The Big Apple has always been a city of inspiration. It encompasses all that is the United States. The region sees thousands of foreign visitors all eager for a glimpse into American life. This center of finance also has some romantic and idyllic places for nuptials. What better places is there to get married in other than the land of opportunity? A perfect testament to embarking on a new life, New York is the city of choice to exchange vows with your beloved. Here are the most idyllic nuptial spots in the Big Apple.
1. The Foundry
The Foundry in Queens is a restored building that has managed to infuse an industrial feel without the bare look of an average foundry. Old brickwork and new steel railings add to the character of this landmark of sorts which is available for rent for photo shoots, parties and nuptials. The 2,000 sq ft interior has a capacity to accommodate 200 people for cocktails and 125 for dinner. The courtyard can also be utilized along with tents for rent in 30×45 or 30×60 dimensions.
2. The Central Park Boathouse
This restored boathouse located in Manhattan was first constructed in 1874 where visitors could enjoy boat rides and partake of tasty refreshments. Now, you can dine on the deck overlooking The Lake with overhead heating systems keeping you warm and comfy. Incidentally, the boathouse is the only one in Manhattan that allows you to hold any event by The Lake. An ideal location for a wedding, couples can also experience a relaxing boat ride in an authentic Venetian gondola.
3. The Lighthouse
Overlooking the Hudson River, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers is a pretty spot for a wedding. Large floor to ceiling windows give you a grand view of the surroundings while the hardwood floors and period lanterns add to the mellow ambiance. Cuisines to suit your palate prepared by Abigail Kirsch are sure to delight you and your guests. With a capacity of 800, The Lighthouse is the ideal spot for a grand wedding.
4. The Angel Orensanz center
The oldest surviving synagogue in New York, Angel Orensanz Center in the Lower East Side, has been built in the Gothic style. Perfect for those who love the old world feel, the center has a capacity of 200 for dinner and 300 for a cocktail party. Cool blue ceilings and tiers of balconies add to the haunting yet grand interior.
5. The Prince George Ballroom
Although it has little to do with royalty, The Prince George Ballroom is a grand venue for a wedding. Part of the National Register of Historic Places and the Madison Square North Historic District, the ballroom boasts a beautiful ornamented ceiling, golden columns and a herringbone oak floor. This neo-Renaissance-styled space, which has a capacity of 299, is perfect for those looking for a fairytale wedding.
6. The United Nations Dining Room and Rooftop Patio
This large dining room at the United Nations is perfect for a grand wedding. After all, where else can you be part of something that is known the world over? Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the East River and New York City and an outdoor rooftop patio make for a very satisfying experience. The Delegates Dining Room can hold up to 750 dinner guests and 800 reception guests. Adjoining dining rooms together with the Delegates Dining Room can accommodate a solid 1,000 people.
7. Banchet Flowers
Located in the Meat Packing District, Banchet Flowers is a florist store with a difference. Aside from marketing flowers, it rents out its space for events, including weddings. Owned by Banchet Jaigla whose clients include the likes of the Thai Royal Family, Banchet Flowers is a romantic and elegant setting for a wedding.
8. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Nature always trumps man-made settings and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is no different. This idyllic location has different settings to choose from like the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Cranford Rose Garden, and the Osborne Garden. All three have their own unique beauty but are equal in terms of a perfect setting for a wedding. You can also choose to have yours at the Palm House for a full-catered affair. Keep in mind, however, that the rules for ceremonies can be pretty strict in the garden.
9. Gotham Hall
Located in 1356 Broadway, Gotham Hall has a capacity of 50 to 1,200 persons. This grand and imposing structure caters to 1 event at a time so you can be assured of the utmost privacy. The Grand Ballroom is particularly stunning with its lovely gilded ceiling and gold-leaf honeycombed design on the floor’s center. Regal Corinthian columns grace this large space, accentuated by a stained glass skylight.
10. Cafe St. Bart’s
Situated in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Manhattan, Cafe St. Bart’s has a lovely terrace measuring 5,000 sq ft that overlooks Park Avenue. You can also avail of their catering service whose menu includes international and American cuisines. Charming and far removed from a traditional church atmosphere, Cafe St. Bart’s is an ideal location for a wedding.