Say “I do” at one of these 5 landmarked locations
New York Harbor (212) 344-0996
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
5th Avenue at 42nd St. (212) 930-0730
THE FOUR SEASONS
99 East 52nd Street at Park Ave. (212) 754-9494
THE FRICK COLLECTION
1 East 70th Street at 5th Ave. (212) 288-0700
THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. (917) 492-3327
The story of a particular landmark can serve as the backdrop for the wedding, and lends itself to the creative elements such as the design and stationery. —Loulie Walker
ELLIS ISLAND You have literally and figuratively “arrived” in New York when you choose this spot. Loulie Walker of Loulie Walker Events says it best: “It’s a magical place to get married….guests reach Ellis Island aboard a ferry having circled the Statue of Liberty. Ceremony and cocktails can be held outdoors on the lawn with New York City as the backdrop. The Registry Room, the site of dinner and dancing, is a majestic space with soaring ceilings and two 40 ft. American flags.” Twirl Tip: There are fees (ranging in the thousands) for the park permit you need to reserve the space, as well as for ferry transportation for your guests, and this is before you factor in equipment rentals and catering.
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY Carrie and Big were supposed to get married here, which pretty much says it all about this gorgeous space. Keep in mind that Astor Hall’s ceilings are over 75 feet high, so acoustics can be a problem if you want to hear the guest next to you, but some clever draping can be beautiful as well as practical to have audible dinnertime conversation. Trust us, for book lovers, the New York Public Library is the wedding venue of choice, and ideal for couples planning a large wedding. Twirl Tip: You have to reserve at least two spaces in the building and have a civil (non-religious) ceremony in order to get married here.
THE FOUR SEASONS “The Four Seasons restaurant is an iconic symbol of New York given its architecture, art collection, and a who’s who list of prominent patrons,” Loulie tells Twirl New York. Couples can say “I do” in The Pool Room, standing in the center of the room surrounded by their guests, move to The Grill Room for cocktails, and then back again for a seated dinner around the candlelit pool. For dancing and the after party, The Grill Room boasts a four-sided bar and multiple areas for entertainment and dancing.
THE FRICK You must be a significant donor for this locale, but for art lovers it might be the perfect spot. “The Frick Collection is a jewel box of a venue with its intimate size, interior Garden Court and fabled oval Music Room. Guests have the opportunity to view Mr. Frick’s private art collection in the galleries during cocktail hour. Depending upon one’s guest count, dinner can either be in the Garden Court surrounding the fountain or in the Music Room.” says Walker.
THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK No museum better captures the history and spirit of the City. Weddings are held within the Museum and tented on the terraces. Loulie notes, “Cocktails can be outdoors on the front terrace overlooking the Conservatory Gardens along Fifth Avenue or indoors beneath the award winning light sculpture, Starlight.” Couples and their guests can dine and then dance the night away under the stars in a clear-top tent on the back terrace. The Gilded New York collection of Tiffany & Co. jewels and gowns from the 19th century, is available to view during an event, but no, you can’t make anything from it your “something borrowed.”