Congratulations! You’ve just said "yes" to the love of your life, but what’s next on the to-do list? Guest planning, wedding dress shopping with your besties, and most importantly, choosing the right wedding venue! It feels challenging, it sounds challenging, and that's because it is, indeed, challenging. Especially if you are residing in the fashionable city of New York, where the options are limitless. Honestly, too many options make wedding planning even harder. Loft spaces, unique warehouses, fairytale mansions, glamorous venues, or minimalist ones — in the Big Apple, you can find any place to your liking. At a loss for words because of overwhelming thoughts and ideas? We compiled NYC’s best wedding venues that you will definitely fall in love with.
620 Loft and Garden
Located at Rockefeller Center in the heart of the Big Apple and overlooking the iconic Fifth Avenue, 620 Loft and Garden offers one of the most stunning rooftop wedding venues in New York City. Reflective pools, historical gardens, and even fountains — everything you’ve been dreaming about. The loft can accommodate around 165 guests for a reception and 120 for seated for a wedding feast. This venue is chic and utterly dreamlike, so what are you waiting for?
The Frick Collection
If you've ever thought of celebrating your special day at an art museum, then The Frick Collection is the place for you. Perfect for an elegant ceremony, this New York venue accommodates up to 180 guests for a seated dinner. The Frick Collection is located in one of the few remaining Gilded Age mansions (remember the theme of Met Gala 2022?) and provides not only an atmospheric environment ideal for intimate celebrations but also allows guests to admire the glorious works of legends like Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Park Hyatt New York
Award-winning service, a luxurious setting, and a one-of-a-kind experience — welcome to the Park Hyatt Hotel, where couples can spend their special day in a five-star style. Celebrate your wedding ceremony lavishly in the Onyx Ballroom with a capacity of up to 200 people. Dance, take photos, and feel completely at ease as this venue is very spacious and glamorous. The Italian onyx walls, romantic lighting, and 28-foot ceilings — your guests will be speechless. The team at Park Hyatt can also help you plan your celebration.
If planning a large-scale wedding, then you are more than welcome at New York City’s Bay Room, which offers classic interiors with astonishing panoramic views of Manhattan and its surroundings. Couples can either reserve the venue completely to enjoy the 360-degree view or as individual segments, depending on the part they prefer the most — West, South, or East. The full room, though, accommodates 600 standing guests and around 520 seated ones. Everything is provided on-demand, so there is no need to hire outside vendors.
New York Public Library
It's possible to have both the most luxurious ceremony experience and an adventure of a lifetime. NYPL is a spectacular landmark perfect for special celebrations such as weddings and other gatherings, suitable for 350 seated guests and 750 standing. By choosing this venue you will not only get a bridal photoshoot with a unique setting but also automatically donate to a good cause, as your event fees help to support the Library's collections and services. Find yourself in a different space and time, exploring seven exquisite event spaces. White marble walls, vaulted ceilings of Astor Hall, or cast-iron dome of Bartos Forum — choose yours.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an oasis located in one of the busiest parts of the city. The venue provides an unforgettable setting for your once-in-a-lifetime event. Start your ceremony in the gardens on a bright afternoon among the blossoms and then continue the celebration by dancing the night away beneath the stars with your fiancé and your guests. Couples are offered two options for the main events: the glass-walled Palm House ideal for daytime reception with a seated capacity of up to 250 people or The Atrium featuring a living roof of wildflowers — a more intimate place for up to 125 guests.
The Loeb Boathouse
The Loeb Boathouse is a beloved spot for celebrating special occasions. This magical place is famous for its world-class service and beautiful views, as it’s the only venue in Manhattan situated right on a lake. Not only that, though, Loeb Boathouse starred in the Season 3 finale of the iconic TV series “Sex and the City”. So if you want to feel like Carrie Bradshaw for a moment, then it’s your time to shine! The venue coexists perfectly with nature — you can meet here more than 20 species of butterflies. Indeed, a wedding space for true romantics. Speaking of capacity, the Loeb Boathouse can accomodate a minimum of 125 guests.
Hayloft on the Arch
Planning a vintage rustic wedding or aiming for modern elegance? Hayloft on the Arch, nestled in the rolling hills of Central New York, is the perfect venue. A former family-run dairy farm has been restored and modernized to welcome happy couples from all around the state to tie the knot in a tranquil countryside setting. With a capacity of up to 300 guests, the loft offers an open space to host a dream wedding.
Aspire at One World Observatory
Just imagine 9,000 square feet of flexible private space and it’s all yours for the big day. Aspire is based in downtown Manhattan on the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center — the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The key points of the venue are the minimalist environment, contemporary architecture, and panoramic windows with skyline views. Aspire, which is a laconic space for up to 450 people, now also offers smaller ceremonies for 4 to 20 guests (social distancing is still important!).
For a celebrity-style wedding, check out the dates in Rainbow Room — the home of New York glamor and entertainment. Located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Plaza, it’s a place beloved by presidents and A-list personalities. Enjoy premium food and beverages while admiring the cityscape with your dearest and nearest. The maximum capacity of the venue is up to 500 standing guests and 300 seated, which is enough to have the greatest celebration of your life with everyone you love!
Both luxury and minimalist vibes coexist in the industrial-chic Dobbin St venue. It’s a former Brooklyn factory renovated into a unique event space. Famous for the striking blue color of the facade, Dobbin St is dubbed “The Blue Building”, which distinguishes the venue from its neighborhood. This roomy warehouse features mini chandeliers hanging from a 22-foot ceiling and a great sound system for non-stop dancing. Exchange your vows on the landscape Roof Terrace right in front of your guests. The capacity, by the way, is up to 200 people.
Author: Polina Bronstein