New York City (NYC) popularly known as the Big Apple is becoming an ideal place for destination weddings. Away from the norm, most people are choosing the beautiful city instead of the beach. New York has ideal space for everyone from the elegant hotels, beautiful venues and a host of activities that you, your bridal team, family and friends can enjoy pre and post the wedding ceremony. Some of the top venues to hold the ceremony include The Beekman Hotel, River Café, The Surrey, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Central Park Loeb Boathouse, 620 Loft and Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The Foundry.
Wedding guests at a destination wedding have much time on their hands hence it is important to plan for activities to keep them busy and entertained. In order to make decisions on the best group activities, you have to look at the mix of guests you have. If your guests are into sports, you can catch a Yankee game before the wedding. This gives them time to get involved in something fun and enjoy the NYC culture. Additionally, you can also go and see a musical show on Broadway.
Since this is a destination wedding, most of your guests might not have been to New York before and would definitely want to take a tour around the Big Apple. Plan a Circle Line cruise around the city and visits to New York’s must-visit sites such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty or the Museum of Modern Art before the wedding. This will be good for the guests to also bond and get to know each other.
New York City is for the adventurous! It has so much to offer in terms of places you can visit or have your wedding. With a small group of guests, you can explore the city during the weekend for a memorable experience for everyone. You also get to enjoy New York’s iconic meals at some of the city’s best restaurants
The city’s nightlife is perfect for the bride and groom who wish to host amazing after parties, bachelor parties or bridal showers. The numerous locations and venues will give you and your team a chance to enjoy what the city has to offer. This also comes in handy for couples planning rehearsal dinners for their team.
Summer season is the most common time for weddings in New York. This is because from June to September, the weather is at its best and favorable for all. A downside to this, is the costs are very high due to the increased demand. Therefore, couples should plan their destination wedding around late fall or the beginning of spring to reduce on the expenses.
If you are having a wedding in let’s say, Central Park, you can plan to have the wedding on a weekday instead of a weekend. On weekdays, the venue will have fewer tourists and wedding groups to compete with. Additionally, set a date that does not coincide with key national holidays to make your wedding less hectic.