Get to know Stephanie and her fiance during their engagement session as they plan for a New York wedding. We decided to start at the Wythe Hotel, a Brooklyn wedding venue, and walk around the neighborhood.
Planning a New York Wedding
There are so many locations to have your wedding in New York. Most of our conversation, while we walked around, was about their wedding planning. While planning a New York wedding, the couple noted how many vendors there are available to them — it seemed really overwhelming.
I suggested to them, as I do for all couples, to break down the planning process. Pick ONE type of vendor, and plan a week where you will decide to interview 3 different vendors from that one type. Get to know some of your friends’ favorite DJs or photographers, then widdle down who you connect with the most via their website or portfolio. From there make a decision on 3 options to interview the following week.
When you break it down into smaller chunks, it makes eating the whole meal (ie. planning your whole New York wedding) a lot easier to actually eat and enjoy.
Things to think about for a New York wedding venue
When looking at New York wedding venues, make sure to think about how your guests will get there. Do you need parking? Hotels? What’s close by for portraits. There are tons to think about. Let’s break it down.
- Transportation: do you need parking or will most of your guests be Ubering, or taking the MTA to get to your wedding?
- Ceremony AND reception?: Do you need to have a venue for both the ceremony AND reception or does the New York wedding venue limit you?
- Hotels: Are there hotels nearby that offer what your guests need? Do you have lots of nieces and nephews — is it a child-friendly New York hotel? Or do you need to think about price point — is the neighborhood you’re looking at more expensive than other options?
Fun ways to spice up your wedding reception
With New York as your oyster for your New York wedding, consider some options to spice up your wedding:
- Add a bar crawl after your venue closes.
- Bring in a drag show for ceremony entertainment.
- Have a cigar roller on the deck overlooking Manhattan.
- Offer a taco bar late night so folks fill up before continuing the party.
- Catch authentic dim sum for the morning after your wedding — it’s the best hangover food.
Getting to know the Wythe Hotel
The Wythe Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of Brooklyn, next door to the Williamsburg. With full floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, it’s an incredible location for your guests and your getting ready pictures.
For your New York wedding, the Wythe Hotel can have a rehearsal dinner at one of their two in house restaurants. The Hotel offers a couple of different ceremony/reception options, some with gorgeous views of Manhattan.
Walking around Brooklyn for an engagement session
When having a New York wedding, there’s nothing better than walking around a Brooklyn neighborhood for an engagement session. Enjoy being inspired by the different things that you see, and just walk where the inspiration leads you.
You’ll stumble into trees and parks as well as more industrial backdrops as you walk. Stop in at a brewery or a coffee shop — which will be easy, given there’s one on every block in Brooklyn.
If you enjoyed this Brooklyn engagement session check out Alyssa and Chad’s engagement session as we walked around near Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn.