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When it comes to your wedding day, bigger isn’t always better. Fortunately, there are lots of small wedding venues in Boston to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a chic restaurant, a cool museum, or a classic historic home, some of the best Boston wedding venues are among the smallest, proving you don’t have to go big to have an incredible day. These venues also make great spots for other wedding-related events, including showers, rehearsal dinners, and post-wedding brunches.
We’ve rounded up the best small wedding venues in Boston.
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This modern French wine and jazz bar has a unique industrial feel (so on-trend!), with exposed brick and high ceilings. And with a capacity of 100 guests, it’s one of the coziest and chicest small wedding venues in Boston, particularly for couples who want a venue that’s a bit nontraditional. Couples rave about the hip vibe, as well as the helpful staff—and of course, the food!
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If you’re looking for a small wedding venue in Boston with indoor and outdoor space and a super-convenient location, 9OFS is definitely worth a look. This private event space near the Boston waterfront features a private outdoor rooftop garden with amazing views of the city skyline, as well as a modern indoor space that’s quite unique for the area. With a capacity of 110, it’s ideal for smaller weddings with an uber-contemporary vibe.
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W Boston Hotel
There is so much to love about hotel wedding venues, particularly when it comes to convenience. However, hotel venues are often quite large and best for weddings with bigger guest lists. The W Boston Hotel offers all of the amenities and ease of planning as a larger hotel, but with a capacity of 130, it’s best suited for smaller weddings. The rooftop is a fabulous spot for outdoor photos (hello, incredible “first look”!), and the indoor spaces have a contemporary vibe for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
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One of the (many) advantages of getting married in Boston is the area’s vast history. The Hampshire House, located in Beacon Hill, is a stunning historic house that truly celebrates all that Boston has to offer. Bibliophile couples will adore the Library, which can host ceremonies and receptions and has lovely views of the Boston Public Garden. There’s also the Thayer Room, the ultimate classic wedding space. This Boston wedding venue can host events of up to 130 guests and is a hit with couples—winning the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award for eight years.
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One of the oldest restaurants in the city, this historic French eatery is one of the most unique small wedding venues in the Boston area. The venue has several spaces which can be combined, depending on the size of your event. Whether you’re hosting a wedding for 10 guests or 145, this restaurant can accommodate your special day. The Marliave wins raves from couples about the incredible food, the accommodating staff, and its affordability.
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The Lenox Hotel
This hotel features one of the most incredible ballrooms we’ve ever seen—the Dome Room. The amazing architecture, including a huge domed ceiling, will absolutely blow you away—and it’s ideal for weddings of 150 guests or fewer. This Couple’s Choice Award-winning venue is also centrally located (major plus for your out-of-town guests) and can host other pre - and post-wedding events, including rehearsal dinners, brunches, and showers. And if you need any more proof that this hotel is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding, turns out the 1970 movie Love Story was filmed here.
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Battery Wharf Hotel Boston Waterfront
Located in the North End, this small wedding venue in Boston effortlessly combines a classic hotel venue with contemporary details. With a capacity of 150 guests for a seated dinner, you’ll be able to host your intimate ceremony overlooking the waterfront and your reception in the recently updated ballroom, which is decorated in neutral hues. And with the water as your backdrop, you’re pretty much guaranteed some incredible photo ops!
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Smith & Wollensky Boston Castle
When you think about a wedding taking place in a castle, you probably imagine a grand affair with lots of guests—but at this Back Bay restaurant, you can host a more intimate wedding in a majestic castle setting. Smith & Wollensky Boston Castle can host seated events of up to 150 guests (they can accommodate more guests for a cocktail-style wedding reception). We love the dark wood décor and historic feel of this venue, plus the fact that there are multiple rooms to choose from, including the Battle Room, which features historic artifacts and high ceilings, and the Second Floor Private Dining Room with its gorgeous working fireplace.
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Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT
We love this sophisticated Central Square hotel, particularly for its lovely rooftop garden space for outdoor ceremonies. There are several indoor event spaces to choose from, as well, including the Luscomb Ballroom, known for its great city views and lots of natural light. The Hunsaker Ballroom offers high ceilings and contemporary feel. And with 210 guest rooms, all of your guests can have the convenience of staying the night right onsite.
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One of the coolest small wedding venues Boston has to offer, this museum features exhibits on engineering and architecture, giving it an industrial feel that’s so on-trend right now. Sure it’s a little offbeat, but it’s definitely unique and will absolutely wow your guests. It features cathedral ceilings and the centerpiece—three steam-pump powered engines. You can host your ceremony outside with an early 20th century engine as your backdrop. Receptions are held in either the Overlook Gallery or the Great Engines Hall. This museum venue can host up to 150 guests.
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Bella Luna Restaurant & the Milky Way Lounge
Located in Jamaica Plain, this venue is ideal for couples looking for a space with a funky and casual vibe. The restaurant has a retro sci-fi theme and is one of the more affordable venues in the area. Their staff makes wedding planning a breeze, and ensures that your day feels super relaxed and totally fun. We particularly love the fun food options, including the always-popular ice cream sundae bar for kids at heart!
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