Pop the Question in Style
As the weather cools down, wedding proposal season heats up. And to knock it out of the park, many save the big moment for a momentous setting—such as Top of the Rock, the Rink at Rockefeller Center or the Christmas Tree. Earlier this year we spoke with three couples who got engaged at Rock Center, learned about their stories and picked up some tips too. Below is some more know-how for popping this question this season.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center: The world-famous skating Rink is such a popular spot for proposals that several Engagement on Ice packages are available, all of which provide you with exclusive time on the Rink, a celebratory skate to the song of your choice, and a champagne toast. At the highest level, the Platinum package includes a five-course tasting menu, a bottle of bubbly and a dozen roses, with a rinkside table at either The Sea Grill or Rock Center Café. However you plan it, be sure to bring your CD and get ready for an enthusiastic audience. The most in-demand days are when the Christmas Tree is lit (November 30 through January 7), but the Rink stays open into April and is always atmospheric.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: It doesn't always take a lot of planning to ask the love of your life to marry you. Some romantics simply drop to one knee in front of the Christmas Tree for that extra dash of enchantment. If it's privacy you're after, this may not be the spot, but if you love a landmark locale it could be just the place for you. Be ready for the area to get packed as Christmas approaches and all through New Year's. During December and the first week of January, the Tree is lit from 5:30am to 11:30pm daily, and through 9pm on January 7. To clink glasses afterwards, Morrell Wine Bar & Café is right on the Plaza.
Top of the Rock: The sunset view from Rockefeller Center observation deck is swoon-worthy to say the least, creating a gorgeous backdrop to say "Yes!" Many love to take a post-proposal selfie with the NYC skyline or Central Park behind them, while others hire a pro photographer to candidly capture the moment. Though the Christmas Tree isn't visible from the deck, it's a favorite stop once you return to ground level to keep the magic going.
Bar SixtyFive: While the Rainbow Room plays host to many a wedding, its next-door bar on the 65th floor of 30 Rock is not only a coveted place for parties but a sought-after site for proposals. The outdoor terrace is especially fabulous, and remains open into fall before it gets too cold. Call ahead to talk about reserving a table to propose, logistics regarding bringing in a private photographer (for which there's a $500 fee) or hosting a reception larger than 12 people (for which there's no additional photographer fee). The venue's been known to bring out dessert and champagne for the special couple, and has everything you need to toast and dine well into the night. Read more here about visiting SixtyFive.
Photo of Bar SixtyFive by Evan Joseph