July 30, 2011
We chose the elegant and historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan (New York City) for our only daughter's unforgettable 50-person wedding. The event was remarkably affordable, the specific space we used was ideal, the food was excellent, and the service by the hotel's assorted personnel was simply incredible. Our area had its own large lobby, which we used for the pre-ceremony champagne and hors d’oeuvres welcome hour. (This also included restrooms and coat checking facilities.) There was a room in which our daughter was able to wait with her maid of honor (to avoid being seen by her husband-to-be, of course) and another room which was set up for the ceremony itself. Between those two rooms was a high-ceilinged ballroom with chandeliers, and light sconces, tall windows and long graceful draperies. The ballroom was set up for the wedding dinner and the dancing. We were able to choose the tables, the colors of the chair seats and backs, the tablecloths and napkins, the china and the silverware. We had a number of menus to select from, and our guests were thoroughly delighted with all the food (including the lovely tiered wedding cake) that was served to them. We were allowed to have our tea rose floral centerpieces for the tables and the white lilies for the ceremony room created by our own florist. We did not really like the pattern or color of the central portion of the carpeting in the ballroom, and we wished people to be able to dance to the music of the fine jazz group we had hired, so the staff covered the central portion of the ballroom carpet with a beautiful parquet dance floor. Everyone we dealt with was gracious and thoughtful and seemed totally dedicated to making this the best wedding ever. It was!!!
We also hired a white, horse-drawn carriage to wait outside the hotel afterwards and take our daughter and her new husband on a ride through Central Park, where all the people they passed waved at them and cheered!