W New York – Downtown private dining area

Wherever you live, you’re likely dreaming of a magnificent wedding unlike anything anyone has ever been to before. One where you’ll be waited on hand and foot, where everything you ask for is there when you need it, when the seven-tier pink-and-gold striped cake you imagined has been turned into reality, where your limo awaits, where you can have your Carrie Bradshaw moment, where you and your beloved can feel free to act on your love, with sweet kisses in the lobby en route to the ceremony or off to see the city sites with your in-laws the day after the wedding. In short, you want to have your wedding weekend full of WOW. And we’ve found it. In five wonderful places, no less.

What makes these five W hotels (and Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide) incredible beyond their inimitable attention to guests, their fashionable décor, the you’ll-never-want-to-leave comfort, the savory dining experience, heavenly Bliss Spas and killer cocktails (hello, Gerber Group!) is their long-term commitment to equality.

Most recently, W Hotels partnered with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on a campaign called Turn It Up For Change: Love Has No Limit is a campaign to promote equality through the power of music. Led by W Hotels and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), is about raising the volume on the battle for marriage equality in the U.S. and raising funds to support the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) equality in all realms.

W Hoboken
225 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

WOW factor: Modern luxury for a gigantic party blowout

The W Hoboken’s fresh and polished style just outside the city of New York is a perfect fit for LGBTQ weddings. The W Hoboken showcases breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline from its Destination Bar and Terrace, Lulu’s which is a great option for a stylish cocktail hour. Followed by a reception in the swank Great Room, which can accommodate a guest list up to 230 and offers dramatic 19-foot high ceilings and skylights. Complimented with a customized menu package, the W Hoboken Wedding is a metropolitan matrimonial marvel.

W Hoboken | Photo by R Wagner Photography
W Hoboken | Photo by Robert Wagner
W Hoboken wedding reception | Photo by R Wagner Photography
W Hoboken wedding reception | Photo by R Wagner Photography


W New York
1567 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

WOW factor: intimate outdoor terrace reception or ceremony on their Extreme WOW suite balcony

W New York is iconic New York City and provides the perfect backdrop to couples looking for an exciting and bold wedding ceremony and reception. The EWOW Suite has an extraordinary terrace overlooking Manhattan’s vibrant streets where you can host an intimate but chic ceremony or electric cocktail party to celebrate your big day. Your guests will be treated to the spectacular service, where they can sip and enjoy delicious cocktails and food, all while taking in the pulsating views, making your wedding the one everyone remembers.

More than that, W New York is a decadent honeymoon destination! Live it up with luxuries delivered right to your room from some of the swankest stores around Manhattan, plus soothing spa treatments at Bliss spa.

The W New York terrace is perfect for an outdoor wedding reception.
W New York Great Room

W New York – Times Square
1567 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

WOW factor: The pre-wedding rehearsal reception in the Extreme WOW suite overlooking Times Square from 57 stories up.

Inspired by the excitement and allure of New York City and Times Square after dark, the EWOW Suite at W New York – Times Square is the perfect venue for an intimate but electric wedding reception. In the center of such an energized location, guests will enjoy amazing views of NYC while toasting the newlyweds.

Thinking of popping the question? There’s likely no more memorable space than W New York – Times Square for proposing to your partner, and no matter the hour that you’re engaged, there’s going to be a bar open to go celebrate at afterwards! Plus, there’s always 24-hour service from Whatever/Whenever, with champagne included!

W New York – Times Square EWOW suite’s Living Room
W New York – Times Square WOW cocktail reception
W New York – Times Square WOW cocktail reception area

W New York – Union Square
201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

WOW factor: NYC grandeur with an iconic ballroom reception

W New York – Union Square is a dynamic combination of visionary city energy billowing in from film, art, music and fine dining culture in the intersection of uptown and downtown. “Our Great Room here at W New York – Union Square is perfect for couples who are looking for it all,” says a representative at the hotel. “We offer the best of both worlds: old New York Charm with a W modern twist. As the building was built in 1911, the Great Room is rich with history and beauty but you are still in a W hotel and the vibe of your wedding will definitely have that WOW factor! Over the past few years we have definitely seen more same-sex weddings, which we are loving!”


W New York - Union Square lounge
W New York – Union Square lounge
W New York – Union Square wedding reception
W New York – Union Square wedding reception


W New York – Downtown
123 Washington St, New York, NY 10006

WOW factor: Swoon-worthy proposal spot in the Living Room Terrace overlooking One World Trade center.

Illuminated by city lights in Lower Manhattan is the upscale, high style W New York – Downtown. With renowned destinations encircling this gorgeous hotel, including One World Trade Center, this is a historic wedding choice that will be remembered by generations. “We have a ton of proposals at W New York – Downtown, especially on our Living Room Terrace,” says a spokesperson for the hotel. “The dynamic views of lower Manhattan surrounded by the pulse of the iconic neighborhood make it an exciting spot for someone to pop the question. Some guests spontaneously get down on one knee and even surprise us, while others give our W Insider the heads up to have them help plan their special moment with champagne, special notes, surprises and more.”

W New York – Downtown
W New York – Downtown Living Room and Terrace

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