BRIDES New York: NYC Universities That Double as Wedding Venues

Updated 05/14/16

Ira Lippke for Ira Lippke Studios

Often overlooked amongst the endless list of gorgeous NYC wedding venues are some of the most beautiful and unique university spots, right in our backyard. Whether you're an alumnus, a sports fan, or are simply looking for a unique wedding venue, check out these New York City universities where you can get married.

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Open to anyone regardless of educational and/or religious affiliation, St. Paul's Chapel at the Columbia campus on the Upper West Side is a beautiful locale for your wedding ceremony. After your vows have been exchanged and you've said "I do," consider hosting your reception at the Columbia University Faculty House. This upper Manhattan event space boasts versatility and historical charm within its unique layout, which includes the beautifully appointed Garden Rooms and the Ivy Lounge.

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Offering a steep discount to NYU alumni (score!) you can be like Alec Baldwin and his bride Hilaria Baldwin and host your wedding reception celebration at New York University's 10th floor Kimmel Center. Aside from its breathtaking views of Washington Square Park and classic New York City architecture, this venue can accommodate up to 300 guests within its dynamic and versatile space. This is a perfect venue for the quintessential New York City couple.

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While it can be a bit tricky, Fordham University does permit students, graduates, and staff of the University and Fordham Prep to wed on their grounds at the University Church. Since this particular church is not a parish, couples must have a priest or deacon accompany for them to perform their services. For couples choosing to wed at this historic venue, consider pairing your Fordham ceremony with a reception at the breathtaking and nearby New York Botanical Gardens.

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The Roosevelt Memorial House of Hunter College is a gorgeous, historically renovated townhouse that was once home to president Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. With a beautiful auditorium and charmingly elegant dining rooms/reception areas, this space is eligible for rent for your dream intimate wedding. With the ability to accommodate 75 guests for dinners, and 125 guests for cocktail style receptions, the crown moldings, oversized windows and charming fireplaces are sure to transport you and your guests back in time (in style, of course.)

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