By KRISTINA JOHNSON
A wedding is likely the biggest party people will plan in their lives, so it’s no wonder that brides and grooms stress about getting every detail of their day just right. There’s no bigger stressor than finding the perfect wedding venue. It needs to hold the right number of guests, fit the budget, be easy to reach, look gorgeous in pictures…the list goes on and on.
Luckily for Queens residents, the borough boasts a number of incredible venues, with other stunning options in close proximity. It’s possible to find the perfect venue to suit every taste, whether it’s indoor or outdoor space, traditional or modern décor, an affordable price tag or spare-no-expense luxury.
The following 10 venues are completely different from each other, but any one of them would be an amazing choice for an unforgettable wedding day.
Douglaston Manor touts itself as the premier wedding venue in the Queens area, and there’s a lot to back up that claim. The mansion dates back to 1866 and exudes European vibes, with stone archways, exposed wood beam ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Nestled atop a golf course, the manor has impeccably maintained grounds that are just as beautiful as its interior. A large ballroom can seat up to 300 guests for big events, while smaller rooms are available for more intimate gatherings.
Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck wouldn’t look out of place if it were magically plunked down in the middle of the Italian countryside. The palatial venue has been hosting elegant affairs since 1965. Massive crystal chandeliers dot the interior, including inside the stunning grand ballroom. The massive space can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
You might not necessarily think beautiful weddings and abandoned steel factories go together, but the owners of Long Island City’s The Foundry have made it happen. The former Albra Metal Foundry has been hosting weddings since 2001. The venue can seat 125 for a formal dinner, and guests can mingle on the rooftop terrace featuring sweeping views of Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge.
Terrace on the Park
Guests will soak up a true Queens experience at this venue on the grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair. The penthouse is designed to feel like a “party tent in the sky,” with panoramic views including the Unisphere and Citi Field. The massive grand ballroom can accommodate 900 guests.
This 5,000-square-foot venue started out as a coffee-roasting facility back in 1914. Now it’s an Industry City loft with exposed brick, open ductwork and safety-glass windows. That gritty charm could be ideal for couples looking for untraditional space.
The Box House Hotel
Though it’s allegedly good luck, no bride wants to deal with rain on her wedding day. Weather won’t be an issue for an outdoor reception here, however, thanks to the only retractable rooftop awning in Brooklyn. Guests can take in views of the skyline and the Empire State Building, and keep the party going by booking a room on the premises.
Couples will feel like they’ve stepped straight into the pages of The Great Gatsby at this sprawling Gold Coast estate. Built in 1919 by financier Otto Kahn, the 109,000-square-foot mansion boasts a massive ballroom, formal gardens and more than 100 guest rooms. It can hold 400 for a sit-down dinner or up to a 1,000 for a cocktail reception, if you can afford the sky-high price tag.
Museum of the Moving Image
A dream venue for movie buffs, couples who get married here get to see their names in lights on the museum’s vintage marquee. Guests can mingle in the ultramodern, all-white lobby, or wander among the museum’s exhibits. The museum’s theater can seat more than 250 for a ceremony, while the cafe and digital learning suite are available for receptions.
Queens Botanical Garden
You’ll hardly need to decorate for a wedding held here, as the garden’s 39 acres provide natural beauty and a riot of color. The picturesque wedding garden features a wooden footbridge that will make your guests feel like they’ve wandered into a Monet painting.
A wedding at the Bronx Zoo gives guests a chance to get up close and personal with exotic animals. Couples can host a casual reception within feet of several of the zoo’s exhibits, including the Congo Gorilla Forest and Grizzly Corner. The Schiff Family Great Hall, the zoo’s erstwhile Lion House, can seat 200. Brides and grooms who say “I do” at the zoo get a free yearlong membership, and proceeds from the event support the Wildlife Conservation Society.