(Closed) Affordable NYC Wedding Venue *PLEASE HELP!*

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

$10k and even $15k for 140 people in NYC is really tough. I’d look at having it outside the city and trendy areas of Brooklyn like Williamsburg, and do a buffet-type meal at a casual restaurant in one of the boroughs or maybe NJ. Astoria Beer Garden is really cool, not expensive (at least just to go and drink), and could easily lend itself to a rustic vibe.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

robertas in brooklyn or porta in jersey city? 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I think MyMoon is somewhere around $17,000 for a Sunday or Friday, but maybe that’s still in budget for you since it includes food costs? I’m a little hard-pressed to come up with many restaurant venues that hold 140, aside from large banquet hall-type spots. There are some raw loft spaces that I think are in the $10k-$12k range in Brooklyn and LIC, but for most of those you’d also need to rent tables, chairs, etc.. Queens Farm Museum is certainly rustic, and has space rentals under $10k, but again you’d be looking at separate costs for tables, chairs, and catering.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

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msmnyc:  i’ll be honest, unless you’re willing to really sacrifice on things (like no pro photog, no DJ, etc), NYC or NYC area for 15k is impossible for 140 guests. NYC is the *single* most expensive city to get married in in the country. average weding for 125 people is 75k. we live in the city, and are doing the hudson valley, and thought we could get away with 30k for 125 – nope. it’s a 50k wedding, and we’re not splurging on things, either.

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Worker bee

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ilovesophia:  No argument on the fact that NY is the most expensive city to throw a wedding in, but I don’t think it’s fair to characterize it as impossible without huge sacrifices. A $15k budget with a large guest count certainly requires careful prioritizing and ingenuity, but you can still have an awesome wedding in that price range.

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Helper bee

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msmnyc:  I would check out the Carlyle on Madison Ave. I saw some really affordable packages online (albeit last year) and it’s so beautiful inside.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My friend was married at the housing works bookstore..see fees in link below. I could pm you a link to their wedding photos if youre interested.

The Housing Works Bookstore

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

one of my good friends got married at MyMoon and the food was horrendeous. beautiful venue, though. i know they paid around 18k for it too, which made the quality of the food even more shocking. 10k on a venue might be hard in NYC, so I’d suggest researching upscale restaurants as opposed to places that are known for their weddings. 

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Buzzing bee

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somedaygroom:  I misunderstood what OP was saying the 15k was for; I thought the 15k was the entire wedding budget, and not the venue budget. however, I DO think it’s impossible for have a wedding for 140people in NYC for 15k without major sacrifices. This is entirely different from have a nice wedding – those two are not mutually exclusive. You could have a very nicer wedding without a photographer, DJ, etc. I’m curious as to what you meam by “planning and ingenuity” as that just sounds like another name for the same thing. 

Post # 14
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Wannabee

I got quotes from all those places you mentioned, and visited Giandos (their price for an evening reception is like 10k more than afternoon) and they weren’t that nice for the exorbitant price. Check out the Douglaston Manor. I had my wedding there last year. It’s in Queens, on the border of Long Island. 100 people was 11k for food/open bar/cake/linens and service included. They don’t really advertise and my husband and I only learned about them digging through wedding forums. They did a wonderful job!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My pricing information may be a little outdated, and were for weekday events, but we hosted reasonably-priced events at the following. Again–this is just for venue rental, and not the catering:

  • 3 West Club
  • Kimberly Hotel (now, it may be called something else, I forget)
  • Manhattan Penthouse
  • Columbia University Faculty House 
  • The Water Club – I know they did major renovations since Sandy; not sure how things are now.
  • Yale Club/Harvard Club/Cornell Club–if you have affiliations with any of these schools, you can join the clubs, and dues + rental could be less than rental at another location. 

 

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