Boutique hotels, with their stylish decor and more intimate spaces, are a great option for smaller receptions, as well as rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches. Try the laid-back sophistication of the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, 866-SHADE77, shadehotel.com, which prides itself on its relaxing, ultra-modern atmosphere near the beach. There’s no need to choose between an indoor or an outdoor space because the open-air courtyard has both. Other reception spaces include a sleek, all-wood lounge and a rooftop with a pool. Crave privacy? For $50,000, you can rent the whole hotel for the weekend. Capacity: 120, courtyard; 160, all areas combined. Catering: in-house only. Cost: $2,500 and up. Catered weddings start at $100 per person. Food and beverage minimums start at $2,500.