(Closed) Help planning very small reception in NYC, or outside the city

posted 9 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Not sure of your budget, but you might want to consider the Downtown Brooklyn area. It’s easily accessible from Manhattan, and offers some lovely views of the Manhattan Skyline. There’s a restaurant called Five Front in Dumbo, which has a lovely garden and back room. I think they do private dining events, so you may want to look there. As for hotels, the Marriott in Downtown Brooklyn is fairly close by also. There’s also the NU Hotel that’s in the same area, which is a bit more modern, but accessible as well. The great thing about this area is that it’s a short walk to the promenades in Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge itself, and for visitors outside the area, these offer some of the most spectactular views of lower Manhattan. And if they are up for a stroll, they can walk across the bridge and into City Hall where you will get your marriage license. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m not too sure about hotels since I didn’t get married in NYC, so unfortuately, I can’t be of much help with that one.

As for reception space, define "reasonably priced". And what kind of food you might be looking for. Many restaurants have a private room, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding just the right spot – I’d suggest yelp or citysearch as a place to start that search if you want to cast your net wide.

As for photographers, I did a bridal session with the wonderful Chelo Keys ( http://www.chelophoto.com/) and I don’t think her prices would venture into the $4000 range for what you’re asking for – you’re going to have to contact photographers directly to see what kind of quotes they’d give you for 2 day limited coverage since what you’re asking for isn’t the typical all day deal. And on the video issue, I have never seen a photographer that also offered videography services but they might be out there – it has been my experience that most wedding photographers are primarily one man (or woman) operations.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

durbsbride, I meant to include this on my first post and forgot – check the forum on IndieBride for suggestions – there’s a HUGE NYC community on there (at least there was when I was wedding planning 6-9 months ago) and they’re all really helpful.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Its pricey but I would have LOVED to have our reception at Blue Hill at Stone Barns outside the city.  Their capacity was something like 50-60 so it was wayy below our size but the setting is amazing and the food spectacular!  I actually considered doing a much smaller wedding just to be able to use this venue 🙂

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

What about Bubby’s in Brooklyn?? A lot of people seem to be having weddings there lately. http://www.bubbys.com

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My wife and I got married about 4 years ago in East Hampton, on the water at a pretty fancy restaurant called The East Hampton Point.  It was an afternoon wedding, the date was out of season, one week prior to memorial day.  Cost for 60 guests was about 10K.  We have found that you can get a bargain if you are willing to settle for a date/time that is not in demand.  With the current recession restaurant are hurting too…  Good luck.
 

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