Intimate Wedding Planning.
Dare to Dream is the destination for small, pop-up, and micro weddings in NYC. You dream big and we make it a reality. We bring the taste of luxury to all of our clients’ weddings, no matter what size budget. Our expert team will work with you to provide a completely customized plan filled with all of the special details that express your individual love. Tatiana Caicedo, our talented wedding planner and Vlad Leto, our NYC famous wedding photographer have planned and photographed over 100 micro weddings over the past three years. They love what they do and dare to dream big. Are you ready to take the plunge?
Nico and Kerstin wedding at Wagner Cove in Central Park
Cathy and Alan Dumbo Brooklyn Wedding in New York City
Vlad’s wealth of experience is one that captures the pure and true emotions during life’s most important moments. He works diligently with each client to focus on trying each element of a proposal or small luxury wedding together.
Tatiana Caicedo is a seasoned event and wedding planner specializing in luxury weddings. She has planned and coordinated hundreds of weddings in NYC. This experience is where she realized how expensive weddings in NYC can be,
Tompkins Square Park Elopement
Our original plan was a 100-110 person wedding at the DUMBO Loft in Brooklyn. We picked this space due to its small and intimate size, it fit our budget perfectly,
How to write your wedding vows
Writing your own wedding vows might be really hard and many couples choose to omit this option because they simply don’t know what to write there. From the experience, vows exchange is the most intimate moment of the ceremony,
Should you have music for your elopement ceremony?
Modern elopements are not the same as they used to be back in the days when the couple was running away from the house and secretly got married.
Nowadays planning your elopement takes as much time and effort as planning your big fancy wedding. The only difference is the sizing of the event. It is a common misconception to think that if the couple is getting eloped they don’t need to follow the official ceremony rules.
How to elope on the High Line Park
The High Line Park is the modern elevated park, which was built on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan. The park runs from the Gansevoort Street ( couples blocks below the 14th street) through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th street near the Javits Center. Right now the High Line park is one of the most visited parks in New York and a real gem of modern architecture.
Best hidden places to elope in Central Park after quarantine is lifted in NYC
We are getting ready to start accommodating summer elopements, but we still want to be sure that our clients and our team are safe, so here are our top 5 elopement locations in Central Park where you can practice social distancing from other ppl.
Covid 19 updates
Our team is following all the safety protocols and practicing zero contact polity. Our wedding planner and marriage officiant are working from home and accepting online consultations. Our photographers and videographers are keeping the safe distance from the couples and maintaining a no-contact policy.
How to get married online in New York?
On April 19th, the New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that now couples can get their marriage license online, and officials will be authorized to perform the ceremony over video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom, for example.
What does all this mean?
How to plan your small wedding while on quarantine
This spring became very challenging for everybody. Ban on travel, social distancing, and quarantine is what everyone is talking about and we can see how all that can give anxiety to the newly engaged couples, who just started to plan their intimate wedding or an elopement. But we think that this is the best time to start planning your wedding and here is why:
Leap Day intimate wedding ceremony by the Manhattan Bridge
Leap Day intimate wedding ceremony by the Manhattan Bridge
Cathy and Alan knew that their elopement day should be special and what can be better than the day that exists only every 4 years?
Wedding Officiant in NYC
The First thing you need to do is to decide whether you want a religious ceremony or not. As this can influence your location choice. Although more and more couples choose the non-standard religious venues over neutral locations, you still might need an elopement officiant in NYC who is familiar with the customs of your religion.
Your personal wedding planner
Whether you choose a small, intimate wedding or a spectacular, gala event, you’ll still need to make many choices for your special day. From choosing a venue and negotiating contracts to picking perfect flower arrangements, photographers and music, the details can be very overwhelming.
How to plan a small wedding in New York
More and more couples are choosing to skip large, flashy weddings in favor of a smaller, more intimate wedding package in NYC. In New York, the average wedding for 100 guests takes a full year to plan and costs upwards of $ 70,000, including a venue, photographer, dinner, and live band. Small, pop-up weddings typically have no more than 20 guests, making them much easier to plan and far more affordable. Our expert team flawlessly executes small wedding packages for numerous happy couples, creating an intimate atmosphere and memorable event without breaking the bank. When planning a small wedding in New York, it’s important to begin with your guest list as the typical small wedding package will be designed for around 20-25 people. As a rule of thumb, consider whether you or your partner have spent quality time with this person in the last year. An added benefit of planning a smaller wedding is that you’re able to be more selective with your guest list; you have the luxury of politely telling that third-cousin once-removed that you are simply “keeping things small and intimate.” Once you have your guest list, it’s a good time to consult with a professional wedding planner on the finer details. Our team of small wedding specialists can provide you with creative suggestions and ideas to help you find your ideal venue, officiant, photographer, food, and music. Unlike with a big, traditional wedding, which can often take more than a year to plan, a small, pop-up wedding offers greater simplicity and flexibility. Just secure your marriage license and get ready to say, “I do.” We’ll take care of the details, so you can focus on celebrating the start of a new chapter with your partner!
Venues for a small wedding in Manhattan
It’s no secret that New York is one of the five most expensive cities to get married in the United States. The average wedding in Manhattan costs upwards of $70,000, with half the cost eaten up by simply reserving your venue! Location and atmosphere are important aspects of any event, so finding your dream venue in NYC is no easy task. Luckily, our wedding specialists have searched and scouted the city for unique, memorable, and reasonably priced venues, both indoor and outdoor. One of the best ways to truly appreciate the beauty of our sprawling megalopolis is from above! Private rooftops are one of the most popular wedding event locations in Manhattan, with many providing space both inside and outside, protecting you and your guests from inclement weather. Our selected Manhattan rooftops have breathtaking views of the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, or even Lady Liberty herself. The city’s many private parks or even small restaurants with outdoor patios can also be transformed into stunning, intimate spaces for a small wedding in Manhattan. How about the iconic High Line, with its lush greenery and views of Chelsea and the Lower West Side? Or head north along the Hudson River to Wave Hill, a 28-acre estate in The Bronx. There are many small wedding venues to be found in Manhattan; you just need to know where to look!
Venues for a small wedding in Brooklyn
Why stay in Manhattan when the best view of the city is from the Brooklyn side? We love Brooklyn Bridge Park, where there are numerous spaces to create an intimate wedding ceremony and event. Our favorite spot is Jane’s Carousel, a restored 1922 carousel nestled within the park and offering an incredible view of both the skyline and the iconic bridge itself. If you prefer a more modern vibe, perhaps a rooftop with green space, the Brooklyn Grange could be the perfect option: its rooftop farm has an outstanding view of the city!
Public locations for a small wedding in NYC
New York City is full of iconic public places where having a small wedding would be absolutely unforgettable. Picture yourself at the center of Times Square just after the sun sets, with the dazzling billboards blinking bright and famous yellow taxi cabs zipping past. Choose Grand Central Station as your ceremony venue and travel back in time to old New York, with its grand architecture and stunning, starry ceiling. If it’s a small, outdoor wedding you’re after, try Washington Square Park. Hold your ceremony by the famous arch and the city architecture will provide the perfect backdrop. For even more options, venture into Central Park to find a hidden spot of your choosing and enjoy its beauty in any season.
Private rooftop with the Empire State Building view
This beautiful private rooftop is perfect for a city wedding, offering an incredible view of the Empire State Building. This venue has both inside and outside areas, including a small fireplace inside that creates a cozy atmosphere for fall and winter ceremonies. The venue is well-suited for small, intimate weddings in NYC with space to accommodate around 15-20 people standing.
Downtown private rooftop
This cozy rooftop is ideal for a small wedding ceremony in Lower Manhattan. Located downtown, the rooftop faces the Hudson River and many historic buildings. The terrace can fit up to 20 guests, seated. There is a bit of cover in case of rain, but if inclement weather arrives, we suggest moving the celebration into the restaurant next to the terrace.
The Terrace at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Considered one of the most elegant wedding venues in New York City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral actually has both inside and outside spaces for events. Those looking for a church wedding can still hold the ceremony inside while using the terrace for an intimate, chic reception for up to 45 people, seated. Local New Yorkers will find St. Patrick’s Cathedral an extremely convenient venue for their small NYC wedding.
Top Of The Rock
Not just for tourists, Top Of The Rock is also known for its stunning wedding ceremonies. Enjoy your blockbuster movie moment at this iconic venue, with the full Manhattan skyline glittering in front of you. Note that the space stays open to the public at all times. You can also reserve space in the cocktail room downstairs after the ceremony.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Modern park with incredible views to the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan. With lovely foliage and green spaces, Brooklyn Bridge Park is ideal for summer and fall weddings. The park stays open to the public at all times and you will need a permit to hold a ceremony here.
One of the most iconic locations in New York City, Central Park is always a memorable venue for a wedding. Beautiful, secluded spaces and charming gazebos are ideal for intimate ceremonies. The park stays open to the public at all times and you will need a permit to hold a ceremony here.
High Line Park
Modern, chic park in the heart of the Lower West Side. The park is small, without many private spaces, but does offer lush greenery and city views making it ideal for a small, modern wedding. The park stays open to the public at all times and you will need a permit to hold a ceremony here.
Quite possibly the city’s best-kept secret! Prospect Park is less crowded and more “wild” than most parks you’ll find around the city. You can easily find isolated areas to hold a private, intimate ceremony here.