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In terms of priority, most couples will say that look, location, and price are the top factors for choosing a venue. Glen Island Harbour Club fulfills all that and more. It’s conveniently located off the coast of New Rochelle, but far enough away to give a secluded feel. Not only will their luxurious ballrooms wow you, but the natural splendor of the surrounding Long Island Sound is a sight to behold. Also, hundreds of happy couples gush about the sumptuous dining experience provided by their expert culinary team. All in all, Glen Island Harbour Club is the whole package when it comes to the wedding venue experience.
For couples looking for a venue that’s close enough to New York City, but feels like it’s miles away, look to Glen Island. That’s what U.S. Congressman John Starin did in the 1930s. He originally purchased four islands in the Long Island Sound and transformed them into the first “theme” park. Each island, connected by piers, celebrated a different culture from around the globe. This international faire was built for city dwellers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Since then, the four Starin islands have been purchased by Westchester County and filled in to form one, giant 130 acre stretch of crescent shaped land. And at the northernmost tip lies Glen Island Harbour Club. Away from the noise and lights of the city, this venue feels like a 5 star resort while still being close to home.
Its 5 star status is reflected in the 200+ happy reviews on The Knot. In fact, GIHC sits pretty in The Knot’s Hall of Fame, due to being a Best Of Weddings winner every year since 2007.
So if you’re ready to have a luxurious waterfront celebration, saunter across the draw bridge into the quietude of Glen Island. The Harbour Club’s magnificent views and white glove service are sure to make for an unforgettable evening.
The main draw of Glen Island is it’s waterfront location. It is surrounded by the waves of the Long Island Sound, lapping gently against its shores. In the distance, you can spot the bridges of the NYC skyline. This secluded island allows for perfect, unobstructed views of the sunset.
If you’d like to take advantage of the view and the fresh air, GIHC has a quaint outdoor area. You can hold your ceremony on paved stone, under their white canopy tent studded with silver chandeliers. However, there’s no need to fret if your celebrations have to head indoors. Inside, you’ll find their non-denominational chapel with panoramic views of the water. In fact, every room of the Glen Island Harbour Club takes advantage of its costal location and the spectacular scenery it provides. This includes the bride and groom suites, a spa-like oasis for the celebrants to get ready and freshen up before the party begins.
Guests can amble over to the designated cocktail area after the ceremony. This roomy indoor area has space enough for up to 300 people. It features a bar stocked with signature cocktails, tables ladened with food, and even a majestic ice sculpture if it’s your vibe. The space also leads to an outdoor terrace with wrought iron cafe tables where you can have a quiet moment to bask in the cool sea breeze.
Their multiple ballrooms have separate, private entrances. As mentioned before, they all provide stunning views of the water. It’s the perfect backdrop for your sweetheart table. Also, all that natural light means you can’t take a bad picture. Think of how romantic it would be to hold each other close on the marble dance floor with the sunlight streaming in all around you.
Last, but certainly not least, is the food. The top compliment in all the reviews of GIHC is their exquisite menu. Their Executive Chef, Albert Duga, is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and has worked in prestigious NYC landmarks such as The Waldorf Astoria. His pedigree and talent shows in each dish’s immaculate and artistic presentation. He and his team can also accommodate kosher and multi-cultural cuisine. No matter what you choose, your guests are guaranteed to rave about the culinary offerings.
Glen Island provides a panorama of sun and sea. No matter where you point your camera, you’ll be treated to the romance of the sparkling water and drama of boundless skies. It’s the perfect local for golden hour and sunset photos.
While best known for its waterfront vistas, most of Glen Island is park land. As such, there’s an abundance of greenery and open spaces for wedding parties of all sizes to take group shots. Couple willing to walk a little bit will be rewarded with a fantastic sight. Further inland you can find German Rhineland styled fortresses, remnants from Starin’s beer garden and restaurant. These ample archways and cobbled stone structures are ideal backdrops for photos out of a storybook.
The team at Glen Island Harbour Club will make you feel like a million dollars, without the million dollar price tag. Everyone from their uniformed valets and doormen, warm and welcoming maître d’s, professional bartenders, and attentive wedding attendants will work together to make every moment of your wedding celebration perfect.
Every detail of Glen Island Harbour Club exudes modern elegance. From their golden chairs and their crisp white linen, your special day will be sure to have the glow of tasteful opulence if you choose this beautiful banquet hall.
The Glen Island Harbour Club is a premier waterfront wedding venue that is sure to please. If you’re ready to book, get ready to make two phone calls. One to GIHC, and one to us. Our team has experience capturing picture perfect moments, both on film and on video, on the water off the harbor. We’d be happy to do the same for you.