Post # 1
Hello bee brides 🙂
My fiance and I were planning on getting married this November 2, the day before marathon Sunday here in New York. Lately we’ve been getting some push-back that it’s hard for our out-of-town guests (we have about 12-25) to find affordable hotel rooms and transportation, and for our in-town guests, hard to find parking. For my New York/Manhattan brides– have any of you had or been to a wedding over marathon weekend? Was it logistically more difficult? Was it difficult enough to justify moving the date??
(PS– our wedding is on the Upper East Side and down in Soho, we have family coming in from the West Coast and family in Long Island, and our wedding is on Saturday morning, before any streets close)
thanks for the advice 🙂
Post # 3
We are doing a November wedding in Manhattan. When we were discussing potential dates with our venue coordinator, he basically told us not to choose that weekend because of the marathon – because hotels would be more expensive. However, it seems that even on our weekend, hotels are super expensive. The cheapest discounted rate we could find for a hotel block was $265. I don’t know what it is about that time of year – holiday season? Were you able to reserve a block of rooms? If you already have your entire wedding planned, I don’t think it makes sense to move it now at four months out. Can’t your guests who live nearby use mass transit instead of drive into the city? For the out-of-towners, I think they just need to suck it up.
I get it – I feel guilty asking people to spend a lot of money on hotel rooms too. But attending a wedding isn’t ever cheap. And Manhattan is always more expensive. I’m surprised people are complaining to you. I haven’t heard any comments yet, but if I do….one thing’s for sure – I will not be moving my wedding date. Don’t stress – it’ll be fine.
Post # 4
@bobbyandjess: Marathon weekend is rough. Traffic will be very bad on Sunday, hotels will be more expensive, and it’s just crazy overall.
@shrinkgirl: $265 is a LOT to ask of your guests. I live in NYC, and I know the hotels are expensive, but you gotta look around a little more. Try the 4 Points by Sheraton hotels. I did a quick Travelocity search and found much cheaper hotels for the night of your wedding. Here are a few:
The Jane (super trendy, in SoHo): $134/night
Club Quarters Wall Street (very nice): $229/night
Courtyard by Marriot New York Herald Square: $220/night
Courtyard by Marriot Upper East Side: $228/night
Post # 5
I would pick a different weekend. Transit is IMPOSSIBLE that weekend.