Small Wedding Venues – Newcastle, NSW

Planning to host an intimate affair for your wedding reception? These top rated venues have minimum numbers of 50 or less. 

the lock up small wedding venue Newcastle

The Lock Up

90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300

Originally the Newcastle Police Station, the Lock Up hires out two spaces for wedding reception venues – the Yard and the Gallery. The former was once an exercise yard and is the perfect space for small wedding receptions with its character filled walls lingering with graffiti and grand iron doorway offering reminders of its past.

Located in Newcastle’s heritage precinct, the Lock Up is a unique and captivating venue for your wedding reception.

Guests: 40-100

CALL (02) 4925 2265

The Lucky Hotel Reception Wedding Venue Newcastle

The Lucky Hotel

237 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300

The Lucky Hotel features three stunning wedding reception venue spaces. The Oxford Room and Drum Bar offer intimate options for smaller weddings, while The Courtyard can cater for a slightly larger guest list.

The styles vary from room to room with an old-world charm feel for the Oxford Room, a feature drum chandelier and light filled industrial style for the Drum Bar, and exposed brick walls and greenery for The Courtyard. The perfect choice for small wedding packages.

Guests: 20-150

CALL (02) 4925 8888

Mercure Hotel Charlestown small wedding venue

The Mercure Charlestown

109 Madison Drive, Charlestown 2290

The Mercure Charlestown has a couple of venue spaces for events, with the Madison Kitchen and Bar being the best for those looking for a small wedding venue.

It comfortably accommodates 50 guests or you can also use the adjoining undercover deck by opening the bi-fold doors to expand your guest numbers up to 90. The deck is covered and has heating for all weather with distant views over Stockton Beach.

Guests: 90

CALL (02) 4943 8899

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What Are The Best Wedding Venues For A Small Reception In Newcastle?

For those looking for a place to host a more intimate affair, our specially curated list of small wedding venues above can cater to lower numbers without pushing up the price. Whilst most still have capacity to hold a medium sized cocktail wedding reception, their sit-down small wedding packages start at just 20 people. These are also a great options for bridal shower venues where you might only have a smaller party.

From stunning waterfront venues to those fit for a castle wedding, to rustic interiors and unique wedding locations, we’ve covered small wedding venue hire for every wedding style.

If you’re looking for a larger venue or want to enquire about larger venues that may accommodate a small wedding reception, then check out our general reception venue page.

Are Small Wedding Venues More Expensive Per Head?

When looking at places to host your wedding reception, it can sometimes end up being super expensive for those looking to have a small wedding due to requirements for minimum numbers or minimum spend to use the venue. But just because you’re looking for a budget wedding venue doesn’t mean you have to end up with a backyard wedding reception.

Look for those who cater specially with budget wedding packages for small weddings. They might have smaller spaces available for use or can split their venue with removable walls to help cater for smaller weddings.

    Which Venues In Newcastle Offer Small Wedding Packages?

    We’ve compiled a list of some of the venues best suited to a small wedding receptions above, but there are plenty of options when it comes to venues that offer small wedding packages in Newcastle. These also make great bridal shower locations where you might also have fewer guests.

    When researching venues, check if they list their minimum numbers or minimum spend on their website or ask them for their small wedding packages which should list these details.

    Another option for affordable wedding venues is to consider Airbnb wedding venues. You can hire whole houses, sometimes with beautiful gardens or terraces to host not only a smaller reception but your ceremony, as well as space to get ready and accommodate guests overnight.

      How Can I Find Small Wedding Venues Under $100 Per Person?

      If you’re looking for budget friendly wedding venues to host a small wedding, we’ve listed a number of them above which can help you keep the costs down. You can also find venues under $100 per person by looking at places like restaurants where you can organise a meal or even 2-3 course wedding menu for well under this price.

      Add a small drinks package or just put a certain amount on a bar tab to save on drinks or you can ask guests to purchase certain drinks at the bar such as spirits to keep costs down.

      Another option is to consider cheaper wedding packages such as a cocktail reception which will give you a shorter function and only serve drinks and canapés, greatly reducing the cost per person.