check out these ideas from real couples for having a small wedding in your favorite city without sacrificing the love
Having to postpone or cancel your wedding doesn't mean you can't celebrate. Since City Hall is currently closed, here are 7 unique intimate wedding experiences to curate for your most loved people while celebrating your partnership in your favorite city.
Want to treat your most loved people to the ultimate New York City experience? You can rent a gorgeous townhouse in neighborhoods like Chelsea, the West Village, or Brooklyn via Airbnb or Onefinestay and host your guests for the weekend. Bring in a private chef for a multi-course meal, ideally out on the veranda or backyard for al fresco dining. A live guitarist and a ceremony in a local park or other outdoor area in New York City is the cherry on top.
Part of the magic of New York City is all the bits of life you see while walking the streets. Hosting your wedding in a public park can be extra special, an egalitarian space where fellow New Yorkers can look on if they like. With a license and officiant, it's easy to get married just about anywhere in the city. Gather your guests for a standing ceremony, have a champagne toast at the end, and then head to a local cocktail bar like Clover Club for drinks and bites.
There are so many beautiful churches all over New York City, and with all the space inside it's easy to social distance your guests for your ceremony. Get ready at a nearby hotel like The James and take a taxi over in true NYC style (a great chance for portraits of the two of you). After your ceremony, renting something like the New York Trolley ensures easy transportation for your guests to a rooftop bar overlooking the skyline with a cocktail in hand.
Cop Cot is one of the best kept secrets in Central Park. Close to Columbus Circle for easy walking with seating for your guests, you can get married in the round surrounded by the city. After saying your vows in the morning, you'll easily be able to do family photos and couple portraits around the park. Then hop in a cab and head down to an amazing restaurant like Maialino or another favorite spot and book a private room to host everyone for lunch.
Most New Yorkers know The Wythe Hotel for its rooftop bar, but few know that you can actually get married in one of their corner lofts with beautiful views overlooking New York City. With everything on-site, it's easy to host out-of-town guests and Williamsburg is an epic spot for portraits of the two of you. Their incredible in-house catering and bar team will provide all the bites and cocktails you want as you party once the sun goes down.
What better excuse to treat yourself to one of New York's best restaurants than your wedding? You can book a private room at an elite spot like Eleven Madison Park to host your ceremony followed by a multi-course tasting menu for your guests that will be a night to remember. Get ready at a hotel nearby, and walk to the location for some ultimate city portraits as a couple.
It's only 8 minutes from South Street Seaport to Governor's Island, but it feels like a world away. Take your closest crew on a little adventure out of the city, where you can get married anywhere on the Island for beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. Bring a picnic along with you for al fresco dining in the park, or book a table at your favorite little spot in the West Village before the ferry stops running at 6pm.