Post # 1
I am looking at several loft type spaces for my wedding (The Foundry, the W Loft, Helen Mills, Gary’s Loft, the Green Building, etc) and am trying to budget out how much catering/rentals/decorating will cost in these types of venues. I am anticipating about 110 people and am still being flexible about dates based on availability, but ideally would like July, August or October 2014.
Who are you using for your catering? How much are they charging you per person and generally, what does that include? Are they giving you a good price on rentals (if you are renting through your caterer?) If you are getting ren?tals separately, how much are they running you? Have you found that caterers/rentals are willing to negotiate with you?
This would be incredibly helpful and wish you all luck with your planning!
Post # 4
I suspect this isn’t what you’re looking for, but I’m getting married at Manhattan Penthouse – which is a loft-like space that includes catering. It has beautiful views, but the ceilings are not super high. Very reasonable prices for Manhattan.
Post # 5
@MMM3: We are getting married at the Greenpoint Loft in BK and have to bring everything in. We’re using Moran’s in Chelsea for our catering, but we’re providing all the alcohol ourselves. For all the tables, chairs, flatware, china etc. we’re anticipating roughly $6K based on what our caterer found for us. In general what I found while researching, it’s incredibly difficult to find a caterer for less that $100 a head, especially if you include their bar packages. We really needed our caterer to be flexible with the staffing as well since we’re having other people do the bartending. If you get creative and reach out to your favorite restaurants, you’re more likely to get a better deal that going through a regular caterer.
Post # 6
@andieh05: Hey! I recently saw your post about hiring a separate caterer and bartending service that allows you to bring in your own alcohol. I’m looking for a similar setup! Can you let me know what vendor you’re using that allows you to do that?
Post # 7
I am getting married at the W Loft in May 2014 (on a Sunday) and am using JPO concepts for catering. My guest list is 61 adults, 3 children, and 3 children under 5 (there is no charge for food) and so far I’m spending $26,000 on the wedding (excluding attire, hair, make-up, bouquets). In terms of catering I am spending about $13,000 and it includes the rentals (tables, chairs, linens, kitchen equipment, etc), cocktail hour (6 passed hors d’oeuvres), two course meal (cake will be served as desserts and I am bringing my own late night snacks), beer and wine, soft drinks, bartender, and servants. Please note that $2,000 of the cost is for the day of coordinator so if I didn’t have that I would be spending $24,000. Also, I chose not to use JPO for flowers since it was a little pricey and instead will be using a local shop in Park Slope called Rose Garden (very reasonably priced).
I researched several caterers and JPO was by far the most economical for slightly upscale food. I also tried their food (my menu) before committing to them and the food was phenomenal. I would def. recommend using them. If you want specifics of who I used for each service PM me and I’ll provide that to you along with how much it costs.
Post # 8
@MMM3: Not sure if you are still looking for wedding venues. We are getting married at Helen Mills this coming July. They are charging $125/person, though I think their prices might have gone up to $135/per. Feel free to PM me if you have questions! I looked at a number of loft-like spaces in NYC area.
Post # 9
Thanks so much! We have totally changed course and are now doing a destination wedding but I am sure that this info is relevant for many NYC brides!
Post # 9
andieh05: Can you tell me more about your wedding and vendors? We’re considering Greenpoint Loft. Did you like it for your wedding? Any challenges? I’m trying to figure out how much more we’ll spend on vendors in this type of loft-space vs. going with a place that includes food/bars (but wouldn’t fit my vision as much). Any tips?