BRIDES New York: Ways to Incorporate Your Love of NYC into Your Wedding

Local, NY, NJ and CT, Planning Tips
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Do you find that no matter where you travel (or live), your heart belongs to NYC? Yeah, us too. Don't worry! Even though you're not getting married in the city that never sleeps, you can "give your regards to Broadway" by incorporating bits of the Big Apple into your big day.

When it comes to food, New York City is home to some of the most delicious dishes in the world. While creating your wedding menu, it can be easier than you think to pay homage to your favorite city and its delicacies. For cocktail hour, serve a signature cocktail such as the "Big Apple-tini," Manhattans, or offer Brooklyn Brewery beers for your guests to enjoy. "Street meat" inspired kabobs as passed appetizers or even a New-York-themed captain's table can really wow your guests while transporting their taste buds to NYC. As for dessert, classic New York Cheesecake can do the trick, and the famed Magnolia Bakery also offers delivery of their delicious deserts throughout the country — straight from their world renowned Manhattan bakery to your venue.

Get your guests into a "New York State of Mind" by having the band or DJ play some city-inspired songs. Tons of artists draw their inspiration from the Big Apple, and you can too. New-York-City-themed songs span all generations and genres, so you can be sure to find the perfect fit for your celebration. For softer tunes during cocktail hour and dinner, consider songs recorded by famed NY musician Leonard Bernstein and the Columbia Symphony, Billy Joel's "Miami 2017" (ironic title, we know!), Sinatra's "New York, New York," or Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train." Ready to party? Jay-Z and Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" is a given, but native New Yorkers including Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey, and Christina Aguilera are all artists you can put on your playlist as part of your day.

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Send your guests home from your wedding with a token of your gratitude AND a piece of the city. Candy apples, mini-city snow globes, or custom favors handcrafted by your favorite NYC vendors are just a few options. Candy from the world's largest confectionary emporium, Dylan's Candy Bar, that originally opened in NYC, is sure to please not only your guests, but anyone with a sweet tooth, too! By choosing NYC-themed favors, you will not only pay tribute to your favorite city, but you'll also share your love for it with the people closest to you.

There are tons of ways to pay tribute to the NY Metro while deciding upon your big day décor. Whether you prefer subtle touches or a full-blown NYC theme, the possibilities are endless. Some of our favorites include taxicab placeholders, naming (instead of numbering) the tables after different streets or your favorite city spots, MetroCard-inspired place cards, Manhattan-themed photobooth props, or Broadway-Playbill-inspired programs. Mix these touches within a classic black and white color scheme or even pops of Tiffany blue to complete your aesthetic.

Do you "bleed blue," or is your fiancé a total NYC-sports fanatic? Whether it's Yankees or Mets, Rangers or Islanders, Knicks or Nets, or Giants or Jets, you'll want to grab your favorite sports jersey, hoodie, or hat and keep it on hand while taking wedding (or engagement) photos. Throw it on for a few shots to show your support of your favorite NY team on the most important day of your life.

Want to see more ideas on how to plan your NYC themed wedding? Check out our New York City Vendors page to help plan your dream NYC wedding!

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