Renewing Your Vows in New York City

The Basics

It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist spots, and if you’re drawn to iconic spots, it’s possible to renew your vows at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day, even inside a Broadway stage. 


With hundreds of hotels and thousands of restaurants to choose from, there’s no shortage of venues. Yet that glamour can come with a high price tag.  But you don’t have to go for broke. Instead of a blowout in a ballroom, consider renting a hotel suite with a great skyline view and just having your closest friends attend.


Pros

  • Exciting; New York is a true 24/7 city
  • Diverse population and cuisines
  • Celebration options at every price point


Cons

  • It’s crowded with tourists (the farther you go from Times Square, the better)
  • Goods and services are more expensive than in smaller cities
  • Traffic slows everything down and parking is a challenge

5 Places We Love

Central Park: Couples can informally renew vows within the 943-acre park, from popular Strawberry Fields to the quiet Conservatory Garden. Two restaurants, Tavern on the Green and Loeb Boathouse, offer indoor and al fresco dining.


Brooklyn Bridge: Connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn, the bridge has waterfront park venues that can hold up to 100. Non-refundable application and site fees required.


Henry Hudson River: On the west side of Manhattan, there's a wide choice of seaworthy vessels. They range from the Staten Island Ferry (free!) to private charters to an ocean liner that crosses the Atlantic.


The New York Botanical Garden: Minutes from Manhattan, the NYBG is a National Historic Landmark with settings that include an historic Victorian glass house, rolling hills and a waterfall.


Mandarin Oriental: Starting on the 35th floor and overlooking Central Park, this upscale hotel has swoon-worthy views, an award-winning restaurant and spa, and a staff that will go out of its way to accommodate a couple’s wishes.