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.