You may have heard the saying, ‘Good things come in small packages’… A bigger wedding may make you feel more like a glamorous movie star or princess, but for some people, it is the smaller, more intimate ones that make you feel truly like yourself. If you are more about something down to earth, relaxed, fun and unique to your partner and yourself, then smaller is the way to go. Here are our tips for small weddings in Adelaide.
The benefits of a small wedding
You can save money, which could be a great thing, if you are saving up for a house, want to get right down to having kids (they are expensive little things) or have a mind-blowing honeymoon instead of an elaborate reception.
They can be far less stressful for you in the planning and on the actual day, and give many more opportunities to insert little personal touches. You will really treasure every moment you spend with fewer guests, and those cherished few will feel very special indeed.
And going small by no means skimping on quality; often quite the opposite is the case. A smaller venue can give you more one to one attention and is more likely to be able to focus on your specific needs. This is still the one day you want to be all about you; at a smaller venue, you and your guests are the centres of attention and all that matters on the day.
And often a smaller venue has been able to specialise in a certain area more than one that covers a broader range of services. A smaller venue might have cornered the market in a particular cuisine for instance, or be the experts in wine in the area. They might have spent all their efforts dedicated to a particular décor style or architectural heritage.
We have compiled for you a list of the cutest, most original and one of a kind venues for small weddings in Adelaide. You are sure to find one that is perfect for you.
The top 20 venues for small weddings in Adelaide:
This beautiful venue caters to groups between 80 and 220. Its grounds are composed of green lawns, a colourful rose garden, and ancient gum trees, plus a tranquil lake. There is accommodation for all of your guests, and Serafino will give everyone invited the chance to stay, relax, celebrate and indulge. You can choose from a number of different settings for your ceremony and reception, including a traditional ballroom or a quaint barrel room.
When you show people photos from your wedding at Glen Ewin Estate they will turn green with envy. This historic mudbrick homestead is a true Australian gem, giving your wedding day a wonderful rustic feel and old-world charm. Fuelled by an ultimate passion to create your perfect day and make all your dreams come to life, at Glen Ewin they love to challenge the ordinary, make your taste buds dance and create memories that last a lifetime. Catering to weddings between 60 and 280 guests.
One of the most romantic wedding settings in the Adelaide Hills, this internationally renowned home, garden, and pavilion has been featured in many magazines spreads and television specials. It prides itself on offering something private and exclusive, special and unique. With accommodations finished in French antiques, extensive gardens, a gorgeous old barn, woodlands, ponds and a lake, you can choose the ideal backdrop for your day. For weddings between 30 and 250 guests.
Styled after European royal gardens, the Adelaide Pavilion offers its couples a chance to get married like they are in the heart of France or the Mediterranean. It has a wide variety of rooms and packages and can cater for weddings between 30 and 220 guests. The stunning garden walks show off works of art, water features, and luscious blooms; you will think you have stepped back into the days of Marie Antionette. And the functions they throw are just as legendary.
This glamorous country house in the city provides everything on a grand scale. With a rich history and a magical way with weddings, the expert staff will do everything to make your day just exceptional. Through all seasons and all sizes and styles of special day, this venue is a matchless blend of modern and vintage. You are invited to make this house your home. Caters for receptions from 10 to 300 guests.
The Playford is a boutique hotel located on the prestigious North Terrace. Offering an opulent blend of classic style and contemporary luxury, you will find it very difficult to narrow down your photo spots to just a few. With almost 200 accommodation options, your guests will be treated to not just a wedding, but an event. At the heart of every wedding here is a special story to discover and the promise of an unforgettable experience. Caters to weddings of between 10 and 270 guests.
This historic setting is the site of the first grapes planted in South Australia and is a space steeped in heritage and tales to tell. With expansive gardens overlooking Lake Carew Reynell and enough accommodation for everyone, this venue has packages to suit every couple and every budget. The staff dedicate themselves to furnishing your every personal need for your big day, which is how St Francis has become one of SA’s premier wedding venues. For groups from 30-130 guests.
With the lush fairways of the golf course and the historic National Park as your background, small weddings become spectacular occasions at Belair Park. Just 15 minutes from the CBD, this breathtaking venue is a one-stop wedding shop to fulfill all of your desires. Belair Park prides itself on intimate celebrations of incredible magnitude. Caters from 30-200 guests.
If you are searching for a wedding venue unlike any other, choose the luxurious splendour of this yacht club. One of Adelaide’s best kept secrets, this award-winning space is the only one that can give you stunning panoramic marina views, offering your guests an incomparable experience. With talented chefs and function coordinators crafting everything to meet your needs, every function here is a personally tailored and truly unique event. For parties from 20 to 300 guests.
The Grange is a reception venue that is both elegant and inviting. Winning awards for being the designer of dreams, the philosophy here is to ensure quite simply that you have the time of your life. The cuisine is renowned, with menus tailored to your specific requests. The Grange offers its couples a wide choice of rooms, packages, views, and dreams come true. For 40-250 guests.
The Lane Vineyard is up there with the most popular intimate wedding venues Adelaide has to offer. This five-star venue offers couples the entire wedding experience, starting with the romantic ceremony, to pre-dinner drinks, and finally the reception into the night in their contemporary dining room. And, with photography locations on-site, you and your guests needn’t step foot of the property the entire day. This venue is perfect for wedding guest lists of 20 to 150 people. Click here to find out more.
Set in the heart of the McLaren Vale winery region, Old Oval Estate could be exactly what you’ve been searching for. Shaded by a 450-year-old Red River Gum Tree, this five-star 20 acre vineyard property is the perfect setting for an intimate Adelaide wedding. Old Oval Estate allows couples to host their garden ceremony, photoshoot and reception of between 40 to 150 guests within the one stunning location. What more could you ask for? Click here to find out more.
Hailed as a five-star supplier on Easy Weddings, Mayfair Hotel Adelaide could be everything you’ve been searching for. The perfect setting for an intimate soiree, this venue exudes glamour, style and elegance in the heart of the city. And, with accommodation available on-site and many hotels in the vicinity, you and your guests can even make a weekend out of your wedding at Mayfair Hotel Adelaide. If you are up to 150 guests on your guest list, this stunning contemporary venue is well worth a second look. See more here.
Located in the Adelaide Hills just 25km from the CBD, Silvestri’s of Claredon is the perfect setting for an elegant wedding with just your nearest and dearest in attendance. This multi-award winning private estate offers couples the unique opportunity to host their ceremony, photoshoot and reception all within in the stunning location. Whatever you envision for your special day, the dedicated team behind Silvestri’s of Claredon will ensure your wedding dreams are brought to life. Find out more here.
Situated in Angaston, South Australia, Saltram Wine Estate is up there with the most sought-after intimate venues Adelaide has to offer. This venue features old age charm combined with modern facilities, ceremonies on beautifully manicured lawns, and a reception room catering for events with up to 120 guests. And, with numerous gorgeous photoshoot locations on-site, you and your guests won’t need to step foot off the property the entire day. See more here.
Set atop Mt Lofty art the gateways to the Adelaide Hills, Mt Lofty Summit Restaurant and Cafe offers couples the opportunity to say ‘I do’ with a spectacular view. This venue features panoramic views through floor to ceiling windows across Adelaide to the ocean, and their stunning restaurant caters for up to 100 seated guests. If you are searching for a truly spectacular setting for your nuptials, Mt Lofty Summit Restaurant and Cafe is worth putting on your list. See more here.
Located just 15 minutes from Adelaide, Mount Osmond Golf Club is the perfect setting for a wedding away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This beautiful venue features views of the Mt Lofty Ranges, the coastline, and Adelaide City, making it one of the best locations for wedding photos. All packages are flexible depending on the marrying couple’s needs, requirements and budget, and function rooms cater for events between 20 to 150 guests. Click here for more information.
Shaded by magnificent Heritage Listed Oak Trees, Auchendarroch House and Wallis Tavern could be the wedding venue of your dreams. This historic 1800s mansion caters for both intimate and large weddings, with function rooms accommodating events from 20 to 140 guests for those celebrating with just their nearest and dearest. If you are searching for a venue that exudes elegance and opulence for your intimate wedding, we cannot recommend Auchendarroch House and Wallis Tavern enough. Find out more here.
Set on the lawns at Henley Square, Stella Restaurant is the ideal setting for those planning an intimate beachside wedding. This venue allows couples to wed at a barefoot beach ceremony, have their photoshoot along the coast, and host their reception all within the one stunning waterfront location. Stella Restaurant reaches capacity at 100 guests, so this venue is perfect for those with shorter guest lists. Click here to find out more.
Located in Glenelg, South Australia, Esca Restaurant could be exactly what you’ve been searching for. This venue offers couples the opportunity to wed with the sparkling marina as their backdrop. Whatever you envision for your intimate wedding, the dedicated and talented events team behind Esca Restaurant Weddings & Events will ensure your dreams come to life. Click here to find out more.
If you have a shorter guest list, we recommend booking a venue that accommodates intimate weddings to avoid making your event look sparse and as if nobody turned up. For those located in Adelaide, these 20 venues are a great place to start your hunt.
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