Lets start with hair and makeup.
We have worked with a lot of great makeup artists over the years and I gotta say that I am super impressed with Glamsquad for their ease of booking, flexibility, skills and price point. They come right to your hotel or AirBnb and the offer hair, makeup and nails. You can use this link to get $25 off.
For Bouquets, flower crowns and boutineers the two florists that we recommend are Lilli at Mimosa Floral Design and Jess at True Leaves. Lilli’s creations are instagram famous and has worked with Martha Stewart and all the other big shots, She can customize anything for you and they even have a direct link to book your elopement bouquet
Our other favorite Florist, True Leaves, operates during the New York growing season, so approximately May-Late Sept. We Love working with Jess because she grows all the flowers herself in her Bushwick backyard and comes up with some truly unique bouquets. She love to utilize herbs to add some sumptous smells to your bouquet as well. Check out her Instagram and Website
Ok now that we are looking good lets talk food
1st stop is this handy little website
You can search by cuisine , neighborhood, price range and features. for example: French, fireplace, Lower east side. We use it all the time to find cozy little coffee shops and drinks with a view.
Some of our personal favorites that have been tried and tested and offer great friendly service and a cool NYC ambiance are:
Freemans in the LES, American fare, craft cocktails & Colonial tavern decor draws a hip crowd to this hidden-away spot. and it’s not too pricey. They also have a private room upstairs for larger parties
Eleven Madison Park, Upscale American tasting menus from chef Daniel Humm served in a high-ceilinged art deco space. The kind of restaurant that could only exist in NYC. Absolutely over the top luxury. It will cost you a pretty penny but it is a once in a lifetime experience. Your meal will last about 4 hours. This is for the hardcore foodie.
The Nomad Bar, fancy yet down to earth. Serving rare spirits, refined cocktails & upscale pub fare in a stylish space.
One if by Land Two if by Sea, THE primo romantic spot in NYC. Guaranteed during your dinner here you will witness a few engagements! on a beautiful little street in the west village, great for strolling around after dinner.
Now that our bellies are full lets talk drinks.
Death and Co. in the east village is super sexy, super cool and the cocktails are to die for no pun intended.
Amar y Amargo Just a few doors down from Death and Co. Amar y Amargo is an intimate bar offering an extensive list of cocktails that showcase classic Italian & craft bitters.
Please Don’t Tell or PDT enter through a phone booth at a hot dog joint in the east village to enter this sweet little speakeasy.
The Ides bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a Sleek hotel roof lounge with AMAZING citywide views offering upscale cocktails & wine.
Other Fun Stuff to do in NYC:
So as you can tell at Eloping is Fun we prefer the off the beaten track kinda activities and destinations. you definitely shouldn’t leave NYC without checking at least half of our baker’s dozen of Fun Stuff To Do:
1) Ride the Staten Island Ferry! And bring a bottle of champagne – it’s the only place in NYC to drink outdoors in public!
2) Eat Dim Sum in Chinatown. Nom Nom Dim Sum!
3) Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and snap selfies from the middle of the majestic span.
4) Take the 7 train to Queens, pick a stop at random and hop out, marvel at the amazing internationality of the most international place, per capita, in the world!!!
5) Visit Green-Wood Cemetary in Brooklyn, a stunningly beautiful, historic and quiet reflecting space… people are just dying to get in!
6) Go to the Bronx Zoo and afterward, have dinner on Arthur Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood – it’s NYC’s real deal Little Italy!
7) Grab a Citibike! Bike around the entire island of Manhattan on our (almost) completed greenway.
8) Check out the Museum of the City of New York, on Fifth Ave at 103rd street. Learn a little bit more about this amazing metropolis.
9) Check out Gospel in Harlem on a Wednesday morning or a Sunday morning. Let the spirit move you!
10) Jalopy Theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn has nightly live music concerts, mostly bluegrass and folk stuff. It’s the bees knees!
11) Take the Q train to Ave J in Midwood, Brooklyn and wait an hour for the most extraordinary pizza you’ve ever had in your life, at DiFara’s.
12) Explore the Northern stretch of Central Park – its quiet, serene, and totally removed from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.