Post # 1
I am from NY, my Fiance is from Scotland/currently living in Australia. Most of his family/friends coming are from Australia & Scotland.
Can’t afford to get married in NYC so we’re doing Long Island, and obviously these people are going to have to travel a long way. And, of course, they want to see/stay in NYC, because to visitors I suppose LI isn’t as exciting as the city (understandable).
So my question is….if all his guests travel and stay in Manhattan, but our wedding is on Long Island, how do we coordinate that? They’d have to travel an hour on the LIRR to get to the wedding which seems like a major inconvenience and would have to stay at least one night on Long Island. I don’t know why but I feel so guilty asking for that :O I know they’ll want to spend most of their time in the city, so how can I make the trip to LI more comfortable/less inconvenient?
Should we make a wedding website with hotels/train times for Long Island? Pay for their rooms for the night? Host a brunch?
Post # 3
How many people are coming? I don’t think you need to pay for their hotel, but if it’s a small number of people and you can find a cheap weekend house rental then you could consider that. It would only work in the off season, though.
If everything is accessible by public transit from the city, then I think it’s sufficient to provide information about hotels and train times. If it’s not possible to walk from the LIRR station to your venue, then you could consider providing a shuttle bus.
It sort of depends on the size and nature of your group.
Post # 4
I had the same problem with coordinating my wedding. Everyone is coming to NY for the wedding and they are from the midwest and have never been to NYC, but we are getting married in LI because it is cheaper. I just laid it out for everyone and said this is where we’re getting married, this is the hotel block in long island if you want to stay there, if not you figure it out.
You can not please everyone at the wedding and if they want to stay in the city, they will figure it out! I would absolutly not pay for a night at the hotel. A website with directions and the LIRR time schedule is awesome and super helpful, I would def. do that. Also put what time it starts and what train they would have to take in order to make it on time.
If they stay at the same hotel in the city, hosting a brunch would be nice but not necessary.
Those are my thoughts!