The Best Venues for Small & Intimate Weddings in London

Town Hall’s in London Perfect for a Small & Intimate Wedding

I’ve wanted to write a blog about small and intimate wedding venues for a while a now. I have many reasons for this, but right now, with the all the difficult decisions couples are having to make about their wedding arrangements. It seems like a good time to celebrate and show case how wonderful a smaller affair can be and the fabulous venues I have had the privilege to photograph.

I’ve photographed weddings of all sizes but I absolutely love being part of small and intimate weddings and elopements. Jon and I eloped to Montenegro for our wedding, so I completely understand how special they are.

A small wedding is 50 guests or less. Your closest and most special people. The ones who adore you both and want to celebrate in your love. Not distant relatives, or people from your work, or neighbours who you think you should invite. I see so many couples worry about their wedding guest list, not wanting to upset these people or the feeling of obligation from other family members. They end up paying so much more for food and drinks so as not offend someone they’re not really close too.

Whilst it is completely in our human nature to want to please it doesn’t have to be this way if you don’t want it too. Your wedding is about you and your partner declaring your true love for each other and making a life commitment. The decisions about how and where you decide to marry is entirely down to you. I’m pretty certain your special people will completely respect your wishes.

Small London Wedding Venues

So, let’s talk about the where. There are so many great wedding venues in Kent and London that are perfect for small weddings. These are just a few of my favourites. I’ve broken them down into three categories, but I would recommend reading all of them because each venue is special in different ways. If London is not your vibe check out these blogs.

Boutique Hotels for Small & Intimate Weddings

Quirky Wedding Venues for Elopements and Small Weddings

But if London is your thing it has a lot of amazing registry offices in grand listed buildings. If you want to keep things simple but still enjoy the buzz and vibe of a city wedding, then choosing your favourite restaurant or pub and one of these beautiful buildings is a perfect way to declare your love.

The Old Marleybone Town Hall

Probably London’s most famous and grand registry office. These beautiful steps have greeted newlywed royalty, rock stars and lovers for over a hundred years. Despite its famous heritage it has a wonderful, laid back approach and whether you are a wedding of two or one hundred you are made to feel special. The City of Westminster also has the best wedding registrars, they’re definitely a step above the rest (in my opinion).

bride and groom walking down steps with confetti being thrown at them

bride and groom linking arms and smiling

Marylebone Town Hall has seven beautiful rooms to choose for your ceremony. Ranging from the smaller Soho and Paddington room, seating up to 14 people to Westminster that can seat 100 guests. After the ceremony you can stay for a drink’s reception and photographs or spill out onto the steps for your confetti moment.

bride and groom looking at each during their wedding ceremony

bride and groom and registrar laughing

bride and groom walking in a corridor, she is smiling

The Union Club, Soho

There are many excellent restaurants and pubs in Westminster to celebrate your wedding. I’ve chosen The Union Club in Geek Street, Soho. Fans of The Crown may recognise it for its connection with Prince Phillip’s gentlemen’s private members club. Before I give you the wrong impression it’s nothing like that now. I really loved the picture clad walls and the cosy intimate lighting. Perfect for a winter wedding.

lots of pictures on a wall in a restaurant

a painting on a wall

Islington Town Hal

Islington Town Hall is an impressive building on fashionable Upper Street. It has a wonderful sweeping marble staircase and provides an elegant setting for your ceremony. It has four separate ceremony rooms of differing sizes. Rochelle and Tony held their ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour. A place where many dignitaries have been received and entertained over the years. I loved the grand fireplace as a backdrop for making your vows.

outside islington town hall with a red bus

couple holding hands and smiling

One of the great things about intimate London weddings is the opportunities for informal photos. Rather than staged group shots I just captured the newlywed couple and their guests as we walked to The Modern Pantry for their wedding breakfast.

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwel

The Modern Pantry is a delightful café / restaurant serving locally sourced produce with a stylish twist. It has two private dining rooms, both exquisitely decorated.

the front of a restaurant called The Morden Pantry

Mayfair Library

It is actually a library but with two rooms registered for marriages. It’s located down a sleepy side street and next to Mount Street Gardens which are perfect for photos. I really enjoy photographing this venue. It has a romantic and slightly unpolished feel about it, I think the antique books and ornaments give it that vintage vibe. The area surrounding the library is a photographers dream and suits my love of urban wedding photography.

bride walks down the aisle

confetti being thrown over couple

The Princess of Wales, Primrose Hil

Brendan and Sophia’s wedding took place on a cold, crisp December day. The bit in-between Christmas and New Year. After a shower of pink and white confetti and group photographs in the park, we jumped into a taxi and headed over to Primrose Hill. When I think of a trendy back street pub The Princess of Wales is what I imagine. Refurbed chandeliers, large windows and dark cosy corners, a cocktail list of dreams and great British food. I adore pub weddings; they have such a relaxed and informal feel about them. Nothing has to be on tradition, and you can party the night away how and where you please.

bride and groom in black cab

wedding guests raising a toast

men at a bar laughing

bride and groom walking in the street

Other London registry offices and pub combinations on my bucket list:

Stoke Newington Town Hall and The Londesborough

The Old Finsbury Town Hall and The Green, Clerkenwell

 

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