How Much Does an Essex House NYC Wedding Cost?

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The JW Marriott Essex House in New York City, right in Central Park South, provides venues for bridal showers, engagement parties, wedding ceremonies, and receptions.

Formerly called the Jumeirah Essex House, the hotel provides a variety of indoor venue choices for weddings and receptions, from large-scale weddings to intimate affairs with classic or glamorous themes.

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How much does a JW Marriot Essex House wedding cost?

The cost of a wedding at the JW Marriot Essex House in New York City will greatly depend on the venue you choose within the hotel, the time of year, the day of the week, your menu and if you add any add-ons.  From our research, the price per person starts at $325 to $450+ per person and can greatly rise from there depending on the factors mentioned.  This fee, from what we understand, would include the cocktail reception, open bar and dinner with one waiter per table.  Again, use this as a budget as your price can greatly rise.

JW Marriot Essex House overview

All ceremonies will have a 30-minute time limit and the cocktail hour will be limited to one hour.  The reception dinner will have a four-hour time limit.

A culinary team is also provided to take care of various menu needs, including catering to special dietary or religious requirements.

A professional wedding planning team and concierge services are also provided.

All weddings are provided with a suite overlooking Central Park for the bride and groom.

According to the official website, a basic wedding ceremony package will include the following: a complimentary coat check, 30-minute ceremony, one-hour cocktail reception that includes an open bar, bartender, four-hour dinner, complimentary suite for two nights and a menu tasting two months prior to the event.

For the ceremony and reception, the Essex House New York will have a sound system that you can use.  This sound system will be used to hear the music, vows, and speaking at the reception as well as the music, speaking, and special presentations or events at the reception.

Venue options

The JW Marriott Essex House New York offers different wedding venues for both intimate weddings and large-scale receptions.

The Beaux Arts-style Grand Salon, which features hand-painted murals and splendid crystal chandeliers, seats up to 300 people.

The Petite Salon is perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies, offering floor-to-ceiling windows and is ideal for 200 people.  Both are provided with a private entrance from that of the hotel.

The Central Park Room is best suited for an intimate atmosphere, offering views of the park.

The Art Deco Salon, inspired by the 1930s, is ideal for rehearsal dinners or morning-after brunches.  This room can accommodate up to 80 guests.  The hotel’s spacious suites accommodate bridal luncheons.  You can read more about the venues on the hotel’s official website.

What are the extra costs?

Food extras, such as a raw bar food, Asian appetizers, chef-attended stations, carving stations, butler-passed desserts and other related food/beverage upgrades, can be added for an additional fee.  Each enhancement, depending on your choice, can range from $5 to $35+ per person, according to the hotel’s official pricing sheet.

Accommodations for out-of-town wedding guests at The JW Marriott Essex House New York can be arranged for an additional fee.

The valet parking fee is $65 daily for cars and $70 for SUVs for 24 hours.  You either need to cover this cost for your guests or warn them of the charge so they are prepared.  However, valet service does not have to be used.  Guests can park on their own if they wish.  Remember also that if you are going to use the valet service, a tip should also be given to the driver.

Specialty lighting services can also be obtained at an additional cost.

Service charge and taxes won’t be included in the cost estimates mentioned above.

Going over the allotted time schedule will result in overtime charges — about $20 per half hour per person.

A restroom attendant is available for $300 each.

A security guard, if needed, can cost $55 per hour, with a four-hour minimum required.

A bartender will cost $250 each and one will be required per 50 guests.

If applicable, a chef attendant can cost $250 each.

A coat check can cost $450 per attendant, with one needed per 100 guests.

Tips to know:

The JW Marriott Essex House accepts weddings and ceremonies for individuals from the LGBTQ community.

The hotel also has wedding planning services provided by certified wedding planners. The services they offer include setting the budget for the wedding, selecting the ideal menu for intimate or large gatherings, arranging table settings, and finding other wedding-related services such as florists, photographers, musicians and other entertainment for the wedding day.

How can I save money?

Check with the hotel for discounted rates on accommodations for out-of-town wedding guests.  If you book a block of rooms, you can receive a discount.

JW Marriott Essex House offers discounted rates for advance purchases.  Customers who book 3 to 21 days ahead of the event are entitled to 10% off the best available rate at the hotel.  Rooms are priced from $135 a night with this limited quantity offer.

If you do book at the hotel, reports say the couples will receive two free nights in a bridal suite overlooking Central Park.  As well, couples will also receive a free night prior to the wedding day.  Those who have a Marriott account can earn tripl Marriot Reward points.

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