The Sanctuary RI

All-inclusive venue

The venue takes care of it all - food and beverage, rentals, the works!

Full wedding (ceremony and reception) pricing

Starting at $15,000 for off-peak dates, and $20,000 for peak dates

Guest capacity

Up to 300 seated guests

About this venue

The Sanctuary is a beautiful and iconic wedding venue on the East River in New York City. It includes more than 16,000 square feet of event space and affords spectacular views of Manhattan. The property has several magnificent event spaces. The Sanctuary was formerly a church near The Octagon, a historic octagonal building on Roosevelt Island, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Sanctuary's original stained glass windows and locally quarried granite combine with more modern features, including a sweeping 40-foot ceiling and 30-foot marble bar, to create an effect that's nothing short of marvelous. The Sanctuary opens onto a covered veranda, complete with lounge seating and an Instagram-ready mural of Roosevelt Island. Beyond this lies the 4,000-square-foot Terrace, a beautiful reception space that can seat over 250 guests. Other notable event areas include the lovely front-yard Patio, the tranquil VIP Courtyard, and the fully renovated three-bedroom stone House

Our event spaces

Available services that can be provided by The Sanctuary RI

Services & amenities

  • Bar services
  • Catering services
  • Clean up
  • Dance floor
  • Dressing room / Bridal Suite
  • Event coordinator
  • Event rentals
  • Event staff
  • Liability insurance
  • Lighting/Sound
  • On-site accommodations
  • Pet friendly
  • Service staff
  • Set up
  • Transportation
  • Wedding cake services
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wifi


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4.4 out of 5

10 reviews

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  • Dinner and Cocktails for 200

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    Debbie B.Jun 12

    We held a dinner for about 200 people attending a conference on Roosevelt Island. The staff was amazing from start to finish. They helped us plan the event and accommodated our needs. The food and cocktails were wonderful! Everyone had a great time at this beautiful venue!

  • Beautiful Event!

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    JessicaJun 12

    What an amazing venue! The location is such a gem, and everyone we worked with really cared about us and helped us every step of the way, especially Frank and Alfonso. Kat and her team in the kitchen crafted a delicious menu and all my guests said how amazing the experience of visiting the Sanctuary was. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to have an amazing event that isn't so typical cookie cutter catering hall - much more personalized, fun, and special!!

  • Our Wedding at The Sanctuary

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    JoeJun 11

    We recently had our wedding at The Sanctuary, and it was an absolutely amazing experience. From the stunning waterfront location with breathtaking city views to the seamless coordination, everything was perfect. Frank and Alfonso were exceptional in managing the event, ensuring that every detail was taken care of, allowing us to truly enjoy our special day. Kat, the chef, prepared the most delicious meals that our guests are still raving about. The food and beverage service was top-notch, with a variety of options that catered to all dietary needs and preferences. What stood out the most was the flexibility and support provided by the team. While their team handled the venue and catering aspects impeccably, they allowed us to bring our own touch to the décor and music, making our wedding uniquely ours. We highly recommend The Sanctuary to any couple looking for a beautiful venue with outstanding service!!

  • The most magical Pinterest inspired wedding...

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    Michelle S.Jun 11

    Frank, Alfonso, and the entire team at Sanctuary were an absolute pleasure to work with. Their timely responses, consistent communication, and extraordinary efforts to manage my pre-wedding nerves and requests were truly commendable. Kat's culinary skills are Michelin-worthy and will satisfy even the pickiest NYC foodies. The venue feels like a fairytale escape from the city, perfectly capturing and highlighting the stunning skyline and river views. My wedding vision board came to life effortlessly in such a beautiful setting. We are forever grateful for making our special day so easy, memorable, and magical. Thank you, team! We can't wait to return for future anniversaries and celebrations!