Gay Garden for All Seasons

New York Garden WeddingDreaming of a Big Apple garden wedding but don’t want to put up with weather worries and fussy catering issues? Glamour girls and guys are in luck with the Four Seasons Hotel New York’s “Dreams Do Come True” wedding package that takes place at The Garden, the property’s dramatic forest setting right off the lobby. The midtown luxe hotel created the program to celebrate the Empire State’s Marriage Equality Act, and I have to say, if I weren’t willing to risk my own outdoor nuptials, I’d seriously consider this oh-so-easy offer filled with amenities.

During the day, The Garden serves cocktails, tea and food, but at night, the area turns into an event space perfect for small weddings. The package includes:

Garden Lobby

  • Guests greeted on arrival with champagne and strawberries
  • Three hour premium, open bar
  • Selection of eight passed hors d’oeuvres including such yummy choices as Catskill Smoked Salmon Blini with Scallion Crème Fraiche and Chorizo Stuffed Medjool Dates Wrapped in Proscuitto
  • Cake cutting fee included in the price, couples can work with a range of bakeries to order the wedding cake

PLUS, here are some travel amenities that I haven’t found anywhere else:

  • Complimentary overnight accommodations for the couple the evening of the reception
  • AND, first two nights of honeymoon paid for by Four Seasons Hotel New York if booked at a Four Seasons hotel or resort…folks, if you’ve been thinking of heading to one of the Four Seasons amazing resorts in say Bali (my personal favorite)—this could be for you. 

Garden Room

So, how much is this going to set back the happy lavender couple? $195 per person, plus tax and service charges, with a minimum of 40 people. Of course, it’s based on availability. That’s somewhere around $10k at a minimum. But given the relative ease—and the generous travel amenities—that’s a pretty taste-y price for New York City.

Think of it as a gay garden wedding available during all Four Seasons.

Photo credits: Lobby: Peter Vital |  Garden : Four Seasons | New York Room: Michael Wilson



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Jon Paul Buchmeyer is the author of the award-winning humorous memoir Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life and writes frequently for Condé Nast Traveler and Bon Appétit magazines. In addition, he is the author of his own popular blogs: ABCityblog.com and Poptimistic.com.