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Planning Your New York-themed Wedding Reception

by: Michael Kabel


As David Letterman used to say, "It's the city so nice, they named it twice." New York is the capital of the world in so many ways – including romance – that planning your wedding celebration with its spirit and distinct sense of sophistication makes a fabulous presentation for all your guests.


Maybe you're honeymooning in the Big Apple or you've just always been a fan of its spirit as depicted on Sex & The City and Project: Runway. Or maybe you're an old-school romantic who longs for the city's sophisticated hustle and bustle in films like Breakfast At Tiffany's. New York is the city that never sleeps, and your reception can give your guests a night they'll never forget!


Start spreading the news.


You'll want to let guests know what to expect, so your wedding invitations can reflect the Manhattan spirit in any number of ways. The invites could be written on crisp linen paper and adorned with swanky silver ink and flashy Art Deco detailing.


For a modern approach, use invites and Save The Dates that reflect the current everything-is-bigger styles of high fashion couture. You can be as elaborate as you want to be, letting guests know they're in for a good time.


Give your regards to Broadway style decorations.


The decorations at the reception venue can reflect the styling of an Uptown New York Broadway theatre, including crystal chandeliers, brass torchiere lighting, and staff in crisp red jackets and sparkling white linen. You might even have your name "in lights" above the entrance.


Keep the fabrics on the glittery metallic side, with lots of pale blues and shimmering silvers, to create the "big city lights" impression. Use larger theatre-style scoop lights as miniature spotlights, sweeping over the room.


Treat your guests to a full Manhattan-style martini bar, with sleek glasses and plenty of garnishes like martini olives and onions. Offer them classically vintage cocktails like the sidecar, sloe fizz, and boilermaker, too.


Manhattan melodies for the dance floor.


You'll want to accent your decorations with music, and what better way than with show tunes and movie themes representing the best of the city and its unique kind of romance?

For the first dance, consider playing Harry Connick Jr's "It Had To Be You," the song made famous by the classic romance When Harry Met Sally.


Other famous songs and singers in a "New York state of mind" include Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, and Barbara Streisand.


New York strip for the adults, New York style pizza for the kids.


New York's a big enough town that you can put two separate yet equally enticing meals out for your adult and child guests. Adults can savor the rich and tender seasoned steaks, while kids can party with the sumptuous and plentiful pizzas.


A favor they can't refuse.


For the wedding favors, offer sleek silver chrome and polished favors that evoke the bright city lights. Or, give your guests useful favors such as luggage tags and manicure kits they'll be sure to use on their trip to the city.