My recent engagement has opened my eyes to the myriad options for wedding planning in New York City. Choosing a wedding venue is only step one, but can seem to be a full time job in itself. Because there is no shortage of wedding venues available in New York City, the hardest planning task could be narrowing down the incredible range of venue options. Whether you’re envisioning a wedding in an old and romantic hotel, a trendy Brooklyn loft, or a modern museum, New York likely has the wedding venue for you. Here are a few popular venues that have recently come recommended to me:
The Beekman Hotel
Address: 123 Nassau Street, New York, NY 10038
If you want your wedding to conjure up images of Old New York, then The Beekman Hotel just might be the perfect place for you to say “I do.” The formerly-abandoned locale has been remodeled and transformed into a luxurious, romantic wonderland. The hotel rents out a number of rooms, suitable for every step of your big celebration, such as the low-key, brick-walled “Kelly Room” for bridal showers, or the decadent “Temple Court” for the wedding party. Your guests will dine on upscale American food catered by Tom Colicchio, of Top Chef fame, which will cost you about $125-$160/guest.
Museum of the Moving Image
Address: 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
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For an unexpected wedding location with an elegant, minimalist design scheme, look no further than the Museum of the Moving Image. You can customize your perfect event from among the several spaces available, including the sophisticated white lobby or the spacious outdoor courtyard. Better still, the gallery stays open during the wedding party, so your guests can wander through one of New York’s best interactive museums, playing retro video games or exploring the treasure trove of old-Hollywood memorabilia. The average wedding at the museum costs about $9500 for 100 guests, a small price to pay in the big city.
The Dumbo Loft
Address: 155 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
This historical New York landmark has been impressing New Yorkers since 1891. Located in one of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods, The Dumbo Loft exemplifies the borough’s signature cozy style, with sky-high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and enormous windows that overlook the Manhattan Bridge. You can rent the space for a reasonable $2,000-4,000, depending on the day of the week, and decorate the space to fit your taste. The Loft offers a comprehensive list of their preferred vendors to make planning your wedding a breeze.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
For price inquires, reach out to the garden’s Events Team.
Address: 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
If your fairy tale wedding takes place in an enchanted garden, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is the place for you. It has two locations perfect for your reception: The Palm House, a glass-walled building surrounded by foliage which seats 275 guests, and The Atrium, an eco-friendly, intimate space that overlooks a cherry orchard and seats 135 guests. Rent an event package for either space, and you’ll also get access to a number of gorgeous spots in the garden for your ceremony or cocktail hours.
Address: 80 W Broadway, Long Beach, NY 11561
The only beachside hotel on Long Island, The Allegria boasts great views of the Atlantic Ocean, making for stunning photo opportunities. The Allegria lets you customize your wedding, which can include a ceremony on the beach at sunset, or a cocktail hour at the hotel’s rooftop bar. Couples can choose from spaces like the cozy Atrium, perfect for a small wedding of 40-70 guests, or the luxurious Grand Ballroom, perfect for a large wedding with up to 260 guests.
Address: 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
This space is a mix of old industrial architecture including original brick walls and exposed beam, and modern accents such as the ceiling skylight. The 8,000-square-foot space can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated dinner, or 375 for a cocktail party. And even at full capacity, 26 Bridges still feels spacious, thanks to its sky-high ceilings.
Address: 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
For pizza and Bushwick lovers, Roberta’s is a pizzeria in the heart of Bushwick and a cult favorite wedding spot for hip, casual couples all over the city. And it’s no wonder: Combine mouth-watering pizzas of every variety with a garden and you have the perfect, unexpected place to say your vows. The pizzeria’s outdoor event space accommodates up to 120 guests for seated dinners, or 180 guests for cocktail parties.
As you can see, New York City has wedding venues to fit many tastes, budgets, and party sizes. And while it’s easy to get stressed out planning the big day, the only thing that really matters is that you and your spouse have fun celebrating one of the most important days of your life. Cheers!