The wedding planning process often involves planning more events than just the wedding reception. Other events related to your wedding may include an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, welcome dinner for out-of-town guests and post-wedding brunch.

When planning these smaller events, seeking out small event venues is often first on your list.

Small event venues typically accommodate under 100 guests and can be the perfect spot for hosting any type of smaller-scaled event.

When selecting small event venues, here are some details to consider in order to make the best decision for your event.

Small Event Venues


If you are choosing between small event venues for your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch, you may wish to select a venue that is centrally located to your invited guests. If you have guests traveling from out of town or staying at a hotel in a specific area, you may want to consider small event venues in that location to make it easy for your guests to attend.

Venues in centralized locations for your guests that are easy to access should always be a top consideration in your decision making process.


You may be able to narrow down your choices based upon availability. Many venues book well in advance so be sure to seek out the small event venues on your list early on in your planning process.

Keep in mind that many small event venues are open to the public or may host multiple events in one day. For both reasons, it’s best to inquire about these details upfront to avoid any areas for conflict later on in the process.

Small Event Venues


While the size, location and availability of small event venues may meet your needs, what else does the venue have to offer?

Consider the venue’s catering options as well as floorplan layout when trying to make your decision.

Menu & Service Style Options.

Does the venue offer various service styles and menu options? Is there a detailed list of catering packages for you to review?

Are you able to see a sample menu and/or schedule a tasting? Are there food allergies you need to address and can the venue meet these needs? Are you allowed to bring in outside food (like celebration cake) or does the venue provide this for you?

Venue layout.

If you are looking to include dancing during your event, does the venue layout provide space for a dance floor? Is there enough room for bridal shower activities?

Are you looking to host your event outdoors if the weather is nice? Does the venue provide this option? What about if it rains? Can you be guaranteed an indoor spot for your event?

These are all important questions to ask in advance in order to effectively make your decisions.

Small Event Venues

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