Small Wedding Venues for Hire in London

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Top Small Wedding Venues in London

London is known for great small wedding venues, with more and more couples choosing to have an intimate wedding surrounded by their closest friends and family. The city has plenty of charming spaces which are perfect for smaller celebrations. And the really nice part? Here at Tagvenue we can help you find the perfect intimate wedding venue. Book with us and see how quick and easy it can be to compare different venues, contact managers and finalise the booking online!

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Small Wedding Venues Hire Guide

Planning an intimate wedding just for you and your closest friends and relatives? London has plenty of small wedding locations and Tagvenue is here to help you find the wedding reception venue of your dreams whether you're expecting 20 or 50 guests. Organising a smaller wedding will help you save money while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. If you want to spend quality time with your closest friends and family on your big day, small is the way to go.

Typical wedding venues usually have way more seats than you’re going to need, so if you want to hire out an entire venue for a small wedding, you have to think outside the box. Here’s some of our alternative wedding venues that are abundant in London: 

  • Pubs – Would you like to celebrate in a genuinely British way? Pubs with function rooms for hire make small and cheap wedding venues. They’re the ultimate choice for a laid-back, unconventional wedding reception. You can add a special touch with DIY pieces, too. Pub weddings are affordable, cosy and a little different – the perfect place for relaxed family affairs.
  • Boats – All aboard for the celebration! Some of our boat venues offer stunning views of the Thames. Sound like a truly memorable way to celebrate your wedding? Party boats vary in size and shape, which means you can find the perfect one for your intimate wedding.
  • Private dining rooms – Dreaming of an intimate wedding with a delectable menu? London is world famous for its culinary scene, so why not choose a private dining room for your wedding reception? With the city’s wide choice of restaurants, serving different types of cuisine, you’re sure to find a tailor-made option. Dining rooms have different capacities, so they’re perfect for both small and tiny weddings.

How to plan a small wedding in London

Planning your own wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. We are experts in sourcing the best venues London has to offer, so that you can contact, book, and pay venues online, in mere minutes. If you need some tips and tricks on how to make your small wedding feel like a grand celebration, you don’t have to look any further. Here’s some of our best advice on how to plan a small wedding:

  • Arrange wedding reception games - For a small group of wedding guests, it’s easier to enjoy these kinds of activities. People who know one another well usually really get into the fun.
  • Host the entire wedding in one venue - Organising a small wedding gives you the chance to have both the ceremony and the reception in one place. The Tagvenue team is happy to help you find venues with a wedding licence, saving you a lot of time and hassle.
  • Think off-season - When you invite a small group of guests, it’s easier to find a date that’s suitable for most of them. Host your intimate celebration mid-week or during the less popular periods if you’re planning a budget wedding. That way, you’ll have more money for the honeymoon!
  • Get some great food - Whether you’re going for in-house catering or external vendors, you should have amazing food for your wedding dinner. Since you’re planning for way less people to come to your wedding, investing in quality is much more manageable. And if you want to save money, you and your family can make the buffet yourself! Just make sure to talk with the venue manager about their policy on bringing your own food and drinks.
  • Add a theme - Themed weddings have become super trendy over the last few years and a smaller scale will make it easier to keep it consistent. Go with a style you enjoy - whether it’s retro, art deco, seasonal, or industrial. You can even try to implement an interesting dress code which will look great on your wedding photos!
  • Make transport easy - This is especially important if you’ve found a venue on the outskirts of Greater London. If your venue is not easily accessible by public transport, you could consider hiring a bus for all the guests to commute easily? But if most of the guests will have to arrive by car, make sure the venue has enough parking for all of them.
  • Keep it intimate - During a massive wedding, the bride and groom have to make sure they have a chat with every guest, which leaves very little time for interaction. We think a big advantage of small weddings is the meaningful connections you can make with your friends and family.

So, we hope that we helped you hire the best small wedding venue for your celebration and budget. If you have any more concerns, you can ask around different venue managers for details about their offer, like if they have some wedding packages, what type of food they’re serving, etc. You can also check out our FAQ below:

Small Wedding Venues in London FAQ

What are the advantages of hiring a small wedding venue in London?

Organising a wedding in London is nothing short of nerve racking, but choosing to have a small celebration rather than a big one can save you from unnecessary stress. If your budget is rather tight, inviting only a few of your closest friends and family will help you save you some money that you can put towards your honeymoon! Additionally, there are way more options when it comes to venues in London, if the number of your guests is on the modest side.

How do I make my small wedding unforgettable?

When you save on an intimate wedding you can spend the rest of your budget to make it as charming as possible. This means decorations, more elaborate menu and drink options and entertainment! Or you can decide to hire your dream venue, which would have been way out of your budget if your guest list was longer. The options are truly endless, and simply depend on your priorities.

What are some unique small wedding venues in London?

Discover some amazing small venues that are perfect for a small crowd of your nearest and dearest. With these venues you won’t have to sacrifice any of your wedding day dreams just because you prefer a smaller and more intimate gathering.

  • The Council Chamber at the Museum of the Order of St John – Dating back to the 16th century, this venue offers a sumptuous and historic feel on an intimate and small scale.
  • The Library at The Chesterfield Mayfair – Enjoy a small wedding at this Regency era hotel in Mayfair. Enjoy the ambiance of an earlier age as you get hitched.
  • The Oratory at The Milestone Hotel and Residences – Fitting only 8 guests, this is truly the most intimate venue you can find in London. Enjoy this Grade II listed venue in London’s posh borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

How much does it cost to hire a small wedding venue in London?

Even in London, it is possible to find an affordable small wedding venue. Hire fees can go as low as £50 per hour or £100 per session. When it comes to minimum spend, the lowest price you can find is £100 per session. (All data from Tagvenue). If you are looking for a charming intimate wedding space no matter the price, you are sure to find what you’re searching for in no time.

Guests Reviews of Small Wedding Venues on Tagvenue

Booked Whole Venue at The Union Regents
Francesca and her team were super amenable and very enthusiastic both in the planning of our wedding reception, and during it. The food was exceptional too, and all of our guests had a wonderful time - as did we! Can’t thank Francesca enough, and would highly recommend for any event!
Charlotte Willacy
Booked The Hold at The Golden Hinde
Friendly staff who made us so comfortable and really made our wedding day go so smooth. The venue is beautiful and in such a good location. Would 100% recommend for any kind of event.
Arlie Mae Senining
Booked 1st Floor at The Elgin
I had my wedding reception at the Elgin. Caroline was very patient in answering my incessant e-mails. Cara and the team were very hands-on from planning down to the day of the event. Their suggestions were very very helpful!
Vivian Howe
Booked 1st Floor at The Elgin
The food was amazing, the teams customer service was amazing, the space was perfect for our small wedding, and everything was done to our liking and on time!
Toby Hillier
Booked Whole Venue at Balfour St Bart's
The food was amazing, staff fantastic and everyone had a brilliant day. The park across the street and the neighbouring Smithfield Market were good for those people that wanted fresh air. We LOVED the beef main course and the English sparkling wines, and we felt so well looked after by the staff - they really made us feel special.
Behzad Mashouf
Booked Main Reception Room at One Moorgate Place
6 star venue. Beautiful, well managed and organised. If you want your venue to be an easy ride for a beautiful wedding, then you shall consider the team of OMP. Kudos to Hannah, Darren and Richard for their work and attention to details!

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