As it begins to sink in your mind that you said yes to your beloved, now begins the real work. Now you may be teetering between confirming your date and securing your venue. Unless you have a date that is sentimental to you both, you may want to start looking at your destination, the venues you are considering for your wedding. Availability, if you have your heart set on a location, can be a challenge, and will require you to be flexible if your desired dates are not available.
So for the purpose of assisting you with securing a spectacular New York venue in the heart of Manhattan, we write this piece to introduce you to yet another location that will entice the right person with the vision of total elegance and grace. Securing the space for your wedding will offer you, posterity, among the greatest of men and women.
On January 12, 2020, we walked into the magnificent lobby of The InterContinental New York Barclay’s which was hosting the soiree of the year for some of the city’s most affluential brides for none other then BrideLux.
That day some of the industries formidable experts would be present to provide countless couples with a taste of what they can expect if they were to procure the space.
The Rich History of The Barclay
The history of The Barclay is as rich as the land in which it sits on. The hotel until the 1960s was independently owned dating back to its founding date in January 1925. The celebrated architect Eliot Cross and millionaire real estate developer W. Seward Webb leased a parcel of land on Lexington Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets from New York Central Reality and Terminal Corporation, owned by the Vanderbilt family. Later that year, construction began on The Barclay, designed by Cross and Cross in neo-Federal, American Colonial style. Cross and Cross would later go on to design the Tiffany and Co. building on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. Eliot Cross and his brother John belonged to a well-heeled New York family with strong social connections to the Astors and Vanderbilts.
Creating The Soiree Of A Lifetime
As grand as this space may be, it is important for you to realize that quality is our priority. We will not simply seek a venue that doesn’t provide us with the ambiance that we are looking for that will make this a memorable experience. Not our wedding. We want your love to be storybook worthy that will be told to your children, your grandchildren, and your great grandchildren….because your love is what legacy is built from.
Although we may live in a social media-driven society your wedding is not an Instagram experience but quite the contrary. You want your guests to live in the moment. Feel your joy as they walk through the space. Much like the socialites of the past, their intention was to remain discreet in their many celebrations, not attracting too much attention so as to control the hotel’s image as an exclusive, desirable destination. Your wedding deserves the same sentiments.
So for those of you that want the personalized touch, and want your event to remain private, this may just be the space you are looking for right in the heart of the busiest city in the world. What an oxymoron!
As I got my grand tour of the property and heard the rich history, I was amazed. As a history buff, it brought me great pleasure hearing the value placed on entertainment. There was an art to it. Therefore I took the opportunity to inquire about how you, our readers can have all you deserve in this grand property. So we did some investigation.
For your information
Who is the chef on staff, and can they give us a quote on creating a menu for a wedding on the property?
InterContinental New York Barclay’s Chef is Peter Betz. ’When planning a wedding menu, I like to get to know the Bride & Groom. I like to hear about what dishes they grew up eating on special occasions and incorporate some of that into the final selections (always with a Barclay spin of course). I always want to wow the guests but also leave them knowing that the Barclay takes the time to design unforgettable events that are truly customized to each client. No two Barclay weddings are ever the same!’’
How far in advance should couples look to book your property?
Couples looking to book InterContinental must begin the process 6 months to 2 years in advance.
How many weddings a year do you host?
10 weddings are hosted each year at InterContinental New York Barclay.
How many rooms does the hotel have?
702 guestrooms, including 31 spacious suites. The top accommodation is the Penthouse Suite with 1,200 sq ft outdoor terrace – overlooking the Chrysler Building + 3-bedroom Presidential Suite.
So without, any pressure– we extend to you a personal invitation to schedule an appointment with the sales team at the Barclay and have a walkthrough of the Penthouse, Harold S. Vanderbilt Penthouse, if nowhere else. It will leave you breathless, and speechless. For those of you who simply want to absorb all the positive energy, the city has to offer from above with the skyline as your backdrop as you say… I Do to your beloved.
Special thank you to the Intercontinental Barclay hotel for providing all the images.
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