The Best Small Wedding Venues in Scotland

Small weddings are in vogue right now in Scotland. Gone are the days when you felt you had to commit the equivalent of a deposit for a house onto your wedding celebrations. More couples are seeing the value of a small wedding for their nuptials. Regardless of how much you spend, or how many people you invite, at the end of it, you’re still just as married whether you had 15 or 150 guests watch you tie the knot.

There are so many benefits to having a small wedding in Scotland, and so many ways you can do it too. Certainly I’m seeing a lot more enquiries for small weddings. So if you’re planning on a small wedding in Scotland, then you’re not alone. I had a small wedding myself when my husband and I exchanged vows, and I have no regrets. I didn’t feel less of a bride for it, I don’t feel less married, and I loved having a really laid-back day that suited our personalities.

So with that in mind, I’ve put together a list if you’re looking for a venue to host your day in Scotland.

Small City Wedding Venues In Scotland

The Bothy, Glasgow

The Bothy in Glasgow is a firm favourite for couples looking for a small wedding venue in Scotland. You can book the Scullery for 14-24 guests, and have your own intimate dining experience. It’s a great spot for hosting your ceremony too – get married by the beautiful fireplace while your guests sit back and watch you exchange your vows. It’s rustic decor really add to the appeal for a lot of couples as you really don’t need to dress it up.

Outside is ideal for some photos too, there are so many spots around Byres Road and Ruthven Lane for some cute, cosmopolitan vibe couple portraits. Or have some photos with your guests in the garden outside. Looking for some photographic inspiration? Check out this same-sex wedding in Glasgow and this small Glasgow wedding at the Bothy.

The Bothy Weddings

newlyweds in the gardens at the Bothy in Glasgow walking through confetti

Hotel Du Vin – One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow

Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow is another favourite small wedding venue to check out. One Devonshire is popular with bigger weddings too, but works fantastically with small weddings. They cater for different numbers for your day, from 2 up to 80 dining guests. You can book their accommodation for the night as well, so you don’t have far to go afterwards.

Located off Great Western Road, it’s fairly quiet, and an avenue of trees shelters the hotel from the main road. Photo opportunities are also great here. If the weather is good, pop out for a group photo onto the steps. If it’s not so great, use any of the beautiful staircases inside, with their stunning stainglass window backdrops. There’s outdoor spaces with private gardens for sitting enjoying a balmy evening (if you’re lucky enough to have one!). You can also use the cobbled lane at the back for some romantic couple portraits. I’ve photographed many weddings at Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens before, and I love the hospitality of the team who work there.

Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens

bride and groom kissing in a cobbled lane with trees and flowers next to One Devonshire Gardens

Montrose Street, Glasgow

The simplest way to get married in Glasgow and have a small wedding – book your ceremony at Glasgow Council’s Montrose Street Registry Offices. They have two rooms, the Kelvin Suite and the Clyde Suite, and can host up to 35 people. The team at Glasgow City Council are lovely as well – they’re welcoming and inviting. There are ante rooms as well that you can utilise before your ceremony too. Afterwards, you can have photographs around the centre of Glasgow, and head off to your favourite pub or restaurant for a bite to eat. This is ideal for couples working on a budget for their small wedding in Scotland as well as couples who just want to keep things simple.

Want some photo inspiration? Have a look at this blog post of Glasgow elopement photography at Montrose Street Registry Office.

Montrose Street Registry Office, Glasgow

City Chambers, Edinburgh

If you want a small intimate wedding venue in Edinburgh, then the City Chambers is perfect. In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, it’s a brilliant wedding venue for a small celebration. You can book any of their three ceremony rooms which can accomodate from elopements right up to a wedding with 70 guests. They can also offer catering too. You can have canapes for as few as 12 people; banquets for a minimum of 20 people; or afternoon tea for a minimum of 15 people.

Edinburgh is such a beautiful city for a small wedding in Scotland.

Edinburgh City Chambers Weddings

Castle Venues for Small Weddings in Scotland

Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire

If you fancy a venue that is opulent and stunning for your small wedding in Scotland then I’d highly recommend Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire. Hidden away in the South of Scotland, it’s perfect for a romantic Scottish wedding. The interiors are beautiful and grand, while outside it has incredible gardens to explore and utilise for photos. This is a quiet retreat, you’ll feel very much like you’re in your own bubble for your wedding day. This is a wedding venue with some beautiful views of the Scottish islands of Aisla Craig, Mull of Kintyre and Arran. Finished in 1870, it’s a beautiful Scottish castle venue for a small wedding or elopement. It’s ideal for 2-70 people. Looking for some photographic inspiration? I was the photographer at this beautiful Glenapp Castle elopement.

Glenapp Castle

bride and groom kissing next to a pond near Glenapp Castle wedding venue after their small wedding

Castle Lachlan, Argyll and Bute

If you’re looking at intimate venues for your small wedding in Scotland? Then Castle Lachlan is perfect. Book up to 15 guests to stay in this incredible house near Loch Fyne. It’s linked to the Clan Maclachlan, and steeped in Scottish history over the centuries. You’ll be surrounded by 1500 acres of estate as well, and you can take a short walk to visit the old Castle Lachlan ruins. I was the photographer at an intimate wedding at Castle Lachlan which you can see on my blog for more ideas.

Castle Lachlan

Loch Venues for Small Weddings in Scotland

Ross Priory, West Dunbartonshire

If the idea of getting married near Loch Lomond takes your fancy for your small wedding, then check out Ross Priory. This venue belongs to the University of Strathclyde, and can host up to 92 people. This beautiful building dates back to 1693 with gorgeous views of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond. It’s 40 minutes from Glasgow, so ideal as a destination small Scottish wedding venue. The grounds are incredible and make a beautiful backdrop for photographs. You can have an indoor or outdoor wedding (weather permitting!) and it also offers onsite accommodation.

Ross Priory

Carrick Castle Estate, Argyll and Bute

Carrick Castle Estate near Cairndow is a beautiful rustic venue for small weddings in Scotland. They now offer their services for small intimate weddings for up to 24 people. It has so many spots for gorgeous photos as well, overlooking Loch Goil. It takes around an hour and a half to drive along some spectacular scenic roads from Glasgow. Hannah, the manager of the estate is lovely too and will make sure you’re looked after during your stay. If you’re planning a small wedding in Scotland and really want to wow your guests with some beautiful scenery, then this should be on your must see list.

I have photographed a few weddings at Carrick Castle before, you can have a look at my photography from this boho vibe wedding and these Carrick Castle Estate wedding photos .

Carrick Castle Estate Weddings

Small Weddings Photographer in Scotland

If you’re looking for a photographer for your small wedding in Scotland, I’d love to hear from you. I have a range of wedding photography package options that you can tailor to make your own bespoke wedding photography package. Get in touch today and find out about my availability.


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