NYC wedding under 10k

posted 3 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Usually I recommend going with an all-inclusive venue to save money, but what you’re asking for is *really* tough. On the one hand, you could probably find a restaurant that does weddings for fairly inexpensively (and by that, I mean less than $100 pp), but they definitely couldn’t accomodate 100-150 people. On the other hand, you may be able to find a venue that could accomodate 100-150 people, but they would only be able to do heavy hors d’oeuvres for your budget. 

So, I suggest doing a lot of leg work and research, finding a space that will allow you to bring in your own food (maybe check out the Dumbo Loft or the Green Building– both in Brooklyn) and then doing a lot more leg work and research to find a *restaurant* who could cater and staff a buffet meal of that size. A caterer would definitly be preferable, but they will surely upcharge more for a wedding than a restaurant would. You can probably save money by stocking the bar yourself, too, and there are a lot of tutorials online about doing that. 



Post # 4
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Where in NYC are you thinking?  Depending on the borough costs can’t vary dramatically.  Have you thought about having the wedding outside of NYC, that can help tremendously.  Once you cross the river the price per person changes dramatically.  Have you thought about having it at a park?  Getting a permit is reasonable and then you can bring out outside caterers.  I know this sounds so weird but I was recently at a wedding in Aspen and the couple had the wedding catered by Chipotle maybe look into one of these fast casual companies?  Also, look into getting it catered by grocery store too.

Post # 6
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Virginlungs:  Brooklyn and Queens are not cheap.

Is this $10K budget for everything? Dress? Flowers? Dj/band? Etc? If so, i will tell you now, that $10K is going to all go towards the food and open bar. 

Like PP said, I would look into rental spaces and have outside food catered and just do a cocktail reception

Even if you do a restaurant, you are still going to spend at least $7-$9K and thats only the places I know the prices for 

I would siggest looking into places first ans then decide on how many people you are going to invite.

Post # 7
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Does the 10k budget cover everything from dress to dj or is that what you have budgeted for the reception?

Post # 8
1072 posts
Bumble bee
Post # 9
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

$10k in New York City IS do-able…barely. But it’s not for 100 to 150 people, at night, open bar, and full dinner. We are having our wedding for less than $10k, but that’s for a brunch reception for 40 people. And we’ll still probably go over.

You could look into going out of town and doing BBQ or something like that at a state park. I have friends who did that and spent $12k. 

For what it’s worth, the Green Building was around $4k or $5k when we looked into it. In NYC, JUST the “budget” venue is going to cost about that much. You may need to be flexible about your “must-haves,” because the wedding you describe is EASILY $20k just in venue and catering.

Post # 10
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Below are some price quotes I got last year:

Dumbo Loft: $3,000 for 10 hours, 144 people for seated dinner with dancing

Dumbo Spot: 2500 sq ft $1,500 – $2,000 depending on date, 100 people for seated dinner with dancing

W Loft: (my selection because of the roof top deck with views of manhattan skyline):$3500 – 4,000, 175 people for standing event or 75 people for seated function with space for dancing

Greenpoint Loft: $4,000 – $5,000 (probably out of your budget) can hold up to 185 for seated event


I think you should get a raw space and then cater it appropriately to meet your budget 🙂

Post # 11
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you are willing to do a weeknight, I think it can be done! Look at the catering halls in queens, and I would suggest Nassau County as well if your quests can travel.

Example – Villa Russo – click on their website under wedding promotions. They do Mon-Thurs $50pp (plus tax and tip, so let’s say $70pp) for a traditional sit down dinner with open bar and cake included.

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