I Love It, I Love It Not
The all-under-one-roof aspect is a hotel’s biggest perk. You’re a captive consumer of all their goods, so you can negotiate better rates: the guest-room block, valet parking, bridal-prep suite, after-party room, wedding-night suite, etcetera. Hotels are accustomed to serving massive parties, so expect smooth service across the board.
You’re stuck with the hotel’s décor (from its china to its carpets). Many have exclusive vendors, so even if you wanted to bring in your supercool florist to improve the aesthetic, you could be restricted. Likewise with food: They may not stray from their templated $250-a-head-four-course dinner with the house wine. Their bad rap as “wedding factories” is based on some truth—ensure yours is the only event that day or risk bumping into a bridal clone fresh from her own altar.
*The content in this article does not directly refer to the venues shown.
From the Summer 2008 New York Wedding Guide