Boutique Hotels for Small & Intimate Weddings

Wonderful hotels to get married in

I am an absolute sucker for a boutique hotel or BnB, the quirkier or off grid the better. I’ve seen a big increase in couples choosing to get married outside of the busy summer season, in preference for winter and autumn weddings. Sometimes they can be a little cheaper and let’s face it; we could all do with some celebratory fun in November.

Boutique hotels are perfect for weddings at any time of the year. They’re often beautifully decorated in a bespoke style. They know how to light a room to create atmosphere and drama and they make wonderful backdrops for photo opportunities, so even if the weather outside is dismal it makes no difference to your day. The other great thing about having an intimate wedding in a boutique hotel is you can hire the whole venue and camp out for the weekend with your friends and family.

These are some of my favourites and a few on my bucket list.

The Bell in Ticehurst

Okay, statement alert, The Bell is my favourite of all time! Not because it has the best quirky mismatch of furniture, or because there are real trees weaving in and out of the rooms, or because the food is local and scrumptious, or because they sell award winning English fizz. No, none of the above. I mean they are really good reasons to choose this boutique pub for your wedding venue but the reason it’s my favourite is because it’s where my husband and I had our first staycation.

I experienced first-hand what it’s like to stay in one of the individually decorated rooms, to eat the wonderful food and to sit at the sunken table for breakfast, which also doubles up as a platform. Let me expand, after the ceremony your guests line up in the stable, ready for you to walk across the sunken table whilst they shower you with confetti and then (the best bit), you ring the large historic bell.

There are two areas licenced for weddings. The Assembly Hall which seats up to 90 guests and my favourite ‘the stable with the table’ for smaller weddings. The stable has a vintage, shabby chic feel to it with neon letter lighting and ‘Billy’ the buffalo head overseeing celebrations. The hall has gorgeous chandeliers and bespoke wallpaper designed by Melissa White, depicting The Bell’s story. There is an additional snug / library room as well as the bar area. The garden has a large fire pit, perfect for evening photographs, sparklers and marshmallows. It also has a really cute, naturally made lodge called the Love Nest.

bride and groom walking across a sunken table

chairs set out for a wedding ceremony

a painting on a wall

bride and groom in front of a neon sign and brickwall

bride and groom looking at each in the bath

If you are planning a small wedding, you must include this in your ideas list. Then book me to be your wedding photographer and I will smile with joy for the whole day.

The Bingham Hotel, Richmond Upon Thames

The Bingham hotel is a beautiful Georgian townhouse overlooking the Thames, nestled between Richmond Bridge and Petersham Meadows. The hotel has fifteen bedrooms, the river view room being the largest. It’s perfect for groom or bridal prep, or for you both to get ready in. The hotel bar is decadent with high ceilings and large gilded mirrors and the gardens are a tranquil river spot just waiting for wedding guests to mingle. The close proximity to the river is perfect for romantic evening photographs.

the bingham hotel garden and back of the hotel

boats on the river thames

bride and groom in the sun walking in a garden

The Gallivant, Camber Sands

If, like me you stayed at Pontins during your younger years (actually really showing my age). You may consider Camber Sands as a desolate beach resort that time forget. Whilst I would say that is still true, it is also a beautiful wild wilderness with a rugged sand dune beach. Absolutely perfect for intimate wedding photographs.

It’s also home to The Gallivant, an award-winning boutique hotel and sort after wedding venue. In the words of the hotel it has “a huge beach, twenty gorgeous bedrooms, food to die for, a bar that belongs in Hoxton, a dream team looking after you, all just for you and your guests and only an hour and a bit from London”

The Gallivant love to give you exclusivity of their hotel and I would certainly recommend you enjoy the wellness experiences they offer as part of your celebrations. It’s also a great place to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Think romantic walks and moon lit drinks on the beach with your love.

Chris and Helen held their Christmas wedding at The Gallivant. Super cosy and very sparkly.

a Christmas tree in a bar area

And on my bucket list……

The Rose Hotel in Deal – whilst this is not a licenced wedding venue it is a gorgeous chic seaside hotel, brimming with artistic charm and fabulous food and drink. There are eight individually decorated rooms in bold colours and vintage furnishings and it’s a stone throw away from the beach. Deal and its surrounding area have some lovely churches as well ‘keeping it simple’ registry offices.

tables and chairs in a restuarnt

Chateau de la Ruche in the Loire Valley – in my parallel universe my husband and I live in this amazing chateau hosting intimate weddings. This chateau has been lovingly restored in a relaxed and unpolished way. It has three beautiful rooms and two further bedrooms in Maurice’s House. There are many options for your wedding ceremony including a wildflower meadow and an ancient woodland. If you book me to photograph your wedding at this venue I will adore you forever.

the outside of a chateau in France

a fireplace in a grand room

Check out my other blogs about my favourite venues for small and intimate weddings

Quirky Wedding Venues for Elopements and Small Weddings

Town Hall’s in London & Back Street Pubs

 

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