Budget, Cool, Unique Wedding Venues

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Newbee

Great list! I’d love to follow your blog (planning a NYC October wedding on a budget) but the google hint didn’t work.

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

You may want to add moran’s in chelsea. it was on my finalist list. Great value for Manhattan, terrific food and manager and has a real rustic dark look at is pretty special.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We looked at a lot of these venues too.  Almost went with the fire museum but parking would have definitely been an issue for our guests. 

Some other venues we checked out that were cool was the Flushing Town Hall and the Bayside Historical Society (which was awesome but wouldn’t book a year in advance.  It’s literally a castle and the price to rent the space is pretty reasonable considering that.)  Both in Queens.  In Brooklyn, we also checked out Water Street Restaurant and My Moon, both cool but didn’t quite fit in our budget.

What venue did you end up booking for yours?

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@messymonkey:  That is so cool!  I never saw that spot before! 

We ended up going with Pelham Bay Split Rock Golf course. I was having a hard time finding a raw space where I could fit enough people and still keep it in my budget after catering costs.  Pelham made me a great deal for a daytime wedding.  They really worked with our budget.

At first Brooklyn and Queens were the only areas I would look in, but the Bronx actually had a couple of nice venues for reasonably priced.  Tosca Marquee is a catering hall (I guess, not as ornate as some of the others in my neighborhood… like the El Carib) but has a cool rooftop you can have your wedding on and their prices were really fair.

Post # 11
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Newbee

@messymonkey:  That worked. I’m a bit shy on the internet but we’re doing one of the places on your list :).  I’d also suggest the Montauk Club in Park Slope, BK. We really liked it but ended up going in a different direction . . .

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Where were you when I was venue hunting?! This is an awesome list! I looked at a lot of similar places – Foundry, Green Building, Rebar, Bubby’s and ended up booking The Foundry.

It’s costing us an arm & leg but I’m in love with it! I do need to save on other aspects of the wedding though so will be on super-budget-mode for florists, dress shopping, catering, and DOCs. I’ve done some research and found some awesome places to shop for dresses on a low budget so let me know if anyone would like that list (going for the first time this weekend!). Also found some nice and affordable DOCs but man, catering costs are crazy in NYC!

Other venues I looked at included: The Bell House, Astor Center, Dumbo Loft (also very cheap but was too raw for us) and MyMoom restaurant (this was a close second!)

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re looking at the Coney Island museum – certainly an alternative venue, but pricing can’t be beat, they have a bar there and you can bring in any caterer you’d like! It’s certainly quirky, but i’m in love with having my wedding at a venue that our guests have never been to before.

We really liked the Picnic House in Prospect Park, however, all the caterers we spoke to were all on the much more expensive side of things ($15K and up) and the one we were hoping to get a quote from (and most likely book for the Picnic House) disappeared off the face of the earth and never got back to us. Bummer! 

 

You may want to look into the Space at 50 North 3rd in Williamsburg – I participated in a wedding event there for work (before my engagement, of course! grrr!) and I really liked the space. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too small for our list.

http://www.williamsbrides.com/

Either Bubbys or ReBar was BOOKED for all of 2013 (I cant remember which!) and Green Building was nearly there as well- can you believe that? Crazy! 

 

Planning this wedding is going to be the death of me! 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m hoping so! I was SO ready to elope, but my fiancee was just not having it!

 

I agree with you, I just don’t see the hype about “weddings” – I just want to have a fun party with my family and friends. I am not a pretty, pretty princess, I hope it’s not the best day of my life, and it is simply ONE DAY. I care much more about my relationship than a party, thank you!

 

The museum, if we book it, will be awesome. Plus, we got engaged at Coney Island and it’s very special to me as my grandparents met at Steeplechase Park and had a beautiful marriage. I’m hoping to find a cool, laid back caterer who can hook up something awesome – I really want to do “carnival food”!

 

Is the Firehouse space Fireproof, in Bushwick, or someplace else? I recently moved out of Williamsburg after being here for many years, but I still work in the neighborhood. I thought I was up to date on all the cool places! 

 

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