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Real NYC Wedding Locations in Comic Books

New York City is one of the most popular superhero backdrops, with locations varying from real sites such as the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Central Park to fictional places apparently located in the city, such as the Fantastic Four Building and Xavier Mansion.

The Fantastic Four and Avengers live in this city and popular heroes such as Spider-Man, Daredevil, Spectre, Huntress and Vigilante have their base of operations here. Power Girl recently made a life for herself in New York City with the alias Karen Starr and Fabletown is on Bullfinch Street in Bill Willingham’s Fables. The city has also seen major attacks by Galactus and Onslaught‘s siege.

Central Park

Central Park is a public park in the center of Manhattan in New York City. Central Park’s 843 acres offer many romantic and idyllic locations for wedding ceremonies and photography. The most popular venue is the Conservatory Garden.

In “Astonishing X-Men” #51 by writer Marjorie Liu and artist Mike Perkins, Northstar will take another step toward the life he wants when he marries his boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu, and becomes the first gay married man in mainstream super hero comics.

“For my wedding cover, I tried to solve the problem of the wedding set up by setting the wedding in Central Park. This whole run of Astonishing X-Men issues has been set in New York City so using the park worked. My thought was to give it as much depth and dynamics as I could. So many of these wedding covers come off as flat. Maybe it’s because the wedding set-up doesn’t inspire much in the way of dynamics. My solution may not be as bold as combining the iconography of Spider-Man’s mask with a heart, but what are ya gonna do?” – cover artist Dustin Weaver.

Weddings In Central Parkspecializes in Central Park weddings. They provide a bespoke package or you can purchase one of our two standard services.  They can accommodate last-minute, same-sex, multicultural and interfaith wedding ceremonies or renewal of vows, and provide ceremonies in English and Spanish. Find out more about the team, consider their location suggestions, compare packages, and choose anything from the list of optional extras to make your special Central Park wedding tailor made for you.  If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact them.

City Hall

New York’s City Hall which was built 1812 and located at the center of City Hall Park in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan between Broadway, Park Row and Chambers Street and was the place that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson were married in the comic books.

In January 2009, the Manhattan Marriage Bureau got a $12.3 million makeover, moving to a 24,000-square-foot historical building with marble and bronze design details from the structure’s original 1920s architecture. Along with the old-world charm, the new Manhattan Marriage Bureau has 21st-century technology and comfort. You can obtain your marriage license or domestic partnership more efficiently with consolidated lines and self-serve computer kiosks. You’ll also find a comfortable seating area with video screens and telephone translators with service in 170 languages. You can get married at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau for only $25. Civil marriage ceremonies are performed in the Manhattan office from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday (arrive no later than 3:15 pm).

Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building located at 175 5th avenue, is famous for its extraordinary triangular shape. The building was designed by architect Daniel Burnham in 1902.

In the Spider-Man films, the Flatiron Building is home to the Daily Bugle, the tabloid newspaper and resides in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. But in the comic books, the Daily Bugle is located at East 39th Street and 2nd Avenue in the Murray Hill neighbourhood.

For New York couples planning engagement or wedding photos in Manhattan, few locations are more dramatic than the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue beneath the historic Flatiron Building. For small groups of five people or fewer, a permit is not required to shoot in the triangular mall in front of the Flatiron Building or in nearby Madison Square Park. For large groups or involved shoots, it is wise to request a permit from the Parks Department at 212-360-1311.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is the most recognized skyscraper in New York City. It was completed in 1931 and was the first building in the world with 100 floors. In total, the building has 102 floors which reach to 1,250 feet (381 m).

The terrorist organization Black Spectre attacked the Empire State Building in an effort to halt radio and television broadcasting, but was tackled by Daredevil and the Black Widow. During a battle between the X-Factor team and their arch rival Apocalypse aboard the Super Villain’s flying headquarters, the ship crashes into the Empire State Building, causing the building’s antenna to fall off.

There is a small observatory on the 102nd floor that will fit ten guests and is available year-round (weekdays only, between nine and four) for small ceremonies. The $520-per-hour price includes champagne for the couple and guests, a complimentary pass to return anytime during the year. Call the observatory office at 212-736-3100, extension 355 for details.

To get married on top of the Empire State Building you’ll have to win the annual Valentine’s Day Weddings contest, where 14 couples are selected to get married on February 14, at the world’s most romantic building. Please see Colin Cowie Weddings for details. Another option is Ultimate USA Weddings which is located fifty-five floors above the sweeping streets of Manhattan at The Empire State Building. This landmark location houses their wedding suite perfect for small intimate weddings.

Thinking about proposing? You may request a special song by their saxophonist on the 86th floor Observatory (Thursdays-Saturdays, 10PM–1AM).  Afterwards, celebrate with a champagne toast at The Empire Room, located in the building on the main level on 33rd Street.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is located on 5th Avenue between West 40th Street and 41st Street and is seen in the “Amazing Spiderman” comics. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library which originated in the 19th century, is the second largest public library in the United States, behind only the Library of Congress.

Civil ceremonies are allowed on Library premises. Any civil ceremony taking place on Library premises must be without any religious affiliation and meet the legal requirements of the State and City of New York. For more information please e-mail spev@nypl.org or call the Special Events Office at 212.930.0730.

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection evokes the glamour of Gilded Age New York and provides a uniquely elegant setting for any reception. This museum played the role of the Avengers Mansion, the original headquarters of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor in Marvel comics.

The Frick can accommodate up to 350 people for a cocktail reception and 200 for a seated dinner. All events happen after hours from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, giving guests the opportunity to experience the Frick’s preeminent art collection. For more information please call 212-547-6873 or email events@frick.org

The Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is New York City’s most iconic landmark is located on Liberty Island, which can only be reached by ferry along with Ellis Island. Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States.

Demolished by the evil Sinestro Corps in “Green Lanternin 2007 and promptly fixed by two Green Lanterns.

You can get married at the base of the Statue of Liberty. What you will require is a separate reception venue: Parties and catering aren’t allowed on Liberty Island. Arrive during normal hours of operation with permit in hand (these are available at no charge; call 212-363-3206) You will be limited to 500 people and 2 hours. Though you only need to give 72 hours notice, they only issue two permits for any one day, on a first come, first served basis. Also, Participants in a public assembly at Liberty Island must arrive on a National Park Service concessionaire ferry.

Image sources: X-Men #30/X-Men #51/Spiderman #21/Flatiron Buliding/EmpireStateBuilding/NYPublicLibrary/FrickCollection/StatueOfLiberty