The Palm House – Daytime/Afternoon Brides?

posted 3 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It’s got to be gorgeous in the daytime! At night time it’s still gorgeous, just darker.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I did! I posted some pictures in my recaps here… Let me know if you’d like me to send you others or if you have any questions. We loved our afternoon wedding!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ryan007:  My husband and I were actually outside doing pictures when the area was changed from cocktail hour to lunch seating, but I think it was a pretty easy transition. They sort of had some of the lunch tables set up with centerpieces and so on, then all clustered off to the right side and behind some white room dividers. The front and back parts of the room had the tables already in place, so it was really just a few tables that were pushed aside. On the dance floor, they set up our raw bar station and some taller cocktail tables, so folks just mingled in the center of the room or found their way to their tables. We also extended the cocktail hour to be an hour and a half so DH and I could have some time to enjoy it and also have time to get pictures taken! Everyone LOVED the food, especially the raw bar. (We got the expanded raw bar for a little extra money per person… totally worth it!) 

The coordinators are very good – there’s a rotating cast of two or three people who you’ll work with and I had a new day-of coordinator working with one of the more established ones. They did a great job! The only slight caveat is that you should be proactive about scheduling your planning meeting and asking questions. I didn’t think they volunteered a lot of information about choices we had or the timing of things, but they’re pretty prompt and thorough in responding to questions and very friendly. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think our planning meeting was in April for a June wedding. I kind of wish we had done it earlier, for a couple of reasons – for instance, we wanted a custom cake design for the cake they include in the package, and we found out at that meeting that the package only included a handful of pre-selected designs to choose from. We were able to have the custom cake for an upcharge, but when I contacted the cake designer, she said that they generally start the process much earlier. (It worked out, because what we wanted was fairly simple, but if we’d wanted a more elaborate cake, we would have been cutting it really close!) 

We went to two tasting parties before our date, and both were really nice – they gave us a good chance to sit down and look at the tablecloth choices and try some of the menu selections and wines – but there were a lot of things we were sort of scrambling to do last-minute (like my mom wanted to bring in cases of her own wine, but the caterers had to order themselves through a NY distributor, so it took a while to get that worked out). 

I think that we probably had more “special requests” than average, so I could see how someone who was less totally OCD about their wedding would be totally fine with a planning meeting two months before the wedding. I was a little high maintenance, though, and would have preferred more details earlier. But like I said, they’re very good at answering your questions via email so – if you’re laid back, it will be totally fine, and if you’re a little more high-maintenance like me, just be proactive about contacting them with questions or requests. The coordinators are really lovely. 

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