Why: New York offers something to get every one of your guests giddy with anticipation -- Broadway shows, museums and galleries, four-star restaurants, crazy-fun nightlife, block after block of tiny boutiques, as well as classic tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square. When it comes to wedding-planning resources, too, there's no shortage: You'll have innumerable caterers, florists, photographers, and bands to choose from. Another of the city's assets is that it's super-easy for your guests to get around: With taxis on every block, there's no need for them to rent a car, wrestle with maps, or designate drivers.
When to go: Any month can be a good time for a New York wedding. Most of the city's main attractions are indoors, so it doesn't matter much what the weather is like. That said, summers in New York, especially during July and August, can be uncomfortably hot and humid. The city gets extremely crowded during the holiday season, but your guests may love the chance to catch the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall, ice skate in Central Park, and browse the decked-out posh department stores.
Guest activities: Shopaholics will want to hit "the three Bs" (Barneys, Henri Bendel, and Bergdorf Goodman, high-end department stores all within a few blocks of each other on Fifth and Madison Avenues), as well as the hip boutiques in the SoHo and NoLita neighborhoods. The newly renovated Museum of Modern Art is a must-see, though those more interested in ancient history will want to visit the Temple of Dendur's Egyptian Ruins in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For a bracing dose of the city's after-dark energy, you and your guests should visit the Meatpacking District, where dozens of clubs, lounges, and sidewalk cafes keep the streets crawling with partiers until 4 a.m. or later!
Best Spots for Weddings:
The St. Regis Hotel (StarwoodHotels.com/StRegis)One of the city's most-established and swankiest hotels, the St. Regis has a variety of banquet rooms that can accommodate wedding receptions from 50 to 350. Feel totally spoiled by treating guests to afternoon tea in the Astor Court, or by hosting an old-school cocktail party in the King Cole Bar, a classic New York watering hole.
Mandarin Oriental (MandarinOriental.com)One of New York's nicest places to stay, eat, drink, and spa. The Ballroom seats up to five hundred and provides incomparable views of Central Park. An on-site spa offers a lengthy menu of tempting couple treatments.