The Vicarage: Getting Intimate – Your Guide to a Small Ceremony, Simple Favours and Saying ‘I Do’ in front of a Small Crowd

Friday, April 26th, 2024

Picking the perfect venue for an intimate wedding might not be such an easy choice and this Cheshire country pub is a top contender for a small and simple, yet stunning ceremony. 

The Vicarage in Cranage, oozes charm and character from every oak beam, cork plugged cranny and candlelit corner. Dating back to the 1700s, this once-upon-a time clergymen’s home with all its history  has transformed into a unique intimate Cheshire wedding destination. Nestled on the banks of the River Dane, running parallel to the quaint village of Holmes Chapel, you’ll find this modest country pub, with a rich past and a preserved Grade II listed future. 

So how to you say ‘I do’ in such a venue? The Vicarage has played host to many stunning intimate ceremonies, so they know a thing or two about tying the knot. It all starts with what intimate means to you…

Define Your Day 

While weddings are to be shared amongst your nearest and dearest, what’s more important are the values you and your significant other hold when starting to plan your perfect day. Ask yourselves what your top 5 wants are for the day, whether that be a traditional wedding breakfast or a bespoke buffet menu, a bagpiper playing you down the aisle or a best (wo)man. Defining your day might be the most important part of the wedding planning and is a must ‘do’ before booking, especially if you’re leaning towards a simpler day. Once you’ve decided, The Vicarage has a dedicated events team ready to take all your ideas and bring them to life. 

A Small Ceremony 

If you’re having your ceremony in front of a small crowd, you might need to think about whether you want a celebrant or an official registrar to sign off on your nuptuals. The Vicarage is fully licensed for all ceremonies, taking the stress away from your big day. Starting small, this little countryside pub boasts the beautiful Library room, which can comfortably seat 22 of your special guests. For a Spring/Summer feel to your ceremony, you might like to choose the serene and spacious Garden Room, which plays centre stage for up to 40 of your nearest and dearest as you say your vows. 

Simple Favours 

Of course you’ll want to thank your guests for spending your special day with you. Over the years The Vicarage team has laid out many a sweet but simple wedding favours and here are some of their favourites: 

A keepsake ceramic (bonus points if it’s colourful and handmade) 

An envelope with a scratch card inside, so at least someone is getting lucky

A love story library – filled will classic love stories salvaged from charity shops

A ‘design your own disco ball’ because who said the party has to end?

Sunnies in all colours and variations, for the brighter days ahead 

When celebrating an intimate wedding, you have the opportunity to craft the day into exactly who you are as a couple, from a champagne tower to a toast over clinking glasses, but saying thank you to those who made it happen is arguably one of the most intimate moments. 

Saying ‘I Do’ 

Once the stress of planning is out of the way, it’s time to tie the knot. Choosing The Vicarage as your venue affords you and your partner the option to tailor make your day, your way, so that when it comes to ‘saying I do’ you’ll feel like the only two people in the room. Nestled in the Cheshire countryside, with a team of staff that do service with a smile, your day will be seamless from start to finish. That’s a Vicarage vow… (if you pardon the pun!) 

So, What’s the Catch?

Well, cost! Simplifying your day couldn’t be easier with tailor made Twilight Weddings starting from as little as £1995, so you can celebrate your special day at a fraction of the cost; in this cosy country pub. Plus, with free room hire until the end of May for any weddings booked in 2024, why wait to wed? 


Contact The Vicarage for more information here.

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