Budget Brides look to Bronx, NY for their Destination Wedding Dreams

While the Bronx may be known for Yankee Stadium and dense apartment living, this northernmost New York City borough is also the most green (home to the New York Botanical Garden and Pelham Bay Park) and aplomb with neighborhoods that are perfect to explore while hosting a destination wedding. Any couple who wants to have an affordable New York City destination wedding may quickly realize that the accessibility of the Bronx, its elegant reception venues, and more reasonable hotel prices make it a wonderful alternative for a chic city wedding on a dime.

Popular Destination Wedding Venues in Bronx, NY

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum - Located in Pelham Bay Park, this national landmark is one of the most beautifully situated historic homes in all of New York. With three different site rentals to choose from, a destination wedding can take place in their sun-splashed L'Orangerie which can accommodate up to 35 people or their pebble court and exterior gardens which can seat up to 125. A stunning stone-crafted pond with topiaries, stone cupids, and sprawling grounds make Bartow-Pell one of the most sought after sites in the Bronx.

Van Cortlandt Manor - Another historic home, this Revolutionary-era estate is situated on over 1,000 acres of urban parkland with stunning views of the Croton River. Whether you choose to marry, host a cocktail hour on the sun porch of this 18th century manor, or wish to take advantage of one of the many sites near the house for an outdoor tented soiree, this venue can offer couples the best in outdoor accommodations.

Manhattan Steamboat Company, The Noa Danielle - One of the most beautiful things about New York City is the view from the water. Noa Danielle, the only company in New York City that offers elegant yachts which were intended for private use (no party boats here, folks), is the ideal ship for destination weddings. With the ability to accommodate up to 49 guests, it's impeccably restored interior harkens to a day of wealth and prestige while the catering and back deck dance floor make for the perfect intimate affair atop the shimmering sea of NY Harbor.

Marriage Requirements for Bronx, NY

To get married in the Bronx, couples can begin their registration process online through the City Clerk Online; however, you must both apply in person at the same time to complete the process. They will process the marriage license in the office while you wait for $35, but the license cannot be used until 24 hours later.

Additional Marriage License Requirements:

-- Bring valid identification in the form of a U.S. driver's license, ID card, or passport with you to the Clerk's office.
-- No blood test is required.
-- The marriage license is only valid for a wedding in the state of New York and expires 60 days from issue date.