The Riverside Church is spacious and elegant wedding venue located in New York, New York with extensive experience uniting interfaith, heterosexual, and same-sex couples. This space boasts beautiful architecture and stunning views, perfect for breathtaking photos. The Riverside Church is a historic location that sits on the historic Upper West Side overlooking the Hudson River. The church features a large ceremony area and a variety of event halls ideal for receptions, rehearsal dinners, and more. This church can cater to all party sizes, big and small, and can accommodate to a couple’s distinct style, vision, and budget.
Facilities and Capacity
This venue has a number of facilities that can cater to large affairs and intimate gatherings. From the Christ Chapel, that can hold 100 wedding guests, to the South Hall, that can accommodate 500 wedding guests, couples have plenty of options to choose from. They also have get-ready rooms for the couple and their designated bridal parties. The Riverside Church provides many halls that can be transformed into a number of different floor plans, including long tables and circle tables, to accommodate a couple’s catering choices. Whether you’re having a small ceremony of 25 people or a reception of over 100 guests, their staff can lead couples in the right direction when it comes to catering, venue selection, vendor management, and more.
This iconic and historic church can easily host a couple’s ceremony, reception, cocktail hour, and reception dinner. Their services include an experienced event planner, setup, and cleanup. Their spaces boast a variety of amenities, including a wood-burning fireplace, an open floor plan flexible for a variety of event designs, large gothic-style spaces, stone pillars, a stage for entertainment, a lobby, and more.
The church is modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in France. The very first service was held in 1930, and since then has been graced by presidents, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and more.
Recommended by 91% of couples
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Shirley · Married on 05/04/2013
We had an amazing wedding reception at the Riverside Church! The Assembly Hall space was gorgeous (even when empty!) with its tall, arched ceilings and stained glass windows. It was also large enough to accommodate our 200+ guests, 2 buffet stations, 2 bars, a photo booth, AND a large dance floor! At first, I was concerned that we wouldn't be able to fit everything in without having our guests feeling crammed together. But Angela (church wedding coordinator) and Leigh (in-house caterer) were so helpful in alleviating all my concerns and fears about the space! I must have sent a million emails throughout the planning process, and they were both very patient and quick to respond to all my questions. Very professional as they've been doing weddings for a long time!Sent on 05/16/2013
The food from Pasha Events, the in house caterer, was amazing as well! We went with the buffet option and had plenty of options to choose from for our reception. There was more than enough food for all our guests, who absolutely LOVED the chicken & waffles dish! Pasha is also very accommodating if you need vegetarian versions of certain dishes or need kids' meals.
The Riverside Church is just such a large, beautiful and iconic space in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was the perfect place for our wedding reception! We didn't have our ceremony there (we wanted to get married Columbia campus where I went to school, more of a personal connection) but the Riverside main chapel is absolutely gorgeous! So many of our guests are still telling us how beautiful the church is!
Eric · Married on 03/03/2018
Riverside Church made our wedding dreams come true. Look no further if you are looking to have the best wedding imaginable. Angela (wedding coordinator) is amazing!!! Thank you Riverside Church.. I couldnt have imagined a more beautiful venue and serviceSent on 03/23/2018
Dana · Married on 01/01/2018
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