Small micro weddings and intimate ceremonies are on the rise. As couples seek to host unique, memorable occasions, and with people being more financially mindful than ever before, it stands to reason that small soirees are back in vogue.

Best Small Wedding Venues in the UK

But to enjoy all the charms of a scaled-down wedding, you first need the perfect venue. One that won’t eclipse your big day – a venue that adds to the atmosphere and lends itself perfectly to a cosy, personal experience. Here’s eight of our favourite choices.

Offering award-winning weddings in the heart of the Lake District, Cote How is a family-run business catering to smaller parties. With acres of rolling hills all to yourself, you can enjoy the simple pleasures that come with country living.

With first-class hospitality, every whim and request is taken care of, in this upmarket B&B style tearoom.

From intimate ceremonies for couples of two, to larger affairs of up to 50 guests, this charming setting provides rest and refuge away from the bustle of the city.

Going small doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style. That’s the essence of this boutique bolthole, offering all the charms of the Cornish countryside. From secret gardens to beautiful beaches nearby, there’s so much to discover in this nature reserve, whatever time of year you choose to elope.

Exclusive to parties of 20 or less, the focus here will always be on you. It’s ‘two plus a few’ package is one of its most popular, allowing guests to be lavishly looked after with flowing food and drink, with a loving homemade touch.

If you’re looking for an intimate venue that puts you at its heart, look no further.

Complete with creaky floorboards, original beams and inglenook fireplaces, The Pilgrim’s Rest is a local gem nestled near historic Hastings. Harking back to a bygone era, its 15th century architecture remains as desirable today as it ever has. Whether you’re a wedding party of fifteen or fifty, you’ll never feel out of place, since this versatile venue can accommodate all types of groups.

The 600-year old venue will put you under its spell with unique features, including witches marks ushering evil spirits to the underground tunnel – a reminder of its historical significance. You too will be put under its spell, with this Grade II listed building ideal for boutique weddings, without losing any of its magic!

Whether it’s just the two of you, or a group of a hundred guests, Arnos Vale welcomes all couples, promising the wedding you always dreamed of.

One of the joys of this venue is that there’s plenty of space to put your personal stamp on proceedings. From a tucked away woodland celebration, to exchanging vows indoors – think of it as a canvas open to your own interpretation.

Within the setting is Spielman centre, a Victorian building perfect for hosting celebrations. Then there’s the jewel in its crown – the Grade II Anglican Chapel. This centrepiece brings a touch of elegance and grandeur to celebrations with its grand hall complete with Victorian features, perfect for saying ‘I do’!

On the larger scale of intimate venues, Garthmyl Hall brings opulence and elegance to the fore.

Indoors or outdoors – adorned in fairy lights or with seasonal flowers – the options are endless and open to your own personalisation. As such, no two weddings are ever the same here, allowing you to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience for guests. With its relaxed vibe, you can take your time to enjoy the beautiful grounds too.

If your dream wedding day involves those nearest and dearest to you in the confines of your own private lodgings, then it doesn’t get better than Hidden River Cabins.

Located in the rural setting of North Cumbria, this woodland barn is the perfect base for eloping in style. Set within a stunning woodland retreat, there’s river views, log cabins and forest walks for guests to enjoy. It feels much more than just a wedding venue, but a special setting where magical moments happen.

The site caters to groups of all size, with weddings taking place in the River Barn or log cabins – you can choose. With a stunning menu of locally sourced produce to match and pets welcome, it takes care of all the finer details.

For all those home-from-home vibes, The Old Vicarage is a modern setting, steeped in luxury and style. There’s sophisticated touches at every turn, from grand chandeliers to perfectly manicured gardens and an outdoor ‘couples swing’ for some entertaining photos!

Here you can kick back and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside, in private and intimate surroundings, all to yourself.

Whether you choose to exchange vows indoors, or outside in its picnic pavilion, there’s plenty of options to enhance your special day.

Taking great pride in their property, this family-run business goes out of its way to ensure you achieve the wedding you desire.

Whether you opt for bohemian-chic, classy countryside, or rural and rustic, Stratton Court Barn is the perfect setting for small weddings with big dreams.

The venue can easily accommodate a handful of guests, or more sizeable numbers, in keeping with the micro wedding theme. And it does so without any compromise whatsoever. There’s plenty of luxury five-star touches throughout the elite property, including twinkling fairy lights adorning its cosy barn, and a show-stopping tree-lined driveway flanked with beautiful roses and lavender in full bloom.

Never failing to impress, this delightful venue centres around its well-equipped barn which dates back to 1870. Dance the night away and make full use of this magical setting, you won’t be disappointed.

Read our guide on tips for planning your small intimate wedding here.