Post # 1
hi! we are in the weeds with trying to determine how best to transport our 200 guests from our ceremony at 65th and 5th to our reception at the central park boathouse. the wedding is on a sat nite. there have been A LOT of details to consider (i’ll spare you all, but they include the fact that large buses can’t enter the park on the weekends).
meanwhile, i am trying to determine how much time to work into our schedule- how long should i expect it to take for guests to load/unload- from either 6 small vans or 3 larger buses. i’m assuming it will be quick….but can anyone advise me otherwise?
Post # 3
Honestly this is one of the main reasons I didn’t pick the Boathouse. You only get a couple of permits and you need that for your band/DJ/Florists etc… I don’t think you could run several vans if you only have one permit? Dosen’t the Boathouse run the shuttle to and from the park, I remember them telling me about that. I thought it picked guests up on 72nd and 5th. I would think they would offer some sort of service for your wedding.
I went to a wedding at the Boat House years ago and the ceremony was on the West Side. The bride and groom had a two hour gap in between the ceremony and reception. I beleive most guests ended up walking into the park since it was such a nice day. If your ceremony is on 65 and 5th that should be a really easy walk! I would spread by word of mouth that the transporation is for the older guests. I think most people should not mind the 10 minute walk. The one item I would be a little more focused on is getting guests out of the park. If your reception ends at midnight and the central park trolly only holds 35 guests you want to make sure people are not walking around the park at night. I remember having to wait 30 minutes or so at the end of the night to get on the trolly out of the park. Some people ended up walking out which is not the best idea at midnight.
I would hope the Boat House could give you some suggestions.
You could look into Greyline trolly if you need another option. I think they are $600 for a four hour window.
The Boathouse is a great location! I am sure it will be worth all the extra effort!
Post # 4
thanks so much for your response. i’ve figured some stuff out and made some decisions (phew), but just to help anyone out there considering the boathouse, i did just want to clarify-
– the boathouse provides 12 permits; 7 intended for vendors and 5 intended for personal (family, etc.). there are some additional loops, however. for instance, the transportation company we’re using is a boathouse recommendation and therefore does not require a permit. the recommended florists also have their own. so in the end, its must less of a big deal than i anticipated. permits are flexible and can be shared- they’re more for those seeking to park and stay and can be shared by those just entering the park for a drop off.
if anyone else has additional questions, let me know!
Post # 5
I had the same dilemma, tranporting my party of 60 from 79th to 50th Street; my job bus gave ame a "discount" of 600, a double decker was $900, a schoolbus was too undignified; then I stumbeled ona white presentable shuttle, can for 50 all for $165, but the guy I spoke with wil give me the best price and because wants a commission; hire a white shittle bus–elegant! I’ll giv eyou details if you send me a message