Monday, October 12th, 2009...7:20 pm

Ask Claudia: Non-traditional Venues on Long Island

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Hillary, Bayport

Q:  Hello, I am planning on getting married late summer/early fall next year, but I am still searching for the perfect reception location.  I am looking for somewhere to host about 120 people (max) with water views that is not a traditional wedding ‘factory’ so to speak.  I am an artist and have a bohemian style, my fiance has modern tastes.  My fiance is from England, so his family will be traveling overseas for the wedding and I would like a venue that shows the beauty of Long Island, but also represents us as a couple.  Any suggestions? Thanks!

A:  Hillary, your question came in at the same time that I received the one below from October 10, from Susan in Jersey City.  Since they are both about wedding venues, I asked the same wedding planners for their help with your query, as well.  First, I’m wondering if you’ve looked at any of the wineries out east — each one is unique, and some do have water views.   Also, do take a look at my Chatterberries.com article, which highlights several great local venues, all featuring water views.

Now onto the experts — Elaine DeLuca of Exquisite Events says something off the beaten path is Coindre Hall in Huntington, which in addition to hosting private events, is also a museum which frequently features artwork in a famous Gold Coast Mansion.  She also likes De Seversky Center—it’s a little more mainstream, but the food is fab and the mansion is gorgeous.  Laura Mastriano of LA Productions  says to check out The Atlantica in Westhampton Beach, one of the hidden treasures on LI.  They have wonderful service and food, and beautiful views of the ocean. Certainly worth a look! Another place to check out: Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club.  It runs along a stretch of powder white sand.  The whole back is wrapped by decking and glass doors that open up to the water. Cocktail hour can be set outside with high-top tables.

Come back, Hillary, and let us know what you’ve booked!