Post Wedding Celebrations in NYC

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Every great destination wedding needs a great post-wedding party location.

New York has countless unique spots to celebrate your new marriage. Whether you have 50 guests, or 5; wish to have a celebration meal, or wish to have a cocktail; New York City has it all. It is important to do your research before arriving to New York, that way your total focus can be on the actual wedding, and all post wedding events will be taken care of. Because it is difficult to research these places from far away, we have provided a detailed list of of our favorite post wedding celebrations in NYC.  Check them out and perhaps give one a try!

On the Water

Looking for a little water sight seeing action while you celebrate? There are plenty of options for that in NYC.  Whether you want to water-taxi to the Statue of Liberty, or set sail while you and your guests dine and drink, New York has it all.  With views on the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and unbelievable skylines, you will not be bored or disappointed with any option you choose. When you are ready to take a break from the breezes, there is plenty of lounge space indoors with large windows to still take in the view.

On-the-water celebrations are great because the can accommodate a variety of groups and sizes. Boats are large vessels able to serve your large party of friends and family, but they are also romantic enough that you both can find an intimate niche to enjoy the scenery from.

Fine Dining

Great food, and even better wine, could be just what you need after tying the knot. Fine dining is a great way to splurge with the ones you love, and it gives everyone a chance to unwind in a sophisticated, fancy setting.

Fine Dining restaurants are perfect for a party of 2-12, they can be romantic with just the bride and groom, or intimate with your close friends and family. Choosing a restaurant also gives you a chance to explore a new area of Manhattan you may not have ventured to before. A fun trendy area, a hidden gem, or perhaps right around the corner from your hotel — there are so many places to splurge on food in drinks in New York, you will not be disappointed.

 

Seeing the Sites

Perhaps it is your first time in New York, and all you want to do after getting married is to continue exploring all this city has to offer. Thankfully, there are so many ways to see New York, on the streets, or from the air; historically, or socially.  You both can venture down Broadway and catch a musical, hop on a double-decker bus and explore the city streets, or wander the pathways of beautiful Central Park.  Your site seeing may even take you across a Bridge into Brooklyn!

 

 

Whatever celebration you choose, Ultimate USA Weddings is here to help.  We

know New York, and we want to share all of our knowledge with you, and to work

with you to find the best post-wedding celebration. We are happy to recommend

our favorite spots and activities, and to help go ahead and help you reserve your spot!

 

Wedding Traditions

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From the first recorded wedding, around 2350 B.C.E., in Mesopotamia, to current wedding ceremonies all over the world, there are many different marriage traditions that have stood the test of time. Though many traditions come and go, there are some classic customs that have been around longer than you think (and we still see in many wedding ceremonies today)!

As a wedding planner, one of my favorite things is seeing which styles and traditions stay and go. It is fun to see how a bride and groom incorporate old traditions and new ones into their special day.

Exchanging of Rings

The exchanging of rings dates back to the rule of the Egyptian Empire. It is said that Egyptians wove grass into circular bands and exchanged them at weddings as a symbol of never ending love. During the reign of the Roman Empire, the Romans believed that wedding rings symbolized eternal love and that the vein from the ring finger ran directly to the heart. Throughout the last four to five thousand years, rings have been made out of everything from bone, leather and ivory, to iron and gold, and worn on all different fingers on both the left and right hands.

Today, the wedding ring industry circulates billions of dollars from manufacturers to jewelers every year and the circular wedding ring is still a representation of eternal love and devotion. Currently, the most popular materials for wedding rings are gold, silver and platinum. Though many people believe that the wedding ring should be worn on the left ring finger, many European and Eastern European countries wear their wedding rings on the right ring finger. And in Jewish tradition,  the wedding ring is placed on the index finger instead of the ring finger.

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Tossing the Bouquet

The wedding bouquet has been a staple part of the wedding ceremony stating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Back then, the bouquet was a symbol of fertility and consisted of herbs, orange blossoms and even bunches of garlic. The aromatic scents were thought to ward off evil spirits that wanted to harm the bride on her special day.

Now, the custom of carrying a bridal bouquet is mostly just done out of historical tradition. At today’s weddings the tossing of the bridal bouquet implies that whoever catches it will be the next to wed. This tradition started in England and was said to be a way that the bride could pass her good fortune to others. Back in the day, people would rip pieces of the bride’s gown off for a keepsake of her good luck. In order to end this tradition, brides began to throw their bouquets to the crowd to keep their guests at bay.

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Wearing White

The tradition of brides wearing white dresses on their wedding day may seem like an age-old tradition or a societal trend, but it is actually more modern than you may think. A white wedding dress was made popular in the 1800s by Queen Victoria. In the past, brides wore dark rich colors to symbolize their wealth. Velvet, silks and furs were worn by the nobility, basically material of a wedding dress reflected one’s social standing. In the 19th century, wearing white symbolized purity and virginity.

After Queen Victoria wore white to her wedding in 1840, it has been the trend and norm to do the same. Today, wearing a white dress on your wedding day is most popular in Western cultures; whereas, Non-Western cultures prefer to wear bright colors, fabrics and patterns that have historical and cultural significance.

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The Bridal Veil

Though it is not as common for a bride to wear a veil at a wedding ceremony today, wearing a veil over the hair and face was a symbol of virginity and a crucial part of any wedding ceremony before the twentieth century. Historians have found that the bridal veil dates back to ancient Rome and the Romans believed it was a way of protecting the bride from evil spirits on her special day. More speculatory beliefs state that the veil was a way of keeping the groom from backing out of an arranged marriage if he did not like what he saw.

Now, the lifting of the veil was a symbol of “giving away” a bride and the pivotal point of a wedding when the bride’s beauty is unveiled (pun intended). At most twenty-first century weddings the face veil is removed or a veil is not worn. The use of a wedding veil seems to come and go with fashion and celebrity trends.

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WeddingWire

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We are now a “featured” listing on WeddingWire.com. Checkout the Ultimate USA Weddings storefront, listed under Wedding Planners in New York City, with all of our information, pictures,  reviews and episodes of out hit TV show, Marry Me in NYC. We are one of only 20 wedding planners in the New York City area (including all the boroughs) that are listed under featured planners. If you are one of our past couples leave us a review, or if you are a new couple check out all the amazing things our clients have to say about us!

June Weddings & Social Media

For us here at Ultimate USA Weddings, June has proved to be quite a busy month after only two short weeks! In the last fourteen days we have had thirteen weddings throughout the City of New York. Couples were happily married at the Top of the Rock, Bow Bridge, Ladies Pavilion, Gapstow Bridge and the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park.

With all this excitement we have been updating our website, Facebook and Instagram with pictures from our events. Check out all of the love in the air of New York at the links below or in our ‘Gallery’!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ultimateusaweddings
Instagram: @ultimateusaweddings

 

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Married in NYC – Happy Anniversary Heidi and Timothy

We know you are across the pond and a day ahead of us! Happy Anniversary to you and Timothy!
Much love.
Xoxo Gino & Marisa

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