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Small Historic Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venues

Finding the right space for your intimate, budget-friendly wedding

While some brides dream about a big luxurious wedding with over the top décor, and being the center of attention, some newlyweds-to-be are looking for more of an intimate feel that won’t break the bank. Historic homes and museums offer great locations for smaller rehearsal dinners and receptions, and could be just the right fit for any laid-back, budget-conscious bride.

Here are some reasons why a more intimate wedding setting might be right for you.

1. Budget friendly

The cost of putting together a wedding rises each year, and brides and grooms-to-be are looking for more ways to cut costs and still get the nuptials of their dreams. Choosing a historic building or small reception area might be just the way to do that.

Not only can you get a site for your rehearsal or post-ceremony festivities for as much as a fourth of the cost, but you won’t have to feel bad about not inviting those distant relatives you might feel obligated to include.

2. Cuts down on décor

Historic reception locations come complete with their own vintage charm, and are often beautiful without adding a lot of decorations. With a little extra lighting and some simple personalized décor, you can get the feel that the building was meant for your reception. And if you’re spending less on decorations, then you can spend more on food, cake or that previously-out-of-your-budget wedding dress you’ve had your eye on.

3. More intimate

While big weddings have their appeal, there’s something to be said about the intimacy of a smaller reception. Many brides say they missed speaking with friends and relatives at their wedding because there just wasn’t enough time to make the rounds to each table. When you have your rehearsal dinner or reception at a smaller venue with fewer guests, there’s more time to enjoy the company of those who have supported your relationship and helped make your wedding possible.

4. Fits vintage feel

If you are looking for a location to host your rehearsal dinner or reception that evokes a vintage feel, then a historic venue might be the right fit for you. What’s more vintage than an old building? And often times these vintage buildings offer guests tours and information about the venue’s history included with the cost of renting the space.

The Clifton House

The Hall at River Square

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