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A Small Wedding for 15 people

Pauntley Court is a warm and welcoming family home, set in stunning formal gardens and surrounded by the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. The house oozes character, atmosphere and a cosy intimacy, perfect for a micro wedding. You will have exclusive hire of the main house, wing and The Dovecote accommodating you and your loved ones in 10 individually designed bedrooms. You can enjoy 2 nights and 3 days with your close family and friends, extending your celebrations, allowing time to create special and unforgettable memories.

You can choose from a small church ceremony in the normal church next door or a civil ceremony in the elegant Ballroom or charming Panelled Room. There are numerous spaces for your intimate wedding reception such as one of the many 'garden rooms' or under our fabulous Tentickle stretch tent.

We have been delighted to see so many couples adapt and overcome the challenges of covid-19, going ahead with wonderful, unique and intimate weddings for 15 people, demonstrating that true love can and will conquer all.

We would like to walk you through the wonder and beauty of our most recent wedding of 15 (or as we like to call it - a Covid ‘Clever’ Wedding).

The lead up to Grant and Carole's wedding

Grant and Carole checked into the Bridal Suite, Elinor Fettiplace, on the Thursday before their wedding weekend. They enjoyed a cosy evening in front of the glowing wood burner, finalising the exciting few days that lay ahead, before their close family and friend's arrival the following morning.

Leading up to the big day...

Meeting Melissa in the ballroom on Friday morning, Grant and Carole were able to go through the final details for their wedding breakfast before everyone was about to arrive at midday.

Grant and Carole had already specifically chosen the bedrooms for their guests and so were able to place personalised gift bags in each bedroom before their arrival.

Melissa's mother even came up to play her cello so Grant and Carole could be sure the professional cellist could be heard from outside the ballroom during their ceremony the next day!

The Morning of the Wedding

The excitement was building for the day as Carole and her mother began to get ready after fresh coffee and a cooked breakfast by our amazing housekeeper, Rachel.

The sun was shining as Carole came out and met her father in the courtyard.

Following the guidelines, the family and friends were perfectly spaced in our elegant Ballroom eagerly awaiting Carole's arrival.

The intimate ceremony felt warm and personal in our beautiful Ballroom. The two gorgeous urns by @louisejamesflorist perfectly framed the open doors with views onto the Gloucestershire countryside.

After the ceremony, the guests wandered out into the exquisite formal gardens to have drinks and canapés under the Tentickle stretch tent. The photographer, David Liebst, was able to perfectly capture the happy couple in both the beautiful spaces inside the house and of course in the magical formal gardens.

All afternoon the couple and their family and friends spent time chatting, laughing and enjoying the intimacy and gorgeous scenery, before returning to the ballroom for their wedding breakfast.


"Melissa and her team went above and beyond to ensure everything went smoothly under these unusual circumstances"

"Together with the surrounding countryside, they make the perfect setting for a wedding and have resulted in some wonderful wedding photos!"

"All that is left to say is that you would be hard-pressed to find a better venue for a small, intimate wedding and reception"

If you would like to find out more about a small wedding at Pauntley Court, please click here to contact Melissa.


Photographs by David Liebst

Flowers by Louise James Florist

Hair and MUA by Clare Bryce

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We had the most incredible wedding at Pauntley Court, and we can't thank Melissa, Jilly, Rachel & all the team enough for making it a dream come true. The venue itself was breathtaking, with its picturesque surroundings and timeless decor. Melissa, the owner, was an absolute delight to work with. She went above and beyond to accommodate our every request, ensuring that every detail was perfect.

Jilly, our wedding planner, was nothing short of amazing. Her attention to detail, organisational skills and creative ideas made the planning process a breeze. She kept everything on track, allowing us to relax and enjoy the day without a worry in the world.

Our wedding was a flawless, magical day, and it wouldn't have been possible without Melissa and the team. Their professionalism, dedication, and passion for what they do truly shines through. We can't recommend this venue and its wonderful team enough. Thank you for creating memories that will last a lifetime!”

 Bride: Emma

July 2023

Photo by Lauren Juliette Photography

- Emma & Luke