Wedding Wednesday: The Standard New York

The Standard appears to sprout right out of the West Village, making it perfect for the quintessential NYC couple.
The Standard appears to sprout right out of the West Village, making it perfect for the quintessential NYC couple.

On this Wedding Wednesday, we're showing off our West Village neighbor, the luxe Standard New York from renowned hotelier Andre Balazs. Balazs capitalized on the popular, elevated High Line park that opened in the summer of 2009 when he debuted this feat of design prowess: His 338-room hotel is propped up on huge concrete stilts so that it straddles, and hovers above, the park. For this, the Standard has garnered the praise of architecture critics, who marvel at how, from inside the building, one seems to be floating in the air.

The interior design is just as striking as the architecture, featuring hip, modern furniture and open bathrooms with deep soaking tubs or huge rainfall showers which, surrounded by clear glass panes instead of shower curtains, create the impression of bathing beside the Hudson River. Plus, floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the city. (The windows also offer views from the outside in, making for some interesting exhibitionism, if couples are into that sort of thing.)

For a wedding, The Standard's unique architecture makes for a truly one-of-a-kind ceremony. This is a dream location for the stylish couple (with deep pockets) looking to indulge in the impeccable, but laid-back, city-chicness that is the Standard. Possible ceremony and reception spaces include the High Line Room, which features a covered terrace overlooking High Line Park and the Hudson River, and a stunning, exclusive rooftop space (which might require that the happy couple have some celebrity connections). Still, service at the hotel is never stuffy, nor short of excellence. Check out more wedding inspired photos of The Standard New York here >>

The rooftop area, featuring a hip lounge and stunning views, is gorgeous -- and exclusive. Luckily, views abound at this unique hotel.
The rooftop area, featuring a hip lounge and stunning views, is gorgeous -- and exclusive. Luckily, views abound at this unique hotel.
The Standard King room exudes the hotel's hip, compact design.
The Standard King room exudes the hotel's hip, compact design.
Bathrooms are luxurious and offer sumptuous views -- from both the inside and the outside. Exhibitionist couples will be sure to enjoy the experience.
Bathrooms are luxurious and offer sumptuous views -- from both the inside and the outside. Exhibitionist couples will be sure to enjoy the experience.
The Standard Grill serves delicious steakhouse fare in a charming setting.
The Standard Grill serves delicious steakhouse fare in a charming setting.
Meeting rooms at The Standard offer unique spaces with, of course, stunning vistas for a chic wedding.
Meeting rooms at The Standard offer unique spaces with, of course, stunning vistas for  a chic wedding.

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