Picking a wedding venue is one of the first steps that goes into planning a great wedding. Buuuut, getting lost in the Google sauce gets messy. So I'm here to help you because that's what I do best. (Maybe second best behind taking photos).

Keep reading to see perfect New York City garden wedding venues.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This. is. a. freaking. PARADISE!!! I love the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a few reason: if you love living in NYC but don't want a venue that looks so, well, "I live in NYC," this is a nice 52 acre oasis in Brooklyn made for you. There are lush gardens all around for plenty of photo ops, and access to outdoor gardens for the ceremony. For the reception, you can choose between the palm house for a classic bright and white look that makes any color palette work + the terrace for cocktails and mingling (up to 250 guests), or the atrium for a more modern look (up to 125 guests). If I had to pick any wedding venue in NYC to get married at, this would be mine <3

620 Loft Garden

For stunning views of 5th avenue right in the heart of Manhattan, check out 620 Loft Garden. Another great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of NYC is on a rooftop where you can still overlook it all--and this is it. It has a gorgeous rooftop with even better views of the city, along with reflecting pools and fountains, and wall-to-wall windows to make sure you get to enjoy the natural light all year round. If you've ever wanted to feel like you're living in Gossip Girl (are you a Blair or Serena?), this is the venue for you. You get that classic NYC feel with easy access to the street below for all your city-picture needs, but the privacy and serenity of an exclusive garden rooftop in the middle of NYC. This is definitely one of the best New York City wedding venues!

Midtown Loft and Terrace

For a little more traditional venue that still offers a great view of New York City and that open-air feeling for your ceremony, take a peek at Midtown Loft and Terrace. I personally am a fan of the terrace, which by the way is fully retractable, and can seat up to 100 people or host 150 for cocktails. The views of the Empire State Building are iconic NYC--and who wouldn't want that at their NYC wedding venue?!

Central Park Conservatory Garden

Nothing, in my opinion, is more classically "New York City" than Central Park. It's one of my favorite places in the city since I'm a big nature person (despite always traveling to huge cities and loving every second of it), and the perfect place for engagement pictures, a proposal, and of course a gorgeous open-air wedding on 6 acres of land in the heart of NYC. The gardens have a wisteria pergola, a few fountains, and endless romantic, colorful, gorgeous photo ops all around. Plus, why not give out-of-town guests that classic NYC experience with a wedding right in Manhattan's own Central Park? For more info, check out their website.

There are tons of venues in a city as big as NYC...

But I hope this list gave you a little bit of a jump start on finding the best New York City wedding venue for you and your partner.

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