The Riverside Church is an open and affirming Christian church with extensive experience uniting interfaith, heterosexual and same-sex couples.
Enjoy the traditional elegance of our beautiful architecture, and stunning views. Exchange vows standing where Presidents and some of the most historic figures of our time have stood. Then, finish your perfect day in one of our exquisite event halls. The Riverside Church sits on the heights of the historic Upper West Side of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River.
Our onsite caterer, Pasha Events, perfectly blends the art of gourmet cooking with attention to detail to help you create the event of your dreams. Speak to our on-site Ceremony Coordinator to plan the intricate details of your ceremony. Download the Pasha Events menu (pdf).
Come to The Riverside Church for the Wedding or Commitment Ceremony of a lifetime. We’ve been waiting 80 years for you.
The splendor of our main worship space with its stained glass windows should serve as the perfect backdrop for any event that requires a room of this size. In the tradition of Chartres Cathedral, but made in the United States and France, the windows are the crowning glory to the magnificent architecture of the church.
Size: The Nave measures 96 feet in length and 64 feet in width. Capacity: With its two balconies, seats about 1900.
For a more intimate setting many couples choose Christ Chapel for their ceremony. The chapel is patterned after the eleventh century Romanesque nave of the fortress church of St. Nazaire at Carcassonne.
If you are a looking for less public and even more intimate setting, then the Meditation Chapel may be ideal for your occasion
THE SOUTH HALL
Size: Our largest reception hall, South Hall, measures 86 feet in length and 62 feet in width and comes with a full stage area and lobby. Capacity: The space can accommodate a party of 350 for a formal sit-down dinner with cocktail reception area or 500 for an open floor reception.
THE ASSEMBLY HALL
This large gothic-style space with stone pillars and a stage, includes a full kitchen with an ice machine.
Size: The Assembly Hall measures 62 feet in length and 82 feet in width Capacity: The space can accommodate a party of 250 for a formal sit-down dinner and 500 for an open floor reception.
THE NINTH FLOOR LOUNGE
Of all Riverside’s reception halls, the most spectacular is the Ninth Floor Lounge with its view of the Hudson River and New Jersey on one side and urban sprawl on the other. This beautiful gothic space with its own wood-burning fireplace comes with a full kitchen and a smaller side room perfect for coat-check or waiting room.
Size: The Lounge measures 37 feet in length and 65 feet in width. Capacity: The space can accommodate a party of 100 for a formal sit-down dinner.
Reception spaces include round tables, long tables, and chairs, but the rates do not include security deposits or cleanup fees.