Post # 1
Fiancee & I have been engaged for about 2.5 years and haven’t done much in the wedding planning process. Looking to start soon! Trying to keep a tight budget, as our guest list currently is around 200 people (I frequently revisit this guest list and try chopping it down a bit, but what can I say, we have lots of family). Currently, the only cost I’m concerned about is the venue. Most venues I’ve seen are typically around $100/pp and doing that math… is scary lol.
I’m open to other unconventional venues that can hold a large group of people… Not opposed to parks, pavilions and the like, as long as they are covered spaces! I’m terrified of the unpredictable NY weather wreaking havoc on our wedding day. Indoors is preferable. I have seen some spaces that have a rental fee that are beautiful, but $5000 rental fee plus catering still blows our budget. Also willing to travel about an hour away in any direction. Please help?! I’d really hate to give up hope and adjust the budget if I don’t have to. Thank you!!
Post # 2
Are you willing to travel? I know that the further north you go, like around White Plains, things get a lot cheaper.
Post # 3
@megm1099 Yes, White Plains is about 10 minutes from me. I’ve searched high and low in this area! Did you have any luck around here?
Post # 4
It might be hard with both your budget and guest size. I think the average cost per person around the tristate area is closer to $150-200pp, especially on the weekends. And it’ll probably be a really tight squeeze for 200 people to fit underneath a public park pavillion if it rains. We also looked into municipal parks but like you say some have surprisingly hefty rental fees.
I think the most basic menu at Architect’s Golf club is a bit less than $100pp.
Whitby and Lyndhurst are two that are close to you- and pretty!- but I doubt they are less than $100pp.
The only other suggestion I can think of is renting a church or school gym?
Post # 5
I’m getting married at Whitby! Using an outside caterer, so I don’t know their usual prices off the top of my head, but definitely out of OP’s budget.
OP, I don’t think you can do a 200-person wedding in NYC on that budget. I looked at places that cheap and they hold 100 or 150 MAX. Also many of them don’t have kitchens, tables, chairs, etc. due to their small size. It’s awfully hard to have a reception for even 50 people without a kitchen.
That said, if you think you can bear to cut the guest list, I recommend you check out a few places:
— the Manny Cantor Center on the Lower East Side (very nice room but you would have to rent literally everything externally)
— Pelham Split Rock Golf Course (you can get more space if you do a summer wedding, but they allow the public on the grounds during events)
— CV Rich Mansion in White Plains (bigger but I don’t know much about their in-house fees)
Post # 6
@piebiee thanks for your reply! Whitby’s beautiful and I think they have a reasonable brunch that I’ll look into. Also considering renting a church, just trying to part with the aesthetic I had in mind is hard!
@thunderbee thank you for your reply – I’m not looking for IN nyc, I’m open to the tristate area. Actually would prefer not nyc, although I live closeby, I hate the traffic lol. thanks for your suggestions! I’ll definitely keep those in mind.
Post # 7
@thunderbee Whitby looks soo pretty; it was on our list! Hope you have a great wedding and that covid craziness dies down by that time, and I also hope your sister wears your colors haha 😉
@raqrac92 Yeah totally feel you- parting with the aesthetic is so hard so that’s why we ended up not sticking to a tighter budget lol. Hope you find a great place and everything works out! 🙂