(Closed) NYC wedding on a budget!!!! is this possible?!?!?

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not getting married in NYC but I live here. Can you have a reception in a restaurant? I feel like that would be cheaper than a traditional venue. Or look for locations and vendors in NJ – you’ll spend 0% on sales tax instead of 9%. That can add up really fast!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think a restaurant is a great idea because it will cover mostly everything that you need!  Also, what about theaters or museums in Brooklyn or Queens?  You may have to rent tables, etc., but perhaps the venue cost will be minimal.  As far as NJ – I’m getting married there and looked mostly at places within the state – they all charge 7% tax, not 0%.  I WISH!!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you have something during the winter, you’ll get the best deals.  I know a lot of locations slash their prices in half for january and february.  Even though it’s half the cost, it’s still pretty expensive though.  

Your best bet would probably be to have the ceremony in a church or public park and then have a reception at a restaurant that has affordable options.  The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has gorgeous grounds and I believe they allow you to have an outdoor ceremony for a reasonable price – you just can’t have seats and are at the mercy of the weather conditions.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Off-season, restaurants or other non-traditional venues, a place where you can bring your own alcohol, non-floral centerpieces/decor (this is a big one!) would you be interested in having a lunch/daytime wedding/reception? If not, a buffet will help cut down on the cost of servers. Also, sometimes it’s better if you can hire a caterer because they can work within your budget versus going to a facility where you have to pay the prices they have set for their meals.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LissaBeans:   I thought NJ sales tax was 0%???? Is it Iifferent for weddings?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Other ideas – ceremony in Central Park (I feel like I remember hearing it’s not that expensive); have a brunch instead of dinner; have a cocktail party instead of dinner; contact local universities to ask if any photo/video/music/design students are for hire for a reduced price. I know SO many talented recent arts grads who are always looking for work!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@skoiner923:  A tight budget is relative and it really depends on your style and the expectations you have for your wedding. Do you want something fancy and formal or would you be willing to have a casual celebration? Are there any specific restaurants you and your SO like? Do they have private rooms available? Or a minimum needed to close down for events? There are a lot of popular choices for that (Bubby’s, reBar, MyMoon, iCi, etc) but I’m not sure what numbers per head you’re working with. 

Is there anything you’re willing to cut? DJ vs band? Would you settle for an iPod DJ? Would you be willing to DIY decorations or buy a dress secondhand? Do you have any friends who could offer their services (photographer, musician, officiant, etc)?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Agreed on the restaurant suggestion. A wine bar or lunch joint or something could also be fun–DH and I had our reception in this very cool wine store/cafe, and it was perfect–hip and romantic at the same time. In our case, it was on a Sunday night when they were closed anyway, so they charged very little. So depending on what sort of feel you’re going for, I think some kind of sandwich shop or cafe might suit your needs well. They’re easy to cater out of since they already have a kitchen, and if they don’t usually do events like this you might be able to bring in your own alcohol and just hire a bartender through your caterer, which would save you major $$.

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@redheadem:  We are getting married in Central Park. It costs $25 for the permit for the location that you choose.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@redheadem:  Nopers, 7%.  There are some big exemptions but mostly everything is taxed.  I wish it was 0% – my wedding would be a lot cheaper 🙂

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