Post # 1
Hi, I am hoping to have a Destination Wedding in NYC, getting married in Central Park and then having a reception somewhere. This is where I am getting stuck! As I’m from Scotland, there will only be about 25-30 people. I would like a private room, with a dancefloor (need to get the ceilidh dancing on the go!) and be able to have it all evening…
I have got info from ASTRA, and really like the look for that. Does anyone have experience of them or any other suggestions for me?
Also, its going to be in July, canI get honest opinions on temperature and humidity in July, (I know it will be hot…just not sure if it will be unbareably hot!)
Thank you so much for any info!
Post # 3
July in NYC is usually quite warm. Expect temperatures between 32-36* celcius, sometimes higher. It is usually very humid. 85-90% humidity. Generally oppressive weather although sometimes you get a lucky break with a day here or there below 30*. There are frequent evening thunderstorms which make air traffic a real nightmare and ground traffic not much better. The rain doesn’t cool things off after; really just gives you 10 minutes of relief then turns to a sauna.
Being from the mid-Atlantic area, personally I’d say if you can set your date for May/early June or mid-September you will enjoy it a lot more.
Post # 4
July and August will also be the most expensive time to fly for your guests. Have you considered April, May or early October for more mild weather and cheaper flights, hotel for a DW?
Post # 5
The weather will be miserable. I absolutely wouldn’t get married outside in NYC in July. September or October would be nice.
Post # 6
First of all, best of luck! I’m from NY and live in Brooklyn. I’ve heard very good things about Morans in Chelsea for small weddings: http://www.moransrestaurant.com/events-catering.html
If you want to venture out to Brooklyn, I’d suggest Frankie’s on Court St. They have a lovely garden area with a stable used for events: http://frankiesspuntino.com/events.html
One of my girlfriends had looked at Bubby’s in Brooklyn and loved it but the prices were steep.
July is very hot and humid in NYC. I agree with slicey19 on the off season months. I’m getting married in Nov because the prices are considerably cheaper.
Again, good luck!
Post # 7
Thank you for the very quick replies! I am a teacher and the hols don’t start till 1st July so unfortunately I am stuck with July or August. I might consider April (would be the 1st 2 weeks) or October (again 1st 2 weeks) would that perhaps be better? Is it likely to rain?
I will check out your suggestions for reception, thank you so much!
Post # 8
@wwbga: I love New York & travel there as often as I can! So although I don’t live there, I’ll add my input.
The best/most pleasant trip I ever took to NYC was in October. It is gorgeous that time of year, and the weather has cooled down by then. The leaves are turning, the sun is typically shining, and the humidity is gone. If you can swing it during that time frame, it would be PERFECT!
April isn’t (usually) too hot yet, but spring is the rainy season (“April showers” and all that), so I’d avoid it if you can.
Post # 9
@Ms Bookworm: thank you so much for your reply. I was there in April this year (got engaged!) and the weather was nice, problem is a close friend is getting married in April so I would then have to wait another year.(problem with being a teacher, GREAT holidays but very inflexible!)
I’ll be able to go near the start of October as I also have holidays then so it is encouraging to hear it is still nice then. Is it nice as in, we could hang about outside with out getting cold? (bear in mind the temp here in the summer is typically 20C so it doesn’t take much for us to sit outside!)
Is it about the same as April (prob round about 7th ish so it would be the start of oct as opposed to the end)
Post # 10
I live in NYC. Today is June 30th and it’s already so hot that I don’t even want to leave my apartment. I strongly suggest that you focus on October or April, or plan on an indoor wedding if you must choose a date in July or August.
If I were you, I’d focus on the first two weeks of October. The trees will be changing colors, the air will be fabulously crisp, and it probably won’t be too cold yet. Late September / early October is probably my favorite time of year here.
Early April might still be cold and/or rainy. It depends on what kind of winter we’re having.
Post # 11
It’s really hot in NY at this time of the year. Maybe you could consider having an indoor wedding, if July is a most month.
I have been looking at venues myself and found this that I love so far for a small wedding like yours.
Del Posto Ristorante– Their Private Toscana Room
Or maybe find a location (like the Ritz Carlton Hotel) near Central Park so that you can have your pictures taken at Central Park and have your wedding inside.
But, yes, like everyone else is suggesting, I would do it in April/May or October for the best weather in NY for an outdoor wedding!
Post # 12
Thanks for all your replies, I will look into those suggestions, I think we have decided to go for October now, would be in the first week so hopefully will still be nice!
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
@wwbga: I agree and I think your choice of the beginning of October will be perfect – the fall in NYC is so amazing!
For venue recs, I would check out nymag.com/weddings and they should have a lot of different options – if you have a short list of finalists, feel free to post it here and I’m sure people will know at least some of them!
Post # 14
@wwbga: No guarantees of course, but the first week of October is usually gorgeous in NYC. And October has the lowest average precipitation of any month, I believe, so the odds are definitely in your favor.
Post # 15
October is beautiful in the city. The park is gorgeous, the weather is crisp, sunny, and pleasant, and it’s probably the best smelling that the city gets… which is not very good but we take what we can get. The leaves are at their height of color, and the mums are just finishing up their blooming season. I am having an August wedding in the city, but of course, we’re all from here so we know what we’re getting ourselves into. My brief trip to Scotland really leads me to believe you might not be real happy here in the summer. Everything smells bad, you’re constantly walking up subway stairs and around on the black streets with full sun, and every year we even have a couple days where it gets over 100 degrees. And it’s humid to boot, so you can forget about wearing makeup. October is a great choice though!