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The Foundry in Long Island City, Queens
New York City has hundreds of beautiful places to get married, but narrowing them down to find the most idyllic spot for your wedding reception or ceremony isn't easy. Here's a little help with a top 10 list of places that begins with The Foundry.
Once a 19th-century metal foundry, this dramatic space now plays host to weddings, performances, corporate events, and photo shoots. Old exposed brick contrasts with modern steel railings to create a unique ambiance.
Capacity: 125 for a sit-down meal,... 200 for a cocktail party, optional outdoor tent seats 160.
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The Central Park Boathouse
Perhaps the most quintessentially New York spot to get married is Central Park, and where better in Central Park to get married than a terrace or windowed room overlooking the lake.
Capacity - Minimum of 80-165, depending on the evening; maximum of 230 at seated meal with dancing. More space may be available for an additional fee.
Information on photographing weddings in Central Park
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The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
You'll have unforgettable views from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River. The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers is one of legendary caterer Abigail Kirsh's locations. While the catering isn't cheap, they have the expertise for a smooth-as-silk affair. And she can do kosher or vegetarian meals.
Capacity: 100-680 for a sit-down meal (max 400 to include dancing), 1000 for a cocktail reception.
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The Angel Orensanz Center
This 1849 synagogue, modeled after the Cathedral of Cologne, has a gothic style with an amazing gold-leaf altar. It once was the studio of Spanish sculptor Angel Orensanz, but now hosts arts events, performances, and private events. It is perhaps best well known as the site of the 1997 wedding of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
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The Prince George Ballroom
Although the Prince George was built as a luxury hotel in 1904, it suffered from many years of decline before Common Ground rescued it and turned it into permanent affordable housing. The grand Beaux-Arts ballroom was lovingly restored and is now part of the Madison Square North Historic District and the National Register of Historic Places. The golden columns, intricate plasterwork, and soaring ceilings create a space that is simultaneously ornate and light and airy. Best of all, your... site-rental fee helps support Common Ground's social service programs.
Capacity: Max 299 people.
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The United Nations Dining Room and Rooftop Patio
Who would have thought that your wedding reception could be held at the United Nations? Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the East River and NYC's skyline, the main event space - the Delegates Dining Room - is large enough for a grand wedding reception. But my favorite part of this space is the outdoor patio, which has breathtaking views of the city and the Queensboro Bridge.
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You might not think of a florist shop as the most likely spot for a wedding, but this elegant 1800 square foot space features brick walls, elegant lines, and best of all, a shop full of flowers. Designer Banchet Jaigla has designed flowers for restaurants like Windows on the World, the Thai Royal Family, and designers like Dries van Norton. As you'd expect, her arrangements are contemporary and beautiful; Those renting the space get the temporary use of any arrangements that are in the shop.
Capac...ity: with the next door Flower Bar, 125 for a seated reception.
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The first time I ever visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a wedding was happening amongst the lush flowers of the rose garden. It looked straight out of a dream. For the right kind of couple who don't mind some strict rules and susceptibility to the weather, this is an amazing spot at budget prices. Other alternatives include having your wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Palm House or simply taking your wedding photography here, before a wedding elsewhere.
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The former headquarters of the Greenwich Savings Bank, Gotham Hall boasts a magnificent Art Deco ballroom with a seven-story-tall grand vaulted dome. It has played host to everything from a Zac Posen fashion show to a Grammy after-party and of course countless weddings. While the space can hold up to 1200 guests, sweeping sheer curtains can make the space more intimate without blocking the hall's amazing architecture of Corinthian columns and marble floors.
Capacity: 50 to 1200
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Cafe St. Bart's at St. Bartholomew's Church
Having a church wedding and reception in the same place usually means a boring church hall. But at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, you can have your reception out on a beautiful 5000 square foot terrace overlooking Park Avenue. Catering comes courtesy of Sage American Kitchen; they offer everything from American regional menus to swanky international affairs to custom-designed affairs such as an all pink wedding.
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