10 Most Talked-About New York Wedding Venues

You've heard the hype -- now get the scoop on these top New York wedding reception sites.
by Susan Waits

New York Public Library

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is about as classic as it gets. The infamous backdrop for Carrie and Big's almost-wedding in Sex and the City has been a Manhattan landmark for more than a century and, with six stunning rental spaces, a favored wedding venue for decades. Rooms range in capacity from 44 to 450 for a seated dinner. (212) 930-0730, NYPL.org

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Peace, love, music and history -- incorporate it all by getting married on the very grounds of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival. On 2,000 acres of rolling hills, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts offers multiple indoor and outdoor settings for up to 150 guests. (845) 295-2558, BethelWoodsCenter.org

The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

A romantic ceremony beneath Japanese cherry trees, a cocktail hour amidst the Lily Pools and a catered reception in the gorgeous Victorian Glasshouse? Yes, yes and yes! The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is one of New York's most recognized and celebrated venues, offering in-house catering for a minimum of 100 guests. (718) 398-2400, PalmHouse.com

Montauk Yacht Club

Following a multimillion dollar renovation and a star-studded 80th anniversary bash last summer, Montauk Yacht Club has positioned itself as quite the buzz-worthy destination. Host an intimate beachside ceremony for 50 or an over-the-top, tented gala for 1,000. (631) 668-3100, MontaukYachtClub.com

Soho House

Located in the heart of New York City's Meatpacking District, the Soho House is an ideal location for an upscale downtown wedding. The Library can accommodate a group of up to 50 for dinner and dancing or up to 120 for cocktails, and all catering is provided by the hotel's restaurant. (646) 253-6120, SohoHouseNY.com

Music Hall of Williamsburg

An indie music lover's dream, the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn hosts private parties too. Say "I do" on the same stage you saw OK Go; then get down with hundreds of your closest friends and family for cocktails and dancing, or a full-seated dinner, in the multilevel ballroom. (718) 486-5400, MusicHallof Williamsburg.com

Citi Field

Die-hard Mets fan? Wed on Citi Field! No, seriously. You can get hitched on home plate, play a video montage on the big screen, have Mr. Met shoot T-shirts into your crowd of guests and even invite Mets alumni to mingle and take photos. Three reception spaces are available; capacities range from 350 to 900 guests. (718) 507-3663, Metropolitan Hospitality.com

Dolce Norwalk

Nestled on 66 acres of rolling hills on Connecticut's south coast, Dolce Norwalk offers a variety of pristine outdoor settings, ranging from sprawling meadows to tranquil ponds. Worried about the weather? Indoor accommodations are on hand too. Treat up to 200 guests to dinner from the hotel's renowned white-glove catering service. (203) 852-7300, Dolce-Norwalk-Hotel.com

Castle on the Hudson

Medieval architecture, stained-glass windows, 40-foot ceilings and a musician's balcony comprise one of the most regal ceremony and reception sites in Westchester County. Complete wedding packages with catering can host up to 150 guests, and when you book parties of more than 75, Castle on the Hudson will treat the bride and groom to a complimentary wedding night suite. (914) 631-1980, CastleonTheHudson .com

Central Park Zoo

If an outdoor evening reception is on your list, not much beats the city's Central Park Zoo. Being such a versatile (i.e., large) space, the zoo can accommodate parties of hundreds or can be sectioned off for a smaller group. Outside catering is available, and all proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society, making this venue lovable on so many levels. But really it was the sea lions that sold us. (718) 741-3836, CentralParkZoo.com

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