Interesting Nuptuals: Top 5 Unique Wedding Locations in Queens

Top Five Unique Wedding Locations

By Jess Berry

Having a unique wedding has become an increasingly difficult task in a world dominated by social media, says Kimberly Sevilla, a talented and acclaimed florist who owns the flower shop Red Rose & Lavender in Williamsburg. Sites like Pinterest allow everyone to share cute craft ideas for weddings, or photos of ideal venues and dresses. With everything open to search online, couples struggle to find ways to make their special night, well, special.

“I think people are constantly challenged to make their event different and unique,” Sevilla said. “Now we have so much media, people’s lives are always on display. That challenges them to push it even further.”

Sevilla is a wedding expert. Her work as a florist, urban gardener and window display designer has been featured in Bride’s Magazine, New York Magazine and Time Out New York. Having done countless weddings all over the city, Sevilla helped It’s Queens in picking out the top five overlooked and unique wedding venues in the borough. “I think Queens is just overlooked by a lot of people,” she said. “There are some really awesome spaces.”

Queens Zoo5. Queens Zoo 
53-51 111th Street, Corona

Perhaps the most unusual suggestion on Sevilla’s list, the Queens Zoo would certainly make for a whimsical wedding for animal lovers across the borough, or maybe for those who are looking to get a little wild with their wedding plans.

“A lot of times, especially millenials who are getting married now, they don’t want to be like everybody else and they want to do something that’s a little different,” Sevilla said. “So a zoo is definitely not a place where people would consider weddings.”

That is certainly true, but Sevilla does not think its eccentricity will keep the zoo from being the perfect romantic setting. The Queens Zoo in particular, she said, is charming, with an old-fashioned feel, and a more manageable size than, say, the Bronx Zoo.

And, if you are looking to be particularly light-hearted on your big day, Sevilla recommended having your ceremony near the sea lions.

“It’s just a pretty spot,” she said. Besides, friends and family will certainly have more fun if they can take a break from dinner and dancing to hang out with your four-legged guests.

Museum of the Moving Image4. Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, LIC

If you want something a bit more sleek and modern, the Museum of the Moving Image is the perfect space for a couple with out of the box ideas for what they want out of their wedding. “It’s all white walls, white floor,” Sevilla said. “And I’m normally attracted to places where you have to use your skills as a designer to make the magic happen.”

Those white surfaces are a big selling point for weddings, the museum’s event planner BG Hacker explained. “The museum is very white; it’s very clean and architectural. It’s really a blank canvas for whatever you want to project onto it,” Hacker said. “Whatever your vision is, you can have it in the museum.”

Flexibility and creativity are key at this venue. Wedding parties can use all of the public space and galleries, and if couples feel so inclined, they can use the museum’s numerous screens to project any images they want — from picture slideshows to seating arrangements. In case all of that is not enough, Hacker said, couples can also feel good in knowing that they are supporting a not-for-profit organization through their use of the museum. All of the money that is made through private events goes towards funding public programming at the museum.

Queens Museum3. Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

The Queens Museum just underwent some serious renovations, and the new building is a breathtaking location for a wedding. And, for those history buffs out there, the nearby Unisphere is (literally) a big attraction. “It’s beautiful,” Sevilla said. “It’s very open, there’s a lot of light, and then you’re right by the old World Fair site, so you get all of that too.”

Weddings have access to the whole museum, with rooms that each have their own feel. When you first walk into the museum, you’re welcomed into an atrium with galleries encircling it that could be perfect for a ceremony. The Unisphere gallery looks out on the World’s Fair Globe, and floor to ceiling glass gives guests a perfect view of the famous structure.

“The space — with the rooms and the ceilings — has to be unmatched in Queens,” said James DellaPace, the founder of the Queens Museum’s exclusive caterer, Amerivents. “This is an extreme experience visually. That is really what they’re going to experience.”

Metropolitan Building2. The Metropolitan Building
4401 11th Street, LIC

Even more interesting than the Metropolitan Building’s unique space is its unusual history. The owner bought the building for storage in the 80s because she was doing interior designing and decorating for diplomats in the UN. Now, wedding parties can borrow some of that furniture to decorate the renovated warehouse. “It’s really neat,” Sevilla said. “There are old industrial elevators, and there’s one hall that’s just floor to ceiling antique mirrors, all different kinds. So for photo shoots when you’re getting married, it’s gorgeous. It’s like you’re in some crazy old mansion.”

Besides weddings, the venue has also hosted shoots and after-parties for shows like Law & Order, Gossip Girl and SNL. “Pretty much you name it and they’ve been here,” said Amanda Bruns, an employee at the venue.

At the complete opposite end of the white-walled Museum of the Moving Image, the Metropolitan Building comes with its own character that a couple can work with in creating their own unique celebration. “It’s a really lovely space, but you feel comfortable,” Bruns said. “It has a bit of personality and charm. It comes with inspiration in and of its own, rather than a blank white space.”

The Foundry1. The Foundry
42-38 9th Street, LIC

Coming in at number one, The Foundry also boasts a fascinating history as an old metal-casting factory. The building was constructed in 1906 and its personality is a huge selling point for interested couples. “It just has really incredible architecture,” Sevilla said. “It’s unlike any other space. It’s like you step back into time, almost.”

Gina Riley, who works at The Foundry, emphasized the beauty of the building’s exposed brick and archways. “The Foundry’s history and aesthetic are what give it its edge,” she said. “The brick archways and vaulted, beamed ceilings truly set it apart and highlight the original character and structure of the building.”

Besides the striking architecture, The Foundry shares its courtyard with a landscape design company, so the outdoor space is covered in full green ivy for eight months of the year and surrounded by flowering plants. “The atmosphere is adaptable for high end, high production events but also a beautiful setting for a more intimate affair,” Riley said. “The architecture and exposed brick in the main space and lush greenery in the courtyard are features we feel have shaped The Foundry’s unique identity.”


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