Hello babes! I hope you are feeling fab! This week I wanted to come to you as a fellow bride, and share something I highly recommend doing! I know this is mostly a hair and makeup blog, but I felt like it was my duty, as a bride, to spill the tea on exciting things you can add to your bridal itinerary.
I am an only daughter out of 4, and the last one of the group to get married – saving the best for last I suppose! 😉 Last summer, I had the pleasure of trying on my bridal gown in NYC, even though I didn’t purchase the Sarah Seven gown from the flagship store, it was the experience that made it all worth it! So I decided that my mom should have the same(ish) experience too! Early in 2022, I suggested that we take a trip together to New York, in order to find my mom a dress to wear to my wedding. Many of you do not know my mom, but the thought of spending money- sends her into a tailspin. She’s a penny pincher through and through. Honestly, I did not think she would say yes, but she surprisingly obliged.
We decided summer would be the best time to go, since the wedding industry in Florida is slower. Having been to the city three times previously, I felt it was my duty to show my mom a great time, on her once in a lifetime trip to the Big Apple. I planned an itinerary for 3 days of city life, and we had a blast playing tourists. Check out our daily itinerary below!
We landed at LaGuardia early in the morning, and took a car to our hotel to check in. This day was mostly a free day to explore. We walked everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE! We ate lunch at Jack’s Wife Freda in SOHO. Then I took my mom around the city to see all the iconic buildings including the Empire State Building, Flat Iron Building, the Statue of Liberty, and a few more. At night we went to dinner in Greenwich Village with a friend of mine that just so happened to be there for work!
We started the day with breakfast at Sarabeth’s near Central Park, and then took a mid morning stroll throughout the park. After that, we hiked it over to Macy’s Herald Square for a day of shopping. We found the most perfect dress to match the vibe of my moody New Orleans wedding- sorry babes, no sneak peaks! After we spent the afternoon shopping, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for dinner and a comedy show. We went to Westlight at The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn for drinks and appetizers. If you’ve never been-it’s a MUST. The view of the entire skyline is AMAZING! After that we walked over to Roberta’s in Domino Park, the neapolitan style pizza they serve is to die for. After dinner, we watched the sunset on the water and then headed back to Manhattan, for a comedy show at Caroline’s on Broadway. It was a great way to end the evening! Mom loved it and she laughed along with all the inappropriate jokes. She’s a good sport!
We grabbed a quick breakfast at a local coffee shop, then visited Summit One Vanderbilt- which was a great immersive way to view the city from ALL THE WAY UP! After that, we managed to figure out the subway, and head over to the Park Plaza Hotel to enjoy afternoon tea in The Palm Court. This was such a fun experience and I highly recommend it! After tea, we strolled through Bergdorf Goodman, and of course I couldn’t pass up purchasing some Pat McGrath makeup supplies for my kit. I even bought a lipstick for mom! After such a jam packed morning, we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and then headed to see the Broadway show-Chicago! Mom loved the show. Afterwards, we walked through Times Square so she could see all the lights, then headed back to the hotel and had a night cap on our rooftop bar. It was a great end to a perfect trip!
I am so glad that we got to take this trip together, it is truly a trip I will remember and cherish for years to come! I highly recommend creating a special experience for your mom or parent figure in your life during your wedding planning process. It doesn’t have to be a trip to NYC, but simply an experience that they will love!