Riverside Church

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Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10027
Riverside Church
Traditional elegance, beautiful architecture and incredible views create atmosphere of splendor at Riverside Church. Its exquisite chapels and event halls can accommodate small and intimate affairs for 12 people or lavish ceremonies for 1900. Overlooking the Hudson River, the Riverside Church sits on the heights of the historic Upper West Side of Manhattan. It's an open and affirming Christian church with extensive experience uniting interfaith, heterosexual and same-sex couples. The church was built by John D. Rockefeller and is modeled after the 13th century Gothic Cathedral in Chartes, France.

The onsite caterer Madeline's Catering & Special Events has a vast experience in creating unique celebrations and will provide a fully staffed impeccably catered affair for 80 to 350 guests. Their gourmet cuisine and close personal attention will help you create the event of your dreams. The ceremony coordinator will assist you in planning all the details of your ceremony.

The 20-floor tower is 392 feet tall. It has several meeting rooms and contains the 74-bell Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon; its 20-ton Bourdon bell is the largest tuned bell in the entire world. With its two balconies, stained glass windows and two pipe organs that contain 11,000 pipes, the Nave is the main worship space and is the perfect backdrop for a large event – it can accommodate over 1900 guests. The Christ Chapel seats 130 people and it's patterned after the eleventh century Romanesque nave of the fortress church of St. Nazaire at Carcassonne. With capacity of 12 people, the Meditation Chapel is perfect for private and intimate ceremonies.

Several reception halls are available for your wedding celebration following your ceremony. Measuring 86 feet in length and 62 feet in width the South Hall is the largest space, complete with a full stage area and lobby. It can accommodate 500 guests for a cocktail hour and 350 for a formal sit-down dinner. The Assembly Hall is a large, gothic-style space with stone pillars and a stage, and equipped with a full kitchen and ice machine. With its stunning vistas of the Hudson River and New Jersey on one side and urban sprawl on the other, the Ninth Floor Lounge is Riverside's most spectacular hall. It features a wood-burning fireplace, a full kitchen and a small side room, perfect for coat-check or waiting room.

The Riverside Church is truly one of the most spectacular locations for your ceremony and reception. This stunning gothic building has all the amenities you need to create an amazing event – beautiful sanctuaries and banquet rooms, a professional team of on-site event specialists and a list of outstanding preferred vendors.
Venue Amenities & Details
Seating Capacity
80 to 350
Price Range (per plate)
$85 to $150
Simultaneous Events
Business Events
Outdoor Area
Bridal Room
On Site Ceremony
Off Premise Catering Available
On-site party planner

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