The premier planning assistance program of New York State

How Our Program Works


The Basics

Many people ask us how the New York Wedding Program (NYWP) works. Well, we think it’s pretty simple!

Here are the basics you need to know:

  1. Our program works for weddings (obviously), but it's not just for weddings! Proms, Sweet 16s, Mitzvahs, or any type of event are also eligible for our program benefits.

  2. The program is free, once you’ve registered with us in full. You can register by filling out the form on our website (or at one of our wedding shows), or by calling our office at 518-792-6092. It’s free to register too!

  3. Our program works for you no matter where you chose to hold your event. You don’t need to use one our venues to qualify, but it is a HUGE savings if you do book at one of our houses!

  4. The wedding professionals that we allow into the New York Wedding Program have to be high quality pros that we trust to execute the wedding of your dreams. Rest easy knowing that all our members have a proven track record of reliability and excellence.

  5. You simply register, secure a minimum of 5 pros for anything wedding related, then our office will confirm with the pros and issue your New York Wedding Program letter. You’re done!


What Counts?

To put it simply, everything related to your event counts toward your 5 pros. Some of those things are obvious: your banquet house, entertainment, photography, officiant, flowers, invitations, favors, dessert, etc. Less obvious are those things you might need for your wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, bachelor(ette) events, honeymoon, etc. And then there are some extreme examples (from some of our past couples) you would not normally think of:

  1. A couple from out of the area who was planning a destination wedding needed a hotel for the weekend to meet with vendors - that counts! 

  2. Another couple used one New York Wedding Program cake baker for their shower and a different one for their wedding - that’s 2 right there! 

  3. We even had a couple once do their Jack & Jill party weekend in Saratoga Springs and booked one of our member hotels for overnight rooms, one of our member restaurants for dinner, and hired one of our limo companies to chauffeur them around all night - that was 3 total vendors alone!


What's the Benefit?

Easy enough to explain, but a quick lesson first: There are places that provide a facility and food (we call them resorts or houses). That’s one vendor. Alternately, there are rental facilities that do not provide food, so you would bring in a caterer. That’s 2 vendors. In both these examples, the benefit (if qualified), is a 5% pre-tax upgrade or discount (depending on what the pro and you agree on). For all other member pros, the benefit is a 10% upgrade or discount (some exceptions apply, such as third party vendors like travel / honeymoons). All pros generally only count one time, unless they allow you to count them more than once. One example of this would be a bridal salon that you buy your gown from, and also rent tuxes from… that would only count as one pro, unless the salon allows you to count it twice.


What's the Catch?

We all know the old saying “You don’t get anything for free,” so you may be wondering what’s the catch? 

Well... there isn't one! And here's why: All of our wedding professionals are vetted, and they know that they can count on each other from start to finish to give you the perfect wedding day. From our professionals' standpoint, this makes your event guaranteed to run smoother, which is why they are happy to give a discount or upgrade if you use this program.

Wrapping Up

You must contact us for your New York Wedding Program discount letter a minimum of 30 days before your wedding date, otherwise we cannot issue your discount letter. We suggest that as soon as you book your 5th pro, that you contact us with your list of pros. Then, as you continue to book NYWP vendors, we can simply add them to the letter and ensure that you don’t miss out on your savings.