HELP! NYC wedding under 50k??

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My friend got married at The Foundry. It’s not in Manhattan, but very close. No idea how much they paid, but the wedding venue was stunning. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

Idk about New York venues but Friday is much better than Sunday. You’ll get a better party and people can fly in Friday vs. having to leave early on Sunday. Always easier to take a Friday off than a Monday, at least in my line of work. 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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nycbee17 :  Soooo glad im not in NYC (we’re in Buffalo) or we would have HAD to elope! 

FWIW:What kind of wedding do you picture for yourselves?

If I went to a wedding in NYC, I would be totally down for NYC Pizza or fresh bagels for a brunch, etc., instead of a meal like you can get everywhere else. If your “theme” (so to speak) is Manhattan, own it! 

I think Central Park rents out areas for weddings, btw. Then maybe go to a restaurant? All depends on what style you’re looking for.

Post # 19
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Busy bee

Hi Bee – 

 

We’re having our wedding at the Garden Terrace room at NYBG for $75k for 200 guests so I think your goal is totally doable. Here’s our breakdown:

– $43k for food and drinks ($175 PP + 23% tax * 200 guests)

– $6k venue fees ($4k reception + $2k ceremony)

– $10k band (you could easily save like $8k here by getting a DJ)

– $3.8k photographer

– $1.6k busses to take everyone to and from our manhattan hotels

– $1.4k DOC

– $6.5k Florist

– $2k invitations and paper (estimated)

– $2k dress

Then we are having a friend officiate. We are considering DIYing some more flower and decor items to save on the florist fee – $6.5k was the cheapest I found. 

But, basically, if you had a DJ and fewer guests, I think it’s totally doable! Plus your guest list is smaller so you’ll need fewer centerpieces (savings on flowers). Hope this helps!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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nycbee17 :  I had similar guest list and budget. The place we used ended up closing after, but some places we considered heavily that aren’t on your list were the Yale club and central park boathouse

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Oh one more- battery gardens! We went to a wedding there and it was lovely. Great food and when we checked out prices super reasonable 

Post # 23
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Busy bee

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nycbee17 :  Yeah no problem – I just used bus.com and got 2 school busses. i am *obsessed* with the venue so far, everyone is so easy to work with and I feel totally confident my wedding will be gorgeous and run really smoothly

Post # 24
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Busy bee

Also, I really relate to the feeling of feeling like you have a really healthy budget and then being just….wrong. Like the idea that I may have to be hot glueing fake flowers to a mason jar for my $75k wedding is crazy to me! 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We looked at basically every venue you mentioned and got married at India House/1 Hanover. 

If you are looking for modern and Nyc skyline it’s not the right place BUT if you like a place with a ton of NYC history and amazing food I totally recommend it. 

We loved our wedding there! 

Post # 26
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Worker bee

I’m telling you! Checkout penthouse 808 at the ravel hotel; it’s stunning, food wasn’t fantastic, and definitely within budget!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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nycbee17 :  if you have any questions about it, feel free to dm me! Or other vendor reqs!

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

I know you want to get married in Manhattan but if you’re more into the Manhattan skyline, you could try having it here in Jersey. Edgewater, Weehawkin, Hoboken, etc. are all super close to the city and boast stunning views!

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