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.