13 Small Wedding Venues in Virginia From the Mountains to the Shore

Virginia is for lovers—and intimate weddings.
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Jacqueline Mann
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Jacqueline Mann
The Knot Contributor
  • Jacqueline writes articles for The Knot Worldwide that cover an array of wedding-related topics.
  • She previously worked as a marketing manager for a wedding venue where she learned the intricate details of wedding planning.
  • Jacqueline graduated from Bluefield University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications.
Updated Mar 20, 2024

Many wedding couples are trading large soirees for intimate gatherings with close family and friends. If you're hosting your wedding in the state for lovers, consider booking one of the small wedding venues in Virginia. A small wedding venue complements a modest guest list and doesn't overwhelm your celebration with tons of extra space. Couples planning a Virginia wedding will discover various backdrops throughout the state, from the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains to the peaceful shores of the Chesapeake Bay. To find the best small wedding venues in Virginia, take a look at our list of favorites across the state.

Vaughan House in Forest, Virginia

This sweet backyard greenhouse will make it feel as if you've stepped into a storybook. Tucked in a lush, wooded setting, Vaughan House is perfect for a small Virginia wedding with space for up to 50 guests. It's also home to an abundance of pollinator-friendly plants and is a waystation for monarch butterflies. Host your elopement or entire wedding weekend at this enchanting outdoor venue.

Guest Capacity: 10-50 guests

Golden Horseshoe Inn in Stanardsville, Virginia

Golden Horseshoe Inn is located near Shenandoah National Park, in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Host up to 70 family and friends at this historic venue that once served as a stagecoach inn for travelers crossing the mountains. The venue boasts beautiful gardens, a pond, a stone fireplace, exposed brick walls and tranquil dressing suites.

Guest Capacity: 20-70 guests

Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville, Virginia

This small wedding venue in Northern Virginia combines a rustic and industrial aesthetic with 1920s-era features and copper equipment. Catoctin Creek Distillery also boasts stunning views of the mountains and the creek that flows past the venue. For your dinner menu, pair the venue's award-winning spirits with the venue's high-quality food options. Hold your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception here for up to 50 guests.

Guest Capacity: Up to 50 guests

The Villa in Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Villa is a small wedding venue in Hampton Roads Virginia giving all the Mediterranean vibes. Flowing fountains, sweeping archways, handmade Satillo tiles and an intimate courtyard will make it feel like you've flown to Italy. Invite up to 50 guests to this boutique event space. The Virginia Beach wedding venue also includes the use of two dressing suites and 4,000 square feet of unique indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony, reception, cocktail hour and photos.
Guest Capacity: Up to 50 guests

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The Indigo House in Afton, Virginia

Escape city life at this small outdoor wedding venue in Virginia. The Indigo House is an enchanting bed and breakfast venue with room for up to 50 family and friends. Hold your ceremony in the wooded Little Sequoia space as the sunset plays through the trees. Or say your vows in the meadow with mountain views and seasonal wildflowers. The side lawn provides a backyard reception space under the stars along with a fire pit, bistro lighting and native plants.
Guest Capacity: Up to 50 guests

Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia

The Poe Museum is the perfect spot for fans of the famous poet's work or who simply love a historic garden setting. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's poem To One in Paradise, the museum garden was created in 1922. This space includes a beautiful fountain and stunning brick archways. Host a micro wedding of 15 guests, or a slightly larger event of up to 75 at this small wedding venue in Richmond, Virginia.

Guest Capacity: 15-75 guests

Café 44 – on the Potomac in Alexandria, Virginia

Soak up panoramic views of the Potomac River at this lovely venue located right outside of D.C. Café 44 – on the Potomac can host up to 100 guests, but also includes more intimate spaces for gatherings of 10. The small wedding venue in Alexandria, Virginia features an outdoor terrace, waterfront balcony and indoor seating that all provide a gorgeous waterfront view. Work with the in-house chefs to create a custom menu and wine selection for your guests.

Guest Capacity: 10-100 guests

The Barns at Lost Acre in Marshall, Virginia

Located near the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley, this small barn wedding venue in Virginia combines rustic charm with modern conveniences. The Barns at Lost Acre features a 200-year-old barn restored by Amish craftsmen that accommodates 100 guests. Choose one of the venue's smaller barns for a more intimate reception. The venue also offers unique add-ons including a goat photo shoot and wedding party hayride.

Guest Capacity: Up to 100 guests depending on which barn you choose

Bent Oaks Manor in Roanoke, Virginia

Bent Oaks Manor is nestled on a quarter acre near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Neoclassical manor was built in the early 1900s and features original architectural details. The manicured lawn includes crape myrtle, white oak trees and mountain views. Host your entire wedding weekend here from your rehearsal dinner to your farewell brunch. The small wedding venue in Roanoke, Virginia can accommodate 40 people for a sit-down dinner, up to 100 with use of the outdoor space and up to 13 overnight manor guests.

Guest Capacity: 40-100

Bees Nees in Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Bees Nees small wedding venue in Virginia Beach provides a getaway experience for up to 70 guests. Situated steps away from the beach, the venue offers a setting of old-world charm and luxury. Get ready in the Pink House which includes a loft, bar area and peaceful sunroom. Host an intimate dinner for up to 40 guests in the whimsical Carriage House that features a neutral color palette and exposed beams. The venue is also home to a saltwater plunge pool, brick terrace and fenced-in backyard.

Guest Capacity: 10-70 guests

Common House Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia

Common House Charlottesville is located near the historic downtown mall. Here you'll find modern spaces with curated art galleries, warm textures and wood details. The third-floor rooftop terrace provides 360-degree views of the city. This small wedding venue in Charlottesville, Virginia can accommodate up to 70 guests for a seated dinner or up to 100 for a cocktail reception.

Guest Capacity: 15-100 guests

The Carolyn Baldwin Lake Pavilion in Farmville, Virginia

The Carolyn Baldwin Lake Pavilion is a stunning spot boasting waterfront views for both your ceremony and reception. The small affordable wedding venue in Virginia is home to an intimate ceremony dock overlooking the lake with space for up to 100 guests. Hold your reception in the waterside, open-air pavilion that features a crystal chandelier and string lighting.

Guest Capacity: Up to 100 guests

The Trellis Venue in Front Royal, Virginia

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, The Trellis Venue is a historic event space surrounded by lush lawn gardens and Blue Ridge summit views. The main house provides an intimate and inviting reception space with rustic elegance and stone architecture. The small wedding venue in Virginia can host up to 100 guests and sleeps up to 16 overnight guests.

Guest Capacity: Up to 100 guests

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