I love being a Long Island wedding photographer! Long Island is amazing for weddings as it offers a wide variety of venue types and settings for your wedding. Around the Hamptons and Montauk, you can find gorgeous waterfront mansions or yacht clubs. Not to mention the peaceful and semi-secluded country clubs, mansions and wineries more island bringing the level of aesthetics and environment further than anywhere else. Searching for the perfect Long Island wedding venue can feel overwhelming if you’re not sure about where to start. But, that’s why I am here, to share with you what I have learned over the last 10+ years as a Long Island wedding photographer. Keep reading for more info, or use the contact form on my website to ask me any questions about your wedding in Long Island. I am always here to help.
A: When it comes to finding the best of Long Island wedding venues, it is really a personal choice based on the type of venue you are looking for, the overall aesthetics and the level of perceived decadence you want for your wedding day. Personally, I absolutely love weddings at the Hamptons in venues like Sole East, Montauk Yacht Club, Wolffer Estate or Ocean Blue. For a more Castle or mansion type of venue, I love weddings at Oheka Castle, The Village Club of Sands Point, the Mansion at Oyster Bay or Larkfield.
A: The most popular (and beautiful) wedding venues in Long Island book very fast! Some with a year or more in advance, so as soon as you know your wedding date and find a venue you absolutely love, book it! it might even be a great idea to have a backup date in case the venue is booked for your first date choice. After all, if the Saturday you are looking for is already booked, booking the same venue on a Friday or Sunday might even save you money! Each venue has its own rules regarding rates negotiation, so it is best to contact the venue’s sales manager as early in the process as possible. It is never “too early” to book your venue and the same goes for other wedding vendors you really want on your wedding date. Take your Long Island wedding photographer (me!) for example. I book my Long Island weddings with a year or more in advance, so if you love my style and approach send me a note to discuss your wedding. It is becoming normal for couples to book me as soon as they have a date – even before they find their venue. This ensures the date is reserved on my calendar, and I’ll be happy to point you to the best Log Island wedding venues that fit you and your wedding.
A: The majority of venues in Long Island offer a bridal suite to couples. However, if your venue does not, make sure you choose a hotel that has a lot of natural light – big windows! and a suite that can easily accommodate you, your bridal party and your family.
A: One of the amazing things about weddings on Long Island, is that the best venues offer plenty of gorgeous locations for your wedding photography portraits. Seriously! If you get married in any of the venues in my “top 10 list of wedding venues in Long Island” you don’t need to worry about the location for your photos!
A: As with many aspects of a wedding, it depends on the details of your wedding. Most of my weddings tend to be 8 hours, with some couples that want a more “all day” coverage upgrade to 10 hours. Usually, the hours of coverage depends on the different locations for formalities – if you are getting marries at a church and the reception venue is 20-30mis drive then 8 hours might not be enough. The same applies to the wedding reception and how much you want your Long Island wedding photographer to cover. Are you having a Viennese hour or are planning on an especial send-off – like a sparkler exit at the end of the night? If you are, then 10 hours should cover all that. For now, the most important thing is to lock-in your Long Island wedding photographer. You can always add hours of coverage closer to your wedding and when you have a better sense of your wedding day timeline.