City to Make Your Shotgun Marriage Just That Much Nicer

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The older, quite obviously less romantic way to get married at City Hall. No kiosks or anything! Photo: Getty Images

Perhaps sensing the economic downturn (and having eventually watched the Sex and the City movie), the city spruced up its civil-wedding chambers and moved them to 141 Worth Street. “New York City is already a legendary location to tie the knot, but this new location will give customers an even better, smoother experience that is more enjoyable and more memorable,” said First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris in a statement. Here's what people can look forward to now:

The new 24,000 square foot ground-level space, significantly larger than the current space, features a new line-management system that tells customers their wait time; fourteen computer kiosks for online application processing; one-stop windows for service instead of multiple windows; credit card processing (replacing the need for money orders) ... other sundries such as disposable cameras, film, costume rings, and NYC merchandise ... Customers can also speak to clerks in their preferred language using a telephone interpretation system available in 170 languages. The design and construction of the project cost $12.3 million.


In other words, it's an airport. Which makes us wonder, actually, why there isn't a wedding chapel in the new JetBlue terminal at JFK. Nuptial bliss would go great with yoga and tapas!

Related: Four Designers Create Plans for the New City Wedding Bureau [NYM]