North west England, micro wedding ideas
We’ve always loved shooting small weddings, even pre-covid era we have covered micro wedding ceremonies from just the two of you to mini full day weddings with up to thirty guests. It’s not all hundred’s of people partying the night away. In fact, the more the day is how you’d like it then the better the memories and images are – we just love to show the character of the two of you and the day you’ve chosen to celebrate your official joining together in wedded bliss :)
As micro weddings are becoming more popular and I guess couples feel free-er to have their day just as they feel appropriate then we’ve introduced our micro and mini wedding packages for north-west venues. And maybe further afield if it’s last minute or not too far… so what do you get for these shorter day packages.
Micro wedding photography.
This pretty much covers the essentials of your ceremony and a few pics afterwards. Up to two hours of photography, which usually means about 15-30 mins before your ceremony, ceremony and then up to one hour afterwards for general documentary photography of your micro-reception, celebratory fizz and a few couple photos around your venue if you’d like these.
Mini wedding photography
To tell more of the story of your day and capture those special moments as the day builds up. Generally this covers some of your preparations before the ‘I do’s’ and then concludes with drinks reception, couple photos and if there’s a few of you and any speeches they can be covered here too. All in all we’ll be there for up to four hours.
For longer coverage then our standard full day and short day packages work just the same for a small wedding as they do for larger celebrations. We’ve even shot a full day’s elopement with just the bride and groom, in fact we pretty much planned their day and chose the ceremony location! Not what we usually do but we like a challenge too.
As we’re photographers based in Manchester then our micro and mini wedding packages are limited to the northwest, otherwise we’d be travelling for hours more than we would be shooting! Unless you have a tempting proposition….So, whereabouts in the north west is best for a micro wedding or elopement? If you’ve been searching for this then you’ve probably; come across the same places recommended online, generally in Cornwall or London – not very helpful when you’d like to tie the knot Up North! Well as if by magic we’re here to help and have a few suggestions for small intimate wedding venues in the Northwest of England. So this isn’t just some list of wedding venues we’ve pulled out at random. I figure if you’re going the micro wedding route, you want the micro venue, not just to be stood in a huge room with nothing to do. Boutique, destination wedding venues with style, panache or just a little bit quirky but most of all the perfect location for an intimate wedding. You’re doing it your way and you deserve the best few days ever to celebrate :)
Cheshire – micro wedding venues
Let’s kick off with Cheshire and part of the inspiration for our micro weddings package. The Love Shack, yes I know cheesy name, but look further and you’ll find boutique self catering lodges set in gorgeous woodland. Set in the grounds of Moss Wood, under the thoughtful slightly bohemian eye of owners Wendy and Dominic. This place is stunning and purpose designed for micro wedding celebrations, for just the two of you. Lush and almost tropical in spring and summer, to a magical ethereal winter wonderland in the cooler months – no matter what the season this place is an absolute stunner. The perfect luxury bolt hole for a few nights in Cheshire with a wedding thrown in for good measure. We could go on for hours about how much we love this space but there just aren’t enough superlatives and you’d get bored too! But lets just say we’d highly recommend it – best for weddings of two – six people.
Sticking with Knutsford, maybe it’s the micro-wedding Mecca of the north! Then for more of an English country garden and cottage feel then Pear Tree Farm has a bespoke package with summerhouse ceremonies or inside the farmhouse’s more ornate Gold room which looks perfect for a cosy winters day. Again it’s all set up for a few sneaky nights away, relax take in the Cheshire countryside, enjoy some nice meals and on the side get married too.
Looking for quirky with a capital Q and a bit of history thrown in? Well this one hot of the press in Nantwich might just be the one for you. The Secret Bunker has two teeny tiny rooms perfect for just the two fo you of up to around 20 guests. The dark and moody Art Deco cinema space or the brighter but historic briefing room, both ideal for your micro wedding amidst the war time history and industrial heritage. Loads of great photo locations for couple photos if you fancy a bit of time at the museum after your I do’s.
Manchester – micro wedding venues
Fancy a city break with an intimate wedding thrown in, well Manchester might be just what you’re looking for. Plenty of choice for amazing boutique and luxury accommodation, as well as eating out opportunities from slap up restaurants to casual street food vibes. So where to tie the knot, these options have all been chosen for their small licensed ceremony room options or that cosy vibe in slightly larger rooms.
The Bank at Stock Exchange Hotel, a new addition to the Manchester hotel scene but in one of Manchester’s old and glorious buildings. The smallest most intimate room The Bank at The Stock Exchange, is perfect and licensed for intimate ceremonies. For a foodie city break maybe add on a Tom Kerridge masterclass, what better way to add memories for your special day and great for us to take pics of too :)
20 Stories – Private Dining Room, OK so it doesn’t have a classy ‘role off the tongue’ name to this ceremony room option, but the views over the city are phenomenal. The Spinningfields location in Manchester City centre is surrounded by a modern clean city vibe and with a garden terrace this is one of Manchester’s best locations for a destination break whilst having the city on your doorstep.
So this is a massive huge building, no one will know you’re in here tying the knot but the garden terrace is the ideal hideaway location in this contemporary New York style loft apartment warehouse hotel. Why not hire the penthouse suite too, the perfect combination for a luxury city break. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you where, Ducie Street Warehouse. Modern contemporary interiors mean that even if the Manchester weather is a little on the rainy side there’s plenty of space to grab a few photos of the two of you.
Manchester’s not short on culture, so why not embrace the history and ambience. So if you’re more of a book nerd or art collector than the glitzy shiny things then Manchester has that covered too. In fact you could combine the two, get married at one location and wander through the next location, these first two options are practically neighbours.
So, books are your thing, maybe you met in the shh-ed aisles of the local library. Well the perfect micro wedding location is right here, at Portico Library. Surround yourselves with over 25,000 books and 215 years of history, so there’s plenty of words to choose from for your wedding vows. Shelves stacked high and a gorgeous building make this the ideal setting for intimate or small weddings. There’s even a café inside too, so if you fancy a chilled out coffee and cake after your wedding ceremony, then you don’t have to go far. Not only that the building is equally impressive from the outside too.
More of an art lover, well literally one street away from Portico Library you’ll find all the art you need. Manchester Art Gallery, a great spot to while away a few hours (again tea and cake options here too!) and throw in a wedding ceremony too. A choice of ceremony space from the smaller The Charles Rutherston and Mary Greg Meeting rooms, or surround your selves with the works of Lowry and Valette in the gallery space. We know this is a larger space but feel the art gallery vibe won’t make it feel out off place with just two or you or a handful more.
Just out of town towards the university sector is Elizabeth Gaskell House. This is truly a micro-wedding venue, with a maximum of 35 guests even if you fill it to the rafters then it still fits that small wedding category. That’s not to say this isn’t a stunning space, more of a cosy historic home feel, if history is your thing the rooms are restored to 1857 era, so that seems historic enough. For a city centre wedding you won’t find many places with a great private garden too, giving you the mix of history and the outdoors for your days celebrations. If you have adopted for a few guests, then there’s space in the very atmospheric basement servant hall for a bit of food too, to extend your micro-wedding day.
Didsbury House Hotel, this one’s in the leafy cosmopolitan suburbs of Manchester but a gorgeous boutique hotel with a homely feel. Light contemporary ceremony spaces and a more relaxed vibe than being right in the city centre.
Also in Didsbury with it’s almost country cottage gardens is The Old Parsonage. A community based trust, with a very relaxed vibe – if you like red then this is the ceremony room for you :) Plenty of stunning accommodation nearby at Didbsury House or Eleven Didsbury Park, again with stunning gardens too.
Lancashire intimate wedding venues
Fancy the full on gourmet Michelin star treatment? Then Northcote is quite simply the venue for you. Exquisite menu’s, bijou reception and ceremony rooms make this the ideal bolt hole for a micro-wedding in Lancashire. Add on gorgeous hotel accommodation and you have your luxury retreat in the heart of the stunning Ribble Valley, with loads of foodie or outdoor options on your doorstep you can easily put together an amazing bespoke wedding celebratory few days away.
If your preference is for grandeur surrounded by amazing woods and gardens then Browsholme Hall might have what you’re looking for. Usually used for larger weddings (in the tithe barn) but they offer use of the drawing room in the main hall for smaller ceremonies from 2-60. We’ve shot here before and feel it would work well even with just the two of you, the room is packed full of paintings and history that you don’t need lots of bodies to make it feel full! Want to embrace more of the natural feel , then the very atmospherically named ‘Lonesome Pine’ is the perfect location for a woodland ceremony. With onsite glamping lodges, you could easily spend a few memorable days at Browsholme Hall, with all the Ribble valley has to offer just on the doorstep.
So for now, that’s our selection for the north-west of England, close-ish to home for us. I am being picky here and maybe some of the larger venues would suit your day, especially for around the 30 guest numbers, but I want this to be a useful guide for those true tiny micro weddings or elopements :) Obviously we’d love to join you where ever you decide to tie the knot and love exploring new locations to, as no doubt I’ve missed the odd location or two here. Speak soon and happy wedding planning, no matter how big or small your guest list is.
For more venue ideas, for weddings of any size then head over to our venue pages for Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. Micro and mini weddings featured on our blog include a Lancaster elopement, a windy elopement in Teesdale, and a lush summers day micro-wedding at the Love Shack.
Catherine & Rashad, just doing it their own way. A quick cuppa in a local cafe as part of their elopement day in Teesdale.