14 Amazing Small Wedding Venues NJ Has to Offer

These small spaces have big potential.
The George Inn small wedding venue in Montclair, New Jersey
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Emily Rochotte
by Emily Rochotte
Updated Aug 14, 2023

Small wedding venues in NJ? We've got 'em. Having a small wedding comes with a long list of benefits, from the memories of being surrounded by your nearest and dearest to the chance to book one of these small wedding venues NJ has to offer. A smaller guest list opens up a wider list of wedding venues that are able to celebrate intimate groups but wouldn't fit a large wedding.

Whether just over the river from New York City or all the way down the Jersey Shore, the Garden State has numerous small wedding venues throughout, perfect for couples looking to keep their guest list small. Whether you want the best small wedding venues for 50 NJ has to offer or envision an even more petite day with a small wedding venue for 20 guests, NJ can accommodate your "I dos"—just peek at the spots below to get you started on your research. After taking a look at the best intimate wedding venues NJ boasts below, make your way over to The Knot Vendor Marketplace to find talented wedding pros that can make your dream wedding a reality.

Lambertville House Hotel and Event Center in Lambertville, New Jersey

For couples looking to enjoy a weekend surrounded with the ones they love most, look no further than Lambertville House. Located less than an hour outside of Philadelphia, Lambertville House is an all-in-one venue with hotel, event rooms, restaurant and bar. Celebrate every moment from the rehearsal dinner to the after-party in one location while also accommodating your overnight guests. Have an outdoor ceremony for up to 85 guests in the courtyard or an intimate dinner for 20 to 25 loved ones in one of the hotel's conference rooms.

Haven Riverfront Restaurant in Edgewater, New Jersey

Skyline-facing HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant does not disappoint with its views of Manhattan. This modern eatery is a popular wedding venue for foodies. A selection of private rooms makes HAVEN a great choice whether you're having 30 or all the way up to 180 guests. Delight your taste buds with a variety of meal package options from passed hors d'oeuvres for cocktail hour to food stations or a prix fixe menu.

Rooftop at Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey

If New York City skyline photos always take your breath away, host an intimate event at Rooftop at Exchange Place. The Rooftop at Exchange Place offers modern vibes with a fire and water fountain and retractable glass walls and ceiling for an indoor or outdoor setting. Take in the stunning NYC sunset views from the terrace during your wedding ceremony then enjoy a delicious meal for your reception inside the main dining room before spending the night dancing with the glowing skyline in the background.

Sheraton Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, New Jersey

Located in Northern New Jersey, Sheraton Lincoln Harbor sits right on the waterfront, looking out from inside the banquet room over the Hudson River and New York City. A variety of pricing packages are available to make wedding planning a breeze with available on-site rentals including tables, chairs, drapery, lighting and even a chocolate fountain for dessert! Have the feel of an NYC wedding without the noisy hustle and bustle of city traffic right outside.

The Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant in Beach Haven, New Jersey

Plan a garden wedding at South Jersey's The Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant. Pair the beauty and breeze of a beach town with the fairytale fantasy feel of a secret garden. A short walk from the inn, the property has its own private section of beach, meaning you can have your ceremony on the waterfront with your cocktail hour in the garden before the reception. Couples love The Gables for winter weddings to cozy up by the parlor's fireplace. The Victorian inn can accommodate up to 100 for a sit-down dinner in the dining room created by their on-site executive chef.

Bello Giorno Estate in Belvidere, New Jersey

Bello Giorno Estate small wedding venue in Belvidere, New Jersey
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Bring the beauty of an Italian wedding home to you at the Tuscan-inspired Bello Giorno Estate. You and your guests will be greeted by the magnificent gates as you enter the historic property. Beautiful inside and out, you can exchange vows under the property's gazebo during a garden ceremony or hold your nuptials indoors in the elegant banquet room. Enjoy a riverside cocktail hour on the bank of the Pequest or a romantic walk as newlyweds throughout the manicured grounds.

The George Inn in Montclair, New Jersey

The George Inn small wedding venue in Montclair, New Jersey
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Modern meets historic at The George Inn. Celebrate your intimate wedding or rehearsal dinner at this British-inspired boutique hotel. Make a grand entrance down the elegant staircase inside the foyer of The George Inn. The hotel is dog-friendly, perfect for couples who are incorporating their fur babies into their special day. Have an intimate celebration inside the inn or out on the patio. Offering 31 available guest rooms, family and friends can conveniently spend the night if they are not making the short trip back to New York City after the party.

Canopy Jersey City Arts District in Jersey City, New Jersey

Canopy Jersey City Arts District small wedding venue in Jersey City, New Jersey
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Art lovers rejoice, stepping into Canopy Jersey City will leave you feeling like you've walked into a Manhattan art gallery. Have a private ceremony out at the Terrace Garden for up to 20 close friends and family. This Hilton venue can accommodate up to 100 guests at The Gallery where you can enjoy views of New York City through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Exchange vows, then transition to the downstairs bar for cocktail hour as the space is transformed for your reception. Proximity to Jersey City shops, breweries and restaurants makes planning an NJ wedding weekend complete with so many local venues to hold your rehearsal dinner, after-parties or brunches.

Montclair Wedding Sanctuary in Montclair, New Jersey

Looking for the architectural beauty of a sanctuary wedding without having a religious ceremony? Montclair Wedding Sanctuary is a neo-Gothic style sanctuary for weddings of all kinds, denominational or non-denominational. While Montclair Wedding Sanctuary can accommodate a guest list of up to 500 seated in pews, the sanctuary's layout makes it the perfect venue for designing smaller, more intimate celebrations. Get married in the round with 40 to 50 guests seated around you and your officiant at the front of the sanctuary. Prefer to be outside? The property has a garden space for intimate outdoor weddings.

The Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey

Morris Museum small wedding venue in Morristown, New Jersey
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Looking for the feel of a historic-meets-modern venue? You'll love The Morris Museum. This Northern New Jersey location offers a variety of different spaces to hold your ceremony. No minimum required guest count makes The Morris Museum a great place to elope or hold a family-only micro wedding. In addition to your ceremony, host a seated dinner reception for up to 120 or a standing cocktail reception for 150.

Stumpy's Hatchet House of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey

Axe-throwing enthusiasts will love tying the knot at Stumpy's Hatchet House. This venue doubles as an axe-throwing facility and retreat lodge. Plan a rustic wedding in The Lodge at Stumpy's, featuring a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the ceremony space and a main hall with wood plank walls where you can enjoy your wedding reception. For a more intimate ceremony, celebrate at The Deck, a secluded area with string lighting and large windows. Entertain guests during cocktail hour with activities including a photo booth, shuffleboard, Jenga and 13 axe-throwing pits.

The Southern Mansion in Cape May, New Jersey

Step into your home away from home at the Southern Mansion. You and up to 150 guests will have the whole place to yourself as the only wedding of the day. Set on two acres in South Jersey, the property is stunning for both a summer outdoor ceremony in the garden or a cozy indoor wedding during the winter. The Victorian mansion has multiple indoor spaces, including a parlor and a ballroom, so your guests will experience separate settings for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

Old York Country Club at Chesterfield in Chesterfield, New Jersey

Enjoy a round at the golf course as you relax and gear up for your wedding at Old York Country Club. Plan a garden wedding outside at the grand gazebo surrounded by 180 acres of lush foliage. This rustic wedding venue can accommodate up to 170 guests and offers a variety of traditional and buffet meal options for guests to enjoy a delicious reception.

The Wine Bar in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

The Wine Bar small wedding venue in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Photo: The Wine Bar

Sommeliers will have a great time planning their wedding at The Wine Bar. Located a short walk from the Atlantic Highlands marina, your guests will enjoy the feeling of the waterfront breeze blowing through the French doors as they sip from a list of elegant wines. Exquisite menu options and signature cocktails make The Wine Bar a popular location for couples looking to have food play a special role in their memorable day.

Hannah Nowack contributed to the reporting of this story.

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