More couples are interested in an intimate wedding, to celebrate their special day with only their closest family members and friends.
A small wedding venues can be more relaxed and meaningful, shared with special people. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on all the things that make your day one-of-a-kind. Finding the perfect small wedding venue that offers all the amenities and allows you to have the full wedding experience, while enjoying a more intimate atmosphere, is critical.
If you are looking to have a small wedding ceremony and reception, you have a wider range of options to choose from. A wedding planner can help you find specific venues in your area.
Intimate weddings don't need to be modest or minimal. You have more flexibility and opportunity to make your intimate wedding ceremony and reception into an event that fits your style and vision perfectly.
Consider how many guests you will have before looking for your event space. While an intimate wedding is generally considered to have 50 or fewer guests, you should have a firmer plan for your guest list before looking for your perfect space. If you will only have the wedding party and immediate family, a garden wedding may be perfect, but if you have 50, you will likely need to find a venue.
Decide, too, on whether you want to have the ceremony and reception in the same space, or whether you want a church or chapel for the ceremony location and then choose from reception locations elsewhere. For a small, intimate wedding, some couples choose to have a full wedding weekend.
The best small wedding venues are ones that express your personality.
Choose a venue that will fit your personal style. One of the benefits of a small wedding is that you can really make it personal. An outdoor ceremony can be either casual in a park setting, or quite formal at a winery or golf course.
An intimate ceremony and wedding reception at a golf course is beautiful, and makes for a hassle-free experience. They can be a full-service venue, offering catering for a seated dinner, with indoor and outdoor options for both the reception and ceremony. Usually, they let you book the clubhouse which has everything you need for a seated reception. Those having small weddings will have a larger choice of golf courses, since many cannot accommodate large numbers, so you're more likely to be able to choose the most beautiful venue.
However, the manicured lawns and elegant views of a golf course lend themselves well for an outdoor ceremony, for picture-perfect photos. You can add flowers and arches, but the natural scenery of a golf course will make it a beautiful space, even without any additional effort.
Vineyard wedding venues can be stunning. With a small wedding, you can take advantage of beautiful smaller wineries. Many offer their full facilities, so you can choose an indoor or outdoor wedding venue. You could have the ceremony outdoors, in a covered area outside, or in a barrel room or other indoor space. Many also offer a private room for the bride and bridesmaids for touch-ups or waiting.
An advantage of a winery wedding is that you can usually have both the ceremony and reception at one location, for a convenient and stress-free wedding.
Using a winery's outdoor space offers exquisite views of the rolling hills of the vineyards, for the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and wedding photos. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, the natural light helps ensure photos turn out their best.
The advantage of small, intimate weddings is that you have more options and choice, and can choose a more unusual venue. You can book an indoor greenhouse or head into a provincial or national park.
If you are in the Southern Ontario area, you could try the Muskoka Steamship, or look at some of the beautiful options around Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Niagara has several small chapels for a ceremony, and Niagara-on-the-Lake offers wineries, historical spots, and golf courses that take advantage of the breathtaking natural scenery of the area. You'll have no shortage of options, and you can find ones that can host your entire event.
There are some excellent wedding facilities in this scenic area, offering natural beauty, fine dining, and other highlights.
Some historic and unusual options in this area include the elegant Gate House, classic Pillar and Post, or the Niagara on the Lake Public Library with stunning views of the Escarpment.
There are more options than ever for catering, flowers and decorations, and other wedding musts, so you can have your dream wedding. Small doesn't mean you have to compromise - in fact, you can often have a fancier experience for memories that will last a lifetime.
The first dance and music for the reception is a critical part of the wedding experience. inTUNE provides the perfect mix of music for your special wedding day, tailored to your wishes. We have experience providing music and emcee services in a variety of venues, including intimate wedding venues, and can provide the high quality music and sound for your special day.