The wedding of: Daniela Lazo-Cedré and Alfred Matérn, plus 50 guests.
Where:The Gramercy Park Hotel.
Why six weeks: “We didn’t want to linger and drive ourselves crazy with details. Plus, Alfred is from Sweden, and his visa was going to expire.”
What they did first: “We picked the date — January 7 — because it gave us time to file our marriage license but was late enough after the holidays that our families’ airfare wasn’t insane. We knew we didn’t want to do City Hall, so we looked for simple ceremonious venues next and landed on the Gramercy Hotel.”
Why the Gramercy Hotel: “We were just lucky. The terrace wasn’t booked, and they even upgraded us to the larger garden space. Plus, after considering catering and chair rentals, it didn’t cost as much time or money as other event spaces. The hotel takes care of a lot of details.”
Who came in handy: “We took up a lot of offers from family and friends who wanted to help. My mom constantly followed up with the hotel and scouted our photographer; my sister found my velvet pumps from Jimmy Choo; my best friend is a florist and event planner and did the arrangements. I wanted some kind of white, aromatic flower, like gardenias or jasmine, but they’re so expensive. She helped me pick a mixture of lilies and green foliage, which is actually really inexpensive. Alfred made a wedding playlist, but his friend also sang for the ceremony.”
How they invited guests: “Until two weeks before, it was a word-of-mouth wedding. We told everyone the date and updated them sporadically; then, once we secured the venue, we sent a Paperless Post.”
How she found her dress: “My mom found a minimalist silk dress by Halston online. I was working late, so my sister, who is a similar size, tried it on in their shop on Greene Street. She knew it was the one but set aside other options just in case.”
149 guests max; $5,000/day
Design company Sub Rosa owns this simple studio, which doubles as an event space for photo shoots and corporate breakfasts. Because it’s used mostly for industry events, it’s often free on Saturday nights — and has ample room for dancing. (353 W. 12th St.)
250 guests max; $350/person
The Wythe has seven event rooms, meaning at least one may be available on short notice. The spaces vary in size, so you may need to book first and build a guest list second. (80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg)
499 guests max; $25 for a permit
No reservation required — just a permit if your total head count exceeds 20 people (and comes in under 500). And at more than 500 acres, Prospect Park offers plenty of picturesque niches, like the Grecian-inspired Peristyle, for the ceremony.
110 guests max; $150/person
This Fort Greene venue has two locations: a brownstone with a restaurant, parlor, and garden, and a second café space. Across these four rooms, it can accommodate a variety of wedding-party sizes, often within eight weeks’ notice. (246 Dekalb Ave. and 270 Vanderbilt Ave., Fort Greene)
100 guests max; $225/person
This riverfront restaurant is popular with international couples, who tend to book ceremonies on weekdays, leaving coveted weekend dates available for local residents planning on short notice. (1 Water St., Dumbo)
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