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Hey Bees. Looking for a great venue? Let my research help you out. I’ve decided to start a blog detailing a lot of budget advice for NYC so I can help other overwhelmed brides. I’m not going to post it, because it’s probably poor form, but if you google bride from queens you can find it.
Now – here are some awesome venues for you to go check out if you’re on a budget 🙂 (Or even if you’re not, they’re effing cool)
- Astoria Beer Garden – It is SUPER CHEAP, the location is incredible, and hello?!? It’s a beer garden! How much fun is that? We decided against it though and I can’t remember why.
- Queens County Farm Museum – another solid contender. I really, really, wanted it here but they book up fast and didn’t have a date that was right for us.
- Prospect Park – Seriously, this is NYC’s best kept secret in terms of weddings. They have lots of different venue options in the park, ranging from lowkey weddings to glamorous affairs, plus it’s the park. People/kids can frolic and you have a beautiful backdrop. Once again, I was foiled by other brides snatching up the good dates.
- The Fire Museum – This was out of our budget, but it might be in yours. It’s totally cool with a great space, plus you get the museum to yourself.
- Helen Mills – Super glamorous spot. Cheapest option was 125pp which for a glamorous wedding in the heart of NYC ain’t too shabby.
- OfficeOps – InFRACKINGcredible rooftop in Brooklyn with a view that stunned me silent. However, the inside leaves a little to be desired. You have to factor in the rain possibility, even though the events person assured me it wouldn’t rain. Not sure how they knew that, but regardless – If you’re a gambling person, which my fiance and I are NOT – go here. What a fun party you’ll have!!
- Bubby’s – I didn’t check this out, but I’ve read enough glowing reviews about this place to have it get a spot on my list.
- Foundry – out of my budget, cool place
- Rebar – awesome restaurant in Brooklyn. They have really affordable wedding options and I’ve heard lots of great stuff.
- Brooklyn Lyceum – This is more of a raw, industrial space but it’s huge and pretty darn cool.
- The Old Stone House – charming venue. They, too, were booked solid so they couldn’t be an option for us.
Post # 3
Great list! I’d love to follow your blog (planning a NYC October wedding on a budget) but the google hint didn’t work.
Post # 4
Good Luck in your wedding! Do you know where you’re having it and all that jazz?
Post # 5
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 # 6
Awesome, I’ll add it. NYC budget brides need all the help they can get 🙂
Post # 7
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 # 8
Thanks for the tips! I will add them. I’m planning (weather permitting) to get married on the pier in Long Island City, then having a party at the Firehouse Space in BK. It’s normally a music venue / person’s apartment!
Where did you end up going?
Post # 9
@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 # 10
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Post # 11
@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
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!)
Post # 13
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.
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 # 14
Hey Kari – We also looked at the Coney Island Museum! I totally forgot to put it on the list. WHAT a cool venue, plus you could get awesome photos on the wonder wheel and the Cyclone 🙂 I think there’s an Italian restaurant across the street that caters that’s pretty good.
I hateed every step of planning, too, to be honest. When you’re on a budget, all the fun is taken out of it, plus I really think this whole wedding thing is a total racket! Everyone just wants money money money when all you want is a nice, fun day to celebrate meeting the love of your life!
Anyway – Your wedding is going to be fun, Kari! We will get through this and it will all be worth it. (i hope)
Post # 15
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!
Post # 16
OMG girl, where were you during all this planning? I Feel the SAME WAY.
The Firehouse Space is at 246 Frost Street in Williamsburg. http://thefirehousespace.org/ I did not, under any circumstances, want it in a hall. It’s incredibly cheap, but we are renting a lot. I still think it came our cheaper (and cooler) than if we went a traditinal route. Like you, I just wanted a fun party. I was more conerned with the marriage, and I definitely didn’t want to start out in debt over a party.
Based on what you said, the Coney Island Museum will be SO perfect for your wedding! Maybe you can also get a popcorn maker and cotton candy thing? Carnival games? I would check children’s party websites for that kind of stuff 🙂
I can’t wait to see how it looks! Good luck !!