Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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MUSEUMS & PUBLIC VENUES
For many, holding a wedding at this beloved museum is a childhood dream come true. The 6,195-square-foot Powerhouse accommodates 300 guests for a seated dinner and features French doors that open onto the Arthur Ross Terrace, offering dramatic views of the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Pre-event receptions can also be held in the glass-walled North Galleria. Restaurant Associates provides catering; prices upon request.orensanzevents.com
Built in 1849, this impressive building is the oldest synagogue in New York, though couples of all denominations choose to marry here. With its combination of quirk and glamour, it’s a venue that is guaranteed to awe all your guests. The exterior of the building was designed to replicate the Cathedral of Cologne. The interior, however, was inspired by the Sistine Chapel, with Gothic-style windows and arch, and a dramatic, rib-vaulted ceiling. The space fits 300 for a seated dinner and up to 700 for cocktails. Prices upon request.
Apella450 E. 29th St., nr. First Ave., second fl., in the Alexandria Center; 212-706-4100; apella.com
Guests arrive via a tree-lined circular driveway and are greeted by a dramatic spiral staircase and expansive East River views. With ten beautifully designed event spaces to choose from, this venue can accommodate both a chic cocktail-style reception or a larger multiday occasion. It fits up to 200 guests for dinner and dancing or 300 for cocktails. Catering is by Riverpark, the restaurant of Top Chef host Tom Colicchio. Prices upon request.
Asia Society and Museum725 Park Ave., at 70th St.; 212-327-9322; asiasociety.org
Patrons can rent one of two spaces here: the glass-enclosed Garden Court Atrium, which is a popular choice for the ceremony or reception, or the eighth-floor penthouse, which offers sweeping city views. The penthouse can accommodate 150 guests with dinner and dancing; the Garden Court atrium can hold 80. From $6,000 for one space or $8,000 for both.bpmm.org
Nestled in the heart of Pelham Bay Park, this nineteenth-century Greek Revival stone mansion provides a stunning backdrop for weddings. The museum’s large formal garden (the site’s main venue option) remains open year-round. Couples planning winter weddings are responsible for arranging a heat source. Rental fees begin at $3,500 for a maximum of 125 guests. (good value)bronxzoo.org
Start with a ceremony in Astor Court’s expansive gardens. Then sit down with 200 of your closest friends and family members in the recently renovated Schiff Family Great Hall. The hall shares a building with the Madagascar exhibit, so there’s always the option of hosting a cocktail reception within spitting distance of lemurs and fifteen-foot crocodiles. Site fee is $3,500; ceremony fee is $2,500; and exclusive in-house catering runs from $110 to $150 per person. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society.bam.org/rentals
This popular performing-arts center has been around since the Civil War era. The artsy BAMCafé, located above the Grand Lobby, holds up to 350 for a cocktail reception. Great Performances is the in-house caterer. A five-hour ceremony-and-cocktails event starts at $9,500 (catering not included).brooklynmuseum.org
One of the largest art museums in the country, the Brooklyn Museum provides a majestic backdrop for a wedding. The Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, overlooking the welcoming plaza, features a dramatic sheer-glass atrium and can accommodate up to 300 guests for the ceremony. The beautiful Beaux-Arts Court boasts historic archways and an elegant brass chandelier and accommodates up to 700 for cocktails or dinner. Restaurant Associates is the exclusive caterer. Rental fees from $10,500.
Center for Architecture536 LaGuardia Place, nr. Bleecker St.; 212-358-6111; cfa.aiany.org
Design and architecture enthusiasts can now tie the knot in this three-floor, 15,000-square-foot venue. The main event space, Tafel Hall, boasts high ceilings, a mezzanine, and tons of natural light; smaller gallery spaces are also available for couples who would like to create photo displays. The venue accommodates up to 200 guests for a seated dinner or 160 guests for dinner and dancing. Space rental starts at $3,500. (good value)centralparkzoo.org
Couples willing to rent out this iconic landmark (from $30,000) can host cocktail receptions for up to 50 people in the penguin exhibit or hold sit-down dinners in the garden during the warm months. To play up the animal angle, couples can book live sea-lion demonstrations and guided tours. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society. (ecofriendly)
Columbia University Faculty House64 Morningside Dr., nr. 116th St.; 212-854-1200; facultyhouse.columbia.edu
Dating from 1923, this building contains 38,000 square feet of event space and is popular with couples getting married at nearby St. Paul’s Chapel and St. John the Divine. Bookable areas include the Presidential Ballroom, which accommodates up to 260 guests for dinner and dancing, and the Skyline Level, which fits 180 and offers vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and an outdoor terrace. Wedding packages start at $140 per guest. (good value)
Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall58 E. 68th St., at Park Ave.; 212-434-9576; pratthouse.com
This turn-of-the-century mansion features a marble staircase that connects the ballroom to a variety of smaller spaces, from the library, complete with fireplace and wraparound balcony, to the dainty drawing room and sitting room. The rooms can hold up to 180 for a seated dinner. Prices start at $6,000. (good value)
The House of the Redeemer7 E. 95th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-289-0399; houseoftheredeemer.org
This Italian-style palazzo features a sixteenth-century wood-paneled library, which was imported from Europe by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s great-granddaughter during World War I. The first floor of the landmark house is available for a 90-person sit-down dinner; the second floor can hold up to 125. Rental fees from $800 to $5,000; in-house catering, by Bread & Circus, is additional. (good value)
The Hudson Theatre145 W. 44th St., nr. Broadway; 212-789-7848; millenniumhotelnyc.com
This circa-1903 landmark theater is one of the city’s oldest showplaces. The backlit, Tiffany-stained-glass ceilings and gilded box seating create a dramatic backdrop for the cake-cutting. For weddings, banquet tables are matched to the burgundy stage curtains and draperies. The space can seat 300 for dinner. From $195 per person.merchantshouse.org
This immaculately preserved, nineteenth-century brick-and-marble row house is a stunner. Its features include a granite-tiled garden filled with lush plants and cast-iron furniture. The ground-floor dining room, period kitchen, and Greek Revival parlors can accommodate up to 40 people for a seated dinner. All rooms are decorated with their original furniture. Prices upon request.mcny.org
The walls of this museum’s galleries are fortified by dramatic Greek columns, and arched hallways connect the various rooms where current exhibitions are installed. There is also the Marble Rotunda, which features a grand spiral staircase and two outdoor terraces. The first and second floors (as well as two outdoor terraces) are available for rent. The second-floor landing provides a dramatic space for a large rehearsal dinner. Prices upon request.newmuseum.org
This contemporary-art hub has three event spaces. The popular, all-white Sky Room seats 120 for dinner and 200 for cocktails, and guests love mingling on its wraparound terrace. The lobby-level Marcia Tucker Hall holds up to 350 for cocktails; the theater seats 120 for dinner. Catering is by Creative Edge Parties. Space rental ranges from $5,000 to $15,000, plus an individual donation of $5,000.nysci.org
With more than 400 interactive exhibits, this activity-packed space will entertain even the most jaded guests. Couples can have their ceremony and reception (up to 250) in the colorful, high-ceilinged Viscusi Gallery. The exhibition halls can host cocktail parties for as many as 1,000 guests. Space rental starts at $7,000. There are no restrictions on caterers, florists, and other vendors.nypl.org/spacerental
For grandiosity and sweeping drama, this cultural landmark is virtually unbeatable. Its recognizable front steps set the scene for a dramatic entrance, especially when lit up with flickering votives. Inside, couples have a number of impressive spaces to choose from: the Celeste Bartos Forum, Astor Hall, and the McGraw Rotunda. Prices upon request.
Old Stone House & Washington Park336 3rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., Park Slope 718-768-3195; theoldstonehouse.org
Built in 1699 as a farm for the Vechte and then the Cortelyou families, this elegant venue has a long New York history. It was rebuilt in 1934 in the Dutch Colonial style, and nowadays the house boasts a homey second-floor great room that is ideal for weddings. It holds 100 for a cocktail reception or 50 for a seated dinner. The site fee is $500, plus $100 per hour. Couples must bring in their own vendors.
Roosevelt House at Hunter College47–49 E. 65th St., nr. Park Ave. 212-650-3174; roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu
Once a home of FDR and his wife, Eleanor, this historic house features huge windows, hardwood floors, and decorative fireplaces. It can accommodate up to 125 for cocktails. Prices upon request; vendors must be approved by the venue.
Roulette509 Atlantic Ave., at Third Ave., Boerum Hill 917-267-0370; roulette.org
Spotlight-loving couples have the option of getting married onstage at Roulette’s theater, usually used for experimental-music events. The space holds 350 for cocktails and 150 for a sit-down dinner with dancing. Site fees start at $5,500; couples need to supply their own vendors.
Skylight One Hudson1 Hanson Pl., at Ashland Pl., Fort Greene 718-230-0400; skylightnyc.com
The former Williamsburgh Savings Bank retains much of its original charm: teller stations, marble floors, and even a vault where couples can say “I do.” The 3,500-square-foot locale can hold 1,000 guests for cocktails and up to 600 for a sit-down dinner with dancing. Prices start at $350 per person.
Ukrainian Institute of America2 E. 79th St., at Fifth Ave. 212-288-8660; ukrainianinstitute.org
Once home to a string of wealthy New York families, this opulent mansion’s ballroom features ornate arched windows that overlook Central Park. There is another room dedicated entirely to the house’s original crystal chandelier, under which couples can have their first dance. The venue holds up to 250 for a cocktail party and 200 for dinner with dancing. Prices upon request.
From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide
- 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 212-582-5454 ext. 2110 ; www.3westclub.com/weddings.html
3 West Club provides the classic ambiance of a bygone era, complete with crystal chandeliers, high ceilings, and art deco touches. World-class cuisine and seamless service blend to create a unique and timeless setting in midtown.
- Harold Pratt House
58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065 ; Tel: 212-434-9576 ; www.pratthouse.com
The Harold Pratt House, a grand Park Avenue mansion since 1919; with a marble staircase, grand ballroom, balconies and fire places it's a perfectly decorated Home to host wedding ceremonies, receptions, dinners and celebrations in.
- Housing Works Bookstore Café and The Works Catering
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10026 ; Tel: 646-786-1100 ; www.theworkscatering.com
With 100% of proceeds benefitting the homeless living with HIV/AIDS this Soho bookshop resembles an Ivy League library with its spiral staircases, mahogany balconies, and rows of books. The Works Catering, also operated by Housing Works, serves amazing seasonal fare.
- Monteverde at Oldstone
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Road Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 ; Tel: 914-207-6555 ; www.monteverdeatoldstone.com
Monteverde at Oldstone is rich with history and situated on 27 acres overlooking the Hudson River in Cortlandt Manor, New York, just 50 minutes north of Manhattan making it the perfect backdrop for any event.
- Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 10112 ; Tel: 212-632-5000 ; www.rainbowroom.com
Famous for its stunning views and legendary status as the quintessential New York venue, the Rainbow Room has been refreshed and reimagined, offering you and your guests an incomparable experience on your most special day.
- Renaissance Event Hall
27-34 21st Street Long Island City, New York 11102 ; Tel: 718-274-4590 ; renaissanceeventhall.com
We specialize in creating distinctive, incomparable events and weddings. We create events that spark, amaze and inspire. It's only one event at a time. Our space, with its award-winning interior design, is all yours!
Route 35 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 ; Tel: 732-747-0200 ; www.shadowbrook.com
Shadowbrook, the most elegant Georgian mansion set on 20 secluded acres of magnificent gardens and splashing fountains, may be exclusively yours. A variety of all-inclusive packages are available. Call today to arrange a private tour.
- The Kitano New York
66 Park Avenue at 38th Street New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-885-7017 ; www.kitano.com
The Penthouse Banquet Suite at The Kitano New York, a luxury boutique hotel, features large outdoor terraces with outstanding views of the Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan. The Penthouse can accommodate 75 for dinner or 150 for a reception.
- The Picnic House in Prospect Park
40 West Drive, nr. Fifth Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 646-393-9031 x2 ; www.prospectpark.org/weddings
A 4,000-square-foot, glass-and-brick enclosed pavilion with a wood-burning fireplace and French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the Long Meadow. Hosts up to 175 for dinner and dancing; rental fee includes chairs, tables, and upright piano.
- The Westin New York Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017 ; Tel: 212-490-8900 ; www.westinnewyorkgrandcentral.com/weddings
Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, The Westin New York Grand Central's modern design and urban sophistication make it ideal for NYC couples. Experience spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and celebrate your special day in 15,000 square feet of versatile event space.
- Top of the Garden Event Space
251 West 30th Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-643-0055 ; www.topofthegarden.com
3,000-sqft raw loft space complimented by a 1,000-sqft terrace overlooking the cityscape of Manhattan. This modern penthouse accommodated up to 150 for cocktail reception or 80 guests for a ceremony with sit-down dinner and dancing.
- Ulster County Tourism
20 Broadway Kingston, NY ; Tel: 845-340-3567 ; www.UlsterCountyAlive.com
Looking for the backdrop for a memorable wedding? Ulster County, NY has a variety of venues to choose from, all with picturesque views. From Riverside to Mountainside and bed and breakfasts to luxurious resorts or a vintage winery, you can find the perfect place to say "I DO".