New York wedding locations seen in the movies

Iconic, romantic, dreamy - the list of words is endless. Many brides dream of having their big day  in New York. But just how do you choose the perfect New York wedding location? Getting a list together is easy but narrowing it down to the final decision can sometimes be tricky.

The time of year can play a big part in making the final decision. Some locations lend themselves better to Winter or Summer depending on the type of wedding you prefer. For example, Central Park springs to mind as the perfect Summer location but proves ever popular with the Winter wedding as it can be home to stunning photos when layered with snow.

When planning your dream New York wedding it is easy to do some research by watching those films that best portray the big day in its full glory. Why not sit down with a bucket of popcorn and see how many of these New York wedding locations you can spot:


Maid of Honor

Made of Honor
2008 romantic comedy starring Patrick Dempsy, Michelle Monaghan and Sydney Pollack. 

Tom falls in love with Hannah who is engaged to be married to someone else. She then asks him to be her maid of honor.

This film features many iconic New York spots:
Grace Church (Broadway and E 10th). This is where Tom and Hannah meet the priest who will be officiating Hannah’s wedding.
• Lots of scenes of the pair strolling around Central Park. Bow Bridge features highly in these scenes.
• Tom sits at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park to reflect on how much he misses Hannah while she is away.
• The pair can also be seen in shots in Times Square.


Maid of Honor

27 Dresses
Another 2008 romantic comedy, this time starring Katherine Heigl. 

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Jane forever puts the needs of others before her own. When her younger sister nabs the man Jane secretly loves, she starts to question her role as bridesmaid for the first time. 

Some of the many New York locations that can be spotted in the film:
• Jane and other bridesmaids for Tess’ wedding can be seen walking around Madison Avenue in their wedding attire.
New York Palace Hotel is one of the venues Jane can be seen dashing from in order to get to her next wedding location.
The Central Park Boathouse is where Jane’s parents were married and where she sets her sights on fulfilling her own wedding dreams.
• Brooklyn Bridge can be seen in the background when Kevin is wandering around with his morning coffee.

Sex and the City

Sex and the City Movie
2008 appears to be the year for the romantic New York comedy film with this being our third addition to the list. This cult TV series was transported to a movie with Sarah Jessica-Parker and Kim Cattrall to name just a few of the cast.

Following Carrie and her friends with their lives in the city, this film follows on from the adventures portrayed four years previously in the TV drama.

This TV show and movie are a truly iconic representation of New York, making it the best way to showcase the following locations:
• One of New York’s most famous shopping areas, 5th Avenue, where Carrie can be seen frequently.
• 66 Perry Street and Bleecker Street is home to Carries apartment - a beautiful Greenwich Village setting.
• Steve and Miranda agree to reunite in the middle of Brooklyn Bridge.
• One of the most famous bakeries in the city - Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village.
Bryant Park set the scene for the recreation of New York Fashion week in the movie. It also featured in a number of the TV episodes.
• The Victorian Pavilion in Central Park saw Carrie and Miranda meet for lunch in the movie.

Bride Wars

Bride Wars
A year later we saw the 2009 movie Bride Wars starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway hit the screens.

Liv and Emma’s lifelong passion for weddings and the Plaza Hotel turn to a nightmare when the best friends wedding dates clash. Does this mean the end to their friendship?

Featuring many local landmarks, this New York-based film can be recognised from the following locations:
• Liv and Emma can be seen running in Central Park on a rainy day.
• The girls can be seen being escorted from the department store Bloomingdale’s on 3rd Avenue and East 59th Street
• Soon after this they can be seen chatting while sitting at the steps of the Pulitzer Fountain on West 58th Street and Grand Army Plaza.
• Emma can be seen coming out of the 72nd Street Subway Station on 72nd and Broadway.
• How could we forget The Plaza Hotel which is at the heart of both girls dream wedding day. A landmark 20 story luxury hotel that occupies the west side of Grand Army Plaza.

The Godfather

The Godfather
Not one that springs to mind when thinking about romantic wedding scenes from famous films, but the Godfather is one that might interest your sceptical groom? 

Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, the Godfather was filmed in 1972 and set in 1945. Many of the landmarks used to depict the 40’s in this iconic film are now gone, by many remain:
• The film opens at the wedding of Don Corleone’s daughter Connie. This is the Corleone’s residence today which is located at 110 Longfellow Avenue in Staten Island.
• Corleone’s business front Genco Olive Oil was filmed in the heart of what was Little Italy, more specifically the Mietz Building at 128 Mott Street.
• Michael and Kay could be found shopping at the Best & Co department store located on Fifth Avenue at 51st Street. The chain went out of business in the mid 1970’s and was replaced with the 51 story Olympic Tower.
• Brasi can be seen heading down the hallway of a hotel in one scene. This was filmed in the Hotel Edison, located on West 46th Street between 7th & 8th.

New York presents a suitably epic backdrop for a wedding, and this is why it has been chosen as the location for so many romantic films over the years. We all have our favourites, and we will also have our favourite locations based on other films and TV shows we’ve watched over the years. The only important question is this: which New York wedding location will you choose?

If you need help with deciding on your perfect wedding location, visit our location guides or contact us for further information.