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The Marina Del Rey has been a landmark in the Bronx for decades and for good reason. They exude elegance in every detail. While best known for its Italian style, this venue is located a few miles outside of New York City. The team embraces the cultural melting pot it’s in. Hundreds of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Hispanic weddings have been honored and celebrated within its stately walls. So whether you’re throwing a smaller, more intimate celebration or an extravagant shindig, this catering hall will cater to all your needs. You can’t beat a Marina Del Rey wedding.
Marina Del Rey is a gift to the Bronx from the son and mother team of Sal and Anna Randazzo. After a successful career as an Italian restauranteur, Sal dreamed of opening a catering hall of his own. He wanted to create a place where his fellow New Yorkers could celebrate in style and enjoy the best Italian food. Marina Del Rey opened its doors in 1972 and has been hosting happy celebrations for over 50 years.
If you need proof, just look at their multi-year Couples’ Choice Award wins from Wedding Wire. They’ve got over one hundred 4+ star reviews, complimenting everything from their supremely helpful maître d’s, their sumptuous food, and their astonishing views.
If you’re looking for a touch of elegance for your Hudson Valley wedding celebration, read on.
Picture this: You make your way through the white iron gates and roll up to the ornate wrought iron doors. You step into the golden, Venetian styled entrance. A bubbling, burnished bronze fountain under a crystal chandelier greets you. You look to your right and are treated to a breathtaking view of the lush gardens overlooking the Long Island Sound.
Beauty and elegance is in every detail of Marina Del Rey’s two outdoor areas and two indoor banquet rooms. Whether you’re celebrating with 80 or 800, this magnificent venue can accommodate your needs.
Outdoors, you can choose from either the patio or the wedding pavilion. The patio is an open-air tented area with gauzy, flowing curtains and sparkling crystal chandeliers. The wedding pavilion gives you the chance to say your vows in the sunshine, under a spacious gazebo. Both provide a spectacular view of the East River and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. At night, the hedges twinkle with lights to match the Throgs Neck Bridge to the east and the Whitestone Bridge to the west.
Indoors, you will find the Venetian and Bellagio Rooms. Both feature plenty of natural light, polished marble dance floors, and LED lit pillars with customizable colors to brighten your night. In the Venetian Room, you can set your wedding dais against a semicircle of marble pillars, under a billowing backlit canopy. In the Bellagio Room, your sweetheart table can sit in front of a wall of windows overlooking the bay and the sparkling Manhattan skyline.
After your ceremony, you and your bridal party are welcome to take a break in the chic and roomy bridal suite. It’s the perfect area to share a cocktail and lounge until you’re ready for the next event: a perfectly catered cocktail hour.
Although they specialize in Italian food, Marina Del Rey’s expert chefs can cater to any palate and dietary need. They are mindful of cultural traditions, and even have a separate kosher kitchen. So whether you’re looking for breakfast bites or fresh sushi, the culinary team at Marina Del Rey can make it happen. Check out their impressive sample wedding menus and be sure to book a complementary tasting for you and your spouse to be.
The Bellagio Room sports a swanky dedicated bar area. This esteemed banquet hall has bartenders available to serve up some liquid courage before you get out on the LED lit dance floor.
You can’t take a bad picture at Marina Del Rey. No matter where you point your camera, the views can’t be beat.
Two of the best photo ops are outdoors. The grotto offers a lounge area with modern fire pits to keep you warm once the sun goes down. The driveway is lined by meticulously lit trees, providing the perfect spot to capture some magical moments.
However, the main draw of Marina Del Rey is their open-air pier. You can capture some beautifully dramatic waterside shots here. Whether you want a contrast of blue skies and your white dress, or a romantic sweep of your veil, it’s a feature that shouldn’t be missed.
The most common compliment reviewers give is that their service is unparalleled. The top notch banquet managers at Marina Del Rey will make your fairy tale dreams a reality. They will work with you to customize every detail. They even come in on the big day to ensure things are running smoothly. Along with the maître d’s, Marina Del Rey has an experienced team of servers, bartenders, and bridal attendants available as well.
All wedding packages include chairs, oval tables, highboys, chafing dishes, linens, and use of their in-house lighting systems.
With everything they have to offer, Marina Del Rey is a top pick for our favorite New York wedding venues. This family run business will treat you like family too. And if that isn’t enough to warm your heart, you can rest easy knowing they’re Rethink Food certified partners. This means that they care about their community and donate nutritious, culturally celebrated meals to those in need, using excess food when possible. So if you’re looking for a venue with style, magnificent views, exquisite food, and a lot of heart, look no further than Marina Del Rey.
However, if all this isn’t enough to convince you, here are more stunning settings in the Hudson Valley. We hope that you can find The One that’s right for you and your one and only. If you need a little more insight, though, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re always happy to help discerning couples decide on the venue (and photos) that are perfect for their love story!