You’ve found “the one” and the moment you’ve been dreaming of your entire life is here. When it comes to events, the “city that never sleeps” has the best of it all. From spectacular rooftop venues to gardens and parks, to museums, libraries and even exposed-brick beer halls, NYC promises to make your day one to remember.
With so many details to tackle where do you start? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Here's a selection of some of the best in the city to give you the best possible start.
First the venue: New York’s skyscrapers are iconic and many of them offer all-inclusive packages for a stress-free one-stop shop experience with luxury as its top priority. Be the belle of the ball at the elegant 620 Loft & Garden at Rockefeller Center with lush cityscapes and extra extraordinary views of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral from a manicured historic garden, complete with a sparkling reflective pool that will frame your intimate moments perfectly. The Plaza is also an equally historic landmark where opulence and prestige reign supreme. Start the rest of your life in the grand ballroom or under The Plaza’s grandiose canopy.
Looking for something more out-of-the-box? Houston Hall transforms itself from beer hall to venue with exposed brick walls, an antique bar, a stone entryway with massive arch windows. The artistic ambiance these elements create make this venue one-of-a-kind. With plenty of space for 150 guests and a restaurant on-site, Houston Hall is a winner for the unconventional bride.
Now for the perfect dress: Stop into Designer Loft Bridal where you will find an extensive selection of wedding gown styles including many exclusive collections. For tuxedo rentals, send your groom to Baldwin Formal or Abe’s Formal wear. If he wants to keep his fancy threads, he can visit the upscale departments of Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergdorf's menswear.
Bridal Gift: Looking for the perfect gift for the bride? Visit London luxury lingerie designer Rigby & Peller. Here you'll find beautiful, premium pieces for every woman, curated from around the world by expert buyers. Stop in or make an appointment for the bride to be matched with a lingerie stylist, whose singular mission is to determine the styles that will fit her perfectly all while relaxing in a luxurious, boutique atmosphere.
The details: No matter the season, beautiful floral arrangement create the ultimate wow factor and they have to be perfect. Trust Rachel Cho, Belle Fleur or Starbright Flowers and its 20 years of expertise and creativity to execute your vision. On your wedding day you should also arrive like royalty, so go all out and opt for the luxury car services of M&V Limousines or Luxor Limousines.
Photographer: The most important person in the room—other than the bride and groom—is the photographer. This is one of the most important decisions you'll have to make. Capturing the dress, the first time he sees you walking down the aisle, your first dance just to name a few, are moments you'll want to cherish for the rest of your life. Put your trust in the talent the of award-winning photographer Steven Rosen. Located in Brooklyn, Rosen has been shooting weddings for over 10 years and have been featured on CNN.com, TimeOut New York, The Times, Newsday and many more.
Bachelor/Bachelorette Party: Kick off your bachelorette party by taking your she-tribe to Beauty Bar where you can get a cocktail and a manicure at the same time for just $10, or stop by Salon Ziba for affordable blowouts that will leave you runway ready for your last weekend of singledom. As for the guys, why not grab a couple Davidoff cigars and head to mash-up bar Barcade, a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic video games and American craft beer for some nostalgic fun—Street Fighter anyone?
Bling: Don’t forget your wedding bands and gifts that are as particular as each member of your bridal squad! Tourneau, Wempe or Martinique Jewelers has an extensive variety of cufflinks, watches, necklaces and more.
Planners: If just thinking about all these decisions has you considering elopement, don’t fret. New York is brimming with wedding planners ready to handle every detail. Highly sought-after local planners Marcy Blum, Jason Mitchell Khan & Co. or Karen Bussen will create budgets, timelines, narrow down vendor options, scout venue locations and provide recommendations for styling and decor.
Let the celebration begin—It’s going to be a fantastic day!