Post # 1
Hi everyone, is there anybody out there who had a reception with about 40-60 people who can give me ideas? My fiance and I both have tiny families – his extended family consists of an aunt and uncle who he hasn’t seen in nearly ten years, and I have two unmarried cousins and a reclusive aunt who probably won’t come. We also didn’t want to just invite coworkers or people we haven’t spoken to in years just to fill space, so between our friends and immediate family members we are only inviting about 90 people, most who live in a different city. I anticipate around 50 people will show up, and while all my friends who had 200+ person weddings are telling me what a blessing this is, I feel like my options are very limited and don’t even know how to go about selecting a venue. Obviously, we can’t go with a hotel ballroom or some place with a huge food and drink minimum, and whenever i try to google “intimate wedding venue” in my city I just keep coming across places for 125-150 people (that’s intimate?) So does anyone have any venue ideas? Maybe a restaraunt? Also, did you have dancing at your wedding reception? I’d hate to miss out on the first dance, father-daughter dance and dancing with all my friends, but with such a tiny crowd I’m worried that the dance floor will just be empty all night. Anyone out there have a 50 person reception that still had dancing, or should I nix it and just go for a nice sit down dinner with some background music?
Post # 2
We had a similar sized wedding, and our reception was in a beautiful indoor park pavilion overlooking a field and pond. You might also check rental houses or city-owned meeting/event venues. I think you could still find a hotel venue with a smaller meeting room than the usual ballroom. A restaurant would be very nice too.
We did have a first dance and an open dance floor after that. The dance floor was active for a good while, considering our friends and family aren’t the biggest dancers to begin with. We had music playing the whole time from start to finish. It’s your wedding. You should have dancing if you want it!
Post # 3
Look for community centers, historic houses, garden clubs, art museums, farmers markets (weird but there is a nice suburb that has a very popular & upscale farmers market that is constantly being booked for wedding!) Think outside the box and think about places you and your Fiance like to go, things you like to do, places that have meaning to you. You might be suprised what you come up with when you start looking at EVERY building you see as a possible wedding venue!!! It doesn’t have to be a place that advertises its services as weddings. Also, if you have looked into any other vendors at all, ask them for recommendations.
If you want to dance, make sure there is a place to dance!!!! Maybe not spend a huge amount on a DJ or a live band, but do what makes you happy!!!
Post # 4
We had 60 guests at our wedding. The ceremony was oudoors in an Arboretum Garden. The reception was indoors at a room at the same location. We still had a DJ and a first dance.
I woud agree with PP’s that outside the box places that are not really big would be perfect for your wedding. ANy location in or near where you live that rents out space could be a wedding venue!
If you want dancing and a DJ, you can make it work! Also, there are boards for more specific areas, so you could post there and say where you live and people int he area may have ideas for you!
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
We are looking at 50 or less as well and I’ve found a few options, one is an inn attached to a winery as well as various restaurants. They weren’t easy to find, I had to do some digging, as they didn’t come up immediately in my search for small or intimate wedding venues.
Post # 6
We had our reception in a cafe! Granted it was attached to the ruins of an abbey and was in a beautiful building, but it was still a cafe. It was hard to picture what it would look like as a wedding reception venue but it turned out to be amazing. Look at spaces you might not normally consider. We had a small annexe as our dancefloor and, because it was small, looked packed all night, even though we didn’t have a lot of guests.
Post # 7
I will be having my 50 person wedding at a Bed & Breakfast. There was no minimums since we used an outside caterer and you can supply your own alcohol. I found it by googling small wedding packages in the state I live in
Post # 9
We’re having our small wedding and reception in a beautiful historic home in our town. Just keep googling small wedding venues in your area. Get creative! You’ll find it.
Here’s ours: http://conrad-caldwell.org/weddings/the-grande-staircase/
Post # 10
I’m having 43 guests (45 people total) and we’re doing a winery wedding. It’s exactly what we both wanted — intimate, and because our guest list is smaller we can splurge on amazing food and experience for everyone!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
We had 85 at a bed & breakfast (previously a farmhouse and barn). We did have dancing.
They didn’t have any minimums. We hired an ourside caterer and were able to bring our own alcohol.
What area are you looking to have the wedding in? Maybe some of us can help you find venues. I found a ton of unique venues in my area. Some were too small to fit my 100 person wedding so those “intimate” places are out there.
Post # 12
Not sure where/when your wedding is but a dinner cruise might be an option? Our local lakes have the typical party barges but also have a nice cruise boat that can accommodate a caterer, bartender, DJ or band and up to 100 people (but without the caterer, band, etc as those take up space). A 50 person reception would be perfect on a boat that size and could be as casual or fancy as you wanted to make it.
Post # 13
You are lucky in that you can do venues most bigger parties can’t: small gardens, vintage type manors, B&B’s etc.
Where I live we have alot of beautiful manors and B&B types venues built between the 20s and 30s. I work in bridal and many of my brides want to use them however almost all of them can only occupy guest lists of under 100.
Restaraunts are great to look at as well!
Post # 14
Thank you everyone for your input! We booked our wedding at a wonderful restaraunt with an intimate outside courtyard and an upstairs ballroom that can seat up to 60 guests (plus fit a DJ!). We’re pretty excited!