The American Museum of Natural History
Mix a love for dinosaur bones and creepy insects with posh wardrobes and expensive taste, and you’ll have a ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History. All wedding parties must pay a donation fee of $3500 in order to even begin planning the wedding, and this, combined with the admission fees, catering, and use of the Arthur Ross Terrace for cocktails, transforms the museum into one of the most exclusive wedding venues in New York City.
The price itself is worth the use of the Rose Planetarium as your ceremonial milieu, and as guests are allowed to navigate their way through the museum itself, the event becomes both entertaining and educational. Very few people can say their wedding reception included a tour through a natural butterfly conservatory.
For Your Guests
Both the famous Excelsior Hotel and Park 79 border the Theodore Roosevelt Park, putting your guests barely a block away from the venue. More hotels line Broadway, which is only 4 blocks away, giving you and your guests plenty of booking options.
After the rehearsal, you can treat your guests to Dovetail, one of the most exclusive (and expensive) dining experiences in the city. With dining rooms accommodating up 75 guests or as few as 20, Dovetail staff, chefs, and servers will attend to your every need with personalized menus, vegetarian options, and an exclusive wine list.
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
There is nothing more exclusive than a wedding photo among the roses at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. For the bride looking to escape the grandeur of the city and get lost in the luxury of nature, Brooklyn Botanical Garden offers wedding packages that seem to fall right out of the pages of a fairy tale.
With over 10,000 species of flora, the gardens can accommodate any design, décor, or even allergy. And do not worry about the weather ruining the special day. The Palm House, with glass walls and domed ceiling, will protect your ceremony from the elements, and the outdoor plaza will allow your guests to mingle and nibble around the lush Lily Pool Terrace and its ornate stone fountain.
For a truly enchanting experience, set your ceremony in the Atrium, with its natural roof of wildflowers and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that which give you and your guests an unparalleled view of the Garden’s famous Cherry Esplanade.
For Your Guests
For the most exclusive experience, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are catered entirely by the Patina Group, a local New York collection of posh restaurants and famous chefs that accommodate only the most celebrated venues, including Rockefeller Center. But for your rehearsal dinner, you can dine your way through other Patina restaurants including Brassiere in Midtown and The Grand Tier Restaurant in the Upper East Side.
When it comes to finding a room, nearby bed and breakfast Serenity offers a serene and comfortable stay in the heart of Lefferts Prospect Gardens, one of Brooklyn’s most historic neighborhoods, which is only a half-mile from the Botanical Gardens.