Celebrate Equality: The Top 8 Wedding Hotels in New York City

by Amanda on July 6, 2011

New York recently became the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage. This historic occasion is likely to turn the Big Apple into a hot spot wedding destination for same-sex couples across the country, and we thought it would be fitting to post some of the city’s best places to say “I do.” Take a look at our top wedding hotel picks below.

The Plaza

The Plaza

For a romantic, iconic wedding locale, the Plaza is hard to beat. The in-house wedding planner, Emily Reifel, is the best of the best, and can arrange everything from hair and makeup, to photographers, to florists (and more). And after a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, the Grand Ballroom Foyer is as grand as ever. The 24-hour butler service ensures that couples feel pampered post I-dos: the butler can unpack luggage, stock the room’s private bar, and draw baths.

The St. Regis New York

The St. Regis New York

This iconic luxury property is rivaled only by The Plaza, and its impressive service will ensure that everyone feels pampered, from the first planning stages to the end of the reception. (To give you an idea: At the wedding dinner, there are 10 waiters to every guest.) The 16,000 square feet of event space (each of the multiple halls can fit up to 200 guests) and the romantic, old-world decor (elegant chandeliers and the hotel’s famous “cloud-dabbled” ceiling) make this a perennial favorite for New York’s elite.

Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental

If you’ve always pictured yourself saying “I do” while looking out over a scenic New York skyline, Mandarin Oriental New York — which towers 54 stories above Central Park — might have your ideal venue: Its halls are large enough to fit about 700 people and floor-to-ceiling windows  line the walls. And the wedding packages rock. Couples get a complimentary suite with a view, a horse-drawn carriage ride, and even fireworks (if you want them, that is).

The New York Palace

The New York Palace

The New York Palace

One of New York’s most visibly stunning hotels, the New York Palace is the spot for an extravagant, slightly over-the-top wedding. Like anywhere in Manhattan, the prices are steep — from $225 to $450 per person. But, for the one-time fee, you’re getting just about everything: a space, decorations, a premium open bar for the length of the reception (as well as wine and champagne for the dinner), passed hors d’oeuvres, a personally designed cake, as well as buffet stations or a three- or four-course dinner (kids’, kosher, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus available upon request). The hotel also provides a gorgeous Royal Suite for the newlyweds.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Gramercy Park Hotel

The Roof Club and Garden at the uber-chic Gramercy Park Hotel is the ideal spot for a wedding.  With sweeping views of the city and a retractable roof for summer months, the venue can accommodate up to 120 guests for a ceremony, seated dinner, and a reception with dancing. Though the hotel does not allow a live band to perform, the special events team can recommend DJs at several price points.  And you can rest assured that you’ve made a star-approved choice — many celebrities frequent the Roof Club, and Humphrey Bogart got married at the hotel in 1926.

The Pierre

The Pierre

Hosting a wedding almost once a week, The Pierre has extensive experience with nuptials.  This iconic hotel offers six lavish venues for the ceremony and reception — including the Salon, complete with rotunda and trompe de l’oeil paintings, where Ramona Singer of Real Housewives fame renewed her vows on camera. But be prepared to pay a hefty fee for the top-notch accommodations and exceptional white-glove service, because weddings at The Pierre do not come cheap.

Four Seasons New York

The Four Seasons New York

Although known for its business-friendly atmosphere and location, the Four Seasons New York offers several packages for those looking to wed in the sleek and stylish Midtown hotel.  Whether engaged couples opt for the “classic elegance” or “black tie” package, the on-site wedding professional will coordinate every detail – from music and flowers selections to day-off in-room spa treatments.

The Peninsula New York

The Peninsula New York

If you’re planning an opulent wedding, The Peninsula New York may be just the venue you’re looking for – nearly every surface of the hotel is gilded, coated in marble, or flourished with something French. An on-site consultant will help you plan your one-of-a-kind nuptials or you can opt for the wedding package, which includes a one-night stay for the newlyweds in the bridal suite – and a one-night stay on the couple’s one-year anniversary!

Jane Reynolds contributed to this article.

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Clarknt67 July 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm


Why would gay people want to give their money to Donald Trump? After he said this about marriage equality:

“TRUMP: It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

Trump’s a homophobic loser.

Michael July 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Donald Trump has repeatedly come out against marriage equality and you want him to now receive business by same-sex couples after a hard-fought victory? The man represents everything that has stood in the way of this momentous occasion. It’s insulting that you even suggest giving that bigot any business at all.

Mark Lawrence July 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

Are you nuts? Trump Soho New York? Are you nuts?

Cindy July 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

Why in the world would any self-respecting gay couple use a Trump facility? In his short-lived presidential campaign, he repeatedly said gay people deserve no equal rights. I wouldn’t give that bigot one cent.

Tollendyr July 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

Seems odd to list anything Trump considering he’s a rampant Homophobe. You might do a little research next time before hobbling together a list..

D July 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

There is an organized gay boycott against Trump and his hotels in response to his public statements that he is against same-sex marriage AND against civil unions. Why would you list Trump Soho New York as a potential wedding venue for same-sex couples?

Dave H July 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm


During Donald Trump’s foray into running for president, he was an outspoken opponent of marriage equality or any other form of support for gays. He’s strongly and vocally anti-gay. Why in the world would any self-respecting same-sex couple want to spend a dime at one of his hotels, especially to get married???

The inclusion of the Trump Soho New York on this list is clueless, insensitive, and stupid.

Andrew July 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

How can I take this post seriously when you don’t include the Waldorf=Astoria?

andy August 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm

All I can say is what fabulous venues. We have some gorgeous venues over here in bonnie Scotland…..and quite a few unique ones as well.
But for sheer unadulterated luxury these take some beating. I mean the Grand Ballroom foyer in the Plaza is simply breathtaking.
My personal favorite is the Peninsula New York. Very stylish.

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