Located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan, this prestigious cathedral is home to some of the most luxurious wedding receptions. If you’ve ever trekked down Fifth Avenue, whether as a local or as a tourist, I’m sure you’ve seen the marvels of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. These marvels mean only one thing…having a St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wedding is the definition of pure luxury.

The architecture is a phenomenon which is a part of representing the heart of New York City. Some call it a fairytale castle, due to its soaring 330-ft. castle-like points that tower into the clouds. The beauty of this cathedral is complimented with a rich history on how the cathedral came to be. On top of this historical architectural wonder, the cathedral provides top notch service in a prime New York City location. Basically, a St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wedding can be considered one of the most elegant wedding venues in New York City. As an NYC Wedding Photographer, I absolutely adore this venue.

Make sure you inquire about booking your wedding soon (at least one year in advance), for this venue books relatively fast due to its high demand. Below are four reasons why a St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wedding is the prime wedding venue destination:

1) The History

This Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic Church is not only a landmark in New York City but considered to be the largest Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. It took nearly 21 years to build this landmark, which officially opened in 1879.

The beauty of this cathedral is that its origin represents community and democracy. The funding of this building came to be when thousands of poor immigrants donated what they could in combination with one-hundred wealthy patrons donating one-thousand dollars each. The community came together to build this modern marvel.

In 2012, a restoration project came in play to preserve St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It took three years and $177 Million to complete.

2) The Architecture and Size

Most famous for its exterior castle-like formation, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built so it could be noticed by any on-looker who walked by. The overall church was built to represent the epitome of the Gothic revival in New York City.

The stained-glass windows are an incredible feature of this cathedral and were designed by a combination of artists from Boston, Massachusetts; Chartres, France; and Birmingham, England.

The ornate stone tracery combined with the two stone towers that tower 330-ft into the air, make this one of the most beautiful wedding venues in which you can get married. As an NYC Wedding Photographer, I love including the aesthetic of the cathedral into my couple’s wedding photography.

3) The Location

Not only will your wedding reception at St. Patrick’s Cathedral come with grandeur architecture and a historical past, but it will also come with a prime NYC location. Being located in Midtown at 5th Avenue and 51st Street, means you and your guests will have access to some of New York City’s finest attractions.

Just around the block is the famous Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. You’ll be able to sneak some views of the Empire State Building from outside, and you’ll be just a few blocks away from Central Park. 5th Avenue is filled to the brim with some of the world’s most luxurious designer clothing stores, so you’ll have endless shopping possibilities.

If you decide to have your reception at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the Winter time, you’ll be able to gaze upon the Saks Fifth Avenue light show that illuminates the surrounding area at night, and the brightly lit Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

As an NYC Wedding Photographer, this NYC Wedding Venue is one of my favorites to hang around.

4) The Service

When it comes to prime, professional, and elegant treatment…St. Patrick’s Cathedral sets the standard for excellent service. The team at the cathedral will work with your entire wedding vendor team, to make sure everything is synchronized. From the moment your guests walk into the cathedral to the moment you say “I Do”, the cathedral will be there to help coordinate your wedding day.

You must request to have your St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wedding at least a year prior to your wedding. You will be invited in for an interview before you are officially approved to use the venue. If you’d like to apply, you can submit a request to:




St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish House
14 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022