Romantic Wedding Venues Around New York City

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Romantic Wedding Venues Around New York City
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Old Westbury Gardens. (Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/snoreman17.)

Residents of the New York City metro area can choose from a vast array of gardens, mansions, beaches, and estates for the perfect wedding. Let's start with "Great Gatsby" country, the gold coast of Long Island, and work back towards the city to find some of the most romantic wedding venues around the NYC area.

Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY

516-333-0048

The estate of John S. Phipps, a right-hand man to Andrew Carnegie, this magnificent venue features a walled formal garden, an allee of mature Lindens, and a charming rose garden. John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam masterpieces grace the mansion. Old Westbury Gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places, and the outdoor photo opportunities here are equaled by elegant settings indoors in Westbury House.

Planting Fields Arboretum

1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY

516-922-9200

Not far from Old Westbury Gardens is the equally magnificent Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. A classic Long Island estate, Planting Fields was home to William R. Coe, who so loved his bride that he had her favorite beech uprooted from Fairhaven, Connecticut, and replanted in Oyster Bay. Such extravagance cost tens of thousands of dollars four generations ago. The 409 acres include greenhouses, lawns, treed paths, formal gardens, and historic estate buildings.

Sunken Meadow State Park

Route 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY

631-269-4333

Sunken Meadow State Park is wonderful for a beach wedding. In autumn, leaves blaze with radiant color, while swallows soar over the salt marsh in spring. Lessing's, the biggest caterer on Long Island, runs the Pavilion at Sunken Meadow, located at the end of the boardwalk and with views of the sound.

New York Botanical Garden

200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx, NY

718-220-0300

Moving closer to the city, the New York Botanical Garden features primeval oaks and hemlocks, a waterfall, and an old snuff mill along the Bronx River. The gardens are available for wedding photography and receptions, and the Garden Terrace Room is ideal for receptions and ceremonies, with hand-painted murals and impressive windows.

Wave Hill

West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY

718-549-3200

Wave Hill overlooks the Hudson River and the Palisades of New Jersey. This garden features two beautiful mansions. Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, and Arturo Toscanini have all resided here. Wave Hill exhibits sculptors, photographers, painters, and print-makers. While beautiful at any time, the space comes alive in the fall, when the cliffs of the Palisades are ablaze in fall color.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

718-623-7200

Known as "New York's Most Romantic Location," the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Osborne Garden, and Rose Garden for smaller weddings up to 50 people. The Atrium can accommodate up to 100 guests, and the Palm House has space for 300. Other beautiful spots throughout the gardens are available for photo opportunities, including Bluebell Wood, Lily Pool Terrace, and the Cherry Esplanade.

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