- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2016
Its been a few months and marriage so far is lovely! Things have been busy but I have had a few PMs asking me about our venue so just wanted to throw together a kind of long winded re-cap for other budget brooklyn brides. Sorry for the giant pictures and rambling!
All in we spent about 7k ish- that includes venues, food, booze, party bus to transport guests between ceremony and reception, decor, flowers. Doesn’t include Dress (gifted), Photographer (gifted) and his suit (not gifted but since he didnt own a suit before hand (I KNOW RIGHT!?) and he has worn it to several weddings since I’m like meh, that was a life investment).
Ceremony Venue– Greek structure, prospect park.
The good- 25 $ got us the permit and space for the day. Also it’s so pretty and local and important to us personally. It was semi-covered in case of rain
The bad- it was still in a public park. DH and Brother-In-Law had to get up early the morning of and go to the park to try and make sure no one tried to steal our spot. Which was a good thing, because some lady was setting up her 1 year olds birthday party there?? NYPD had to get involved, the lady cried a lot, but in the end we had the permit and therefore kept the venue. Also, as I was trying to walk up the “aisle” (well, the hill) another bride literally walked right in front of me. She was getting her photos done in the area and just traipsed through my entrance, bridesmaids in tow. So, that was annoying, but also in hidsight kind of hilarious for all our guests.
the dress– from Schone bride in Brooklyn. Has a freakout a few days before that it didn’t fit and my seamstress rapidly took it in again. Got a lot of compliments on it, it was beautiful and actually comfortable. My Maid/Matron of Honor wore an off the rack dress froma major retailer she chose.
the flowers– did them myself. Bought it all in the floral district Saturday morning, arranged with my friends Saturday afternoon. Was both really fun and really stressful. They weren’t perfect but Overall I am glad I did it because I wouldn’t have been able to afford as many flowers from a florist.
the cake– DH made it on his tiny apartment stove. It took a ton of eggs/flour and the better part of 2 days but it tasted amazing, he’s so talented. I can’t even. Everyone loved it and was very impressed. The flowers on top are preserved roses I ordered online, and I was a bit disappointed in them and bummed he didn’t use any fresh flowers / greenery to decorate and fill it out but oh well, I am very much over it now.
The reception venue– a restaurant called Palo Santo in brooklyn. Food was pan-latin, family style. There was plenty to go around, the drinks were flowing, and everyone left full and happy, The staff was so kind and generous all night. Best part was we paid under 5k for the place for the whole night, the food, the booze. We had 52 people there and it was a little tight space wise but it was overall wonderful. I think the ideal party size for this place is more like 45, or 30 if you want a dance floor space. If you are having a small brooklyn wedding I totally recommend them! I have nothing bad to say about the place really.
Our photographer was Kari Otero and SHE IS SO GREAT. Can’t recommend her enough.
Anyway thanks to everyone on this site for keeping me sane during the process!
Phew. Back to enjoying the good part 😉