New York City hotels hear new wedding bells
People hold signs thanking New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo during the New York City gay pride march June 26, 2011. The New York state legislature voted June 24 to become the sixth state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images / July 8, 2011)
The newly renovated Pierre New York is offering a champagne welcome, a designer wedding cake and a floral arrangement by designer L'Olivier. After a relaxed breakfast, couples can enjoy an in-room massage and a late-night aphrodisiac menu, including oysters, chocolate and champagne. The package, starting at $2,095 per night, includes a picnic lunch and carriage ride.
At Westin New York at Times Square, couples can choose a reception for 50 or a ceremony and dinner reception package that includes a wedding party suite with lunch for as many as eight guests, a pre-ceremony hospitality suite for the entire wedding party, a room for the ceremony, a one-hour cocktail reception, a five-course sit-down dinner with a four-tiered designer wedding cake, an overnight stay for the wedding couple and more. The package starts at $175 per person, not including guest accommodations.
The Love Has No Boundaries Package is one of two offered by the swanky Le Parker Meridien New York. It includes an officiant; a ceremony room; an hour cocktail reception with butler-passed hors d'oeuvres; a five-hour sit-down dinner, champagne toast, open bar and wedding cake; and a stay in the Presidential Suite with personalized robes monogrammed "Mr. and Mr." or "Mrs. and Mrs." Rates start at $25,000 for 100 people.
For information on getting married: New York City Marriage Bureau (licensing information for same-sex couples), cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/marriage_bureau.shtml
For information on pricing and other I Do packages: tinyurl.com/5woavha