Unique Venues – Mansions & Estates

Unique Venues, everyone is looking for one!

And with the inevitable upcoming trends resulting from The Great Gatsby Movie (staring Leonardo and costumes by PRADA!!!) coming out this fall, I have a strong belief that Mansions and Gatsby themed events are going to be ‘roaring’!

So here’s a list of some of my favorite Gold Coast-’esq’ Mansions  – all available as venues for your upcoming event

Take a look but also let me know of YOUR FAVORITE mansion!

Oheka Castle

Hempstead House

Lyndhurst Castle

Castle on the Hudson

Old Westbury Gardens

Mill Neck Manor House

Eagles Nest – Vanderbuilt Estates

de Seversky Mansion

Planting Fields – Coe Hall

Chelsea Mutton Town Preserve

And if you just cant get enough Great Gatsby take a look at our gorgeous Great Gatsby Wedding held at the Hempstead House on Sands Point Preserve

Do you have a favorite mansion or estate venue?  Let us know!

 


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Top 10 Summer Venues I Love!

Top 10 Summer Venues I Love!

 

When it comes to Summer Venues & Rooftops for your event,  New York City has TONS to offer!

Here are my favorite Top 10  Summer Venues for Summer Parties in NYC and the surrounding areas.

These are all perfect for events like corporate summer parties, employee appreciation parties, birthday parties  &  rehearsal dinners.

What I really LOVE about all of these event spaces is each venues has an outdoor element but also has an indoor rain solution!

(Always have a plan B!)

 

What’s your favorite Summer Venue?  Let us know!

  • Studio 450  - One of my all time favorite empty loft spaces.  Great for weddings, social & corporate events.  This venue has a special place in my heart…..I was the first bride to get married there :)

  • Barolo - This restaurant has a huge and beautiful back yard with a gorgeous cherry blossom tree in the middle.  Events here is the spring and summer are pure magic!

  • Beekman Beer Garden & Beach - This little know venue all the way down town is a great option if you want the city and the beach at the same time.  Great for social or corporate events it has a huge tent and a man made beach complete with illuminated furniture and fire pits!

  • Randall’s Island - a favorite venue for corporate summer outings and activity based Bar or Bat Mitzvahs.  The property is huge, with tons of sports activity ares and having a tent as a plan B is a huge benefit!

  • Ink 48 Penthouse - talk about a view of NYC!  Even a jaded new yorker would think this penthouse is amazing!  This venue  is perfect for rehearsal dinners or smaller corporate events.  The balcony is huge and the view is to die for…oh yeah and did I mention there is a small pool up there too!

  • Ramscale - this venue is a private apartment / art gallery available for weddings, birthday parties and corporate events.  Its the perfect space for a cocktail style party.  I love the huge terrace that faces the west side highway with views of the city that seem to go on forever.

  • Empire Hotel Rooftop & Pool - this venue is one of my favorite to transform.  A clean fairly empty aesthetic.  Great for corporate or social parties.  3 separate areas that combine as one.  And a retractable roof gives SO many different options for temperature and weather plans!

  • The Terrace Club - A nice size terrace in the middle of everything.  This is the perfect option for the financial crowd!

  • 214 Lafayette Street - talk about hidden gems in NYC!  This is a private apartment that you would NEVER have know was at its location.  You can easily walk by the nondescript graffiti covered facade, but inside is a 6 floor MANSION!  All with full size pool, 2000 square foot garden deck and 30 foot ceilings.  This one is amazing event venue but its NOT cheap…..a day starts at 20k

  • Top of the Garden - this little know venue is a wonderful option for social or corporate events that want to be in the Chelsea area, want a huge white space that’s easy to split up and want a huge rooftop ( with an awning!!!)  This is the venue.

I could keep going on and on, the city has so many great summer venues!  I’ll have to do another blog on my next top ten venues asap!

What are some of your favorite summer venues?!?  I would LOVE to know!

 

 


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Winter Wedding Lounge

Looking back on our events, this one at Studio 450 was most definitely one of our coziest!
Studio 450 is another one of our FAVORITE loft venues.  (And you might not know – I have a soft spot for this NYC loft because I was married there a little over 12 years ago) SO many things I love about this loft space like its size, the room layouts and the fact that it has two floors and a really nice size deck.  But most of all I love its shinny whiteness (yes I think I made that word up but it perfectly describes the space)Studio 450 is on West 31st St at 9th avenuewhich I would best describe as a fairly non-descrpt (and kind of always gray) area of the West Side.  There’s usually scaffolding of some sort on one of the buildings in the vicinity.  I know I’m not ‘selling’ why this ‘great’ venue is so great very well but honest, I’m getting to my point, which is this.

There’s something wonderfully magical about going to this dingy gray part of New York City, riding up a huge metal freight sized elevator to the top floor, not knowing what in the world to expect from a party in a place like this.  Having the elevator doors open and arriving into a truly lovely, bright, spacious, glossy white venue with sunny (or sunset) views of New York City in all four directions.
What I absolutely love about this space is that its a large open white pallet.  Its urban chic.  It’s a space where you can truly create ANY type of environment.

I’ve been lucky to work in this venue dozens of times and have had the opportunity to do a lot of very creative themes.  But since I first stepped into this venue, I have ALWAYS wanted to do a cozy ‘ski lodge’ event!  I have done lots of other ‘winter’ environments but I finally got the chance to do my cozy ski lodge here at 450!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to a cozy New Year!!!

Cheers to your next event

xoxo Maya

Unique Wedding Venues: Hempstead House on Sands Point Preserve

 

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE SWANK PRODUCTIONS GATSBY WEDDING

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE BEFORE SWANK PRODUCTIONS

If you’re looking for a truly unique and breathtaking venue for your wedding….a venue that “all your friends and family haven’t been to hundreds of times already” then Hempstead House on the Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington may be a perfect match.
Only 30 minutes out of NYC, this little know Gold Coast Estate is one of my MOST FAVORITE venues to share with clients who are looking for Unique, Private, Indoor-Outdoor option and Views of the Water.

This venue has A LOT of Pro’s:
• Its close enough to the city that busing guests is a viable (and generous) option
• Sprawling grounds make for a beautiful entrance on to the property but also for fabulous photos throughout your big day.
• A huge manicured lawn with sweeping views of the Long Island Sound give you an outdoor ceremony and or cocktail hour option but also tenting area if needed.
• Amazing architectural details.
• Gorgeous and spacious rooms for lots of different party configurations

• A wonderful staff of people on the property who make it a pleasure to work with
• The ability to bring in your chosen caterer

• A breathtaking (clean palate) which makes it a perfect foundation to create a multitude of wedding styles!

A few Cons:

The space is NOT HUGE so based on your expected guest list the smart decision may be to add a tent to your plan to make transitions from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception as smooth as possible.

There are two spaces where the dance floor makes the most sense but both have small obstacles. A sunken floor with a fountain and an area with a fireplace cutting the room in half could be obstacles or can be beautiful elements its all how you look at it.

Keep in mind, this an OLD ESTATE and while it has been updated and very well maintained by the preserve it is a historic building and so it is drafty and cool in fall and winter months and certainly can be warm in the summer. Heaters, Air Conditioners and a Generator are all definites to add into the budget. A restroom  would also be advised for outside ceremony and cocktail hour because of where the bathrooms are located inside.

 

All in all I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue! Gorgeous, Vast, Elegant without being Stuffy, Traditional but Timeless.

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE GATSBY WEDDING BY SWANK PRODUCTIONS

Take a look at our photo gallery and the creative board of how we were inspired to produce our Great Gatsby Wedding at Hempstead House and keep your eyes out for our ‘Sleepy Hallow’ HALLOWEEN Wedding at Hempstead House (soon to be featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine) !

Do you have a favorite “unknown” venue?!  Let me know! I’d LOVE to hear about it!

Cheers to your next event!
xoxo
Maya