Channel Broadway, Friends, and Cutting-Edge Fashion with a New York-Inspired Wedding

NYC skyline

The Big Apple is one of the largest cities in the world and one known everywhere for its unique vibe. Its glitz and glam has been the backdrop for countless movies, TV shows, events, and the lives of the most famous celebrities the world has ever known. So, it comes to no surprise that New York City itself can provide tons of inspiration for an amazing wedding theme.

In celebration of their Hello from New York Sweepstakes that will send one lucky couple the city for their own $5000 shopping spree, we’ve teamed up with Macy’s to give you a quick list of ideas that can really make your ceremony shine like the big city itself.

Coffee Bar

Espresso cup

Dessert bars and candy bars are on the up and up for 2017 weddings, but what about a coffee bar? There’s perhaps nothing a New Yorker loves more than a great cup of coffee! Make it the focal point of your reception refreshments. An easy way to get a good variety is to have one or two single-serve systems like the ever-popular Keurig Classic, with an assortment of K-Cups to suit everyone’s taste.

But don’t stop there. No self-respecting New Yorker can pass up a good espresso! Have a machine as your coffee bar centerpiece. A variety like this Breville looks classy enough to appear on a reception table, but is still easy for anyone to use. No worries about trying to troubleshoot it in the middle of your Best Man’s toast. While it may seem like a large upfront cost for something small at your wedding, don’t forget that you get to take it home afterward to enjoy all the espresso you want.


NY-style pizza

Pizza, cheesecake, bagels. What do all of these things have in common? New York-style! The melting pot of cultures that NYC is known for has developed several trademark foods throughout the decades, so consider stepping away from traditional catering and stocking your reception tables with something different! All three of these choices are easy to customize and eat between busting a move on the dance floor, not to mention being vegetarian-friendly without much effort.


Brooklyn Bridge painting

One of New York’s most famous aspects is its skyline. Almost anyone can recognize it at a glance, so use these images all over your venue to immerse your guests in your theme. Just be sure to grab a few eye-catching pieces that will look just as good on your walls at home as they will in your venue. Graham & Brown has a few amazing designs that treat the city sites well, including the Brooklyn Bridge. But, just remember, the city of New York will never be complete without the unmistakable glow of Times Square.

Art Deco Décor

Art deco style

While the art deco style didn’t originate in NYC, it is something that has become a large part of its culture. Famous landmarks like the Chrysler Building, 30 Rock, and other skyscrapers borrow heavily from this style that took off in the early 20th century.

Channel this style into your décor by using geometric shapes in your centerpieces with bold gold accents everywhere. Fill a vase like this Iittala Ruttu with flowers and greenery and surround it with gold tea lights. You should also label each table (maybe name them after each of the NYC boroughs), and make them stand out with a themed frame like this one from Michael Aram.

Wedding Party Favors

Wedding favor

Don’t fall in to the age-old trend with wedding favors: giving your wedding party just one more thing that will end up in a junk drawer. Instead, send them home with a taste of the big city or something they will actually use. Coffee or espresso cups will be a perfect throw back to your coffee bar, and they’re something almost everyone needs. Pair them with a small bag of your favorite coffee blend to give everyone a boost after the long wedding weekend.

Or maybe you want to give them something to relax instead. Whip up your own Manhattan or Long Island Ice Tea and seal some up in a small bottles or jars for each person. No one will turn down a free cocktail in favor of something like a coaster set, and you can throw in an extra touch by adding personalized, etched shot glasses to the mix.

Themes can make weddings a really amazing, unforgettable event for you, your friends, and your family, but sometimes a full-blown theme can be a little intimidating to the average couple. It takes a lot of forethought and planning to nail your vision, and it feels like other things can fall by the wayside. Just keep in mind that there are plenty of organizational tools at your disposal, to take care of everything from your guest list to ordering flowers. As for your registry, Macy’s is here to help. Their site makes this part of your planning a snap, with a wide selection of products to meet every need in a future couples’ lives. As an added bonus, everyone who registers with Macy’s can also sign up for a chance to win an NYC vacation for two, including airfare and a two-night hotel stay, as well as a $5,000 shopping spree at the Macy’s store in Herald Square. Think about getting all the fabulous items you need for your themed wedding for free!

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