Weddings at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn create an iconic scene for your celebration. There are over 700 hotels in NYC, but few of them reflect the charm, the history, and the appeal of the city in such a way that provide the perfect setting for your love story.
I love the Wythe for so many reasons. Whether your guest count is 20 or 200, they have stunning spaces that will provide an iconic backdrop for your wedding. Stepping foot in the Wythe, you immediately feel welcome, showing that service is beyond exceptional- it’s effectively personal. The vibe at the Wythe is distinctively Brooklyn- industrial yet chic, hip without trying too hard, and proud of it’s history and present. The restaurant is chef-owned, dreamt up by a native New Yorker and Canadien transplant with a combined appreciation for French, Spanish, and Portuguese cuisine; their first restaurant, in Greenpoint, is that one you can never get into for brunch.
While their pancakes may make headlines, it’s dinner service and thus the catered magic behind all events at the Wythe when they really come alive. But one of the main reasons I love the Wythe is, frankly, because it’s marked so many milestones in my career and within the memorable timeline of the love stories I’ve narrated within it.
Below, I’ve provided an overview of their spaces, from an intimate elopement, a speakeasy-style ceremony and cocktail, or a full-blown wedding with seated dinner and dancing. Whatever you envision for your day, the Wythe Hotel makes your dream become a reality and so far beyond what you’ve ever imagined.
A retractable roof allows this “courtyard” to be used any time of year, despite the forecast. Welcome drinks and cocktail hour are held just a few steps below, and the ceremony space holds up to 200 guests. Inside, dinner will be set up at long farmhouse-style tables, and dancing will last long into the night in the transitioned courtyard space. Interested in a non-seated, cocktail-style event? They welcome up to 250 guests.
Why get married in Brooklyn? Because of this view. You don’t get that in Manhattan. The penthouse loft spaces at the Wythe are perfect for an intimate, outdoor ceremony that needs no additional decor as the view speaks for itself. Inside, head downstairs for a plated dinner, overlooking the East River as the sun sets over the skyline. The space flawlessly converts after dinner for dancing and reveling. Your elopement will be far from clandestine in this stunning, loft-style space.
The rooftop bar at the Wythe has a mid-century, Parisien style decor that adds a touch of glamour to compliment the unobstructed views of the skyline. The space is perfect for an indoor or outdoor ceremony and cocktail-style reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Both the indoor and outdoor space will be yours, accommodating up to 150 guests.
This space speaks to the history of the building and creates an intimate area and seated dinner for up to 50 guests (or 60 guests, cocktail style). Use it for your ceremony, dinner, and dancing, or as a speakeasy-style after-party.
As a wedding officiant, I use the “Welcome” of the ceremony to add a sense of gravity and bring your guests into the scene. This is not simply a “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today”… It should be an opportunity to make them feel present, to get their attention, and to allow them the appreciation for the story that is about to be told.
Here’s a snippet from a recent wedding ceremony at the Wythe Hotel that incorporates the history of the space and brings guests into the scene:
We find ourselves at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This space was originally built in the 1880’s as a cooperage, used for making barrels to contain and ship the massive amounts of sugar being produced in the area. The story of this building, however, is bittersweet. A massive fire broke out in the factory in 1893. While they attempted to rebuild and revive the thriving business, industry had changed and new technology had developed. A common story in the evolution of this city. The hope of bringing back the glory of the barrel factory died and the building laid dormant until 2008, when an architect recognized the potential of the area and decided to revive the space. But instead of leveling the building and creating something new to attract the evolving population and tourists in the area, he saw potential in the old building decided to save its irreplaceable industrial elements.
The architect decided to make the building into a hotel, a restaurant, an event space, but to also retain the historic appeal- exposing old wood beams, cast iron columns, and original brickwork. He commissioned custom furniture to be built by local craftsmen using wood salvaged from the cooperage. When it opened in 2012, he had created a space that would fill in the gaps with memories that would be celebrated and revered; those golden moments that seep into our lives and make them whole.