Post # 1
We are planning a very small ceremony/reception with no more than 20 people (including us). I’m at a loss when it comes to ideas. Many place I’ve searched so far are pretty large compared to what we’re looking for. The wedding is going to be in October and indoors. When it comes to food, I’m not sure yet since we’re so small (too small for most catering).
I am open to ideas!
Post # 3
Restaurants with private dining rooms, hotels, art galleries, public gardens, park district spaces…
Post # 4
We’re having two small receptions and are planning on having them at bars or restaurants.
Post # 5
We looked at a reception at our local modern art museum, a small vineyard, an aquarium, and at a historical city club with 19th c. style architecture and furniture. I also drooled over photos of a wedding in a big library in another city–it was very Beauty and the Beast.
We ended up finding that many hotels have smaller-size ballrooms (100 ppl max) in addition to their “grand” ballrooms, and the snazzier ones may even have interesting spaces not normally used for events. The same hotel had numerous smaller sized event rooms, a rooftop overlooking the river, and in a “library” with a copper fireplace that could fit a 20-person reception very well, with the same grand team of people and catering the giant ballroom weddings get.
Post # 6
We’re having our 35 person wedding at a bed & breakfast, I saw lots that did even smaller weddings than what we’re having. I also think restaurants would be willing to host an event like that on a weeknight perhaps.
Post # 7
@unimeg07: I will check with local restaurants to see if they have a separate space to hold a private event…
Post # 8
You’re in Portland, Oregon?
You know Clyde Common? Together with Ace Hotel they rent out a space they call the Cleaners. Which could work for you.
Irving Street Kitchen and Andina also have private dining rooms.
What type of spot are you looking for?
Veritable Quandary might be an option too, since their dining areas are kind of separate. You might also try Meriweathers.
Post # 9
What about renting a cabin?
Post # 10
@Americano: Thanks for the list! I’ve dined at Andina a few times before so that’s one option. I like the photos for the Cleaners and Irving Street Kitchen sounds like it would be affordable.
@anemonie – A small hotel room may work. I will definitely look around and do some research.
@rusticbee2014 – Sounds like a great idea!
@miss_pudding_pop – Are you going to have them on two separate days?
@OldMrsMcDonald – I wonder why I didn’t think of that.
Post # 11
@CARA1978: Let me know if you need help finding a cabin! 🙂
Post # 12
We are having our small reception (40 people) at a local restaurant that has a private wine room. They even offered to open an hour early for us so we can have a cocktail hour with the whole place to ourselves.
A co-worker went the bed and breakfast route and absolutely loved his experience. I sometimes wish we would have gone with a similar idea instead, but then I remember how much I am in love with that fact that our place makes gourmet tater-tots 🙂
Good luck with your search!
Post # 13
@rusticbee2014: I will, thanks!
@flying_hearts – So far the more I look into it the more a restaurant sounds like the best idea. Anyplace that I would need catering for is out since mostly places have a minimum of 50 – 100 to serve and I may be responsible for chairs, clean up, etc. A private room in a restaurant may have a minimum requirement for service, but it’s not as strict as a catering service, plus I’m not responsible for cleaning, alcohol license, etc – especially with a cleaning deposit. I honestly don’t know how else we would do that.