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Choosing New York City as the backdrop for one of the most important days of your life is both incredibly memorable, and somewhat chaotic. We've covered your "something borrowed" when it comes to some local advice lent to us on ways to help guarantee your wedding day is full of celebration and ease.
Tip #1 A Walk in the Park
There are definitely some crowd control factors to include in your wedding day plans when it comes to choosing Central Park as the location spot to say your, "I do's." There are roughly 42 million visitors to the park annually, according to the park's website, so we've come up with an alternative to minimize the number of unexpected tourists added to your guest list: Riverside Park on the neighboring Upper West Side is a stunning swap to the chaos, and crowds, that will guarantee historical waterfront views accompanied by a much lower occupancy.
Tip #2 Stand Out From the Crowd
It can be expected that the holidays, (Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years) are the year's highest time of visitor traffic in New York City. Christmas decorations, and festive holiday displays, add an extra incentive for sightseers to explore the bustling Manhattan streets. Avoid planning your big day around these festively influenced times of the year. Frommer's lists April to June, and September to November, as some of the best periods to visit the Big Apple due to the exceptional temperatures and fewer crowds.
Tip #3 Honeymoon Phase
Tying the knot in New York City means a simple transition from "just married" to "honeymoon phase." Venues like the historic New York Palace offer a variety of traditionally elegant wedding backdrops suited for your ceremony, following by a 'Just Married' honeymoon package that includes everything from chocolate covered strawberries to spa treatments. If post-wedding sanctuary rings your wedding bells, then The Conrad Hotel, Battery Park's romantic getaway, offers packages like, The Romance Retreat, which features champagne, breakfast-in-bed, and an unrivalled city view of Manhattan's famous skyline.
Tip #4 There's an App For That
Navigating through the grid of New York City can be overwhelmingly confusing with the tangle of subway trains, blaring taxi's and miles of weaving pathways. Nothing is worse than experiencing the confusion of figuring out how to get to your ceremony, especially on the morning of your wedding day! Thankfully, apps like HopStop and Citymapper, allow you to plug in your current address with your final destination supplying you with the most convenient, and efficient, means of arriving.