(Closed) New York bees – a desperate plea for help from the UK!

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Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@smealeys:  Umm how specific do you want it? There are shops that sell flowers on just about every corner downtown. Huge, beautiful, fresh flowers. If I were you, I’d just buy some there!

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@smealeys:  Lol you will *definitely* not struggle to find flowers. You will struggle to not find flowers!

Were you wanting just some flowers to hold, or do you want to put together an actual bouquet? If you want just some flowers to hold, that won’t require any planning ahead, just walk down and buy whatever looks nice. If you would like a bouquet, you may have to stop by a craft store and buy supplies but that shouldn’t be hard either. 

If I were you I wouldn’t waste time crafting, I would just buy what looks nice and tie it together with a bit of ribbon or something πŸ™‚

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@smealeys:

Hi!  Canadian bride who got married at City Hall to my Kiwi husband in March.  A few tips:

PPs are correct about needing to get the licence the day before.  We went before work and got there about half an hour before it opened (I think 8:30 but check on their webite.)  http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/license.shtml

There was a small line up which was fairly sizeable by the time the doors opened, but by no means was it stretching out the door.  One thing you can do to help is to fill out the application beforehand online.  We did, and once the doors opened, we were done within 20 minutes and that included waiting for the people in front of us to finish.  just make sure you have all the ID, papers etc. required with you.

Bouquet:  Not sure where you are staying, but I used a florist called Spruce in Chelsea. http://www.yelp.com/biz/spruce-new-york They normally charge $150 for a bouquet.  I told them I had a $50 budget and asked if they could make me anything with that.  They said of course, and made me a lovely bouquet and my DH a matching boutonnier (for an extra $17 on the day of, since we forgot LOL.)  You mentioned you don’t want roses, I’m sure they could find you something else (mine was a mix of Roses and Calla lillies). 

Now, it isn’t a crazy beautiful floral explosion, but it was perfect for our little wedding and prettier than the flowers sold at City Hall (Yes, they sell flowers and rings and everything at City Hall!)

Good luck!  Have you guys thought of what you are going to do afterwards?

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@smealeys:  

Spruce were so accomodating.  The only instructions I gave the was that my shoes were a royal blue and I didn’t want the flowers to clash with them.  I think they were surprised I didn’t give more direction (which tells me you could, if you wanted to) but I told them to surprise me and I loved what they did. And like I mentioned, my DH didn’t want a boutonnier until his mum suggested one the night before.  So I called them the morning of and they still managed to make one to match my bouquet. We picked ours up since it was on the way so I’m not sure what delivery charges would be.

Oooh for after….I have lots of ideas for you πŸ™‚

Greenwich Village and the West Village are a great place to take pictures.  If you have time, I suggest the High Line. It’s one of my favorite places in NYC – great views and a great representation of what’s possible when people put their minds to making something unused be useful again. A few pics below.

We were done around 4 p.m. and a lot of restaurants and bars are closed during that hour (they turn over for supper.)  So I suggest taking pics around that time, or finding a hotel bar since they are always open. We went to the Standard Hotel for drinks and snacks, since it was close to the High Line.

For dinner – there are tons of great places. I’m not sure what kind of vibe you’re looking for so I’ll just tell you what we did and what we thought of.

We went to Bobo in Greenwich Village.  It’s in an old townhouse and the food is excellent.  We had a reservation but didn’t tell them we were there for a wedding but as soon as they realized they really took great care of us.  You can stay there and head to the bar downstairs afterwards to keep drinking.

Another romantic and beautiful option is the Waverly Inn.  Be sure to check out the mural in the front room but ask to be seated in the back room, which has a beautiful, garden vibe (plus that way you can walk through the whole restaurant). They also have a bar in the front.

The very traditional and beautiful option is One if By Land, Two if By Sea (lots of people get engaged there).  I’ve been there on a girl date (ha) and it is formal and lovely. 

In Gramercy there is also Gramercy Tavern.  The service is outstanding and so is the food (and the prices).  The front room is more casual and the back is more formal.

Once we were done dinner we went to our friend’s café – Bees Knees Baking Co and had dessert http://www.beeskneesbakingco.com/ They do cakecups which are very tasty and have excellent tea and coffee.

We were exhausted after that (it had been a long day) and our parents were all ready for bed so we went home and passed out.  But there are tons of places to go for a cocktail, some of our favorites are Little Branch, Raines Law room and Employees Only.  They all sort of have a speakeasy vibe to them.  The Jane Hotel and Bowery hotel have great bars as well.

Let me know if you have other questions.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@smealeys:  

My pleasure!  We’ve lived here a few years so have manage to acquire some favorite haunts, but I totally remember that it can be overwhelming trying to find the right spot.  Will PM you with some more recos – I am building the website for our reception here and am putting together suggestions for our guests anyway πŸ™‚

And getting married at City Hall was so.much.fun! We (DH, plus my parents and DH’s parents and our 2 witnesses) were all so surprised at how great it was. His and his, his and her and her and her couples come from all round the world in all manner of dress, from long gowns to mini dresses to jeans to everything in between and it is so great to see how happy everyone is, and the outfits they are wearing.

You will only have a few minutes in the chapels which can hold about 20 people but you can snap pics outside and in front of the cheesy city hall mural (a must, they are SO funny πŸ™‚

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh you are going to have such a great time in Central Park!  It is lovely there.  Perfect backdrop and the leaves should still be on trees at that time of year which will be stunning! 

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