Post # 1
Sunday late morning wedding ceremony – 11am – 12pm Location:Central Park. Estimated Guest – 75 max
We plan on having the reception in at an appropriate sized catering hall inQueensfrom 2-8pm. Estimated people to attend reception – 125 max
That leaves two hours for guest to get to the venue, if they plan on attending both events.
We will be streaming our wedding on the internet in order for ALL guest to watch the ceremony. There will be two sets on invitations going out. People who are invited to both Ceremony & Reception and people who will just be invited to the Reception. We will be encouraging guest to have their own “viewing parties” at home so they can watch it as they get ready to come to the reception. That way some of our Queens-based guest can choose what works best for them.
We just cannot afford to host a reception in Manhattan.
Question: Do you think it is alright to host the ceremony in one borough and the reception in another?
Post # 3
how far is the drive from each other?is it 2 hours?if so i would probly just choose one to go to and which ever was closet to me ceremony or reception.
i would not drive 2 hours one way,that would be a 4 hour drive,unless you were a close family member or friend.
i would send you a gift though even if i didnt go.
Post # 4
How many out of town guests do you have?
I’m not from NYC and have no idea how difficult it is to use a metro card or figure out the subway system. I would probably attend but would get a taxi- I guess?. I would be a little miffed because it would be hard enough to figure out how to attend a wedding in either borough, without transferring between them.
But this is all based on me having to fly there and not having any knowledge of the city.
Post # 5
I just can’t buy into the idea of inviting some people only to the reception. I know it’s common in the UK, but I don’t understand sending the message “you didn’t make the cut to actually witness our wedding, but here’s your consolation prize invite.”
Also, since you’re having the wedding in a park, why not have it in a park in Queens? Wouldn’t that make it a lot easier on your guests?
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
I noticed that there are more people attending the reception than the ceremony— Why???
Post # 7
If most of your guests have actually been to the city before, it should be no problem. If they’ve never been to NYC…they’ll be all discombobulated and weirded out and will probably think they’re in the ghetto if they see a non-white person or something. It amazes me how inaccessible people think NYC is.
Anyway, it depends on your guests and their attitude toward the city.
Post # 8
I live in Brooklyn, and I would be annoyed having to go to CP then 2 hours later heading out to Queens. I’d never take the subway in wedding gear either. It’s logistically annoying. I mean if you are my colse friend, I would go, but would I be thrilled about it…absolutely not! Why not have the ceremony in Queens too?
Post # 9
🙁 because I love Central Park. I work there and want a central park wedding, gosh darnit. The possible reception venue will be close to our’s & my parents place. I could have it Forest Park…..but…No…
The ride Is approx 1 hour by train and maybe 45 min by car. your right, I have always cabbed it for weddings. I am thinking of getting group transport for the guest.
All our guest are locals. Just that we have friends and family from the around from The Bronx
all the way to Long Island, and our guest list is VERY diverse, and they most certainly will NOT be in any kind of Ghetto.
Yes people from college will come to the reception only. The ceremonybis mostly just for family. That is why we are streaming.
I actually have no problem with the dual guest list. It is just what works for us. I do not want my guest to feel put out (even though we are feeding them, filling them up with booze and dancing).
Post # 10
@Sapphire-Dreamer: where in queens? And where in the park?
If the wedding ceremony is on the east side of the park and the reception is in LIC or Astoria, no big… But if its way uptown and I have to get to little neck, then I might be peeved but I’d probably still go… if everyone is local, they all have metro cards or will take a cab.
Post # 11
only a 45 minute car drive,then yes i would go.
i thought it was like 2 hours each way.
look,its your day,you should get to have the wedding of your dreams,and if wanting your ceremony in central park is your dream ceremony then do it.
people who are able to be there will.if it is easier for most to just attend the reception then thats ok to.
Post # 12
I said yes, but I would definitely complain (secretly, behind your back, because I’m polite like that lol). Here is my reasoning:
1. Depending on where your ceremony will be, it will likely be a bit of a hike to the Subway, which means people will be walking in wedding shoes/clothing a significant number of blocks if they want to take the subway.
2. There may be a subway transfer necessary, again, depending on your location. I would definitely give very detailed instructions on where to get the subway, where to transfer, even where to stand on the train for ease of exit. I had a girl come visit me from the Bronx and she was totally clueless as to the train situation in Queens.
3. If people decide to take cabs, everyone has to worry about hailing cabs and then how much would the fare be to your venue – $40-50 about, to the middle of Queens?
I think transportation would be nice, for everyone’s ease, but if not, I would lay out all the options on the wedding website.
Post # 13
@Sapphire-Dreamer: If you,re going to do it, then I’d say rent one or two of those party buses (yeah you know the ones I mean). They won’t be that expensive and it will be a huge convenience for your guests.
Post # 14
If you were a close friend or family member, I likely would, but not without a little trepidation, lol. One of my dear friends was married in a beautiful church in Manhattan and had her reception in Westbury on Long Island, and it seemed to take just short of F O R E V E R on the LIE to get there.
Post # 15
I like the idea of having a party bus. Because even if you drove in, the parking and the hike would be a pain. If you dont do a party bus, I would make sure to have a “tour guide” (maybe even have a flag) that can round everyone up and walk with them too the station, get them on the right line and walk to the reception place.
Post # 16
Thanks for the advice guys. I am going to look into the cost of a party bus t take ppl to the reception.
The reception will be in the Ridgewood/Middle Village area