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Union at Union: Rented Religious Sites for weddings

Here's an update to our earlier discussion of wedding chapels. If you'd like a peaceful, quasi-religious setting for your wedding, but don't have a home church, there are some non-profit places you can look at in New York.

The quadrangle, chapel, refectory and meeting rooms at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia are available for weddings. The prices are reasonable, compared to other sites, and the setting is just lovely.

You can also rent the wood-paneled/stained glass Ceremonial Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, as well as other rooms, and there are lovely facilities at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, right on Prospect Park. I like the garden.

Unitarian Churches in New York City (and other cities!) also rent their spaces, and some are quite unique. I like the Community Church on E 35th (over by the Morgan Library)and you can stay in the wonderful historic Guest Rooms. I also like the All Souls chapel at 80th on the UES. Their small chapel holds 60 and the rent is around $250. More for the large church. But still cheaper than many other spaces.

You can rent Riverside Church (at least part of it), and there are small chapels for rent, from 12-135 people, plus reception spaces as well.

See other non-profit locations at the sidebar, including museums, and Commonground.org, which rents the Ladies Tea Room and the Top of the Times to support it's supportive housing network.

New tip: The Commissioners Room (loft) at the NYC Fire Museum , in a 1904 Firehouse in Soho. Also - Bargemusic rents! They don't say how much.