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The New York Botanical Garden  

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The New York Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden has long been a favorite site of Manhattan society brides, and no wonder: Its beautifully landscaped grounds, rolling hills, and rustic setting feel far removed from midtown. Larger weddings take place in the Garden Terrace Room, which seats up to 350; catering is by the vaunted Abigail Kirsch. During peak season, it costs $2,200 to rent the space, plus around $200 per person for catering. The venue also requires couples to use a preferred florist ($4,000 to $15,000). Bronx River Pkwy. at Fordham Rd., Bronx; 718-220-0300

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The Picnic House in Prospect Park
Forget the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is nearly as expensive as its Bronx peer. Instead, check out the quaint, red-brick Picnic House on the western edge of Prospect Park. Couples can have their ceremony inside or, weather permitting, outdoors. While the rental is a bit steep—from $3,750 for an eight-hour block—several caterers on the venue’s approved list will run you less than $100 a head. In addition, there are no restrictions on florists, and you’ll have the park’s tree-lined Long Meadow as your backdrop free of charge. 95 Prospect Park W., nr. 5th St., Park Slope; 718-287-6215


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American Museum of Natural History
Getting married in the 29,000-square-foot Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, underneath the museum’s iconic 94-foot-long blue whale, is particularly momentous—and the privilege is priced accordingly. Those who wish to marry at the museum must become a patron member (from $3,500 for the year), and while the museum declines to provide exact figures, receptions have mandatory catering and rental fees that are known to require very deep pockets. Central Park W. at 79th St.; 212-769-5100

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The Barn Complex at the Queens County Farm Museum
There’s no blue whale, but at this bucolic 47-acre farm you’ll be surrounded by the goats, ducks, and pigs that live on the grounds. And the 313-year-old site has a formidable history of its own: It’s the longest continually farmed piece of land in the state. Plus, the rates are unbeatable: The $1,400 charge for a four-hour event (up to 120 people) includes tables, chairs, and on-site parking; the starting price of the venue’s recommended caterer is around $70 per person. 73–50 Little Neck Pkwy., nr. 74th Ave., Floral Park; 718-347-3276

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