DIY New York Weddings

In this day and age, nothing is impossible. So why make your big day complicated? Why leave it in the hands of a third party when you could possibly do it better yourself, and for less money!

Most little girls dream of the fairytale wedding, a spectacular venue, lavish decorations and entertainment to wow their guests. In reality does this make your wedding day any more special to you as a bride? 

Wedding in New York bouquet

Of course, this is down to personal preference but as a wedding officiant in New York, I get to meet couples from all over the world, all with different expectations of their big day but most with the same motive - to plan their wedding themselves.

This may seem a daunting task for many but when it's broken down to smaller manageable parts, it really doesn't need to become a headache.

So where do you start and what do you need to think about?

1. When do you want to get married?
This is the first stepping stone to planning your big day. Choosing the date can determine a number of other factors, the location, the colors you choose to represent your day and even the food you will enjoy. Seasonal menus are popular in the wedding world and picking a date can often set your options for catering.

2. How many people will be in attendance?
In the role I play, most couples that get married with me tend to come on their own or with a small wedding party. That said, we can cater for larger groups. Deciding on the number of people that you want to see you get married also has a knock on effect for choosing your venue....

3. Where will you get married?
New York City has an abundance of wedding locations. This really does come down to personal preference. Do you dream of a Summer wedding in the beautiful surroundings of Central Park or do you want a Winter wonderland wedding in the middle of Times Square? 

All venues mean something different to the individual and whether you pick the location on sentimental value or for practical reasons, we can help you decide on the best option for you and your wedding party. Some venues will require a certain number of people to attend whilst others will allow you and your husband to be to come along with a witness and say your vows in the privacy of your own partnership.

Do your homework with this one, most brides will change their minds (and then opt for their original choice), but that is all part of the fun of planning. 

Wedding in New York table decorations

4. Do you want extras at the ceremony?
99% of couples will of course want a photographer present, who doesn't want their magical moment captured on camera for a lifetime? In addition to this, have you thought about having music playing at the ceremony whilst you say your vows? 

Do you want the location to be decorated with flowers or other wedding symbols? These added extras can make a big difference to your day and when sourced independently of a wedding planner, need not cost the earth.

5. What will you do after the ceremony?
So you've tied the knot, now what? Don't neglect this area, this is your chance to enjoy your first few hours as a married couple.

New York offers endless possibilities for this and actually, this could be one of the hardest decisions to make when planning your big day.

A quiet meal for the two of you in Chelsea? A Broadway show in the evening? A lavish party at the Waldorf? Depending on the size of your wedding party you can head to endless options for this part of your day. 

Will you take the photographer with you? Your day doesn't end the minute your vows are said. Why not take the photographer on your adventure with you. Capture as many amazing moments as you can. 


As you can see, breaking down the requirements for your big day can make the planning a lot simpler. Take one area at a time and research. The fun of the day doesn't start the moment you arrive, it starts the day you start to plan. If you decide to hire a wedding planner then of course you can enjoy that ride too, just remember it might be more exciting to do it yourself?

Contact us for more information about our New York wedding officiant services.

NewsSteven Blane