Unveiling the Magic of Private Exclusive Use Wedding Venues


Private Exclusive Use Wedding Venues vs. Hotel Style Venues

Hello, lovely couples and soon-to-be-weds! 🌸

I’m Caroline, your guide through the enchanting world of weddings! In this blog, we’re diving into the heart of your big day: the venue!

Choosing between a private exclusive-use wedding venue (like the hidden gem I’m lucky to call home in Rydal) and a public hotel-style venue needs careful consideration. Let’s explore what you might consider when making that all-important choice…

A bride in a floral gown looks at her bridegroom with their barn wedding venue in the background
The intimate elegance of private exclusive-use venues

Imagine a venue tucked away in the heart of nature, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District National Park. That’s the kind of magic you can expect from a private exclusive-use venue. Here’s why it might be the perfect choice for your special day…

1 Privacy, Privacy, Privacy.

Privacy is the jewel in the crown of private venues. Your love story takes centre stage, without sharing the spotlight with hotel guests. Your wedding day is an intimate bubble of love shared only with those who matter most.

2 Tailored Exclusivity

At Cote How we pride ourselves on being the perfect canvas for your special day. From the rustic charm of our Lakeland barn to the modern luxuries seamlessly woven into our house and grounds, every detail is meticulously designed. The venue is your own private rural idyll, and one that your guests will feel privileged to share.

3 Unmatched Atmosphere

Private venues offer unique character and charm. Whether it’s the historic elegance of a country estate or the modern chic of a bespoke event space, you can add personal touches that reflect your own unique style and taste.


Marryying in a Private Wedding Venue
Marrying in a dedicated licensed wedding ceremony room

4 Dedicated Wedding Expertise

Whilst many are exceptional, the primary focus of hotels is to provide accommodation and restaurant services. Private exclusive-use wedding venues specialise in love stories. They focus on creating the perfect backdrop for your wedding day, ensuring every detail is considered. Their expertise stems from a dedication to crafting magical weddings.

5 A family of friendly faces

One of the unique charms of choosing a private exclusive-use venue is the continuity of staff throughout your wedding planning journey. From the first consultation to the final farewell, we walk with you every step of the way.

As companions on your journey to ‘I do, dedicated wedding teams understand your vision, preferences, and dreams. Your wedding plans are handled with the utmost care, bringing warmth and trust to your special day. At Cote How your wedding is not just an event; it’s a shared experience with a team that becomes an extended part of your celebration.

6 Crafting Elegance Within Your Budget


Let’s discuss a crucial aspect of your wedding journey – the budget. Unlike larger hotels that may absorb their costs into areas such as accommodation, bar and restaurant activities, at private wedding venues, your investment is in a tailored experience crafted exclusively for you and your wedding. Transparency means that private venues will on balance seem more expense, as there is nowhere to offset those costs, but this also means there are no surprises or hidden fees; you can allocate your budget precisely where it matters most – creating memories that last a lifetime.

7 A Unique Wedding Experince

The setting of a private wedding venue is often very unique and your guests won’t feel like your wedding is similar to many others they’ve attended before

Two Brides are Better than one - Rachel Joyce Photography
Two brides relaxing after their wedding

The Pros and Cons: A Balancing Act

As with all decisions, it is often a balancing act trying to find the ‘right fit’, and choosing a venue style is no different.

Exclusive-use venues offer an intimate atmosphere with tailored spaces for a personalised experience. Expect privacy for you and your guests with a dedicated wedding planning service. There may however be fewer accommodation and parking options on-site, and they can be more expensive as costs are attributed to that dedicated event. Smaller private venues may not have the capacity for a larger guest list.

Hotel-style venues offer convenient accommodation and parking for guests, with greater capacity for bigger weddings. Costs can be absorbed by accommodation and their wedding packages are competitively priced accordingly. There may however be less privacy due to other hotel guests, and events may be occurring at the same time. Corporate or shared spaces can feel more functional and less personal to you as a couple.


A bride holds her bouquet in the air in celebration at an outdoor barn ceremony

Choosing the Perfect Fit

The choice ultimately comes down to your vision and priorities. If for you, an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience with a focus on personalisation and privacy is essential, a private exclusive-use venue is your perfect fit. On the other hand, if practical considerations such as convenience, larger guest lists, and accommodation are at the top of your list, a hotel-style venue might steal your heart.

perfect elopement wedding at a perfect lake district wedding venue
Perfect Elopement with total privacy in a Lakel District Private Venue

A Day as Unique as Your Love

  • Whether you choose the privacy of a private exclusive-use venue or the convenience of a hotel-style setting, the key is to find a place that feels like home for your special day.
  • Whether you envision an intimate elopement or a grand celebration, let your love story be in the hands of those who specialise in turning your dream into reality.
  • Whether you are saying ‘I do’ in the stunning natural landscapes of Rydal or in the heart of a bustling town or city, make it a day as unique as your love.

Cheers to the beginning of your happily ever after! 🥂

Owner of Cote How Lake District Weddings

A bride in a white dress paddles in a lake holding the hand of her young son
Bride and son enjoying a little paddle in the lake after her wedding


A special thank you to our wonderful photographers who have contributed their amazing photos: Jo Greenfield, Jenna Carpenter and Rachel Joyce

You can find out more about our Wedding Suppliers here and our Recommended Wedding Photographers here

If you are a regular wedding supplier here at Cote How and would like to contribute to our wonderful wedding blog, please get in touch.

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