by Joanna Citrinbaum, 06/24/2011
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (left) photo by Julienne Schaer; Housing Works Bookstore Cafe photo by Shannen Norman Photography
There's a reason why romantic movies are often set in New York City: the unparalleled skyline, the bright lights, the hustle and bustle, the idea that—in a chance encounter, even—you can find your soul mate in such an expansive place. (OK, so there's more than one reason.) Countless people meet and fall in love in New York City, and even more lovebirds flock here to share in the experience of falling in love with the City itself—so it's only natural that numerous couples want to affirm their commitment to each other in NYC as well. And now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state of New York, gay couples are exchanging vows in the city that has long prided itself on being LGBT-friendly.
Whether you're a lifelong local or someone who has dreamed of coming here your entire life, New York City is the ultimate spot to tie the knot. With an abundance of event spaces to choose from, there's a venue for every pair: nature lovers, baseball fans, culture connoisseurs, water babies and more. And those who want to keep it simple and elegant have the option of saying "I do" at the recently revamped Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Either way, no matter where in NYC you decide to get married, the City is the place to have an affair to remember.