17 Distinctly New York Wedding Venues
With the spacious lofts, hidden rooftop gardens, award-winning restaurants, and many posh hotels located throughout New York City's five boroughs, how's a couple to choose the wedding venue that suits them best? That's where we come in. We asked our friends at The Venue Report to share the city's top spaces, places, and rooftops for a distinctly New York wedding, and their picks do not disappoint.
Always dreamed of an outdoor wedding but still want to stay within Manhattan proper? There's a garden that overlooks St. Patrick's Cathedral that's just begging to play host to your celebration. Another unique option? A private yacht that circles Lady Liberty as you swap vows and "I dos" then clink glass of celebratory Champagne with family members and friends. Prefer an indoor space with lots of charm? The pros picked out a cozy winery in Williamsburg that's the perfect backdrop for a wedding that'll make your guests—even the out-of-towners—feel like locals. And if you're after the glitz and glamour of a traditional New York City wedding, there are a number of incredible spots that you should consider. From the Rainbow Room, a spacious venue located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center's 30 Rock building, to the Ace Hotel, a boutique stay in midtown with a Michelin-starred restaurant, there's no shortage of classic hotel venues for your celebration.
Whatever your wedding style, there's a venue somewhere in New York City that's bound to tick all the boxes on your big-day wishlist. Just be forewarned: It's going to be hard for you to select just one favorite once you see all the unique options on the list ahead.
620 Loft & Garden
If you're looking for a wedding venue that's in the heart of the action yet still removed enough to feel like its own private garden rooftop, 620 Loft & Garden may just be your spot. This wedding venue hosts up to 165 guests in a space that spans indoors and out. Best of all, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the cityscape beyond will serve as your backdrop.
Set above Rockefeller Center, the 65th floor of 30 Rock has been known as the Rainbow Room since 1934. Floor-to-ceiling windows and observation decks look out onto spectacular views of the city, while soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and decorative sconces set an elegant, timeless feel inside.
Park Hyatt New York
If you've always dreamed of a classic, glamorous wedding, book Park Hyatt New York as your venue. The five-star hotel's Onyx Room has space for up to 200 guests, and the dinner menu, created by the property's inventive chefs, includes anything but expected wedding fare. And with its convenient proximity to Central Park, sneaking away for gorgeous wedding photos couldn't be easier.
Bento on Hudson
Should you be looking for a minimalist, industrial loft space, head straight over to Bento on Hudson. Set inside the "Little Flatiron" building in the Meatpacking district, this spot offers an open-plan penthouse loft with exposed wood beams, lots of windows, and space for up to 125 guests.
Here's a great wedding (or rehearsal dinner!) venue for couples who enjoy being on the water and want to treat their guests to an up-close view of the Statue of Liberty. World Yacht's Duchess can be privately chartered for groups of up to 500 guests, with weddings taking place on the open water in a vessel that includes a rooftop bar.
Loews Regency New York Hotel
Set right along posh Park Avenue, this Upper East Side hotel offers group wedding block accommodations as well as ballrooms and residences that double as swanky party spots. If you're planning an intimate wedding, rehearsal dinner, brunch, or engagement party with up to 50 guests, you'll want to take a look at the signature suites and terraces.
Set in the heart of Chelsea, this three-story carriage house is bright, airy, and full of character. A marble spiral staircase, whitewashed brick walls, marble fireplaces, and gorgeous wood floors are just a few of the highlights. For weddings and rehearsal dinners, you can fit up to 200 guests in the space.
Ace Hotel New York
Known for its cool rooms and Michelin-starred restaurant, the Ace Hotel in Midtown offers plenty of options for accommodations and celebrations, too. For weddings, Liberty Hall offers an open space with parquet floors and vintage furnishings. Plus, you'll get to work with the culinary geniuses over at The Breslin to create your wedding menu.
Brooklyn's go-to schooner for sunset cocktails and freshly shucked oysters, Pilot can easily be taken over for a rehearsal dinner, wedding welcome party, wedding reception, or day-after brunch with a group of up to 150 guests. Located at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6, views of the Manhattan skyline from this hundred-year-old sailboat can't be beat.
The National Bar & Dining Rooms
Considering an elegant restaurant wedding in the heart of the city? Set in The Benjamin Hotel in Midtown East, The National includes five distinct private dining spaces where celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian presents modern American fare. The largest of the options is the Lexington Room, which suits up to 140 guests and has gorgeous arched windows overlooking Lexington Avenue.
Tavern on the Green
An iconic New York restaurant nestled in the greenery of Central Park, Tavern on the Green has been around since 1934, when Robert Moses transformed the former sheepfold into a restaurant. The restaurant includes three indoor and outdoor spaces, each with unique architectural details and elements that make the place spectacular for a wedding in a charming, historic setting.
Picturing a grand, theatrical affair for your wedding celebration? Check out Kings Theatre in Flatbush. The colorful, opulent interior hallways can easily be transformed into wedding spaces so that your wedding meanders through the palatial venue. There's also a private brick-walled courtyard that doubles as a great outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour spot.
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel
Luxurious suites, a nine-story atrium, and a pyramidal skylight are just a few of the highlights at this beautiful FiDi hotel. Weddings here typically take over the cellar level, allowing guests to move between dramatically lit, brick-walled spaces while dining on food from celebrity chef Tom Colicchio.
The Lambs Club
Formerly a members-only club, The Lambs Club shines like a relic of Old School New York. A wedding here might include a ceremony in front of the fireplace in the former library, with cocktails on the terrace followed by dinner in the cherry red dining room, and dancing in the color blocked club room.
There aren't a lot of venues in New York that combine spacious outdoor settings and sleek interiors, but Tribeca Rooftop offers the best of both. Set on a cobblestone street, this large indoor-outdoor venue can host up to 720 guests for a wedding with spectacular city views.
Brooklyn Winery is known as a bit of a community hub in Williamsburg, and it's also a great option for weddings of up to 300 guests. The atrium proves a light and airy space for a ceremony, while dinner may follow in the harvest room or amongst the barrels.
This colonial American tavern, with its rustic taxidermy and antique oil paintings, sets a stunning backdrop for a vintage Americana wedding. Exchange your vows in the drawing room, surrounded by books and art that rival any old southern country house. You'll want to do a buyout of Freemans so you and your guests can roam through the many rooms, tasting various libations along the way.