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Saturday

Low-cost indoor wedding locations - Condo Party Rooms

We have done several nice weddings, from 30-100 people, in party rooms at condos. We had a particularly nice event on Roosevelt Island on the top floor of a building which is primarily Columbia Student housing - a great view. Catering by - Fresh Direct, supplemented with pot luck and a home-made wedding cake. Simple and fun.
Start asking your friends for party room privileges at their apartment buildings.

the Ritz Battery Park has an outdoor balcony

On the 14th Floor. It can be yours for a private wedding - with a little negotiation with the concierge, of course. Here's a lovely (astonishingly tall) couple, with a great view of the harbor. Photos by Kim Coccagnia.
Prosit!

Friday

Wedding lunch for a Central Park wedding

...Is sometimes cheaper than wedding dinner, of course! We married a lovely couple last month who scheduled their Central Park wedding to fit their reservations at JeanGeorges, at the Trump Tower at 1pm. As experienced diners, they knew that the tasting menu was reasonable, and the prices were great for lunch. I've never eaten there, alas, but they were kind enough to share the menu - here's the bride's email:

"...as promised this is what we ate at Jean Georges...

* Yellow fin Tuna Ribbons, Avocado, Spicy radish & ginger marmalade
* Sea Scallops, caramelized cauliflower with a caper raisin emulsion
* Peekytoe Crab, asparagus, mustard and melon juice
* Foie Gras Brulee with slowly roasted strawberries
* Maine lobster and potato gnocchi smoked butter and pickled chillies
* Gently smoked squab, summer peas and mint
* Jean Georges Chocolate Cake with Vanilla bean Ice Cream
* Cocoa noodles, peppermint broth and white chocolate sorbet

"I think the menu pretty much speaks for itself... it was simply magnificent! They also gave us each a free glass on champagne and all of the deserts beautifully presented with congratulations free of charge!"

Saturday

Lovely Wedding at the Top of the Rock


Here's Eileen, one of the "wedding grannies" with a lovely couple at the Top of the Rock. They're outside behind the safety glass. If it's windy or damp, you can stay inside in the covered observation room and run out for pictures afterwards. PLEASE NOTE: TOTR is best for SMALL weddings and elopements - not large groups. It's often crowded, and everyone has to pay the admission fee ($20 - discount coupons on the plaza outside).

Thursday

Brooklyn Bridge Weddings: 4 years of renovations coming

If you want to be married ON the Brooklyn Bridge (or under it, in Fulton Ferry Landing or DUMBO, be aware that up to 4 years of renovations may be starting THIS DECEMBER. Though they say "the pedestrian walkway will remain open during construction" - if it's like the Manhattan bridge reno, it's likely to be wrapped, endlessly...

Elderly guests and Central Park

We have had a few requests for accommodating elderly or disabled guests in the Park. If you pick your spot where it is accessible to a paved access road/path, you can transport your guests via Pedicab (they can go places the horse carriages cannot, obviously). Make sure to work out a pickup time after the ceremony. Cop Cot is close to the street, but up a giant hill - hard to walk, and too high to ride up. Choose a fairly level place, close to one of the park roads and paved access paths. Cherry Hill is a good example, from which you can walk to Bow Bridge or Wagner Cove or of course Bethesda. The rustic shelter in the Dene is walkable from 5th, The Mall is good, lots of nice statues and planters. Bring along a lawn chair if there are no benches nearby.