Recently, I was able to visit New York City. It was so inspiring, and I think it’s a great place for a modern couple to consider for their wedding (or honeymoon). Be sure to make the Big Apple a part of your big day with our ideas on how to get married in New York City!
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photo by Kristy May Photography
Want to get married in New York City? We have ideas for you!!
If you were to say the word “apple” in the early 1920s, someone might think you were referring to a city – any city, in fact. But if you talked about the “big apple” they would know that you were referring to something larger, something huge…New York City (NYC). Those humble origins for the nickname of the city show just how exciting and sought after time in The Big Apple has been for decades.
Almost a century later, New York City’s appeal hasn’t waned. For visitors from across the sea or across the state, it is considered a destination whether one is conducting business or desires to soak in the vast culture. The City That Never Sleeps draws crowds looking for an experience. After all, with NYC being a hub for art, history, fashion and cuisine, it attracts travelers for a variety of reasons.
A destination easily accessible by car, train and plane, it is a “must” for any travel bucket list. You may even consider making New York City a part of your wedding experience. Here’s how.
Matthew and Nora decided to get married in New York City. They utilized The Library Hotel with photographer Kristy May Photography.
For the couple who is looking for a getaway to say “I do,” NYC is the perfect place. Rooftop venues offer stunning views overlooking the city while you say your nuptial vows.
One such location is The Library Hotel, which was built in 1912 and has nods to books and the Dewey Decimal System peppered throughout. This particular hotel is a stone’s throw from Grand Central Station and allows you to elope at its rooftop Bookmarks Lounge.
If going solo isn’t your style, The Library Hotel also offers the option of a daytime, boutique style event accommodating sixty guests for a wedding, reception and cocktail hour in stunning rooftop style. Such an event encompasses the entire 14th floor, which is made up of The Writer’s Den and the Poetry Garden (separated by a lavish bar space in between).
Paul and Fern chose to have an intimate wedding and reception at The Library Hotel and also utilized Kristy May Photography to get married in New York City.
Have a destination wedding.
Not only are there a plethora of options for your wedding ceremony, but reserving a block of rooms at Hotel Elysée, close to The Museum of Modern Art and Radio City Music Hall, will provide your guests with beautiful accommodations along with a staff that is knowledgeable and helpful. Friends and family will be delighted to attend your urban wedding, and they will find things to do in the city both before and after your event.
The Hotel Elysée is a fifteen story delight that offers a variety of accommodations. From demure rooms with a queen bed up through luxurious Presidential Suites (and everything in between), the hotel offers a variety of spaces that are perfect for sleeping. Brides can also use the rooms for lounging and getting ready with her bridesmaids before leaving for the wedding. The suites within the Hotel Elysée also make for stunning bridal portraits.
Hotel Elysee’s staff is friendly and ready to greet you. Pictured are a Junior Suite (where I stayed!) and a Presidential Suite.
Plan your honeymoon (or anniversary) trip.
For the couple who loves the arts and culture, New York City offers a plethora of things to do. Booking accommodations at either the Hotel Elysée or The Library Hotel is a must as is a stop into Bread & Tulips, an Italian inspired restaurant in the base of Hotel Giraffe. With handmade pasta, brick oven pizza, and tiramisu made by a local bakery (my favorite!), this restaurant has ambience for the couple looking for a romantic culinary fest for two. Their cocktail menu also boasts several creative offerings. The staff at either hotel can also make local recommendations for activities and point you in the right direction.
These sister hotels also offer complimentary continental breakfast and a wine and cheese reception in the early evening. For the couple on the go, it’s nice to be able to wake up and have coffee and sustenance, plus having a glass of wine accompanied by fruit and cheese is delightful before hitting the town for dinner. Oh, and if you are concerned about working off that dinner, a stay at The Library Hotel or Hotel Elysée includes passes to the nearby New York Sports Club.
Bread & Tulips is a culinary delight and perfect for a date night!
Whether you are starting your marriage or merely celebrating it, make The Big Apple a part of your big day. I think those people in the roaring 20s were on to something! Safe travels if you decided to get married in New York City!
Here is my shortlist of things to do in NYC. These are perfect suggestions for your out of town guests or for you and your new husband to soak in on your honeymoon!
- Take in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show.
- Soak in the sights in Times Square.
- Window shop (or shop for real) in the many beautiful stores.
- Visit an art museum, such as the The Met or The Museum of Modern Art.
- Observe the beautiful architecture.
- Take a walk (be sure to hold hands!) through Central Park.
- Visit Chelsea Market’s food vendors.
- Grab lunch on the go, sit by the river and take in the skyline.
- Stop in the Museum of Natural History.
- Experience Chinatown.