As a girl, my dream was to get married on Heart Island, located in Thousand Island — The American Taj Mahal (well sort-of, you can read the story here). However, after a careful look at their website, it doesn’t sound realistic. To start, although the cost doesn’t sound too horrific:
Q: What is the cost of a wedding on Heart Island?
A: There is a $200.00 site reservation fee (paid upon reservation) plus the cost of admittance for your guests; $8.50 for adults, $6.00 for children 6-12, 5 and under are free (paid upon visit) however, any wedding reservations made for a Saturday falling between June 14th and September 6th 2014 must include a minimum purchase of fifty (50) non-refundable admission tickets. This advanced purchase will be applied to your guests visit on that day. If you only use a portion of the 50 the remaining tickets will be issued to you as they can be used anytime within two years of the issue date. Additional tickets may be purchased on the day of your ceremony as well, if needed. This process has been made necessary due to a large number of recurring cancelations resulting in empty primetime wedding dates on these Saturdays. In addition, these cancelations prevent couples who earnestly want to hold a wedding ceremony at historic Boldt Castle from doing so.
It should be noted that weddings can take place any day of the week at Boldt Castle for any dates other than the aforementioned Saturdays, the minimum purchase of fifty (50) tickets will not be applied.
$625 doesn’t sound that bad, however, when you factor:
- Time: Your wedding party is only allowed to be 1.5 hrs long
- Reception: Everyone has to get off the island for the actual party and go somewhere else
- Travel: You have to get EVERYONE (all 50 of your party) to the island…never mind the fact that Thousand Island is kind of a remote place.
It just seems too much work. Oh well. Maybe it’s better suited for someone else.