NYC strives to make destination weddings more efficient

The Manhattan Marriage Bureau will have a new home in New York City starting Jan. 12.

The $12.3 million facility, at 141 Worth Street in Lower Manhattan, is part of a physical and operational overhaul of how people receive marriage licenses and other marriage-related documents. The new marriage bureau will replace the facility at One Centre Street. 

First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris, who oversaw the renovation project, said the new location will offer a smoother, more enjoyable experience to couples getting hitched in New York, making it a more desirable wedding destination.

The new 24,000-square-foot ground-level space is larger than the current space and features a line-management system that tells customers their wait time.

There will be 14 computer kiosks for online application processing; one-stop windows for service instead of multiple windows; credit card processing (replacing the need for money orders); large restrooms with vanities and full-length mirrors; refinished and decorated chapel space; an area to take photos in front of a backdrop of City Hall; and a branch of the City Store where flowers, disposable cameras, film, costume rings, and NYC merchandise can be purchased.

The wedding chapels feature artwork on loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Literature in the new marriage bureau will be available in English and Spanish. Customers can also speak to clerks in their preferred language using a telephone interpretation system available in 170 languages, said the city. The design and construction of the project cost $12.3 million.

To help boost wedding-related tourism, NYC & Company, New York’s marketing agency, is developing honeymoon and wedding packages as well as partnership opportunities. 

Efforts include targeting overseas media outlets; conducting outreach to NYC & Company members to create deals, rebates and packages; using marketing programs for increased awareness and exposure; and creating travel packages for domestic and foreign markets.

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