After photographing many weddings, I’ve created this guide as a starting point to planning your dream wedding in New York City.
My name is Anna, a wedding photographer serving couples in New York City and the East Coast. I love romantic images, strolling through galleries in Soho, and a spicy margarita on a rooftop. Before finding photography, I worked as an assistant to a top wedding coordinator. She taught me how be a calming presence during a busy day, and to always have some tissues on hand for the mother of the bride. I’ve been to hundreds of weddings, and I couldn’t ask for a better job.
You just got engaged, congratulations! You popped a celebratory bottle of champagne and face-timed your family and friends, and are sitting down to plan your dream wedding.
First things first- pick a venue. Luckily, there’s no shortage of incredible options in this wonderful city. Generally, the most popular months to get married in New York City are June, September and October. While those dates fill up fast, there are so many great seasons to get married here. In April, you’ll find cherry blossoms in full bloom, and December is lit up with Christmas lights for a festive celebration.
Below are some of my favorite wedding venues. I recommend hiring a wedding planner, or at the least a day of coordinator. Even small weddings can get a little complicated, and it’s nice to have someone that isn’t in the wedding party be in charge of the flow of day. It helps spend you day stress-free with you friends and family and most importantly, each other. Many venues have packages that come with an onsite day of coordinator- it’s a huge help!
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a one of a kind venue. You can have your ceremony in their blooming garden, followed by an elegant cocktail hour in the courtyard. The glass dome is perfect for receptions from dusk into evening. They also have the best spots for bride and groom portraits- tropical and desert greenhouses! The team at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is exceptional, and their attention to detail is one of a kind. Check out an example wedding at BBG here!
Thinking of a summer wedding in Long Island? The team at The Peconic Bay Yacht Club is incredibly consistent and the sunsets are unbeatable. Get married in a waterfront ceremony under a flower arch, or head to a nearby church for your nuptials. Cocktail hour is on the deck over looking the water, where your guest can feel the breeze as they enjoy a raw bar. For a full wedding at PBYC, click here!
501 Union is a great option for Brooklyn brides. If you want your wedding to have an elegant and moody vibe, look no further. There’s also great spots around the venue for industrial, street style portraits. 501 Union has a great in-house staff that will take care of everything like the pros they are!
That’s just a few of the many places to get married in NYC! Here are a few other favorites (in no particular order):
Planning a wedding is not for the faint of heart- but it can be very fun! Finding vendors who support your vision is key. Feel free to ask me anything– I love being a second pair of eyes during the planning process!
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