(Closed) Places to have a small reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Restaurants with private dining rooms, hotels, art galleries, public gardens, park district spaces…

Post # 4
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re having two small receptions and are planning on having them at bars or restaurants.

Post # 5
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010



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 # 8
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
741 posts
Busy bee

What about renting a cabin?

Post # 12
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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!


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