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For the logistically-minded bride, nothing beats a big city when it comes to wedding locations. There's an abundance of hotel options, built-in entertainment for your guests in the days surrounding your wedding, and just about any type of venue you could imagine. Whether you want to party with 300 people in the poshest of ballrooms or cozy up with 15 friends in the private dining room of your favorite restaurant, you can make it happen. But, even with all that convenience comes a few downfalls. We spoke to Teissia Treynet, founder of Firefly Events in New York City, to sort through some of the details every city bride should be sure to keep in mind.
Check the calendar
Make sure your wedding date doesn't fall on a big city-wide event, such as a parade or marathon. "This can be a total disaster, causing anything from road closures to a huge influx of people in the city that could drive hotel prices way up," says Treynet. It might seem hard to find a weekend when there isn't something going on, but if you have flexibility, opt for a less busy date.
Know your restrictions
Different parts of a city will be zoned differently, meaning your venue could be in an area with stricter noise restrictions. "When you're asking about how late into the evening the venue is available, also ask about rules on volume," Treynet advises. Sure, you might be able to keep the party going until 1am, but that doesn't guarantee that you can keep the band raging past midnight.
Think about how you'll get around in your wedding dress
Some of the best wedding pictures are taken outside, so you'll need to be prepared (mentally and physically!) to walk the streets in your wedding dress. Says Treynet, "Make sure someone, like your maid of honor, can help you hold your dress as you walk down the sidewalk, and bring a white sheet with you to stand on in case things are looking a little dingy." Your photographer can help you place the sheet to cover anything you don't want to stand on, then tuck it every so slightly under your dress so it doesn't show in pictures.
Take care of your guests
Big cities have the convenience of public transportation, but the downside is that parking can be a nightmare. "Make sure your venue offers valet parking so your guests aren't circling the block instead of sipping cocktails," says Treynet. "And be sure to set up a coat check, as well. Guests who are taking the bus or subway will need somewhere to leave their belongings!"
Ask about construction
Before you book, find out if your venue or the surrounding buildings will be under construction during the time of your wedding. "Not only is the noise awful, there's nothing worse than scaffolding in the background of your wedding pictures or towering in front of your gorgeous venue," Treynet explains.