Elopements and micro-weddings are having a real moment in the industry and I think we can all agree there’s something rather magical about hosting a wedding on a smaller scale. For couples who want to alleviate the anticipated stress of planning, dread the thought of trying to please everyone or simply don’t fancy being in the spotlight, a smaller wedding may well be right up your street. They’re relaxed, deeply personal and offer you the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones – which is something that is virtually impossible to do if you’re inviting 100s of people.
You might be considering a smaller wedding because it can be easier of the purse and we get that. But a smaller wedding doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on style, quality or the setting you choose to get wed – in fact, quite the opposite. If you’re swapping a huge guest list for just a handful of friends and family, let me introduce you to seven intimate wedding venues that will catch your eye.
Treseren is an exclusive-use wedding venue in a secluded spot in Cornwall, where you can make the space yours for as long as you wish, bringing together the ones you love for an unforgettable experience.
Owner Emma explains, “Reasons for choosing a small wedding are so personal, but here at Treseren we specialise in very small, intimate weddings. Couples want their day to be relaxed, with more time to chat, enjoy the setting and time together, with just the most important people present. You get this incredible supportive, happy and warm atmosphere. If there are not as many guests, then really great hospitality in a beautiful setting can be affordable. We hear couples telling us they want a really fantastic wedding menu with locally sourced produce and good champagne.”
This country house wedding venue is perfect for an elopement or winter wedding for up to 20 people, no matter what the season may be. Celebrate in style surrounded by your favourite people at Treseren.
Located within the stunning English countryside amongst fields, woodland and wildflower meadows, Brickhouse Vineyard is a Devon wedding venue with a historic twist. The team set out to create a jaw-droppingly beautiful vineyard wedding venue that was designed for romantic elopements and intimate gatherings with just a handful of friends and family, alongside larger weddings for up to 50 guests. Even if it’s just the two of you, the venue is exclusively yours to enjoy so you can relax in total privacy for the duration of your celebration. It sounds like perfection!
Ever After Dartmoor
If you want a micro wedding with a touch of luxury, look no further than Ever After Dartmoor. It’s the perfect wedding venue for couples who are wildly in love and appreciate the great outdoors and all it has to offer. These guys know how to host a celebration or two – no matter how many guests there may be! Their elopement wedding package includes exclusive use of the venue for 24 hours with key suppliers involved and everything organised. You can also invite up to 8 guests with canapés, champagne and the promise of a good time! What’s not to love?!
For something a little more unusual, Roulotte Retreat is a boutique wedding venue in the heart of the Scottish Borders Countryside, specialising in weddings with up to 35 guests. The team adore working with couples to create an intimate wedding that is completely unique, with a sprinkling of imagination, romance and magic! It offers an elegant space to get together with friends and family to celebrate, while enjoying culinary delights and good wine amongst fairy lights, wildflower meadows and campfires. The beauty of a small wedding is that they can offer bespoke accommodation for your guests! For the newlyweds, their eco hot tub awaits…
A Cotswold wedding venue and beloved family home in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, Pauntley Court is renowned for its intimate wedding packages. With 10 delightful bedrooms to enjoy across three days, your friends and family can make themselves feel right at home for the weekend. From the Ballroom for your reception to the various outdoor ceremony options on offer (the lake, woodland and quince orchard to mention just a few), the team can cater for numbers between 6 – 50 guests. The choice is yours! If you’re drawn to the idea of an elopement, the team can accommodate 2 – 6 guests to ensure your wedding is everything you want it to be, no matter what the size!
Owner Melissa says, “An intimate wedding at Pauntley, with all its characterful and atmospheric spaces, its stunning, formal gardens and incredible views from every angle, gives you the chance to make your very own bespoke and unique wedding weekend, with no time limitations so more time to chat, dine and party, more time to enjoy staying somewhere and more time to make unforgettable memories with your loved ones.”
A modern-meets-vintage treasure near Dartmoor, Coombe Trenchard is an Edwardian Country House wedding venue with acres of gardens, woodlands, parkland and countryside views. The team want your wedding to be as individual as you are, which means if you want to bring just a few friends and family, you can! They love seeing couples get wed within the historic walls and picture-perfect gardens for an elopement, whether it’s just the two of you or a couple more.
Tree Top Escape
Perched above and amongst the trees in North Devon, you’ll spot Tree Top Escape, a luxurious yet intimate wedding venue that is made for the couple who want something unusual and different. There are rolling hills and patchwork fields as far as the eye can see – I can’t think of a more romantic setting for an elopement or intimate wedding for up to 14 guests. The Nest features a wooden walkway, a frameless glass balustrade and wide glass doors, as if it was floating above the countryside, providing a jaw-dropping experience for you to tie the knot.
If a large and lavish wedding just isn’t for you, it may be time to consider an intimate wedding for something that is truly special and meaningful to you both. A smaller wedding also offers scope for an unusual venue, whether that’s an outdoor ceremony atop a mountain, a history-infused Library or a humanist ceremony in a woodland. A micro wedding means you can choose somewhere that really resonates with you both as a couple, allowing you the perfect start to your happily ever after, the way you want it to be.