What do Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barrosa and Ellen Pompeo and Christoper Ivery have in common? Both couples Damon/Barrosa and Pompeo/Ivery were married at New York’s City Hall. Now you can marry like them, too, in a new and improved wedding palace.
According to the New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg’s administration has created a 24,000-square-foot wedding palace in the new Manhattan Marriage Bureau. The former space was known for cracked tile floors and plastic chairs. However, after spending $12 million to renovate an old DMV office, the city hopes that New York will become the world’s top wedding destination.
The renovations were overseen by designer Jamie Drake, who designed Madonna’s Los Angeles home. It includes two separate wedding chapels built off the building’s central rotunda. In the east chapel, the color palette is apricot and peach colors, while the west chapel is done in purple and lavender. The bathrooms were turned into dressing rooms, and there is an oversize photograph of City Hall available as a backdrop for pictures.
With the opening of the new bureau, the fee for a New York City Hall wedding has actually gone down from $35 to $25. They are also selling a variety of wedding products, including elastic faux-diamond bands ($9), bridal bouquets ($25-$50), disposable cameras ($16.25) and tissues ($1.75).
After two years of renovations, the new bureau opens this Monday, January 12.