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What to consider when choosing a wedding date and location in New York


Although most weddings in New York take place in the summer, here are some locations that are inviting for spring and fall.  Each season offers a different New York look: 

The Alger House, 45 Downing Street; a 1906 mansion-like carriage house featuring a Great Room which will seat 106 comfortably for dinner or more for a cocktail reception;  the Garden Room will accommodate between 40-50 guests or can be used as a bridal dressing area; wedding room available; piano, stereo sound system or space for band/DJ; fine furnishings, paintings, watercolors enhance the rich décor; Green Mansions Catering will take care of all of your food and beverage needs; extraordinary in the fall;

Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue, 80 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street; 17th floor - features a ballroom for dining/dancing or a reception room for small groups; can accommodate up to 250 guests; wedding room available; the reception room has a stained glass and oak bar and there are window seats for viewing the magical views of Times Square, Wall Street, and gorgeous sunsets; there is also a bride's room for dressing;  Green Mansions catering offers full dining and beverage service; you might like this venue for the holiday season;

Tarrytown House, 49 E Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown; this romantic estate on the Hudson River offers a great setting for your special day; features a wedding ceremony location in the Statue Garden; two locations for your reception, the Biddle Mansion or the Mary Duke Ballroom; four different wedding packages are available, as well as special ceremonies such as Kosher or Indian; wedding planner and executive chef to work with you in planning your event; chorus of autumn leaves makes for a nice fall wedding;

Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive,; a unique Christian Church that will help you plan your special ceremony; inter-faith; upper west side of Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River; the Nave, with its Chartres Cathedral-style windows will seat 1900; for a smaller ceremony, the Christ Chapel may be just the thing, seating 135; for a really intimate ceremony there is also the Meditation Chapel which seats 12; reception areas with seating of 104 to 325 can be rented also;

In-Flight Balloon Adventures, 1-888-301-2383; offers a truly unique experience for a small wedding party; the Spain Inn II  Restaurant is also located only a mile from the balloon site, so you can host your reception there; weather is the main factor so Spring/Summer is the time for this;

Manhattan Steamboat Co., 1-212-355-8304; for a small, intimate wedding, the Noa
Danielle is just the thing for you; it can accommodate up to 30 guests;  cruise through the New York Harbor for a 4-hr day or evening cruise; personal bridal suite reserved for your use throughout the cruise; can provide full dining and beverage services; particularly nice in late spring and summer; 

NY Boat Charter, 79th Street Boat Basin; perfect for weddings for 50 to 100 guests; two decks, with a  removable canopy on the top deck; dance floor, DJ,  nice light and sound system; fun karaoke; dining buffet and two bars;  day or evening cruises; beautiful photos  of the bridge, skyline, river; best time is mid-summer;

Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue; if you are one of the lucky 14 couples chosen each year to be married on February 14, you can have your ceremony at the Empire State Bldg.; in Sept. entries are requested from couples who want to get married on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine's Day; based on their stories and connection with the
Empire State Building, the lucky couples chosen will be notified by November; they may include up to 20 guests for the ceremony.

There is a lot of competition, of course, for June weddings, but if you like the venues above, where different seasons have their charm, you can have a unique venue and season for your  ceremony and reception.

Last Updated: November 3, 2008 at 10:00 am
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