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Venue Ideas for Private Events

With so many private event venues to choose from, it may be hard to narrow down the perfect space for your gathering. Private events range from rustic to elegant and can be either indoor or outdoor, so consider the type of setting you'd like when starting the event-planning process. 

When you're planning a special event, such as a child's or adult's birthday party, a bridal or baby shower, an anniversary soiree or a graduation celebration, the size of your guest list matters. You'll need a venue that is large enough to accommodate everyone comfortably. For smaller get-togethers, such as family reunions or holiday parties, a more intimate event space may suffice. 

Some venues are seasonal, so you'll want to keep that in mind when searching for a space. For instance, a country barn may not be the right choice for a winter soiree, and an outdoor venue may be too risky during a time when rainstorms are common. There are ways to overcome these obstacles, however, such as space heaters and rental tents. 

Here are some private venue ideas for your next event:

1. State or Local Parks

If the special event celebrant is a nature lover, you can't go wrong with hosting his or her big day at a state or local park. Look for a venue that provides a covered pavilion in case of inclement weather, plenty of grills for outdoor cooking, and a private event space for indoor mixing and mingling. 

Inquire about the park's rules and regulations if you plan on serving alcohol. Be sure to reserve your space as soon as possible, as the pavilions and private spaces can fill up fast during the summer months. 

Other private outdoor venue ideas include vineyards, country barns, and botanical gardens. 

2. Art Galleries, Theaters, and Museums

Host your event in a cultural institution such as an art gallery, theater, or museum, depending on your interests and passions. Art galleries will provide aesthetic backdrops for elegant events, while museums will allow guests to learn about local history while celebrating. For movie buffs, you can't go wrong with a classic movie theater.

Most of these institutions offer private event spaces either indoors or outdoors, and sometimes they have both. For large celebrations, they may even shut down and allow guests to have the buildings to themselves. 

Ask the special event departments if they also offer catering services so you don't have to hire an outside company. Not only is this convenient, but it may also save you money if you purchase a package deal.