New York’s City Hall is striving to become a destination wedding venue thanks to a chic new makeover costing $12.3 million. With more space for photography, video screens to monitor wait times and wedding chapels updated with gauzy curtains and new tonal paints, the new office will open next Monday.
With 70,000 marriage certificates issued in 2008 compared to Las Vegas’ lowest number in 15 years at 95,888 licenses, New York has a chance of catching up to the popular elopement spot. “We want to be the wedding destination of the world,” said Deputy Mayor Patti Harris.
Ceremonies will now be held in a lower Manhatten building with original columns and marble floors. The city will also be putting together packages with local hotels and attractions for out of town couples.
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