New York City is one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations. This is the city that never sleeps because there is simply so much to do and see. NYC has some of the world’s finest restaurants, theatres, and entertainment venues. If you are looking for a wedding destination, NYC should be at the top of your list.
The standard New York City wedding ranges upwards of $47,000. A steep price, but worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of day if you ask us!
In NYC you have your choice between any wedding style and theme that you can imagine. Rooftop weddings with spectacular skyline views, elegant and ritzy indoor venues, restaurant weddings, and so much more. Here is a list of the best wedding venues in NYC, although it is hard to pick a few locations.
New York City Public Library
If you dream of a classic wedding theme that transports you and your guests to a different era, NYPL is your spot. Marble stairs, white lighting, two beautiful staircases, and rows of books—it doesn’t get more classic!
A 50-million-dollar restoration has brought this 1911 structure back to prominence. There are seven unique settings inside to choose from, each with its own elegance. In the Astor hall, you have vaulted ceilings and white marble walls.
The Bartos Forum has a 30-foot glass and cast-iron dome. If you dream of a classic wedding theme that transports you and your guests to a different era, NYPL is your spot.
Price Range: Around $60,000.
Capacity: Up to 350 guests for the ceremony and up to 750 guests for the reception.
American Museum of Natural History
Another unique destination is the American Museum of Natural History. The stunning halls, exhibits, and loft spaces make this venue a truly remarkable wedding location in NYC. This is one of the world’s largest museums, with 2 interconnected buildings and over 45 halls.
Located on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, this iconic landmark can make your wedding dreams come true. There is no end to the theme you can choose. For instance, how about saying I do under the massive Humpback Whale exhibit descending from the ceiling?
Treat your guests to an unbelievable experience while you start your own journey of discovery.
Price Range: $3,500 donation fee, rental is $11,000 with an additional $1,000 for the terrace.
Capacity: Up to 800 guests.
The Weylin is the former home of Williamsburg Savings Bank, built by famous architect George B. Post in 1875. After restoration, the Weylin was born. It is a premier destination in NYC for its frescoed domes, wooden decorations, mosaics, and period decor as its focal piece.
The marble floors add elegance to your ceremony walk, and the domes make a picture-perfect backdrop for photography. Walk down the aisle on a bed of roses with ambient lighting set against the vaulted ceilings for an elegant touch. This venue will provide class and elegance to your big day.
Price Range: $6,000 to $30,000.
Capacity: Up to 350 guests.
The Carlyle Hotel
The Carlyle, built in 1930, is one of NYC’s most iconic hotels, if not the iconic hotel of the city. World leaders and celebrities have been frequenting this spot for generations. The art déco decor transports you to a more romantic time.
Your booking includes a rehearsal dinner, a bridal luncheon, and a lavish reception. If you are looking for a ritzy wedding at an iconic travel destination, this is the venue for you.
You can rent out the Cafe Carlyle or Bremelman’s Bar. Or you can use the intimate semi-private Dowling’s At The Carlyle. The Carlyle is close to Central Park so you and your guests can enjoy another of NYC’s finest features.
Price Range: Around $20,322 for 50 guests.
Capacity: Up to 225 guests.
The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection is one of New York City’s last Gilded age mansions. It is an art museum boasting over 1,400 pieces of art from the ninth to the nineteenth century.
The inside is stunning with its domed glass ceilings, fountains, damask walls, and stone columns. The dining halls are opulent with ambient lighting, European decor, and banquet-style tables.
Most venues this size have a “large wedding” feel but The Frick Collection is different. It is perfect for an intimate wedding without feeling overbearing.
Price Range: Around $500 to $600 per hour.
Capacity: Up to 200 guests.
The Foundry on Long Island is the city’s last foundry. It originally manufactured fine vanishes but now is a premier event space. The building was erected in the 19th century and is only a few steps from the East River. The outside reception area rests on a brick patio surrounded by ivy-covered walls.
The unique thing about The Foundry is that it merges European flair with an industrial building while giving spectacular views of the skyline. The Foundry is a raw space that includes the ground floor, mezzanine, courtyard, three personnel, and a fully stocked kitchen with your rental.
For an additional fee, you can rent The Terrace, The Greenhouse, The Albra Room, and The Pool Room,
Price Range: Around $51,000.
Capacity: Up to 180 guests.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
This gorgeous farm belongs to chef Dan Barber and is right outside the city. This outdoor wedding space features a gorgeous barn, a storehouse wrapped in ivy, and plenty of photo opportunities.
Your guests will enjoy exquisite farm-to-table food in one of the gardens that are served on chef Barbar’s restaurant menu year-round.
Although this is a gorgeous venue, the main attraction is the food. If you are looking for a culinary-themed wedding, this location is worth a look. The restaurant/farm offers an outdoor ceremony site and a hayloft wedding.
Price Range: Around $63,000.
Capacity: Up to 260 guests.
The Rainbow Room
The Rainbow Room has been the standard of elegance since its opening in 1934 and has been a Manhattan hotspot ever since. This sophisticated was renovated in 2014 but preserved most of the signature elements that make this location unique.
The Rainbow Room is famous for its domed ceilings and rotating dance floors. The brass handrails and crystal sconces on the wall add to the grandeur. Not to mention that it boasts the best view of NYC’s iconic skyline.
This is one of the most romantic wedding destinations in the city. The venue is steeped in sophistication and history and is inspired by authentic New York City timelessness. The chandelier’s twinkle replicates the night sky. Since its renovations, the Rainbow Room boasts 1,200 crystals.
Price Range: $285 per guest for 6 hours.
Capacity: Up to 300 guests.
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel
This architectural gem is famous for its nine-story atrium and pyramidal skylight and combines contemporary charm with old-school glamour.
The Beekman merged two world-renowned talents to develop a sophisticated location.
The Beekman offers several locations for the bridal shower, the ceremony, and the reception. Old New York merges seamlessly with the modern charm to make this venue truly unique. The dark wooden walls, the chandeliers, and the terrace combine to make The Beekman an elegant wedding destination.
Price Range: $275 to $400 per guest.
Capacity: Up to 90 guests.
Gramercy Park Terrace
Located on The Gramercy Park Hotel’s 18th floor, this garden venue offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. The Terrace is open and airy but also has a fully retractable roof, making this an ideal wedding spot year-round.
The exotic gardens that wrap around the exterior of the Terrace offer a serene getaway from the busy streets below. The interior salons are decorated with 20th-century masterpieces from the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
There are several locations to wed in, all with unique features and views. The spaces are perfectly suited for intimate and large weddings alike. The event is fully customizable, allowing you to create the wedding of your dreams while they provide an unbelievable background.
Price Range: Around $60,000.
Capacity: Up to 120 guests.
The Wythe Hotel
The Wythe Hotel is a chic venue located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The hotel offers different themes for weddings, from rustic wooden rooms to industrial settings. The original masonry and brick combine with the European-inspired courtyard and handmade tiles for a truly unique waterfront setting.
The Wythe has a storied past and offers a Brooklyn wedding, unlike any other venue. The heart of the hotel is its main floor and Garden Terrace. The restored space boasts pine ceilings, masonry walls, and a marble-topped wooden bar.
The antique mirrors pair nicely with the factory windows providing a quirky setting. The Terrace is covered with beautiful ivy that is ideal for photo opportunities.
Price Range: $225 to $300 per person.
Capacity: Up to 140 guests.
The Bay Room
The Bay Room, located in the Financial District, is a new venue that is known for its panoramic views of Manhattan. The highlights here include stunning skyline views, views of The Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, and over 100 pieces of curated art.
This elegant space provides a glamorous wedding space and prime photo opportunities. This venue embodies an authentic New York feel along with a bare space. This neutrally painted space provides you the opportunity to bring in your own decor to match your wedding plans.
Chef David Brinkman offers a seasonally rotating menu with delectable items. The hardest decision you will face is whether to host a daytime wedding with natural light pouring in the expansive windows or a nighttime wedding with the twinkling lights of NYC to illuminate your ceremony.
Price Range: Bay Room has not provided pricing information. Contact them directly for pricing.
Capacity: Up to 600 guests.