Elopements and small weddings aren't a new way of getting married anymore in New England. Couples from all over New England have found that a small wedding feels more 'them'. There are so many benefits to having an elopement or small wedding, and one of them is being able to still include your family and friends. While it is possible to find a public location to fit up to 20 guests, it can sometimes be easier logistically to still have it at a small wedding venue. This blog post is all about the best New Hampshire elopement and small wedding venues, to make your planning easier.
The Benefits of a Small Wedding Venue
While choosing a small wedding venue over a public location can add more cost, it can sometimes be well worth the money. It also completely depends on the amount of guests you plan to have, so I recommend asking your wedding planner or photographer for recommendations. Below are some of the benefits to choosing a small wedding venue over a public place.
- Logistics: If you are worried about having people bounce around from location to location, then getting a small wedding venue could help with that concern. Generally you can have your getting ready, ceremony and reception at one location, which makes the transitions of the dance much more simple. If you think of your day and ask yourselves "what do we want" and the answer is "no stress", then this could be a great option for you.
- Privacy: Are you hoping for a more private ceremony? Having your wedding at a small venue can ensure that no strangers will be around to witness it. Just make sure to check in with the wedding venue to make sure that is definitely the case!
- Be in a place that is special to you: A lot of people want to elope in the outdoors because they feel it's the only way to be in a place that is special to them. Whether that's the mountains, in the forest, or by the ocean. There are so many public locations that you can feel free to be where you are happy, but there are plenty of small wedding venues that can get you the same feel without the stress.
- You are catered to: Having a venue can allow for additional vendors to cater to you for a stress free day. These small venues are there to help make your day just as special as you are hoping it would be.
The Best Small Wedding Venues in New Hampshire
Below are some of my absolute favorite small wedding venues in New Hampshire, separated by the type of environment. Since I am an elopement and small wedding photographer who focuses in the outdoors, that's also the type of wedding venues I will be sharing here.
Small Wedding Venues in the Mountains
Located in Sugar Hill, NH. With one of the best views in the Franconia Notch, the Sunset Hill House is one of the most popular places to stay and have a small wedding in the White Mountains. They offer weekend packages, your guests to book rooms, and have a full restaurant as well. The ceremony location is stunning, just look!
Located in Franconia, NH. Alright I know I just mentioned the best view in Franconia Notch, but Toad Hill Farm is competing for the best. Not only does it have the most beautiful field views, it also has a stunning farmhouse. You can rent the entire property for a few days too, to make it a full experience.
Located in Bethlehem, NH. Bear Mountain Lodge is a log cabin B&B with 10 rooms. They have specific elopement and small wedding packages. This is a great option for smaller weddings where you can book out the full B&B.
Located in New Durham, NH. This B&B located in the Lakes Region is one of my favorites in the state. The owners have renovated all the rooms to be modern and welcoming. They have elopement and small wedding packages, and plenty of space for you and 6 guests. They have just four bedrooms, but there are plenty of Airbnbs and other places to stay nearby. The view at the B&B is unbeatable including Lake Winnipesaukee and the Mountains.
Located in Gorham, NH. The Glen House is at the base of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. They host elopement and small weddings up to 60 guests, and have a beautiful space in the outdoors as well as the Great Glen trails right behind the hotel.
Located in Wolfeboro, NH. This Inn has one of the most beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee on top of a hill. There is room for larger weddings, but it could be a great option if you wanted to do something smaller as well.
Located in Lincoln, NH. If you are hoping for a mountain top ceremony, but have guests that have accessibility issues, then a ski resort may be a great option. Loon Mountain is an absolutely beautiful location. Take the gondola up to the top, and have your intimate ceremony at their Summit Amphitheater. Yes, they have options that you can just do your ceremony there!
Located in Bretton Woods, NH. This has multiple properties that fit a large group of people, and they allow events. I'm obsessed with this place for its space and backyard. This is a perfect location to have an intimate gathering, a private chef, and enjoy the outdoors.
Small Wedding Venues in the Woods or Gardens
Located in Goffstown, NH. The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain is one of the most beautiful venues that will make you feel like you're in the woods of the White Mountains. However, you'll be in Goffstown NH which is a perfect midway point for those who are traveling. They offer microwedding and elopement packages, fulfilling whatever day you are imagining.
Located in Concord, NH but also they have locations all around the state. My favorite one is the McLane Center, especially because they have some very cool fields and a treehouse in the woods. This is a great option for smaller elopements, and if you are on a budget.
Located in Tamworth, NH. The Preserve at Chocorua is family run and has a passion for this area of their home. There is plenty of accommodation on the property, and you can even have it for the entire weekend to make a full event out of your day. There are a multitude of activities right on the property so your loved ones can also go explore.
Located in Bethlehem, NH. Adair Inn is one of the most adorable Inn's in the White Mountains. It has gardens, a beautiful historic home, and is located in one of the best mountain areas in New Hampshire. It has 11 rooms, so you and your guests can all stay at the Inn for your day!
Small Wedding Venues by the Ocean
Located in Rye, NH. Wentworth by the Sea is a gorgeous golf course located right on the coast! It has three venue locations: the lawn, the tent, and the pavilion. Each of them are gorgeous and would be the perfect location to host your wedding!
Located in Kittery, ME. Pepperrall Cove is a stunning event space with expansive ocean views. Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and place settings are all included with the rental fee and their chefs will work within your budget to create the perfect custom menu.
Located in York Harbor, ME. Stage Neck Inn is an oceanside hotel perfect for your wedding celebrations and guest accommodations! The onsite wedding coordinator will work with you to create the perfect wedding day timeline and the venue offers many packages that include everything you need for your wedding day.
Some additional advice
As you begin planning your elopement or small wedding, there are a few more topics I like to discuss with my couples before they go ahead and start planning.
Timing: With venues, they will typically rent out the full weekend for weddings. Therefore, they have minimums for how much you will need to spend. If you can be flexible with your timing and try for a week day, there may be more options for you.
Event options: One thing to think about is if a venue has a max capacity for an elopement or small wedding, but you are over that capacity, think of other ways to celebrate with all your loved ones. You could always have a smaller group of people for the ceremony, then meet up with the rest of the guest list at a brewery you rent out!
Hey, I'm Kelsey!
A New Hampshire based adventure elopement and intimate wedding photographer for the adventurous souls. I travel throughout New England and worldwide, empowering you to create the most beautiful, adventurous day and give you the memories you'll be able to look back on for all the years to come.
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