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Old Guard or Upstart?

Nine classic venues and their younger but equally beguiling counterparts vie to host your wedding celebration.

Old: The Roosevelt Hotel (top); New: Imperial No. Nine (bottom)  

Regal Hotels

Old: The Roosevelt Hotel
This 87-year-old venue offers Plaza-esque opulence at a (somewhat) more reasonable price. The marble lobby sets the luxurious mood with soaring ceilings and a column-heavy, neoclassic motif. The Tiffany-chandeliered Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 for dinner and dancing; the nearby Terrace Ballroom is better suited for parties under 175. From $175 to $195 per person. 45 E. 45th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-661-9600;

New: Imperial No. Nine
Located in the new Mondrian Soho hotel, Top Chef heartthrob Sam Talbot’s seafood restaurant (sample dishes: chilled-squid salad and steamed Manila clams with lemongrass) offers an idealized garden-party aesthetic without the risk of rain. The lush interior design was inspired by Jean Cocteau’s 1946 classic, La Belle et la Bête, with crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors, pitched glass ceilings, and live greenery. The room can hold 150 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 for a seated dinner. From $160 per person. 9 Crosby St., nr. Grand St.; 212-389-1000;


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