6 Virginia Wedding Venues Ideal for a Smaller Celebration


Intimate weddings give Virginia's classic Southern hospitality a chance to truly shine. The state’s perfect mix of bustling cities and rural countryside offers a wide variety of choices to match any couple's style. As the following venues prove, a shorter guest list doesn't mean having to compromise your vision for a fabulous day.

Birkby House
  • Location: 109 Loudoun Street NW, Leesburg VA
  • Style: Vintage Colonial
  • Fab Feature: The delightful 1814 Carriage House is just the right size for a very intimate celebration, and is available year-round.
  • Event Space Highlights: The artfully manicured grounds are made for a garden wedding...especially the romantic white gazebo surrounded by its peaceful courtyard.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Only one event is scheduled per day, so you'll have total privacy, as well as the full attention of Birkby House's helpful staff.
  • Catering: Select from list.
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels.
Birkby House

Birkby House

Birkby House



Courtyard by Marriott, Tysons Corner Fairfax
  • Location: 1960A Chain Bridge Road, McLean VA
  • Style: Contemporary elegance
  • Fab Feature: An airy terrace is available for cocktails, with plenty of comfortable seating, oversized shade umbrellas, and wonderful views of Tysons Corner.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Fairfax Ballroom is filled with lots of light, and beautifully appointed with rich draperies. It can be divided into smaller sections to host an intimate affair without losing an ounce of its charm.
  • Wedding Package Perks: You'll receive expert event planning services from seasoned professionals who take pride in helping create a memorable and stress-free day. They can also assist with organizing your rehearsal dinner, shower, or day-after brunch in the hotel’s bistro.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 229 smoke-free guest rooms.
Courtyard by Marriott, Tysons Corner Fairfax

Courtyard by Marriott, Tysons Corner Fairfax

Courtyard by Marriott, Tysons Corner Fairfax



Bandit's Ridge
  • Location: 5061 Broad Street Road, Louisa VA
  • Style: Gracious family farm
  • Interesting Tidbit: Don't worry, you won't find any outlaws here—the property gets its name from Bandit, the owner's beloved quarter horse.
  • Event Space Highlights: Ceremonies can be held under the farm's giant oak tree, or in the pretty Hay Field, which is large enough for a tented reception. The sweet vintage-style barn also has a patio that's perfect for small celebrations.
  • Notable Amenity: There's a pool available (complete with a tiki bar!) for hosting a fun and funky cocktail hour.
  • Catering: Select from list or bring your own.
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels.
Bandit's Ridge

Bandit's Ridge

Bandit's Ridge



Athenaeum
  • Location: 201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA
  • Style: Landmark antebellum building-turned-art gallery
  • Interesting Tidbit: It’s one of only two remaining examples of Neoclassical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria, as exemplified by its impressive protico supported by soaring Doric columns.
  • Event Space Highlights: The gallery rooms, which are filled with natural light thanks to oversized windows, boast 24-foot ceilings, wonderful woodwork, and exposed granite walls lined with rotating art exhibits.
  • Extra Perk: You can have your ceremony in a romantic, private courtyard that’s enclosed by vine-covered brick walls.
  • Catering: Bring your own.
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels.
Athenaeum

Athenaeum

Athenaeum

Athenaeum



Rixey Manor
  • Location: 9155 Pleasant Hill Lane, Rixeyville VA
  • Style: Classic plantation
  • Fab Feature: Outdoor weddings can happen year round—there are several ceremony locations from which to choose, including a rooftop terrace with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, under the front veranda of the grand home, or on the "carriage steps", with your guests seated on a lawn overlooking pastures and ponds.
  • Event Space Highlights: The custom ballroom is fully outfitted to accommodate the needs of modern weddings, but its wood floors, sparkling chandeliers and rows of French doors blend seamlessly with the Manor's vintage Southern style.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Your rental includes exclusive use of the entire home, ballroom and grounds from Friday through Sunday, so you can hold all your wedding weekend events in one spot.
  • Catering: Select from list or bring your own.
  • Accommodations: Four beautiful guest suites within the Manor are included with rental of venue.
Rixey Manor

Rixey Manor

Rixey Manor



Historic Rockland
  • Location: 16306 Rockland Lane, Leesburg VA
  • Style: Romantic, nostalgic
  • Fab Feature: The peaceful farm is nestled on the Potomac River, with 600 acres of bluegrass meadows, woodlands, wildflowers, and manicured gardens. Just 45 miles from the D.C. Metro area, it feels like stepping back into Virginia’s antebellum heyday.
  • Event Space Highlights: There’s a historic Federal-Georgian manor house that’s just right for intimate weddings. It’s been beautifully preserved, and the parlor, dining and living rooms are decorated with period furniture and paintings—many of them original to the home. Large receptions take place under a lavish tent on the south lawn, overlooking the gardens and river valley trees in the distance. Smaller outdoor events can be held in the pine forest, on the pasture, or in the garden itself.
  • Notable Amenities:There are great spaces available for the bridal party to prep; a three-bedroom, two-bathroom brick Bride's Cottage, and the spacious Quarters for the groomsmen.
  • Catering: Bring your own
  • Accommodations: Nearby hotels
Historic Rockland

Historic Rockland

Historic Rockland



Interested in other Virginia locations? Get after it here.

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