Post # 1
Fiance and I hammered out all the financial details of our planned Bubby’s reception this past weekend, contacted the wedding person to finalize and place a down payment, only to find that they had JUST updated all their pricing (an extra $30 a head!) and would not honor the original pricing they had quoted us. I am extremely disappointed, let me tell you. The price difference cannot be overcome. So we are back to the drawing board.
We are now considering not doing the traditional ceremony-cocktail hour-dinner-dancing routine, and maybe instead doing something like a morning ceremony and luncheon then renting out a bar for later in the evening, or afternoon ceremony and sort of a cocktail party at a bar/restaurant (no sit down dinner). Has anyone here done the not-quite-traditional route? Do you have any recommendations for restaurants or bars in Manhattan or Brooklyn (or even better, Brooklyn Heights or DUMBO – I am so in love with BK Bridge Park!) that could accomodate approx 120 people on a smallish budget?
I’m also a little nervous about relatives’ reactions to traveling from Central New York and not getting fed dinner. Do you have any experience with doing something non-traditional that went over well and didn’t get a lot of grumbling?
I feel so over my head right now. I knew planning a wedding wouldn’t be easy, but I didn’t imagine that we would be so sold on a location (and pricing) to be ready to commit and have it pulled at the last second. I really want the wedding to be next September or early October, and now I feel like it’s going to be difficult to get to the same place again in a timeframe that will allow places to still have those slots available to us. Any information will be MUCH appreciated!
Post # 3
@coupdefoudre: Have you checked out reBar or Water Street restaurant? They are both in the Dumbo/downtown brooklyn area. Water Street Restaurant is literally a few steps from bubby’s.
There’s also My Moon in Williamsburg. It’s Turkish cousine, but I have to see it was one of my favorite places I checked out. The atmosphere is so cool.
I’m not 100% sure of what you’re budget is, but we visited Water Street and My Moon and both places were really nice about working with you on the price. We ended up going with a place in the Bronx, but those places were really cool too.
Post # 4
I am getting married at reBar and they have so far been FANTASTIC to work with. I highly recommend them if you want to go the non-traditional route. Fiance and I went to a wedding at Bubby’s before, and we initially had a wedding like that set in our minds, but after seeing/working out pricing with reBar, we were MUCH more excited. It’s like a Bubby’s wedding, but way more unique/a bit more laid back.
Also, have you looked into Superfine? It’s supposed to be awesome – I’ve never been, but came across the name when I was searching for venues, I would definitely give them a call if I were you (they don’t seem to have a website).
I looked at Water Street, but it didn’t appeal to either of us (and it was pretty pricey, based on their quotes, and if you check them out on yelp, their reviews aren’t that great.).
I’ve also heard good really good things about Mymoon (Williamsburg), Galapagos (Dumbo), iCi (Fort Greene I think?) and Frankie’s 457 (Carroll Gardens). All beautiful spaces, not so sure about their pricing.
ETA: Forgot to mention, reBar does appetizers and dinner, but it’s not a formal sit down dinner. It’s buffet style, and they keep the food coming for as long as people are eating it, and people can eat wherever they like (there are lots of tables/seats). They also have a $10,000 Sunday brunch package that was really awesome and includes pretty much everything you can think of.
Post # 5
Thank you for the responses!
I am definitely interested in reBar, got the pricing, etc. and going to discuss with Fiance tonight. I have seen a lot on the internet about how great they are to work with, and it’s nice to get another vote of confidence.
I have actually checked out Water Street, and it didn’t grab either of us. Wayyy too dark in there!
I will look into the other venues the two of you have mentioned. Thanks!
Can anyone else out there tell me anything about guest reactions to a non-traditional wedding weekend?
Post # 6
Manhattan Penthouse offers cocktail style receptions and can fit 120 people… amt of people was def an issue I had when looking at venues in Manhattan.
Jeno is great to work with and he is soo quick to respond to questions you may have.
Post # 7
I just went to a fantastic wedding at 91 Horatio (aka The Upper Crust, in the West Village). It was a cocktail reception, with passed hors d’oeuvres. I think the bride said they physically can’t fit more than 125 people or so (and I definitely don’t think they can seat that many) but it was definitely cozy and a lot of fun.
ETA: Regarding OPs second question about guest reaction to a non-traditional wedding, I wasn’t able to answer before because I’d never been to a wedding like that, and honestly, I’ve been worried about the lack of formal/assigned seating we will be doing at reBar. After experiencing this wedding at 91 Horatio, I can honestly say it wasn’t a big deal AT ALL. Food kept coming around, so no one was hungry, and better yet, there was more of a party feel and no time was lost with the dancing (people started right away). To me, that is VERY important. Everyone was saying as they were leaving that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to. And as for the older guests, the place was kind of split into 2 rooms, so one room had a band and dancing, the other ended up kind of being the “adult/relaxing” room (reBar will have a similar, yet larger, layout, so I’m sure this will naturally happen there, too).
Ooo and regarding your traveling guests question – the bride’s family came all the way from Brazil, and there were no grumblings about the food as far as I could hear!