It's been great to read all the info on this site about New York, it's really helpful for prospective travelers like myself. I just have a couple of queries/questions and would love to hear any advice anyone can give.
My fiancé and I first traveled to New York City (from the UK) in December 2010 for my 30th birthday. We fell in love with it so much we've decided to get married there on New Year's Day 2014.
We will be getting married in the Ladies' Pavilion in Central Park by Rev Alison. We have parents and friends coming with us, 11 of us in total, so not a large party. We have a reasonable budget (certainly not looking to do anything on a shoestring), we're hoping to book at the River Cafe for dinner in the evening and are waiting to see if it will re-open in time.
We understand it will be cold as when we visited before there had been a freak snowstorm of 20 inches overnight and it was so very cold, we're well prepared for this!
Basically, our main questions are:
1. Does anyone have any clarification about whether we need an extended marriage license or not? We've read mixed comments on this. It would be good to hear some comments from people from the UK who have been married in NY recently. This is more a query based on time really as we fly home the day after we get married.
2. We get married at 1pm and we intend to do some photography straight after (luckily one of our guests is a photographer), some with family and then go off on our own to do some around Manhattan for a couple of hours. Can anyone recommend somewhere we can take our guests while we go off? Our hotel is Morgans in midtown and most of our guests are staying in that area. We considered the Boathouse, would I need to make a reservation or do they have an informal lounge where guests can order snacks and drinks as they wish? Any other suggestions are welcome as there will be some hours to fill before dinner.
3. We loved River Cafe when we went for my birthday but if we can't get in can anyone suggest something similar? Something in the same price range and style as River Cafe.
4. We didn't stay to see the New Year in on our last trip so I have no idea what to expect on New Year's Eve in New York. Any suggestions on what to do on New Year's Eve would be great too. A bar with snacks/food, drinks and music would be what we're looking for, something within 30 mins walking distance from our hotel, budget flexible and happy to book something in advance.
We are sorted for photography, hair and make-up, flowers and have a recommendation for a limo company for on the day, we're going to get the permit for the Ladies Pavilion as soon as it becomes available to do so online and we will be doing our marriage license application online ahead of time but if anyone has any other advice, something we've not thought of I'd love to hear it.