1. Garden Charm
If you time it right, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden could very well be the most breathtaking ceremony spot in all of New York. Imagine a backdrop of cherry blossoms in full bloom as you say your vows surrounded by family and friends.
2. Hot Hotel
For contemporary couples who still want traditional grandeur, Josh Brooks of Fête in New York is all about the W Hotel in Union Square. While the hotel décor is a lesson in modernism, the ballroom remains Old World New York. (212) 253-9119
3. Inn Style
Connecticut’s Saybrook Point Inn & Spa: It’s a little bit seaside and completely luxurious. The perfect site for nautical-inspired nuptials, this English-style resort overlooks the Long Island Sound.
4. Animal Kingdom
At the Central Park Zoo, pick your favorite species to witness your nuptials: the Colobus monkeys in the Rain Forest Building, the sea lion and snow monkey-inhabited Central Garden, or -- for the duo who wants to go black-tie—the Penguin Building.
5. Movie Magic
Since you are the stars of the day, why not surround yourself with Hollywood glamour? Renowned caterer Abigail Kirsch has set her sights on Stage 6 at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. With dramatic Manhattan views and a glass-enclosed rooftop terrace, we completely understand.
6. Restaurant Redux
In winter, imagine a gorgeous cozy fireside ceremony; in summer, think the verdant, rolling acres of a working farm. Whatever the season, Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills is a high-class, high-style ceremony site. Andrea Most Gottschall of A Most Creative Affair in Tarrytown likes this offshoot of the famed NYC restaurant because of its intimate country setting.
7. Estate Grandeur
A musical haven that evokes the spirit of the Italian Renaissance, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah is an impressive estate that boasts 90 acres of lawns, woodlands, and gardens. Declare your love in the Sunken Garden, Spanish Courtyard, or the indoor Music Room.
8. Coming Up Roses
Unsurpassed ceremonial beauty can be yours at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. Outdoor weddings can be held in the formal Rose Garden, while those preferring the great indoors can exchange vows in the Coe Hall Museum in the Great Hall.
9. City Sites
Feel like you’re on top of the world -- well, on top of Manhattan that is -- at the Top of the Tower. Exchange vows before one of the best views of the city, on the 26th floor of the Beekman Tower Hotel.
10. Chapel of Love
For a traditional ceremony with a chic twist, check out The Center of the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Though it was once a synagogue, the dramatic 1849 building looks more like a neo-gothic church, complete with cathedral-like ceilings and Gothic arches.
-- Christa Vagnozzi
Photo: Erik Ekroth Photography