(Closed) NYC Wedding – PLEASE HELP!!

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 4
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

In terms of budget, I would go to http://www.theknot.com . They are really spot on, or you could go to Wedding Solutions, something like that. It will give you a budget and a budget items list, and just adjust it as you see fit.

Good luck!

Post # 5
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Try Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO.  Not only will it knock your socks off, but it’s fairly cheap to rent.  They provide tables, chairs, linens, bar, etc…as the owner told us “Everything but the food”.  You send in your preferred caterer and they work with the Galapagos staff.

Robert, the owner, is awesome.  I highly suggest you check it out.  We loved it but my mom hated it, so….yeah didn’t work out for us.

Post # 6
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Not sure what your style is, but we are getting married and having the reception at 91 Horatio St., which is a raw event space for the Upper Crust catering company in the West Village.  Jim is great and works wonders with budgets and Dan is a genius with creating the “look” of your day, making it unique.  That was a big selling point us, our wedding will never look like anyone else’s!

Post # 7
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would check out New York Magazine’s Weddings…  you can get it online.  A lot of the venues are price on request, but others have specific prices, and there looks like there are some affordable options.

Post # 8
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check out the Montauk Club in Park Slope.  I looked there, it was pretty reasonable for NYC standards (but still over our 10k budget)!  Also, the boat house in Prospect Park may be workable. 

Post # 9
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Try Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn. I’m getting married at the sister location in the Bronx. I’m getting valet service, full premium bar, cocktail reception (with 4 passed hors devoures and 3 carving stations), and a 4 course dinner for the reception. The prices are reasonable and the food is delish. I also get a wedding attendant.

Post # 10
216 posts
Helper bee

The Queen’s Botanical Gardens has beautiful weddings!

Post # 12
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Any of the Lessing’s owned places are amazing- they definitely work with brides on a budget!! I myself, am getting married at the Smithtown Landing.. I recommend trying Lessings 🙂

Post # 13
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ooo… yeah the Lessings are good too.  My mom worked at a school with their daughter and said they are great people personally.  Also, my Boyfriend or Best Friend loves their restaurant in Babylon, the Post Office….

Post # 14
13 posts



I would recommend as a wedding planner:

Marriot Islandia, lond island

chateau Briand, Garden city, Long Island

Garden City hotel, Long Island

Dumbo loft , Brooklyn

Post # 15
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did a LOT of research for places in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan that were under $150/person. I was looking for a max of 100 people, but many of the places I looked at could accomodate more. A general rule of thumb is that venue and food/beverage will take up about 50-60% of your budget. I would definitely go online and find a wedding budget tool, because many of them will calculate the breakdown for you once you put in your total budget.

Keep in mind a few things:

1) October/November – March is “low season”, so you’ll get much better deals. If you’re willing to do a winter wedding, your pocketbook will thank you.

2) Friday/Sunday evenings or Saturday/Sunday daytime weddings are also less expensive than Saturday evening.

3) If you exceed a minimum number by enough people (say the minimum for a given venue is 150 but you can guarantee 175), many places with all-inclusive type packages are often willing to come down on the price a little or throw in freebies. Don’t be afraid to negotiate!

My browser crashed after I spent over an hour typing up my venue research/recommendations for this thread, so PM (or anyone else who is interested) if you’d like and I’d be more than happy to send you a list of places I looked at, priciing and mho of pros and cons for each. I basically created an excel spreadsheet to document them all so it’s pretty easy to pass on. I plan on posting it on the venue thread at some point as well but haven’t gotten around to it. It took a lot of digging, but I found some really cool places that I’m truly bummed that didn’t work out for me!

However, I will plug a woman I contacted by happenstance. In my online venue search, I stumbled across Kool Events, and I’d totally recommend getting in touch w/Amy Kool, the owner (www.nycweddingplanning.com). Somehow she’s managed to negotiate a deal with the venues she works with so they pay her, not you, to do what she does – so she basically finds venues for pple for free. ANd if you book a venue through her, she’ll take on your wedding planning for as much or as little as you need her (she knows many many many vendors). Many are unique places and some are more well known. But basically she’ll call you and get to know you and find out what you’re looking for, and then follow up with a proposal of 5-10 venues, what they cost and if they are available when you want then (she’ll even have some venues hold dates for you if she is able to do that). I only wish she could have found something that fit my needs, or that I had found another venue in the city so I could have paid her to be my wedding planner! She’s a gem though. If you’re not in a hurry, she’s a good resource to try out first – that way you’ll start to get a sense of what you’ll be able to get for your $$ and where. Granted, maybe 2 out of the 10 places she recommended I had found on my own, but she was definitely able to negotiate a slightly better cost, or she recommended a vendor that would work with my budget. She is also from Westchester and has some great connections up there so if you’re willing to go up there, ask her for recommendations for that area too. It sounds too good to be true but it isn’t! I’m actually trying to meet her anyways because she still seems very willing to help me out anyway!

Post # 16
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used Kook Events – its is great!  I didn’t think it was real becuase you get nothing for free in NYC..but it was….they negotiated my per person price down by $100 and they are giving me a free planner for 3 hours the day of!

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