Scottish wedding venue inspiration for smaller guest lists

Keeping your special day exclusive with your nearest and dearest? Hold it somewhere that is both little and lovely

Getting the right size of venue for your big day is as important as location or price. Your guest list will dictate your options, and if you are planning a more intimate day then find a space that suits. You don’t want your small guest list getting lost in a giant banqueting hall, but you also don’t want to cram yourselves into a private dining room that would be fine for dinner with friends, but doesn’t have the sense of occasion you deserve for your wedding. Here’s ten of the country’s miniature marvels:

House for an Art Lover


Set within the grounds of Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park and inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover has an unrivalled reputation for high-quality small weddings. The Music Room can accommodate a maximum of 80 people for a delicious meal.

The Lodge on Loch Goil


With plenty of beautiful locations in the grounds with space for no more than 80, The Lodge on Loch Goil is a dreamy location for a small wedding. We especially love the Treehouse, where only a select few can witness your loving vows.

Marlin’s Wynd


An unusual, very atmospheric venue off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Marlin’s Wynd has been designed for a wedding day shared with your closest friends and family. Numbers can go from 20 to 80.

The Coach House

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Kinross’s Coach House does weddings of up to 60 guests in style. And if you want the celebrations to extend over the entire weekend, it has eight double bedrooms as well as the bridal suite for hire.


Chatelherault country park wedding brochure images

Chatelherault is a beautiful Georgian hunting lodge in magnificent landscaped gardens near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire. And with a maximum of 50 people for the meal, you’ll be able to spend time with everyone you love.

Dunglass Estate


Dunglass Estate, near the coast in East Lothian, has several packages specially designed for intimate weddings. You can tie the knot in the estate’s 15th-century church, sharing the day with up to 22 of your favourite people.

Hotel du Vin

With a top capacity of 36 daytime guests, Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin is an excellent spot for a small, personal wedding. The décor mixes classic touches with modern finishes, while the central location makes it easy for everyone to get to.

Hill of Tarvit

Adorned with 16th-century Flemish tapestries, warm oak panelling and intricate carvings, the Great Hall at this gorgeous mansion near Cupar in Fife is an impressive setting for a private wedding. Hill of Tarvit can seat up to 60 guests.



Prestonfield, on the south side of Edinburgh, is perfect for a smaller wedding with a romantic and theatrical feel. The hotel’s Stuart Room, a sumptuous private room in glowing red, black and gilt décor, has enough space to seat 24 guests for your wedding breakfast, so everyone can mingle and exchange stories in the gorgeous surroundings.

Argrennan Manor House


Fancy your very own Georgian mansion, in 50 acres of prime Dumfriesshire land, for your wedding? Argrennan Manor House allows you to celebrate with up to 60 guests, so you can  be lord and lady of the house for the day.