personal to you and comfortably accommodates your guests so that it feels intimate, but not crowded.

Here are five venues across the UK that we think are perfect for couples looking for somewhere unique that caters especially for extra special smaller weddings.

Lost Village of Dode

The Lost Village of Dode, Kent


The historic Lost Village of Dode is one of the most exclusive and sought after wedding venues in Kent and has been voted as one of best wedding venues by Independent.

If you want a stunning and secluded countryside setting, Dode provides you with the ideal choice. The Marriage Room was built over 900 years ago and is suitable for maximum of 40 guests.

There is only 1 wedding per day on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays so you have exclusive access and each wedding ceremony is completely tailored to your individual requirements. They are also available for Christmas weddings 1st to 23rd December on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.

More information can be found here: http://www.dodevillage.com/

Cley Windmill

Cley Windmill, Norfolk


For a really unique ceremony, Cley Windmill ticks all the boxes. As a B&B, they can provide both accommodation and ceremony space for your big day.

The Sitting Room provides ceremony space for just 22 guests, whilst the balcony offers stunning views for some amazing photo opportunities. This venue is something very special indeed. Following the ceremony, you and your guests can celebrate with champagne and canapés in the Windmill Dining Room.

If you require accommodation, you can take over the Windmill and book all the rooms. There is also a self-catering cottage, allowing 20 people in total.

More information can be found here: http://www.cleywindmill.co.uk/

Borthwick Castle, Lothian and Borders


Live the fairytale dream with a wedding at Borthwick Castle and make the occasion truly remarkable. Set in the stunning and romantic Lothian and Borders landscape, Borthwick offers a dramatic and wild backdrop.

Whether you plan for grandeur or simplicity, Borthwick can cater to any request to ensure you have a memorable day. Take your pick from any of the atmospheric spots throughout the castle which is yours exclusively throughout. If you prefer a church ceremony, there is nearby Borthwick church.

Find out more: https://www.borthwickcastle.com/

Another Place, The Lake

Another Place, The Lake, Cumbria


If you’re a fan of the great outdoors and want to feel connected to the elements, consider the Lake Hotel. Set in 18 acres of Lake District National Park, you can really get away from it all here. Set on the shores of Ullswater lake, every element of the hotel is made with the great outdoors in mind.

Originally a Georgian residential house, it has now been transformed into a 40 bedroom hotel. The fell and lakeside provide really romantic and, of course picture perfect backdrops for your wedding photos.

The team work closely with you to ensure every element of the day is tailored to you, whether you have exclusive hire of the hotel and grounds or you want an intimate, low-key affair.

Find out more: https://another.place/the-lake/events/weddings/

Leez Priory


It’s easy to see why Leez Priory is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the country. From the sweeping driveway to the 40 acres of parkland, everything about this magnificent Tudor mansion exudes ceremony and occasion.

Exclusively yours for the big day, choose from seven licensed settings for the ceremony before enjoying a delicious meal in either the Great Hall or the Coach House, both full of rustic charm. After a night spent celebrating your marriage, you and your guests can retire to one of the 15 bedrooms for a much-needed rest.

Despite Leez Priory benefiting from an idyllic village location with glorious lake views and manicured lawns, it is just over an hour from central London.

Find out more: https://www.leez-priory.co.uk

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