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One of the first things on a bride’s massive to-do-list is to begin exploring reception venue options.  And if you are like so many brides and scratching your head about where to start your search, freelance journalist Iyna Bort Caruso has researched several Long Island sites that cover all the bases, from elegant to edgy.

Hip and Cool
Allegria Hotel and Spa, Long Beach
Be among the inaugural brides to have a reception at the ultra swank Allegria Hotel on the lip of the Atlantic. The property, the first oceanfront hotel west of the Hamptons, opens shortly.  Brides can opt for a rooftop ceremony with views of the ocean, followed by a boardwalk-level reception in the “hip and timeless” ballroom, says Allegria Wedding Coordinator Jennifer Jacobs.

Alllegria Hotel & Spa offers oceanfront views

Something Old, Something New
East Wind, Wading River
No need for couples, bridal party, and guests to run around Long Island — just stay put at East Wind. Sprawling across 25 private acres, East Wind commands the gateway to the East End’s idyllic North Fork.  And this is a one-stop destination property that does it all: old-world family-style weddings, state-of-the-art spa pampering, and first-class lodging.

East Wind

Nautical Nice
Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk
If you like the idea of wearing a bridal gown with sandals, you’ll feel right at home here. Weddings are more relaxed, but in an elegant, New England kind of way.  Indoor and seaside reception locations include a ballroom reminiscent of a historic Hamptons farmhouse.  Bonus: the yacht club is unveiling a multi-million dollar renovation in time for its 80th anniversary this year.

The Montauk Yacht Club has stunning views of the harbor

South Beach Style
Chateau Briand, Carle Place
You can be forgiven if the gardens at Chateau Briand have you thinking salsa dancing and mojitos.  The newly designed backyard pavilion has that South Beach, Miami, vibe with lounge seating, sexy canopies, cabanas and fire pits that makes you feel like you’re a plane ride away from Long Island.  Chateau Briand’s interiors exude the Art Deco “grandeur of the 1920s and ‘30s,” says General Manager Thomas Wright, and that “wow factor now carries straight through to the outdoor oasis.

Chateau Briand

Big Time Drama
Tellers, Islip
If you’re all about drama, you’ll find it at this one-time bank, built back in 1927. Manager Dion Raftis says Tellers offers a “personalized wedding experience in an intimate old-world venue.”  Old world means high style here. Tellers artfully retains the bank’s original architectural splendor with its sky-high ceilings, Art Deco friezes and vault that’s been converted into an impressive wine cellar. The ceremony can even be held upstairs in the gallery, the spot bank presidents once monitored their tellers’ transactions in the days before security cameras.