If you're planning a small wedding and inviting just close friends and loved ones, consider renting an intimate venue to celebrate in. Not only will a smaller-scale location most likely cost less, it will give you and your guests a chance to easily mix and mingle while spending quality time together.
Small venues can accommodate anything from 10 to 100 people typically, so double-check your guest list prior to booking. Although you want the space to have a charming feel, party-goers should have enough room to walk around, eat and even dance if you're providing music. Also, the more popular the venue is, the farther in advance you'll need to reserve it.
During the warmer times of year, you may be able to expand a small space with the use of a yard, patio, deck, barn, or any other type of outdoor space. The flexible indoor/outdoor space is ideal in case of inclement weather as well. You may also be able to place an event tent on the venue grounds if desired.
Here are some small private event wedding venue ideas to get you started:
If you and your partner have a special restaurant that you spent your first date or another special occasion in, consider it for your wedding venue. Start by checking if they offer private event space, and inquire about any group dining discounts. Other details, such as if they offer rooftop or patio dining, are important as well.
Restaurants make convenient wedding venues in that you won't have to hire an outside caterer, which may end up saving you money. Some may even offer ample space for guests to party and dance after dinner.
Wineries make both scenic and intimate wedding venues, as well as offer entertainment in the way of wine tastings and tours. You can say "I do" under a gazebo amongst the grape vines, and then celebrate inside the winery or on the well-manicured grounds.
If the winery also offers an onsite restaurant, the meal will also be taken care of. Some breweries may also offer event space if beer is your alcoholic beverage of choice.
3. Nurseries or Greenhouses
Nurseries and greenhouses provide a lush, green backdrop for wedding nuptials in the dead of winter. If you want to have a destination wedding to a tropical destination but can't afford it, a greenhouse may be your next best option.
You may have to take care of the logistics, such as dining tables and chairs and catering, yourself.