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The Bordone LIC Wedding: New York: USA

The Bordone LIC Wedding: New York: USA

The Bordone LIC Wedding: New York: USA

New York Wedding Blog: Wedding Venues

The Manhattan skyline and weddings might seem completely unrelated but they are identical in one way, for many both are a symbol of dream, hopes and a new future. The Bordone LIC is a new blank space venue in NYC but with some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline I've ever seen, I'm confident it will prove to be a hugely popular venue for weddings in New York.

I spoke to Mary Smithmeyer, President of The Bordone.

Tell us about your venue. How long have you been holding weddings and how many weddings do you hold per year? 

We are a new venue opening in September 2018. 

Why should a couple consider your venue over other venues? 

We offer unparalleled outdoor space (9,000 sq ft) in Long Island City with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, Long Island City, and the Queensboro Bridge. 

What’s the first thing brides usually ask when they come and see you? 

Do you have exclusive vendors? We have exclusive vendors for furniture rental and for tenting. Your caterer will coordinate your rentals.

What size functions can you hold/host? 

250 seated with dancefloor
300 seated without dancefloor
500 cocktail style

Can couples bring in their own caterer? What about alcohol?

Yes, insurance is required. 

Can the ceremony be held at your venue?


Are the couple free to decorate as they like?

Yes but We do not allow glitter, sparklers, pyrotechnics, smoke machines, confetti or helium balloons. Candles may be used but they must be contained in a vessel. All adhesives for walls and floors must be approved by the venue. All decor is subject to the venue’s approval.

If your venue is outdoors is there a backup space in case of rain?

Each space comes with indoor and outdoor space. Tenting is not required, but having one reserved on a rain plan is suggested if using the outdoor space. We have an exclusive tent vendor who we will work with to make sure your needs are met. 

Could you give our readers some indication of the range of prices for hiring your venue?

USD$4,000 and upward - rental fees for the 3rd and 5th floors vary based on day of the week and time of the year. 

How early do couples need to book you?

2 year to one month before their event date, depending on availability.

What time at night can weddings stay at your venue?

The space rental is for 16 hours. The venue will open at 10 am for deliveries and set up. Most events last 5-7 hours, and then your vendors have 2 hours for breakdown and pick ups (everything must leave the venue that night). Our guest curfew is Midnight, and the vendor curfew is 2 am.  Our guest curfew is Midnight, and the curfew for amplified outdoor music is 10 pm. If you wish to extend your event, our overtime fee is $1000/Hour.

Do you offer accommodation options?

There are a number of hotel options in LIC and Greenpoint/Williamsburg and we are happy to offer recommendations to clients.

What other (if any) wedding services do you offer?

Space rental is for 16 Hours, which includes time for set up, event and breakdown, and includes the indoor and outdoor space, dressing room, a separate kitchen space with sink and coat check area. The space will be cleaned before and after your event. An event manager will also be present throughout the entire time of the rental, from rental load-in to vendor load-out at the end of the night. There will also be a door man present to greet your guests and direct them to the correct floor. A valet can be added upon request. Since The Bordone LIC is a raw space, clients are responsible for bringing in their own licensed, off-premise caterer, furniture rental, decor, tenting, etc…

How can people get in contact with you?

Mary Smithmeyer or 917.2954609

Photos of The Bordone

About Nicholas

nicholas purcell studio

"One of the World's Best Wedding Photographers". I've been been a professional wedding photographer for 15 years. My work has appeared in Harpers Bazaar UK, the New York Times, Style Me Pretty and In 2015 Style Me Pretty interviewed me, in 2016 Complete Wedding Magazine called me "One of the World's Best Wedding Photographers".


All photos supplied by The Bordone.

    Venue Details


    Website: The Bordone

    Telephone: 917 295 4609

    Address: 43-10 9th Street  LIC, NY 11101

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