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Best NYC restaurant venues for elopements and small weddings

Choosing the right venue for a small wedding or elopement depends on various factors including your preferences, budget, location, and the overall vibe you want for your special day. Here are some venue options that we love because they offer a kind of intimacy and charm that is perfect for small parties. 

1. Crocodile at the Wythe Hotel.

Located in the heart of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Crocodile at the Wythe Hotel offers a blend of modern sophistication and old-world charm. We love the warm, old-world light of this venue and the long tables to accommodate small to medium parties.

Wedding at Le Crocodile at the Wythe Hotel
Small wedding at Le Crocodile

2. Sommwhere.

Located in the Lower East Side, Sommwhere offers a gallery-style, highly customizable setting for couples seeking a stylish venue. We love the big windows facing the street and the fact that they act as walls that can be fully opened. 

Wedding at Sommwhere space on the Lower East Side
Intimate wedding at Sommwhere

3. Il Buco.

Steeped in history and rustic charm, Il Buco is a culinary institution in the heart of Manhattan’s NoHo district. Housed in a converted 19th-century stable, this beloved trattoria offers an enchanting setting for intimate weddings and elopements. We love the privacy and cool vibe of the underground wine cellar. 

Elopement reception at Il Buco
Elopement at Il Buco

4. Lafayette Grand Bakery Cave du Vin.

Also located in the NoHo neighborhood, Lafayette Grand Bakery Cave du Vin is a hidden gem that combines the charm of a French boulangerie with the elegance of a wine cellar. With its vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, and flickering candlelight vibes, this intimate space exudes romance and sophistication.

Small wedding reception at Cave du vin in Lafayette Grand Cafe and Bakery
A small wedding at the Cave du Vin of Lafayette Grand Cafe and Bakery.

5. Palma Restaurant.

Tucked away on a picturesque tree-lined street in the West Village, Palma Restaurant is a tranquil oasis that transports guests to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean. With its ivy-covered walls, lush garden courtyard, and twinkling fairy lights, this enchanting space offers a romantic backdrop for intimate weddings and elopements. We love the Italian style of its communal tables to accommodate a small wedding party. 

Small wedding dinner at Palma Restaurant on the West Village
Small wedding at Palma Restaurant

6. Celestine.

Perched on the scenic waterfront in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, Celestine offers sweeping views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline, setting the stage for a truly unforgettable event.  The restaurant’s airy, light-filled dining room and expansive outdoor terrace provide the perfect backdrop for exchanging vows and celebrating with loved ones.

Elopement reception at Celestine in Brooklyn
Elopement at Celestine in Brooklyn


Our work as wedding and elopement photographers

Leila Jacue & David Leon are a team of wedding photographers based in NYC specializing in elopements and intimate wedding photography with boutique inspiration. We develop a stress-free glamour and casual chic style that captures the highlights of your day as well as "in-between moments" to represent your day fully and in a memorable way for years to come.


David is a registered officiant and we are currently offering elopement packages with the option of taking advantage of celebrating the ceremony at great New York City locations. Check our Sweet Elopement Package

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