Post # 1
I’m in the process of planning my June 2013 wedding in NYC and have a strict budget of $10,000 (even that amount is pushing it). I am anticipating having anywhere from 75-125 people. The main must haves for me are good music and an open bar; I want to make sure people have a good time. I’m open to a cocktail reception or buffet dinner. Does anyone have personal experience or know anyone who had a wedding in NYC without it looking cheap? Would love any advice or tips anyone has!
Post # 3
@bridetobe2385: Having researched the “DIY” option (which I think is how you would need to go to do what you want to do on that budget) I would price out the following:
– renting a raw space in an outer-borough where you can have ceremony and reception
-you buy all the booze and just have appetizers for food, or even potluck where everyone brings something.
-minimal DIY decorations (ie lots of candles, inexpensive paper lanterns, not a lot of pricy flowers)
-scout craigslist for a beginner DJ or a band that needs to do gigs like weddings on the side for $
-scout craigslist for a photog student
-buy a preowned gown, or try vintage stores for a dress etc.
Im sure it can be done and Im sure people would probably even think it would be very cool to attend such a low key wedding. Good luck!
Post # 4
This is a tough one given your guestlist, but here goes:
– ceremony: a park (brooklyn bridge park is a great option) with a $25 permit fee
– reception: a restaurant in brooklyn (there are loads of them), preferably one that will allow you to do a consumption bar and a prix fixe menu
– have the wedding during the day (the restaurant will be cheaper)
– cake (post an ad for students/recent grads at the local culinary schools)
– photographer/videographer — scour craiglist or model mayhem for someone looking to build their portfolio (have your guests take pictures with their iphones using a wedding photo app). For video, try wedit (don’t know the cost, but it’s cheaper than a videographer)
– dress: sample sale, trunk shoe or RK bridal (they have dresses right now that are beautiful for $300)
— DJ — ipod
Post # 5
I think our friends got married in New York around that budget. They got married at an aquarium on Long Island (Atlantis? I can’t remember the name). It was a pretty cool venue. The food was a buffet, and the bridesmaids just wore black dresses they already owned. Re: open bar, that’s a pretty big expense. I can’t recall whether or not they had an open bar, but wine was available.
Post # 7
we went to a friends wedding that was done by Elite(b)Events for 10k with 115 guests, after seeing that wedding i hired them for my daughters wedding which also turned out fantastic. they really know how to stretch your dollar! if i didnt know better id say my friend spent good money on her wedding, but i do know better and it was unbelievable!
she had good food, good drinks, a dj a photographer (all professionals) and the place looked great with the adorable modest centerpieces Shea made for my friend!
i definitely reccommend working with them.
Post # 8
Look at: Manhattan Penthouse, Alger House, Rebar, Sunset Terrace, The Fire Museum, Attic Studios, Aurora Gallery, Smack Mellon, (loft spaces need separate caterers, prices vary greatly) & etc. Do a search on this (and that other wedding site’s) message board. There are plenty of recommended budget friendly places/ideas. And some of those very wedding-y catering halls out of Manhattan are probly especially affordable. You don’t need to pay a wedding planner. They, of course, charge plenty. If you’re flexible on the date/time (not a weekend night), you can negotiate with the venue, and most vendors, on your own. Feel free to look at my vendors on the “Share your Vendors” list. Some were VERY reasonable.
Post # 9
I had mine in NYC for 11,500 or so with 65 guests in 2011. I posted an excessively long post about it a year ago which should be easy to find.
When I was looking, JPO Concepts (who has Prince St penthouse) seemed to be able to come up with very managable budgets and could probably pull a nice event off for 10,000. They had a good liquor contact.
Astra was also a restaurant that had reasonable prices.
Alger House quoted me minumum 9600 for 75 people for a Sunday in Oct, 2011 so it will probably be a bit higher now. Prices for Rebar are on their website and 12,999 for a Sunday. They used to do a Sunday brunch wedding for 100 people for 10k, but they might have stopped doing that.
Post # 10
Ours is planned to be $5,150 (if I stay in budget). I refuse to start our marriage in debt from the wedding. We’ll be having 180-200 guests. We’re getting married at 1:30, so we are having and hors d’ouevres buffet and cake instead of a full meal. Lots of DIY for decorations to keep the costs down.
Post # 11
Mine will be under 10k. Rented a venue with a reception area downstairs. Leaning on my friends a lot. Bridesmaids will be wearing their own red dresses, whatever length and shade up to them. A friends to make my cake, another friend to do bouquets from her extensive garden. Hope to get a cheap dress (300 or so) at Davids Bridal. Early afternoon wedding, so we will be doing appetizers , cake, coffee, punch, wine (2$ buck Chuck, ftw!) and beer. Appetizers will be done by a local Mexican restaurant who will work within our price range. I’m not sure about the invites, but hoping to DIY.
Post # 12
Check this out maybe help you out … I’m like you trying to have a wedding under 10K and thats pushing it as well maybe we should start a thread for different ideas on wedding under 10K I googled Chic weddings under 10K …
Post # 13
Are either of you in NYC? If so, share your ideas with the OP. Having a $10K wedding is one thing, but she needs ideas for a 10K wedding in NYC. Which is like trying to find a cab, in the pouring rain, during rushhour – aka very difficult.
Good luck OP! This article has good ideas for a $10K NYC wedding:
Post # 14
saving this thread because I have the same issue….
I have the same budget (although I could go over I just dont reallllllly want to) the budget will not inlcude my dress or Fiance suit or our rings tho.
My guest list is 60 and open bar is a must.
Ive looked at Mables, Tuffet, and Ici. all 3 in brooklyn. Still deciding but I have plenty of time.
Post # 15
I’m planning a wedding under 10k also. Having a City Hall ceremony, then lunch with close family/older folks around noon. On Friday night day after the wedding Ill be having a reception at reBar for the yonger crowd/friends/co workers (75 people tops, dont have final count yet) I got my dress from Lovely bride under $500 and will be getting a reception dress with a budget of $200 (Still looking). I’m planning on doing my hair/makeup. My Fiance is working on getting us a photographer for free or less than $200 (friend of a friend). If that doesnt work I have a coworker thatll do it for free. Not sure about the DJ, the venue offers one but we know someone who might give us a lower price. Wedding rings will be simple white gold bands, we can always upgrade those if we want. It’s doable, however, it takes lots of research and having realistic expectations. Identify what’s more important and what are you willing to sacrifice. Be creative, 10k in NYC (not upstate or LI) is not the same as every where else.
Post # 16
Thanks to everyone for all the tips. My fiance and I were able to cut out a lot of costs by getting rid less priority items. No wedding party, no limos, no cake, no centerpieces, no honeymoon, was able to find a dress for $550 and we have friends photographing, DJing and officiating our wedding. The wedding will be taking place at a family members house but we are still planning to spend about $2000 on rentals. Now comes the most expensive cost, the caterer! Most caterers have been quoting us about $10,000 for their services. In addition to this, we still have to allocated funds for invites (which we’ll be printing ourselves) and decorations.
I can’t imagine how expensive this wedding would be if we haven’t gotten rid of so many things already. If anyone has recs on great affordable caterers, please share! A second away from eloping!