Best Austin Micro-Wedding Venues for Small Intimate Weddings

What is a Micro Wedding?

Imagine taking a large, traditional wedding and shrinking it into a smaller, more intimate experience. For some couples who don’t love the idea of a lavish, elaborate wedding, it’s the best of both worlds. Micro weddings typically involve 20-50 guests at a smaller venue, and sometime the wedding day timeline is a bit shorter. Or, you may have a traditional ceremony with a smaller gathering at a unique venue, such as a restaurant or art gallery, later.

You can keep all the traditional aspects you love while tossing out the elements that don’t hold as much meaning for you. Then, you get to spend more time doing what you love with those you love. Micro weddings open up your venue and customization options. With a smaller guest count to consider, you have a wider variety to choose from. Plus, you’ll have some distinctly unique venues that only cater to small gatherings.

In addition, micro weddings lend themselves to a more romantic, intimate feel. With those you love in close proximity, their love and support literally surround you during the vow exchange. It’s such a sweet experience. And, you may feel less shy to exchange personalized vows, slow things down, savor the moment, and do things your own way. For those weighing their options, a small wedding or “elopement” of sorts can be extra special.

Best Austin Micro-Wedding Venues

Small, intimate weddings and micro weddings grew in popularity after the pandemic due to heightened concerns and restrictions. But it’s a trend that kept on going long after things opened back up. Micro weddings can be a great way to save a little money, but more importantly, a small wedding gives you tons of freedom to do your wedding your way. From cultural gatherings to family-reunion style dinners with backyard games, there are endless ways to spin it, and Austin is the perfect city for a truly personalized micro-wedding experience. To get you started and stir up some inspiration, I’ll share some of the best Austin micro-wedding venues.

To begin your micro wedding planning, the first step is to find a dreamy venue. Here are a few options specifically in Austin that I have fallen in love with over the years as a professional wedding photographer, and I’m sure you will, too. If you have any questions about them, I would be happy to provide additional insight. Simply connect with me via my Contact Page!

My Top 8 Unique Micro-Wedding Venues Near Austin

1. Greenhouse at Driftwood

This private home property showcases a beautiful giant greenhouse – a hidden gem in the heart of the Texas hill country. For those who love beautiful scenery, this is it! The Greenhouse at Driftwood is tucked away on 50 acres, yet still only 30 minutes from Austin. Their spaces include a Tropical Greenhouse, Desert Greenhouse, Deck, Wedding Oak Lawn, a tent slap, and open areas for rain plans and outdoor lawn games. Needless to say, there’s plenty of space to spread out and design the perfect micro wedding.

Greenhouse at Driftwood micro wedding venue

2. Hotel Saint Cecilia

This gorgeous boutique hotel can host up to 40 guests (or as few as 2 if you want to elope). One of their suites even boasts a private courtyard, so this is definitely not your average hotel experience. Wake up and swim in a pool with glowing SOUL neon! Their delicious food and room service in the morning will make for an extra luxurious and relaxing wedding weekend – the perfect quiet spot to celebrate your marriage and spend quality time together. It’s almost like a mini-honeymoon after your mini-wedding!

hotel st Cecilia for intimate weddings

3. Justine’s Secret House

This fun and funky little place is veiled in mystery. If you’ve ever tasted the delicious bites at Justine’s on Austin East Side, then you may already be familiar with the owners of this intimate venue. I would provide the link, but they’ve done such a good job at keeping it secretive that you need a password to get in (for those of you who like a speakeasy vibe). But for now, you can either email her at or read reviews and see a few photos on Kapow. Imagine a verdant New Orleans-style garden hiding an intriguingly secretive Victorian home – right in the middle of central East Austin!

Best Micro-Wedding Venues in Austin(Photo Credit: Kapow)

4. Malverde

As far as best Austin micro-wedding venues, this will always be one of my favorites. This lovely place shares a kitchen with yummy upscale Mexican restaurant La Condesa. This second story venue features modern vibes, colorful art, ceiling planters, outdoor/indoor options, and a killer patio perfect for a sunset ceremony overlooking downtown Austin.

Best venues for small weddings in Austin, TX

5. Commodore Perry Estate

This gorgeous venue opened Summer 2020, and it’s one of the newest exclusive venues offered by Auberge properties! They flawlessly combine modern luxury with their rich historic past, featuring immaculate manicured gardens and sprawling hill country live oaks. What a truly timeless location!

Commodore Perry Estate wedding venue

(Photo Credit: Augberge Resorts)

6. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria is one out of  The Contemporary’s two incredible locations. Laguna Gloria is so remarkable! In fact, it has received multiple nation awards and accolades, and you’ll find it in publications like Brides, The Knot, and Style Me Pretty! The al fresco ceremony area is lined with mature trees and dappled sunlight, and the venue is an art museum as a fun bonus. Long green trails and an amphitheater on water are just a few of it’s fun features.

Small wedding venue Laguna Gloria

7. Uchiko

This one is perfect for the foodie. I can attest that their non-traditional Japanese food prepared by Chef Tyson Cole is out of this world! The modern back room with red tile was especially designed for special occasions and events – you know, like a micro wedding. They offer a private room in back of restaurant for up to 34 dining. Order a special event menu or allow guests to choose.

8 Best Austin Micro-Wedding Venues

8. Woodbine Mansion

This is one of my absolute favorite places to photograph. The grounds offer multiple locations for stunning photos, and the mansion itself is breathtaking. You can rent the entire outdoor lawn or private rooms for smaller weddings and events. I highly recommend this one, and have worked with their experienced staff many times!

woodbine mansion micro-wedding venue

As always, if you have additional questions or would like more information, I would love to be a resource for you. Simply connect with me via my Contact Form. Looking for more of the best Austin micro-wedding venues? I’ve got you covered! Let’s chat about your vision, and I can recommend some venues that will complement your aesthetic.



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