Here are the 5 most exclusive wedding venues in New York City

banchet-flowersBanchet Flowers
In the Chelsea district near the Meatpacking District is a floral gem of a venue that many wedding planners can overlook. If Brooklyn is too far, yet you still wish to escape the rush of New York City, a wedding at Banchet Flowers can accommodate you and up to 125 of your guests for an exclusive ceremonial event and reception in their aptly named Flower Bar.

Owner and floral designer Banchet Jaigla designs arrangements for the likes of Dries Van Norton and the Thai Royal Family, and you will have access to any of the floral arrangements that are in the shop on the day of your wedding. The unique use of fleeting floral designs is only one of the many exclusive perks you will experience in the shop, which is ideal for the ceremony itself as it boasts over 1800 square feet of vintage brick walls and shining wood floors.

For Your Guests
Allow your guests to explore Chelsea district for the rehearsal dinner. Nearby restaurants like Salinas will offer your guests exclusive tapas and prix fix menus for your reservation while The Red Cat is more of a laid-back yet refined dining experience.

Both restaurants boast fine steaks and delectable wine lists. Hotels nearby include the Standard High Line, a posh stay with its own ice rink and rooftop bar for breath-taking views of the Meatpacking District and skyline. Closer to Chelsea, the GEM offers less expensive rooms in the heart of the New York’s famous dining and shopping neighborhood.

plaza-hotelThe Plaza Hotel
As one of the most exclusive venues in NYC, the Plaza Hotel in the Upper East Side transforms any ceremony into “the most important wedding ever held”. The hotel’s recent renovations, which cost an upwards of $450 million and included a newly-designed stained-glass laylight that mimics the turn-of-the-century original, will give your wedding reception the sumptuous and sophisticated flare you’ll need to turn heads.

There are different rooms to choose from, letting your style and taste lead the way. Use the Grand Ballroom for the ceremony and then sashay your guests into the nearby Terrace Room, a majestic space boasting stone fountains, grand arches, and glass chandeliers made to look like those in the Palace of Versailles.

However, don’t be overwhelmed by the grandeur of the event. Exclusivity is essential at the Plaza Hotel, and their wedding planners will commit to your needs until the ceremony is over.

For Your Guests
Encourage your guests to stay at the Plaza Hotel, as rooming and celebrating in the same place has its advantages, but there are plenty of nearby hotels on 58th street where you can book blocks of rooms for your guests and bridal parties. Park Lane Hotel and The Ritz Carlton at Central Park are both on the same block as the Plaza, meaning your guests can walk to the event without worrying about transportation.

Your rehearsal dinner will also be taken care of. Nearby, the Bottega Del Vino on 59th Street offers private rooms in their wine cellar and an array of menu options, including a dessert menu of decadent Italian sweets. A little farther down, The Russian Tea Room on 57th Street will help you maintain the posh austerity of your event. With their elegant room designs and menu options (including a gluten-free menu), you can treat your wedding party to something very special before the big day.

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