GET A ROOM!

Headache be gone! There’s enough research, planning and bargaining to be done on your own when you’re planning a wedding. When it comes to finding overnight accommodations for out-of-town wedding guests, Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks will search, negotiate, and book your hotel block, completely free of charge. Servicing New York City- and all over the world- a team of licensed meeting planners with over thirty years experience negotiate hotel contracts for busy brides and grooms, saving time, energy, and money by leveraging their relationships to get the best rates at any hotel worldwide. By visiting www.KleinfeldHotelBlocks.com and filling out a quick form, within two days you will receive a simple proposal listing of up to ten different hotels including rates, amenities and distance from the wedding venue. Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks can review the hotel agreement and confirm or request revisions to ensure that you’re protected. As a bridal advocate, they will happily set up a hotel visit if you should wish, and work to secure special considerations for the bride and groom, for a seamless and enjoyable experience. For over seventy years, Kleinfeld has been a leader in bridal fashion, delivering value to their brides from near and far. Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks extends this same hospitality for you and your wedding guests.

Hotel Block Highlights:

The Carlton: Adjacent to the beautiful Madison Square Park, the centrally located hotel offers up comfortable and swanky accommodations within their newly renovated suites.

 

JW Marriott Essex: On the park and in close proximity to Columbus Circle, guests can hop a ride to your wedding from this upscale abode on a horse and carriage.

 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée: This Upper East Side hotel located along a beautiful and quiet neighborhood street is inspired in all of its classic French details, and offers a uniquely luxurious experience. 

 

The Pierre: Widely known for being one of the finest hotels in the world, this Fifth Avenue address is certain to stun its guests.

 

The Plaza: Legendary in every sense, this is a destination in and of itself for its afternoon tea at the Palm Court, luxury shopping outlets, and iconic New York City residence along Central Park and Fifth Avenue.

 

Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park: Situated along the water with unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan, each room is equipped with a telescope for exploration without ever having to leave the room.

 

Trump SoHo New York: This modern downtown luxury high-rise is central to all downtown tourist destinations, offers incredible views, and rejuvenating spa services.

 

Z Hotel NYC: Easily offering the best views of Manhattan that you’ll find anywhere, the rooftop lounge serves up a mesmerizing vision, delightful cocktails, and an after party not to be contended with.

 

Oheka Castle: This fairytale castle is the great Manhattan getaway, with magnificent details to be discovered at every turn, and custom packages to ensure a memorable stay.

 

Castle Hotel & Spa: A castle sitting atop the highest point in Westchester Country, highlights of this rich historical estate include the pool, THANN spa, and fine dining at Equus. 

 

Get A Room is one of the articles featured in the 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition. Look for your copy at all New York area Barnes & Noble locations, Whole Foods, Duane Reade, and wherever magazines are sold, or online, on the magazines website, or Amazon.

Featured Venue: MANHATTAN PENTHOUSE

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The top penthouse floor of this Fifth Avenue Beaux Arts landmark building will take your breath away with commanding views in every direction. High in the New York City skyline stands Manhattan Penthouse, a venue that defines romance with its expansive views, radiant space, and culinary mastery. Centrally located near Union Square, Manhattan Penthouse will take your breath away with 360 degrees of unobstructed views from surrounding signature Palladian windows. The space is immaculately designed to be a combination of traditional penthouse meets modern sleek loft, presenting a uniquely handsome setting that exudes New York style like no other. 

As guests enter the luxurious space of the Penthouse, they are met with elegant décor and unparalleled panoramic views of Manhattan from Wall Street to Times Square. Transcendent ceremonies may take place before the starry New York skyline, with the Empire State Building as the backdrop behind the celebrated couple. The moment where you say I Do will enamor friends and family, and live on as a magical tale to be told for generations.

Manhattan Penthouse may accommodate up to 200 guests, as they savor in delectable fare and fine spirits by the charming grand oak and stained glass bar, and dance the night away amidst an extraordinary horizon. Creativity is boundless at Manhattan Penthouse with gourmet cuisine, custom lighting, sound equipment, and an expert team that specializes in exceeding expectations. Manhattan Penthouse is dedicated to delivering world-class service, complete with professional event coordination to fully customize every detail. In-house planners ensure a seamless production, and work closely with couples to achieve their vision.

Any true New Yorker knows that it’s all about location. Manhattan Penthouse is the location. It is the epitome of what all New York weddings should aspire to be. The first day of the rest of your life together deserves nothing less than the paramount affair that only Manhattan Penthouse can inspire. After a night of revelry, Manhattan Penthouse awakens in the early sunlight to a new day of preparations for its next memorable celebration.

Manhattan Penthouse is located at: 80 Fifth Avenue by the corner of 14th Street. For more information, call: 212-627-8838, or go to: www.ManhattanPenthouse.com

Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve

photo: Rebecca Yale Photography

photo: Rebecca Yale Portraits

 

If I Could Do It All Over… Former brides reflect on what they wish they had done differently with their Weddings, and offer advice to a new generation of engaged couples.

 

Malina, Park Slope: “I wish we hired a videographer to document our day. It all goes by so fast, and while I love looking at our photographs, it would be nice to be able to watch it in motion from our television screen.” 

Blake, Upper West Side: “Our wedding was beautiful and I don’t regret a thing, but sometimes I’ll find a small detail and go, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ One idea I loved but didn’t think to do: Ask the guests to write down a requested song on the RSVP card, that way everyone will get up and dance to their favorite tunes!” 

Kate, Nolita: “Definitely take a deep breath and relax! I worried about everything so excessively and unnecessarily. It all came together so beautifully, and I felt so silly afterward that I stressed out as much as I did.

Claudine, Gramercy: “I was afraid to use a Wedding Planner because I wanted every aspect to reflect our taste rather than someone else’s. I realized the hard way that just because you collaborate with someone to plan your Wedding, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing your presence in the details. It probably would have relieved me of a lot of planning headaches!” 

Riley, Lower Manhattan: “My dress was gorgeous, but I couldn’t move. If dancing, sitting, or walking down the aisle feels like a difficult task, go with something else. It’s not worth it, and I ended up looking stiff in photographs anyway. Just be comfortable and have a great time.” 

Francesca, Brooklyn: “I should have let my bridesmaids choose what they wanted to wear. Having everyone stay in uniform turned into a hassle, and keeping everybody happy was an impossible feat. I think if I had let them express their individual style, it would have been a better overall experience. Also, maybe having eleven bridesmaids was too much.” 

Grayson, Tribeca: “I wouldn’t change a thing about my Wedding it was perfect the BEST day of my life!

Featured Venue: WEYLIN B. SEYMOURS

In one of the most exciting recent developments to open its doors to New York City, Weylin B. Seymour’s resuscitates a local treasure back to life as a versatile and awe-inspiring event venue. 

Originally built close to 140 years ago as the Williamsburg Savings Bank, this masterfully restored multi-level space features two soaring 110-foot domes that tower over beautifully intricate mosaic marble flooring. Each corner of this national landmark located in the heart of Brooklyn, the first stop over the Williamsburg Bridge, reveals pristine Victorian design that creates a dazzling and romantic backdrop for weddings and the occasions that surround it.

Guests of Weylin B. Seymour’s often find themselves lost in the details of this magnificent space, from the gold leaf flowers adorning the Oculus Dome, to the intricately carved wood and monogrammed bronze-cast doorknobs. A stroll through Weylin B. Seymour’s is an elegantly detailed journey through New York City history.

Deemed as “one of the most monumental spaces surviving in New York from the Post-Civil War era” by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, completed in 1875, remains an icon of an early New York neighborhood in its prime. The Beaux Arts Classical building by preeminent New York architect George B. Post with Aesthetic-styled interior decorations by designer Peter B. Wight was not only significant to Brooklyn, but instrumental in shaping the trends of architectural design throughout the nation. Although possessing a rich history from its inception, Weylin B. Seymour’s uniquely caters to exceptional weddings in an unexpected manner. Often regarded as a secret treasure, guests of Weylin B. Seymour’s are often stunned by the beauty of a venue they’ve never previously visited. The extraordinary space and design elements of this majestic venue have been known to take the breath away of anyone who encounters it. 

At Weylin B. Seymour’s, every event is regarded as royalty, and custom-designed to meet the needs and desires of the occasion. Extending seamless hospitality with its dedicated and expert catering team, a wedding at Weylin B. Seymour’s is sheer delight, from the planning stages to the moment you take off as a blissfully wedded couple.

Weylin B. Seymour’s is located at: 175 Broadway in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, just over the Williamsburg Bridge. For more information, go to: www.WeylinBSeymours.com, or call: 718-963-3639.

Fresh, Flavorful And Flashing With Color!

Summers here! Its the easiest time of year to keep your culinary creations fresh, flavorful and flashing with color at your wedding, rehearsal dinner or engagement party. Todays featured dish is a perfect example of this; Bay Scallop Ceviche with Grapefruit, Jalapeño and Avocado, by Cocktail Caterers.

Transforming A Central Park Landmark

Photo by: Eleven Weddings Photography

 

Central Park is like a gift to New York. It is an 843 acre oasis of sprawling lawns, trees and ponds, in which to escape the cacophony and clamor of Manhattans thoroughfares. Within the oasis is Tavern On The Green, a restaurant nearly as storied and iconic as Central Park itself. It is a gift within the gift. Since its opening in 1934 Tavern On The Green has been the site of countless weddings (and other important occasions). The landmark restaurant closed on January 1, 2010. As its highly anticipated 2014 re-opening approached, it became a very sought-after venue. People could not wait for the gift to re-open. It was a apt locale for one of Sophisticated Weddings: New York Editions 2015 covers (pictured, below).

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