Hey all I am having the same debate right now so i figured I’d bump this post and see if I can get any help! If anyone has been to a wedding at either of these places I would love guest as well as bride opinions. I apologize in advance for the length of this I have been going back and forth in my head and keep talking myself into one or the other… Truly can’t decide! Here’s a comparison of what we know so far
Galapagos- definitely wins in this category… It is steps away from brooklyn bridge park and they help you set up the ceremony with wood floor for pebble beach and microphones for all And keep pedestrians away during. They charge $500 for this. But if it rains it is beautiful inside too. They invite people into the venue for a drink then take them out for the ceremony.
rebar- can still do ceremony in the park but you are on your own. Though you could spend the $500 getting someone to help you. It’s not really walking distance with heels etc so we would prob have to get the shuttle bus to bring people to the park then Rebar. If it rains it’s not an awesome setting to do the ceremony in rebar but they can do it.
galapagos- have to pay for space rental which includes all drinks. It’s not super expensive but not budget either, starts at 13500 for fully seated on a Friday night. they only do tax and service charge on 20% of this cost though which is awesome and gratuity is built in.. Still waiting to hear back from caterers on food pricing which might make or break the budget
rebar- clear winner here. Offering all inclusive dj, flowers, food including cupcakes and drinks plus gratuity and service charges for 180 pp on our date. Tax on top. they also give you 10% discount if you book within a week and 5% for paying in full whenever you book which can add up to 15%. Also give you kids under 5 free and first 10 kids over 5yrs free… not that we have many kids but it’s nice 🙂
galapagos- enough seating for 200 people, large tables for 12-14 available, which I love. still relaxed feel and can still keep seating informal if you want. Cool set up with two floors. Has custom lighting tech that works with you for your wedding to make it look awesome. at fist when I walked in I was really put off by the smell of the water.. Anyone have experience with this? And the backs of the seats looked worn and a little stained.
Rebar- not enough seats for everyone.. Might be able to work it to get about 110 seats and I have heard from friends that have been to a wedding here that they had to eat off their laps (which in nice dresses makes me uncomfortable)
rebar has cooler individual spaces, nicer bathrooms in the bridal suite that guests can use that nicer than the ones at Galapagos. They also have a theatre you can play wii games and screen movies in during the party and room for photo booth and another room with TVs and a bar.
galapagos- all the way on the third floor, probably a pain to walk up all the stairs to get something out if your bag during the wedding, currently being rennovated.
Rebar- really nice and big, on the same level as everything else, seems new or remodeled recently
galapagos- 6 hrs open bar. Well liquor but it didn’t look like junk brands (guy is sending us a list soon) can upgrade for a fee pp. Awesome beer selection. Will have a mixologist sit down with you and create your signature drinks together.
rebar- 4 hrs open bar. Premium liquor. Awesome craft beer selection. Didn’t seem to know how to make and old fashioned when we went there (important to the hubby lol) also do signature drinks but idk if they will help you invent them.
galapagos- dont know but we get to pick the caterer
rebar- amazing! They really wined and dined us and we probably had over $200 worth of food there for free they we’re so generous we felt guilty! They even brought us things to try that we didn’t order because they usually serve them at the weddings and insisted we go home with the biggest piece of cake I’ve ever seen (like 1/4 of a cake!) of course my fiancé fell in love with their Mac and cheese which I see is quite common lol.
both seem to have great staff and a hand holding approach to helping you plan everything and make it easy, my fiancé saw a mouse/rat in the lobby of rebar and a roach in the top floor of Galapagos but it is the city lol. Both have places to display pictures and put photo booths.
TL;DR: Ceremony- Galapagos, Price- rebar, Space- galapagos for seating but rebar is more fun. Bridal suite- rebar. Alcohol- tie? Galapagos gives you more time, rebar gives you better alcohol. Food- rebar, but the caterers at Galapagos could be just as awesome.
Also idk what is most important very hard to decide. Any input would be welcome!