Planning a New York City Wedding on Any Budget

New York wedding photographer Sofia Negron Central Park Boathouse blue whiteGetting married in New York City means you’ll have instant access to some of the best resources and wedding venues in the country. It also means that that the city can be one of the most expensive places to say your vows. Most couples, regardless of their assets, have a specific price point in mind when it comes to planning their wedding. Fortunately, it’s possible to plan a fabulous wedding in NYC on just about any budget with some careful planning and a little imagination.

Central Park

New York City’s iconic Central Park is one of the most enchanting and picturesque places to get married in the city. You’ll have your choice of awe inspiring venues that include the Conservatory Garden, Cherry Hill, the Pond, the Ladies Pavilion, Cop Cot, Wagner Cover and Belvedere Plaza. You can also save some money by purchasing one of the park’s wedding packages which can be customized to fit your budget. In the spring, an incredible time to be in New York, the French themed North Garden in the park’s Conservatory Garden is gorgeous with the grounds that will be filled with breathtaking scenery including thousands of vibrant colors thanks to the blossoming crab apple trees, daffodils and tulips.

The Central Park Boathouse

The Boathouse is a fantastic place to get married in Central Park, either in a room with a wall of windows or the terrace, overlooking the lake with plenty of room for dancing. The wedding party minimum at the Boathouse is 80 to 165 with the maximum being 230. There is also more available space for an additional fee.

The Lighthouse

At the Lighthouse venue at Chelsea Piers you’ll have memorable views from floor to ceiling sparkling windows that overlook the Hudson River. This sophisticated loft space is also associated with famous caterer Abigail Kirsch and while  the catering it isn’t cheap, it’s well worth the expertise if it fits into your budget. The seating capacity is 100 to 680 for formal, sit down dining, with the maximum being 400, including dancing. Cocktail receptions can fit 1000.

Hotel Wedding Venues

New York City is brimming with incredible hotel wedding venues that include the roof of the St. Regis Hotel, the Palm Terrace ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel, the Plaza Terrace room and more. Most of the venues are pricy, but if you plan your wedding during the off season you can save a significant amount of money.

Music and Entertainment

Here’s where you can get real creative. You can actually end up with incredible, yet affordable music by hiring a student from Juilliard to play your favorite instruments from guitar to violin. You can also choose a venue will a terrific sound system as well as tons of sound enhancing equipment and hire a tech guy to deal with any electronic problems that may come up. You could also use a laptop to project a special photo slide show of your life experiences together, leading up to the present on a wall or your favorite music videos. Another fun idea would be to have friends and family members act as DJs.

Timing is Everything

If you time things right, you can save around 20 to even 30% on all your wedding planning needs. For example, choosing an off season date can save you quite a bit on just about everything. The least popular times to get married in New York City are January, February and summer months July and August; the perfect months to get married if you’re planning a New York City wedding on a budget. We suggest hiring an experienced NYC wedding planner to help plan your wedding day.

The Benefits of Hiring a Wedding Planner

You’ve been dreaming about your Prince Charming and your magical wedding day for as long as you can remember and now your dream is finally coming true. Now that you’re engaged the whirlwind planning process needs to begin. Unfortunately, planning a wedding can be stressful for the best of us which is why you should consider hiring an expert to help you. Following are a few of the top benefits of hiring a wedding planner to help you plan your dream wedding.

Stress Relievers
Hiring a wedding planner will help you avoid dealing with the ridiculous amounts of stress that comes into play when planning a wedding. The process that precedes your wedding day should be exciting and fun, but it won’t be if you’re left in charge of everything. It’s the wedding planner’s job to make sure you don’t have to deal with avoidable conflicts by reducing stress for you, your fiancé and your family. Even more important, if your mom or mother-in-law end up getting into a spat over the centerpieces or cutlery (and they just might), your wedding planner will smooth things over. Best of all, on the morning of your special day, you should be sipping champagne and relaxing with your bridesmaids, thinking about one thing and one thing only, marrying the man of your dreams; if you hire a wedding planner, this is exactly how it will be. Your wedding planner will have a carefully thought out plan in place, including important appointment schedules, checklists, itineraries and precise timelines and will be there to carry them out.

Vendor Expert
Reputable wedding planners will have developed relationships with all the best vendors, which gives them the huge advantage of knowing which are terrible and which are exceptional. Your wedding planner will be able to recommend vendors whose services fit into your budget and they’ll ensure that your vision is carried out just as you dreamed. It’s also their responsibility to deal with boring, time consuming vendor tasks like appointment scheduling, contract negotiation and payment.

Out of Town Wedding Planners
Hiring a wedding planner is crucial for brides who plan to get married in a different city or even in a different country. Just imagine how great it would be to have someone who’s familiar with a different time zone, as well as venues and vendors. They’ll be able to represent you and organize all of the intricate details, including hotel accommodations for you and your guests, fun things for them to do before or after the wedding, welcome baskets, maps, directions and more. For example, if you’re going to get married in New York City, look for an NYC Wedding Planner that is local to that area.

Budget Friendly
If you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget, hiring a wedding planner may seem counter intuitive. The fact is this simply isn’t the case. Hiring a wedding planner will actually save you a lot of money in the long run. Wedding planners work with their clients and are happy to help you set a budget and make sure that you stick to it. Experienced wedding planners also know how to get you the most cost effective deals in town with vendors who appreciate the business the planners send their way on a regular basis.