Wedding bells rang out and romance was in the air at Lincoln Center this past weekend as on Saturday, June 8th, 500 NYC couples came together to celebrate love at Lincoln Center’s mass wedding, either by getting married for the first time or renewing their vows.
The wedding, which was held in Lincoln Center’s newly renovated David Geffen Hall, was inspired by the center’s first ever (Re)Wedding in 2022, which was aimed at allowing those whose weddings were canceled or diminished due to the pandemic to still have their big day to enjoy.
Though this year’s celebration was much bigger than last year’s.
Juilliard’s Alumni String Quartet set the mood as couples paid no mind to their potential cold feet by instead indulging in pre-ceremony activities–from taking selfies in the photo booth to getting henna tattoos–before professing their love to each other during a multicultural ceremony led by various faith leaders.
Post-ceremony festivities included poetry, live musical performances from special guests, plenty of tasty bites to eat, and karaoke.
The night culminated in a bouquet toss and epic dance party hosted by drag icon and DJ Lady Bunny on the city’s largest outdoor dance floor (complete with a mega disco ball!)
Though the wedding, which was hosted by legendary comedian Murray Hill, was not a legally binding marriage, the day still gave couples the opportunity to dress in their best wedding attire and gather together to celebrate love.
The mass wedding was part of Lincoln Center’s “Summer for the City,” which includes hundreds of free events, thousands of artists, and food from across the city for New Yorkers to browse and enjoy this season.