The best places for micro-weddings?

Christianson's Nursery is a beautiful nursery in Mt. Vernon, about an hour from downtown Seattle. They have beautiful gardens, two greenhouses and a meadow schoolhouse (built in 188) that makes a lovely ceremony space. This historically significant Italianate-style mansion offers an exquisite and historic venue for your important event.

Built in 1856, the Maxwell Mansion was the first mansion to be built on Lake Geneva and has long played host to stunning micro-weddings. Our editors independently research, test and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions for purchases made through our chosen links. Montelucia Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona With its breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain and Andalusian luxury sensibility, this resort is the ultimate desert splurge.

Indulge with your daughters in the Moroccan spa, then celebrate your wedding on the Valencia Lawn (incredible at sunset) or under the 18-foot cathedral ceilings of the Lucena Castle. A favourite of local wedding planners, this private estate and vineyard in the Napa Valley is perfect for a romantic country wedding. Hold your ceremony in the sunken Greek-style garden, next to a lily-filled fountain. Then prepare for a grand gastronomic feast by San Francisco's star caterer, Paula LeDuc, under a huge sycamore pergola hung with chandeliers and twinkling lights.

San Francisco has no shortage of picturesque wedding venues, but this 1915 Renaissance-style mansion is one of the city's crown jewels. The enclosed tiled courtyard is ideal for ultra-private ceremonies, while interior details include painted murals, ornate ceilings and the 140-foot-long Great Hall, with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge. If your dream is an elegant waterfront wedding, this stunning Tuscan-style complex, with its breathtaking views and sweeping marble staircases, is for you. The Grand Lawn is ideal for outdoor vows, while indoor spaces range from the intimate Club 19 to the palatial Pacific Ballroom, with coffered ceilings, bronze chandeliers and plenty of room to party with 800 of your nearest and dearest.

If you're torn between rustic, romantic and vintage, Saltwater Farm Vineyard is the place for you. Surrounded by picturesque coves and set on over 100 acres of lush vineyards, Saltwater Farm Vineyard offers an outdoor setting worthy of any bridal party. The centrepiece of the vineyard, which contrasts with the rest of the property, is a former airport hangar dating back to World War II that now serves as a sleek, modern winery. With its avenues of century-old oak trees, windswept beach and magical chapel, The Cloister is one of the most coveted wedding venues in the South.

The wood-panelled cottage is ideal for intimate weddings. Want to go big? Book the main ballroom, with its grand mouldings and glittering chandeliers. The events team, florists and caterers will ensure your big day is perfect. Owner Sylvia Hamilton-Kerr has transformed this former sugar mill built in 1857 into a wildly romantic wedding venue with a secret garden feel.

Dress up with your bridesmaids in the white-on-white Shabby Chic cottage, then say your vows in the vine-covered gardens and dance under the glass-covered pavilion. Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing A library may not be an obvious place for a party, but this stunning cathedral of books will change your mind. Weddings are held in the Stack Room, amid six floors of rare tomes and gilded columns that rise to a skylight 61 feet in the air. For a quintessential New England wedding, book this classic seaside resort.

Arrange your first look on the inn's private beach, followed by a ceremony on the South Lawn. The Beach House Grill is perfect for receptions, with its subtle nautical touches, picture windows and a menu offering everything from oysters fresh from the water to a classic clam pie. The Mill City Museum at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, with its elegantly dilapidated facade and industrial heritage (Minneapolis was once known as the flour milling capital of the world) makes this place unique. This National Historic Landmark is an original blend of old and new.

Behind the urban ruins, a sleek glass exterior stands, while inside, authentic 19th-century milling machinery acts as a reminder of the site's past. Get married among Warhols in this sanctuary of modern art, with its striking asymmetrical architecture, variety of party spaces and in-house catering and planning services. Staff will even arrange a private, guided tour of your favourite gallery for guests during the cocktail hour. Elements such as hand-built stone fireplaces and handcrafted pub tables make Cedar Lake Cellars' Big Red Barn feel like home.

Adding to its quaint charm is a magical waterfall, a covered patio and an upper deck for dancing by day and stargazing by night. For a romantic wedding in nature, the Paws Up complex is the ideal venue. For a more formal event in the Bull Barn, or for an intimate gathering of your 30 loved ones under the clear Montana sky, this rustic ranch offers a unique setting for your wedding. Plus, you can pamper your daughters in the charming Spa Town, a cluster of tents set up for massages with the ranch in sight, and offer your guests a range of traditional ranch activities, such as fly fishing, horseback riding and lassoing.

It doesn't get more country than 20 cabins surrounding a wooded loch. Loch Lyme Lodge offers cabins for its guests and activities throughout the weekend, such as canoeing or kayaking on the loch, tennis and hiking. Summer campers and urbanites with a penchant for pitching a tent will love this campsite (which can be rented in its entirety). This New Jersey cottage has the old-world feel of Europe.

Set in a secluded area of farmland, the grounds' antique steel bridge, iron gates, fountains, gazebos, century-old pines and more scream sophistication. Tie the knot in the barn chapel or carriage house, sip an elegant cocktail in the conservatory or oak library, then dance the night away in the grand ballroom (whose high ceilings, classical columns and carved wooden arches are truly grand). The Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado features Santa Fe's signature stucco walls, earthy tones and dark brown wooden beams. Pamper yourself at the spa with healing treatments in the traditions of the region, then get married in the Aspen Ballroom (2,450 square feet with an adjacent 4,000-square-foot terrace).

The result? A dreamy "I do" in the desert, with world-renowned amenities - it is, after all, a Four Seasons resort. This Victorian castle, with its spires, turrets and vistas, will blow your mind. Formal gardens, dining rooms and private stables make this venue ideal for a wedding weekend. With 2,000 Dale Chihuly crystal flowers on the lobby ceiling, a huge conservatory filled with flora and a prime location on the Strip, the Bellagio is the ideal venue for an over-the-top Las Vegas wedding.

Whether you tie the knot in the open-air Terrazza di Sogno or indoors in the resort's private chapel, be sure to have your photos taken next to the famous dancing fountains. Take Bogie and Bacall's advice and escape to the green hills of this 900-acre estate to celebrate your wedding. Exchange vows in the main house, just as they did in 1945, or, for an outdoor ceremony, opt for the garden with its serene pond views. Afterwards, arrange a wagon ride to the barn for your reception (it seats 250 guests).

Timberline Lodge takes après ski wedding style to a new level. With Mount Hood as a backdrop, brides and grooms-to-be can tie the knot in a variety of western-crafted log cabins. Whether you opt for Ullman Hall, with its wrought-iron chandeliers and adjoining courtyard, or Raven's Nest, with its vaulted ceiling and skylight, your big day is sure to be charming, cosy and picturesque. This beautifully restored Victorian mansion with gingerbread trimmings is the perfect setting for a country style wedding.

The house is a stunning backdrop for outdoor ceremonies, while the elegant barn ballroom, with its soaring 12-metre glass wall and views of the blooming gardens, provides a modern counterpoint for dancing. For a luxurious farm-to-table wedding, head straight to this 4,200-acre farm in the foothills of the Smokies. The main house lawn is a pastoral setting for the ceremony, while the barn is perfect for an autumn reception for up to 250 guests. The menu is a local foodie's dream, with freshly picked vegetables, plus homemade charcuterie and cheeses.

Whether you're a simple bride who wants a reception in a cosy cabin or you want towering pines and rolling meadows to be the backdrop for your ceremony, Sundance Resort will suit you. This luxurious resort, a boutique hotel of choice with several log cabins and outdoor venues to choose from, is perfect for an "I do" in the mountains. Plus, the Park City location will be a treat for your guests, with art workshops, spa treatments, skiing and mountain biking all part of the wedding weekend agenda. Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains National Forest in Middlebury, Vermont, this 200-year-old inn is full of country charm.

From the in-house food with a local Vermont flair to the warm village treatment, the inn is fit for an intimate fairy tale in winter, spring, summer or fall. In addition, the inn is famous for having starred as the fictional Stratford Inn in the popular 1980s television series Newhart. National Museum of Women in the Arts Couples dreaming of a classic D.C. adventure will love this 1908 Renaissance Revival building.

The Great Hall (large enough to host ceremonies and receptions) has a white marble staircase perfect for its dramatic entrance, plus huge crystal chandeliers and a patterned marble floor made for dancing. The venerable wood and fieldstone walls of this late 19th-century barn provide an ideal backdrop for a range of wedding styles, from organic and rustic (think patinated silver vases and mounds of wildflowers) to streamlined and modern. The ground floor of the two-level barn features a slate patio perfect for the cocktail party, while the loft overlooks the pastures, an idyllic view for the reception. Evoking the spirit of the west with its woven cowhide chairs, fireplaces and Pacific redwood walls, Amangani is a mountain wedding dream.

Tie the knot with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and then celebrate inside a series of cosy rooms that can accommodate up to 100 guests. And the best part? Get married in winter and you'll be a stone's throw from some of the best ski slopes in the country. How to plan a wedding on the water Best wedding venues in the Hamptons and Montauk Best rustic wedding venues in the San Francisco area. These outdoor venues are the perfect places for your sequential wedding - the larger ceremony and reception you originally planned - to carry out your wedding vision.

But one look inside their private event spaces (the Ocean Room and the Board Room), and you'll see why this venue is perfect for a micro-wedding. From Colorado (like the always-cool Treehaus, photographed by Jessica Cooke) to New York, here are 29 of the best micro-wedding venues. Nestled among thirty tranquil acres of lush, wooded private property, Emerald Forest offers a stunning backdrop for a surprisingly serene and endearing micro-wedding (up to 30 guests). Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the Cumberland Falls Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to host your micro-wedding or elopement.

The Cumberland Falls Bed & Breakfast offers different wedding packages depending on the size of your wedding. This romantic venue for weddings of up to 100 guests or less is located on a 26 acre property with a unique cottage, pool area, courtyard, casitas (cottages) and sky terraces. Perfect for micro-weddings, the former factory has been completely renovated and its original character and charm serve as a wonderful backdrop for a Brooklyn wedding. Now, its impressive glitz and grandeur make it stand out as one of the best micro-wedding venues in Las Vegas.

Beneath the Gore Range, one of Colorado's most beautiful mountain vistas, Piney River Ranch has plenty of outdoor space for your micro wedding. Whether you're local or not, we'll find and research the best vendors in town and bring them together to make your micro wedding truly special. Tell us all about your dream wedding, when you want to have your wedding, the venue, the wedding budget and the atmosphere you want and we will work to bring your wedding ideas to life.

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