Intimate Wedding Venue Options in the Palm Beaches

February 5, 2021

A smaller guest count doesn’t mean less fun! Check out these incredible venues for making your wedding day memorable.

When planning a wedding, the guest count is usually one of the first topics discussed. It affects the venue, the seating and everything in between. Lately couples looking to host their nuptials in The Palm Beaches have been opting for smaller soirees. Having intimate, socially distanced gatherings is an ongoing part of our lives during these unprecedented times, so it is no surprise that it has affected weddings as well.

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palm Beaches Resort
Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palm Beaches Resort; photo courtesy Krystal Zaskey Photography

These micro weddings are an amazing option for couples wanting to celebrate with a group of 40 or fewer guests. This type of event has all the traditional elements of a wedding, just with a smaller guest count.
There is a plethora of venue options in The Palm Beaches’ slice of paradise if you and your fiancé are wanting to host a smaller wedding. From traditional wedding venues to art galleries to something a little more unique, you are only limited by your imagination. Here are a few options to consider when planning where you’ll celebrate your union.

Jupiter Beach Resort wedding
Jupiter Beach Resort; photo courtesy Organic Moments Photography

Toes in the Sand

The Palm Beaches is home to some amazing beaches and beachside venues. Say “I Do” with your toes in the sand at the Marriott Singer Island. Host your guests at an intimate reception under a canopy of sea grape trees at the Jupiter Beach Resort. Have the breaking waves as your ceremony backdrop on the Ocean Lawn at The Breakers. Each is so unique and beautiful in its own way. With so many wonderful options for your micro wedding, it will be hard to choose.

Art Galleries

Art lovers can rejoice knowing that they can host their soiree at some beautiful places in The Palm Beaches surrounded by amazing works of art. The gorgeous sculpture garden at the Norton Museum of Art is a perfect spot if you are looking for lush gardens and art for your outdoor wedding. If your theme is more modern, the Boca Raton Museum of Art outdoor sculpture garden might be your place. You can even approach your favorite art gallery about hosting your socially distanced celebration. When selecting your venue, consider which space houses the art that resonates with you and your fiancé and let that be your guide.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse wedding
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse;  photo courtesy Captured Beauty Photography

Historic Landmarks                                 

There are some incredible historic places in The Palm Beaches that can also double as amazing locations for your micro wedding. At the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, you can host your ceremony under the shade of a 100-year-old banyan tree or traverse the steps to the top of the lighthouse for more intimate nuptials. Say “I Do” surrounded by Gilded Age glory at the beautiful and historic Flagler Museum, where sunsets overlooking the Intracoastal can’t be beat. If you are looking for unique and historic, the Fieldhouse at Old School Square seems frozen in time with its vintage loft and stunning wood floor. Each of these is steeped in Florida history and will add an element of classic fun to your wedding day.

Sundy House wedding
Sundy House; photo courtesy Krystal Zaskey Photography

Outdoor Gardens

The social distancing protocols currently in place also come with the recommendation of trying to stay outdoors. Luckily, there are some sensational gardens that can host your outdoor wedding around The Palm Beaches. Mounts Botanical Gardens is filled with incredible, local foliage that will delight any nature lover. Transport yourself to Japan at the incomparable Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The winding paths surrounded by bamboo are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The Sundy House has a lush, tropical garden that is another wonderful option. Whichever outdoor venue you select, make sure to observe how much shade you will have at your location. With the sunny days here, you will want to try to stay shaded or provide handheld fans for your guests to cool themselves.

Palm Beach Zoo wedding
Palm Beach Zoo; photo courtesy Rosina DiBello Photography Studio

Off the Beaten Path

One of the advantages of a smaller guest count is that you can opt for a unique wedding venue. The Palm Beach Zoo is a wonderful place for couples wanting to take a walk on the wild side. Arrange for some animal encounters to take place during your reception to make it truly memorable. Celebrate your love on the water with a yacht rental by Delray Yacht Cruises. Your boat captain can serve as the officiant and your guests will enjoy the sea breeze. Or, head to the farm: Locations such as Swank Family Farms have options for enjoying the great outdoors and delicious farm-to-table menus. With so many unique venues in town, you are going to have a blast exploring.

There are quite a few ways to tie the knot while honoring social distancing protocols. Whether you keep your ceremony between you and your fiancé or share it with an intimate group of friends (perhaps streaming for those that can’t join in the festivities), what matters most is that you get to celebrate your love in a way and a place that is perfect for you both.

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Stefany Allongo by Organic Moments Photography
Stefany Allongo
Stefany Allongo is the founder of Married in Palm Beach – the only online wedding resource solely dedicated to weddings in The Palm Beaches. Married in Palm Beach is the top resource for couples looking to get married locally, offering comprehensive vendor listings, wedding inspiration and planning advice. Stefany worked as a wedding planner locally for 10 years prior to launching the site and loves helping couples plan their big day.