Post # 1
I have been engaged now for more than two months and have looked at almost a dozen reception locations in the New York/New Jersey area to have a reception for 225 people. My fiance and I have no choice about the size–we both have HUGE families. We are having a terrible time finding a location that would be less than $100 a head (that’s including all the hidden fees).
I’ve been to several locations where over the phone they’ve said they can work within our budget. Then once we get there and fall in love with the place, they drop a much larger figure in our laps!
I am feeling so depressed about this. Surely there must be some diamond in the rough location! All you bees out there, I really need help! I’m looking in Brooklyn, Queens, Jersey, you name it.
Thank you SO, SO much in advance for any help!
Post # 3
Have you tried the Fox Hollow in Woodbury Long Island? I had my wedding there in March (off season) and they came in just under $100 per head including all the taxes and gratuities….but I know in peak season it would not be possible. You can email me at [email protected] if you’d like more details on it!
Post # 4
i know how frustraing can be, i was looking for about a month, New york is very expensive. what about long island is less expensive and most of the places have beautiful gardens ,if you want i can give you a list of places that can work with your budget, i booked my reception at Westbury Manor and im very happy with the deal that i got.
Post # 5
If Westchester is alright try http://www.jean-jacques.com/catering_venues.htm. I did my wedding with them at the Marros in Rye location (this past May!). It looks like they have a bunch more locations now. They were fantastic to work with and they prices were very reasonable. I paid $120/person whcih included tax and tip already AND 5 hours of premium open bar. This was a saturday evening (4:30 to 10pm), sit down dinner, with a cocktail hour and a wedding cake.
There was an extra fee for the ceremony, I think it was $500 to $1000 I can’t really remember. And then $300 tip for the matre’d. But the service was fantastic and all my guests said they loved the location. Other than that no other hidden fees. You can even bring your own alcohol if you want (they will lower the cost per person if you do that, no corking fees).
The fees for each of their locations are different but just call and ask they are really nice people to work with!
Post # 6
try the Newark Club. It’s on the top floor of a building in Newark so there are some nice views. I haven’t been but I know their pricing is extremely reasonable and they can fit a party of your size.
also I’m sure you know that within that price range you need to stick to a Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday any-time wedding. Also consider getting marred in the winter, Jan – March or some places offer a price break during the summer months end of June – August. Often, a buffet is also cheaper.
Another idea is to look into church halls or VFW Halls. They should have tables and chairs so the only thing you’d need to rent are linens and place settings. You might be able to find a caterer that provides everything you’ll need.
If you’d like suggestions, feel free to PM me!
Post # 7
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for this help! I can’t wit to hunker down tonight and look into these suggestions. You guys might receive a PM from me later. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Post # 8
I would try Perona Farms in Andover, NJ. I don’t have all the information still but when I was looking last year their packages started at $90 I believe.
Unfortunately I can’t think of another place that was in the range unless you try an odd date or get married quickly. I know someone that got married at the Pleasantdale Chateau for less than half of the normal price because she planned a wedding in 4 months and got married in February. If you try January through March you probably also could get a cheaper deal.
Post # 9
Pinklau’s suggestion is a very valid one. If you call any of the major wedding places to find out if they have any last minute dates (anything within the next 5 mos probably) you might be able to score a deal. An empty room is zero profit for them so I’m sure they’d be willing to strike a deal for a date they can’t fill.
Also, another suggestion: Mayfair Farms, I think it’s in West Orange, NJ
Post # 10
How about Long Island receiption sites? I am getting married in Westbury Manor and they have a bigger room for more than 200 pp. You can talk to the manager about the price, they should be able to do it within your budget 🙂
P.S. the place is beautiful and the food is delicious. The best thing is people are super nice.
you can also try: Fox Hollow, Watermill… I have visited those place and they are beautiful too.
Hope it helps 🙂
Post # 11
Hey !! its me again
you can also check Douglaston Manor (thedouglastonmanor.com) in queens, i was there last year for a New York’s Eve party and was really nice ,or Riccardo’s Catering in astoria a friend told me its a good place but i never being there so i cant tell you much about it …..hope it helps ………………….