Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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GARDENS & ESTATES
Grazing livestock and a Dutch farmhouse set the scene on this 47-acre estate. Weddings can be held in the reception room of the museum’s thirties-era barn ($2,000 for four hours and up to 120 guests). For big parties (up to 1,000 guests), the apple orchard is available for rent ($2,000 for five hours). A pavilion space seats 85 and is ideal for wedding ceremonies. It can be rented on its own ($1,000 for four hours) or in addition to the others ($500 for one additional hour). (good value/eco-friendly)palmhouse.com
The 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden has numerous sites for ceremonies, including the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and the Italian-style Osborne Garden. Charles, Sally & Charles is the exclusive caterer for receptions in the Palm House, which holds up to 400 guests for cocktails and 300 for a seated dinner. Site-fee rentals range from $1,960 to $5,085, plus $130 to $210 per person. The total site fee and a percentage of the catering cost goes toward the preservation of the garden. Smaller weddings of 50 to 100 guests can rent the Atrium, which looks out onto the Japanese Garden. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)centralparknyc.org/weddings
Central Park holds plenty of scenic possibilities for weddings. There’s always the option of a small flash-mob-style ceremony, but permits are required for parties with more than twenty guests. The Bethesda Terrace has a fountain and looks across Central Park Lake. Cherry Hill has a smaller fountain surrounded by cherry trees that bloom in the spring. The Conservatory Garden’s three plots, located at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, are in bloom from early spring through late October; a permit for this spot costs $400, plus $100 for photography. (good value/ecofriendly)prospectpark.org
The 4,000-square-foot glass-and-brick-enclosed pavilion features a wood-burning fireplace and elegant French doors leading out to a balcony that overlooks the Long Meadow. It’s available in eight-hour blocks and hosts up to 175 for dinner and dancing. Tables, chairs, an upright piano, and security are included in the $3,500 to $5,000 feeŚmuch of which goes back to the park for maintenance and preservation. Catering is additional.? (good value/ecofriendly)
Prospect Park Boathouse101 East Dr., nr. Lincoln Rd., Park Slope; 646-393-9031, ext. 2; prospectpark.org
Tranquil views of the Lullwater complement the elegant Beaux Arts style of this landmark Brooklyn building, which can fit up to 130 guests for dinner and dancing. The Movable Feast handles both the catering (from $155 per person) and the rental of the Boathouse (from $3,000).
From the Winter 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.
- Atlantica by Bateaux New York
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 888-822-5997 ; www.EntertainmentCruisesWeddings.com
A wedding on the water aboard Atlantica's sleek tri-level private yacht is unmatched. Up to 290 guests can experience a sophisticated wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner enveloped by the spectacular Manhattan skyline.
- Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 212-358-6112 ; www.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. Seated capacity is 150.
- 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.
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.