If you’re looking to plan a stunning celebration in New York City, check out ASPIRE at One World Observatory. With a sleek and adaptable space, and unbeatable views of the city, this is a must-see venue. Centrally located within One World Trade Center, this venue is ideal for your wedding, corporate event, milestone celebration, and everything in between.
We spoke with Amber King, Director of Special Events at ASPIRE, to hear more about what makes this venue truly stand out amongst the rest. Keep reading to see three different events with unique themes that prove ASPIRE has limitless potential.
When it comes to selecting a venue for your event, be sure to find a space that can reflect your personal style and theme. Below, you’ll find inspiration for just a few of the magnificent ways that ASPIRE can be transformed. Let the City of Dreams be your picturesque backdrop as you celebrate inside one of New York’s greatest architectural feats.
ASPIRE at One World Observatory: Your Dream Venue
“Unlike a typical venue ballroom or a square/rectangular venue space, the shape of Aspire hugs the curvature of the World Trade Center building,” King explains. “This allows for multiple functions and aspects of an event to take place within the venue, such as a wedding cocktail reception leading to a seated dinner.”
The spacious venue — which is able to host up to 250 seated guests and 450 standing guests — can easily be partitioned into smaller private spaces to accommodate your needs. With three separate entrances and a selection of portable soft walls and draping, the possibilities for arranging your setup are endless. And the best part? No matter what area of the venue you situate yourself in, you’ll be met with breathtaking views of Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and beyond.
Below, you can see the event space in its natural state. Keep reading to see three stunning transformations that are possible with this one-of-a-kind venue.
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Style #1: All White Floral Elegance
When it comes to wedding décor, it’s impossible to go wrong with a monochromatic white wedding theme — and elegant white florals are the perfect statement pieces. From aisle accents to centerpieces, there’s no shortage of ways to incorporate lush florals into your all-white ceremony and reception at ASPIRE.
photographer: Judith Rae | planner: Kathy Romero | florist: JP Events & Design | venue: ASPIRE at One World Observatory
According to King, “In the past, we have transformed the space into a living room for a film shoot, a garden oasis for a wedding, a yoga studio for Mother’s Day, and even a karate pit for a live sports exhibition. There’s nothing we’re not able to do!”
Adaptability is crucial when it comes to selecting your event venue, and you’ll certainly find it at One World Observatory. This flexible space is the ideal backdrop for any celebration you can dream of.
Style #2: Dramatic and Moody
If a white wedding isn’t your style, a jewel toned color palette could be perfect for you. See how the deep purples and greens seen throughout this stunning reception make the lights of the bustling city below shine even brighter. Additionally, creative uplighting highlights the vibrant botanicals of the ceremony-arch-turned-reception-stage.
photographer: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography | planner: Whitney Events | florist: BOTANICA INC | venue: ASPIRE at One World Observatory
“ASPIRE is a blank canvas!” King says. “We can transform the space into anything that can be imagined.” No matter your theme or color palette, it’s sure to be complemented by the unbeatable views of the Big Apple below.
Style #3: Sophisticated Minimalist
Taking a minimalistic, modern approach for your event décor is easy with sweeping New York City views at every turn. Ghost chairs and subtle, yet elegant floral arrangements allowed ASPIRE’s jaw-dropping panoramic vistas to be highlighted as guests enjoyed the ceremony from 102 stories up.
photographer: 5th Avenue Digital Photography | florist: BOTANICA INC | venue: ASPIRE at One World Observatory
“The West and South Atrium are very popular gathering spots for special moments. The architecture provides a beautiful backdrop for a speech, musical performance, wedding ceremony, or any moment you’d like to highlight with a beautiful backdrop,” King shares.
With over 9,000 square feet of space available, this setting offers more than ample room for an inspired, beautiful event. No matter what you envision, it can become a reality with this remarkable venue.
People also ask…
How do I choose a wedding style?
Your wedding is an opportunity for you and your partner to let your personal styles shine. It’s a day celebrating your unique story, so let your surroundings reflect that. Use PartySlate’s curated photo collections to spark inspiration. Find ideas that speak to you and save them to your very own Idea Slate by clicking the heart on an image.
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