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Top Luxury Wedding Venues in NYC (Updated 6/11/2024)

With its iconic skyline, endless attractions, and diverse neighborhoods, NYC offers a unique and unforgettable backdrop for your special day.

If you are planning a big wedding in New York City, you must find the perfect venue to accommodate your guest list and vision.

Tips for Planning Your NYC Wedding

  • Start planning early. 
  • Set a budget. Decide how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding.
  • Be flexible. 
  • Hire a wedding planner. They can help you with everything from finding the perfect venue to coordinating your big day’s details.

1. The Pierre NY a Taj Hotel

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, offers a legendary setting for weddings in New York City. With its prestigious Fifth Avenue location and opulent interiors featuring crystal chandeliers and hand-painted murals, it exudes timeless sophistication. Dedicated wedding specialists ensure meticulous attention to detail, from bespoke menus crafted by world-class chefs to flawless execution. Couples can choose from elegant ballrooms or hold an intimate ceremony overlooking the iconic Central Park. The Pierre caters to those seeking a truly unforgettable and luxurious NYC wedding experience.

2. Ziegfeld Ballroom

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Unveil the opulence of Ziegfeld Ballroom. This iconic venue isn’t merely a space; it’s an experience steeped in the refined elegance of the 1920s. Imagine Art Deco grandeur seamlessly woven with cutting-edge technology, creating an atmosphere that whispers luxury and sophistication. Ziegfeld Ballroom: where discerning taste meets timeless elegance.

3. Pier Sixty Collections

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Imagine saying “I do” with the iconic Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River glistening behind you. That’s the magic of getting married at Pier Sixty Collection in NYC!

They have three waterfront venues with incredible views, perfect for a classic and elegant New York City wedding. The biggest of the bunch is Pier Sixty itself. This massive venue offers 20,000 square feet of flexible space to turn your wedding dreams into reality. With space for up to 850 guests, it’s ideal for a big celebration! One of the top modern NY Wedding venues!

4. The Plaza Hotel

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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.  Regarding the wedding venues NYC offers, the Plaza Hotel could be considered one of the most luxurious.

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 for sit-down parties.

5. Rainbow Room

Regarding 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 in New York City.

This wedding venue commits to style, glamour, and quality.  Regarding wedding experiences, your guests will discuss your special day for years.

6. 620 Loft and Garden

620 Loft and Garden Wedding Venue

Hidden above the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue is 620 Loft and Garden, a beautiful venue that holds a special place in my heart. I had my wedding there in 2018. What truly makes this venue special is its versatility. It’s a blank canvas, allowing you to customize your event completely. Imagine walking down the aisle with views of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue!

7. 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. It also happens to be one of the most expensive wedding locations.

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

This 18,000 SF venue can hold up to 400 guests, 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. It is one of my favorite Manhattan wedding venues.

9. New York Public Library

The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the primary wedding venue on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. This architectural gem showcases awe-inspiring features like the Rose Main Reading Room, Astor Hall, and the Celeste Bartos Forum. These spaces radiate grandeur, boasting soaring ceilings, exquisite chandeliers, and elegant design elements that provide an unparalleled atmosphere.

10. The Metropolitan Club

The Metropolitan Club: This private club on Fifth Avenue offers a refined and elegant setting for upscale weddings. Its exclusivity and luxurious amenities make it one of the most expensive wedding venues in NYC.

Conclusion

New York City offers a dazzling array of wedding venues, each boasting unique charm. Some are the most expensive wedding venues. In such cases, the significant investment transforms into a worthwhile opportunity to orchestrate a truly unforgettable wedding experience tailored entirely to your vision.

FAQs

  • Availability – If you want a specific date or season, a few dates are helpful to ensure you aren’t wasting your or the venue’s time if they cannot accommodate you.
  • Amenities – Every venue is different, so it’s helpful to know what amenities each offers so you can compare appropriately.
  • Cost—It’s best for everyone that the venue’s cost is crystal clear. Understand the total cost of hosting your wedding at their venue.
  • Vendor Rules – See if they have any required or preferred vendors for their venue! Preferred vendor lists are beneficial, but you don’t want to discover later that you can’t bring in a vendor you were set on using.
  • Anything significant to you and your partner! – Weddings are not one-size-fits-all, and everyone has their priorities. If there is something you want for your wedding, make sure they can accommodate that request.
  • As with most things with weddings, it varies! It’s best to ask directly what is included and what you are expected to supply yourself (or through their recommendations).
  • Location – Like apartments, Manhattan venues tend to cost more than venues in other boroughs.
  • Size – venues accommodating more guests tend to cost more
  • Date and Time – weekends and peak seasons (Spring and Fall) are pricier than weekdays off-peak.
  • Services Included—What is included in the venue rental varies greatly by venue. For example, some venues have in-house catering, whereas others require you to bring in caterers.

Again, it varies a lot! Make sure to read the quote you get from each venue to ensure it is an apples-to-apples comparison of prices.

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