Sure, you could rent a barn upstate or throw a beach party in Montauk. But you’ve got to admit there’s something so glamorous (and we’ll say it—just plain cool) about a city wedding. Ahead, the most gorgeous venues for tying the knot.
The 21 Most Stunning Wedding Venues in NYC
The Liberty Warehouse
It’s your day, but you will have to share the spotlight with one other gal—Lady Liberty—at this Red Hook gem. Along with sweeping waterfront views, the restored 19th-century building has two giant banquet halls that come in handy if you have a million cousins to invite.
260 Conover St. (at Beard St.), Brooklyn; 347-987-3121 or thelibertywarehouse.com
You already know it’s one of the most peaceful places in the city, so it follows that it makes a breathtaking spot to exchange vows. The regal, vine-covered Pergola, overlooking the Hudson River, is practically begging to become an altar.
W. 249th St. (at Independence Ave.), Bronx; 718-549-3200 or wavehill.org
If this Long Island City spot looks familiar, it might be because you’ve seen it on Girls. Or 30 Rock. Or Gossip Girl. But its rustic-meets-industrial vibe (exposed brick for days) makes it just as popular IRL as it is on TV.
42-38 Ninth St. (between Queens Plaza S. and 43rd Ave.), Queens; 718-786-7776 or thefoundry.info
New York Public Library
Carrie Bradshaw may not have tied the knot in the historic Beaux Arts building, but you still can. Plus, the rental fee supports a beloved city institution. (Admit it, you’ve always wanted to yell at full volume inside that marble hall.)
476 Fifth Ave. (between 40th and 42nd sts.); 212-930-0730 or nypl.org
Housing Works Bookstore Café
Looking for something literary but a little more intimate? You’ll feel right at home dancing the night away under the gaze of floor-to-ceiling books. And as with all of Housing Works’ efforts, your money goes toward a great cause.
126 Crosby St. (between Houston and Prince sts.); 212-334-3324 or housingworks.org/bookstore
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
How can you not feel bridal when you’re this surrounded by flowers? If you time it on the late end of cherry-blossom season, your flower girl won’t even need to sprinkle petals. (But you may want to provide some Claritin as guest favors.)
990 Washington Ave. (at President St.), Brooklyn; 718-307-7133 or bbg.org
The Mandarin Oriental
Yes, it’ll cost you an arm and a leg and your firstborn child. But you’ll be able to tell the second one you got married overlooking Central Park, so…worth it?
80 Columbus Circle (at 60th St.); 212-805-8858 or mandarinoriental.com
If you’re looking for something that feels like an escape from the city—without having to, you know, leave Manhattan—check out the charming stone house nestled in greenery just south of the Cloisters.
1 Margaret Corbin Dr. (Fort Tryon Park); 212-568-5323 or newleafrestaurant.com
This might be your first wedding, but let’s face it: You’re already married…to the city. Cheesy, sure, but don’t you want your first love’s reassuring presence all throughout the ceremony? We thought so.
2 Desbrosses St. (at Hudson St.); 212-625-2600 or tribecarooftopnyc.com
The Loeb Boathouse
Yes, everyone knows about it, but that doesn’t make it any less magical. Bonus points if you do a rowboat photo shoot.
Central Park (near E. 72nd St.); 212-517-2233 or thecentralparkboathouse.com
Don’t you wish you had a wealthy aunt who just happens to have a stately mansion oozing with charm? Well, you can pretend: This spot was formerly the home base of a legendary interior designer and antiques dealer.
4401 11th St. (at 44th Ave.), Queens; 718-784-3716 or metropolitanbuilding.com
Gramercy Park Hotel
For an intimate reception, you can’t do much better than the iconic hotel rooftop. Besides, it’s worth it for the keys to the park alone.
2 Lexington Ave. (at 22nd St.); 920-3300 or gramercyparkhotel.com
We’ll admit it: The proximity to barrels upon barrels of wine is what drew us in, but the warm, wood-paneled space and thoughtful touches won us over.
213 N. Eighth St. (between Driggs and Roebling sts.), Brooklyn; 347-763-1506 or bkwinery.com
If anyone’s suggestion of a low-key wedding makes you laugh in their face, show ’em what you’re really about as you twirl through a circular ballroom, 65 stories high.
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor; 212-632-5000 or rainbowroom.com
Effortlessly cool vibes and incredible food by the Reynard team? Sign us up.
80 Wythe Ave. (at N. 11th St.), Brooklyn; 718-460-8000 or wythehotel.com
The Lighthouse At Pier Sixty
OK, it’s not technically a lighthouse, but with giant windows looking out over the Hudson, it’s not too shabby. (Plus, there’s way more room to dance.)
Chelsea Piers (23rd St. at West Side Hwy.); 212-366-6144 or piersixty.com
620 Loft & Garden
Half of you wants a chill garden wedding. The other half gets anxiety about leaving the city for too long. We found the perfect solution: This pristine terrace right smack in the middle of Manhattan. (Hi, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.)
620 Fifth Ave. (at 50th St.); 212-593-9499 or rainbowroom.com
C’mon, even if you’re more of a DIY farmhouse bride, you’ve daydreamed at least once what it would be like to get married at the Plaza. We’re pretty sure it’s as close as you can get to feeling like royalty.
Fifth Ave. (at Central Park S.); 212-759-3000 or theplazany.com
As much of a badass modern woman as you are in your regular life, you’re 100 percent allowed to indulge your inner eight-year-old on your wedding day. And this historic landmark under the Brooklyn Bridge will make her dreams come true.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (at Old Dock St.); 718-222-7502 or janescarousel.com
Nope, that’s not the Great Hall at Hogwarts. It’s the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank—built in 1875—and it's been beautifully restored with ornate details like a hand-painted ceiling and a stained-glass skylight. (But if you did want to have a Harry Potter-themed wedding, we'd totally be on board.)
175 Broadway (at Driggs St.), Brooklyn; 718-963-3639 or weylin.com