Post # 1
My fiancée and I both live in Houston, TX, and we are getting married in Manhattan, NY. The weding is on September 16 and wehave booked a church with ease. However, I am finding it more and more difficult to find a venue for our reception in the style and price range we want! We are wanting it to be an industrial, rough space. Places that I found, loved, but couldn’t afford we’re The Foundry and the Astor Center.We would hire outside catering and would need to utilize full A/V utilities. Would like to stay under $3K for just the venue and in or around Manhattan. I don’t know if that price rangeis even possible.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
To be honest, I haven’t seen any spaces available for rent in NYC for $3k (not that I’ve seen them all, obviously, but I did do a lot of research!).
One potential option is Green Point Loft, which is a new property owned by the people who have Dumbo Loft. It’s cheaper than most other loft spaces of similar sizes, but part of the reason for that is that it’s still totally unfinished. We went to see it and it looks like it’ll be really cool (it’s not industrial, more rustic – lots of wood, exposed beams, etc), but they’re still doing work on it, and the lobby of the building is still completely undone. I’m not sure when it’ll be done, hopefully by your wedding but who knows. That one was about $4,500 to rent the space.
Post # 4
Have you looked into the brooklyn winery? I’m not sure of the pricing though–but you can use your own vendors. It’s more rustic than industrial. You might have better luck finding an affordable induatrial space in brooklyn. Are you guys open to that? I haven’t looked at all in manhattan really. I did look at the foundry also…do you recall the pricing?
Post # 5
@BirdieNY – That is what I was afraid of. I did see the Greenpoint Loft online, and the space looks nice. I just couldn’t find much more information about it. It’s on my list of possibilities.
@orchidlovee -I’ve seen a bunch of great places in and near Brooklyn. The only issue is that the wedding is in a church in the upper east side and we were thinking it be around 3:30 pm or 4 pm. Which means that when it will be done, we will have to deal with traffic and having 40-something people taking taxis can be expensive and the subway will be too hectic around that time I would assume. (Side note: thought of doing limos or have divers take us to the venue, but we would still have the traffic dilemma to deal with)
Post # 6
BK Winery is expensive! im also certain you can’t use your own caterer….
Post # 7
Yea agree on brooklyn winery! I dropped $4K with them at one point on a custom wine program where you buy a half barrel of wine and discuss how to create it with the winemaker and you would think they would give me a preferential rate, but for a rehearsal dinner they were quoting me at $200 per head (seriously?! I could take people to a REAL restaurant for a 4 or 5 course tasting with that amt!) and then said for weddings they don’t book anything under $50K. And I’m also really certain you have to use their in house services. Totally ridiculous.
The cheapest option I found was Rebar in DUMBO. Their wedding packages are really affordable and people are really nice. Mymoon in Williamsburg is also decent at $160/head for a wedding (which is still cheaper than booking someplace like the Foundry and then dropping another $20-30K on catering).
Btw, for Orchidlovee, the Foundry charges a base rate of $10,700 to rent the main space. You add another 2-3K each if you also want the Greenhouse and Courtyard space.
Post # 8
I didn’t see any place under 3k to rent for for the evening when I was looking. Rebar is closest to what you are looking for. The entire wedding could take the subway there (just FYI bus rentals are pretty expensive). You could try Housing Works bookstore.
Post # 9
@futurejohnston288: Try the Metropolitan Building in LIC
However, I would suggest actually going to the Venue. I am picky about bathrooms, surrouding areas. Pictures can be misleading. But I recall they were reasonably priced. I couldn’t tell you how much because I can’t remember.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
I don’t think you’re going to find much in Manhattan, but there are definitely options in Brooklyn and Queens. The Green Building, maybe? The surrounding area was a little too Gowanus-y for us, but the interiors are very nice.
I got a pretty high quote for Brooklyn Winery as well… about twice what I was expecting it to cost.
Post # 11
@futurejohnston288: I think Attic Studios in Long Island City might be around that… you could rent the one main room for $3500 maybe? They allow outside catering and have a lot of sound/video amenities included.
Post # 12
In terms of pricing –
Attic studios is $2250-$3500 for the main studio, depending on how many people you have. But, there are extra fees for on-site staff & security. Still, this is around what you’re looking to pay.
Others that have been mentioned are a lot more pricey. For example, we were quoted $5k-$8k for the Green Building (which I think is a really lovely space), and I think $6000 for the Metropolitan Building (or I think you can pay around $4000 if you go with their catering, which is around $150pp).
I think your best bet is rebar or my moon – they have very different looks but are lovely. But both include catering, etc, so if you’re really particular about food then they may not work for you.
Post # 13
ReBar and My Moon are both nice. I also like the Green Building. There’s also Liberty Warehouse. No idea what pricing is there, though.
To get everyone down to Brooklyn from the UES, hire one or two of those party buses. It’ll be a lot cheaper and easier than cabs for all those people.
Post # 14
Also worth looking into: The Fire Museum in Manhattan. Loft space on the top floor. Reasonably priced. Unusual and interesting setting!
Post # 15
@futurejohnston288: BK Winery is going to be way too expensive. I’m getting married at The Greenpoint Loft in October and we are paying $4K for it. I believe the price has since gone up considering we booked before the renovations were done. I would suggest 320 Studios on 37th St. on the West Side in Manhattan. It’s more of the industrial space you’re looking for. It’s MUCH smaller than the Greenpoint Loft but it’s lovely and has a great outdoor space as well. When we looked back in March it was also $4K. I can assure you that you probably won’t find a venue for less than $4K, trust me, I tried! MyMoon is quite a bit pricier than I thought it would be and from what I’ve heard when interviewing photographers, it comfortably holds far less people than they advertise. The Green Building is now going for $10K.
Post # 16
You should look into SmackMellon in Dumbo, it’s industrial and lovely.
MyMoon is affordable too
Wythe Hotel is another, but I don’t know about their pricing
BK Winery is turning into a hot wedding spot and has really increased their prices over the years, but it’s a beautiful place.
In Manhattan, check out Battery Gardens