13 Venues Perfect for Your Small Wedding in Buffalo & WNY

The Brickhall / Credits: Photography – Anomaly Photography, Florist – Williams Florist

Knowing that small gatherings are your best bet right now when planning your big day, we called in the big guns – our friend Syrie Roman of Petite Soirée – to give you some great ideas for planning a celebration of this size. Keep reading for Syrie’s small wedding venue picks, plus we’ve added a few of our own!

The small wedding trend is here to stay – and whether by choice or by mandate, more couples are choosing to have intimate celebrations of fewer guests, without sacrificing all the fun aspects of a bigger celebration.

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Not being able or wanting to have a large wedding does not mean you have to elope at the courthouse. Smaller gatherings offer a special kind of intimacy without sacrificing any of the style and without all the fuss, and they are especially friendly to more limited budgets. Having a smaller guest list allows you to spend more of your budget on fun and memorable details for your guests.

Petite Soirée (@petitesoireebuffalo on Instagram) offers a no-fuss approach to the perfect small wedding experience, starting with a curated list of venues that are perfect for your intimate celebration. Here’s where to start your small wedding venue search…

 

1. Buffalo History Museum

Buffalo, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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The Museum offers event spaces in its State Court, Auditorium, Mezzanine, and Board Room. They are also making the Portico and the lawn available for outdoor events, and rental of these spaces gives you access to the restrooms inside. The iconic building and surrounding views of the Japanese Gardens offer a beautiful backdrop to an outdoor ceremony or family photos. All weddings and catered events are managed through Oliver’s Catering, the exclusive caterer of The Buffalo History Museum.

500 Seneca / Credits: Photography – Moonshine Studio of Photography, Florist – Flowers By Nature

2. 500 Seneca

Buffalo, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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The 500 Seneca Atrium is one of the best kept secrets in the events industry in Buffalo. Its lush greenery planters, warm wood tones, and sky high ceiling, combined with its beautiful skylights, make it the perfect indoor space that feels like you’re bringing the outdoors in a bit. The event space includes restrooms, plenty of parking, and even a private suite if you need a place to get ready.

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3. Kleinhans

Buffalo, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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Besides its obvious beautiful indoor spaces, Kleinhans offers the option to hold your small event outdoors by their grand fountain. They offer plenty of parking and a location right in the middle of the city.

The Brickhall / Credits: Photography – Anomaly Photography, Florist – Williams Florist

4. The BrickHall

Clarence, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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This historic venue has been fully renovated, its features beautiful brick work, wood floors, and stained glass windows. They offer various rental options, all of which include parking and use of their tables & chairs. You can also rent their kitchen for your event.

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5. Las Puertas

Buffalo, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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If you haven’t experienced the world class cuisine at this foodie destination in the West Side, you are missing out! Their newly appointed patio is now available for small events of 30 people or less (indoor & outdoor). Custom menu & wine selection is part of the experience. They are asking that bookings are made with at least 3 weeks in advance.

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6. The Annex

Chaffee, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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WNY’s most anticipated venue has yet to open its doors, but its grounds are ready to host your petite event. The property boasts acres and acres of lush landscape, including a pond and outdoor barn.

 

7. Butler Mansion

Buffalo, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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Managed by Three Pillars Catering, the Butler Mansion is a Buffalo classic. From its sprawling outdoor gardens and manicured lawns to its grand staircase and regal architecture, this venue is able to host a number of different events. There is onsite parking, restrooms, and indoor / outdoor options.

 

Curtis Hotel Rooftop / Credits: Photography – Anomaly Photography, Florist – Williams Florist

8. Curtiss Hotel

Buffalo, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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Fun, trendy, and cool are some of the words that come to mind when describing the event spaces at the Curtiss Hotel. Their rooftop area is the perfect setting for a modern & elegant affair. Your guests can enjoy the accommodations and stay late into the night while having a cocktail overlooking the city.

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9. The Cento Room

Williamsville, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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When the team at Giancarlos says “we make it easy”, they truly mean it. From the menus, cocktails, linens, and even the graphic design for your invitations, they’ve got you covered. Their recently renovated event space is able to host your ceremony (perfect in their outdoor patio!) cocktail hour and reception.

 

10. Riserva at Osteria 166

Buffalo, NY

*Petite Soirée Pick*

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The upstairs private room of the Italian eatery is great for small groups happy hours, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, or just gathering with your closest friends.

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11. Kin Loch Farmstead

Lockport, NY

*Step Out Buffalo Pick*

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This 30 acre property includes a lavender farm and features a rustic-modern barn for a ceremony and party on-site for up to 50 people.

 

12. The Mansion at Knox Farms

East Aurora, NY

*Step Out Buffalo Pick*

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The Mansion at Knox Farms features a Colonial Revival style designed by Architects Frank Bell Meade and James Montgomery Hamilton in a simple classic design. The two story Mansion is 14,000 square feet and sits on 633 acres and is available for weddings from May through October

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13. Becker Farms

Gasport, NY

*Step Out Buffalo Pick*

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If you’re hoping to say I do in a vineyard or garden setting, look into Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms. Enjoy a 3-hour private gathering with the ceremony nearby, followed by desserts, food and beverages. The packages includes a romantic overnight stay in their Master Suite.

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