9 Small Wedding Venues in Malaysia for Intimate Weddings – Minimal Yet Beautiful
Are those wedding bells we hear? In a time when the world is practicing social distancing and staying indoors, it would be odd to consider getting hitched… or maybe not?
Yes, the pandemic has made it harder to host gatherings, but – for better or worse – it has also made it easier for many couples to *POLITELY* decline unwanted guests.
After all, it’s your special day, why should you want to share it with your twice-removed-third-cousin whom you’ve only met once during Chinese New Year 18 years ago?
Besides, times are hard, and it may be in your financial interest (pun intended) to go for a more intimate celebration of your love over a grand event.
And if an intimidate wedding sounds like a good idea, read on for some small wedding venues in Malaysia.
Why Plan A Small Wedding?
With venue restrictions, social distancing, and pandemic risk staring you in the face, how can you not?
Unlike the conventional weddings of yore, we can no longer share hugs and toasts with loved ones without that self-policing voice in the back of our minds going, ‘1 meter apart please!’.
What couples should look for in a wedding venue has changed drastically since the pandemic invaded our lives.
But disgruntled as some of us may be, these restrictions are some of the safeguards we can practice together to hold off the pandemic.
So with respect to that, maybe a smaller wedding truly is the best of both worlds after all.
If you’re still on the fence, an intimate wedding has plenty to offer too, with the obvious being getting to save huge on cost. You won’t have to rack your brains (not that much at least) over finding a wedding planner, comparing catering services, and worrying over seating arrangements.
Instead, you can put the money saved into things that you and your partner can both enjoy, like a honeymoon or a new house.
Heck, maybe even get that live band you’ve always dreamed would play at your wedding that’s too expensive to hire otherwise.
Opportunity cost, people!
Speaking of live bands, why stop there?
Planning an intimate wedding means that you don’t have to make too many compromises to accommodate the needs of your guests.
Whether it’s at a destination wedding that’s too far for your high school friends to visit, or a specific themed décor that you know your aunts and uncles will never approve (your parents would be far easier to convince), there just aren’t as many things holding you back from having that intimate wedding ceremony like you’ve always wanted.
Last, and certainly not least, is that you get to share your special day with the people you truly care about.
Weddings can be a fairly important milestone for some of us, and who better to share it with than the ones who cherish us and keep us as close to their hearts as they are to ours?
Then maybe a few years down the road, you can look back at the videos and remember what a beautiful moment that was, instead of wondering who’s that dude in the background stuffing himself with food.
Best Small Wedding Venues in Malaysia
It’s almost too easy to get overwhelmed in the planning stages when you’re trying to find the perfect wedding venue.
‘Maybe I’ll find a better one’, you think to yourself as you go through catalog after catalog of event spaces and the wedding services they offer.
Before you know it, the day is gone and you’re no closer to making a decision than when you opened that first article.
Lucky for you, here we do the legwork so you don’t have to. Without further ado, here are some of the best wedding venues we think you may be interested in:
1. Suasana All Suites Hotel – A Beautiful Skyline for An Intimate Wedding
Located in Johor Bahru, Suasana All Suites Hotel offers an indoor and outdoor space with a fantastic view of the city – a perfect venue for taking photos while bathed in the afterglow of the sunset. How’s that for romance?
The hotel provides several venue options, all decently sized for crowds up to 50 pax. It also helps that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, as rental starts at a fairly affordable price of RM 1000. Beautiful and affordable wedding venues, like this one, are immensely popular.
2. Arina Skyview Kuala Lumpur – The Wedding Dinner is Just As Important As the Wedding Itself!
Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Arina Skyview is but a stone’s throw away from most major shopping complexes and restaurants. And for the foodies out there, the hotel’s caterers offer a unique take on contemporary Malay cuisine that’s guaranteed to tantalize the taste buds. Rental prices are generally between RM 2500 – 4000, with halls capable of housing up to 100 people.
3. Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur – Hall-in-One for the Perfect Wedding
With an assortment of different-sized halls to choose from, Hotel Maya will leave you spoilt for choice in selecting the ideal venue to host your wedding ceremony. Whether you’re expecting to entertain just a small group of guests or a relatively sizable crowd, you can’t go wrong with Hotel Maya’s extensive list of spaces that can fit crowds up to 250 pax.
And for the imaginative minds out there, having that versatility means that you can really go ham on the decor without worrying too much about space.
Taking inspiration from European and Asian architecture, Katerina Hotel prides itself on its unique and beautiful interior decor, which makes it one of the best choices to hold an intimate wedding reception.
Situated in the town of Batu Pahat, Katerina Hotel is a great choice if you prefer a more intimate space for your wedding reception, as its halls only hold up to 40 pax at a time. Prices start from a cool RM 6000, but to our prospective lords and ladies, that’s a small price to pay.
5. Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre – For the City Couples
For those of you who live outside of Klang Valley and want to experience the bustling concrete jungle of KL, Novotel would be a great option owing to its close proximity with some of the country’s most luxurious shopping centers. And for those of you who are already urbanites and can’t find it in yourselves to pull away from all the action, the location is as convenient as it gets.
Rental starts at RM 6000, with indoor spaces capable of hosting crowds between 50 to 60 people at a time.
6. ēRYAbySURIA Janda Baik – The Staycation Wedding
Found along the quiet hills of Bentong, ēRYAbySURIA is perfect if you’re into intimate weddings but also want to turn your reception into a full-blown weekend retreat. Not only will you get a gorgeous setting, you’ll get to do a wide range of fun activities from ATV driving, fishing, and even have a chance to visit their private orchards.
Sure, ēRYAbySURIA is by no means the most luxurious option out there, but it doesn’t have to be. Its cozy atmosphere effortlessly provides an air of romance that can’t be replicated anywhere else. And while we say it isn’t huge, the hill house resort is still capable of hosting groups of 40 to 60 guests easily.
7. Philea Mines Beach Resort – By the Beach(?) but Not Really
As far as jaw-dropping outdoor spaces go, Philea is definitely near the top of our list, being home to the only man-made beach in Klang Valley.
Located just slightly outside the capital, Philea is highly accessible for those living in the city and don’t want to travel too far for a wedding reception. It also comes with a wide garden space that can hold up to 200 guests. And if a coastside wedding ceremony doesn’t sound like something straight out of a Hollywood movie, then what does?
8. Spacious Event Space – Keeping It Simple
You’re probably able to chance a fairly educated guess by the name alone – Spacious Event Space is a decently-sized hall that can accommodate up to 100 people at a time. While it may not have fancy chandeliers or antique furniture, the venue is a great choice for those who prefer intimate weddings, but can do without all the bells and whistles.
Situated in Sungai Petani, Spacious provides guests with a huge outdoor parking space that also doubles as additional seating whenever its indoor space is full.
9. Averie Hous – A Heritage Marriage
Insta-worthy doesn’t even begin to describe the vibe over at Averie Hous. Home to many antique furnishings and a garden pavilion, it is the place to be if you’re into outdoor weddings, and want to bask in Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage and lush greenery as you say your wedding vows.
This is by far one of the best garden wedding venues Malaysia can offer.
Tucked in a quiet corner just outside the busy streets of Georgetown, Averie Hous is capable of hosting up to 200 people in its beautiful garden space, replete with a gorgeous flora terrace and plenty of natural light.
Certainly, there are plenty of more luxurious venues out there, but if you’re looking for a more private setting to host a close circle of family and friends, then you won’t go wrong with any of the options we’ve provided.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what to expect from a wedding venue, at least.
If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below!