New York’s 10 Most Unique Venues

The wedding venue a couple chooses can tell the world all about their personality—whether they are inspired by art, nature, opulence or a mix-and-match of design themes. Not to mention, the setting will provide the backdrop for photos that will sit on a couple’s mantle ’til death do them part. New York City and Long Island have no shortage of gorgeous options, which is why Claudine M. Winston, MBA, chief wedding planner and designer for Winston Wedding Group loves planning nuptials in her own backyard. Winston shared 10 favorite New York wedding venues (and for those not getting hitched, many are still fun to check out for dinner, exploration or a staycation!). 

Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills

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An art lover’s dream, the Art League of Long Island, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to visual arts education, provides couples the opportunity to host an intimate cocktail-style reception in a gallery. No need for LED lights and disco balls, this option is equal parts sophisticated and laid-back. Go

The Pridwin, Shelter Island

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Perfect for the nautically inclined couple, the Pridwin is a ferry ride from Greenport. Couples begin by saying their vows on the lawn by the water. After, the wedding reception begins with a cocktail hour on a spacious wooden deck overlooking the bay. Go 

The Allegria Hotel, Long Beach

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The Allegria’s breathtaking views of the Atlantic treat the couple and guests to what is arguably the biggest perk to living on Long Island: Every day is a beach day. The ocean can be seen from every event space, from the elegant 260-person Grand Ballroom to Jack’s Rooftop, which offers a bird’s eye view of the water that is second to none. Go  

Vanderbilt Museum and Mansion, Centerport  

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For the Daisy Buchanan brides of the world, Vanderbilt Museum offers opulent Gatsby vibes and views of sparkling Northport Bay. Since Prohibition has (mercifully) been abolished, guests can sip cocktails worry-free in the blooming rose gardens. Tours of the historic Gold Coast mansion, named for yachtsman and motor racing enthusiast William Vanderbilt II, are available, but ceremonies are outdoor-only. No need to fret about the weather—the property has a gorgeous white tent. Go 

Brecknock Hall, Greenport 

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The North Fork tends to be known for its rustic vibes, but this historic Greenport Home with an ashlar stone exterior airs on the side of elegance. Think a manicured lawn surrounded by hedges, a parlor, vintage chandeliers and gold trimmed mirrors. It’s a venue that speaks for itself, meaning there’s no need for a couple to go crazy with decor. Go 

Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor

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This museum draws thousands each year for exhibits, such as the current Ansel Adams Sight and Feeling show, but it’s also a gorgeous place to dance the night away. Housed in a neo-Georgian mansion, the museum sits on 145 landscaped acres of land. Guests can mingle by the formal gardens, ponds and a wildflower walk that features outdoor sculptures. Go 

The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City

Couples can soar into the next chapter of their lives by hosting a reception at this hidden gem of a museum. The property used to be part of Mitchel Air Force Base, which was the site of historic flights such as the first night flight in 1916 and solo transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh. Couples can have their first dance underneath an authentic Navy aircraft suspended mid-air for a four-story high glass ceiling. Go 

StoneBridge Country Club, Smithtown 

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This beautiful country club gives couples the chance to say their vows in a gazebo, which sits at the end of a brick patio. As for the backdrop, it’s seemingly endless acres of greenery. Inside, guests can continue to take in the view thanks to large windows in the reception area. Go 

The Aurora Gallery, Long Island City 

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A brick interior, white walls and a dark wooden floor give The Aurora Gallery an industrial vibe that’s completely on trend. Guests can go minimalist on decorations—think white table cloths, gold flatware and hanging lantern light fixtures. Go  

The Palms Hotel, Fire Island 

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This chic hotel with views of the Great South Bay offers couples the chance to have a destination wedding without leaving Long Island. The bride and groom say their vows on a white-sand bay beach covered by a fabric-lined canopy complete with chandeliers overlooking the Great South Bay. The set-up seamlessly blends casual beach vibes with modern elegance. Bonus: Brightly decorated air-conditioned rooms will keep guests in the best of spirits, even if it is one of the hottest days of the year, and bikes and kayak rentals will keep them entertained as the bride gets ready. Go