Where to get married in New York City
We unearthed the best, cheapest and coolest places to say "I do-."
Wed Sep 30 2009
Queens Farm Museum lawn
Queens Farm Museum (73-50 Little Neck Pkwy between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave, Flushing, Queens)
Price: Combined barn and north lawn $1,700; pavilion $500; orchard $2,000.
Availability: Reservations recommended at least six months in advance
Capacity: 344 for barn and north lawn; 85 for pavilion; 1,000 for the orchard
The vibe: If you've always dreamed of a wedding on a farm, there's no need to head upstate. This country museum is surrounded by 47 acres producing fruits and veggies, and a resident flock of free-range chickens—as well as two peacocks—roams the premises.
To book: 718-347-3276, ext 301; queensfarm.org/rent-private.
Battery Park (Battery Pl between First and Third Pls)
Price: $300 fee required in advance; Photography permit $100
Availability: Applications due at least 30 days in advance; dates and times may be restricted by park programs or high park usage.
Capacity: No specific limit is given, though a parks rep did tell us she's never seen one with more than 150 people.
The vibe: The network of outdoor spaces that fall under the umbrella of "Battery Park City"—including Rector Park and the green behind the Jewish Heritage Center—is notable for its beautiful landscaping and views of the Statue of Liberty. We'd suggest going with a small group (about 20 people) and using Wagner Park, which has a beautiful lawn and a pavilion with a public roof deck. If you're willing to spend more, Giginos Wagner Park has the same views. Word of warning: The park's packed with tourists in the summer, and there are plenty of restrictions on decorations, rice throwing and anything else that might draw too much attention.
To book: Contact Traci Turner 212-417-4339, firstname.lastname@example.org, bpcparks.org. For Giginos contact Ruhel Haque at 212-528-2228, email@example.com.
Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park (26 New Dock South at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn)
Price: Permit application fee $25; weekend rental $5,500; security deposit $1,000. 50 percent due six months prior to event. Balance paid in full no less than eight weeks prior to event.
Availability: May to October; rentals available in eight-hour blocks.
Capacity: 350 seated and served; 700 for cocktails.
The vibe: This 19th-century relic, located on the East River in Empire-Fulton State Park, has the feeling of the ruins of the future: an abandoned, roofless warehouse with stunning views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge framed in its brick archways. The space is tented, but you're responsible for tables, chairs and the rest of the accoutrements.
To book: 718-802-0603, brooklynbridgepark.org.
The Boathouse in Prospect Park (enter park from Ocean Ave and Lincoln Rd, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)
Price: permit application fee $25; rental fee $4,250 (plus $500 security deposit). January to March $3,750. Morning ceremonies available 10am to noon on weekends April--October for $750.
Availability: Daily 5pm--1am, year-round.
Capacity: The Boathouse can accommodate up to 110 guests for dinner and dancing indoors; 200 for cocktail parties; 300 with optional tenting outside.
The vibe: Central Park doesn't have the only boathouse of note in the city—in fact, Prospect Park's Beaux Arts--style Boathouse was one of the first buildings in New York City to be declared a landmark. Wooden motorboats ($300 per hour) are available if you want to make a grand entrance and or provide guests with entertainment during cocktail hour, and the calm of the park at sundown sets a perfect backdrop for your special evening. The fact that the venue is open to the public until 5pm means setting up the ceremony can be a scramble, but as weddings have been held here for more than a hundred years, the precedent for success is pretty solid. (If you want to do a daytime ceremony, look into the similarly priced Picnic House.)
To book: 718-287-6215, firstname.lastname@example.org. Must use Moveable Feast for catering: 718-965-2900, moveablefeastcatering.com.
"Secret Garden" at Merchant's House Museum (29 E 4th St between Bowery and Lafayette St)
Price: Ceremony $250 to $750 per hour; reception $250 to $800 per hour. Additional $100 per hour after 11pm. Surcharge for seated receptions $250 (includes the use of dining tables and chairs).
Availability: Inquire for availability
Capacity: Up to 50 people for cocktails, or 30 people seated.
The vibe: Travel back in time to the 19th century when you step inside this elegant red brick row house, which housed a wealthy merchant family more than 100 years ago. You'll take over the ground floor, where the cozy family room, kitchen, and Greek-revival double parlors create intimate spaces for cocktail receptions or seated dinners. The house's ace in the hole, however, is the secret garden in the back, which offers an affordable outdoors venue that's still shielded from passersby. The nearby Washington Square Park can be used for a photo shoot, and the intrigue of "Manhattan's most haunted house" will keep your guests on their toes.
To book: 212-777-1089, merchantshouse.com/weddings, email@example.com.