BRIDES New York: Amazing Venues Hiding in the Bronx

Bride and groom exiting at Bronx Zoo

Courtesy of New York Zoos and Aquarium Events 

The Bronx, otherwise known as the northernmost borough of New York City's five boroughs, covers 42 square acres of diverse venues, parks, and gardens. We've rounded up the Bronx's most scenic and diverse venues ranging from the eclectic Bronx Zoo to the English-inspired grounds of Wave Hill to deliver a roundup of the perfect Bronx backdrop for any New York City bride.

Peacock in foreground with bride and groom in background at Bronx Zoo
Courtesy of New York Zoos and Aquarium Events

Bronx Zoo

Tying the knot at one of the Bronx's most celebrated locations delivers a venue experience as distinctive as it is fun. Whether choosing to celebrate in the Congo Gorilla Forest (which accommodates up to 80 guests) or say "I do" among the free-roaming Indian peacocks in their outdoor habitat, this one-of-a-kind experience offers a unique variety of exclusivity and individuality.

Wave Hill in the Bronx arch overlooking water
Photo by Brent Terry / Viewing NYC

Wave Hill

Celebrations held at this 28-acre Bronx sanctuary provide incredible views of the adjacent Palisades while incorporating 17th-century style with modern-day luxuries. Wave Hill House, the property's English country residence, sets the stage for timeless festivities while reflecting on past luminaries such as Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain.

Bartow-Pell Mansion in Bronx
Courtesy of Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Built to exemplify the existence of country living in Pelham Bay Park during the 19th century, this museum's mansion provides a retreat into tranquility through exceptional settings and historical significance. Offering two spaces, the exclusive outdoor Bartow-Pell garden and the sunlit Orangerie, the museum can accommodate intimate settings of up to 35 guests, providing guests with an option for elegance through both an outdoor and indoor atmosphere.

New York Botanical Garden, pond by atrium
Photo by Christopher Postlewaite / NYC Convention and Visitors Bureau

New York Botanical Garden

Identified as the Bronx's metropolitan oasis, this National Historic Landmark has supported over one million living plants on its 250-plus acres of extensive landscape since its establishment in 1891. Amidst an endless range of seasonal blooms, cascading trees, and pastoral lawns rests a variety of unforgettable event spaces like the glass-walled Palm House and The Atrium, which overlooks the Garden's Cherry Esplanade and outdoor terrace.

Park with bench, trees and grass near water
Courtesy of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation  

Van Cortlandt Park

Covering 1,146 acres of the Northwest Bronx, this cultural congregation of regional history and landscape holds the title for New York City's third-largest park. Four distinct areas of scenery including the Northwest and Northeast Forests, the Tibbetts Brook/Van Cortlandt Lake Wetlands, and Vault Hill mark the gradual hills, open flats, and thick woodlands that embody the natural beauty of this extraordinary park.

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