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How To Plan An Exceptional Wedding In New York City

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New York is also known as the city of dreams and many brides do dream about getting married here! So, take a look at how to plan an exceptional wedding in New York City!

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New York ranks fourth out of 51 states in its number of weddings, performing over 137,000 weddings in 2019. Today, we’ll give you some tips on how to plan an exceptional wedding in New York City.

It is a popular wedding destination for so many reasons, and being one of the greatest cities in the world is just one. New York City boasts so many places to hold a wedding ceremony, from sparse industrial spaces to lush outdoor parks, and it’s difficult to narrow down where you would like to exchange your vows.

One thing is sure though: each wedding that is performed in NYC is unique, and it’s not that difficult to plan one of the most unforgettable moments in your life.


Select A Unique Venue

NYC has loads of fantastic venues that you can choose from that will make your wedding unique. Fancy a wedding in Central Park, the New York Public Library or a cruise on the Hudson River?

If you’re a history buff, you can also arrange for your vows to be exchanged at the American Museum of National History. Note that if you’re choosing a venue that’s a public place, you might have to work your way around timings, since there are plenty of people in the area and you might not get a good photo op.

It’s also vital to include the pandemic regulations in selecting your wedding site. For example, mass gatherings might still be banned, and even if the ban is lifted, you must be flexible enough to plan or reduce the number of guests you can invite to comply with the rules.

Flexibility is vital in planning a wedding in NYC, from setting dates to changing reception venues.


Plan A Memorable Reception

If your wedding is held at an iconic venue, make sure that you offer a memorable menu at your reception.

A wedding at Central Park Zoo can feature vibrant colors and enticing entrée options. After a City Hall wedding, there is a plethora of restaurants that propose international menus if you have a diverse group of guests or if you have just flown in for your wedding.

It also goes without saying that you can transform your wedding venue to suit your personal style, even if it is held in a public space or a quintessential spot.

As long as it’s allowed by state or local ordinances, you can throw down an aisle rug and deck the assigned area with flowers for a wedding that is truly memorable. You can make any space work for you: the most important thing is that you’re getting married!

Getting hitched in NYC is a dreamy option for many couples and their guests. The city that never sleeps offers many possibilities for venues, not to mention the magical spirit of the metropolis that radiates from any event.


And lastly, if your dream wedding has always been in nature, don’t worry! The State of New York is amazing and won’t disappoint you.

Take a look at Stephanie Karvellas’ destination wedding at her Cedar Lakes Estate, a luxury custom NY wedding venue located in the heart of the Hudson Valley!

Wait! You prefer the beach!? Not a problem! You can take a look at this fantastic wedding that took place in one of the trendiest resorts in Montauk!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Trung Nguyen

Marram Montauk: A Staircase Away From Heaven, In Montauk

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Marram Montauk is a standard beach hotel located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, at the East end of the Montauk’s beach hotel strip. It’s just an easy walk to Montauk Village, where you can find countless restaurants and local stores. “Nothing between you and the sand”, like they say!

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Fall was starting and I hadn’t enjoyed the sun that much during the summer time. And, thankfully the sun was still shining, so why not go to the beach? My friend suggested a trip to the Hamptons!

We didn’t have any hotel in mind so we “googled” it. For 3 days we researched websites and exchanging e-mails. We finally decided to stay at a hotel in Montauk instead of in the central part of the Hamptons. It’s more rustic and a little bit cheaper. Among all choices we had, we picked an upper ocean view quad at the Marram Montauk Hotel. This hotel offers numerous amenities and activities and it was just what I was looking for.

That being said, let’s get straight to the point:

Marram Montauk is a standard beach hotel located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, at the East end of the Montauk Beach hotel strip. It’s just an easy walk to Montauk Village, where you can find countless restaurants and great local stores. One of the highlights is getting to the beach through the wooden stairs. It’s amazing. Wild and fancy at the same time. “Nothing between you and the sand”, like they enjoy saying!

The hotel has around 100 rooms from standard to beachfront suites, all with balconies. The rooms are decorated in grey and white colors, with a kitchenette where you’ll find a sink, coffee maker, a small fridge, etc…

Breakfast is not included, but they have the A.T. Eatery – a full service kitchen serving breakfast and lunch. Managed by chef Robert Prado, the Eatery provides you with everything from classic sandwiches to more sophisticated dishes. All beach-friendly too. A.T. Eatery is open every day from 7am – 6pm and you can find the menu on the website.

However, you can also prepare something for yourself in the room and enjoy it on the cozy benches at the balcony.

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The Marram Montauk Hotel offers a variety of outdoors activities such as backyard games, picnic areas, live music (seasonal), bonfires, etc.

You can also book surf and paddle board lessons. Plus, if you’re into yoga, you can head to the swimming pool area in the morning and get ready for their free class! Classes depend on the weather, but you can check details at the reception. Their classes are quite famous around there.

If you enjoy shopping, the hotel also has a small boutique to entertain you. NIBI MTK is a beachwear store by the designer Kristin Sheeler. “Nibi” means water in the original language people used to speak in the village of Montauk. You’ll also be able to find some vintage pieces and accessories.

In addition, the hotel also provides wifi, laundry facilities, a gym and a lounge with a ping-pong table and arcade games. Furthermore, you’ll find eco-friendly bath amenities and 300-thread count Frette bedding.

We loved the weekend and the beautiful nature views we could enjoy from our own balcony.

In sum, we had a great time in the town and was impressed with all the amenities the hotel provided. Of course, the staff was very friendly and getting to the beach through the super cute staircase, was definitely one of the coolest things.

I’m definitely going back there, next summer, with more friends! Hope to see you there too. Let us know about your plans and if you need any help in organizing this trip! For corporate requests for your team or clients, contact our experts.

Note: The hotel closes during off season, so be sure to send them an email and stay up to date with the upcoming season!

Location: 21 Oceanview Terrace, Montauk

www.marrammontauk.com


Note: Hotel was formally called Atlantic Terrace. Recently it was renamed to Marram Montauk.


Text by our Contributor: Rafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Marram Montauk Hotel
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Kamila Almeida And Pedro Cury, A NYC Wedding

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We all know how gorgeous the Hamptons region is. Now, imagine having the NYC wedding of your dreams at Gurney’s Montauk, one of the trendiest resorts Montauk! Plus, it’s literally on the beach!

 
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A new group purchased the hotel, so it recently passed through a renovation. We loved the result.

Friday, before our wedding, we also organized a welcome party to all the guests. Guests had time to find friends, meet new people and get into the Montauk vibe!

Take a look to see what a Brazilian beach wedding looking like:

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Both events – welcome party and the wedding, were flawless!

Take a look at the list below to see the name and contact of every supplier that Kamila and Pedro used for their wedding. Some were flown direct from Brazil, but many are local companies!

Nonetheless, nothing keeps you from flying in these Brazilian suppliers, right?

Stay tuned to see our NYC wedding selection, featuring the most amazing celebrations.

If you also want to have a super trendy wedding at a New York beach, but have no idea where to start, or which local suppliers is the best, let our experts help you out. Our partners are some of the top names in the wedding industry and will be able to make your dream wedding come to life in no time!

We also work with Corporate requests and events, in New York City and in around the state. Contact us so we can cater to your needs.


Photo Credits: Photography by Verdi
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Gurney’s Montauk Resort: A High-End Experience In Montauk

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People that know us well are aware of how we’re huge fans of summer time! So yes, we can’t wait for the NY summer and head to Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. It’s a fabulous high-end experience in Montauk.

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In the spirit of Summer, we’d like to help you guys get your itineraries ready when you come and visit. If you’re a New Yorker, Gurney’s Montauk Resort is a fantastic spot to go for high-end experience. It’s a fantastic destination to spend your summer weekends.

So,  this is a place you should definitely experience once in your life!

Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa is around 2.5h away from Manhattan. It’s located at almost the very tip of the peninsula of Long Island.

The suites are gorgeous, with a sophisticated and clean decor. Be sure to ask for the ocean view!

Their spa offers an indoor pool with water extracted and filtered from the sea, heated up to a warm nice temperature. It’s also great of a late afternoon chilling spot, or a morning exercise, if you’re into swimming.

There are a few activities in the pool like Aquatic Yoga, which is pretty cool and great to stay in shape! The spa also has a rock sauna, a steam room, fitness center and numerous different services you can book.

Plus, Gurney’s has several dining options which you won’t get tired of.

Tillie’s has an American kitchen with comfort food for breakfast and lunch. For a classy seafood dinner, make a reservation at Scarpetta Beach. If you want to have a quick grab-and-go during the day, Corso Coffee is an Italian-style coffee bar located at the lobby of the hotel.

There’s nothing better than having a beach bar right at your feet. The Beach Club will set up a great spot for your beach chairs and umbrellas. If you need a snack while enjoying the beach, they have a nice menu with sandwiches, appetizers, salads and drinks you can pick from.

Lastly, the The Regent Cocktail Club has a lounge and bar area for drinks. A great spot to relax before or after dinner.

The nightlife in Montauk during the summer is pretty amusing and parties are endless in the Hamptons. That said, if you need help getting ready for your party, book an appointment at their hair salon. You’ll be surely the most gorgeous girl in the party!

They have a concierge service to make your life easier too, to don’t hesitate to ask for assistance! Take advantage of this service to had a fantastic experience in Montauk.

Oh! Are you looking for a place to get married? This is a definitely a great place to have a wedding and they do offer a wedding planner to help you out! Check out Kamila Almeida’s wedding to see how gorgeous it was!

Check out what we think about the neighbor town of Sag Harbor! It’s just a 30min car ride from Montauk!

Location: 290 Old Montauk Highway, Long Island, NY

www.gurneysresorts.com/montauk


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gurney’s Montauk Resort
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The 7 Best Food Spots By Alexa Mehraban From EatingNYC

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There is nothing better than exploring the city with a top NYC food blogger. Alexa Mehraban, also known as EatingNYC, shares her 7 best food spots in New York City!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Alexa Mehraban EatingNYCNew York City is known as one of the best cities to explore the food scene!

So, our Founder,  Fê Paronetto, interviewed one of the most renowned NYC food blogger that shared her 7 best food spots in New York City! They are the top restaurant tips for several different occasions, from a girl’s night out to an affordable group dining.

Alexa Mehraban is a born and raised New Yorker with a love for food that expands far beyond her food photography and witty captions. Alexa started EatingNYC in 2014 to share and track her dining adventures with friends and family.

Since then, Alexa has utilized her industry expertise and social media and marketing prowess at PR firm Bullfrog and Baum. Now, she’s the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at Tacombi Restaurants.

Today, over 288,000 people look at EatingNYC to make their next dining decision and to learn about the hottest restaurants in New York.

Alexa was listed as one of the top 30 people in food by AdWeek in 2016. Plus, she’s also been featured by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan and Zagat, amongst others.

Take a look at her 7 best food spots in New York City, for all occasions:

For Brunch: Sadelle’s

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“Sadelle’s epitomizes everything that defines brunch in NYC. They’re doing Jewish appetizing in ways that the world has never seen before. If it’s your first time, go all out and get the smoked fish tower.”

We all know that bagels are one of New York City’s most traditional food.

There are countless places that sell them, but the best bagels are not so easy to find.

Sadelle’s is a bakery and a restaurant located at the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Their kitchen offers a daily selection of fresh hand-rolled bagels, pastries and breads, and at night, they completely transform into a cute brasserie serving candle light dinners.

In addition, their dinner is well known for the fish dishes, so do try it out.

Location: 463 West Broadway, Lower East Side

www.sadelles.com


“L’Artusi has been one of the best Italian restaurants for a while now. It’s a charming, no-frills spot that really knows how to make great pasta. It’s also now my favorite restaurant because I just got engaged there.”

One of our favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan is the West Village.

It’s definitely one of the places with the biggest concentration of restaurants and bars, in the city.

There are so many, that choosing one is literally a hard feat. Plus, everything there is extremely charming and it has some of the best spots in the city, like L’Artusi.

The restaurant has a modern approach to the traditional Italian cuisine, with very creative and unique dishes.

Location: 228 West 10th Street, West Village

www.lartusi.com


“The Happiest Hour is the perfect post work spot. The specialty drinks are awesome (like the Pineapple Express), but I really come here for the happiest burger. Pretty self-explanatory!”

Yup, this is yet another place in the West Village.

We’ve written about this spot before and it’s surely one of the top hot spot, with a very high end and stylish crowd.

In no time, they became “the place to go”, hosting some of the hottest parties during the NYFW’s (New York Fashion Week).

The Happiest Hour is known for having gorgeous guests like Joan Smalls, Giovanna Battaglia, Poppy Delevingne, Karen Elson and Alexa Chung.

Location: 121 West 10th Street, West Village

www.happiesthournyc.com


Help Bride NYC: Getting Married In New York, In Great Style

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Getting married is always exciting, but the preparation phase may be exhausting. Help Bride NYC Wedding Planner will make your dream of getting married in New York, a reality!

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We all know that regardless of where you decided to have your wedding, the entire process is exhausting. The details are endless, the coordination needs to be flawless and last minute issues always come up. Now, image all of this, while you’re working on your full time job.

Seams rather impossible, right? Therefore, there’s nothing better than hiring a specialized service to help you out!

One of the coolest services today offering Wedding Fashion Styling and Wedding Planning in New York for the Brides-to-Be is called Help Bride NYC! Actually, their services extend outside of the State of New York, just in case you were wondering.

The Founder, Fernanda Monfrinatti, a good friend of our Founder, also named Fernanda, got married in the Hamptons a while back. The wedding was literally flawless and Fe was a stunning bride. She is known for always been a very bright, happy and uplifted woman, but on the day of her wedding, she exceeded all expectations!

Fe moved to New York City because of her husband’s was working here, so they decided to get married in the Hamptons. The interesting thing is: she actually met Felipe, in New York City, while traveling with friends.

So, of course, the reason of getting married in New York was fully explained.

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Most of her friends flew from Brazil, where she’s originally from, or came from other corners of the world. She dedicated a great deal of her time to organizing the wedding, specially because she was having so many international guests.

Numerous doubts appeared along the way, but Fe learned all the tricks behind organizing the perfect “Destination Wedding”.

After her wedding, she decided to start her own business, since she saw the potential and increasing trend of people wanting destinations in unique spots through out the world.

Plus, Fe researched the entire industry and was able to create fantastic relationships with the best professionals and companies. Hence, her clients are definitely in good hands.

We can’t forget to mention that Fe has an incredible aesthetic awareness and knowledge, something definitely owned by only few people. This makes her work a perfect match in the wedding industry.

Today, her company organizes everything from Wedding Fashion Styling, Party Planning and Wedding Planning. Her customized schedule with the Bride includes:

  • Appointments at the top bridal salons – Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and more
  • Styling tips to what fits best
  • Finding the perfect wedding location
  • Pointing out the best suppliers in the wedding industry
  • Just to name a few…

The service are for brides that want to get married in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean!

We are positive you will love her work, professionalism and most important, her energy and constant caring for her clients.


You’re probably curious to know who were to suppliers that she hired, right?

Venue: The Surf Lodge Hotel, in Montauk, East Hampton
Dress: Reem Acra
Shoe: Salvatore Ferragamo
Flats: Wedding Shoes
Jewelry: Fatiminha Marcondes
FlowersDecor & Scenography: Jewel Georgieff
Buffet: The Surf Lodge Hotel
Cake: Sweet Corner Bakery
Sweets: Danielle Andrade (coconut candy), Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (caramelized apples), Lavo (fried oreo with ice cream)
Bem Casados (a Brazilian sweet): Sweet Corner Bakery
Wedding Planner: Fernanda Monfrinatti, Help Bride NYC
Photography: Marianne Martin – Real Life Portraits
Film: H2 Brasil

If you want to see her work, the gallery above is from her own wedding. Plus, you can see Paula Merlo’s wedding at The NoMad Hotel, also organized by Help Bride NYC. It was impeccable!

If you are getting married in New York and need any additional help, or want us to put you in direct contact with Fernanda Monfrinatti, contact us.

www.helpbridenyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Help Bride NYC and Leila Jacue & David Leon
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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