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The Best Small Wedding Venues in New York City

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The Best Small Wedding Venues in New York City

As a city with towering skyscrapers, a large population and high-powered industries, New York City has a big energy. This “bigness” appeals to many, but can be too much for couples hoping for a more intimate wedding celebration within the bounds of this historic and oh-so-glamorous city. Luckily, NYC delivers with small, charming rooftops, cozy eateries, finely-appointed private clubs, homes emanating old world appeal, and even a thriving farm.

The Roof Garden at The Lofts at Prince

The Lofts at Prince are a dream for those wanting their wedding to be infused with originality, as this space encourages creativity and takes a hands-on approach to helping couples construct their ideal wedding ambiance. In addition, they create more time for you to focus on the fun stuff—the theme and customized decorations—by taking away the hassle of figuring out where to get essentials like chairs, tables and furniture, as they provide it all. They also set-up, clean up and break everything down for free.

This intimate venue is also a winner when it comes to impressing your guests from the moment they enter the 100-year-old front doors that lead into the chic lobby, with features restored glass, preserved metal tin ceilings and an elegant period elevator. When the elevator opens to the al fresco site of your nuptials, guests will be treated to dazzling views of the city.

Capacity: 65

Bonus: This space is seriously flexible, allowing you to select your own vendors and bring your own alcohol.

The Pavilion at Queens County Farm Museum 

Nature-lovers will appreciate the charming pavilion perched on Queens County Farm’s 47-acre parcel of thriving earth, which is the largest remaining expanse of undisturbed farmland in New York, and has existed since 1697! Adding to the appeal of the pavilion is its close proximity to the growing fields, which often feature carrots, apples, rhubarb, kale and so much more.

If you envision a rustic chic wedding, replete with delicate fabrics billowing in the breeze, lots of burlap and lace, signature cocktail-filled mason jars, and organic displays of greenery, this land will be your jam.

Capacity: 85

Bonus: A variety of farm animals live on the farm, helping to enhance the “back to nature” vibe of your nuptials. 

Frankie’s 457 Spuntino

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A charming restaurant started by two Franks who share a love for simple, delicious, and nutritious Italian fare, this venue is ideal for an intimate wedding that features really good food. A wedding at Frankie’s will be more “warm and welcoming dinner party” than “wild and raucous dance party” as there’s no space for dancing. But your guests will be so full from the delicious food and drink they won’t mind waiting to shake their groove thing until you transition to a nearby bar or club for the after party. Frankie’s is the place for foodie couples that enjoy sitting around the dinner table having long chats with their nearest and dearest.

Capacity: 50

Bonus: Frankie’s coziness offers ample opportunities for cost cuts, as minimal decorations, such as some twinkle and simple centerpieces, will have a big effect in this small space. 


Merchant’s House Museum

Couples with an appreciation for history will swoon when they visit this 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House, which is a designated landmark and museum. Adding to the appeal are the 3,000 pieces of furniture, decorative arts, clothing, photographs, books, household items, and personal items that were owned by the Tredwells—the merchant-class family who resided in the house from 1835 to 1933. In addition, the house includes matching six-globe gas chandeliers, furniture created by acclaimed furniture maker Duncan Phyfe, and various dresses owned by the Tredwell women. Event spaces that can be utilized for weddings include a Greek Revival Double Parlor and an outdoor 19th century “Secret” Garden.

Capacity: 50 seated

Bonus: If you and your guests are interested in a splash of eeriness, request one of the Candlelight Ghost Tours the museum offers.

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