NYC is one of the most popular wedding destinations featured in Hollywood movies. From the romantic gardens of Central Park to the historic site of the New York Library, they have all been the wedding venue for many grand weddings. It may be easier to throw a wedding on the beach in Montauk or rent a barn upstate New York, however the glamorous New York city has so many gorgeous venues to offer, you really will be spoiled for choice.
Luxury Hotels in NYC
The Beekman Hotel, which was formally a Jewish temple, has become a coveted wedding space after its grand renovation. The court features a stunning atrium which dates back to the 1830s and is now used as a beautiful reception space. Another great attraction of the venue is the top chef, Tom Colicchio, who runs the hotel restaurant and will provide the most delicious food for the wedding reception.
Cost – $275+ per person
Mondrian Oriental, Columbus Circle
The Perfect NYC wedding would have to include sunset views of Central Park and that is exactly what you will get at The Mondrian Oriental. Located on the 36th floor of the Time Warner building by Columbus Circle the hotel towers above Central Park and produces the most amazing views. The team at the Mondrian Oriental Hotel can help you make one of the most important days in your life perfect. Included in the package will be a complimentary suite for the day and the night of the wedding.
Cost – $300+ per person
The Plaza Hotel
This legendary location for weddings boasts four different event spaces for guests to choose from. The hotel has Italian renaissance-style paintings and the grandest crystal chandeliers. The Plaza Hotel is sure to create the most beautiful fairy tale wedding venue. Bear in mind you will need a large budget for this dream wedding venue but your guests will not be disappointed. You can choose to hold your reception in the Terrace Room with the amazing Central Park views and joins the likes of Micheal Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, who also had their wedding at the Plaza Hotel.
Cost – $350+ per person
Parks and Outdoor Venues.
Central Park Boat House
The Iconic Central Park Boathouse has to be the one of the most magical venues in New York City. Although this venue does not charge a rental fee there is a minimum number of guests required. Saturday has a minimum 165 guests and Friday or Sunday has a minimum 125 guests. At approximately $200 per head, this venue is not cheap but bearing in mind the location and the fact that it is NYC, it is still less than most of the fancy New York City Hotels. The price will give you five hours exclusive use of the space with superb views over the lake and the 3300 sqft English Garden on the North side. There is an additional charge if you choose to have the ceremony at the Boathouse.
Cost – $200+ per person
Central Park Conservatory Garden
The second location in Central Park is the Conservatory Garden, many photo sessions and ceremonies are held here each year. The Conservatory Garden is located on the Fifth Avenue side of the park and makes the perfect place for a spring or summer wedding. Before planning any such event you are required to get a permit by completing an online form. The Central Park Conservatory Garden has a maximum number of guests, currently limited to a 100 people. The public are still allowed access to the garden during the ceremony. Another thing to bear in mind is that the garden is a quiet zone, so if you are planning a crazy reception with a live band then you will have to find another venue for the reception.
Cost – $200+ per person , $400 permit fee
If your looking for a “one of a kind” wedding venue then how about the Bronx Zoo? With two park locations to choose from the zoo offers a great balance of fun and elegance for you and your guests. One of the wedding settings available at the zoo is a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Astor Court. You can choose to exchange your vows in a ceremony among free-roaming Indian Peacocks located in the historic Astor Court. If you want your wedding at the zoo, but would prefer an indoor venue, the Bronx Zoo also offers weddings in the Zoo Center. You can sip your cocktails alongside the Lemurs and the Nile crocodiles and then move to the The Schiff Family Great Hall for an elegant meal. The wedding staff at the zoo will work closely with you to ensure that your special day is perfect.
Cost – Between $21,412 and $31,225 for a ceremony and reception for 100 guests.
Out of the Ordinary Venues
The Rainbow Room
The New York City landmark of The Rockefeller Center is home to the iconic Rainbow Room. Situated 65 stories above Midtown Manhattan, The Rainbow Room will have you celebrating your nuptials against a sparkling backdrop of city lights. The Rainbow Room was designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates and has the legendary dance floor that the venue has become famous for. The Chefs and hospitality professionals at The Rainbow Room are known to be among the most sought after in the industry. They promise to deliver the immaculate wedding of your dreams.
Cost – $300+ per person
The New York City Library.
You may be surprised to learn that the New York City Library can actually be a wedding venue, but it is absolutely true. The Beaux Arts building on Fifth Avenue can be the most elegant venue for your civil marriage ceremony. As the library is a city owned building, the library does not have permission to hold religious ceremonies. Renting this space for your wedding and reception will set you back somewhere between $60.000 and $80.000. For this price you will be able to get married in the soaring, majestic building. There are very few places in NYC that offer a venue as vast as the Celeste Bartos Forum, as it has the most elegant columns and an amazing glass-domed ceiling.
Cost – Wedding packages begin at $60.000