Long Island wedding venues: Unique spots to get married
If you're a bride looking for a unique place to hold your wedding on Long Island, you'll love these 14 unconventional spots. From a castle and a rustic barn to an oceanfront inn and a classy vineyard, these ceremony and reception locations will have your guests talking for years!
If you're a fan of all-things drama, The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead is the spot for you. With a spectacular art deco look, this venue has theatrical lighting, a multi-purpose stage, and flexible seating for up to 600 guests. Couple that with onsite catering and a classic lounge bar for an exceptional cocktail hour, and your wedding will leave guests speechless. For more information, go to http://www.suffolktheater.com.
A great way to incorporate your love for the sea is getting married at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (part of Atlantis Banquets and Events) in Riverhead. Though it may seem an unlikely choice at first, the indoor waterfall, the view of the Peconic River and its capability of holding up to 650 guests may change the way you see this venue. For more information, go to atlantisbanquetsandevents.com.
Brecknock Hall(Credit: Sherry Pickerell Photography)
Immersed in East End history, Brecknock Hall was restored to give life to this gem of a venue that David Floyd, grandson of William Floyd, constructed in the 1850s. An indoor event can comfortably hold 85 guests, while a tent on the outdoor patio can accommodate a larger guest list of 200. For more information, go to brecknockhall.com.
The Hallockville Museum Farm is home to the Naugles Barn, situated on the lovely farm that sits on more than 500 acres of farmland. Located in Riverhead, it’s a perfect spot for a rural and rustic wedding. Accommodating up to 175 people, this space can capture your special day in a very authentic way. For more information, go to hallockville.com.
If you're looking to have a waterfront wedding, with views that overlook Golf Coast mansions and luxury yachts, then check out the Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington. Floor-to-cieling windows and a modern design make this spot feel chic, unique and exclusive. With several rooms to choose from, your wedding can have anywhere from 50 to 350 of your closest friends and family. For more information, go to harborclubatprime.com.
The college campus of NYIT in Old Westbury is home to more than just students. The de Seversky Mansion holds sophisticated and elegant weddings in a venue that is reminiscent of the Golden Age. A reception here can fit anywhere from 146 to 300 guests, depending on the styling of your choice. For more information, go to nyit.edu.
If he proposed during a long walk on the beach, a long walk down the aisle — at the beach — is the way to go. Picture your wedding at Montauk's Gurney’s Inn, where the sea is the backdrop for your special day. After you say "I do," you'll move into an elegant banquet room that gives you and 228 guests an ocean view while you enjoy the rest of your special day. For more information, go to gurneysinn.com.
If you want to make a statement about your wedding, the Bourne Mansion may be the perfect pick for you. Offering gorgeous views of both the Great South Bay and Fire Island, the Bourne Mansion is as grand as it is ornate. Plus, its dinner capacity of 300 guests and reception capacity of 400 guests means that you can invite everyone you know — and then some. For more information, go to lessings.com.
Elegance comes to mind when thinking of The Garden City Hotel. Located in Garden City, the hotel's exceptional service and timeless atmosphere makes this venue perfect for the couple who want a top-notch, glam affair. Its Grand Ballroom (pictured) can even hold up to 450 guests--talk about swanky! For more information, go to gardencityhotel.com.
The grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport are not only breathtaking, but are also available to rent for your big day. From its gorgeous courtyard to the big celebration tent, the grounds of this venue allow 30 to 250+ guests, depending on where exactly on the grounds you choose to hold your event. For more information, go to vanderbiltmansion.com.
For the couple that's all about DIY, The Foundry is a raw space -- or blank canvas -- in Long Island City. You rent it and decorate it yourself as you wish, but has enough original character that it's not always necessary. If you prefer to DIY, be forewarned: This is not a mission for the meek; you'll have to pour blood, sweat and tears into decorating for your big day-- or work with a decorator. Holding up to 200 guests, this space will let you show everyone just how DIY-savvy you are. For more information, go to thefoundry.com.
One of the nicest perks about living on Long Island is being close to many wineries — and most of them will host events. Picture it now: the warm sun, you and your guests, and rows and rows of beautiful grape vines. Can’t decide on a vineyard? You can browse this list at exploreli.com/wineries.
Considered one of the most elegant wedding venues, Huntington's Oheka Castle is fit for a princess. This castle has formal gardens, beautifully decorated rooms and impeccable service—could you really want anything more for your wedding day? Since it has a maximum capacity of 400 guests, you can invite everyone you know to your fairy-tale affair. For more information, go to oheka.com.
If you prefer a quaint and lovely day (think of a tea party brunch), The Hedges Inn in East Hampton would be perfect for you and your hubby-to-be. You'll feel elegant and relaxed as you enjoy your day with 115 of your closest friends and family--and because it's an Inn, you can spend the night! For more information, go to thehedgesinn.com.
The Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor is among the most uncommon spaces to hold a wedding. With 145 acres of land, it's the perfect spot for an artsy couple. Since it has a capacity of 140 guests, you can revel in the Formal Gardens, wildflower walk and a neo-Georgian mansion. For more information, go to nassaumuseum.org.