New York City has been the home of picture-perfect weddings for centuries. Depicted in cinema, television, and art, this city has captured the imaginations and hearts of wedding dreamers with its multitude of unique neighborhoods and atmospheres. Any bride or groom could find perfection in this city if they only knew where to look. Here, I have compiled a list of six unique wedding venues around the city (including its boroughs) sure to compliment any couple’s taste. If you are ready to say, “I do” in the Big Apple, say it in style!
One of my favorite hidden gems in the Financial District, this elevated one-acre plot of land boasts gorgeous uninhibited views of the Hudson River. In the summer, you can find people on their lunch breaks eating and drinking at the beer garden, lounging on the large green lawn, or sitting on wooden benches amongst tall grasses and trees, reminiscent of the urban garden of the High Line. Perfect for a sunset wedding and reception, this venue is removed from the hustle and bustle of the city while still very much having that urban backdrop.
New York Botanical Gardens
This is yet another gorgeous venue that looks straight out of a storybook…or at least Pinterest. The New York Botanical Gardens are located in the South Bronx, just a short car ride from Manhattan or New Jersey. Once you enter the grounds, you are enveloped in millions of flowers, which is a free and perfect fix for those who don’t want to max out their budgets on decorations! Walking further into the gardens, you will stumble upon the pièce de résistance, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The Conservatory is a miniature Crystal Palace and truly evokes the whimsical feeling of being transported into a 19th century English garden. This venue lacks an overwhelmingly urban atmosphere but is perfect for those who live in the city and want a temporary escape.
The Loeb Boathouse
For those who want their outdoor venue to be in the heart of the city, the Loeb Boathouse of Central Park couldn’t be better. Year-round, this restaurant is a favorite to New York natives and tourists alike and beloved by all. While the food is fantastic, the view is even better: look out onto the most romantic lake in the park where Italian gondola’s and small row boats sail. Even in the winter, this venue is stunning, as the lake becomes a scene of a winter wonderland. For weddings, the boathouse is completely transformed and its deceivingly large rooms can accommodate both the ceremony and the reception to keep the celebration going!
620 Loft and Garden
My personal dream venue, this spot can be seen all over top 10 lists, Pinterest, and Tumblr. This rooftop garden at Rockefeller Center is almost too good to be true with its beautiful views of Fifth Ave., including the illustrious St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Though not pictured, there is also an indoor area for a reception that can fit 120 people for a seated dinner. Its outdoor area, complete with pristine gardens and a reflective pool can seat 165 for a ceremony. Though an intimate space, the 620 Loft and garden is truly an oasis on one of the busiest avenues in Manhattan, and again, open year-round for summer, winter, and fall- loving couples.
A great spot for any weekend date, this Williamsburg restaurant is a fan-favorite of many New Yorkers. The Winery holds weddings of almost 200 guests, a larger venue than many on this list, without compromising that intimate feeling. The best part about this venue is that your entire wedding can be done under one roof! The Winery will host the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception. This place will use its own staff for the entire event, like and in-house chef, waiters, bartenders, and more! For the couple that doesn’t want to fuss over planning, the Brooklyn Winery is the place to be.
The Plaza Hotel
This list certainly wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the ever-amazing Plaza Hotel. This regal venue is timeless and perfect for the couple who is quintessential New York. Opened in 1907, the Plaza Hotel is a New York landmark that just exudes the glamour and elegance of the gilded age. This is yet another venue where your entire wedding can be done. Afterwards, your guests can stay in the lap of luxury in the many gorgeously decorated Plaza suites. The hotel can accommodate huge weddings in either the Grand ballroom that holds 600 to the Terrace ballroom that has a maximum capacity of 500 guests. Any wedding held here would be done to perfection, as the Plaza doesn’t tolerate anything less. Certainly a splurge, but if you want the New York wedding or everyone’s dreams, it is worth it.
By Kat Jones