~ Ceremony Only Locations ~
Many couples who do not want to get married at their reception hall, have difficulty finding a ceremony location. There are also those who are looking to simply get married, have a small wedding ceremony, then go out to dinner with family. This list is no where near complete and some of these DO offer reception options… But here are some of my favorite Ceremony Only Locations!
Gardens & Museums:
Bailey Arboretum – Lattingtown – They have a great outdoor setting, but for smaller indoor ceremonies the mansion has a terrific room with a fire place.
The Bates House – Setauket – Totaling over 2400 square feet, the facility can accommodate 163 people indoors. Tables and chairs are included and can be used to set up a ceremony aisle and rows out by their lovely gazebo. Bring your own food, alcohol and 12 hours of rental is well under $1,000. (last time I checked)
Bayard Cutting Arboretum – Oakdale – The little cafe in the mansion is when the museum is open and the lawn behind it has a spectacular water view.
Brecknock Hall – Greenport – What a fabulous mansion! Lovingly restored and available for the entire event or ceremony only.
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – Many options for ceremonies here! The Palm House is a Victorian Green House and Cherry Blossom season is always popular outdoors
Cedarmere – Roslyn Harbor – New York home of poet and publisher, William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878). Cedarmere is currently owned and cared for by Nassau County.
Coe Hall & The Planting Fields – Oyster Bay -They have special Ceremony Only Locations in the gardens as well as inside the mansion.
Fire Island Lighthouse – Great for that beach feel but still have grandma walk on a regular surface. Most couples choose either the front or rear patio to accommodate guests, but there’s also a new building next door for events.
Frank Brush Barn – Smithtown – Part of the Smithtown Historical Society, this barn with space for about 100 guests, usually hosts concerts and such but is for rent for weddings ceremonies with or without a reception to follow.
Hallock Homestead – Riverhead this is another big open space for rent. Naugles Barn at Hallock Homestead is similar to the Frank Brush Barn, with that rural and rustic feel. Perfect to those who want to rebel against the crystal and marble of a traditional catering hall.
Long Island Maritime Museum – West Sayville – The south shore of Long Island has such a rich nautical history. Being on the water is for many people a part of LI culture as Nathans was for Brooklynites. Does this sound like you? Then this may just be your venue!
The Long Island Museum – Stony Brook This is where the Carriage Museum is. They have many different buildings and gardens for indoor and outdoor options.
Nassau County Museum of Art – Roslyn – A great site, with formal gardens including one with a huge Victorian iron work to frame the ceremony. Well worth a look.
Peconic River Herb Farm – Calverton – Lots and lots of options here! From free for you and just a couple of witnesses to tented receptions that won’t break the bank, all in the beautiful natural environment that are known for.
Prospect Park Boathouse – Prospect Park Brooklyn NY. They do ceremonies before they open and full receptions after they close. There’s also a beautiful wooden boat that tours the park’s waterways. Having a small ceremony on the boat itself is an option! All you have to do is reserve the seats on the boat for your guests at a particular time and you have just chartered it!
Queens Botanical Garden – Flushing – has the Rose Garden. One of my couples was so enamoured by this place they went for weekend after weekend watching the other couples, waiting for it to be their turn.
The Setauket Neighborhood House – Setauket – Alongside a quiet lake where swans glide, rests an historic jewel, a special gift that belongs to our community. It’s a charming spot where folks gather, a place to explore your talents and a center of activity?it’s also the perfect place to celebrate those memorable moments in our lives. It’s the Setauket Neighborhood House?and was given to our community to be enjoyed by all our neighbors.
Vanderbilt Mansion – Centerport – Yes they had a few of these but the one I’m talking about now is Eagles Nest in Centerport, the mansion at the Vanderbilt Planetarium. The courtyard is great! And so romantic with the view and architecture…
Wereholme / Weeks Estate /Scully Estate / Seatuck – Islip – Pick a name but no matter what you call it this Town of Islip property is another beautiful old mansion. It is available for ceremony only and for smaller weddings.
Westbury Gardens – Old Westbury – They have a special spot which they offer to tent to protect from rain and sun. I don’t believe there is an indoor option here.
Argyle Gazebo – This is a Babylon Village location so it’s Village Hall, not Town Hall to get the permit that they require. On the bright side it is only $100 and there is bench seating.
Babylon Town Hall Gazebo or Lake – This is the little gazebo or the lake next to Town Hall on Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst. It’s always nicely landscaped and it’s free!
Garden City Gazebo – Right by the Garden City Hotel and Garden City Fire House, this structure is fairly large with good landscaping but bring some chairs for the older folks.
Morgan’s Park Gazebo in Glen Cove – I have never been here myself but it is located at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and I hear it’s large and beautiful. From the photos I have found it looks more like an uncovered band shell with a panoramic view of the harbor behind. There may be another covered structure in the park (just in case) but a look see might be worth while!
Nesconcet Gazebo – I found this one through the Chamber of Commerce’s summer concert series. It is located at Nesconset Plaza – 127 Smithtown Blvd. Nesconset, NY 11767. It looked like a great place to have a quick ceremony!
Northport Harbor Band Shell or Gazebo – In the beautiful and historic town of Northport is a park on the harbor. There are more than one structure there to choose from and even a little dock that goes out into the water. On the weekends or if you plan on setting up seating and an aisle to walk down, you will want to check with Northport Village Hall to see if your plans require a permit. For smaller informal ceremonies no permit is necessary.
Oyster Bay Gazebo – Audrey Ave right by Town Hall. Very nice and well maintained structure, not huge but not small either. It is used by the Town of Oyster Bay for events and speeches.
Wantagh Park Gazebo – When you enter the park you will go all the way down to where the parking ends and look past the pool area to the left. There it sits, with a great view of the water and reeds. This isn’t much in the way of shelter for more than 6 people, but if you want to be at it’s entrance with your guests outside to watch…. This may be the place for you!
Westhampton Beach Village Green and Gazebo – At Main Street and the Roads of Mill and Beach.
Churches and Chapels
Unity Church of Healing Light Huntington Station NY – I just found this one on LIW. The pictures look very nice. It holds 140, comes with or without clergy, they boast an organ, bride’s dressing room, ample parking, “extremely beautiful space at an affordable price.”
Historical Chapel – Woodbury – This lovely old building with tin cieling, stained glass windows and oak pews comes with an officiant, and organist, but you can bring your own.
CW Post Interfaith Chapel – This I don’t know much about but my first ceremony there will be so I am planning on updating this blog when I go. All the reviews have been very positive for this location and the photos above were taken there, so it is a pretty venue.
St Johnland Chapel – Kings Park on the property of St. Johnland Rehabilitation Center – This is a Great Church Building in a park like setting. If you are having a problem finding a location and you want a church – go see this venue. They don’t host too many weddings and it is sometimes hard to find someone for information but it IS worth the effort.
The Islip Grange – Sayville – This is a “Little House on the Prairie” Style chapel. Very small, seats 60, very cute, and VERY CHEAP. Booking is done through the Cultural Affairs Office of the Islip Department of Parks and Recreation. The fee is $275.00 for non – Islip residents, $225.00 for Islip residents. $100 of that is refunded if they don’t have to hire anyone to clean up after you.
Bating Hollow Congregational Church – Bating Hollow – They are actually now one of Georgio’s house vendors. It’s a great little building, with or without a minister. I have found “Congregational” Churches more willing to rent space as they are self supporting.
Hunting Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – This looks like a castle from the outside but inside is modern. There are UUF’s all over Long Island and to the best of my knowledge all will rent space.
Old Whaler’s Church, 44 Union Street, Sag Harbor. What a great old church! It holds 600 guests, the fee is reasonable, and if you were not thinking of a big reception they have a room downstairs that can also be rented..
Scarsdale Comunity Baptist Church, 51 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY – An absolutely beautiful church. Wooden pews, stained glass windows, oriental rug runner, are just some of the attributes of this location. If a “church” is what you are looking for in Westchester this one is well worth a look see.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset – I haven’t been here yet but their ad on LIWeddings and the Google Image results look really nice. UU’s are always warm and welcoming to all faiths and genders so if you’re looking for something “church” like without the dogma these may be the folks you want to meet! (UUs also have a great Religious Education program for children)
Many of the Gold Coast Mansions have been receptive lately to ceremony only weddings that are held early in the day. Brunch receptions have also been a nice and affordable alternative to the traditional Long Island Wedding. Many couples are choosing a brunch buffet for fewer hours in a more spectacular setting with live musicians and the mansions are PERFECT for this. So always remember it never hurts to call and ask.
This is the best list of Ceremony Only Locations that I have at the moment, but I will update as I get new locations!
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