Elevate Your Wedding Experience: Creating Cozy Lounge Areas for Your Guests

One of the enduring trends we’ve noticed at events, and especially at weddings, is adding warm, inviting lounge areas. Beyond traditional seating arrangements, these cozy nooks offer a retreat for your guests, giving them a comfortable, beautiful space to relax, connect, and recharge.

1. Embrace the Space: We love open floor plans, and a unique way to add warmth and modernity is by incorporating open lounge spaces. Breaking up a large area with a cozy nook creates a warm and welcoming space for guests to unwind, share stories, and celebrate the event.

 

2. Casual Elegance: Whatever your wedding style, from informal garden parties to a more formal affair, lounge areas can help strike the perfect balance between casual and elegant. Couches and chairs can be found to match your style, with cushions and throws adding pops of color and warmth. Don’t forget to add some tables for guests to rest their drinks and plates.

 

3. Personalized Touches: Personal details, from framed photos to unique décor, infuse your love story into the spaces. Also consider placing your Guest Book to be signed in a lounge!

 

4. Small Living Room Vibes: Grouping seating around low tables creates a small living room setting, inviting connection and conversations – and a place to set down drinks and small plates.

 

5. Create Movement: Think of a lounge area as a station – guests will be encouraged to mix and mingle as they enjoy the different elements of your event, from food, to drink, to people.

 

6. Make Space For All Guests: Lounge areas can be especially important for guests who have accessibility needs as lounges provide a comfortable, beautiful space to rest and enjoy the company of others.

 

Including a lounge area into your wedding planning is a thoughtful way to enhance your guests’ overall experience and elevate your celebration. They’re easily customizable, and can add comfort, warmth, and increased connection for your guests.

 

For some inspiration, check out our gallery of some of our favorite (and guests’ favorite!) lounge areas.

THE TOP LANDMARK WEDDING VENUES IN NEW YORK

From the STATUE OF LIBERTY to the PUBLIC LIBRARY,
find the perfect landmark venue for your wedding

Make a historical moment by getting married in one of the multiple landmarks in New York. We have put together a list of the top landmark wedding venues in New York to make it easier for your dreams to become a reality. Check out what we consider to be the top landmark wedding venues in New York.

Make your wedding memorable as Ellis Island offers your guests a once in lifetime experience with exclusive use of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline as your backdrop.

The magnificent space NYPL can cater to both intimate gatherings as well as large size weddings. This landmark building offers four classically elegant rooms for events.

This four-acre park like no other: an urban oasis with a world-class design and unparalleled skyline views, perfect for outdoor weddings and receptions.

Adjacent to both Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, Governors Island offers several rental spaces with spectacular views throughout the season. You can celebrate your dream wedding outdoor or use the historic Pershing Hall building.

LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island offers over 11,000 square foot of event space with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor.

This converted synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan features Gothic arches, an ornate gold-leaf altar and vaulted ceiling. This magnificent structure dates back to 1849 and is a favorite venue for weddings.

This New York City landmark is a century-old historic venue to host your wedding. Since its construction in 1907, this fabled national landmark has hosted some of the most extraordinary New York City galas and events.

Famed as the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s powerful architecture and historical importance make it an impressive historic venue for your wedding.

Harlem’s renowned Apollo Theater has been delighting music lovers since 1934. The Apollo can host 350 members of your friends and family as you celebrate your union in this unique and soulful space that has been graced by music’s greatest including Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and the legendary Aretha Franklin.

Wave Hill’s 28-acre property is renowned for its award-winning botanical gardens, breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades and its historic mansions, at one time the home of Theodore Roosevelt, Arturo Toscanini and Mark Twain. It’s the perfect backdrop to your dream garden wedding.

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THE TOP NY MANSION WEDDING VENUES

Classic venues for intimate weddings, find the perfect mansion in New York to say your vows.

A wedding fit for a movie, a classic mansion wedding is always a no-fail way to tie the knot. We have put together a list of the top mansions in New York that serve as wedding venues to make it easier for your dreams to become a reality. Check out what Great Performances’ planners consider to be the top mansion wedding venues in New York.

NY Mansion Wedding Venues

Harold Pratt House

Harold Pratt House was constructed in 1919 as one of New York‘s grand Park Avenue mansions. It can host intimate weddings with different space requirements.
The house features a marble stairway connecting a variety of beautiful spaces including a Library, Reception, Drawing, Sitting and Ballroom. All feature cathedral ceilings, fireplaces and original chandeliers.

Wave Hill

Wave Hill’s 28-acre property is renowned for its award-winning botanical gardens, breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades and its historic mansions, at one time the home of Theodore Roosevelt, Arturo Toscanini and Mark Twain. It's the perfect backdrop to your dream mansion garden wedding.

Ukrainian Institute Of America

The Fletcher-Sinclair mansion, home to the Ukrainian Institute of America is an exceptional space with stunning architecture, world-class art exhibitions, and an unparalleled atmosphere — making it one of New York’s premiere Mansion event spaces.

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THE BEST WEDDING VENUES WITH A VIEW IN NEW YORK

A view that can TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY.
Find the perfect venue with a view in New York for your wedding.​

A wedding above everything! A wedding with a view simply screams magical and you can do that in New York. We have put together a list of the top wedding venues with a view in New York to make it easier for your dreams to become a reality. Check out what we consider to be the top wedding venues in New York with view.

The 620 Loft & Garden, the penthouse of 620 Fifth Avenue, offers the exciting combination of a city garden and downtown style loft space for your special day. This rooftop garden is a perfect venue to say your I Do’s while being surrounded by the towering building of the city.

This four-acre park like no other: an urban oasis with a world-class design and unparalleled skyline views, perfect for outdoor weddings and receptions.

This modern venue offers windows facing North, South and West, and has four skylights which gives dramatic lighting for your intimate wedding. It can seat up to 150 people. The Penthouse is 4,500 square feet, has 24 windows on 3 sides, 4 large skylights, an easily accessible rooftop with a great view of the Empire State Building.

Glasshouse Chelsea is a unique, multi-functional venue on the 14th and 21st floors of the architecturally-acclaimed Chelsea Arts Tower in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. The stunning view from this venue can be your wedding’s magical background.

The Glasshouse’s modern, clean space lends itself to all kinds of events especially weddings. This venue offers a breathtaking view of the city with indoor and outdoor spaces.

Adjacent to both Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, Governors Island offers several rental spaces with spectacular views throughout the season. You can celebrate your dream wedding outdoor or use the historic Pershing Hall building.

Hudson Mercantile, a portfolio of centrally located, clean, modern, white spaces in the Hudson Yards district of Midtown Manhattan. The 3 unique spaces in this venue can be converted into your dream wedding venue.

Glasshouse Chelsea is a unique, multi-functional venue on the 14th and 21st floors of the architecturally-acclaimed Chelsea Arts Tower in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. The stunning view from this venue can be your wedding’s magical background.

Glasshouse Chelsea is a unique, multi-functional venue on the 14th and 21st floors of the architecturally-acclaimed Chelsea Arts Tower in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. The stunning view from this venue can be your wedding’s magical background.

Wave Hill’s 28-acre property is renowned for its award-winning botanical gardens, breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades and its historic mansions, at one time the home of Theodore Roosevelt, Arturo Toscanini and Mark Twain. It’s the perfect backdrop to your dream garden wedding.

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THE BEST HISTORIC WEDDING VENUES IN NEW YORK

A touch of HISTORY when you say your vows. Find the perfect historic venue for your wedding.

Fancy getting wed in a history location? Make history where there is history by celebrating your special day in a historic venue. We have put together a list of the top historic wedding venues in New York to make it easier for your dreams to become a reality. Check out what we consider to be the top rooftop wedding venues in New York.

This New York City landmark is a century-old historic venue to host your wedding. Since its construction in 1907, this fabled national landmark has hosted some of the most extraordinary New York City galas and events.

Famed as the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s powerful architecture and historical importance make it an impressive historic venue for your wedding.

Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the performing and visual arts best realized in a non-traditional setting. It has different spaces that can cater to your wedding’s size and requirements.

The 17,500-square-foot space features a main hall with a 70-foot ceiling and stained glass skylight that will definitely makes any wedding held here extra magical.

The Altman Building is a historic landmark in the heart of Chelsea and is a raw space waiting to be dolled up with your dream wedding motif.

From its modern glass and steel pavilion to the grandeur of the Beaux-Arts Court designed by McKim, Mead and White, the Brooklyn Museum is an ideal venue for the wedding of the ultimate art lover.

The Brooklyn Museum offers three space options that can accommodate medium to large size weddings.

Harold Pratt House was constructed in 1919 as one of New York‘s grand Park Avenue mansions. It can host intimate weddings with different space requirements.

The house features a marble stairway connecting a variety of beautiful spaces including a Library, Reception, Drawing, Sitting and Ballroom. All feature cathedral ceilings, fireplaces and original chandeliers.

The Hammerstein is an incredible venue for special events such as wedding. The 12,000 square feet ballroom, it can accommodate large groups for weddings and receptions.

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THE TOP MODERN WEDDING VENUES IN NEW YORK

From clean raw space to a grand space covered in glass,
find the perfect place for your MODERN wedding

Modern times require modern venues to fit your needs, it might be a raw space ready to be filled with your ideas or a grand venue with a breathtaking view. We have put together a list of the top modern wedding venues in New York to make it easier for your dream tro become a reality. Check out what we consider to be the top modern wedding venues in New York.

The Glasshouse’s modern, minimalistic, and clean space in Hell’s Kitchen easily lends itself to all kinds of events, especially weddings. This venue offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city of Manhattan with indoor and outdoor spaces.

PlayStation Theater, located in the heart of Times Square: a modern, state of the art, and versatile event space perfect for events such as weddings. This venue is great for large scale weddings and reception with its 45,000 square feet of space and two VIP balconies with lounge seating.

Hudson Mercantile, a portfolio of centrally located, clean, modern, white spaces in the Hudson Yards district of Midtown Manhattan. The 3 unique spaces in this venue can be converted into your dream wedding venue.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is a modern venue with spaces such as theaters that is great for intimate weddings with small to medium sized number of guests.

The theaters and lobbies are the picture-perfect settings for a wide array of events including modern weddings.

The white box offers a unique raw space for your wedding. The south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows and 150 square foot sunroof fill the space with natural light as you say your vows.

With 40,000 square feet of column-free space and conveniently located at Pier 36 and South Street in Manhattan, it’s a perfect venue for large scale modern weddings in Manhattan.

This venue can seat up to 1000 and can be configured depending on the requirements needed for your special day.

Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Duggal Greenhouse is an exceptional choice for private functions such as weddings. It has a raw indoor space and a small outdoor space for cocktails. The Greenhouse is a laboratory in new technology, utilizing solar energy, organic air purification and eco-friendly building practices.

Metropolitan Pavilion is a premier Manhattan special events facility offering versatile room configurations in a convenient and historic Chelsea location. It’s perfect for modern style weddings within the city.

With 40,000 square feet of column-free space and conveniently located at Pier 36 and South Street in Manhattan, it’s a perfect venue for large scale modern weddings in Manhattan.

This venue can seat up to 1000 and can be configured depending on the requirements needed for your special day.

Project Farmhouse is a state-of-the-art sustainability center and event space that can host your intimate wedding event while exploring environmental issues through the lens of food, horticulture, arts, and more.

With over 6,300 square feet of space, the Mezzanine is a one-of-a-kind event space, perfect for intimate modern weddings within the city.

The Mezz is a one-of-a-kind event space, it features a 300-standing/150-seated capacity.

The Paley Center for Media is unique venue for weddings. The two theater can serve as your venue for I do’s and can be decked with your wedding’s motif.

This intimate performance venue with state-of-the-art audio and video broadcast studio is a unique setting for your special event such as weddings. It can set up to 120 people and the space can be customized to your preference.

The NY Genome Center has its own private entrance, a 180-seat auditorium, and a 92-seat cafe area. The event spaces can be converted into your preferred wedding venue requirements.

TheTimesCenter is a versatile, visually stunning, state-of-the-art event venue that can host your dream modern wedding in NY.

TheTimesCenter is comprised of The Stage and The Hall, each with its own unique lobby.

Skylight Modern offers 15,000 square feet of high-ceilinged space that is virtually column-free, and touches of exposed concrete add edge to the clean architecture. It’s the perfect raw space to paint your dream modern wedding in NYC.

The BRIC House Ballroom, main performance space has retractable seating that provides room for a seated even such as weddings. This modern venue also boasts state-of-the art AV technology.

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THE TOP NY OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUES

Be ONE WITH NATURE while saying your vows, find the perfect outdoor venue for your wedding

Fresh air and birds in the sky, a perfect outdoor wedding in Manhattan is within your reach. We have put together a list of the top NY outdoor wedding venues in order to make it easier for your dreams to become a reality. Check out what we consider to be the top outdoor wedding venues in New York.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Caramoor is a 90 acre historic estate with wide gardens for your dream wedding.

The Sunken Garden, a three-tiered formal garden surrounded by woodlands is the most popular venue for a wedding ceremony.

Wave Hill’s 28-acre property is renowned for its award-winning botanical gardens, breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades and its historic mansions, at one time the home of Theodore Roosevelt, Arturo Toscanini and Mark Twain. It’s the perfect backdrop to your dream garden wedding.

The 620 Loft & Garden, the penthouse of 620 Fifth Avenue, offers the exciting combination of a city garden and downtown style loft space for your special day. This rooftop garden is a perfect venue to say your I Do’s while being surrounded by the towering building of the city.

This four-acre park like no other: an urban oasis with a world-class design and unparalleled skyline views, perfect for outdoor weddings and receptions.

Adjacent to both Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, Governors Island offers several rental spaces with spectacular views throughout the season. You can celebrate your dream wedding outdoor or use the historic Pershing Hall building.

Hudson Mercantile, a portfolio of centrally located, clean, modern, white spaces in the Hudson Yards district of Midtown Manhattan. The 3 unique spaces in this venue can be converted into your dream wedding venue.

Hudson Mercantile, a portfolio of centrally located, clean, modern, white spaces in the Hudson Yards district of Midtown Manhattan. The 3 unique spaces in this venue can be converted into your dream wedding venue.

Make your wedding memorable as Ellis Island offers your guests a once in lifetime experience with exclusive use of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline as your backdrop.

Katchkie Farm

An idyllic setting for weddings, Katchkie Farm boasts beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains, gently rolling hills, open fields, and gardens.

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THE TOP MUSEUM WEDDING VENUES IN NEW YORK

FROM MODERN ART, TO ASIAN ART, TO CLASSICAL ART,
find the perfect museum to say your I Do's

Imagine walking down the aisle surrounded by magnificent and historic artworks, it’s simply a masterpiece in the making. We have put together a list of the top museum wedding venues in New York to make it easier for your dreams to become a reality. Check out what we consider to be the top museum wedding venues in New York.

The Asia Society and Museum is an exceptional space that combines world-class art exhibitions, stunning architecture, and an unparalleled atmosphere, making it one of New York City’s premier event spaces.

Its spectacular views and indoor and outdoor garden spaces will make your wedding one to be remembered.

From its modern glass and steel pavilion to the grandeur of the Beaux-Arts Court designed by McKim, Mead and White, the Brooklyn Museum is an ideal venue for the wedding of the ultimate art lover.

The Brooklyn Museum offers three space options that can accommodate medium to large size weddings.

The Museum of the City of New York’s beautifully renovated landmark building on Fifth Avenue’s iconic Museum Mile is the perfect place for special events such as weddings. It can host small to medium sized weddings with different spaces to choose from including an indoor and outdoor area.

With the ability to accommodate everything from a private dinner for 100 to a cocktail reception for 3,500 guests, MoMA is Midtown Manhattan’s not only a distinctive event space, but an incredible place fo the modern art lover’s wedding.

Imagine an ecclectic and fun wedding at CMOM, its double-height lobby space balances elegant architecture perfect for your wedding. Spilling into the 1st floor exhibit, the area can accommodate a large number of guests. Coat-check and Admissions can function as per normal for your guests, or be transformed into bar/food service areas.

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THE TOP WEDDING VENUES IN NEW YORK
FOR MUSIC LOVERS

From classical to jazz, find the PERFECT place for your special day

Whether you love jazz, classical, showtunes, or anything in between, you’ll love getting married to one of these venues in NY. We have put together a list of the top wedding venues for music lovers to make your musical dream a reality. Check out what we consider to be the top wedding venues for music lovers in New York.

Harlem’s renowned Apollo Theater has been delighting music lovers since 1934.

The Apollo can host 350 members of your friends and family as you celebrate your union in this unique and soulful space that has been graced by music’s greatest including Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and the legendary Aretha Franklin.

This modern venue offers windows facing North, South and West, and has four skylights which gives dramatic lighting for your intimate wedding. It can seat up to 150 people. The Penthouse is 4,500 square feet, has 24 windows on 3 sides, 4 large skylights, an easily accessible rooftop with a great view of the Empire State Building.

The Hammerstein is an incredible venue for special events such as wedding. The 12,000 square feet ballroom, it can accommodate large groups for weddings and receptions.

Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is the world’s first performing arts facility designed for jazz. It is an ideal wedding venue for the most ardent music lover.

The main hall features a glass curtain backdrop with the view of the city.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Caramoor is a 90 acre historic estate with wide gardens for your dream wedding.

The Sunken Garden, a three-tiered formal garden surrounded by woodlands is the most popular venue for a wedding ceremony.

The BRIC House Ballroom, main performance space has retractable seating that provides room for a seated even such as weddings. This modern venue also boasts state-of-the art AV technology.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is a modern venue with spaces such as theaters that is great for intimate weddings with small to medium sized number of guests.

The theaters and lobbies are the picture-perfect settings for a wide array of events including modern weddings.

This legendary New York events venue is ideal for all types of events including weddings. It’s perfect for music and theater lovers who are tying the knot as this is the home of the annual TONY Awards.

TheTimesCenter is a versatile, visually stunning, state-of-the-art event venue that can host your dream modern wedding in NY.

TheTimesCenter is comprised of The Stage and The Hall, each with its own unique lobby.

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THE BEST LOFT WEDDING VENUES IN NEW YORK

Cozy and romantic, find the PERFECT LOFT VENUE in New York for your dream wedding

Get cozy in a loft wedding of your dreams right in NY! Envision getting married in a romatic and intimate venue right in New York. We have put together a list of the top loft wedding venues in New York to make your cozy wedding dream a reality.

The 620 Loft & Garden, the penthouse of 620 Fifth Avenue, offers the exciting combination of a city garden and downtown style loft space for your special day. This rooftop garden is a perfect venue to say your I Do’s while being surrounded by the towering building of the city.

This modern venue offers windows facing North, South and West, and has four skylights which gives dramatic lighting for your intimate wedding. It can seat up to 150 people. The Penthouse is 4,500 square feet, has 24 windows on 3 sides, 4 large skylights, an easily accessible rooftop with a great view of the Empire State Building.

Hudson Mercantile, a portfolio of centrally located, clean, modern, white spaces in the Hudson Yards district of Midtown Manhattan. The 3 unique spaces in this venue can be converted into your dream wedding venue.

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