Since 1907 this landmarked hotel has been the choice of celebrity and society brides
You don’t get much more grand than a wedding at The Plaza. The opulent Grand Ballroom and Terrace Room both offer vaulted ceilings, gilded detailing and historic architecture that takes you and your guests back to a bygone era.
The landmarked hotel sits on the corner of Central Park South and 5th Avenue, set back from the Pulitzer Fountain, making a beautiful streetscape photo-op for couples who want to take some portraits in the surrounding area, which also includes Central Park. While inside, couples and their bridal party can pose for photos in any number of settings including the reception rooms and marble foyer outside both of them. You’re given the Campbell Suite as your day-of getting ready suite, and couples are gifted The Edwardian Suite to enjoy their wedding night.
When picking between The Plaza’s rooms for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception you have a number of configurations to choose from. The ceremony can be held in the Terrace Room, cocktails in either the Grand Ballroom Foyer or the Centennial Foyer, or if your ceremony won’t be held at The Plaza you can host cocktails in the Terrace Room.
Each room is over 4,600 square feet and can seat hundreds of guests for dinner and dancing. In fact, on Saturday nights they require a 200 person minimum. They’re more flexible on Fridays and Sundays on the headcount and pricing. You’ll work with the CPS Events Team for all logistics and catering. They’re partnered with Great Performances, one of the city’s most well known catering companies, who gets a number of menu items from their farm, Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY.
When it comes to choosing your menu, the catering and events team prefer to customize your menu with new seasonal options added every few months. “We strive to be very elegant as well as creative when working with couples on their wedding menu,” Emily Reifel Senior Social Sales Manager at CPS Events tells Twirl New York. “We’re not like a typical hotel banquet operation.”
And she’s right. The courses vary from chilled soups in summer to lobster risotto in winter. Lamb and veal options definitely up the game from grilled salmon and roast chicken, especially when accompanied by marscapone polenta and golden chanterelles.
Before guests start partying, cocktail hour gets everyone in a festive mood with passed and station options. A caviar bar is one of their more popular ones, so is the raw seafood bar set in ice in the middle of the room. And did we mention that the caviar bar selection is created by the couple? You can enjoy a private tasting to get more familiar with your options and create a bespoke selection for you and your guests to enjoy.
Dessert is also not an afterthought. Your wedding cake baker is either Sylvia Weinstock or Ron Ben-Israel. Both offer kosher and other dietary restriction options. While you can get away with only serving wedding cake, why would you want to when guests can enjoy passed desserts on the dance floor or as part of a Viennese table (a/k/a a dessert buffet)?! Sweet treats include cake pops, Rice Crispy lollipops and frozen hot chocolate shots. They can also do savory (think mini egg mcmuffins) for parties that last way into the night.
For couples who don’t want the night to end you can continue the celebration at the Rose Bar in the hotel lobby, with a full bar menu and a selection of yummy treats to keep guests going till they have to change for the post-wedding day brunch.
Prices are available on request for room rental and menu options. Except for catering, your wedding cake, and the lighting and sound exclusive vendor, Bentley Meeker, you can bring in any vendor you want for all the other categories. They’ll share a preferred vendor list with you but you don’t have to use those vendors, though you may want to. (Some of them are on the Twirl List.) And in case you were wondering, Kelsey Grammar, Eddie Murphy, Melissa Rivers and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are a few of the celebrities who wed at The Plaza. Every year the TONY Awards hosts their party at the hotel and Saturday Night Live celebrated their 40th anniversary there in 2015.
Photo credits: Top: Fred Marcus Studio; First row of three: Christian Oth Studio; Second row of three: Christian Oth Studio, Fred Marcus Studio, Christian Oth Studio; Featured Image: Christian Oth Studio