Outdoor wedding venues in NYC

Getting ready to embark on your long-awaited journey as a married couple requires extensive planning and preparation. From choosing the bridal attire and assembling your list of friends and family you are willing to invite, to selecting your festive theme, and choosing the location for your grand celebration – all of these are integral and equally important parts of planning the wedding of your dreams.

If you have already decided to crown your love outside your country’s borders and chose New-York City as your union’s destination, knowing some of the best venues in the area will be quite helpful. And if you like street photography please take a look at the latest street photo session i did in New york city.

I am Romain, a wedding destination photographer, and here are my venue recommendations for your impending outdoor wedding in NYC.

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The Foundry

Proudly standing on the list of most beautiful venues in New-York City, The Foundry never ceases to attract newly engaged couples with its beauty and magnificence. Stretching on more than 3,000 square feet of raw space, it boasts a stunning lush courtyard, a spacious rooftop terrace, a lush indoor greenhouse, and a 19th-century building that enchants its historical charm. Although the industrial setting of the venue’s indoor spaces is attractive, the wide expanses of The Foundry's lush courtyard frequently lure couples to say their ‘I do’s’ in the natural setting. The ivy-covered walls and the leafy vegetation filling the courtyard give this outdoor space a unique allure. The dark wooden tables perfectly correspond to the industrial vibe, while the contrasting element of gold in the frames and chairs complements the dark green foliage of the surrounding plants. The Foundry is an idyllic location for a courthouse wedding, with a capacity of 165 seated guests, and 180 for a cocktail or floating dinner. It features magnificent views over the Queensboro Bridge, presenting a distinctive backdrop for some flawless couple’s photographs.

If, however, you are interested in hosting a smaller, more private event, The Foundry terrace would be excellent for such an occasion. With a capacity to host 40 guests for a seated dinner and around 70 for a cocktail affair, the raw space features all-white walls, a steel wheel, and alcove-shaped mirrors that add a touch of uniqueness and luxury to your outdoor wedding in NYC. 

The Bordone LIC

Located in Long island city, The Bordone LIC is a premier event venue that carries a unique, high-end charm. Boasting the most impressive panoramic views of the Manhattan and Queens skyline, it is often one of the top couple’s choices for a rooftop wedding in NYC. This astonishing venue is favored for its clean contemporary finishes and abundance of natural light, which is a crucial element for creating a crystalline picture of all the candid moments. Perhaps the most notable feature of The Bordone LIC is their dedication to creating a unique, tailor-made wedding experience that completely matches your vision. Whether you wish for an elegant event, a bold, colorful setting, or a dreamy nuptial with romantic touches, they offer you a list of recommended vendors willing to go the extra mile in painting the theme of your dreams.

The rooftop, the part of the venue that will be utilized for your outdoor wedding in NYC, can host 70 guests for a seated dinner and around 200 for a cocktail-style party. If your guest list fits among these parameters, then this magnificent venue will be the ideal choice for hosting the celebration you’ve always dreamt of.

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Rooftop wedding venues in New-York

Rockefeller Center

If you envision mouthing your ‘i do’ amidst a lavish and utterly romantic setting, the Rockefeller Center will offer you the most iconic setting to crown your union at. Located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, this mesmerizing venue provides several spaces for hosting celebratory events, one of the most notable being the 620 Loft & Garden area. 

This extraordinary loft space also features a skilfully arranged rooftop garden that boasts up-close panoramic views of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Square. If your bridal imagination includes a rooftop wedding in NYC, then the 620 Loft & Garden is certainly the venue that matches your vision. 

The outdoor garden comprises 3,300 square feet of impressive loft space, adorned with lush vegetation and a reflective pool that stands between the guests and the couple as they read their vows. This place is known for the serene atmosphere that embellishes every intimate event and the dramatic cityscapes that make a unique photo background. The interior space is characterized by wall-to-wall windows, which allow natural light to fill the space and feature astonishing views of the Prometheus statue and the Channel Gardens. The seating capacity of the loft is 120 guests, while the garden can hold up to 75 seated people. 

Tribeca Rooftop

What is remarkable about this premier event venue is that they have developed a wide reputation for offering outstanding services, delicious culinary specialties, and the utmost hospitality. They offer two impeccable venues, Tribeca Rooftop and Tribeca 360°, both of which enchant their guests with the atmosphere they skilfully create.

Tribeca Rooftop is a grandiose venue characterized by its industrial yet chic setting. It is perfect for a rooftop wedding in NYC – it can host up to 320 seated guests and 720 for a cocktail affair. The venue features large windowed walls and an extensive glass atrium that boasts a truly iconic backdrop. What makes it one of the best venues for an outdoor wedding in NYC is its dedication to creating a tailored event that completely fits your needs and wishes. 

Tribeca 360° is a loft-like space known for its minimalistic setting that fits most couples’ vision. Apart from the tall windows, the venue provides a 360° view of the cityscape, which offers one of the most spectacular backdrops for your bridal photographs.

Midtown Loft & Terrace

As the name suggests, this mesmerizing venue provides both a loft and a terrace space, carefully designed to fulfill the wedding requirements of a modern couple. If having an outdoor wedding in NYC is the option that matches your vision, the Midtown Terrace will most certainly meet the concept. 

Stretching on 4,400 square meters, this exceptional venue can comfortably host around 150 guests. Among the plethora of features, the Midtown Terrace has a retractable rooftop, a contemporary-furnished lobby area, and a private elevator that opens onto the terrace. The setting is embellished with copper windows, mahogany floors, and antique light fixtures, all of which will add a unique aura to your event. Since it provides an astounding 360° view of the manhattan cityscape and skyline, the Midtown Terrace will undoubtedly be the most spectacular venue you can choose for your memorable event.

I truly hope my venue recommendations will greatly assist your search for the most idyllic place to host your outdoor wedding in NYC. You can also have a courthouse wedding and host your reception at one of these magnificent spaces. 


Josefin & William

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