Wedding in New York
The bright lights of this big city make a sparkling stage for a chic metropolis wedding. Come sunshine or snow this vibrant concrete jungle is where weddings dreams are made of. Your guests will certainly be treated to a wedding to remember on the impressive and magical Manhattan island; visiting its famous landmarks, enjoying celebration drinks upon sleek rooftop bars and enjoying all things Empire State of Mind!
From grand and glamorous to small and intimate, there’s a wedding style to suit everyone (and every budget) in New York. Spring and autumn are a safe bet for mild weather as temperatures can soar in the city’s summer. Take advantage of these pleasant seasons and opt for a unique and memorable wedding in leafy Central Park. Or how about a romantic winter wedding? We can picture it now – the city draped in twinkling Christmas lights, the air heavy with glistening snowflakes, the streets bustling with Christmas shoppers and a fur cape wrapped over your shoulders as you head to your candle-lit reception venue. Gorgeous!
Romantic things to do
New York City is one of the world’s most renowned cities for romance, but if you’re stuck with what to do when you get there, read our romantic things to do in New York to get the best out of your honeymoon in the Big Apple!
The high line
This 1.45-mile long park was once a railway track that goes over the busy New York streets; now transformed into a flora-filled pathway with resting places offering marvellous views of the bustling city. Stargazing on The High Line has become a beloved pastime of locals and tourists alike and is one our recommended things to see when on your honeymoon.
Set in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn Bridge Park, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, Jane’s Carousel is exactly what is says, a fairground carousel, but with outstanding views of the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding area. Enjoy a romantic ride with your loved one for a romantic activity, whilst snapping up adorable photos. This carousel is easily accessible from the Park, Dock street or Main Street.
The Rockefeller Center has an endless list of things to do, from Ice-skating at Christmas, to browsing the farmers market in the summer, and towering the 70th floor to the observation deck. For a slice of tranquillity, why not visit the Channel Gardens; exhibiting a range of plants such as Ocean Tulips to the weeping willow forest. TV lovers can visit the NBC Studios; take a backstage tour giving you access to world-renowned shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Carriage ride through Central Park
If you’re looking for an unquestionably romantic activity New York, it’s by taking a stroll through Central Park – by horse and carriage, of course! Sit back and take in the wonderful contrasts that this park has to offer, from charming lakes, iconic bridges, movie locations, picnic spots and cultural sites.
Exploring New York
With its compact size and streets packed with eye candy of all sorts – architectural treasures, Old World cafes, atmospheric booksellers – NYC is a wanderer’s delight. Crossing continents is as easy as walking a few avenues in this jumbled city of 200-plus nationalities. You can lose yourself in the crowds of Chinatown amid bright Buddhist temples and steaming noodle shops, then stroll up to Nolita for enticing boutiques and coffee-tasting. Every neighbourhood offers a dramatically different version of the city, from the 100-year-old Jewish delis of the Upper West Side to the meandering cobblestone lanes of Greenwich Village. And the best way to experience it is to walk its streets.
The Night Is Young
When the sun sinks slowly beyond the Hudson and luminous skyscrapers light up the night, New York transforms into one grand stage. Well-known actors take to the legendary theatres of Broadway and world-class soloists, dancers and musicians perform at venues large and small across town. Whether high culture or low, New York embraces it all: in-your-face rock shows at Williamsburg dives, lavish opera productions at the Lincoln Center, and everything in between. This is a city of experimental theatre, improv comedy, indie cinema, ballet, poetry, burlesque, jazz and so much more. If you can dream it up, it’s probably happening.
There’s never been a better time to dine in New York. It’s a hotbed of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine – with restaurants growing vegetables on roof gardens or upstate farms, sourcing meats and seafood from nearby sustainable outfits, and embracing artisanal everything, from coffee roasting and whiskey distilling to chocolate- and cheese-making. Bars have also taken creativity to new heights, with pre-Prohibition-era cocktails served alongside delectable small plates – indeed, gastropubs are some of the most creative places to eat these days. Of course, you can also hit a gourmet food truck or dine at one of the 20,000-plus sit-down restaurants.
Forget Times Square and the Statue of Liberty – if you want to see the real New York, you need to head to Brooklyn. These days, the name is shorthand for ‘artsy cool’ the world over, but there’s far more here than hipster stereotypes. This sprawling borough (more than three times the size of Manhattan) is home to some of NYC’s most interesting, historic and culturally diverse neighbourhoods, with singularly fantastic dining, drinking, shopping and entertainment options – not to mention some of the best river views in the five boroughs.