Post # 1
Are all you other small wedding Bee’s having a hard time finding a venue? We’re only going to be having about 40 guests, and most of the places I’m finding can fit up to a couple hundred people. I dont want one of those places, I feel like it would look so weird. Having this big huge room and us only using a corner of it.
Any else having the same problem? For those of you who have already chosen a venue for your small wedding or are already married, can you share pictures of your reception area?
Post # 3
We’re only having 30-35 people, and were having it at my mom’s house in lake arrowhead most likely. Is it possible for you to have it in someone’s nice backyard?
Post # 4
@allyfally: I found that many places had two options, a space for a large wedding, and a space that couldn’t hold over 90. Try asking places if they have a smaller garden, ball room, etc. Maye they just aren’t featuring it.
Post # 5
@Cory_loves_this_girl: Nuh uh. We live smack dab in the city. The largest yard I know of personally is ours, and its not even big. I wish I knew someone with a nice big yard.
Post # 6
@allyfally: Have you tried restaurants/galleries/theatres/museums with private rooms? or even hotels with meeting rooms or board rooms?
Post # 7
@allyfally: Are you actually in Louisville? (As opposed to just for weddingbee?)
Here are a few places that are smaller from google (I don’t know what your looking for or price-point or anything but hopefully this is a starting point)….
http://www.cplouisville.com/egallery/upload/ajs/ajs%20-%20crowne%20plaza%20louisville/files//cp_floor-plan_final.pdf (capacity chart shows they have many spaces for up to 50 people only)
(Can you tell I am bored?)
Post # 8
@ladyartichoke: Yes, I am in Louisville. I’ve actually thought of the Sky Loft before, but I just cant find hardly any pictures from there and it makes me nervous. I’m a very visual person and I cant even think of how I could have my wedding in a place where I cant see pictures of other weddings. XD Weird, I know. But it IS on the list of places we’ve talked about. Maybe we’ll go back to it.
I just remembered the main reason we decided against it, they only allow one caterer, and I’m not a fan of them. Way too expensive for their food options.
Post # 9
I had no issues at all finding a smalln venue. Although we are not having a sit down dinner at the venue, we are doing a cocktail reception we found a really nice victorian herritage house twith really nice gardens! I live in canada but im sure there are historric/herritage houses around where you live that could cater to what your looking for.
Post # 10
@allyfally: Eurgh, that sucks. We’re not looking for venues yet but as foodies I understand how frustrating it must be.
When I looked for links I searched for meeting and conference venues as well as events venues. I tried to avoid the word “wedding” in my search even if the venue offers it because I think the places with larger rooms like to make people feel like anything below 500 guests is substandard (blasted people making money out of the W word). Found this too – I’m at work at there’s nothing to do today, you’ve probably seen it!. I wonder if you could do a search for private residences for hire in the area? They often come with nothing except the building.
I hope you find something suitable soon.
BTW I work in events, I’m not crazy, honest.
Post # 11
Have you given any thought to the Louisville Zoo? They have different venues that can accomodate groups at small as 25.
I’ve never seen this place,but it seems to fit the bill
Ky Derby Museum
Im sure there are many more. I know there’ a ladies club at Hurstbourne Ln (near Taylorsville Rd) that might work, too. I’ve never seen the inside, but the outside is really nice. A white brick building, on a large manicured lawn.
Post # 12
@kybride: I had no idea you could even get married at the zoo. Thats totally me though, I love animals.
I actually used to love the cornerstone cottage. But its SO tiny. They have space where you can have the ceremony outside, but its literally right beside of the road. And its set up weird, so everyone would be eating in different rooms.
Post # 13
I’m going to have a smallish wedding too, and it is a struggle to find venues and know where to look. Most places cater to hundreds of guests – not dozens.
I’ve found quite a few old historical houses that will rent to small weddings, dinner parties, etc. You could also look into a bed and breakfast that might suit your needs.
Post # 14
Hello, fellow small wedding bees! We will be a total of 20 guests, including us, and we’re having the ceremony at a vineyard in the South of France. Other posters have suggested historical houses, or even the zoo, I love it. Sorry, I’m not much help, but you will definitely find something, but you need to think outside the box.
Post # 15
@bowsergirl: Our top contender right now is actually a bed and breakfast. While I like it a lot and have already talked to the owner of it, I’m still not 100% in love with it. We’re going to go check it out next month though, so maybe once I see it in person I’ll love it more.
Post # 16
We got married at a boutique hotel. Small rooms decked to the nines.