(Closed) HELP! NYC wedding under 50k??

posted 3 years ago in Venue
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Busy bee

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nycbee17 :  I’m from CT and moved to the Bronx for my Fiance, who was born and raised here. When we got engaged, I pushed getting married near where I’m from in the New Haven area. But before settling on that 100%, I did price out NYC venues, and it just was not doable on our budget, which was way less than 50K.

There is a place in Throggs Neck which has a back drop of the Manhattan skyline, which I think is within your budget for your crowd, but Throggs Neck is not exactly transit friendly.

Are you open to raw space venues?

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Busy bee

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nycbee17 :  Are you tied to a formal sit down? I wonder if stations and passed cocktails are a bit easier? We went to a wedding in Brooklyn just over a year ago, but it was raw space, without a formal meal. Passed apps, and a varied buffet all night. They did three cocktails, a red wine, a white wine, and prosecco. It was a blast!! And not an outlandish budget. Manhattan is hard though, as is a plated meal at 50K.

No joke, when venues cost my whole original wedding budget (which I kissed goodbye long ago lol), I told Fiance no way…It was going to be in New Haven area.

Eta…the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx is gorgeous, super convenient to transit, and the Bronx is waaay cheaper than the other boroughs. So glad to see its on your list!

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Worker bee

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nycbee17 :  is $50k your budget for the entire wedding or just ceremony/reception venue? 

As a previous poster mentioned, passed hors d’oeuvres will cut down cost in Manhattan. A friend rented out a high end restuarant for her wedding and did this and it ended up being around the $20k mark for her premium bar and, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres for ~100 guests.

I’m in the process of pricing out venues but I’m sticking to Brooklyn since I plan fundraising events in Manhattan and know how pricey Manhattan venues can get.

It may be worth contacting The Lighthouse/Pier 60 for a quote. Abigail Kirsch is the caterer and the food is phenomenal – the views are also really pretty during the day/sunset. I also think 1 Hanover Square and the NYC Fire Museum may be in your budget, though considering buying out a restuarant may be the the most budget friendly/non DIY route.

My FH was in a wedding at the Brooklyn Botonical Garden prior to us dating and said it was great and the photos look amazing. I personally also love the New York Botanical Garden (Bronx), but it isn’t particularly convienent to get to (assuming most of your out of town guest will be staying in hotels in Manhattan).

Good luck! 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Charter a Circle Line boat!  You get the whole vessel for three hours and They charge $62/pp for a full buffet with beer and wine service.  You can also add extra hours if you want, and choose your route so you’re cruising the Manhattan skyline as you get married,

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Blushing bee

Look into penthouse 808 at the ravel hotel in Long Island city. My friend got married there; is definitely within your budget!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

nycbee17 :  Yep! We got married at the Manhattan Penthouse with 80 guests for $22,000 (including everything: ceremony, dinner, cocktails, DJ, dress, tax, tips, etc…).We loved it! They were super super easy to work with and took care of even more thing than I thought. And OMG the food was SO good! We had ceremony + cocktail + plated dinner (+ dancing). It was the perfect venue for us, the place is gorgeous (30s style) and needs very little decoration. All of our guests were out of town and they were super impressed with the space and the views.

We got married in June so full wedding season. But one major factor that drove the price down for us was that we did it on Thursday night.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

I went back to my wedding venues spreadsheet and here are other venues that were “reasonably” priced when looking (and can accomodate 120-150 or more):

– Brooklyn historical society (150 if outside)
– Dumbo loft
– sunset terrace at pier 61
– old stone house in Brooklyn
– Midtown loft and terrace
– studio 450
– chelsea pier (130 max)
– picnic house prospect garden in brooklyn
– new york city fire museum
– brooklyn society for ethical culture

 

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Newbee

If you cap the guests at 125, you’ll save a decent amount of money and it won’t be as crowded.

I attended a wedding at Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers.  It had nice views and good food. 

Other good options in the mid $20,000- high $30,000 are

Shop Studios 528 W 39th Street, NY, NY

Smack Mellon Gallery , 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn

Studio 450, 450 W 31st Street, New York, NY 

India House, 1 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004      

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Newbee

 

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lantana :  We also got married at Manhattan Penthouse, and we LOVED it! The price they quote includes venue rental (with all the chairs and linens and place settings), passed appetizers during cocktail hour, sit-down 3 course dinner, dancing, and open bar.  We had a 140 person wedding on a Friday night in August (so also prime wedding season), for ~125$ a person. The only additional things we had to get were flowers, dessert (we got banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery instead of cake, which ran like $250 to feed everyone), and DJ. The entire thing, including photographer, dress, invitations, etc cost us under 30K (I printed our invitations at staples and got my dress on the clearance rack at DB for $90) – so it can be done, even in the neart of the one of the most expensive cities in the world 🙂

We are both from NYC and 90% of our family and friends live in the city, so we wanted to make it easy for everyone to come, as well as easy for us to plan. I’m a “please tell me where to show up on the day of” type of bride, as well as I had just started a new job a few weeks before our wedding, so I didn’t want to spend time or effort on a one-day party, and the staff at MP were amazing in helping me figure out how to have a low key, low stress wedding planning experience, at the end of which we got to have the wedding of our dreams. 

So the highlights – the view is stunning. It was intermittently raining on our wedding day, and the city skyline with the backdrop of a stormy sky at sunset was unbelievable. Then the rain stopped and we got to see the night view of the city from every angle. The event space itself at MP is beautiful in its simplicity. It’s very classy, very “old New York”, if that makes sense. It needs very few embellishments or decorations, and we went with simple white hydrangea arrangements to just enhance the feel. That said, the place can be decorated in any way you want, limited only by your imagination and budget (but if you don’t want to spend a lot, you dont have to and it still looks impressive). The food was also top notch, and ours was especially a tough palate to satisfy.

I am happy to share more details, if you’re interested, I just don’t want this to come off as an advertisement for the place, but I will just say that compared with what many of my girlfriends (and guy friends) went through (and PAID) for their weddings, we got an amazing deal. And, the staff at MP, and especially the manager who we worked with, Jeno, was such a kind, sweet, funny, and genuine group of people. It would have been easy for them to treat us as just another evening in a “wedding factory”,  but instead they put extra effort to make the day feel so special for us, and I will truly never forget that. 

 

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

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ieNYC :  Great description! You were much more thorough than me! We worked with Monika and she was also amazing. You said it very well: even though they are going through a lot of weddings per year they still made us feel super special.

OP, We paid $115/person I think for 80 people guaranteed with the price going down to $107 if we had 20 more guests, and down again,etc… In the end less people showed up than expected (i think 75 instead of the 80 guaranteed) and they worked with us so that we didn’t have to pay as much extra for the no shows.

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Worker bee

What about the Bronx Zoo? We’re leaning towards having ours there because it seems like a pretty cool/unique venue for a reasonable price.

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