Weddings in the Tri-State area tend to be a bit bigger than the rest of the country, with an average of 135 guests, as compared to the national average of 127. But for those who prefer a more intimate event, there are plenty of small wedding venues in NJ to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a luxe mansion, a historic inn, or even a wedding on the water, the Garden State has plenty of options!
Check out some of our favorite small wedding venues in NJ, each with a capacity of 150 guests or fewer.
The James Ward Mansion
This small wedding venue in NJ proves that a space doesn’t have to be huge to be totally luxurious. Located just 45 minutes away from New York City in downtown Westfield, this 18th century French-style mansion features 24-foot ceilings, gold detailing, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spiral staircase, chandeliers, and much more—your guests will feel like they have escaped to a Old World European hotel. There’s space for 150 guests in the Grand Salon, and smaller events can be held in the Dining Room. For cocktail hour, we also love the Garden Atrium, complete with working fountain.
Bello Giorno Estate
If you adore the romantic feel of garden weddings, you’ll fall in love with this Tuscan style villa in Northern New Jersey. With space for up to 125 guests, Bello Giorno Estate offers two options for outdoor ceremonies—a riverside gazebo or the more rustic Wedding Tree space. Receptions are held inside the light-filled banquet room. And because this is an all-inclusive venue (specializing in gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan selection if you so desire), your planning process is sure to be totally stress-free.
Sabor Latin Bistro
Restaurant weddings are ideal for couples who want the food to be the focus of their big day—and this North Bergen restaurant wins raves for its delicious Latin cuisine, served family style. Sabor Latin Bistro can accommodate up to 70 guests, and you’ll love the bright and bold décor. Whether you host your event in the main dining room or the heated tent, this is a truly unique place to say “I do”—or for a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
The Woman’s Club of Englewood
There are so many wedding venues in NJ, but few have the history of this Bergen County space. The Carriage House at the Woman’s Club of Englewood was first built in the 1850s and now serves as one of the premier (and affordable!) small wedding venues in NJ. With space for up to 100 guests, you can host your ceremony on the outdoor lawn for no additional charge. Receptions are held in the well-appointed indoor space, and there are plenty of photo ops on premises (the building’s exterior, complete with red doors, is a favorite) and nearby.
Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant
We love the charming Victorian-style buildings on the Jersey Shore, and this Beach Haven wedding venue is a prime example, ideal for garden weddings. You’ll love the proximity to the beach (hello, amazing wedding photos!), as well as the courtyard ceremony site complete with vine-covered pergola and antique-style indoor reception space. This all-inclusive venue can accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated dinner, and 150 for a cocktail-style reception. While the Gables Historic Inn is ideal for warm-weather weddings, it also makes a cozy spot for winter events, as well.
Ocean Club Hotel
Host a beach destination wedding right on the Jersey Shore at this Cape May hotel, which can accommodate up to 150 guests for weddings. Your guests will love staying on premises and enjoying all that the Jersey Shore has to offer—plus you won’t have to worry about transportation! Outdoor ceremonies can be held right on the beach, with the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, and cocktail hour on the SunDeck. The hotel’s SeaSalt Restaurant is the ideal place to host your intimate reception, with its modern design and versatile seating arrangements. Couples rave about this venue, particularly the food and accommodating staff.
Liberty Hall Museum
There’s something so unique and special about a museum wedding, and this small wedding venue in NJ is no exception—the space has played host to George Washington and Alexander Hamilton and now, your wedding! Located on the campus of Kean University in Union, there are numerous venue options for your event, including the rustic 1882 Carriage House, with space for up to 75 guests, the Wagon Shed for 60 guests, and the grounds themselves, where you can erect a tent for between 150 to 175 guests. And with 23 acres of property, there are numerous photo backdrops your photographer is sure to adore.
Lambertville House Hotel
This charming hotel and New Jersey wedding venue located in historic downtown Lambertville is an ideal space for weddings of up to 80 guests. Couples say it feels like getting married at home, but with all the convenience and amenities of a hotel venue. The outdoor courtyard is a lovely spot for ceremonies, and the indoor reception space is just as elegant. Your guests will love staying on premises, and it’s also an ideal spot for rehearsal dinners and other pre-wedding events.
Peter Shields Inn
This historic home venue is an ideal small wedding venue in NJ, particularly for couples hoping to wed in the charming town of Cape May. Host your ceremony directly on the beach across the street, on the front steps of the mansion itself, or indoors on the grand staircase. Receptions of up to 100 guests are held inside the classic and charming mansion. There are several guest rooms as well, so that your wedding party can stay onsite.