Double Decker NYC transport… Totally Cool or Tacky?

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Double Decker NYC Tour from wedding ceremony to venue... Totally Cool or Tacky?
    Totally Cool : (37 votes)
    95 %
    Totally Tacky : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Dreams Las Mareas - Costa Rica

    OMG!! This is an AMAZING idea for a destination wedding… it gives your guest a little peek at NYC… im from NYC and this is super cool!  I know they would enjoy it… you could have snacks and a signature drink/ lemonade  to sip while on the ride…

    im coming!…lol j/k

    Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I like the idea. Your wedding space is beautiful!

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    HollyAndRossNYC:  since your guests are not from NYC, yes, this sounds appealing, interesting. 

    I live in NYC, I have no need to take a tour on a double decker bus lol

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Dreams Las Mareas - Costa Rica

    Funny enough, I live in NYC and i would love to be a tourist in my own city… i havent done/seen half of the things that people travel all the way here to do/see. 

    It seems that way when I travel too… I think something is so great and the locals are like…eh…lol

    For instance, the hollywood walk of fame in california with all the stars on the ground… i was super excited … but people were just walking and spitting on the ground like it was nothing special… trash everywhere… it was filthy!!! Only the tourists (myself included) were stupid enough to touch the stars on the ground …lol

     

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We had a double decker bus for our wedding, which provided transportation from our church in downtown manhattan to midtown manhattan where our reception was.  Overall, it was a huge huge hit.  

    We also provided a regular coach bus as well.  Most of our friends in their 20s and 30s took the double decker bus.  Our parents friends and family members took the coach bus, and the bridal party and parents took a limo bus (we had a big wedding).  

    Our wedding was formal, so we considered ladies in evening dresses and who had their hair done may not want to take the double-decker.  Also we had a number of guests in their 60s and were concerned about them going up and down the stairs to the top of the bus.  That’s why we opted for the coach bus in addition to the double decker.

    Also, if it was raining, we would have had to switch to a regular coach bus, with no refunds.  Our wedding day was a lot cooler than forecast (It was in the mid to upper 50s in May), but it worked out well.  And we got really really cool pictures on it!

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee

    A few considerations that I would mention as a Manhattanite (I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but your plan is making me cringe with fear for a few reasons) –

    Traffic – Any number of things could be taking place on your wedding day (street fair, parade, construction, etc.) that will create a traffic nightmare and make a tour of NYC by bus hard to pull off on a time schedule. 

    Route – The most direct route from 620 Loft & Garden to the Boathouse is Madison Ave and there’s really nothing touristy, besides store fronts, to see on Madison Ave.  The scenic route is 5th Ave, which runs downtown, not uptown, so you will miss all of that.  I would give some thought to what sights you can really expect to see and really think about how long this will all take.

    Bus pick up – I think you will have a very hard time coordinating a private bus pickup anywhere near 620 Loft & Garden.  Rockefeller Center is a highly regulated and monitored traffic area.

    Central Park – I would suggest that you expect that the line for the boat rental will be enormous and that the area of the park that you are talking about will be very highly trafficked.

    Anyway, I don’t mean to rain on your parade.  From my perspective, this is the idea of someone who clearly, clearly doesn’t live here.  All the best with your wedding.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY

     

    HollyAndRossNYC:  620 Loft is amaze-balls! We considered it, but it was too small and too restrictive for us, ultimately. I think the bus is tacky, but the BEST kind of tacky. Do you know what I mean? Sure, it might be tacky, but what a fun idea, especially since everyone is from out of town and maybe this is the first time some of your guests have been here.

    I say go for it! Look into the different companies though. I think some of the buses are better than others.

    Good luck and congratulations!

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    i don’t think it’s tacky necessarily, but i do think you should consider jamb:‘s points. if your bus rental is willing to work with you to make the route a bit more touristy and can/will pick you up and drop off at your actual locations i say go for it. but it might be more trouble than it’s worth.  

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY

    jamb:  I think you reaise some good points, but I think there are some pretty simple solutions.

    Traffic – Any number of things could be taking place on your wedding day (street fair, parade, construction, etc.) that will create a traffic nightmare and make a tour of NYC by bus hard to pull off on a time schedule.

    Wouldn’t the traffic issue be true of any transportation? As far as I can tell the tour buses still run on weekends and manage their way around street fairs, parade routes, and construction pretty frequently.

     

    Route – The most direct route from 620 Loft & Garden to the Boathouse is Madison Ave and there’s really nothing touristy, besides store fronts, to see on Madison Ave.  The scenic route is 5th Ave, which runs downtown, not uptown, so you will miss all of that.  I would give some thought to what sights you can really expect to see and really think about how long this will all take.

    Why not take a scenic route? Let them head down Fifth, maybe turn away from the Park and see Grand Central. She could schedule an hour after the ceremony to get to the Boathouse and let her guests enjoy the tour.

     

    Bus pick up – I think you will have a very hard time coordinating a private bus pickup anywhere near 620 Loft & Garden.  Rockefeller Center is a highly regulated and monitored traffic area.

    I’m not sure why this would be a problem. The tour bus companies already run through and stop in Rockefeller Center as part of their daily routes. If it is a problem, the bus companies should know where they’re allowed or how to obtain proper permitting. Maybe they could idle at the stop on Fifth Avenue and let the newlyweds wander through the throngs of tourists to get to it – should make for a fun photo op, might be a little annoying, but shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

     

    Central Park – I would suggest that you expect that the line for the boat rental will be enormous and that the area of the park that you are talking about will be very highly trafficked.

    Why couldn’t she reserve space there as part of a private event. You don’t have to rent the whole Boathouse out to do an event there. That alleviates the wait.

     

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to make a point by point rebuttle and, like I said, I think you make some good observations. However, I think it is important to offer solutions if they’re possible, too.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I live in NYC and I’d love this! One thing is though… if it rains your kinda screwed. My friend did this to transport guests from her brooklyn wedding to their manhattan hotels…. and it POURED so everyone had to squeeze in the leaking lower portion AND the bus broke down in Chinatown… 12am… pouring rain… grandma with a cane trying to hail a cab….

    so uhhh… yeah go with a NICE bus company, not a budget one, and pray for good weather! Or get a covered bus.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY

    Sorry to post twice, but it isn’t letting me edit my previous post. I just thought I should add that I don’t know the current “private event policies” at the Boathouse, as it has been years since I looked into it. However, it is something to consider.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

    LAB:  No problem. 

    Yes, traffic is true of any form of transportation, but the less time and distance you drive around, the less traffic you encounter.

    Sure, yes, you can come up with a simple route, I just don’t think you’ll see much and don’t think it’s representative of a tour of NYC.  I probably take my surroundings more for granted than I should, but, yes, you could probably easily see at least the Empire State Building and Grand Central on your way back up town.

    As for the bus stop, I think only the bus company can answer that, but I think ease of pickup should be a consideration.

    Yes, you can reserve space for a small private event Mon-Thurs.  I was reacting to the “sail on the boats or wander around the park” comment.

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