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Planning an Intimate Lake District Wedding?


Many couples are now moving away from the lavish large-scale wedding and opting for a private celebration, sharing their wedding day with they see as their nearest and dearest.

Perhaps for you the thought of eloping just the two of you, although desirable in some respects, is not quite right. The thought of a larger scale wedding with the stress of organising and hosting such is just too much to bear. So an intimate wedding with just those special people in your life might be perfect for you?

Imagine you and your ten guests arrive at Cote How and enjoy an informal, relaxed and intimate wedding, available year round. If you opt to enjoy a bite to eat here this is served in the cosy Woodrow Dining Room with log fire in Winter, or inside the rustic Lakeland barn in Summer.

Check out these options below - Of course nothing is fixed in stone so as with all weddings, they can be tweaked to suit your own style.



 For more details intimate weddings here at Cote How


Winter Wedding Video

by Simon Hughes Photography
This is a fabulous Highlights video from a beautiful winter wedding here at Cote How Lake District Weddings in Rydal. 

Small Lake District weddings with fully exclusive use

All of our weddings are considered small and intimate -, so this can get a little confusing.
If I explain it as the Intimate weddings are for a maximum of 12 people including the two of you, then small weddings still have a close circle of family and friends, all the elements of a larger more traditional wedding but for up to 24 or upto 32 guests.

Which days is this available?

We can offer these weddings either Tuesday or Saturdays.
The weekends include accommodation for up to 6 adults and fully exclusive use of the entire venue form Friday afternoon through til Sunday morning departure.
This therefore attracts a higher cost, and although less numbers and cost than our traditional weekend weddings for upto 50, it is only the food and drink elements that are flexible, the hire charge remains the same - There are more pricing guidelines in our brochure. This is available by making an enquiry only.

Midweek Wedding Option

The midweek small wedding was created to be able to offer all the elements of our larger weddings without the expense of extended time and accommodation. It is perfectly suited to those who might travel and take a week's holiday let locally and pop in here midweek to get married as part of their holiday. This allows the wedding of your dreams at a realistic price where you will feel your value for money is being maximised.

This style of wedding includes your small wedding ceremony followed by an optional toast and possibly a bite to eat. The style of food you choose will determine how long your wedding needs to be.

We have outlined a few options below to show you:



Off Peak Special Offers

At Cote How we specialise in elopement weddings for ‘just the two of you’ and small, intimate weddings for you and your close family and friends. Winter Special Offers include upto 20% off usual prices on all weddings taken before 29th March 2019. Please enquire for more information.

Valentine Day Weddings

Valentine's Day Special:

Are you planning to POP the question this St Valentine's Day?

Great News!
You can still beat the summer rush and get married this Spring! 

If you are looking for a simple way to tie the knot, with no fuss, no guests, simply just the two of you, then why not think about our super elopement weddings.

We will be happy to show you around our venue, and if you are not planning on taking a l-o-n-g engagement did you know that it only takes 28 days to arrange a wedding....! Yes literally just 28 days! 
BUT...Spaces are limited so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.



Winter Wedding Couple

Winter Specials:

To celebrate the launch of our very exciting intimate “ELOPEMENT WEDDINGS” we are offering these very relaxed and private destination weddings for “just the two of you” on any available day of the week to suit you between 7th Jan and 29th March 2019
For more information on our ELOPEMENT style Destination Weddings for Just the Two of you please see our Elopement page.

Or for a longer celebration:

Our Winter Midweek All Inclusive Wedding for up to 12 guests may suit you better. 
This is based on an intimate wedding ceremony in our Wordsworth ceremony room, followed by an intimate 3 course meal by the fireside in our cosy Woodrow Reception Room. As with all of our weddings we guarantee fully exclusive use of our house and grounds for the entirety of your wedding.
For more details please visit our 5 Hour Winter Midweek All Inclusive Wedding page



Special Wedding Offers

FREE wedding video with all elopement weddings for Just the TWO of you or Just you Two booked before 31st MArch 2019.

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What is an elopement wedding?

In a nutshell it is a wedding for just two people wishing to tie the knot at a destination location away from home and enjoy a stress free wedding day in private. This is usually done in secret with no friends or family present.
Today it still involves getting married away from home and some couples choose to keep it their secret, others don't. Put simply, it is a no fuss wedding involving a classic ceremony in a beautiful destination with a romantic, almost cheeky feel.

All of our elopement weddings for 'Just the Two of You' include a bottle of Prosecco, music played for you, and us as witnesses. We will also be on hand, in the background, to ensure everything runs smoothly leaving you to focus on each other and savour every moment. That's us (Caroline and Steve) in the pic!

Need some elopement inspiration: Read our article on 10 Reasons to Elope 

Elope Wedding for TWO

Where are the best places to get married when are just the two of us?

There is something especially romantic about the thought of running away together to get married in secret.

You need to look for a wedding venue that specifically caters for elopement weddings. Many offer elopements but check out the privacy. Will you be offered a bedroom to get married in, or a corner of the restaurant to eat in? 

Look for somewhere that gives you privacy. It 's not quite so romantic when gown clad Spa seekers are wondering around the venue.

There are dedicated venues out there that specialise in elopement weddings and will be happy to offer you fully exclusive use.

Look for venues with a dedicated wedding planner that will be with you on your special day. It is always easier if you can get to know your planner and have consistency and support throughout the planning process. This helps you get to know them, and builds confidence and trust. A very important element for your special day.

If the venue is offering to provide witnesses for you, then ask who will that be? Get to know them.

Lots of venues are located in great places around the UK, so seek out one that has special meaning to the two of you. Maybe a special place where you have holidayed together, maybe where you proposed. Think about combining your elopement wedding with a mini break or quick getaway holiday. This way it will be easier to fend off prying questions from family and friends.

Witnessing an Elopement Wedding




Elopement Wedding Packages designed for "Just the Two of us"

We have designed three different elopement packages, each intended to suit different needs and budgets.. 

Our Elopement Wedding Ceremony

Enjoy a warm welcome to Cote How from Caroline and Steve. with a glass of prosecco and time to settle yourselves while the registrars finalise their paperwork with you.

Make your entrance from the Woodrow reception area into the stylish Wordsworth ceremony room. Steve will operate your own carefully chosen music and will make sure that the video is on!

Your intimate elopement is a relaxed and friendly ceremony and the registrars are great at making you feel relaxed. Steve and I will witness your wedding and sign the register for you before exiting again to your chosen music. Post ceremony you can celebrate together with a Prosecco toast enjoyed anywhere you wish in our tranquil gardens. Afterwards maybe take a stroll together to the lake shore for Rydal Water, a favourite beauty spot, for those cherished photographs. 

This is our two-hour wedding for TWO



Elopement Ceremony Room

Elopement Wedding Ceremony followed by a Cumbrian Picnic

Just married and prosecco on ice... and rather than feel that you have to rush off perhaps linger a while longer and enjoy a bite to eat some together time in private. 
Specifically designed as a romantic sharing treat, your wedding breakfast is a tasty selection of fresh and homemade locally sourced goodies, including local cheeses, bread, chutney, scotch eggs, quiche, cake and homemade scones. 
Our elopement weddings enjoy fully exclusive use of our whole venue, you are free to decide where you would like to eat your delicious picnic. Choose anywhere within our stunning grounds with spectacular views all around, or in front of our cosy log fire and candlelight in winter. This is a three-hour wedding for TWO

Elopement Picnic Wedding

Elopement Hideaway

For those who really can't bear to leave us...

Our premium Elopement Wedding gives you the opportunity to enjoy a luxury nights’ accommodation at Cote How in our Loughrigg Wedding Suite. Our Hideaway Elopement includes your ceremony, delicious picnic, one nights’ accommodation, finished off with a sumptuous continental breakfast served to your room.
Read more details

Bridal Suite Elopements

Complimentary Ceremony Video

We have a brilliant Sonos System which plays throughout your wedding, utilising your own personally compiled playlists. This is a free music service which we include and operate on your behalf.

We can also video your wedding ceremony and add it to this stylish USB stick along with any photos we take on the day. This is a lovely keepsake to capture those memorable moments!

FREE Video of your elopement wedding

Viewing from far away...

We understand that visiting for a show around can sometimes be problematic so we have put together this short video tour. 
Meet Caroline, owner and wedding planner at Cote How. The video shows the gardens, reception area and the Wordsworth Ceremony room which is licensed for elopements and intimate weddings for upto 12.

Click on the image which links to our YouTube channel.
Give us a thumbs up if you find it useful. Share and subscribe to be notified of new uploads!

For those of you living a long way from us and unable to visit before you elope than we can arrange a personal virtual tour for you. Please call Caroline to chat on 015394 32765.

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