Post # 1
My fiance and I are traveling to NYC from the UK in April, we have decided to get married at City Hall. We didn’t want all the fuss of a big wedding back in the UK so figured it would be perfect.
I am looking for some advice please. I understand the legal side of things when it comes to marriage licences etc. I am looking for help with photographers, where we can have our photographs taken, flowers, hair and make-up, transport from our hotel (Midtown) to City Hall, where to celebrate afterwards and what to wear. Do women tend to wear a wedding dress or is it more casual?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, it is a lot to pull together in a short space of time!
Thanks 🙂 x
Post # 2
Congrats! Your plan sounds lovely. I’m a temporary UK bee from NYC so hopefully I can be of some help.
As far as your dress, you can really wear whatever you want. You will get people in their normal street clothes, and people that wear a traditional wedding dress. I’d say from most pictures I’ve seen most ladies opt for something in the middle, a white cocktail dress or a tea length wedding dress. I’ve also seen a lot of outfits with a white/Ivory tulle skirt which I just adore. But really, it’s up to you!
as far as transportation, I’m a big fan of Uber for that. in Manhattan, they are never more than 3 min away. if you want money off your first ride, let me know and I can send you a code 🙂 they are almost always nice black cars, so I find it easier just to use that rather than calling a limo company, but that’s always an option if you don’t mind shelling out the extra cash.
For hair and make up, I would need to know more specifics. Do you want to get ready at or near your hotel? Do you know what hotel you are staying at? There are a few really great make-up bar type places in the city that are reasonably priced. There’s also a mobile beauty service I can try and find the name of if you want them to come to your hotel that I’ve heard great things about.
As far as restaurants, you have an overwhelming amount of choice but it depends on your budget. If you want something over the top spectacular, one in a lifetime meal, just google best restaurants in NYC and you’ll be able to find those. If you’re wanting to stick to a certain area, like something close to city hall, just use Yelp to read reviews in that area and see what the best place is for the type of cuisine you’re looking for.
I’ve heard that there are photographers usually just waiting outside of City Hall for elopements, but if photography is a big priority for you and you’d like to get a photo shoot of you and your new spouse around the city, I highly recommend Sean Gallery photography. He’s my photographer, and takes stunning city shots of couples. I’d take a look at his engagement shot portfolio, since he does a lot of city shots for those. I have a full wedding package with him, but if you just want him for 1-3 hours, I’m sure he could work out something like an engagement shoot package for you.
Post # 3
Just to chime to all the fabulous given by the PP, I work in NYC and see women in all kinds of dress so wear whatever your heart desires 🙂
You can take pictures virtually anywhere- landmarks (Grand Central, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Partk, etc) but do take a look at the weather. NYC has been known to have the freak snowstorm in April.
As for dinner, your options are virtually limitless.
Enjoy the planning!
Post # 4
I’m from the UK and getting married in NYC in April also!!
We have booked through a wedding planning company though so I can’t help much with the reccommendations – sorry 🙁
Have you looked at this page?
There are quite a few suggestions for different things you may need. I have heard a lot of talk of Jasmine photographers. We also almost booked Brian Friedman (his stuff is cool) but then decided to go for an all inclusive package with our planner.
Which day are you getting married? We get married on the 8th 🙂
Post # 5
In terms of ideas on what to wear I love Refinery 29’s posts on City Hall weddings: http://www.refinery29.com/city-hall-wedding-style
I second the suggestion of using Uber. For your wedding, splurge and use UberBlack and you’ll get a nice ride.
I don’t know any particular photographers but when you find someone they’ll know where to take some nice photos. A very popular spot for engagment shoots is in Brooklyn with the bridge in the background and of course places like Central Park.
With a few exceptions, Midtown and the City Hall area do not have many great restaurants with good food and they tend to be tourist traps. Like a PP said if you want to splurge there are many options- Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernadin, etc. but there are also many nice, less pricey places (most tend to be downtown- West Village, East Village). Search on the site Chowhound.com if you’re a foodie and are looking for a really fabulous place. Or yelp.com as suggested previously.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the replies 🙂 I really appreciate all the help. I have made quite a bit of progress today! Can anyone suggest a mobile hair and make-up service? We are staying at The Roosevelt (45th street).
Caz1984 – we fly out on 16th and plan on marrying on 20th….I’m so excited!! 🙂 🙂 Congrats to you.
Post # 7
Use Vensette for hair and makeup! There’s also GlamSquad and Style Seat, but I think Vensette is the best.
Post # 8
I saw this years ago so I’m throwing it in the mix, a couple who came to NYC to get married and their photographer rode the subway and took picutres at the stations that were known to them or special signifcance and on the train. I didn’t see it taking place, but the pictures turned out incredibly.
Post # 9
claireb89: i can suggest a fairly affordable photographer especially for NYC prices. They are called Le Image inc. they are located in Brooklyn, but will travel to Manhattan, its not that far. I used them for my wedding and engagement photos. We did our engagement photos in Central Park. Its a hugeee park, so definitely do your research as to which part you would like them done.
Wedding dress- i’ve seen people go to city hall in plain clothes all the way to full on ball gowns! so wear whatever makes you feel great!
Post # 10
I live near the city hall area. I have seen brides come out in jeans to full length gowns. I personally like the brides in a simple white knee length dresses the best, because I don’t think it’s too casual or formal. I would be hesitant to wear a nice full length dress in NYC because the streets aren’t super clean, and as a dog owner, I know dogs piss everywhere, but that’s my personal opinion. I think you should do whatever your heart desires. For pictures, we did our engagement photos in battery park city, which is really close to city hall. It is very clean and you can see statute of liberty and hudson river from there and of course the beautiful NJ skyline. It’s actually very nice. If you’re coming in April, you can check the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see if the cherry blossoms are in bloom and think about taking your photos there. I have seen several engagement photos there and it’s absolutely gorgeous. For makeup, I didn’t like my make up lady, so I can’t give you any suggestions there, but you can go on thumbtack.com to get quotes from a lot of make up artist. I used thumbtack to get a number of vendors, and they’re all competing with each other, so it’s very reasonably priced. Congrats and good luck!