If you are dreaming of a memorable destination wedding, choosing one of the most iconic cities in the world is a fantastic idea. New York is a perfect city to tie the knot, not only because it was featured in countless movies, TV series, and music videos, but also thanks to its romantic vibe that has something for everyone, .
Whether you know it from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ or you can still watch ‘Serendipity’ with the same enthusiasm you had in 2001, you already know that this explosive city has always been featured as covered in romance in many beloved movies giving it extra significant when choosing a honeymoon destination.
Best Time for A Wedding in NYC
New York City is almost a year-round destination for weddings. The busiest months for a special celebration in the Big Apple are June, July, August, and September because those are the busiest months for weddings in general — but also the priciest. The fall and spring provide perfect weather for a wedding and your guests will have a great time exploring the city during this time of year. Winter weddings are cold but tourist crowds are lighter and prices drop. You may just get married in a winter wonderland.
NYC Destination Wedding Ideas
Destination weddings, in general, have fewer guests and fewer formalities. This gives you much more flexibility with locations, what kind of ceremony you have and the ways you celebrate.
A Wedding in Central Park
No matter when you want to celebrate your love, New York City’s iconic Central Park is beautiful in every season. All you need is a license from the New York Marriage Bureau and an officiant to perform your ceremony.
Start your celebrations off by staying in the Loews Regency, located just blocks from Central Park. Here you can take advantage of the Signature Residences available. These one and two-bedroom suites are on higher floors and are uniquely decorated to match your style. With larger living areas and beautiful views, they are perfect for gatherings throughout your wedding trip.
The on-site wedding coordinator will ensure you have everything you need to get ready or host guests in your room.
Also onsite is the Julien Farel Salon & Day Spa where everyone can get the services they need to prepare for the big day.
Your Cental Park Ceremony
A Central Park wedding is beautiful and memorable. But also keep in mind that it should be simple — no decorations, amplified sound, chair or tent setup is permitted. If you have fewer than 20 guests you do not even need a permit, you can head straight to the location of your choice and have the wedding ceremony. If you have more than 20 guests, you simply need to get a permit.
The Ladies Pavilion, Cop Cot, and Wagner Cove are just some of the beautiful spots you can choose when getting married in the famous Central Park.
After the reception, head back to the hotel for a reception in one of the signature residences which can hold up to 50 people. Or reserve The Regency Room, which is a semi-private space in the back half of The Regency Bar & Grill, accommodating up to 90 guests.
Traditional Indoor Wedding
For a venue with history and charm, a great New York City destination wedding location is the Harold Pratt House. Built-in 1919 as one of New York’s grand Park Avenue mansions, this superb location gives couples the chance to feel the high-class vibe of the Upper East Side during their most special day. With six elegant and majestic rooms connected by a stunning marble staircase, the Harold Pratt House promises to offer you the unique wedding of your dreams.
Harbor Cruise Wedding
The Bateaux New York is an all-glass, European-inspired ship that provides an elegant, sophisticated, and unforgettable dining experience for weddings.
The cruise will include your ceremony with a panoramic view of the NYC skyline. You and your guest will see views of the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center with upscale dining, live music and a hardwood dance floor
Wedding With a View
New York would not be New York without the high rising sky scrappers. Why not get married on a rooftop high above the ground in New York, surrounding yourself with breathtaking views?
Did you know anyone can get married on top of the Rockefeller Center? While there’s no guarantee of privacy, there are also no formalities with scheduling. Simply buy tickets to go to the top with your officiant, find a spot for the ceremony and get married. Afterward, you can dine in the private room at the Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe or Brasserie Ruhlmann with your guests.
If getting married surrounded by tourists at The Top of the Rock is not your idea of a perfect wedding in NYC, consider the Heaven Over Hell Penthouse Suite at Ink48. The 2,200-square-foot rooftop terrace is a perfect space for a ceremony, overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan’s west side.
Making it Legal
While you follow the exciting steps towards planning your perfect wedding, there is also some paperwork to do. To get married in NYC, you need a marriage license that costs $35. Once you get it, you should wait 24 hours before performing the marriage ceremony. If you want to know all the updated details about the procedure, check the Office of the City Clerk’s webpage.