If you're having a small, intimate wedding reception with just close friends and family members in attendance, your venue should reflect it. Rather than hosting the gathering in a large, cavernous space, such as a typical sterile reception hall, consider choosing a cozy venue instead.
One of the benefits of having a smaller reception is that you'll have more venue choices. You won't have to worry about having enough space for guests to comfortably mix and mingle like you would with a large wedding celebration. You'll also have more freedom in choosing a venue that reflects you and your fiance's passions and interests.
Following are some intimate wedding reception venue ideas to get you started:
1. Movie Theater
If you and your spouse-to-be are film buffs, celebrate that shared interest by hosting your reception in a small, local theater, such as one that screens classic or independent movies. Reserve the entire space for the evening if you can, and make use of the screen by treating guests to home movies that reflect your relationship. You can also screen a particular film that has meaning in your relationship, such as one that you saw on your first date.
Some theaters also feature event space, such as a conference room or an outdoor patio or courtyard, where you can serve appetizers, a light meal or simply dessert and coffee.
2. Bed-and-Breakfast Inn
If you're looking for a small, romantic place to hold your reception, you can't go wrong with a charming bed-and-breakfast inn. An inn is also a convenient choice if you have several out-of-town guests, as they can stay on site. In some cases, you can also hold your wedding ceremony at the inn as well.
Look for an inn that also features outdoor space, and ask if music is allowed if that's important to you. Another perk of a bed-and-and-breakfast reception venue is that it may offer onsite catering. A historic inn will also provide the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures.
Ideal for wine enthusiasts, a winery is another small, intimate wedding reception option. You can say your "I do's" outdoor amidst the vineyard and treat family and friends to glasses of wine and gourmet food in the winery's event space.
Some wineries also offer wedding packages, complete with full catering services, photography and use of the entire property for the nuptials, reception, and pictures. Their wedding coordinators can also help with the event logistics, such as tables and seating arrangements, as well as personalized decor.
Contact a company that offers reception venues for more information and assistance.