Post # 1
HELP! I come from a very big family so there’s no way to avoid a big wedding/reception. I am looking for help with finding a reception site (ceremony will be in a Catholic Church) for Saturday, October 6, 2012 although I could do the Sunday, or the Friday. My fiance and I are currently out of town (in DC) but we are moving in August (but that’s too late to start looking for my taste). Keeping in mind that my mother will be making the wedding cake and a plethora of other cakes/desserts, I ave two questions…
First, I understand that finding a reception site in or immediately around NYC is nearly impossible for under $100pp, but does anyone know anywhere within 1.5 hours of the city that could possibly be below $80pp?
Second, I have an uncle that is willing to cater the event, so does anyone know anywhere that would be a good location to rent where outside caterig is allowed for 250-300 people at under $10,000? I would like this to include chair and table rentals.
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
Two words: Public. Park.
Seriously. Just rent a tent & set it up in Central Park or whatever (you may have to pay a small fee, but you might also be able to do it for free!), whip up some picnic blankets and rent a few chairs/picnic tables, and you’re set!
ETA: I think there’s a wedding on The Knot that was in NYC in a park for under $10K.
Post # 4
@Jenniphyr Hahaaha. No. That won’t be allowed in New York. The most she could do is maybe a standing up ceremony in Central Park, and yes, she would have to pay to get a permit.
To the original poster, I am sighing about recommending this site but I think it might be helpful for you liweddings.com? Long Island will have those big reception halls that can handle your big party and possibly for under $80 a head.
Is your uncle a registered business? It’s difficult to do catering without insurance, etc.
Post # 5
@NoPants: Direct transportation up to the Hudson Valley via metro north or NJ Transit will give you caterers in that range. By car 1.5 hours. Train anywhere btween 1-3 hours.
Post # 6
Check out the Long Island & NJ boards to find a banquet hall and you will have more leverage to negotiate a lower per person since you have such large numbers. I’ve heard good things about Jericho Terrace and The Coral House both in Long Island.
Post # 7
Try Douglaston Manor, its on a golf course in Eastern Queens. The space is really pretty and I think they can accommodate big numbers.
Post # 8
Dyker Heights golf course in Brooklyn was pretty reasonable. Really nice ball room venue close to the city