10 Luxurious Venues in New York City

As an NYC Wedding Photographer who has photographed hundreds of weddings, I’ve the pleasure of shooting at a majority of the wedding venues NYC has to offer.  I know all of the most luxurious venues throughout the Tri-state area and beyond.

A wedding venue compliments wedding photography significantly, especially in the sense that it will set the mood, tone, composition, and lighting for your captured moments.  I hone my craft in conveying experiences through imagery.  This imagery should evoke strong and genuine emotions, that will have you reliving your wedding day for years to come.  A great wedding venue can help make your wedding design come to life.

1. 620 Loft and Garden

Hidden rooftop above Fifth avenue is 620 Loft and Garden. A beautiful venue that happens to be my favorite venue. I had my own wedding here last year and it is a blank canvas where you can decide however you like and choose all the right vendors to complete your wedding, event or even a surprise proposal. Read more about this venue here.

2. The Plaza Hotel

As one of the most prestigious and famous five-star hotels in the world, there’s no doubt that this hotel would provide anything but the best wedding packages.  Located at 768 5th Ave. in Midtown Manhattan, this venue is walking distance to the most exciting landmarks and activities that New York City provides.  In terms of the wedding venues NYC has to offer, the Plaza Hotel could be considered number one.

This hotel is most famous for its Grand Ballroom which has hosted over a century of events, and their Terrace Room with its magnificent crystal chandelier.  The Grand Ballroom can host 1000 standing people for cocktail style events or 500 people for sit-down parties.

The Plaza Hotel has hosted some of the most important political conferences in the world.  They have also hosted the most lavish galas and the most exclusive parties ever to take place in NYC.  You’ll have the option to host your wedding at this hotel and be a part of history.

To read more about my experience photographing at the Plaza Hotel as an NYC wedding photographer, here.

3. Rainbow Room

rainbow room wedding by susan shek photography

When it comes to the elegant and notable wedding venues NYC has to show off, the Rainbow Room is at the top of this list.  Located at the top of the Rockefeller Center at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, this venue offers 180-degree sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.  This event space has been the home to some of the most nostalgic parties ever to take place in New York City.

This wedding venue has a commitment to style, glamour, and quality.  The food is outstanding and very different from what you’d expect from a wedding. I mean LOBSTER POT PIE?!  When it comes to wedding experiences, your guests will be talking about your special day for years to come.

4. Tribeca Rooftop

Looking for an industrial chic wedding venue that provides 360-degree views of New York City and The Hudson River?  Well, Tribeca Rooftop might be the place for you.  Located at 2 Desbrosses Street in Lower Manhattan, this penthouse destination is the perfect wedding venue for those looking for modern luxury.

This 18,000 SF venue can hold up to 400 guests, which is perfect for those with a large party.  The indoor space is famous for its 65-ft. skylight, which lets natural cityscape lights into your wedding.

5. Museum of Natural History Weddings

For the history buffs and dinosaur lovers, who wouldn’t want to get married under a giant scaled humpback whale? The American Museum of Natural History is one of those venues where the most luxurious weddings happen. Everything just feels so grand, and you can have a different experience in the rooms adjoining like a cocktail hour in the mammoth room.

6. William Vale

If you’re in the market for an upscale wedding within Brooklyn, then make sure you check out The William Vale.  This 5-star boutique hotel is nearly a landmark in New York City.  The grand architecture can be seen from miles away, as it is one of the tallest buildings in the borough.  Located at 111 N. 12th St. in Brooklyn, this venue is the one you must check out immediately (even just for fun).

Besides the surrounding neighborhood (Greenpoint and Williamsburg) being filled with a rich and youthful culture, I love this hotel for its vast selection of indoor and outdoor spaces.  Whether you choose the famous Vale Ballroom with its 23’ high ceilings, the foyer with its distinguished marble staircase…there is no shortage of indoor spaces.  In terms of the wedding venues NYC has in store, William Vale is the number one in Brooklyn.

Looking for an outdoor space at the William Vale?  This is pretty much what this hotel is famous for.  You’ll have the option to choose between The Westlight Rooftop or the Vale Terrace, with both providing sweeping views of all of New York City.

7. Guastavino’s

Located under the 59th St. Bridge, Guastavino’s is located at 409 E. 59th St. in New York City.  This architectural phenomenon is packed full of rich history.  With its massive granite arches and Catalan vaulted ceilings (inspired by architect Rafael Guastavino), this 15,000 SF venue is the perfect destination for any sized luxurious wedding.  Are you a food lover?  The Guastavino’s Executive Chef customizes each menu to match the taste of each couple. So, if you’re looking for a modern and luxurious location, then Guastavinos is the place for you!

8. Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers

As the largest waterfront wedding venue in all of Manhattan, this venue is perfect for those wanting an alluring Hudson River backdrop.  As a 20,000 sq. ft. venue space, Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers can accommodate up to 2,000 guests.  Yup, I said it, 2000!

This venue’s address is literally Pier 60, Chelsea Piers on the east side of Manhattan.  If you’re looking for incredibly delicious food for your wedding, then you’re in for a treat.  Pier Sixty’s renowned caterer Abigail Kirsch and her team will help customize your wedding day menu to your preferences.

9. Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

If you’re a nature and city lover who is in the market for a luxury wedding, then the Central Park Loeb Boathouse is the venue for you.  Your guests will enjoy this woodsy oasis while watching the rowboats floating around the surrounding lake.

Executive Chef John Greeley has been featured on a countless amount of live television shows such as The Today Show, CBS’s Early Show, ABC News, the Cooking Channel’s The Party Planner, and the Cooking Channel’s The Originals.  His vast number of worldwide appearances are due to his incredible culinary talents and one-of-a-kind cooking style.

To see pictures from weddings I’ve photographed at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse, click here

10. Blue Hill Stone Barns

view of the whole blue hill stone barns

Organic, farm to table, experiential, elegant, luxury, fine dining, you name it. So I consider this one last but definitely not least. Look to spend a lot and lap in luxury at this top luxurious venue a little outside of NYC. Far enough to reach within an hour from the city. Far enough to enjoy for the whole day of one of the best meals of your life. I present you, Blue Hill Stone Barns.