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The Plaza Hotel  

Plaza Hotel
Getting married at the city’s most iconic hotel is predictably pricey: from $350 per person for a minimum of 200 guests on a Saturday night. The rental includes an hour of passed hors d’oeuvre and three food stations, a three-course dinner, a cake by Sylvia Weinstock or Ron Ben-Israel, an open bar, and a Champagne toast. Weddings can be held in the hotel’s glittering Grand Ballroom or in the equally ornate Terrace Room, both of which are sprawling, at more than 4,600 square feet. Fifth Ave. at Central Park S., 212-549-0550

Hotel Giraffe
A relatively inexpensive hotel venue in Manhattan? It may seem unlikely, but at the adorable boutique Hotel Giraffe, receptions are a relative bargain. Rental starts at $4,000 ($2,500 for ceremony only), plus $150 to $220 per person for catering. Receptions are held in the hotel’s penthouse space, which has a working fireplace and a baby grand piano and looks out on a ceremony-ready rooftop garden. 365 Park Ave. S., at 26th St.; 212-685-7700

Tribeca Rooftop
As one of the city’s most favored venues—the site’s roof is beautifully designed in neutral tones and dotted with plants, and it has great river views—this loft books up for peak season more than a year in advance. You do get what you pay (a lot) for: The $255 per-person charge (plus tax and service; Saturday 200-person minimum) includes open bar, hors d’oeuvre, sit-down dinner, cake, tables, linens, chairs, votive candles, coat check, lighting, and staff. 2 Desbrosses St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-625-2600

New York City Fire Museum
This decommissioned firehouse is a mecca for local-history buffs, but it also has a somewhat hidden appeal for brides: On the museum’s third floor there’s an airy, unadorned event space with exposed brick, hardwood floors, and a minimum of space-hogging columns. By Manhattan standards, the venue’s a bargain: The space rental is $3,500 for eight hours, or $450 per hour, and couples are free to bring in their own caterer. 278 Spring St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-691-1303


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