Since we covered the best New York State wedding venues in the previous blog post, it’s time we discuss the best New York City wedding venues.
There are endless options for wedding venues in NYC. Manhattan has some truly glamorous and luxurious spaces, and you’ll find some super unique and fun/quirky spots in Brooklyn and Queens. There are also certain venues that are blank canvases, so you can truly design and craft whatever style for your wedding you want.
Brandy Library is located in Tribeca, and is such a fun space. It’s perfect for more intimate events, and can accommodate 70 guests on the top floor and 40 on the bottom floor. There is no room rental fee, rather a minimum spending fee. All of the (delicious) food is made in-house with super fresh ingredients, plus you get to learn about brandy! It’s a warm, cozy space perfect for a microwedding or afterparty.
There are two Botanic Garden wedding venues in New York, but let’s start with Brooklyn’s. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful – not to mention SPACIOUS – NYC venues. With plenty of onsite locations to choose from, you’re guaranteed to have a night to remember. It’s also a wonderful place for engagement photos, too.
One of our favorite venues in NYC! Similarly to Blue Hill, if you’re not hosting your wedding here, just go for the food experience. Everything is delicious, plus you can spend your day in the park afterward! Bryant Park Grill is cozily situated behind the New York Public Library. The park serves as a stunning backdrop for all events. They can accommodate large parties of 220 people in their dining room, rooftop and garden, which has a heated tent in the winter.
The Burden Kahn Mansion is such a grand, spectacular, and classic New York City wedding venue. The sheer detail in the construction means tons of photo opportunities throughout the property. Located off of E. 91st street, there is quick access to Central Park. The venue also has a huge stone patio/balcony, and jaw-dropping, ornate wall/ceiling design. It is modeled after the Galeries des Glaces of Versailles, with twelve foot high doors paneled with oblong mirrors that surround the ballrooms. Also, some notable guests to grace these rooms include Mark Twain and Giacomo Puccini.
For more intimate affairs, I cannot recommend Il Buco enough. The downstairs private dining area is charming wine cellar, fitted with ladders to reach the very top shelves. The staff couldn’t be more welcoming, and the food is incredible and innovative. It has medieval dungeon meets underground club in NYC vibes, which to me is a perfect combo.
Next on the list is the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Located on Pier 41 in the historic shipping yards of Red Hook, Brooklyn. The building was constructed in the pre-Civil War 1850’s and has recently been renovated into a charming event space. This NYC wedding venue is one of those “blank canvases” I mentioned earlier. It’s a pretty industrial-looking space, so you’re free to make it your own. Being right on the water, the sunsets are absolutely incredible.
The Merchant’s House Museum is such a gem of a venue. It also has quite the history. Considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the period, the 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House is a designated landmark on the federal, state, and city level. Plus, there’s a section on their website labeled “Ghosts.”
There are several locations, but the particular Moxy Hotel I had the pleasure of photographing in was located in the East Village. It is home to Cathédrale restaurant, which hosts smaller private events in a gorgeous back room in addition to the huge restaurant space.
MyMoon is our next nyc wedding venue on the list. The Williamsburg restaurant is a stunningly renovated 19th-century boiler room – exposed brick, reclaimed wooden floors, twenty-foot ceilings, and an enviable private garden. From intimate and relaxed dinners to big extravagant weddings, MyMoon will accommodate up to 166 for a seated dinner or 250 guests for cocktail style receptions.
The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum and one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. You’ll be escorted around the grounds on a golf cart, ensuring you get to take photos in all the most beautiful areas of the garden. If you love nature, this is the venue for you. The garden is home to three different “venues,” so you’ll have your choice of which fits your wedding day vibe the best.
The Ravel Hotel, located in Queens, is a truly fun and versatile New York City wedding venue. With a stunning skyline view, the terrace/rooftop is the perfect setting for a glamorous reception or outdoor ceremony. There is also a gorgeous rooftop pool called “The Summer Club,” perfect for rehearsal dinners or after parties!
Located literally *next door* to the Ravel Hotel is The Foundry. Think of this venue as a chameleon; it’s industrial, but covered in ivy and greens. It is extremely adaptable to any style of wedding/event, and is a beautiful, meticulously restored 19th century gem.
One of our favorite venues, this list wouldn’t feel right without including The W Loft in Brooklyn. The venue boasts elegant waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline. The glass walls making up the interior allow for guests to enjoy the view no matter what the weather is like. You can make this space whatever you dream it to be.
Last and certainly not least on this list of our favorite New York City wedding venues is The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. The rooftop on the 23rd floor has the most amazing views, perfect for ceremonies and under-the-stars receptions. There are also multiple options within the hotel itself, like the ballroom/foyer, Westlight Bar, Terrace, and Leuca private dining room.
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