Intimate weddings can be a great option for couples who are looking to share a really unique experience with their guests that they can customize to their taste. There are a lot of advantages to hosting a small wedding, including: having the opportunity to spend more quality time with each guest, personalizing the wedding details more than you could if hosting a larger wedding, and giving you a chance to work with your dream vendors.
If you’re looking to host a small wedding in New York City, one of the biggest challenges that you may face is knowing what venue to select. With so many choices it can get overwhelming, but don't worry, at Zola there are many venues and vendors that you can search for and book directly through our site. And, when it comes to planning your dream wedding, Zola's got your back. Take a look at some of our favorite small wedding venues in NYC to consider for your big day; plus, there are more to check out on our site, so go explore.
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Located in the bustling Queens neighborhood of Astoria, William & Willow is a great venue option for an intimate wedding. The venue is able to accommodate 30 guests seated and up to 60 standing. And, with its close proximity to Astoria Park, it's the perfect location to get gorgeous photos before hosting a cozy gathering for friends and family at a wonderful local establishment.
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Tucked away in NYC's East Village—one of the most eclectic and lively neighborhoods in the city—and just steps away from Cooper Union, a premier art college, The Standard offers guests a luxurious and unique experience. There are a number of venues in the hotel, ranging from The Garden, which gives guests a tranquil environment from the bustle of the city, the Penthouse, which is the pinnacle of elegance, as well as the Overlook, Cafe Standard, and Narcissa. No matter the season or vibe that you're after, The Standard is able to meet all your needs, and it can accommodate up to 50 guests.
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Situated in Soho, the Farm Soho Rooftop sits atop a historic building in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in all of New York (it is also home to one of the country's oldest cheese factories). The Farm Soho offers couples a chic and stylish experience that features breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan, Little Italy, the NYC skyline, and more. Boasting 2,300-square feet and an outdoor bar, this perfect venue can accommodate up to 50 guests, and it will offer you the wedding of a lifetime.
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When it comes to an intimate wedding in NYC, one thing that every couple dreams of is hosting their celebration inside a modern and sleek loft space. If that's the vision you have for your wedding, then the Lofts At Prince are for you. With the ability to host up to 45 people, the Lofts At Prince offer breathtaking views of the city, a skilled staff, and even a Penthouse suite that has an exclusive rooftop and fireplaces. Whatever vision you have for your wedding, the staff can help you make it a reality for your big day.
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Located in the vibrant Bushwick community in Brooklyn, the Love Shack was an experiment that came out of a raw industrial space and was transformed into two live-in dollhouses. If you and your partner are looking for a bold and truly unique wedding experience, then look no further than The Love Shack. It can hold up to 22 seated guests, and is truly a venue where your imagination can run wild.
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If you’re after a Brooklyn vibe that is centrally located to many locales and has a gorgeous view of Manhattan, then the Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown is the perfect choice. Offering all the amenities of a hotel in an elegant and dynamic space, this venue can offer you and up to 32 guests a wide range of wedding experiences. Working with their skilled staff, you and your partner can plan the intimate wedding of your dreams.
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The Library Hotel offers the convenience of midtown Manhattan in a luxurious and chic space. With breathtaking views from the rooftop terrace of the NYC skyline, the New York Public Library, and more, The Library Hotel can provide the perfect backdrop for your day or night wedding, no matter the season. The Poetry Garden and outdoor terrace offer gorgeous glimpses of the city while giving you and your guests an elegant and memorable experience. The Writer's Den encapsulates the best of the Library Hotel's private club for you and up to 30 guests to enjoy during your wedding.
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Known for being one of the hippest neighborhoods in all of NYC, the Lower East Side definitely has a reputation that precedes it. SIXTY LES is definitely for the couple who is after a vibrant, festive party vibe for their wedding. With an outdoor terrace that offers both fantastic views of the city's skyline, as well as the perfect place to serve your guests al fresco, and a spacious, sleek indoor space, SIXTY LES has everything. With its ability to host up to 50 guests seated, there is so much versatility in this event space, so make it yours.
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Located in the heart of Soho, Maison Sun features a luxury penthouse with a private rooftop that provides 360 degree views of the city. And, with their speakeasy exclusive dining room, nothing says luxury quite like having an intimate dinner for up to 50 guests in one of the most gorgeous spaces in Manhattan. Catering is provided by Executive Chef Conner Updegrave, who formerly worked as the former head chef of Blanca, a two-Michelin starred restaurant, so you know that the food will be delectable. Let the staff at Maison Sun help you plan your dream wedding.
Photo from The Wren's listing
Offering dark wood interiors and a speakeasy vibe, The Wren is the perfect spot for couples who are looking to host an intimate wedding on the Bowery. A hidden gem in an otherwise bustling neighborhood, your guests will enter through the main entrance, then get whisked away downstairs into their own beautiful and sleek room. With its warm and cozy atmosphere, it's a gorgeous venue to host up to 20 guests. The staff at Wren are adept in helping you plan every step of the wedding you want, so start dreaming big.
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If you're seeking a venue that is inspired by the coastal region of Italy, plus offers a natural wine selection, then look no further than Pips.This venue offers the best of Italy, but is located In downtown Brooklyn. The staff at Pips, along with Executive Chef Jared Braithwaite, will work closely with you to develop a menu and wedding plan for up to 20 guests in a gorgeous and intimate space.
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For dog lovers, and couples who are after a truly unique wedding experience in Manhattan, the AKC Museum of the Dog is for you. Located on luxurious Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, the Museum of the Dog wants to capture your heart with their stunning fine art collection, which offers an array of exhibits throughout the year in the Kalikow building. With two floors of its own, plus a mezzanine, it's the perfect location for up to 40 guests. If you want to celebrate your love for one another—and for man's best friend—the AKC Museum of the Dog is perfect for you.
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For couples who are looking for a dynamic venue that offers a stunning atmosphere, Atrium 82 may be right up your alley. Located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, Atrium82 is a female, Black-owned venue that seeks to empower the community. Underneath Tiffany stained glass, exposed brick, and gorgeous hardwood floors, this unique and intimate studio is a raw space that can be created into the wedding of your dreams for up to 30 people. Located only a short walk from Prospect Park, this intimate space can be transformed for any vision that you have for your big day.
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Bat Haus is another venue that is also active within the community that it's located in, and it provides a wide range of services, including serving as a wedding venue. It has the advantage of being able to offer you and your guests both inside and outside options with its gorgeous backyard, tons of natural sunlight, and beautiful hardwood floors.
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Bat Haus captures the spirit of this area, while offering couples a number of wonderful options when it comes to hosting a wedding in a unique setting. And, with its ability to hold up to 45 guests, this extremely versatile venue is bursting with creativity, thus making it just the place to celebrate your wedding.
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If you are looking for the best of what the French lifestyle brand Maman has to offer in the gorgeous location of Bryant Park, then their most recent project is for you. Utilizing the elegance and best of what their cafes have to offer with a French twist, Maman’s Bryan Park location is an elegant option for up to 34 of your closest friends and family. Be sure to request their famous chocolate chip cookies as a tasty dessert option that your guests will enjoy.
New York City has no shortage of small wedding venues, but, by using Zola’s vetted vendors database, you’re getting access to some of the best in the wedding industry to help you plan your big day. There are a lot of options to choose from, so, when you’re planning your small wedding, remember to let what is most important to you and your partner help guide the process.