1. Order a bouquet (and boutonniere if desired) in advance from a good florist and have it delivered to your hotel. (FYI: The selection at City Hall or outside isn’t the best or freshest.)
2. Traffic in NYC can be awful so make sure to plan to double the amount of time you will need to get somewhere especially around rush hour or Friday afternoons. (I’m not joking!)
3. One witness is needed and must be present with an ID on check in. I'm happy to witness for clients.
4. If getting married at City Hall, be prepared to wait on popular days and Friday afternoons. Mid-week seems to be the fastest. (Can be as fast as 30 mins or 2+ hours)
5. Note all public holidays, City Hall may be closed when you need to get your license. But fear not, getting a waiver for the 24 hour waiting period is possible but only at 11 am and 3pm. (and you need to get the license before that, I'd arrive by 9 on Fridays or 9:30 otherwise.)
6. The more the merrier. Even if you want to keep things small, having a few good friends can make waiting at City Hall fun and they can even help carry your things during the photo shoot after. (If they are really nice!) You can probably have up 20 people in the ceremony room at City Hall.
7. Hire a car and driver or UBER SUV to get to the ceremony and for photos. Cabs aren’t always easy to hail and they usually smell funny. Just saying.
8. Bring an extra pair of shoes you can walk in if doing Central Park or the Brooklyn Bridge.
9. Speaking of the Brooklyn Bridge and shoes, the space between the boards is the perfect size to trap small to medium heels. Invest in a pair of Solemates.
10. By all means, have your hair and make-up done professionally, just plan ample time in the schedule so you won't be running late if things take longer. Check out my vendors page for referrals.
Have any questions about getting married at City Hall in NYC? Need a photographer to document your day? Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.