12 Small Wedding Venues in New Mexico for a Guest List of About 50

You're sure to love these intimate spaces.
Rachel Kashdan - The Knot Contributor.
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Rachel Kashdan
Rachel Kashdan - The Knot Contributor.
Rachel Kashdan
The Knot Contributor
  • Rachel is a freelance writer and contributor to The Knot.
  • Prior to working as a freelance writer, Rachel was a staff writer at Boston magazine covering home design and weddings.
  • Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Updated May 16, 2024

New Mexico is known for its gorgeous landscapes and the state's small wedding venues are no exception. No matter the style of venue, these small New Mexico wedding venues offer stunning sightlines to nearby mountaintops, access to rivers and sprawling acreage. When planning your New Mexico wedding you'll likely find a majority of options in the northern part of the state near Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, but there are amazing options as far south as Las Cruces too. Plus, with your small guest list, your venue will boast character (see: the airstream trailer venue on this list) and coziness that can't necessarily be found at larger venues.

Truchas Peaks Place in Trucha, New Mexico

Truchas Peaks Place sits halfway between Santa Fe and Taos nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with sweeping views of the rugged landscape surrounding. The venue's outdoor features consist of lawns, a meditation garden and a wraparound porch. Inside the estate there are several spaces that can be used for your small wedding such as the dining room, which seats 30, and the library with its long walls of books and proximity to a second floor deck. The pitched-roof home sleeps up to 28, too, so for super-intimate weddings it's possible for all of your guests to stay onsite.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Old Llama Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Old Llama Ranch is exactly what it sounds like–a former llama ranch turned wedding venue. The open-air barn is the centerpiece of the venue, but there's also plenty of room on the fields for a ceremony under blue skies. The ranch also offers a pool, hot tub, walking trails, lawn games, fire pits and five adobe casitas with seven bedrooms total for overnight guests.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico

If elegance and relaxation is the wedding vibe you're after, you can't go wrong with Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm as your venue. The historical inn and organic farm specializes in hosting intimate affairs and also features 45 guest rooms, a spa and daily yoga classes. The building's beautiful exterior architecture matches its surrounding beauty too. There's a covered portico beside a tiled pool with fountains that was practically made for family style wedding meals. And out on the grounds you'll find a lawn surrounded by gardens and a gazebo that are both ideal for small ceremonies.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 60

Blue Door Venue in Las Cruces, New Mexico

During the week the Blue Door Venue serves as a satellite location for a local K-9 school, but on weekends, Blue Door is all about hosting weddings with a portion of the proceeds going back to the school. The Spanish-style home offers micro wedding packages for up to 60 guests as well as gorgeous spaces to accommodate all elements of your day. The courtyard, with its stone water feature and bistro lighting is a wonderful ceremony spot, for instance. Inside, you'll also find the Blue Door Room, which connects to an outdoor patio and seats 80 guests in the chandelier-adorned venue.

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  • Guest Capacity: Up to 150

The Mystic in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Mystic brings bohemian style to a primarily outdoor desert setting. The hotel's circular outdoor ceremony site with twinkle lights and greenery is an eye-catching feature out on the grounds. There's also a deck and a firepit area as well as plenty of open space to dance under the stars or beneath a tent. You can enjoy sips and snacks from High Desert, the hotel's onsite cafe, throughout your celebration or even have local food trucks drive right up to the hotel.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 150

Taos Goji Farm and Eco Lodge in San Cristobal, New Mexico

Taos Goji Farm and Eco Lodge is the ultimate wedding retreat at the base of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and surrounded by Carson National Forest. Tie the knot in a sunflower field or in the apple grove, then keep partying outdoors or head into the 1,600-square-foot open-air barn for coverage with mountain views. The farm and lodge also has an indoor dining area with a fireplace that lends a cozy feel to farm-to-table dinners. Guests can stay on site during your wedding weekend in one of 10 log and adobe cabins or camp out on the property in a tent and take advantage of the nearby saunas and hot tubs.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Hotel Luna Mystica in El Prado, New Mexico

Ultra-cool couples flock to Hotel Luna Mystica for their weddings and for good reason. This hotel comprises 22 uniquely decorated vintage airstream trailers, which means that for super-small weddings all of your guests can stay on site and have a one-of-a-kind experience. Plus the landscape, near the foot of several peaks, offers a jaw-dropping setting for outdoor ceremonies and open-air receptions under twinkling lights and a bevy of shining stars.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

Neptune Studio & Gallery Event Space in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Neptune Studio & Gallery Event Space is a historical adobe home that lends weddings a classic backyard feel. In addition to 700 square feet of indoor real estate with high beamed ceilings and wood floors, the yard has gardens and a flagstone patio with a ceremony arbor. The grounds can be tented too for dinner and dancing, or you can head inside the home to celebrate well into the night.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Painted Lady Bed & Brew in Albuquerque, New Mexico

For playful couples looking for a unique venue, Painted Lady Bed & Brew has a seriously unexpected past. The Painted Lady was built in 1881 as a saloon and brothel but today it's a quirky wedding venue and bed and breakfast with special microwedding offers for parties of up to 40 guests and several ceremony and reception sites. There's a brick patio, a covered wedding gazebo with a raised brick dance floor, a space within an adobe casita for up to 30 standing guests, and a vintage trolley car that can serve as a dining room for up to 13 or an eye-catching photo backdrop for portraits.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Log River Ranch in Chama, New Mexico

Log River Ranch is a dazzling barn venue in Cama Valley with several different outdoor ceremony spots and onsite accommodations for 10. Make it official on the lawn in front of a forest or by the river before hosting your reception in the beautifully lit barn. While the venue can accommodate up to 200, it's private and cozy enough for smaller celebrations too, and Log River Ranch even offers a micro wedding package for weddings of 50 or fewer with decor, photography, cake and coordination included.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

Leaping Deer Ranch in Sapello, New Mexico

Leaping Deer Ranch is a working ranch and resort at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with one of the most unique ceremony sites in New Mexico. That is, it features the state's largest labyrinth, which couples love to use as a ceremony site with a circular layout surrounded by gardens. For your reception, the venue has a simple-yet-stunning event hall that showcases views out to the surrounding valley. The property also has a hot yoga studio, a rifle range, outdoor movie theater and bonfire pit, plus lodging in seven guestrooms.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 120

Villa de San Rafael in Albuquerque, New Mexico

This Spanish-style mansion is like something straight out of the pages of an architecture magazine. Villa de San Rafael has a marble double staircase and stained glass art, including a 20-foot stained glass domed ceiling in one of the central spaces. These interior rooms, exterior balconies and an acre of grounds dotted with columns, fountains and trees, bring a glamorous old-world European vibe to intimate New Mexico weddings. The venue also sleeps up to 14 guests and comes equipped with a hot tub and firepit.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 50

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