There are certain times in everyone’s life that are so special that they mark a chapter, an era, a new life, even. Getting married is one of those times. Each person has their ideal of what that celebration looks like – to some, it’s crazy and spontaneous like an elope to Vegas. Others might want it informal and natural like a barefoot beach ceremony; still, others want the big, traditional church wedding. Like every relationship, every wedding is unique and special. In New York City, the sky’s the limit when it comes to weddings, so we thought we’d share a few off-the-beaten-path venues worthy of consideration for that big day. They may not be traditional, but you may not be, either.
Weddings on the Water
New York City seeps with romance, how much more so on a sailboat in the Harbor? Sailing by the skyline, past the Statue of Liberty, in the breezy, open air…a wedding like this is idyllic and entirely possible. With Manhattan by Sail, you can charter a refurbished historic ship for your wedding of up to 149 guests, complete with a sweeping deck, a full bar, and catering. Bateaux New York’s European-inspired all-glass ship can accommodate weddings of up to 300 people. This ship is favored for weddings, and the company has complete wedding packages, including live bands, a wedding planner, and a complimentary first-anniversary cruise. Their outdoor strolling areas, hardwood dancefloor, and delicious menu and wedding cake options might tempt you, but it’s the sweeping skyline views that will seal the deal. If luxury is what you want, Elite Private Yachts’ may be more your style. Enjoy the same open-air and stunning views, just with fine china and a few more perks.
Weddings With a Cause
Of course, the leading cause of your wedding is to celebrate your love and devotion to one another. But, there are places where you can host that celebration in style and have the proceeds benefit a noble cause. Getting married in one of the stunning halls of the American Museum of Natural History ensures a remarkable wedding – imagine dining under the Museum’s iconic 94-foot-long blue whale model in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, or dancing under the floating planets of our solar system in the Cullman Hall of the Universe. At the same time, you’ll be supporting the Museum’s scientific research and educational programs. Another off-the-wall but very cool venue is Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Surround yourself with books, films, and music as you exchange vows in this funky downtown institution while supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. Or, follow in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw and plan your wedding at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Getting married in this iconic, majestic space supports the Library’s indispensable collections, services, and programs.
For the Love of Baseball
If you and your beloved are passionate about baseball, then you’ve hit a home run with these venues: Yankee Stadium or the Mets’ Citi Field. At Yankee Stadium, say your vows in front of the dugout while the digital board broadcasts your ceremony, and the “Wedding March” is played over the stadium speakers. At Citi Field, step right up to the home plate to say your “I do’s.” Depending on your budget, you may even be able to score your favorite former player as an attendee.
If you’d rather spend your special day surrounded by jungle animals, you’re in luck. At the Bronx Zoo, you can make like a penguin amongst the lemurs and sea lions. Even better, proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society in their mission to save wildlife around the globe. If you prefer flora to fauna, maybe you’d like a flower shop wedding. At Banchet Flowers, up to 125 of you can sit within the beautiful brick walls and white lights of this elegant and funky flower shop. And, of course, your flower arrangements will be stunning.
Funky wedding venue secured, now take advantage of stunning New York spots for fantastic wedding photos.