While some affianced New York City couples insist on holding their weddings in churches, synagogues or the Central Park boathouse, others opt to keep the nuptials much closer to home—in some cases right down the hall, in the courtyard, common room, or on the roof deck of their co-op or condo building.
Using common rooms and amenity spaces for celebrations and other gatherings is nothing new—that’s what they’re for—but holding weddings, receptions, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners in them is something of a recent trend.
The costs of these spaces, which are usually rented by the hour, or in many cases free, are significantly less expensive than the traditional event spaces used for New York City weddings. Amenity spaces and common rooms like sprawling landscaped courtyards or stunning open air terraces in luxury condominium buildings can translate into great wedding venues and it doesn’t come with a $375, plus tax and 23 percent service, per person price tag that The Plaza on Fifth Avenue charges.
Not Your Typical ‘I Do!’
Last year when Mark Hoornstra and Rebecca Stewart were planning their August nuptials—their sights were set on the High Line park on Manhattan’s West Side—but were turned off by the bureaucratic red tape, time restraints and space limitations imposed on them by the City of New York.
“We had an apartment in Chelsea and thought the High Line would be the perfect place to get married,” says Hoornstra, who works as the director of emergency medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, Long Island. “But the city didn’t want us to have more than 20 people, and it was a lot of choreography.”