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Get Married in New York City {Library Hotel Collection}

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!

I loved visiting New York City! This post is in partnership with the Library Hotel Collection, yet all of my viewpoints are my own based on my personal experiences. 

How to Get Married in New York City at the Library Hotel Collection as seen on Hill City Bride Travel Destination Wedding Blogphoto 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.

The Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog by Kristy May PhotographyThe Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog by Kristy May PhotographyThe Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog by Kristy May Photography

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).

The Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog by Kristy May PhotographyThe Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog by Kristy May Photography

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.

The Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog - Hotel ElyseeThe Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog - Hotel ElyseeThe Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog - Hotel Elysee

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.

The Library Hotel Collection in New York City as seen on Hill City Bride Destination Travel Wedding Blog - Bread and Tulips

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!

  1. Take in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show.
  2. Soak in the sights in Times Square.
  3. Window shop (or shop for real) in the many beautiful stores.
  4. Visit an art museum, such as the The Met or The Museum of Modern Art.
  5. Observe the beautiful architecture.
  6. Take a walk (be sure to hold hands!) through Central Park.
  7. Visit Chelsea Market’s food vendors.
  8. Grab lunch on the go, sit by the river and take in the skyline.
  9. Stop in the Museum of Natural History.
  10. Experience Chinatown.

Want to visit New York City? Here are our recommendations.

Bread & Tulips
365 Park Avenue South, NYC

Hotel Elysée
60 East 54th Street, NYC

The Library Hotel
299 Madison Avenue, NYC

I was delighted to visit NYC compliments of The Library Hotel Collection. Follow my adventures at #travellikeaprince on Instagram. Want to find out more about my travels? Click here

  • Traci - I love this post! My husband and I went to NYC for our honeymoon in December 2014 an it was magical. We are both from North Carolina and love the city, having visited several times in the past. We stayed at the Park Lane Hotel and our room had a gorgeous view of Central Park. We had such an amazing time being there for the magical Christmas holidays – we can’t wait to visit together again! Thanks for sharing your recommendations for when we do! 🙂

  • Sky - Lovely!

  • Jennifer - Thank you for stopping by, Traci!! NYC is such a great place to go for your honeymoon – I’m glad you visited. So fun!! And yay – I am glad you enjoyed the recommendations. I hope you get to go back soon! <3

  • Cassie S - Getting married in NYC would be a dream! These photos are absolutely gorgeous and I know they will be treasured forever. I can only imagine how exciting it would be to have such beautiful weddings photos from NYC! such a special moment. Beautiful post!

  • Quirky Homemaker - I think it would be wonderful to have a rooftop wedding! Both of these hotels sound like they would be a nice “base camp” for wedding parties while they enjoy what NYC has to offer.

  • Kristy Bullard - Love all of your photos! I’ve been married 12 years, so I can’t have my wedding in NYC, but I could do a vow renewal or anniversary. Thanks for the great ideas!

  • Jennifer - It’s a gorgeous place to have a wedding for sure. <3

  • Jennifer - I hope to do a vow renewal someday, too!! 🙂

  • Clarice - This is a good read and it is very timely since my bestfriend is planning to get married again in NYC since her parents are there and they were not able to attend her wedding here in the Philippines. Sharing this with her.

  • Elizabeth O - This is a really great post about marrying in NYC, a rooftop wedding is the perfect venue and it looks so romantic.

  • Jennifer - Oh, please do! The rooftops are lovely places for a wedding. <3

  • Deepali - Nicely written and New York is such a Gorgeous place. Thanks for sharing recommendations. Will be of great use.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - NYC would be a dream venue for the renewal of our wedding vows. We have been thinking of doing it on our 30th wedding anniversary!

  • Britney - This is so sweet and romantic! The hotel looks so chic and beautiful.

  • Camryn - How beautiful! I love NYC but hadn’t considered getting married there!

  • Angel Strunk | Next Level Blogging - Hotel Elysee looks amazing! Very elegant.

  • Twinspirational - We are from NYC and this truly is a great list of reasons why people should get married in the Big Apple. We have no idea what we will plan, but I’m sure we will blog about it on Twinspirational- lol.

  • Luci - Those are really beautiful places for a wedding. If someone is a have a ‘period’ wedding the back drop of New York is perfect.

  • Doreen - I see you are very passionate about helping couples discover beautiful wedding locations in and around NYC. I love the idea of a destination wedding. Right now I live in Krakow, Poland and I guess this is a great place too to get married.

  • Lyosha - New York looks like a perfect place to get married. I loved NY so much, I think I could even make second marriage ceremony there… may be for 10th anniversary.

  • Jennifer - Oh goodness, yes! Poland is beautiful. I’d love to visit someday! <3

  • Heather - When I think of couples eloping, I normally picture somewhere like Las Vegas. But New York would make for the perfect backdrop. Love the literary nods in The Library Hotel.

  • Jennifer - Yes! I love the book theme. They did it so well! 🙂

  • Amanda - Ever since watching the Sex and the City movie I have fallen in love with the idea of getting married in NYC. There is so much to do there, that combining it with a honeymoon would be perfect.

  • Chelsea - Wow! I get married next year and have swooned over pictures on Pinterest of New York weddings. It’s just the most perfect destination. The pictures would be epic

  • Hoboken Photographer - Indeed one of the best places to get married!!!

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