The Plaza Hotel Wedding by Susan Shek

10 Luxurious Wedding Venues

As an NYC Wedding Photographer who has photographed hundreds of weddings, I know all of the most luxurious wedding venues throughout the Tri-state area and beyond!

A wedding venue can complement your wedding photos 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

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The 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. Imagine walking down the aisle with views of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue! Read more about this venue here.

2. The Plaza Hotel

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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 within walking distance of 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 its 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

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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

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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. The ceremony and reception spaces are big enough for a large party!

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

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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

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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 for your ceremony 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. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has quickly become one of my new favorites. Their pledge to be more eco-friendly and organic is something I highly value. Their raw venue space makes you feel as though you are able to create any kind of vision you want for your wedding day Their catering is on-site and one of the most delicious cocktail hour foods we’ve ever had. I love how cozy the low ceilings and the open floor to ceiling windows provide a nice flow throughout the evening.

8. Cipriani Wedding Venues

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Cipriani wedding venues across New York City are the ultra-luxurious locations to have your weddings or events. They offer the best food for your guests, and the experience is impeccable. All their locations have historic charm and the Cipriani Wall Street location is famous for being an old bank with an existing bank vault in their basement. Their 70-foot ceiling with a Wedgewood dome is what makes everyone in awe of its beauty when they see it!

9. Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

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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

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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 one of the best meals of your life. I present you, Blue Hill Stone Barns.


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