Big, busy weddings can be great. You can dance and toast the special night away with the hundreds of people around you. The hype of the crowd, the laughs at newly-discovered dance techniques and the lavish venue styling makes for a memorable event – no doubt about it.
That said, if you've taken a more, quantity, not quality approach to your big day, then the idea of quality time with just those few, handpicked, really special friends and close family probably appeals to you more. What you need is an intimate wedding venue, where the food is great, the décor is beautiful, and—because there are only a few of you—the staff are able to cater to your every need.
And let's not forget about the budgetary advantages. Fewer guests mean you can splurge on something that is particularly special to you (e.g. honeymoon!).
To help relieve some of the stress of finding the right intimate venue for you and your guests, we've handpicked some small but beautiful locations to help make your decision that little bit easier.
Is your idea of a good celebration a night at an amazing intimate venue, enjoying private dining with the best company? Then e'cco private dining is perfect for you! e'cco offers a private dining room which can be booked exclusively, seven days a week, for your intimate wedding lunch or dinner. Set menus are available so guests can choose their meal of preference with a number of course options to cater for your budget. A seated function in the private dining room can cater for up to 30 guests, or 45 if you're looking to do a standing cocktail and canapé function.
Buzz in Tennyson is host to gorgeous views of the Brisbane River, visible from a terrace that comfortably mixes indoor and outdoor dining. Buzz caters for gatherings of all kinds and does it with creativity and flare! The venue will oversee every aspect of your intimate wedding entertainment needs and can help arrange everything down to your floral arrangements, food and beverage options (the kitchen team has an impressive resume), and table décor and decorations. You and your guests can enjoy the cosy indoors or dine under the stars, overlooking the calm beauty of the Brisbane River.
Era understands how important it is for the wedding reception to be memorable and reflective of the style of the bride and groom. When it comes to weddings, one size certainly doesn't fit all and Era offer a beautiful area to host up to 55 guests. The stand-alone venue is ideal for those smaller wedding receptions and you can really make it your own for the evening. Prefer a bit of an alfresco setting? The bi-fold doors opens your area up to embrace the beautiful Queensland outdoors.
Another amazing restaurant and bar option that offers private dining is Malt in Brisbane City. The venue is intimate, unique and functional. The grand architectural features compliment the buildings raw appeal and also makes for fantastic backdrops for your photos. Choose your level of privacy, from the Attic overlooking the lit-up streets of Brisbane city, or be tucked away from the world, in the impressive Cellar — perfect for the small, private reception dinner for up to 20 guests.
One of Kangaroo Point's best kept secrets is the use of Shafston House as an intimate wedding venue. Shafston House is a heritage listed colonial home, set on a beautiful landscape of rolling greens, sandstone terraces and offers open view of the Brisbane River. Waterfront ceremonies in private surrounds is the perfect setting for your intimate wedding.
The secret is out on one of Brisbane's most unique wedding venues! Northshore Café is situated right on the waterfront of Brisbane River and offers stunning backdrops for your special day. Northshore Café even offers a private beach for your intimate gathering. See? A small wedding doesn't mean you have to lose the wonderful experiences and extra-special details.
Moda on Edward offers another boutique restaurant experience for your wedding day. The venue hosts beautiful interiors and lovely atmosphere. Situated right near Brisbane River, Moda makes for a relaxing, intimate culinary experience, and also a fantastic backdrop for your photos.
Lightspace is a boutique event, wedding and exhibition venue, that brings you a totally unique, industrial yet stylish ''weddings in a warehouse'' experience. Lightspace falls into a growing category of city-based studio spaces hiring for weddings. The various studio specs and sizes means you can host a very much personalised and tailored wedding. The venue is perfect if you're wanting to do something a little different for your special day, while still being able to tailor every last detail to your own preference. Like we've said before, this place if DIY, BYO: there's no better way to tailor make the ultimate celebration of your love than being able to choose your own drinks, your own caterer and, well, pretty much everything. It is the perfect blank canvas to design and create your dream wedding!
An understandably popular wedding venue, Eves on the River provides an uninterrupted view of the Brisbane River. The venue understands how important all the fine details of your special day are and are committed to making the day perfect. Small, intimate weddings with Eves can range from cocktail style functions to sit-down dinners at which guests can choose their preferred meal from a variety of menu options. Assistance with your floral arrangements, photographer and celebrants are all services offered by the team at Eves on the River. The open-pan view of Brisbane River will also serve as a scenic backdrop for amazing photos!
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) offers stunning event spaces for wedding receptions. Just because you're having a small wedding, doesn't mean you have to compromise for space. GOMA's space offers a spacious open-air venue with an unforgettable backdrop for photos; the Roof Terrace boasts panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Kurilpa Bridge at night.
The idea of getting married in one of Brisbane's best nightclubs has probably never crossed most minds, but Cloudland is home to a number of stunning function areas and spaces, each exquisitely decorated to reflect its own unique character. With stunning opulent interiors, Cloudland has become more than just a venue, uplifted to a world of glamour and excellence - more testament to the fact that you don't have compromise beautiful styling in your smaller wedding.
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