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I Love It, I Love It Not

The Chelsea Art Museum.   


A wedding at the Frick Collection, the American Museum of Natural History, Jazz at Lincoln Center... Guests’ jaws will drop. But frankly, other than bragging rights—and the absolute, unparalleled grandeur of celebrating your marriage in an iconic location in New York City—the pitfalls could dampen the “wow” factor.

Members-only institutions require sponsorship (asking a friend to be a guarantor brings back icky, postcollege, parental-mooching memories). All will require insurance; some will insist upon a big donation. You’ll likely be strong-armed into using a list of preferred vendors and be squeezed in and out of the place on the day-of (setup usually can’t begin until after 4p.m. and curfews are non-negotiable). Rarely can anything be moved: Sometimes that means having a Jewish reception with a crucifix in view—or dancing under Moby Dick.


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