Couples are increasingly forgoing big, showy weddings for an intimate event with their nearest and dearest; if you want your wedding celebration to be extra-special, read on for the lowdown on some of the most personal venues to be found across the UK.
The beautiful, secluded Westwood Park in Essex is ideal for an intimate wedding celebration in stunning surroundings. The venue comprises a stately house and 15 acres of gardens, which include an Italian sunken lake and an apple arbour.
There are three rooms within the building licensed for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, and each can house 60, 40 or 24 guests respectively. There are also facilities for a wedding breakfast for up to 40 people at the house, while a fully-equipped marquee is positioned in the gardens by the lake between May and September; the marquee is capable of holding between 60 and 150 guests.
Another venue ideal for an intimate ceremony is the grand Cams Hall in Hampshire. Steeped in period elegance, the 300-year-old mansion features a striking frontage made from Portland stone and manicured lawns perfect for an exclusive champagne reception complete with views of the estuary.
The venue has a licence for ceremonies of up to 60 guests and has indoor dining capacities for the same number. During the summer months it’s possible to have an outdoor champagne reception, weather permitting, while the venue also has a marquee on the lawn that accommodates up to 500 people for some al fresco dining.
Auberge du Lac
A former hunting lodge, Auberge du Lac in Hertfordshire is a charming red brick property near Welwyn Garden City. The small wedding day venue is situated next to Broadwater Lake and affords superb views of Brocket Hall.
Civil ceremonies are held in the atmospheric vaulted brick alcove at the venue, which has a civil licence for 50 people, while the venue also accommodates up to 62 diners in its five-star restaurant, which has won three AA rosettes and numerous other awards. Externally, there is a vast terrace with umbrellas where it is possible to hold a drinks reception, while there is also overnight accommodation on site.
Boasting understated, historical charm, Nurstead Court in Kent is a Grade I-listed manor house with a Victorian facade. The venue has a medieval aisled hall and pretty, informal gardens, being licensed for ceremonies of up to 75 guests in the drawing room.
Nearby is St Mildred’s Church, and it may be possible to tie the knot here before heading back to Nurstead Court for the reception if you’d prefer to get married in a church. The court has dining facilities for up to 50 guests, while the marquee outside can house up to 130 people, and drinks receptions are often held in the oak-panelled library or on the south lawn.
Situated in north Wales, Crogen Hall is a secluded venue in the midst of lush woodland and boasting a spectacular mountain backdrop. The vast estate includes the stately home, 2,500 acres of walking paths, an all-weather tennis court and a stretch of the River Dee, which is rife with salmon and trout.
Up to 50 people can attend a wedding ceremony here, while reception parties are housed in suitable marquees for between 50 and 300 guests. There is also plenty of accommodation on site, and guests often stay overnight, for a weekend or longer to make the most of the spectacular outdoors location and its amenities.