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I’m a newly engaged gal and we are planning on getting married in the spring of 2011.
I need lots of help keeping costs down. Some good things I’ve already omitted:
Sit down dinner (snacks and cupcakes)
Photog (friend for free/cost)
But venues is a hard one. Does anyone have any suggestions for an affordable venue that doesn’t charge per head?
Post # 3
I have seen some blogs of NYC budget brides.. they had their ceremonies in Central Park and then lunch at a nice restaurant. The pics were gorgeous!
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Oh wow! That looks great! Thanks everlong and keep em comin bees! 🙂 Thanks Thanks
Post # 6
I just looked up some places for another NYC bride, don’t know if she got the info or what, but PM me and I will be glad to share. I like to do this for fun!!! Also, if you have anything in particular that you want or don’t want let me know. I have a ton of ideas for low cost weddings!!!
Post # 7
What does your guest list look like? As for not charging per head, then you would probably want a space that you can rent and bring in your own food. What about The Foundry in LIC, Ramscale Studios, Alger House? Those are all smaller spaces though, so they might not work if you have a lot of guests. Also, New Leaf Cafe is supposed to be really good (in Fort Tryon Park). Check out NY Magazine’s wedding issue–it has tons of good venue ideas.
Post # 8
one of our friends had their wedding catered by Boston Market. They rented a church with a reception space and had their friends put the food in rented chargers and nobody could tell the difference! They served it buffet style. I don’t know if Boston Market offers a catering service. another one of my friends had a super casual picnic potluck wedding but I don’t know what your budget is like.
Post # 9
have you thought about renting an art gallery. we had a 250 person e party at Sara Meltzer Gallery in Chelsea. only cost $2K to rent out for the whole day/evening. we brought in a caterer to serve heavy appetizers and our own liquor / bartenders.
not sure on your size and if you want a full blown ceremony and sit down dinner or more of a cocktailo partyt hing…
Post # 10
The Foundry is really expensive to rent, and you have to bring everything in. I think outside + restaurant would be a good bet for you! Think about places you like, and then see if you can have a wedding there…instead of thinking about places you’ve heard of that does weddings.
Post # 11
I would look into having the ceremony in one of the public parks and then going to a restaurant. That seems to be the most affordable.
Are you interested in the outer boroughs? There is a nice place called My Moon, it’s a restaurant in Williamsburg that was pretty affordable for NYC prices. You can host the ceremony and reception there. Ici in Fort Green is also nice but I know they cannot host 100 folks. In Astoria, there’s Cavo.
I am a Brooklynite so I only know places there really. But in Manhattan, I looked into Alger House and Desmond Tutu Center. Again, for NYC prices, not too bad.
Post # 12
Restaurants instead of traditional reception sites are the way to go! However it is a challenge to find a restaurant in NYC that holds 100 people. We did and are having it in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are providing set up, take down, linens, and service at no extra cost. A few keys to our price negotiation (they threw in a lot for free/discounted rates) were two things: we have guaranteed a minimum number and then we simply asked if they could give us a deal . . . And they did — it was about $10 per head less than the deal I was hoping for.
Post # 13
Wow!!! You Bees are AWESOME!!! I’m so much more optimistic now.
I really want it to be beautiful and affordable.
I’m very open to Brooklyn, especially the williamsburg/greenpoint/bushwick area since both of us have lived there before.
Post # 14
What about bubby’s? I feel like I’ve heard that that’s a fairly budget friendly option (don’t have person experience so don’t know for sure).
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Yesterday, I visited the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. It was so charming and if we decide to have our cereomny in Brooklyn next year here, BSEC is now a front runner.
You can also see the Picnic House at Prospect park (which is few blocks from BSEC)