An average New York City wedding costs more than $65,000, according to TheKnot.But some NYC brides are cutting wedding costs drastically — or even entirely — through a “guerrilla weddings.”
DNAinfo.com’s Farran Powell wrote about the growing popularity of guerrilla weddings in light of a faltering economy and the success of this year’s blockbuster “The Vow” (in which Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum hold a guerrilla wedding at The Art Institute of Chicago).
In a guerrilla wedding, brides typically choose a public or private location to hold a quick ceremony without reserving the space, appointing a wedding party or even footing an open bar.
There are a few requirements for a guerrilla wedding: there must be an ordained minister and at least one witness present. Oh, and a bride and groom. ElopeNewYork.com‘s how-to guide for planning a guerrilla wedding also advises against inviting more than 20 people without getting permission to wed somewhere (that can be a little risky).
But from there, the possibilities are endless. Brides have their pick from any public or private location that they can fit a small crowd into. Breaking the rules is half the fun of a guerrilla wedding, right?
New York City also has a myriad of locations perfect for an intimate ceremony — Central Park, the High Line, the Empire State Building, a pier on the Hudson River, etc.
Plus, you can’t beat the cost. If a bride chooses to wed on the fly, she may only have to pay for the marriage licence, which is only $40. It sure beats falling $65,000 into debt.
The best perk of all to a guerrilla wedding: with the minimal planning involved, nobody has to worry about a Bridezilla.
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