- 7 years ago
My fiance and I have been together for 7 years, engaged for 1. We’re both in our 30’s (me; early, him: late) and have decided to have an intimate wedding of 40 people; our close family and very close friends. Due to the small size of the wedding, I would love to have the event in NYC (we live in Westchester County, 50 minutes away from Manhattan) because it would feel like more of a destination, especially for our out of town guests. The problem: I’m having a super tough time finding a venue that a) I love, and b) that’s affordable. Ideally, I would like to keep the ceremony/cocktail hour/reception in one location, so I began looking into boutique hotels that could accommodate this arrangement (and where fiance and I could stay the night after our wedding). I FELL IN LOVE – hard – with The Bowery Hotel, but it’s completely out of my reach. The cost is $260 per head and a minimum of 60 people, plus a $5,000 fee to hold rooms (that of course, you lose if no one books). I thought I had found a way around it when I contacted their in-hotel restaurant about a private event room and lo and behold, it was doable for my budget. The catch: if I go that route, the hotel does not allow the ceremony on their property because they will not open up the terrace to under 60 people. Ugh. I then thought I had determined a way around that by maybe renting their one bedroom suite, which has a large terrace off the living area, which could accommodate a ceremony and cocktail hour. But I haven’t asked if they would allow that, which I seriously doubt anyway. The one bedroom suite rental is at least $1,000 for the evening, which I would just write off as a ceremony fee. Anyway, I have been trying to find a hotel similar to The Bowery and I’m just not feeling anything else. I would LOVE recommendations from NYC brides, either of a similar style hotel, or even a restaurant that can accommodate a ceremony (by way of a separate room, a terrace, or an outdoor space). Oh, and ready for the crazy part of it all? We want to get married this September, so I’m running out of time to figure this out.