NYC Elopement

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Gosh, there are so many options for what you can do! Are you planning an elopement? What kind of things do you like to do/ food do you like to eat?

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Going to a park before or after and having some fun is always a good idea. And having drinks at a bar you’ve always wanted to check out.  If you want to stay near the courthouse, there’s Chinatown, the LES, or FiDi/TriBeCa to choose from in terms of neighborhoods.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hozzelbear:  I live in NYC – just FYI, you need to wait 24 hours before you can conduct a marriage ceremony once you get your license. Some people get tripped up by that =) Empire State building gets super crowded up top, I would find a super cute rooftop lounge like The Standard or Empire Hotel instead to have drinks. Make sure you make reservations in advance at all the places you want to go to.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hozzelbear:  To be honest, The River Cafe isn’t a place I’d go to only because it’s super fancy and I don’t pay $$$ for views, but it looks nice! I mostly go to foodie places in Soho / West Village.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hozzelbear:  If you love the nice views, go for it! I’m a foodie, so that’s why it hasn’t popped up any of my lists. The kind of places I go to range from hole in walls to nice restaurants, but most of them don’t have views or music playing. For the music playing part you are so much better off going to a rooftop bar to enjoy some cocktails, views, and maybe dancing!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

So for eating, the River Cafe is incredibly romantic, but does cost top dollar. The last time I went there, they accepted walk-ins for appetizers and desserts only. If you do decide to go there, I suggest asking them about reserving for that option (if expense is a consideration).

Another restaurant that your FI might be more into is Les Halles, Anthony Bourdain’s old restaurant. It’s French cuisine but seriously delicious and very close to the town hall where you will be getting married. They have the best fries in NYC, in my opinion. The service there is also really friendly, so maybe if you phone them and ask if they would play a song for you or something, .. who knows, they might just do it. (http://leshalles.net/)

Also, check out this link – maybe it’ll help you with the dinner and dancing idea. http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/nightlife/7-spots-to-dine-and-dance-in-the-city&slide=1

A bar nearby the town hall (steps away) is Apotheke. No view but great dancing on Mondays and Wednesdays. Their cocktails are very strong and very good. http://www.apothekenyc.com/ 

Regarding the Empire State Building vs Top of the Rock, I 100% vote Top of the Rock. The Empire State Building is higher, but the view is obscured more by the fences they put up. Also, Top of the Rock is usually less crowded. Top of the Rock is incredibly romantic. 

Jane’s Carousel is awesome. The first weekend I spent with my FI, we went to Jane’s Carousel. Great idea!

Rooftop bars are a good idea as well, check with your photographer to see if they have a preferred one. Rooftop bars are usually open until either 2am or 4am, but double check all of this on the place’s website or by phone.

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