November 30, 2018
Snow falling on the day of your nuptials can give new meaning to the term “white wedding”. Add those flurries to a city skyline and watch your special day become even more spectacular! If you’re the kind of couple looking to swap the springtime carriage ride through Central Park for a more “chill” event, consider a New York City winter wedding with some cool ideas to make your “I Dos” truly memorable.
Some of New York’s most beautiful event spaces become more magnificent after holiday decorations go up in late fall. Several of those venues also offer views of the city’s most stunningly decorated Christmas trees. The Central Park Boathouse, Bryant Park Grill, and The Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center are among the places to consider if you’re looking for a sparkly location for your wedding.
As your guests step in from the cold, why not get the celebration going by greeting them with a classic Hot Toddy. Ask your venue to serve this toasty cocktail as soon as guests arrive (be sure to have non-alcoholic versions available as well). Your basic Hot Toddy includes hot water, lemon, honey and either whiskey or brandy – garnished with a cinnamon stick. While in the city, swing by The Standard Hotel in the East Village to sample their version of this winter warmer – voted one of the best in town by Time Out New York.
One of the most eye-catching elements at a wedding reception (after the bride of course) are the table centerpieces. Depending on your personal style and taste – they can be grand, simple, colorful or even quirky. As part of your winter wedding decor, wouldn’t it be fun to incorporate flowers that resemble giant snowballs (hydrangeas) or snow-dusted branches (pussy-willows)? Here is ProFlowers‘ list of 48 types of “white” flowers to chose from. Also, companies like ZAK Events can help design gorgeous centerpieces to illuminate your ballroom and turn it into an indoor winter wonderland.
Admit it. You can’t help but feel nostalgic and start singing along when you hear those holiday jams hit the airwaves between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. What you may not know is that for almost every classic Christmas tune, there’s a club or EDM remix of it. Ask your DJ or Entertainment coordinator if they’re able to add Bluexenon’s version of “Jingle Bells” or DMX’s hip-hop take on “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” to the playlist. Guests of all ages are sure to hit the dance floor for these!
Even on the coldest of days, love is what truly warms the room at any wedding. Having family and friends share one of the most important moments in your life is what you’ll remember most. So as you say your goodbyes and give heart-felt hugs to your guests, here are a few more special NYC touches to make your Winter Wedding complete…
* Set up a Max Brenner Hot Cocoa Bar
* Have an Insomnia Chocolate Chip Cookie & Milk Station
* Offer a photo booth with Broadway, Times Square or other popular backgrounds
* Serve pizza-to-go from Corner Slice at Gotham West Market
By LaJuan Carter