With New York’s passing of the Marriage Equality Act being a relatively recent happening, same-sex marriage brings an entirely fresh demographic to the weddings and events industry. While this act does work to erase any dividing lines between same-sex and opposite-sex couples, from a social perspective, the newly liberated LGBTQ community has an unprecedented opportunity to choose from a wealth of options for various wedding venues and ceremonies. Read on for a couple of our favorite choices for same-sex couples to celebrate eternal unions and their rightful ability to commemorate them.

Central Park

One of the most classic New York City marriage venues and atmospheres is the historical and famous Central Park. Newly liberated same-sex couples are encouraged to join the storied tradition of declaring love in one of New York City’s most natural, grand and romantic settings.

Central Park was a host for the first Gay Pride March, making it part of the LGBTQ’s revolutionary history. As the battle for true social equality continues to flourish, same-sex couples are enthusiastically invited to take their vows in the progressive Central Park atmosphere.

Chelsea Piers

The neighborhood of Chelsea has long been known for having a strong and proud LGBTQ community. With the atmospheric acceptance and pride along with an ideal position to enjoy Manhattan on a visceral level, this area is a noteworthy consideration for same-sex couples looking to tie the knot in Manhattan.

One of the most picturesque venues in Chelsea is the Sunset Terrace at the Chelsea Piers. With floor-to-ceiling windows exposing the lofted terrace to the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and the New Jersey skyline. One of New York’s most attractive wedding settings in one of the LGBTQ’s most beloved neighborhoods makes the Chelsea Piers an ideal option for a Gay wedding in New York City.

While the Piers and the Park are among the most well-known and respected wedding venues in New York City, same-sex couples have a wealth of options in this grand city. Engaygedweddings.com offers a succinct database of ceremony sites, planners, accommodations and more for LGBTQ couples who want to get married in New York City.

Of course celebration is a big part of it – but don’t forget to make it legal. Duane Street Hotel is the closest hotel to City Hall and we have a fabulous Romance Package to make you and your spouse’s day extra special.