Manhattan’s Marriage Bureau: you’ve hit the people-watching jackpot
July 6, 2010 § 4 Comments
I went to the marriage bureau at Manhattan’s city hall again today to ask some questions about marriage certificates, greencard applications, etc. and realized that building may be one of my favorite places in New York.
The building itself was built in the 1920s and has marble pillars, long benches, circular help desks, a souvenir stand that sells bouquets of flowers, and a back drop of the building itself, perfect for photos. They perform about 60 marriages a day, Monday to Friday, and since you cannot make an appointment, there are always couples, and sometimes their bridal parties waiting anxiously, for their turn to get hitched.
I love seeing what the brides have chosen to wear – I’ve seen everything from jeans and t-shirts to women’s suits to white dresses – and of course everyone has a smile on their face. I love the idea that I will be able to share my wedding day with a bunch of other happy strangers in love. The environment is very communal, yet still private enough that each couple still gets to have their special day. This building is definitely a people-watching gem, hidden peacefully in the busy City Hall district of Manhattan. I can’t wait til our day and it’s coming up really soon!