It’s no secret that I’m a huge Broadway fanatic. I’ve been seeing shows since I visited New York for the first time at age eighteen. Some shows were immediately forgettable, some have stuck with me for decades. One of my favorite of those shows is Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
You might be thinking “What in the world does a musical about a transgender rock and roll singer from East Germany have to do with the Jane Hotel, and what does it have to do with weddings?”
Written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, Hedwig looked hard for a permanent home. It transferred from venue to venue before landing at a hotel called The Hotel Riverview. The Hotel Riverview is now the Jane Hotel.
The Jane Street Theatre was the hotel ballroom that had been renovated into theatre space in the 1970’s by Theater for the New City. After a brief life as a commercial rental space, the theatre is the current home for the Jane Ballroom.
As a lover of theatre, weddings, and unique architecture, the Jane Hotel is an extraordinary space. The decor was inspired by travel, heavily influenced by train cabins and the interiors of luxury ships. The charmingly Victorian decor is eclectic and quirky, perfect for this West Village location.
The walls are covered with antique paintings, and faded taxidermies pheasants gaze on you while you sip a drink at the bar. Everywhere you look are paneled ceilings, leather doors, brass studded details, vintage columns, and gorgeous relics from ages past. All of this combines to create a unique atmosphere perfect for any couple looking to have a truly iconic wedding with an old New York feel.
The first time I ever went to the Jane Hotel I felt like I was falling into a Sleep No More dreamscape. From the dreamy green lobby tiles to the languidly sexy red-covered bar, everything felt like a perfect stage set. For clients having their wedding here, the hotel has done 99% of the job of decorating your event already!
The Jane Ballroom can be rented for your wedding, along with the Mezzanine (if your event is on the smaller side). If your wedding is larger, you can combine both spaces. It’s the perfect space for couples looking to have a cocktail style wedding, even if your wedding is large : the Jane can hold up to 325 guests standing.
As of 2019, it costs $5,500 to rent the Mezzanine with an additional food/beverage cost of $60+ per person. The Ballroom begins at $67 per person with a $16,500 rental fee. You can also add on room blocks for your guests, or rooms for yourself to get ready in and sleep on your wedding night.
Taking wedding photos at the Jane is also an exquisite dream. The dark and moody space suits my approach to photography perfectly, from the cozy shadows to the brilliant splashes of light from the arched windows. The grandeur of the space perfectly lends itself to my wedding photography style, and I look forward to exploring this spectacular space with you on your wedding day.
I’d love to hear more about your plans for your Jane Hotel wedding, sing some Hedwig songs with you if you’d like, and answer any questions that you might have about your wedding photography!1/125; f/4.0; ISO 800; 105.0 mm.