A Spectacular Setting for Ceremony or Reception
Anyone who has driven down Manhattan's Henry Hudson Highway or Riverside Drive, can't have helped but notice the eye-catching and beautiful landmark, Riverside Church. Overlooking the Hudson River this soaring Gothic Cathedral is a wonderful site for weddings.
Riverside Church at 490 Riverside Drive in upper Manhattan hosts an annual Wedding Open House in March to show it's sanctuary, chapels and reception sites. We visited recently and were impressed by the gorgeous Gothic interiors suitable for large extravaganzas, intimate ceremonies and receptions.
For the Ceremony
The Sanctuary at Riverside Church
can accommodate up to 2000 guests!
Christ Chapel - for a smaller wedding of up to 130 guests
Margaret playing harp in Christ Chapel
The main sanctuary, a soaring and spectacular Gothic style interior space suitable for the grandest wedding can accommodate up to 2000 guests. For a more intimate ceremony, Christ Chapel is a lovely setting for up to 130 guests.
For an elopement or ceremony for just family, the Meditation Chapel with it's beautiful stained glass windows seats twelve to fourteen.
...and don't forget the music for your ceremony. The harp and flute are perfectly suited to ceremonies in any of Riverside's beautiful rooms.
For the Reception
The idea of having the reception in the church may seem a bit quaint and old-fashioned but Riverside's sumptuous reception rooms are a far cry from the typical church basement. The ornate and fully equipped interiors bring to mind the great rooms of European Castles.
The rooms on the higher floors have sweeping views from their windows and balconies.
The Assembly Hall
seats up to 160
The largest reception space it the South Hall which can accommodate up to 500 guests. There is also a beautiful Assembly Hall on the 10th floor for parties of up to 300 and the Ninth Floor Lounge which can seat up to 160 for a sit down dinner and is equipped with a full kitchen.
The foyer outside the main sanctuary is another spectacular space that may be used for your cocktail hour. For more information and descriptions of each room, please visit:
"Riverside Church is an open and affirming Christian Church with Extensive experience uniting interfaith, heterosexual and same sex couples."
All the services you need can be provided through Riverside's wedding coordinator, Angela Gregory, caterer, Pasha Events, and other recommended vendors. For more information, please visit:
The Hudson Heights Duo