This article addresses one of the most frequent questions the couples have when planning their big day: which are the best wedding venues located in New York City and surrounding areas.
Before we start, we need to mention this is an independent article and is not sponsored by any of the venues listed below.
This article looks at the popularity of the venues and we believe the number of Google searches is the most relevant indicator. For each venue we extracted the searches for the following keywords: Venue name weddings. For example, for New York Public Library, we looked at the number of searches for "New York Public Library wedding" and close search variations.
Our research includes venues that can hold both indoors and outdoors events. On your big day, you can have your ceremony reception and often even your preparation on site.
Esthetics and Market Share
We did not take into consideration esthetic criteria or number of weddings hosted by the event spaces. Also, in finding the best venues we did not look at the size, or capacity/number of guests that venues can accommodate.
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Adding a Wedding Venue
We recognize that some venues go out of business and new ones are established. If you know any event spaces that deserve to be on the list, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will check the search data and if the wedding venue is popular, we will add it to the list. Of course, our views might differ from yours but the Google search data is the final deciding factor.
New York City Hall
The New York City Hall is an extremely popular marriage venue located in the Lower Manhattan, in the heart of City Hall Park between Broadway, Park Row and Chambers Street.
The oldest city hall in the US, the New York City Hall opened in 1811 and boasts a French Renaissance architecture and splendid artwork - paintings, sculptures and historical artifacts such as George Washington's desk.
After you tie the knot you can take a few wedding photos in front of the building to capture the reality of the city - a mix of historical buildings and skyscrapers. Also you can enjoy a moment in the City Hall Park, snap a few photos on Brooklyn Bridge (a spot from where you can capture the splendid skyline of the Lower Manhattan) or take a self guided tour to discover the beauty of the historical building.
Please note that on a regular day the place is packed with tourists and if you plan to take photos here, allow yourself extra time for the interruptions.
Parking Close to New York City Hall
Here are a few parking lots close to City Hall:
The closest parking is located at 35 Reade St. (map below)
Here is a street view of the parking entrance at 35 Reade St.
In case the Reade St. parking is full, there is another parking lot located at 30 Park Pl.
The entrance to this lot is not that obvious as you can see below.
If you have out of town guests, there are a few hotels nearby: the closest hotels are Park Terrace Hotel and Bryant Park Hotel.
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden was opened in 1910 and spreads on over 50 acres of land. One of the top attractions is the Japanese garden which is spectacular during the cherry blossom festival in May. Take a few photos in the rose garden if your wedding is in late May or June.
This oasis of tranquility offers breathtaking backdrops for your wedding photos and once again, this is a very popular tourist attraction so budget extra time for delays.
Should you tie the knot during the winter, make sure you take photos in the greenhouses. You will thank us later!
The official address of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, United States.
Transportation and Parking
You can take the subway to the Botanic Garden Station or drive and park your car at 274 St. Johns Pl. (1 Grand Army Plaza)
There is another parking located at 906 Union St.
Here is a map listing the hotels close to Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
New York Public Library
Though the New York Public Library is a system of 92 libraries, most couples refer to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building which is arguably the most beautiful location among the NYC library buildings.
The building, guarded by two beautiful lions, is one of the landmarks of Lower Manhattan and impresses us with its stunning architecture and frescoes.
The interior offers plenty of photo opportunities and the Bryant Park is an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the city.
If you want to get married in this splendid venue you have quite a few options when it comes to the halls depending on the size of your event.
Astor Hall can accommodate 250 guests for dinner and up to 750 guests at the cocktail reception.
Celeste Bartos Forum
The massive (6,200 square feet) room can host large weddings up to 425 seated guests. Celeste Bartos Forum is often used for fashion and film events.
The Edna Barnes Salomon Room
This is another beautiful event space that can host about 300 guests attending your wedding ceremony and reception.
Smaller Rooms at NYPL
if you are planning a smaller wedding, consider the Celeste Auditorium or The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room as they can accommodate 100-150 guests.
The official address of the flagship structure is 476, 5th Ave. New York, NY.
Transportation and Parking
To reach the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building you can take the subway to 5 Avenue-Bryant Park Station or park at 1039A 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018, United States.
Here are a few hotels close to the A. Schwarzman Building.
The Liberty Warehouse
Boasting stunning views of the New York City skyline, flawless service and professional staff, gourmet options for your cocktail hour and reception, The Liberty Warehouse is considered by many the ideal wedding venue in town.
On a beautiful day you can have a splendid ceremony outdoors on the terrace on the banks of Upper Bay overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline.
If you decide to tie the knot here, you will not be disappointed.
If you are looking for a romantic and sophisticated event space for big day, Brooklyn Winery is your ideal venue. The Edison lights create a romantic feel and the wall made of reclaimed wood and the 25 ft glass ceiling confer class and sophistication.
Your guests will enjoy not only a glass or two of the artisanal wine produced locally, but also the food and ambiance that make Brooklyn Winery unique.
The open bar includes white and red wines as well as sparkling wine and we definitely recommend you attend a food and wine tasting.
Transportation and Parking
Your guests can either take a cab or the subway, the closest station being only a few blocks away.
There is plenty of parking on the 8th St. and a parking lot about five minutes walk from Brooklyn Winery.
Because this venue is a functional winery, the establishment cannot accommodate weddings During the harvest season that lasts from the middle of September to the end of October. For more details, please do not hesitate to contact the venue.
Another important aspect to keep in mind is that your party will have to end at midnight.
Central Park Boathouse
Commonly known as the Loeb Boathouse Central Park, this remarkable venue offers delicious food and beverages, exquisite services and a wonderful views of Central Park and a romantic ambiance completed by live piano music. It was the location of the movie Little Manhattan.
The restaurant is located inside Central Park and you can use the entrance on East 72nd Street. This is a wonderful location that makes you forget you are in the middle of New York City.
During the cocktail hour, your guests can either take a stroll through Central Park or rent a boat and enjoy the sights.
The Boathouse does not offer WiFi so that guests can fully enjoy the experience and get to know each other as opposed to swiping.
You can park at 80th Street and 5th Ave then take the Boathouse Trolley to the restaurant.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Many consider Blue Hill Farm the best dining experience in town and that is no surprise given that it ranked the 12th best restaurant in the world in 2018.
The ambiance is great, the food is spectacular and the service amazing. The waiters not only serve your food but they also share their wealth of knowledge about sustainable farming.
What Else Can You Do Here?
The farm tour is very popular with the guests and the rave reviews confirm your choice to pick this as your wedding venue.
Good to Know
Blue Hill is a 3 star Michelin restaurant. According to Michelin, a 1 star restaurant is good, a 2 star is worth a detour and a 3 star establishment is a destination in itself and worth a trip.
The event space has its own parking lot and your guests should have no difficulty finding a spot.
If you love the industrial style look no further. The Foundry is a Long Island location used for shows and movies such as Sex and The City, Gossip Girl, The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Girls, Top Chef and many, many more.