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So . . . I thought 150 guests for a seated reception and dancing was a good number. How wrong i was. I was told its too big to be a small wedding and too small to be a big wedding in Manhattan. I feel like the skinny fat kid. I looked at 13! different venues over 2 marathon days to not love any of them. Not that price doesn’t matter but even in my dream world i thought there would be something i fell in love with and low and behold I felt blah about them all. (list below) My favorite was the Gramercy b/c of its character but it is too small and does not allow for live music. I thought the Standard, the Ace or the Gansevoort Park Ave would be perfect but again 150 for dinner with dancing is much too large. Any suggestions on a location that might work? Appreciate any and all thoughts!!! I am so lost . . .
List we looked at:
Trump Soho (felt sterile and difficult to shuffle 150 guests into elevators for 1. ceremony, 2 cocktails and 3 reception)
583 Park (no alcohol allowed)
Ritz Battery Park (sterile)
Pierre Hotel (pricey)
Metropolitan Club ($$$$$)
River Park Restaurant
Burden Kahn/Mansion (the band would have to be alone in a separate room leaving the doors open)
American museum history (their basic room, i.e. not an exhibit, felt like a highschool gym)
Gramercy Park Hotel (too small and did not allow a band)
Mandarin Oriental ($$$$$)
Bowery Hotel (next to a meth clinic)
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I know this isnt manhattan but have you consiedered looking at the foundry in LIC? http://www.thefoundry.info/
I had my heart set on that place for my wedding ( but we moved to maine)
Post # 4
I have been avoiding opening the can of worms of leaving manhattan but i think i may have to. I have heard great things about the Foundry.
Post # 5
Manhattan tends to be problematic. Here’s some choices. They may or may not fit your needs in terms of character, but some of the spaces are raw and you can hire a decorator to do what you wish. My first choice since you want NYC is the Battery Gardens, followed by Bridgewaters (probably both a bit pricey, but very, very good). See other links outside of NYC.
llise ramos at gmail dot com
Post # 6
If you’re willing to go to Brooklyn, our friends got married here:
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
One of my MOHs got had her ceremony & reception at the Yale Club- think her guest list wasn’t too far off from yours. Beautiful space.
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I’ve also been looking at venues in Manhattan over the last few months. If you’re still looking – here some that come to mind for a wedding of your size
Bryant Park Grill
Le Parker Méridien New York
Hope that helps!
Post # 11
@LitMSunshine: Hey! I noticed that you recommended City Winery as a venue. Have you been to, or hosted your own wedding there? I am considering them as my venue, but havent found reviews anywhere!! Do you know anything about them?