Post # 1
My guy and I aren’t officially engaged yet but we know it’s happening soon and so we’re happy to talk about wedding ideas before then.
Yesterday I saw an ad for a New York hotel’s wedding package and suddenly the lightbulb went on…why not get married in NYC next Christmas?!
We chatted this through- we’ll probably only invite about 20 people so that it’s a really intimate affair. We’d like to get married in a Catholic chapel and then go for a lovely meal somewhere like the boathouse in Central Park afterwards.
The thought of photos by the Woolman icerink, maybe Top of The Rock and all the fun stuff we can do with our families on the days before the wedding- I’m already planning to watch ELF with my sister in our hotel room the night before the wedding lol!!
Ok, it sounds like I have this all planned out (I kninda do!) but I know it’s going to take a lot of research and planning.
Has anyone else got experience of getting married in a different city/country? what difficulties did you face? Or if there are any NYC brides, I’d appreciate any tips!
Post # 3
Oh my gosh! That all sounds amazing. 🙂
Post # 4
If you are looking for a chapel, I can suggest you check out my own Parish 🙂 Our Lady of Peace, on 62nd Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues. It is beautiful, not too big, and our pastor is from Ireland. I know a lot of churches have rules about being a member of the parish to have your wedding, but if your parish priest reaches out maybe he can help. Also, by booking far in advance, my fiance’s family got a good deal for flight and accomodations in Manhattan. So I think it can be done!
Post # 5
And KitKatNYC, thank you so much for your suggestion! We’re definitely looking for a small beautiful church- we obviously would like it to be intimate because there’s so few of us.
We had a long chat about it last night and it’s more or less been agreed- it looks like we’re coming to New York and I’m incredibly excited! Now all I have to do is actually get engaged lol!
Post # 6
You’re from Ireland ? It’sfunny cause I’m from NYC metro area and we are getting married in Ireland ! Complete opposites! Hahah. NYC Christmas time will be a great wedding adventure ! So many things to do! Just pack warm clothes 🙂 have fun planning !!!
Post # 7
@Kimmybean: No way, you’re coming over here?! Whereabouts will you be getting married? Ireland is an absolutely gorgeous country but our weather lets us down lol! I’m trying desperatly to find a Catholic church with a small side chapel because our wedding party will be so small! The hunt continues!
Post # 8
Before you commit, keep in mind that it’s REALLY cold in NYC in December, and it’s a bit worse up high, and can be quite windy. Spring in NYC is a lot milder and more comfortable. Winter is downright bone-numbing cold. If you have a specific style of dresses or such in mind, you might need to adjust that for the cold weather. The skyscrapers make something like a wind tunnel and it’s always quite a bit colder on Manhattan than elsewhere, and the wind makes it feel even colder.
You would need to apply for your marriage license at least 24 hours before the actual marriage but I would allow a bit of extra time, not only for the slower identity verification process (if you’re not in the US-based databases, it takes a bit longer) plus many government offices are lightly staffed during the winter holidays. http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4210/
I think it could be a very romantic idea though!
Post # 9
@LittleMusic: yeah! We are getting married in Tipperary co. i know i hear the weather is super iffy there! i wish i could help with locating a church for u in nyc! im sure with research youll find the perfect chapel!!!
Post # 10
@fishbone: Hello and thank you so much for your advice. I’ve been very fortunate to have been in New York over Christmas a couple of years ago so I know just what you’re talking about when you say bone numbing cold! There’s a wind there that would cut you in half! But, maybe I’m mad because I thought that real crisp coldness added to the Christmas feeling. Of course, as you said, this will have to greatly influence my choice in dress- but coming from Ireland, we know what cold feels like too and we have dresses to withstand it lol! As long as it’s dry, I’ll be a happy girl 🙂
Post # 11
@Kimmybean: The weather is iffy all over Ireland! Right now for example, it’s 8 degress centigrade with howling wind and lashing rain! I wish I was exaggerating but it’s like a November morning here!! On the plus side, despite that, there’s the most gorgeous hills, fields and a lough that surrounds us and no weather can take away from how stunning that is. Co. Tipp is beautiful, you’ll have an amazing time!