Few places in New York City are as iconic as the Rainbow Room. When the Rainbow Room opened in 1934, it quickly became the place “to see and be seen,” hosting all of the city’s elite, from the Astors to the Rockefellers. Today, this refurbished masterpiece retains its original air of exclusivity, glamour, and still features some of the best views of NYC. John Benke, Associate Director of Catering at the Rainbow Room, shares more about what couples can expect when planning a dream wedding at this incredible location.
GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
A: Iconic, Luxurious, Breathtaking
GO: How far in advance does a couple need to reserve a wedding date?
A: Couples can book from six months to two years in advance.
GO: Are onsite wedding planners available for the wedding process?
A: An outside wedding planner is recommended but not mandatory.
GO: Are accommodations and buyouts available?
A: Rainbow Room does not have onsite accommodations, however, there are wonderful hotels nearby.
GO: What is the capacity limit?
A: Rainbow Room can accommodate 250 guests with dancing and 300+ without dancing.
GO: What spaces are available for ceremonies and receptions?
A: Many of our couples buy out Rainbow Room's full 65th floor so they can take advantage of all three spectacular spaces. The most iconic location for receptions is the Rainbow Room with its panoramic views, domed ceiling, rotating dance floor and sparkling chandeliers.
Located on the west side of the 65th floor, the Bar SixtyFive space offers sweeping views to the north, west and south as well as the most spectacular sunsets, which makes it the perfect place for wedding ceremonies. Offering breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan, the stunning window-lined Gallery is the ideal location for hosting pre-reception cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before welcoming guests into the Rainbow Room.
GO: What are some of the amenities, incentives and activities that the Rainbow Room offers a couple?
A: The venue provides the most spectacular backdrop for photos as well as onsite catering, a wedding cake by Ron Ben-Israel, indoor and outdoor venue spaces, bridal suite, coat check and restroom attendants to name a few.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding. Tell us about your menu customization.
A: Executive Chef Mathew Woolf and his team create an exquisite and unforgettable journey. All wedding menus are carefully curated to ensure guests have an elevated culinary experience.
GO: Service is imperative in the wedding industry. What does the property offer couples and their guests that set you apart?
A: Premier service, endless cityscapes and a time-honored address have created the classic New York event space at the Rainbow Room. Fostering a commitment to quality and style, the landmark venue exceeds expectations on every level – from an incomparable space with striking views, to some of the most sought-after chefs and hospitality professionals in the country.