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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.



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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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Bespoke weddings you thought you could only dream of...

Barn Wedding Ceremony

The barn offers a more rustic feel to your wedding where you can choose to get married inside the barn beneath our willow and fairy light heart, or facing the open doorway with it's impressive arch of apple blossom and fairy lights. Other ceremony options include in The House or Outdoor Weddings..

Barn Wedding Lake District

Outdoor Barn Wedding

We can hold an outside wedding for all weddings - Weather Permitting!

Choose from:
Outside the barn with the happy couple beneath the eaves of the barn! (Technicality)
or in the Garden Gazebo - Ideal for smaller gatherings of upto 12

Rustic Outdoor Barn Weddings

Your Barn Wedding Breakfast

The wedding barn is ideally sized for all weddings. Not too big and not too small!
You can choose from a variety of layouts depending on your guest numbers from 12 to 50 guests - See our Venue Layouts page for options on table plans and venue dressing.

Choose your wedding Menus here - Ranging from self served buffet, staff assisted hot buffets or formal served meals

Rustic Lake District Barn Weddings

Barn Evening Reception

We aim to smoothly design your wedding day with no awkward breaks. So after dinner you will be able to sit outside on our barn terrace enjoying the views or entertaining each other with our Gazebo Photo Booth while we adapt the barn for your evening reception. You can keep it simple and benefit from our in house Sonos System to play your own playlists, or you may wish to engage a professional musician or DJ. 

Evening Reception

Wedding Entertainment

We have a fabulous Sonos system both in the house and in the barn which we use to download and play your own music throughout the day and during your ceremony. This service is free of charge and eliminates the need to have a guest poised with the play button at the back of the room for you!

The Beard Band

This was a great night's entertainment and typical of a relaxed and enjoyable evening. You can choose your own evening entertainment or ask us and we will provide a list of those that have played here before.
It is key to try to find a small band with minimal set up time who are flexible and happy to adapt to your own style. 
The evening reception flows directly form the daytime and so a band who can quickly set up in the background without too much disturbance of the barn is key to a seamless transition...
Most live entertainers will also play as either a solo guitarist/singer like James here during your daytime drinks reception and wedding ceremony.

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