They do! Nate Berkus (left) and Jeremiah Brent wed at the New York Public Library. Their friend and wedding planner Marcy Blum used “tons and tons” of candles to create intimacy amid the grand environs and added special touches to individuate each table.
After getting engaged in Peru, dapper interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent wanted an iconic New York landmark for their wedding, and the New York Public Library spoke to them. “Choose a space based on the way you want your wedding to feel rather than have the space dictate what the wedding should be,” says Marcy Blum (212-929-9814), a New York wedding planner and friend of the couple, who arranged their festivities. “Use it as a backdrop rather than [let it] supersede what you want.”
It’s worth noting that public spaces often have a different set of restrictions compared to more traditional ones—think permits, limitations on adding or erecting décor, and special curfews for both entering and exiting the venue. “Before you get your heart set on a space just on the way it looks,” advises Blum, “look at all the variables.”
Scale is also a factor, and Blum is a pro at using small touches to create an intimate feeling even in grand spaces. “Certainly tons and tons of candlelight is important,” she says. “Whenever you’re doing a party for more than 50 people, it’s best to use different sizes and shapes of tables. You want to avoid it looking like a ginormous banquet room or a cafeteria. You won’t see any two tables replicated exactly.” Every detail matters when you want your wedding to be one-of-a-kind!