Keep it Cozy With These Small Wedding Venues in Houston

Intimate weddings are all the rage these days.
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Updated Mar 27, 2023

Intimate weddings, also known as microweddings, have become more than just a trend—it seems as though they're here to stay. Whether you have 50, 75 or 100 people on your guests list, there are a lot of perks to inviting just a few close friends and family members to share in your special day. For one, the event is far more personal and often easier to plan. You get the chance to interact with everyone over the course of the night, rather than spending just a few minutes making the rounds and saying hello.

Having a small wedding guest list doesn't preclude you from going big on experience and ambiance. As a first step in the wedding planning process, find a great small wedding venue that can pull out all the stops for your intimate affair.

Here are just a few of our favorites for small wedding venues in Houston. And if you want even more venue ideas, take a look at The Knot Marketplace.

Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse

When it comes to intimate settings, there's nothing better than a private dining room where you can sit with your guests and enjoy a great meal. The Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse is an inclusive facility that welcomes all couples. The Rio Room and the main dining room are perfect for smaller parties and can seat up to 60 and 100 guests, respectively. The venue serves up delicious Brazilian steakhouse menus with multiple options available for food, desserts, and beverages—including alcoholic drinks. Everything is included here, such as tables, glassware, linens of your color choice, and dedicated servers to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

AvantGarden

If you're looking for an interesting venue that steps outside of the norm, AvantGarden certainly fits the bill. This venue bills itself as a social patio/bar/lounge, but its ambiance is something out of a whimsical storybook. The two-story house has a stunning, partially-covered patio outdoors with clear ceiling panels so the daylight—or moonlight—streams through. It's a clean slate for any type of decor from bohemian to classic chic with gorgeous archways and a spiral staircase that both make the perfect spot for your special wedding day photos. One of the top-rated small affordable wedding venues in Houston, it can accommodate intimate parties up to 100 guests.

Hawthorne House

Dreaming of a Victorian-style wedding? Then you need the perfect venue and Hawthorne House lives up to the challenge. Known as the "big yellow house" in the Montrose neighborhood, the house has a variety of places to say your vows, including the stunning wraparound porch on the lower level, the second-floor balcony or the lush gardens out back. The dining area serves as an indoor option for those days when the weather just won't cooperate. There are smaller rooms, a pool house and a bachelor bungalow, where the bridal parties can get ready onsite. This small wedding venue in Houston, Texas, can accommodate up to 60 people.

The Oxford Venue

Lush greenery meets rustic cabin in the woods feel at The Oxford Venue. Couples can choose to host their nuptials and reception indoors with an open-floor layout that's ideal for dining and dancing. The ceilings have gorgeous wooden beams and tables to match with twinkling lights throughout that add a whimsical touch to the facility and to your event. It's also lauded as one of the best small outdoor wedding venues in Houston. The lush gardens make the perfect backdrop for celebrating your union in the warm Houston sun. There's also a patio with furniture and bistro lighting for smaller events. The Oxford venue can accommodate up to 100 guests and is the perfect place for your intimate affair.

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StarHill Farms

If you're ready to say "I do" followed by a "yee-haw," StarHill Farms is exactly what you need on your wedding day. It's a true ranch-lover's dream with rustic cabins adorning the property and plenty of farm animals to add to the allure. You can even ask to use the horses and longhorns as picture backdrops for your special day. The 300-acre farm provides a tranquil setting for your nuptials. This should definitely be on your list for wedding venues in houston for small weddings as there are indoor and outdoor reception areas that can host up to 50 guests, or you can add on a tented area to accommodate up to 75. The cabin onsite is available for rent and can hold approximately 20 guests.

The Belamour

Meet elegance wrapped in a boutique venue at The Belamour. This with two stunning rooms to hold the most important celebration of your life. The Dining Room has a crystal chandelier and can be used on its own or combined with the Garden Pavilion, with a boxwood wall that can be decorated to your custom theme. The Garden Pavilion also opens up to the outdoors for added space and to enjoy the sunshine. Both rooms are climate controlled, which makes the venue ideal for any time of year, rain or shine. This small wedding venue in Houston, Texas, can accommodate smaller parties from a handful of guests up to 100 of your closest friends and family.

Carr Mansion

Understated elegance meets regency at Carr Mansion. This historic 19th-Century Greek Revival structure once served home to notable people, including former Texas Governor Richard Coke. Over the years, it's undergone renovations that have made it the charming wedding venue it is now. With a carriage house, decorative French doors and The open-ended common rooms, the pub/ballroom and outdoor solarium are perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 50 people. With eight rooms available for rent in a true bed-and-breakfast style, the wedding party can stay the night in preparation for the nuptials. There's a reason people say it's one of the best small wedding venues in Houston.

The Reserve on Cypress Creek

Nothing says a Texas wedding like holding it on a nature preserve. The forest backdrop surrounded by water features and stunning landscaping makes The Reserve on Cypress Creek the best place to put your shared love of the outdoors on display. The ceremony platform where you'll say your nuptials has stone steps and angular structures accented by a gorgeous hanging chandelier, and can be decorated to your heart's content. There's a large lit courtyard, nature trail and gaming area for guests to enjoy in between nuptials and your sit-down dinner. There are various packages that accommodate between 30 and 100 people.

The Hendrix on 5th

Imagine taking a blank slate and turning it into your dream wedding. That's exactly what you can do at The Hendrix on 5th. The space is wide open with posh crystal chandeliers hanging in between recessed lights that brighten up the space. With 1,800 square feet to work with, you can seat up to 90 guests for a sit-down dinner and still have enough room to break out into dance. This small intimate wedding venue in Houston, TX, has a prep kitchen, full bar and shelves, and comes with up to 10 tables and 100 chairs. There are private rooms for getting ready with comfortable seating and mirrors so you can hold both the reception and ceremony onsite.

Virginia Point Inn

Take your wedding back in time with this stunning home that was built in 1907. The Virginia Point Inn property is adorned with lush gardens that make the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Then guests can linger outside and enjoy the scenery, or head up one of the twin staircases to the parlor, great room, or dining room to continue the party. Inside the vintage surroundings with exposed brick walls and original heartwood pine floors, bring history to life. This small private wedding venues in Houston can accommodate up to a maximum of 100 people at a time, making a perfect fit for your intimate wedding.

Bell Tower on 34th

If luxury is what you're looking for, you need look no further than Bell Tower on 34th, one of the most sought after small intimate wedding venues in Houston. This gorgeous venue has seven different spaces to host your wedding, including smaller rooms for intimate gatherings. Best of all, you won't have to worry about other events going on at the same time, they're all private and don't share common spaces. The Campanile and the Contessa ballroom are two of the venue's smaller rooms, which are perfect for 50 to 100 guests. The Campanile has a painted dome ceiling and gorgeous panoramic views, while the Contessa has a gorgeous brick-lined ceiling that adds a rustic touch to your event.

Watts Manor

When looking for small outdoor wedding venues in Houston, you won't want to miss Watts Manor. A nature lover's dream, it's located on five acres of land with lush greenery and water features backed by forests that create a stunning landscape ready for your personal touches. Guests can enjoy the outdoor spaces which include benches and a picturesque swing. When evening falls, gather with your loved ones around the cozy fire pit with champagne in hand. For those cooler nights, there's a space resembling a banquet hall so you can bring the party indoors. The wedding party can books rooms in the onsite property for an overnight stay before and after the ceremony. The space accommodates up to 100 guests.

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