Love is in the air and if you’re lucky enough to have found your soulmate and planning your wedding, then this post is right up your alley. To honor New York’s historic decision to allow same-sex marriages, our friends over at Oyster.com have compiled their Top 8 wedding hotels in the Big Apple to host your big ol gay wedding. The Empire State becomes the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage. And like everything in NYC, be prepared to do everything in grand style SLASH lay down a bit of cash.
The hotels in Oyster’s Top 8 list are stars themselves. They’ve all been featured in New York filmed shows like “Sex and the City“, “The Real Housewives of New York” and numerous movies filmed in the city. From the list they’ve selected, I picked out my four favorites.
Probably the most iconic location on the list. If you’re a big “Sex and the City” fan, you’ll recognize it as the location of where Mr. Big and Natasha had their engagement party. Other movies filmed here include “Home Alone 2″, ” Sleepless in Seattle” and most recently “Bride Wars” with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. It you want something that’s the epitome of NYC, The Plaza is the perfect choice.
For a romantic, iconic wedding locale, the Plaza is hard to beat. The in-house wedding planner, Emily Reifel, is the best of the best, and can arrange everything from hair and makeup, to photographers, to florists (and more). And after a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, the Grand Ballroom Foyer is as grand as ever. The 24-hour butler service ensures that couples feel pampered post I-dos: the butler can unpack luggage, stock the room’s private bar, and draw baths.
Though I can appreciate this type of decor, it really isn’t my cup of tea. That being said, I had to include The Pierre because this is where Ramona Singer renewed her vows during the season finale of “The Real Housewives of New York’s” third season.
Hosting a wedding almost once a week, The Pierre has extensive experience with nuptials. This iconic hotel offers six lavish venues for the ceremony and reception — including the Salon, complete with rotunda and trompe de l’oeil paintings, where Ramona Singer of Real Housewives fame renewed her vows on camera. But be prepared to pay a hefty fee for the top-notch accommodations and exceptional white-glove service, because weddings at The Pierre do not come cheap.
Speaking of Bravo Housewives, Bethenny Frankel married her hubby at this hotel. I’m just curious to see the room where Bethenny peed in a bucket. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, she couldn’t make it to the bathroom so she took care of business in an ice bucket. Classy…
Although known for its business-friendly atmosphere and location, the Four Seasons New York offers several packages for those looking to wed in the sleek and stylish Midtown hotel. Whether engaged couples opt for the “classic elegance” or “black tie” package, the on-site wedding professional will coordinate every detail – from music and flowers selections to day-off in-room spa treatments.
Out of all the hotels, the Gramercy Park Hotel is my choice. It’s more modern than the most of them and that retractable roof is to die for. Plus, if it’s good enough for Humphrey Bogart to get married in, it’s good enough for me.
The Roof Club and Garden at the uber-chic Gramercy Park Hotel is the ideal spot for a wedding. With sweeping views of the city and a retractable roof for summer months, the venue can accommodate up to 120 guests for a ceremony, seated dinner, and a reception with dancing. Though the hotel does not allow a live band to perform, the special events team can recommend DJs at several price points. And you can rest assured that you’ve made a star-approved choice — many celebrities frequent the Roof Club, and Humphrey Bogart got married at the hotel in 1926.