The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Atlantis Banquets and Events inside the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, New York promises unique events with its tank-lined walls and an elegant sophistication. Situated on the Peconic River, stunning water views can be seen from most of the numerous rooms Atlantis Banquets and Events has to offer. For weddings large and small, this venue offers multiple indoor and outdoor spaces to host your ceremony, reception, cocktail hour and bridal shower.
Riverfront Room. Adjacent to the penguin exhibit, the dome-shaped and indoor tented-style Riverfront Room seats 240 theater-style and is recommended for cocktail hours or wedding ceremonies.
Riverside Palladium. The Palladium, situated on the edge of the Peconic, is perfect for an outdoor ceremony or smaller wedding reception. This waterside venue holds 100 for a reception or up to 150 for a ceremony.
Sea Lion Coliseum. For a huge and unforgettable wedding ceremony, the theater-style outdoor Sea Lion Stadium can seat up to 500 guests.
Riverside Pavilion. This covered outdoor space offers seating for 100 and overlooks the picturesque Peconic River, most commonly used for ceremonies and cocktail hours.
Coliseum Room. With a capacity of 290, the colorful aquatic tanks of the Coliseum Room, located inside the aquarium, provide a beautiful background for a lively reception.
Shark Room. A giant replica shark set against a waterfall backdrop hangs above this room, which can be used for your cocktail hour or reception of up to 150 people.
Shark Tunnel Room. This room offers up to 40 guests a breathtaking view of the aquarium's Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit. This smaller space can host your intimate rehearsal dinner or post-wedding luncheon.
Sea Star Ballroom. This popular spot is perfect for an elegant reception of up to 400 people (with an optional room division for smaller weddings). The grand ballroom is fashioned with imported Italian tiles and a staircase that overlooks the marina.
The Terrace. Opposite the Sea Star Ballroom is a bright and sophisticated room which holds 80-100 people, optimal for intimate ceremonies and receptions, bridal showers and post-wedding brunches. Floor-to-ceiling windows and paneled ceilings fill this room with natural lights.
What You Should Know
Dining options are offered by the Long Island Aquarium and include butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail hour and buffet-style or seated dinner reception, all with vegetarian options available. A tiered cake by local bakery is included. While you can custom design your wedding package, three pre-selected packages—Signature, Something Blue and Flutter—are pre-set and offer a variety of dining plans.
On the day of your wedding, you can enjoy a private bridal suite with food and beverages included in your package. All three packages offer either the Sea Star Ballroom or the Coliseum Room for your reception, both with waterfront grounds for photos and a separate area available for cocktail hour.
The most inclusive option is the Signature Package, ideal for an opulent wedding sure to leave an impact. White-glove cocktail hour service includes 10 different butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and a choice of standing displays, such as cheeses, fruits and antipasto. Cocktail hour also includes a chef’s carving station, a pasta station and a choice of two signature stations, which can offer items such as bruschetta and sliders. Dining involves four buffet stations and a seated dinner with one first course, one second course, five main course selections and a dessert station of cookies, pastries and chocolate-covered strawberries.
The Something Blue Package offers the same cocktail hour accommodations as the Signature Package, excluding the two signature stations provided by the latter. Plated dining includes a salad option and five main course items for your guests to choose from. You can add an appetizer course and dessert stations for an additional fee.
The Flutter Package offers butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and standing displays during cocktail hour, which is followed by buffet-style dining. You will choose one salad, one carving table option, three hot chaffing dish items, one pasta and one side. An appetizer course or dessert station is available for an additional fee.
Next to the venue is the Hyatt Place East End, which offers room blocking for your guests, a 24-hour fitness center and indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel is also in close vicinity to Long Island vineyards and Hamptons beaches—perfect to make your wedding a weekend-long affair.
Atlantis Banquets and Events offers a list of recommended vendors-including photographers, florists and a DJ-that can work with an event coordinator.
- Five-hour top shelf open bar and champagne greeting included in all packages
- Uniformed attendants for valet parking
- Customizable ice sculpture available
- Hollywood spotlight available
- Themed game room available for additional fee
- Access to on-site wedding coordinator and personal bridal attendant
From the Vendor
When We Say Our Weddings Are Unique, We Mean It.
One party at a time, Atlantis Banquets and Events. An extremely diverse on premise caterer, you'll find a variety of both waterfront and in-venue sites to accommodate all type of events. You'll choose from our elegant Sea Star Ballroom, the newest ballroom on Long Island, 3 stories high overlooking Treasure Cove Marina and the most picturesque Peconic River. Imported European Marble and Chihuly Chandelier greet your guests upon entrance. The Atlantis Aquarium Coliseum Room, showcase's our most captivating aquatic displays, including a 120,000 gallon Sand Tiger Shark Tank, and 20,000 gal. Coral Reef Tank-4th largest in the world. The walls are alive in this entertainment venue. Next door, The Hyatt Place East End Hotel, beautiful waterfront accommodations,buffet breakfast and much more!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Waterfront, Cruise, Museum, Hotel, Tented
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning
My husband and I got married on April 23 and we had our reception in the aquarium at Atlantis. We met because we both studied marine science in college, so we knew from the very beginning of the planning process that we wanted to incorporate an aquarium or beach into our special day. We decided on Atlantis for our reception site. Since our very first meeting with a sales rep (Patty) to our last dance under the big shark, we couldn't have been happier with the care and attention paid to the most important day of our life by Atlantis. Our guests were struck not only by the beautiful space and being surrounded by marine life, but by the quality of the food and professionalism of the staff. Planning the day was also relatively stress-free (as much as planning a wedding could be, I guess). Our questions were always answered in a timely manner (thanks especially to Jayme) and all of our requests were accommodated. My husband and I are vegan so they worked with us to plan a unique menu that included more veggie-friendly dishes. These people run a tight ship and really seem to know what they are doing when it comes to planning events. I couldn't imagine a better outcome for our wedding. If you decide to go with Atlantis, you will not be disappointed!
We had our Wedding here 6-5-16, and it was amazing!!! The whole team was outstanding - Craig Alexander, who we worked with from the beginning always felt like family and any questions we would have he would always address. Jayme who detailed the wedding was excellent and again any questions we had she always addressed. The day of wedding we worked with Carlos who was the captain, Lori who was the maitre d’, and Ashley who was the bridal attendant. They were great and kept the day running smoothly. There was never an empty glass, all 3 came over to us if we needed anything, and the guests were really happy. The day we got married it did rain, however, all of the aqaurium is beautiful, and again, the set up was perfect and on point and it turned out to be better than our original set up had it not rained. I also just wanted to give a special shout out to my bridal attendant Ashley - prior to the ceremony, we took pictures outside where it was very humid, my hair was a mess, she came to the rescue prior to the ceremony, she re-curled my hair, and was able to get the veil on! She also saved us some food and took everything from the bridal sweet to the hotel for us. Ashley went above and beyond for us that day and we will always be greatful for that. All in all if you want something different, yet still the "long island" type wedding, this is the way to go!
You will not find a more professional group of people to help plan and execute your wedding. Although we initially planned on getting married outside, due to the weather, we were forced to change our plans. They didn't hesitate in quickly setting up the ceremony inside and moving everything around. Everything was planned so perfectly. Everyone has been gushing at how wonderful the venue was. The food was INCREDIBLE, especially the grilled cheese and tomato soup bar. We have received so many compliments on our wedding. From initially planning with Craig, to finalizing our event with Jayme, it was an easy process. Lori, our maitre'd, was out of this world. If you are lucky enough to have her oversee your event, you are in good hands.
On the day of our wedding, everything went perfectly. The staff was incredible and everyone was extremely helpful and courteous. Craig was a wonderful salesman - he's really the reason as to why we chose this venue. However, prior to the wedding, we did have some issues in preparing for the wedding. Certain information should have been provided to us early (such as the fact that food favors are not allowed) and the venue is not cheap - unlike other venues that will charge you 1/3 for a child, this venue charges you 50% (for example). Also, unlike many venues, if you have folks who can't make the reception, they make you pay full price 8 days prior (many venues make you pay that day). They won't be giving you your money back, even if you've met their minimum. The "extra" amenities you may want are charged - good example of nickel and diming you. Be sure to really ask questions, and really read over your contract. But can't complain about the overall result - the food was incredible and the venue is very unique.
I wish you could give zero. I recently attended a family wedding at this event. The staff is horrible. A staff member (a British woman, in case management is reading this) was appallingly rude to my niece and her cousin who are 12 and 11 years old respectively. She yelled at them in a very loud voice and told them both "get back in that room and behave yourself or I will throw you out." She scared both of them. My niece is the god daughter of the groom and her cousin is the son of the groom and the best man. They were both very upset by her behavior. Also the food was a awful. And as I went to leave 15 minutes before the event ended the valet and the coat check were nowhere to be found.
If you are looking for something unique - definitely check out this venue. The prices are fair and the venue has many convenient perks. Ask for Pattie, she is pleasant, fair and patient. She will go above and beyond.
My Daughter is scheduled to have her wedding on 7/1/16 at the Atlantis Aquarium they have been very difficult to work with, very unaccommodating. We had a head count minimum of 120 people our final count was 91 we are 29 people short, we still paid for 120 people, the staff was un-willing to work with us to put the $3000 dollars that was left, towards something else. I have nothing nice to say about the staff that worked with us to plan my daughter’s special day.
Dream WeddingReviewed on 8/16/2015 Samantha L
Atlantis was the perfect location for us to get married because we both adore aquariums. Our ceremony was in the lobby of the Sea Star Ballroom and it was set up to perfection. All the details we wanted were there and more. The processional was down the grand staircase and it really was a grand entrance. Our cocktail hour was in the Terrance Room and it was stunning. There was so much food and it was all delicious! Our guests could not stop talking about the food even months after we got married. Our reception was in the ballroom and it was magical. Lori made sure everything went according to plan and she was so well organized. She knows exactly what she is doing and if anything went wrong, I never had a clue! Everything was beyond perfect. I used to work in catering so I know how hard it can be to make sure everything runs smoothly and the staff at our wedding was the best of the best. I'm vegan and our chef, Sean, was super accommodating and everything I ate was delicious. I never wanted for anything and my husband and our bridal party were well taken care of. Adrianne was my bridal attendant and she was always getting me whatever I needed. Even when I did not know I needed it. I always had a fresh drink and food within reach. Craig and Jayme organized our wedding and they were always available for questions. My guests were even allowed in the aquarium during and after the wedding to check out all the sea life. My only complaint is the day went by way too fast. I wish we could get married here again.
Our wedding 7/31/2015Reviewed on 8/14/2015 Adrienne E
This was our dream venue. We had our reception outside under the pavilion, cocktail hour in the aquarium and the reception in the sea star ballroom. I met with an event coordinator several times before the wedding. I reviewed every detail and outlined the entire wedding day with this individual. The day of the wedding this person was not present. Every single item I had brought in for the wedding decor had been reviewed with that person and since they did not actually work my event all items were placed incorrectly. The reception room was set up with the wrong gift box and all the items that I had gone over and outlined were thrown randomly anywhere some decorations were even missing and not displayed at all. The staff the day of consisted of a maître d, captain and bridal attendant all of which were a complete disappointment. The maître d and bridal attendent were extremely rude to our photographer and DJ. Additionally our bridal attendent was missing in action for the entirety of the day. When my husband and I arrived at cocktail hour we were forced to wait in lines for drinks and food. Not to mention I had to walk around carrying my dress with a detachable train waiting over 20 mins for someone to radio the bridal attendent to help me get my dress bustled. The staff most certainly did not make us feel like the guests of honor. This is a stunning venue however the service we received on our special day was very poor.
Fantastic!Reviewed on 7/28/2015 Jessica G
I cannot say enough good things about this venue and the people who work there. I had an amazing time, as did everyone else. The food was spectacular and the ceremony and reception areas were gorgeous. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for something slightly unique and fun.
You have to try this place!Reviewed on 4/23/2015
An amazing team of people who genuinely care about your big day. They truly made me feel special and provided on hands support during the crazy times and the days I couldn't tell my left from my right. They were patient and understanding.They provided vendor packages that were inclusive of great dj's, florists, photographers, bakers. My event detailer Jayme was the best. The food was great , it did not taste like the typical "banquet food". It was well prepared and delicious. I have received so many compliments about the wedding but I cannot take all the credit. I have to hand some to team at Atlantis who treated my guests well. I highly recommend this place and it is more affordable than you think.
Beautiful wedding!Reviewed on 1/01/2015 Nichole C
Our wedding was absolutely amazing from the very beginning of planning until the end of our wedding night! The entire staff was extremely helpful and made sure all of our needs were met. The aquarium itself looked beautiful, all of our guests continue to rave about it and the food was delicious! We highly recommend it to anyone who wants a unique and very special day!
Atlantis Hyatt seastar ballroomReviewed on 10/30/2014
I had a pleasurable experience throughout my wedding. My only complaints would be missing out cocktail hour and having no food set aside for us to eat quickly before introductions. I also had missing pieces off my cake that they forgot to put on and when I told them at the beginning about it nothing got done until right before the cake cutting. Other than that our maître d always made sure we had drinks in hand and made sure we were able to sit and eat our dinner.
An Amazing Place!Reviewed on 10/03/2014
I can not say enough how happy I am with the experience we had with Atlantis Banquets and events. We had an afternoon wedding in the Seastar Ballroom. The planning was so easy. Our questions were always answered quickly and they stayed very consistent. Then, on the day of the wedding, I had zero concerns! I had a great bridal attendant who was so nice and took care of EVERYTHING (along with the rest of the staff). The room was set up beautiful, they set up everything as I had asked and more! Then they made sure everything ran so smoothly! I never had to worry! The staff was extremely kind and helpful to all the guests. And the food was amazing! I had guests tell me it was the best food they ever had at a wedding! And we were so full! As the bride, I could not have asked for anything more. The venue was beautiful, the staff was more than accommodating and kind, the food was incredible and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I would recommend having a wedding at the Seastar ballroom at Atlantis Banquets and events to anyone who would listen!
Atlantis aquarium/ hyattReviewed on 10/03/2014 Lori P
We had a wonderful wedding, my family and friends absolutely loved it and had a great time. The only three things that were not perfect was we were unable to bring our own beer in or it was a ridiculous amount of money to do so, we were unsure how to start the event ( took a bit for someone to direct us where to go) however was incredibly wonderful after that. Adrienne was fantastic and was so helpful ( our bridal attendant) and one of the tables escort cards were not put out right away. These were very small things that occurred and besides that the event was amazing, and unique in which all of the guests will talk about for awhile. I can't imagine getting married anywhere else!!!! Thank you Adrienne, Lori, Craig and Jayme. Also to the mysterious captain in the back lol.
Atlantis WeddingReviewed on 8/04/2014 Danielle D
We loved our aquarium wedding, it was amazing. Everyone was thrilled and suprised how wonderful it was. It was truly a night to remember. The staff was very attentive, helpful very nice.
WeddingReviewed on 7/27/2014 Michelle A
My husband and I loved this venue! The staff there is amazing and they were always there when we needed them. Very friendly and reasonably priced for the amount that you are getting. I wouldn't have changed anything about my wedding. The food is amazing as well. They really treated us like we were royalty!
An event every bride and groom dream of...Reviewed on 7/22/2014 diane s
If you want a truly unique and memorable venue for your wedding reception look no further than Atlantis Banquets & Events. The day as a whole far exceeded our expectations from the moment we were greeted with champagne and strawberries, experienced a unique cocktail hour in the aquarium, and then enjoyed the reception in the beautiful upstairs room overlooking the Peconic River. The service provided by all of the staff was exceptional beginning with the initial planning with Craig Alexander to the actual wedding day with Lori, Jayme and Jacquie as well as all of the other staff who were attentive professionals that made the celebration run smoothly. The food served throughout the event was delicious and seemed endless. At the end of the evening our out of town guests had the convenience of staying next door overnight at the Hyatt Place East End. Many of our guests commented on how this was the best wedding reception they ever attended. Diane
Beautiful Day in AprilReviewed on 5/14/2014
Steven and I had a fabulous day thanks to Atlantis! We enjoyed the food, quality and outstanding service that Atlantis provided for us. If you are a couple that's concerned about your budget, this venue is perfect for you. They have a monthly payment schedule that's very flexible. Good luck to all brides and grooms and if you choose Atlantis, you will not be disappointed! Love, Sara and Steven 4/6/2014
not happyReviewed on 11/15/2013
Did not receive what was promised. Was very upset with out come of my wedding. did not even set up the dining room like I paid for, broke cake topper, Seeing my future husband ended up in a hotel lobby due to their lack of a back up plan, made the elderly family and the wedding party walk in the dark to where the ceremony was to take place, When spoke to upper management all they had to say was we will take this for a learning experience. This was my wedding and they ruined it.
Unique and awesome!Reviewed on 11/15/2013 Elizabeth S
From the start, it was a dream come true. Craig made us feel at ease throughout the whole process. Even when our wedding date had to be pushed back 1 year, he was very accomodating. He arranged for a sea lion kiss for us as a gift. The food was so delicious! The staff, especially the maitre-d and bridal attendant were professional, attentive, and bent over backwards to make our day special and keep everything flowing and smooth. All of our guests have repeatedly told us how impressed they were with Atlantis and how they all had a great time. Even Java (the sea lion) was the epitome of professional and fun! I con't recommend Atlantis more. Unique. Gorgeous fish. Beautiful grounds. So much flexiblity in designing your wedding/function. Fun!!!
Aquarium WeddingReviewed on 10/06/2013 Kimberly
Atlantis Aquarium did an incredible job with our wedding. My Husband and I wanted a beach wedding but couldnt find the perfect beach and then we worrying about weather, we then thought of the aquarium because this way we could have the beach theme and feel without sacrificing for poor weather and now can have a private ceremony and reception. Overall the Aquarium met all of our needs and request! It turned out even more beautiful then we could ever imagine (and lucked out with gorgeous weather) I highly recommend them for their staff, food (which was amazing) and how they handled everything! Thank you so much for giving us the best wedding I didnt know we could have!
Atlantis WeddingReviewed on 7/12/2013 Tiffani M
We had our cocktail hour in the aquarium and reception in the ballroom. All of the guests loved how unique this was. I recommend the two locations if you are wanting both something unique, but still want to be traditional for the dinner. The planning process went well. Atlantis was willing to work with us and make sure we were happy. Great assortment of food choices for cocktail and dinner. Open premium bar all night is amazing. We also did the chocolate fountain and cordial/espresso bar with dessert. Our guests loved both. We had the times of our lives. We believe our guests did too based on all the phone calls we received after the wedding. Thank you Atlantis for making our wedding so memorable!
Excellent serviceReviewed on 5/27/2013 Elizabeth F
Our wedding was may 10th, and we couldn't have asked for a better place. The whole staff was do accommodating and Lori my bridal attendant there was on point w/ everything, making sure I always had a drink, my dress was always perfect, hair wasn't in my eyes, and took the time to learn everyone in the bridal parties name so she could assist them also. All and all excellent food and everyone said it was one of the best weddings they've been to.
PerfectReviewed on 10/17/2012 Heather V
From the second we arrived to the second we left we were treated like royalty. We are so pleased we chose this venue.
Meet The Manager
Michelle Debay,Catering Sales Manager, works meticulously with clients from helping them create the vision of their event, to producing it on their special day. Michelle’s two decades of experience in operations, combined with her education in logistics from Elmhurst College, enables her to orchestrate the details of events effortlessly. Michelle is dedicated to giving her events her utmost devotion by combining her creativity, superior eye, and knack for trendsetting to surpass the client’s wants.