There are so many reasons why getting married in NYC is so popular—there’s truly something so special (and utterly romantic!) about NYC weddings. Whether you’re hoping to host a big grand wedding or a small intimate affair, there are so many venues and vendors to choose from in NYC—and the amazing photo ops are endless! While there can be some complicating factors to getting married in NYC, the end result is certainly worth it.
If you’re getting married in NYC, here’s all the information you’ll need to get started.
New York City is the most expensive city in the United States to wed. The average NYC wedding costs $47,700, well above the national average of $28,000. Couples in the NYC area seem to love late-summer and early-fall nuptials, as September is the most popular month for weddings. NYC weddings tend to be a bit larger as well, with an average of 135 guests, above the national average of 124 guests.
With NYC being such a fast-paced and one of the top tourist destinations in the world, you can bet that there’s going to be some sort of major event on any weekend you choose for your big day. Particularly busy weekends include the New York City Marathon in November, New York Fashion Week in February and September, the Thanksgiving Day Parade and New Year’s Eve, and more. Because the city is so big, just because a major event is being held on a particular weekend doesn’t mean it will negatively affect traffic in your venue’s neighborhood. It’s best to check with your particular venue (before booking!) about any major events that may cause issues for you and your guests.
Getting There and Getting Around
If you’re getting married in New York City and your guests will be traveling to the area, there are lots of transportation options. For air travel, LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark International Airport are the three major airports in the area (note that LaGuardia only handles domestic flights).
For loved ones that live in the Northeast, train or bus travel may be another option. Your guests may be able to take an Amtrak train into Penn Station (particularly if they live in the Boston, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. areas), or a bus into the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
NYC is known for its generally efficient public transportation system. While the NYC subway takes some getting used to, it can be an excellent way for your guests to get around and explore the city. There are also city buses that can get your guests from place to place. Taxis are plentiful, as are ride apps like Uber and Lyft.