ord on the street is that the micro-wedding is here to stay.
For many brides that I’ve spoken to at least, the pandemic has proven that bigger is not always better when it comes to saying ‘I do.’ And by the looks of some of the more than 300K #microwedding posts on the ‘gram, there is something about the intimacy and non-traditional feel of a smaller ceremony that feels more special, perhaps even cooler.
And a number of London venues will continue offering intimate ceremony packages beyond restrictions easing. With the next set lifting on Monday (May 17), weddings of up to 30 will once again be allowed. Whether you’re planning a last minute shindig or are considering a micro-wedding at a later date, we sussed out some of the coolest venues in London which are offering intimate wedding packages for smaller parties.
Private members’ club Upstairs in Brixton has two private rooms available to hire seven days a week. The Roseberry Room seats up to 26 for lunch or dinner (or 70 for a standing reception), while The Dome, located under a glass dome in the turret of The Department Store, is a private dining space for up to 14 people which opens out onto a roof terrace offering panoramic views of the city.
From £375 for room hire of The Dome, accompanied by a set menu for your party (excluding drinks), upstairsbrixton.com
Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond
Over in Richmond, Bingham Riverhouse is hosting intimate wedding ceremonies in its garden rooms overlooking the Thames for 15 people currently and up to 30 people from May 17. Guests will enjoy a tipple and nibbles on arrival, followed by a seasonal five-course menu with paired wines and a champagne toast for the newlyweds. There will be a cheese board to tuck into later on, before everyone is welcome to retire to one of the hotel’s bedrooms, where they can take a soak in one of the hand-forged copper bath tubs before sinking into ethically-sourced organic beds.
Selfridges, Oxford Street
Having just acquired a wedding licence, Selfridges will be hosting small marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships for up to 20 guests this summer in a specially created wedding suite on the fourth floor of the grade II-listed building. Couples wishing to shun tradition can choose from three packages: Just-The-Two-Of-Us, an intimate ceremony for just you and two guests; Earth Lovers; which includes a an appointment with a Resellfridges stylist to find the perfect vintage or rented wedding outfits; or the All-Out Extraordinary, which includes ceremony officiation by drag extraordinaire Jonny Woo. Packages are tailored to each couples’ needs, and can include a wedding breakfast in the Brasserie of Light, a private screening in The Selfridges Cinema, a four-hour DJ set, as well as hair and beauty appointments with the beauty concierge team.
Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell
Zetter’s Georgian Townhouse, brimming with taxidermy and eclectic antiques, is a warm, characterful space ideal for a city micro-wedding. The Townhouse has a wedding licence in place for ceremonies of up to 30 people, with the Dining Room able to seat up to 12 guests for dinner and the Games Room with capacity for 30 people seated or 50 for a cocktail reception (once you’re allowed). Expect an indulgent, tailor-made feast created for you and your guests, washed down with delicious cocktails. The wedding party and guests are welcome to book into the The Townhouse’s unique 13 bedrooms, each of which has been individually designed, featuring luxurious beds, quirky knick knacks and art-adorned walls.
The Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green
The polished oak-pannelled Council Chamber at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green (pictured at the top of the article) is an iconic setting for any wedding, large or small, and the hotel has introduced an intimate wedding package for up to 30 people. It includes a cocktail on arrival, three-course meal in the Corner Room restaurant with tea/coffee and macaroons, plus half a bottle of house wine per person and a glass of champagne to toast. Couples can hire the licensed Council Chamber for an extra cost. Book into one of the hotel’s chic, retro one-bedroom apartments to make a night of it, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the heated indoor swimming pool before breakfast.
From £150 per person, plus £1,000 for the council Chamber Ceremony, townhallhotel.com
The Ned, Bank
Set in the former Midland Bank building, The Ned is home to nine restaurants, 250 bedrooms, a member’s lounge, rooftop pool and top notch subterranean spa. The entire events floor is available to hire for larger weddings of up to 200 people (in normal times), but it also caters to more intimate ceremonies, in either The Saloon (pictured) or RWB room. Each room has its own period features, with dramatic high ceilings, marble pillars and chandeliers. Book in for some pampering at the Cowshed spa beforehand then bed down in one of the opulent 1920s -style rooms – the Terrace Suite is a perfect treat for a wedding couple, with a four-poster king-size bed, mahogany fireplace and 35 square metre terrace, complete with dining area and lounge for hosting guests.
Set in the heart of Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is an opulent setting for a lavish intimate marriage or civil partnership. Start with a ceremony in the Niagara Room, followed by a reception in the Roosevelt Room, complete with sparkling chandeliers (both with capacity for up to 40 guests), before moving on to dinner in the Clarendon Room which can seat up to 70. There are three packages, Essentially Brown’s, Everlasting or Once in A Lifetime – the latter two include an overnight stay in a classic suite for the bridal couple. All feature a multi-course wedding breakfast created by the executive chef of Charlie’s Mayfair and a Ruinart Brut reception. Extras include afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, facials at The Spa and bespoke floral arrangements by resident florist Ellie Hartley Flowers.
Licensed for both weddings and civil partnerships, intimate ceremonies at Dukes Hotel take place in the St. James Suite, which can accommodate up to 60 guests in normal times. You will be assigned your own Dukes personal wedding planner to help plan your day perfectly, including everything from flowers to photography and cake. Meanwhile, the hotel’s Michelin-starred head chef, Nigel Mendham, will create a bespoke menu of modern traditional cuisine with a classical twist. Book a pre or post-wedding reception in the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Lounge for fine-flowing fizz.