Celebrate At Snug Harbor is a romantic wedding venue in Staten Island, New York. Here, breathtaking botanical gardens meet stunning architecture for an unforgettable place to commemorate your milestone. Tucked away from the energy of New York City, this space is ideal for couples wanting a unique and whimsical ceremony and reception spot. With its convenient location on Staten Island, it is just a quick ferry ride across the water to lower Manhattan. Brooklyn and Queens, meanwhile are a short car ride away. Couples and their guests have plenty of nearby hotels to choose from for overnight accommodations.
Facilities and Capacity
Celebrate at Snug Harbor sits on 83 acres of carefully landscaped gardens. Couples can exchange vows in one of their many botanical gardens, such as the Rose Garden and Tuscan Garden, or the Newhouse Museum. Any of these settings will provide a serene and beautiful atmosphere to kick off your big day. The White Garden or Chinese Scholar Garden can be used alongside the tented pavilion to create a comfortable outdoor experience. It can comfortably accommodate up to 250 guests from April to October. Guests will then get to enjoy cocktail hour under the stars or inside their beautiful hall. The Great Hall features 40-foot ceilings, providing an open-spaced environment for guests to dine, dance, and make unforgettable memories. With tall windows, intricate woodwork, and grand fireplaces, the elegant and charming ambiance of this setting will have your guests in awe. This event space can accommodate up to 350 guests comfortably.
When booking Celebrate At Snug Harbor for your special occasion, you will get to work closely with their event designers. They want your event to truly be unique to you, and reflect your personal tastes. From start to finish, it is their mission to make sure your vision comes to life so your expectations are not only met, but exceeded. This includes assistance with setting up, and cleaning up, your chosen event space. Guests will enjoy the convenience of valet parking, adding an extra touch of sophistication to celebrations here. A range of full-service packages is offered to further simplify the planning process.
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April D. · Married on 05/30/2021
Celebrate at Snug Harbor- where you dream wedding comes true!
Celebrate at Snug Harbor was not even a choice on my list for our venue. It had come up and we decided to go and look. Boy, did it exceed our expectations.
Staten Island is not known for a lot of positive things however, this venue is the secret gem, if not, the main reason why Staten Island is on the map to begin with.
From Erin O' Keefe, one of the wedding coordinators, as well as her entire team (from her counterparts, the bartenders, the waiters, the attendances, maire d's and especially Emily), my now husband and I felt like we were royalty.
I am a planner myself-so if there are any brides that are just as particular as I am, I am letting you know that Erin and her team are the DREAM team to make all your endeavors come true. For example, I wrote a 4 page (no spaces) in depth logistic summary that included the venue personnel, the photographer, videographer, DJ and florist. Celebrate and Snug dissected every line and every sentence to ensure that EVERY detail was met.
During the engagement period to the actual wedding day, my father had passed away from COVID. I lost all ambition to plan a wedding and to celebrate this important day. When we had spoken to the venue in regards to possibly cancelling the big day, Erin and her team showed so much compassion to our family. Regardless that they are a business that strives on events, they were the most compassionate people during the time of me going through the emotions of death of my father. Without being obnoxious, they would call from time to time just to check in- no wedding talk but just to check in to see if I was alright. Some people may find that annoying but during the time of isolation and also working in the medical field, i thoroughly relished in their support.
Now, the wedding day itself- all the weekends in May 2021 were beautiful and sunny...except for the weekend that we got married. It rained tremendously. However, this venue made me feel like the rain did not even exist. They were already pre-planning plan B in order to make sure to stay consistent with time and they found locations on the grounds to make sure I had amazing photos. My team- Erin and Emily and John stood in the rain- soaking wet to make sure that my husband and I looked like nothing phased us. With them by our sides, nothing actually did.
The food from Relish Catering is amazing. We love the food! Our signature cocktails and open bar were greatly used during the wedding. The bartenders were fun and witty and our guests had a blast enjoying their drinks.
The Great Hall, or as we call it the 9 3/4 room (harry potter reference), is as tall as a sky scraper but feels as intimate as a cottage. With the fire places lit and the candles aglow, our guests and us felt like Snug Harbor embraced us that night.
Our ceremony was held downstairs. We were supposed to have it in the Tuscan Garden but with the rain, we relocated. I did not have much to say in regards to the ceremony because the team pulled it off. They understood the vision, the feel, the vibe that we were trying to emulate.
If you are looking for a great wedding on beautiful grounds, then choose Celebrate at Snug Harbor, where the gardens and the flowers show endless beauty.
If you are looking for a perfect wedding that can overcome any situation, including downpour of rain and 40 degree weather in the month of May, then choose Celebrate at Snug Harbor. You will not regret anything.
Emily, John and my favorite Erin will not ever let you down!Sent on 06/15/2021
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Victoria S. · Getting married on 05/08/2022
Amazing beyond words!
We had my daughter’s wedding at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on August 29 2020. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden has the most amazing grounds. It is a real hidden gem on Staten Island’s north shore and one of the prettiest places in NYC. The ceremony took place in the Tuscan Garden and the dinner reception was held at the tented Pavilion.Sent on 09/10/2020
As you can imagine, it was not easy to organize and implement a wedding in the year of COVID-19. But the professional team of event planners at Celebrate at Snug Harbor went above and beyond to make this event unfold seamlessly. They provided impeccable services from the beginning of the wedding to the final moment including the wedding planner, coordinator, bridal attendant, and food catering services.
Special thanks to David N.S. Woods, Managing Director of Celebrate who helped organize the event according to the strict guidelines of NY state and NYC COVID 19 for social distancing and proper screening -- making all of the guests feel very comfortable and safe during the event.
My daughter’s wedding specialist, John R. Ianniello Jr., was the most attentive, knowledgeable, and personable coordinator I could ever wish for. He was a key figure in planning and implementing this event and made himself available to me at all times. He guided my daughter through the entire wedding preparation experience and by the end of the event, became a very close friend. John’s experience and knowledge was a key element in preparing for the most important event in our daughter’s life.
My guests were all raving about the wedding. Everyone had a fantastic time, calling the wedding the highlight of 2020. They said it was the most beautiful, classy, and spectacular wedding they ever attended. Special thanks to Relish Catering and Hospitality Food services -- the dishes they served were so delectable we had guests inquiring about the event's caterers all evening long.
Douglas James Entertainment was the most talented Master of Ceremonies and he led a group of musicians with incredible voices, energy, and instrumental skills. Douglas was able to bring together Russian, American and Jewish guests with his personal charisma and team's talent -- providing music that appealed to everyone’s cultural tastes and ensuring a most memorable experience for everyone at the party.
If you want to have a dream wedding, I highly recommend Celebrate at Snug harbor, Douglas James entertainment, flowers by In Flowers NYC, Julian Ribinik Photography, and videography by Ray Estrada Films. They made my daughter’s wedding perfect and I’m sure they will do the same for you.
Celebrate at Snug Harbor's reply:Dear Victoria
Samantha L. · Getting married on 12/10/2021
Fairytale Come True
We actually didn't know about Celebrate at Snug Harbor when we first started venue shopping. We stumbled across their site when looking for an all outdoor venue in response to COVID. After connecting with John, and the rest of the team, we wonder why we didn't book with them in the first place. They made the planning progress was so easy which was such a relief as our initial plans were already thrown out the window. With Celebrate, they made me not just feel, but believe we were planning my wedding like any other year. The response we received from Celebrate were almost immediate, and they were genuinely will to work with us. If anything, we feel terrible we pestered them so much! Nevertheless, the team was amazingly attentive and never bothered by our barrage of questions and concerns. This is more than I can say for our original venue who never reached out to contact us even once at the beginning of quarantine orders nor even after social gathering limits were imposed.Sent on 10/30/2020
Even though incredible safety measures were put in place in response to the pandemic, it honestly did not feel like we were in one once the day began. We can only attribute this to the wonderful care, attention to detail, and genuine desire to be present to support us the team demonstrated. Shelby and John helped us (especially me) stay relaxed which is not an easy thing to do and knowing there was a whole team of members (sincerest apologies for not remembering all your names) behind them to support gave us the confidence to know our wedding was going to be a night to remember; pandemic or not.
With hands tied, the team at Celebrate were able to pull off everything we wanted, and the whole event came out better than we expected.
We have nothing but love for the people at Celebrate, and so grateful we had the opportunity to share our special day with them.
Celebrate at Snug Harbor's reply:Dear Samantha,