With any of these lovely small wedding venues, New York City ceremonies and receptions take on an intimate, friendly vibe no matter the size of your wedding guest list. While the trends of expansive barn wedding venues and spacious outdoor sites can make it seem like small venues do not exist, there is definitely an equal number of cozy restaurants, private clubs, and historical buildings that are a great fit for weddings of less than 150+ guests. Some New York City wedding venues may be able to accommodate parties that are larger than your guest list, but there are spaces within said locations that are smaller and more fitting for intimate weddings. Without further ado, Grand Lens Photography presents 7 favorite locations for intimate weddings in New York City.
1) Albra Room at The Foundry
The Foundry is a 19th Century building that has been meticulously restored to showcase its industrial character and stunning proportions. Adaptable for many uses and available to rent for weddings. The Albra Room is a brand new 1,000 square foot raw space designed for smaller scale private events of up to 70 guests. Rental of The Albra Room includes 12 hours for set-up, event and breakdown, use of it's fully equipped 400 square foot kitchen and two staff members for the duration of the event.
2) Manhattan Penthouse on 5th Ave.
Manhattan Penthouse on 5th Avenue is a beautiful, elegant, airy space for wedding ceremonies and receptions on 5th Avenue just off Union Square hub. They offer exclusive use of the entire 8,000 square foot penthouse floor. Their foods are superior and the menu is large and eclectic. Their walls are mainly windows – giant Palladian windows with sweeping views of iconic real estate giving our space a feeling of endless dimensions. How great to be surrounded by family and friends, with the city wrapped around you! How great to be served cuisine that surprises many with its taste, elegance, and generosity! The folks at the Penthouse believe they excel in several areas: wiews, decor, cuisine, services, executives, location, value, and fun.
3) The Loft at Deity
A Wedding at Deity is housed in a NYC landmarked, but non-traditional and affordable venue located in Downtown Brooklyn. This unique setting is designed, owned and operated by a married pair. In fact, the first Deity Wedding was the marriage of its creators in 2007. Their romantic space provides full-service access for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner followed by a reception with DJ at a great value. The space is a unique, Gilded Age-inspired 5,000 square feet. Exposed brick throughout our three main rooms. Deity’s owners with the help of local Brooklyn artists designed and built the one of a kind venue. Some of the features include an Art Deco facade with tree branch iron gate entrance with custom stained glass artwork and a full bar. Luxurious, velvet banquette seating is under the branches of an indoor tree of life. The upstairs ceremony & dining room, reached by a secret door offers a chiffon light curtain backdrop for your cozy ceremony and head table. Finally, to cap off the night, a dramatically arched stairwell down where you might find the bootleggers. Which is now the spacious entertaining floor for the music and “Charleston” portion of the Big Day. Complete with a stunning Wedding Cake feature area.
4) Metropolitan Building
Dating from 1909, the same year the Queensboro Bridge was built, the Metropolitan Building was first an electrical parts factory. Seventy years later it was long vacant and in a sad state of disrepair. In 1980, Eleanor Ambos, who had a successful antique furniture rental business in Manhattan, bought the building for storage and to accommodate a variety of artisans to set up their studios and work rooms. It quickly transformed into a venue for photo shoots and films. It is truly a unique space that inspires the imagination. There are three main rooms on the 2nd floor and two small sitting rooms. It is roughly 6,000 square feet. Two of the main rooms are pale grey with white trim and the large main room is green with white trim. One of the sitting rooms is blue and the other is near the restrooms and has wallpaper. The floors are hand painted. The ceilings are 12 feet and the windows are 8 feet tall. The third floor is our props floor. Photo shoots and film shoots usually happen on this floor. The ceilings are 12 feet tall and the windows are 8 feet. They do allow the fourth floor for brides to get ready in the Red Room. The fourth floor is 9,000 square feet of open space. There are two permanent structures but they are very open. One they have turn into a small library area and the other is a lounge. There are 8 foot tall windows on all four sides and a large skylight in the center of the space. The ceilings are 12 foot tall. There is a stage in one corner surrounded by a dance floor and on the opposite side is a bar area.
5) Outdoor Garden at The Wythe Hotel
Wythe Hotel hosts many receptions for small, intimate weddings. They can accommodate up to 70 guests for a wedding in their Outdoor Garden in warmer months. Our lower pricing in winter months also allows small groups to celebrate in the Main Hall. The historical character and charm of this 100-year old waterfront factory building provides a unique backdrop for any size wedding. We offer seven versatile event spaces in Brooklyn, with the capability to host intimate dinners for 12 to wedding receptions for 350 guests. We are excited to welcome your friends and family to our Brooklyn Events Venue for your beautiful wedding or any other form of gatherings and celebrations. The garden is available from April to November.
6) The boathouse at Prospect Park
Built in 1905, the Boathouse in Prospect Park was one of the first buildings in New York City to be declared an historic landmark. Home to Brooklyn’s most elegant affairs, the Boathouse offers a breathtaking natural setting and a stately backdrop for your special occasion. This Beaux Arts style building overlooks the scenic Lullwater and Lullwater Bridge, and features exclusive catering from Purslane, the team behind well-loved Brooklyn restaurants Rucola, June, and Metta.
7) mYMOON rESTAURANT
MyMoon is a magical wedding venue in the heart of New York City's liveliest neighborhood. Since opening in 2005, MyMoon has earned a reputation as one of the top wedding venues in NYC. Soaring 25 feet, the Grand Room flows seamlessly to our a spacious courtyard, perfect for celebrating in the open air in a lush garden setting. The décor stays true to its industrial origins with vintage romantic touches. Held in the private garden, your intimate ceremony in the open air is followed by cocktails in the courtyard. Afterward, gather in the grand hall for an inspired dinner of contemporary Spanish flavors catered in-house. Dancing takes place underneath the lofted ceilings, surrounded by original brick walls. The crew at MyMoon cater to each couple individually to make it intimate and memorable. MyMoon offers an outdoor ceremony in the garden with indoor capabilities. The couple's suite and indoor dining area are air-conditioned and comfortably seat120 guests with a maximum capacity of 166 guests. The prime location in the heart of Williamsburg just 5 minutes from the Bedford L stop, provides easy access to all boroughs and area airports. For your out-of-town guests, multiple hotels of varying price ranges are within walking distance, affording your guests an abundance of entertainment during their stay. From start to finish, MyMoon makes planning and budgeting simple and streamlined by prioritizing complete service.
Whether it’s 80 people or 800, you will find a wedding venue that will certainly meet your needs. If you need a hand in planning your wedding, click the link below to contact us today for assistance and free quote for wedding photography.