THE PIERRE, A TAJ HOTEL
For elegance and traditional opulence, The Pierre fits the bill.
You want a blow-out city affair where every ‘i’ is dotted, every ‘t’ is crossed, there is ample room for your parents’ 20 cousins and you’re a foodie to boot? Look no further than The Pierre, a Taj Hotel. While these days there are so many beautiful and interesting venues to get hitched at, from a chic city loft to a swanky museum, there are still several reasons why The Pierre, a Taj Hotel remains one of the most popular places to get married in Manhattan.
If you have lots of out-of-towners, there’s no better place to have them stay. Centrally located in Midtown across from Central Park, The Pierre is a block away from Madison Avenue shopping for grown ups and a short walk to the Tisch Children’s Zoo for your younger guests. Also making it an ideal spot to head out before or after the ceremony for some picturesque photos in the park, in front of the landmarked Pulitzer fountain or stopping traffic on Fifth Avenue.
Having your wedding at this historic hotel means you don’t have to bring in the china, the chairs and other reception essentials, such as a caterer and baker. Each wedding reception includes a tiered wedding cake by Sylvia Weinstock and a 1 to 2 night stay at the hotel for the newlyweds.
There are several banquet rooms to choose from for the different parts of the day. Invite guests to the Cotillion Room to watch you recite your vows, and then move on to the Garden Foyer for celebratory cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For your reception — dinner and dancing — the Grand Ballroom will have jaws dropping with its 18-foot silver-and-gold ceilings and can seat over 1,000 of your closest family and friends. Adjacent to the ballroom, the Pierre’s Rotunda features trompe l’oeil murals created in 1967 by American artist Edward Melcarth, and serves as a prime spot for photos.
Bill Spinner, the Director of Catering has been, collectively, at The Pierre for over 20 years. Not only can he fulfill any request but he can make it better than you imagined. Having worked with celebrities, socialites, heads of state and CEOs, no request is too big, and no desire unachievable. He will make sure you enjoy your event from beginning to end.
“The murals, staircases and ballroom balconies all afford amazing backgrounds for fun photojournalistic images.” ‐ Andy Marcus, Fred Marcus Photography
As for the menu, it includes classic apps like pigs-in-a-blanket as well as more extravagant caviar and raw bars. Multiple stations and bar setups keep lines short so no one goes hungry as they wait for your seated reception to begin.
And menus are totally customizable. To say the team likes to work with seasonal ingredients is an understatement. For one wedding, the Executive Chefs drove to a pumpkin patch on Long Island to fulfill the bride’s request of pumpkin soup served in a rustic, autumnal plating style. After the chefs handpicked 150 pumpkins they returned to the hotel to turn them into serving vessels for the soup.
After guests have dined, the party can get started with a wide-open dance floor that is large and pilar-free so as not to get in the way of your 100+ person hora. The hotel recently underwent a large renovation so you, and your band or DJ, can be assured that their AV equipment is state of the art and will keep the music and lights going as long as you and your guests want to party.
If that’s not enough, just know that often you can’t tell how professionally run an establishment is until something goes wrong, (or nearly does). And for one of us it nearly did. But the team at The Pierre, along with top notch floral design team at Preston Bailey Design, not only kept things under control when large floral installations nearly fell on staff as they were being put up, but they kept everyone safe, the room looking beautiful, and the bride and her family unaware until after the wedding went off without a hitch. (Keeping everything calm, cool and collected while also gorgeous, is a priority at The Pierre.)
So what will it cost you? Prices per person start at $300. All wedding packages include a Sylvia Weinstock cake, a bridal suite for getting ready and a honeymoon suite the night of the wedding. Additional fees may apply depending on time of year and scope of wedding.
Twirl Tip: If you want to keep the party going after the last dance, consider booking Two E, the Bar/Lounge. It’s open til 1am. Although they can make many cocktails here, they are best known for their Gin Gin, it has Hendricks Gin, Canton, Cucumber Mint Puree and Ginger Ale.