Post # 1
So I recently got engaged and now i’m in the Now what stage… I have twin newborns and I work full time so it’s a bit overwhelming to say the least to try and plan a wedding. As much as I would love a dream wedding of spending 50k or more I am realistic and I would much rather save for our sons tuition, a house, new car etc. With that, I am now in the beginning stages and have read some post on NYC budget weddings…I am asking if anyone knows how to or venues, flowers etc for someone throwing a NYC budget conscious wedding please share your ideas with me.
I am trying to bring the list from 150 to 100…I am considering using the Marriot Brooklyn Bridge (any reviews please share) for the reception and a park or church for the ceremony. That’s all that I can think of so far… Please share any ideas or advice you may have. I’m hoping to stay under 20k. The smaller the amount the better but a friend of mine got married last year and what started out 10k ended in 20k. (she did a boat and i hate boats)
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
You sound like you have your hands full! Here’s a couple of affordable vendors (in brooklyn) that I used and will fit your budget:
Florist- Dyker Heights Florist- George is a genius, slightly chaotic, but wlll work with any budget and went the extra mile for me
Frejean Salon- for hair and makeup- its in Park Slope- close to your venue and super affordable.
Bridal Styles- For veil or headpieces. Huge selection in all price ranges
I also used the wonderful Erica Lyn for photos who has been blogged about here by many bees.
hope this helps. good luck!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
A restuarant may be a great option for you – Campo on the UWS has delicious food, and they did our saturday night before the wedding dinner for $35/person (hors d’oeurves, meal and dessert) and can accommodate up to 150. Other restaurants may have similar deals.
Post # 5
Thank you for the ideas ladies… I am still looking for a venue. I like the venue at the Marriott but their buffet options don’t look so great so now we are looking into Grand Prospect Hall and Bubby’s. If you have anymore that would be great. I am thinking Campo would be a great rehersal dinner space as well as Ricardo’s Steak House.
Post # 6
I was going to say, if cost is an issue, I’m not sure either the Marriott or Grand Prospect would work. As for the latter, when I looked into the matter not too long ago, I was told I would need to guarantee numbers of guests and the price pp, with tax and everything, would really eat up quite a bit of your $20k budget.
Bubby’s is a good option; I’d check out other restaurants with large party rooms or can shut down for a few hours. If you go that route, it’ll be so much less expensive in terms of flowers and other things to make the place look nice.
I used Flowers by Richard and he was amazing and willing to work with budgets. You can also try Designs by Rose – but she tends to book quickly. Dyker Heights is an option; I never made it out there to check out but have read some positive reviews. If you have any friends that are good with flowers, consider just getting stuff on your own and buying vases and keeping it real simple.
If you don’t have time, unless you already have chosen something, think of perhaps looking for someone on Craigstlist (CL) for a person that can do your invites at a cheaper cost.
I’d also use CL for DJ or other music option you are thinking about. The best route is to find someone that has speakers and willing to play off your provided ipod collection (talking hundreds less).
You can save on dress, veil and other accessories by buying from a bride (like myself) selling new or slightly used dress; I bought a great new veil online (Occaney) for under $35 with shipping, and spent less than $10 buying amazing jewelry pieces on ebay (all with return policies if I wan’t satisfied).
That’s just a handful of ways to save. Feel free to message if I can offer anything else. Our wedding wasn’t close to $50k, though we were over $20k but I was definitely able to save in a lot of areas and certainly learned quite a bit after the fact.
Post # 7
You might want to check out http://www.budgetbridalbouquets.blogspot.com……. they did my entire wedding party flowers for under $400 i had my bouquet, 6 bridesmaids, 2 mother’s bouquets, and 10 boutonnieres. Silk/realtouch flowers. Looked great! Very budget friendly. Quick response and free quote.
Post # 8
You may have to do something DIY for food for your wedding if you want to do under $20K. When I was looking at some restaurants, most places quotes me at $150 or over, plus tax and service charge. Bubby’s wedding goes as low at $110, and that’s only for food. Beverages are extra, so you’re definitely looking at around 20K just for food. I would try to be creative! Maybe do something like hors d’oerves only or a dessert and coffee. Those can be really elegant and fun without the cost of food and service and renting.
Post # 9
I had a $10K (now $11K) budget for 100 and church ceremony in Brooklyn. Here’s some of our cost-cutting measures:
-Everything (hotel, church, reception and photos) are all in walking distance, eliminating the need for transportation.
-No flowers in the church except bouquets and boutonnieres.
-All flowers are local and in season
-Reception is in a restaurant that is looking to do more large parties and gave us a good deal ($35/head for 3 entree choices, plated hors d’ouvers, dessert and champagne toast, and chapmagne toast)
-No open bar, but we are paying (up to $xxx amount) for all beer, wine and soda for our guests, so they won’t know that it’s not open. I’ve heard from many other couples that just picking up the tab often works out cheaper.
-A dear friend (and amateur pastry chef) is baking our cupcake cake (can be made in a home oven)
-Friend/amateur photographer and we are going our own post-processing of the photos (FI and I know how to do this.)
Post # 10
We are doing 125 people at ReBar in DUMBO (Near Bubby’s) and we found Jason great to work with!
We are having a Saturday wedding during the day, for $10,000 tax and tip included!
We are so very excited, though now we need to figure out how to swing a rehearsal dinner and brunch (along with everything else– DJ, flowers, clothes, etc.) without going over our $20K budget.
I wrote this in the other budget post, but if you are considering ReBar at all I highly suggest calling and being treated to a great night out– you’ll either love it or hate it, but the food was great, and it was fun to be treated to a fabulous night out! We were sold almost as soon as we walked in!
Post # 11
I second inloveinbk‘s suggestion of reBar in DUMBO. We’re having out rehearsal dinner there and Jason is fantastic! The food is delish and they have an awesome selection of beer is outstanding!
Post # 12
here are some suggestions for venues/catering i came across when i was looking: