(Closed) NYC Venue costs OMG WTF

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 31
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205 posts
Helper bee

There are DEFINITELY venues that cost less than Lynhurst castle.

Bear Mountain has the Merry-Go-Round Pavilion which is great for smaller weddings like yours and the lake has lovely places for photographs. That building is buffet only at around $110 per person, but they have other buildings that can host full service dining. http://www.visitbearmountain.com/files/603/BMI_Wedding_Packages_2013-2014.pdf

Arrow Park is lovely and reasonably priced, I don’t recall the exact price but it was well below $200 pp. http://www.arrowparkny.com/

Feast at Round Hill is great, and I think was around $150 pp total (gratuity included). http://feastcaterers.com/

My own venue in Beacon costs $2250 for 3 day access, and I am using a local BBQ place for my catering which is only $25 pp BUT I need to do my own rentals and hire servers. We are also providing the alcohol. Our cost will end up totaling less than $25,000 but it’s a pretty simple wedding.  

 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  Christina1015.
Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Liberty House

limoncellonyc:  My experience has been that it usually ends up being more expensive if you take a space and add vendors (catering, etc.), than if you just went with an all inclusive place, since each additional layer will have a built in mark up. 

Since you’re looking in the Hudson Valley area, did you check out The Grandview? We were considering it for our own wedding. They quoted us $115pp, and it’s got a gorgeous tented reception area. Other affordable options were Snug Harbor (the botanical garden in Staten Island), which was $120pp, Giando on the Water (Williamsburg with an AMAZING view of Manhattan…seriously one of the best views I’ve ever seen) at $115pp,  and Water’s Edge restaurant in Long Island City at $125.

Don’t lose hope! Trust me there are affordable options, even closer to the city. Good luck!

Post # 34
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636 posts
Busy bee

limoncellonyc:  You need to look for places that do NOT have an exorbitant ‘event fee’. Any place that has an event fee and THEN you have to get catering on top of it will be out of your budget.

You are getting really frustrated because you aren’t doing enough research on the prices BEFORE you go look at places. I’m sorry to be blunt, but this isn’t ‘happening to you’, you’re doing it to yourself! Stop looking at spaces that you should already know are going to be out of your price range. Of course they are beautiful, but they are most assuredly not the only thing that exists in NYC.

For instance, you could have researched the Green Building, and already known that it had stupid-high fees: http://www.womangettingmarried.com/green-building/

You’ll make things a lot easier for yourself if you can switch your focus to more reasonable priced venues before you make the time to go visit them.

Post # 35
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36 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Liberty House

Sephiroth has a good point about doing research beforehand. I never wasted time by visiting venues that were clearly out of my price point. Most venues in NYC are pretty open about their pricing (unlike the ones in Long Island), so most of the time if you just email asking what their pricing is for 80 ppl in (insert month) on (insert day of the week), they will email back with their price breakdown.

Alternatively, check out http://www.wedding-spot.com/. They have a pretty good summary of approximate rates, capacity, minimums, etc. for a lot of venues.

Post # 36
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Worker bee

limoncellonyc:  What kind of catering are you looking at? I would suggest NOT looking for “wedding catering” or even “event catering.” Those tend to be so expensive! See if you can get catering from a less conventional source, like an ethnic restaurant, a deli, or simiar places that most people don’t associate with “wedding food.” I’m planning a wedding in Los Angeles, which isn’t cheap, either, but we are using a low-key BBQ place for catering at only about $15 per person. The food will be good and plentiful. It’s definitely a more casual option than many would want, but there are other options. $200/head for catering is ridiculous.

Edit: Of course, that all depends on you choosing a venue that allows you to use any caterer you want and doesn’t charge you extra for it. There were lots of lovely venues in SoCal that I didn’t look twice at because they make you use their in-house catering and it was way over our budget.

Best of luck to you!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  ElvenHoney.
Post # 39
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10 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

If you only have 80 people, check out the Miller Beach Surf Club on LI. It’s on the north shore, right on the water, and extremely reasonable prices. I’m not sure what style you are going for, but it’s pretty low key, really pretty views, and the owner is awesome. We met with him a few weekends ago and are really sad that the place is too small for us.

Also, I agree with @elvenhoney. We were originally hoping to have a DIY wedding, but between site fee, catering, and rentals, the costs are just going to be too much. Places that provide on-site catering seem to be much more reasonable.

There are also a few museums on LI that do weddings- I don’t know how prices are though, we weren’t really consiering them.

Post # 41
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534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Have you considered having your wedding on a weekday/Friday/Sunday? We are having ours on a weekday which is going to save us thousands of dollars. 

just a thought. 

Post # 43
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205 posts
Helper bee

No, I’ve never been to a wedding there but I have taken my neice there a few times. The building is amazing! It isn’t super far by car but if you have city guests then the east side of the river is better as you have the train.

Post # 44
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823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

limoncellonyc:  fall, hey? what about Maine or VT? that way you could get prices for places outside the city, and your guests could enjoy the gorgeous fall colors

Post # 45
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1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

limoncellonyc:  I don’t know anything about the venues in your area but I think you could cut down your list of other things and save.  Do you really need live ceremony music (many weddings I’ve been to just have the DJ play at the ceremony)?  And do you really need a DOC, programs, or favors?  They’re things that are nice to have but not necessary. Especially programs which many leave behind or favors. You could cut $5K right there. 

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