As weddings in Long Island often cost more than double what weddings in other areas of the US go for, couples tend to expect exquisite venues. We get that, which is why we’ve scoured the seemingly endless offerings of wedding venues in this coveted “wedding zone” and handpicked the best options that range from the epitome of luxury, with a price tag to match, to chic and simple, with a shockingly affordable rate. As you navigate the path to your dream Long Island wedding, we hope this guide simplifies your search and enhances your excitement for one of the biggest days of your life.
1. Oheka Castle
A historic venue located in Huntington, New York, on Long Island’s legendary Gold Coast, Oheka Castle is the place for couples wanting to feel like royalty on their wedding day. Designed by famous architects Delano and Aldrich in the early 20th-century, this French chateau-style castle provides 115,000 square feet of opulence that emanates in the 117 rooms that are available for the big day. The most popular event spaces include the Grand Ballroom, which shines with lavish chandeliers, the finely appointed Formal Dining Room, and the chameleon-like Terrace Room that can be styled to suit any theme. A wedding reception or ceremony can also be hosted in the Upper Lawn or Great Lawn area, both providing a lush, manicured garden.
Typical Cost: Starting fee for a reception during peak season is $14,000; starting fee for a ceremony is $1,500
Bonus: There are 32 elegant guestrooms and suites available for overnight stays.
A gem of the charming town of Woodbury, Crest Hollow Country Club offers couples 24 acres of ceremony sites and reception venues that cater to a wide range of tastes. Couples wanting a tropical ambiance often select Coral Beach, which features white sand beaches, waterfalls, and palm trees, or South Beach which exudes the beachy vibes of the Miami neighborhood it’s named after. Those hoping for a more traditional wedding will love the English Garden that emanates grandeur with thriving rose bushes and intricately-manicured lawns. Weddings during the chilly months can be hosted in the indoor chapel, Lounge Chic, or Elegant Ballroom.
Typical Cost: Starting fee for a ceremony is $1,000
Bonus: The country club has an in-house culinary team led by Executive Chef Chris Palmer.
Located in Smithtown, this country club is ideal for traditional weddings that feature the whimsy of nature and the comfort of a finely-appointed ballroom or dining room. Most ceremonies at Stonebridge Country Club are held outdoors under a white gazebo surrounded by an immaculate lawn, and receptions are enjoyed in the lavish Grand Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of the bucolic hills that surround the club. Couples can hold smaller celebrations in one of the more intimate dining rooms that can accommodate 75 guests. Plus, the in-house wedding planners, attentive staff, and a culinary team that can accommodate everything from butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and stations to buffets and multi-course meals amplify the convenience.
Typical Cost: $99 to $159 per person, plus a $450 fee for reception event space rental
Bonus: Setup and cleanup are included, in addition to tables, chairs, and linens.
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One of the most elegant venues for a New York wedding, Heritage Club at Bethpage (formerly Carlyle on the Green) offers numerous spaces that exude old-world glamour and chic details like chandeliers and rich fabrics and colors. A wedding ceremony here is usually hosted under a classic gazebo with view of the Bethpage Black golf course, and couples can hold a cocktail hour in the iconic hallway with checkered floors and swanky furniture. Smaller receptions can be celebrated in the Lenox Room, a tasteful space with chandeliers, wood floors, and gold accents, while larger groups can gather in the Conservatory Ballroom. This lavish ballroom is 6,800 square feet and showcases 1,500 acres of rolling hills through floor-to-ceiling French doors and windows.
Typical Cost: Starts at $160 per person
Bonus: The club provides a wedding planner and only allows one wedding a day, helping to ensure your special day is flawless.
One of the most acclaimed wedding venues in the Hamptons’ Montauk area, Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club & Marina is the perfect location for nautical nuptials, as it’s located on the beach and overlooks the marina. Whether your nautical visions include a barefoot ceremony along pristine sands or a black-tie reception in a ballroom, this coveted club has you covered. Additionally, it employs some of the best event planners and chefs in the area, making a wedding in these luxury digs a first-class experience.
Typical Cost: $150 to $250 per person
Bonus: The venue allows couples to set aside discounted blocks of rooms for guests and offers bridal services (i.e. nails, hair, and makeup) at its spa.
A premium wedding venue on Long Island’s North Shore, this beach club provides the enviable feature of a private beach replete with palm trees, beach grass, white sand, a wedding cabana, and the luminous waters of the Long Island Sound. The Crescent Beach Club essentially lets you savor a tropical wedding without ever leaving New York. After a sun-kissed ceremony, the party moves indoors to the Grand Ballroom which dazzles with high ceilings glowing from the light of crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sliding glass doors opening on a veranda above the water that often reflects the vibrant colors of a Long Island sunset. This is an enchanting venue that leaves a lasting impression.
Typical Cost: Starting fee for peak season receptions is $10,000, and ceremonies start at $1,800. During the off-season, receptions start at $5,000 and ceremonies start at $1,200.
Bonus: The club’s tropical-inspired garden creates a lush backdrop for photos.
Constructed in the 18th century and emanating vintage charm and enchanting displays of nature, Three Village Inn is a dream venue for those wanting a garden wedding coupled with a sophisticated indoor reception. And, as the inn is also a restaurant, it can be an excellent option for a rehearsal dinner. Much of the inn’s charm comes from its gorgeous views of Stony Brook Harbor, landscaped grounds that often bloom with color, and towering elms that give the area a timeless feel. An acclaimed site for ceremonies is in the gardens beneath a white arbor surrounded by a hedge and flowering trees. Meanwhile, receptions are often celebrated in the ballroom that is all-things-tasteful with metal chandeliers, polished hardwood floors, large windows, and Persian rugs.
Typical Cost: $120 per person, plus a $500 fee for the ceremony
Bonus: Couples and guests can stay overnight in the inn’s studios, staterooms, or suites, many of which feature a fireplace or views of the water.
Easily one of the grandest wedding venues in the state of New York, Bourne Mansion rests on 205 acres and is pure elegance with a sweeping lawn overlooking the sea, a ballroom that seems to have been pulled from a palace, and intimate rooms filled with tasteful details. As a historic Vanderbilt mansion, this venue is a premier option for couples sparing no expense and wanting every aspect of the celebration to be exquisite. From white pillars, brick exteriors, and gilded finishes to lovely gardens, soaring trees, and roaming wildlife, this is the place to say “I do” if you want to feel like you’ve wandered into the pages of The Great Gatsby.
Typical Cost: $195 per person; typical cost for 50 guests is around $25,000
Bonus: You’re in good company, as Consuelo Vanderbilt married the Duke of Marlborough at this mansion in 1895. Plus, your assigned staff, which includes a mansion coordinator to facilitate planning, and a personal maître d’, attendant, and event captain also make you feel like royalty on your wedding day.
Located in North Fork near the Peconic River, The Vineyards at Aquebogue is a fairytale setting for couples wanting nature to be a prime component of their celebration. In the warmer months, couples can exchange vows in the vineyard’s gardens which are accented by a waterfall and pond. The reception can then be held on the terrace, situated under a whimsical canopy of vines. Couples and guests can celebrate a fall or winter wedding in the venue’s contemporary ballroom. Plus, the rows of grapes provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for photos.
Typical Cost: Starting at $149 per person
Bonus: The venue offers seemingly endless menu options including pasta, carving or farm-to-table stations, butler-style hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a gelato bar and pie station, and so much more.
The Mansion at West Sayville, which features a spectacular ballroom with a glass-enclosed patio, docks reminiscent of a bygone era, and bucolic grounds, is a perfect setting for those wanting a simple, timeless ambiance for their wedding. A part of Suffolk County Parks, this restored 1909 colonial-style mansion looks out on Great South Bay and Fire Island—views that are truly spectacular at sunset—and is surrounded by a mixture of manicured grounds and unfettered nature. Additionally, the refined interiors with dark hardwood, chandeliers, multiple fireplaces, and French doors add to the appeal. “Rustic-chic” are the words that first come to mind when setting foot on this stunning property.
Typical Cost: Starting at $85 per person
Bonus: The mansion offers a comprehensive package, aptly-named the Complete Wedding Package, which includes a five-hour reception with an open bar, a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, chafing dishes, pasta stations, and cold displays, in addition to a champagne toast, duet course, and a choice of three entrees.
The most glamorous place to wed in Great Neck, this 18th-century premier venue has impeccable banquet halls, jaw-dropping gardens, and one of the most opulent ballrooms you’ll ever see. So what features make Leonard’s Palazzo so notable? Think old-world architecture mixed with contemporary details, imported Bavarian-cut crystal chandeliers, hand-painted 17th-century-themed murals, and trumpet, vine-covered trellises. Outdoor ceremonies can take place on any of the venue’s patios, many of which are surrounded by vibrant foliage, or in the romantic gardens enhanced by large fountains. Most receptions at Leonard’s Palazzo are held in the Grand Ballroom, which features a massive, awe-inspiring chandelier, but they can also be celebrated in the light and playful Leonardo DaVinci Veranda penthouse, which offers an indoor/outdoor experience, or even The Continental which highlights an oversized chandelier and a dance floor.
Typical Cost: Starting fee for a ceremony is $1,000; weddings with 50 guests typically cost $15,000
Bonus: The service is impeccable, as it includes a bridal attendant, personal maître d’, white glove service, and valet.
This lavish hotel boasts one of the most legendary grand ballrooms in Long Island, in addition to its first-class culinary staff led by world-renowned Chef David Burke. For a mix of tasteful grandeur in 25,000 square feet of event space and modern-day comforts in guest rooms and suites, Garden City Hotel is an optimal choice for couples wanting a destination wedding that will impress even the pickiest of guests. For a truly regal beginning to the festivities, ceremonies usually commence in the English Garden and are followed by a cocktail hour in the hotel’s Rotunda, dazzling with a large chandelier hanging from a gilded, recessed ceiling. Large receptions are enjoyed in the Grand Ballroom which shimmers with an abundance of chandeliers and a warm color palette, while couples can host smaller gatherings in the equally-chic Grand Salon or Société Suite.
Typical Cost: During peak season, the reception starting fee is $1,000 and the ceremony starting fee is $1,000.
Bonus: The hotel is only 22 miles from Manhattan, making it accessible to guests traveling from the city.
Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. In addition, she works as a childbirth preparation educator and birth doula who supports mothers-to-be and new mothers. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.