If you were wondering if it is worth having a wedding in the Big Apple, we will be the first to tell you – for sure!! There are so many hotels with longstanding histories that have withstood the test of time. They have seen glamorous galas, breathtaking weddings, exquisite charity balls, and many many more fairy tale events. There are so many different hotel options where you can host a Chinese wedding or a multi-cultural infused celebration. Here are some of our favourite hotels in New York.
The Waldorf Astoria – is an iconic luxury hotel in mid-town Manhattan, New York and a fabulous example of Art Deco architecture. The Waldorf Astoria is situated on Park Avenue, and nearby to the Theater District, Fifth Avenue shops, museums, Central Park and Times Square. All of these are must see sights and within walking distance from this landmark hotel. The third floor contains the Grand Ballroom, the Silver Corridor, the Basildon Room, the Jade Room and the Astor Gallery. The Grand Ballroom, is New York City’s only four-storey, two-tiered ballroom for weddings of truly regal proportion. The Waldorf Astoria also has the Park Avenue fashionably adorned by the Empire and Vanderbilt ballrooms; The Starlight Roof with its dramatic Art Deco grillwork ceiling; the elegantly attired, yet discreet, Conrad and Louis XVI Suites. Any guest who walks through its front doors will be greeted by superb world class service staff – the finest level of staffing that celebrities, royalty, world political figures and other high status socialites have experienced over the many decades of this splendid establishment. They received a 4 star rating from Forbes Travel Guide in 2015
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The Pierre – is a luxury hotel located at 2 East 61st Street at the intersection of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. After a four-year, $100 million renovation, the ambiance of the hotel is now lighter and more contemporary. However, it still has the white-gloved elevator attendants always on duty. Designer Alexandra Champalimaud refreshed the Grand Ballroom and the Cotillion Room. She brought in Portuguese artisans to restore hand-painted relief ceilings. They now hint at Taj’s ownership with Indian-made window treatments and handwoven carpets and South Asian art chosen by a Mumbai gallerist. They received a 5 star rating from Forbes Travel Guide in 2015.
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______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Four Seasons New York – is located in the heart of one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighbourhoods. The Four Seasons is the city’s tallest hotel. However, despite its impressive stature, the hotel’s post-modernist contemporary design is actually quite subtle. On the lobby level, you will find the Fifty7 ballroom and the Cosmopolitan suite. On the meeting room level, you will find the Metropolitan suite. Four Seasons is a short walk away from some of New York City’s most spectacular sites, including lushly landscaped Central Park, the luxury boutiques of Madison Avenue and the Museum of Modern Art, said to be the most influential museum of modern art in the world. With all of these exhilarating activities easily accessible right outside the door, you can relax in the serenity of Four Seasons. Any bride and groom will never be disappointed with the Four Seasons hotel when hosting a wedding. They received a 5 star rating from Forbes Travel Guide in 2015.
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Image courtesy of www.fourseasons.com – the lobby features welcoming limestone and marble-clad lobby. Look up, and you’ll witness a gorgeous 33-foot high backlit onyx ceiling.
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The Plaza Hotel – The Plaza Hotel offers 282 distinctive guestrooms, including 102 suites, which boast the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City. The Plaza also offers Butler service 24 hours a day and the first hotel in the world to offer in-room iPads for all guests to control their entire hotel experience. At the touch of a screen, guests can order In-Room Dining, make restaurant reservations, communicate directly with the Concierge, request wake-up calls, and even check airline schedules and print boarding passes.
In addition to this modern conveniences, the Plaza is listed on the Register of Historic Places and is the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. Since their opening in 1907, the Plaza has hosted royalty, dignitaries, celebrities and the like. Any wedding guest will feel like they have been transported through time and will also enjoy the substantial attention to detail in this hotel which features its very own shopping boutique. There are so many hidden gems for wedding photographs at the Plaza as well.
We would also be remiss not to mention Eloise at the Plaza which open in 2010. This is any little, or big girl dream come true! What a treat for a flower girl and/or junior bridesmaid. There is a lot of fun, and always so much to do at The Eloise Shop. Guests may choose to relax in the stylish Living Room and plan their adventures with the concierge, just like Eloise. There is also a Fashion Room that is filled with Eloise costumes, exclusive Eloise branded t-shirts and one-of-a-kind merchandise. You can strut the catwalk and admire yourself in the mirror! Do not forget to visit the Library Room, where you may enjoy “park views” and watch your favorite Eloise movie clips, or enjoy story time with your companion. The final must do at the Plaza is the Tea Room; where family and friends can come together for Rawther Fancy Teas, birthday parties, events and other celebrations.
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Image courtesy of www.sites.psu.edu – The Plaza Hotel’s Palm Cout – iconic, swanky venue for high-end breakfast, afternoon tea & evening cocktails
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Designed by celebrated fashion designer Betsey Johnson, the Eloise’s suite is located on the 18th floor and is comprised of two rooms – one for young Eloises and an adjoining room for grown-ups in a palette of pink and black. Décor highlights include: a signature Plaza chandelier fitted with pink, pink-and-white-candy-striped wall panels outlined with gold leaf molding, a white zebra-print carpet, a King-size bed made up with custom-designed bedding depicting images of Eloise, a sparkly padded pink headboard and nearby ottoman, and Eloise’s name scrawled in neon lights affixed to the wall above. The suite is also equipped with original Hilary Knight prints of Eloise and her dog, Weenie adorning the walls and bedding, a wall-mounted flat screen TV and DVD player, an Eloise USB stick, Eloise DVDs and books, a tea set and Eloise and Weenie dolls, Eloise robes and towels.
There are dress-up clothes in the closet; boas, butterfly wings and tiaras on a coat rack; pink lemonade in a silver ice bucket; chocolate milk and candy in the minibar; stuffed animals on the bed; and a crystal chandelier overhead. Guests can watch Eloise movies, read books while wearing an Eloise bathrobe. With Eloise Suite packages, guests receive a framed photograph of themselves in the oh-so-pink room, an Eloise book, robe and USB stick, and a $100 gift card to the Eloise at the Plaza shop, a whimsical tearoom and boutique featuring all things Eloise and home to birthday and tea parties.
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Trump Soho – Inspired by the cobblestone streets and the history of the neighborhood, the intimate yet dramatic two-story lobby combines rich and natural design elements that offer contrast reflecting SoHo’s environs. You should expect nothing less from a luxury hotel in lower Manhattan, situated where SoHo meets Tribeca and the West Village. For wedding receptions of up to 240 guests, choose from four elegant spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows. From modern SoHo Ballroom to Hudson Square Ballroom with private terrace to the soaring 46th floor SoHi venue, two things are certain with their Manhattan wedding locations: beautiful settings, spectacular views. They received a 4 star rating from Forbes Travel Guide in 2015.
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Image courtesy of www.trumphotelcollection.com – Soaring 46 stories above New York’s majestic skyline, the glass-enclosed SoHi venue space is the perfect rooftop wedding reception for a true New York City wedding. Wrapped in 13-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows, guests will be drawn to awe-inspiring views-the East River bridges, downtown Manhattan and spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River. The versatile 1,500- square-foot space accommodates up to 80 people for intimate weddings, or 150 for rehearsals.
Image courtesy of www.trumphotelcollection.com – The SoHo Ballroom boasts a sophisticated muted-color palette. With modern sophistication, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 3,900 square feet of open space, the SoHo Ballroom is the perfect lower Manhattan wedding venue for receptions for up to 400 guests.
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Image courtesy of www.trumphotelcollection.com – the Hudson Square Ballroom is a delight for downtown weddings as it has a private outdoor terrace. This New York City wedding venue features soaring 20-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows for intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners of up to 90 guests. Overlooking the cityscape of downtown, this 2,200-square-foot ballroom is the ultimate Manhattan wedding venue.
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