I have been hooked on this miraculous venue since my very first Bowery Hotel wedding.
Popular wedding planning website Woman Getting Married has this to say about weddings at the Bowery Hotel:
Average base cost for a Bowery Hotel wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday night ceremony plus 5 hour reception using their $60,000 pre-tax minimum. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, and flowers are not included. Average price includes food and beverage, chairs, linens, gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
With this higher price tag comes an unparalleled luxurious experience that begins with the hotel stay and ends with the meticulously coordinated wedding reception.
The entire experience from top to bottom, start to finish, is pure white-glove. I have always been in awe of the staff at the Bowery Hotel, how kind they are to all of their guests and clients, and how seamlessly they pull off each and every event.
If you are looking for a wedding that simply exudes classic Manhattan glamour, have a Bowery Hotel wedding.
If you want to dazzle your guests with understated elegance, have a Bowery Hotel wedding.
If you want amazing food, spectacular service, and a warmly dreamy atmosphere as you say "I do", have a Bowery Hotel wedding.
In short, have a Bowery Hotel wedding. You won't regret it!
I am often asked by prospective wedding clients about their venue. "Do you like it there?" "Do you like shooting there?" "Are there any challenges to working at my venue?"
When asked about the Bowery Hotel, all I can do is offer up raves.
I love this venue so much that my husband and I almost got married here! When we were debating between Manhattan and Philadelphia while planning our wedding, the Bowery Hotel was always at the very top of my desired venue list.
We ended up having our wedding in Philadelphia, but if we'd stayed in Manhattan I cannot image getting married anywhere else.
One of the things that I love about a Bowery Hotel wedding is the brunch we always have before we start shooting!
I love taking my team out for a meal before the start of a long wedding day. We go over the timeline, discuss the organization of the family formal photographs, talk about any logistical issues we're concerned about, and eat amazing food.
There is nowhere better to do this than at Gemma, the restaurant in the Bowery Hotel. I've had many a blueberry pancake and bread covered in honey butter at Gemma! It's one of my absolute favorite places to eat in Manhattan, the end! It's certainly one of the very best places to pre-game a wedding day with my team!
I also love the lobby. My personal style is eclectic, running from the ultra-stark modern to the cluttered and gothic. The lobby ticks every checkbox on my list of "dreamy gothic things I love."
From the old-school check-in desk to the newspapers displayed on racks, there is an indescribably amazing atmosphere in the Bowery Hotel lobby.
I love that the keys to the rooms are actual keys, not just modern magnetic swipe cards. There is something so wonderful about that heavy key and the red tasseled keychain. It's a throwback to a glamorous time, and it sets the scene the second you check in!
I love the elegantly faded armchairs in the lobby, the cozy dim lighting, and the feeling that you have truly stepped into another world entirely. No wonder this is such a gathering spot for celebrities and Manhattan's elite!
Once you've gotten over swooning about the lobby and the marvel that is brunch at Gemma, now we can talk about the actual guest rooms of the Bowery Hotel!
When I am looking for a hotel room in Manhattan, I have several things that I desire. When I am looking to refer a hotel room to my clients for the getting-ready part of their wedding day, I have an even stricter criteria!
As we look at the Hotel as a whole, we have to acknowledge what makes a wedding here so special.
Once of the things that makes a Bowery Hotel wedding unlike any other in Manhattan is the ceremony space and the reception spaces.
Many ceremonies take place inside the fireplace room, which is unbelievable. Making up just part of the ten thousand feet on the second floor that is used for weddings and celebrations, the fireplace room must be seen to be believed.
I adore afternoon Bowery Hotel wedding ceremonies with the light streaming through the windows and cascading across the vintage tiled floors.
I love evening and nighttime wedding ceremonies with the green tile fireplace reflecting the lights from candles and lanterns.
If you have a smaller wedding, you can have your ceremony outside on the second floor balcony. This balcony wraps around much of the second floor reception space, and provides a great outdoor option for intimate wedding ceremonies.
The terrace also provides an amazing option for cocktail hour. There are two bars, both opening up onto the terrace. It's amazing to have so many options for cocktail hour in one venue!
There are even options for configuring your reception at a Bowery Hotel wedding. You can feed your guests at long family-style tables in the fireplace room. You can also have your dinner in the cocktail space with views of the terrace.
You can eat in one room, dance in the other, watch the sun set over the city from the terrace, and more. It's spectacular to see so many options for configuring one event space!
There are a few options when it comes to Bowery Hotel wedding pictures, and a lot of it has to do with the timing of the day.
The preference of the wedding couple also comes into play here, since a first look vs. no first look can determine what is possible during the portrait time of the day.
If the wedding couple wants to see each other before the ceremony (commonly called a "first look"), the sky is the limit as to where we can go and what we can do.
If you want to go far afield from the Bowery Hotel, consider Central Park. There is a reason why wedding couples clamor for pictures there - it's gorgeous. You can take your wedding day photographs in a variety of iconic locations in Central Park:
If you're looking for something other than Central Park, I have an entire page on my website dedicated to New York wedding day photo locations! Hopefully you will find it helpful!
If you are seeing each other before your wedding ceremony but don't want to go too far away from your venue for pictures, consider Washington Square Park.
Washington Square Park is a quick walk or cab ride from the Bowery Hotel, and is a beautiful location for wedding day portraits. You can take pictures with your spouse, your parents, and your wedding party all without going too far from your venue.
If time is tight, you don't want to do a first look (which is totally okay!) or you don't really want to leave the hotel, there are many options in the Hotel itself for wedding day pictures.
I love how seriously the Hotel guards the privacy of their guests, but it means that we have to plan ahead for Hotel wedding photos!
You are allowed to take wedding day photos in your rooms, freely on the second floor, and on terrace balconies. You can't shoot in any public places such as the downstairs bar, Gemma, or the lobby.
Never fear, however! There are so many excellent places to take wedding day pictures at the Bowery Hotel that not being able to shoot in those few locations won't impact your wedding pictures.
The trickiest part of figuring out a timeline at the Bowery Hotel is looking at the logistics of the space.
If you're having a ceremony in the fireplace room, a cocktail hour on the terrace, and you're flipping the ceremony room to be the reception room, you have to consider that room flip. If you want pictures by the fireplace, how can you do that when they are moving tables and chairs into and out of that room?
If you want pictures on the terrace outside of the second floor, but guests are set to arrive when you want to be outside, what do you do?
This is where I come in! I can help you craft a timeline to figure out where to be and at what time. I'm extremely familiar with the Bowery Hotel, and can help you put together timing that lets you have the day you want without any logistical hassles.
For example, this past weekend's wedding was logistically tricky. The bride and groom did not want to see each other before the ceremony. This meant that timing during cocktail hour was especially tight.
The timing of the day looked like this:
That meant that between 7:00pm and 7:45pm I had to photograph the following formal list:
How can this logistically happen?
Immediately following the ceremony the bride, groom, wedding party, and family all recessed down the aisle.
They exited the fireplace room, crossed through the bar and terrace, swept through the billiard table room, and came back into the fireplace room through a door at the far end of the space.
This meant they could bypass all of the guests who were leaving to go to cocktail hour - a brilliant plan!
After quickly photographing the family and bridal party before the Bowery began flipping the room, we left with the bride and groom to go up to the terrace just outside of their suite.
We were able to do all of this, and photograph the reception set up - all in forty-five minutes!
If you're not sure how your timing would work, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask. I'd love to help you plan your Bowery Hotel wedding day!Filename: bowery-hotel.jpg. 1/160; f/1.4; ISO 2200; 105.0 mm.