(Closed) NYC Wedding Venues: Info for Brides Looking

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This is a great thread! I”ll add on with some places that I looked at as well 🙂 I was looking for a Friday or Saturday night in September or October:

Tribeca Rooftop: GORGEOUS space, very large, and if it’s nice weather and within warmer months, you can have the ceremony on the rooftop, which is lovely, and then guests move downstairs to the cocktail hour, and then to a different part of the room for the reception. They include a TON–I believe sushi bar and martini bar is included, cake is included, and the space itself is gorgeous but not overwhelming, which makes it easy to add just a few touches of decor. It is expensive though–$190 per person for a Friday night (and I think the minimum is 165, although I could be wrong) and I believe it was $225 for a Saturday night (with a minimum of 200, I think). So very expensive BUT–you get a WHOLE lot that’s included in that price, which at another place you might have to upgrade for.

Central Park Boathouse: (warning, I’m getting married here so might be a bit biased Smile). Gorgeous location–middle of Central Park, doesn’t get much better! $165 per person for Friday or Saturday, minimum of 125 for a Friday and 165 for a Saturday. Four course dinner and passed hor d’s are included, cake is NOT included. There is a $650 fee to have the ceremony there as well. Very garden-y feel, kind of old NY feeling as well. One of the bummers is that the restaurant is in operation during the wedding, even though the wedding room is separate and you can’t really hear the restaurant. The wedding room has an English Garden attached to it and it abutts the lake; if you go out on the deck by the lake, you can see the restaurant diners/be seen by them. Also, the rocks/park areas on the other side of the Boathose and in the back are open to the public, so you could potentially have people chilling on the rocks around the lake, looking at you. The room is pretty huge, and has lovely french doors/huge floor to ceiling windows. It does get dark at night, and there’s a lot of dark wood in the decor. Food–we haven’t had our tasting yet, but based on the restaurant food, it’s good but not out of this world. People go here for the location/ambiance, not the food.

Bryant Park Grill: has three areas, the outdoor rooftop, the garden area, and the restaurant. The rooftop would have been where we had our ceremony and, weather permitting, we could have had cocktail hour in the garden. 3 course dinner included, and a bridal suite at the bryant park hotel. We did not like that the garden area was SO open to the public–like there could be random people leaning on the wall of the garden, looking over (it’s a very low wall). I also didn’t love the indoor restaurant, where the reception would have been. It has booths along the wall that would have stayed there, which I thought a bit strange, and the acoustics didn’t seem to be great. I didn’t like the decor ( seemed a bit 80’s/Art Deco (but not in a good way)). We also had dinner there when we went for a tour and I was not impressed with the food at all. Minimum of 100 and max of 160, $175 for Fri/Sat wedding, $160 for Sunday. Then a ceremony fee and bar fee of $900 combined.

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Newbee

Hi,

 

I would recommend to brides as a wedding planner:

Brooklyn:

– Brooklyn Bridge Park for ceremonies

– Dumbo Loft

-Rebar restaurant

 

Queens:

– Douglaston Manor

– Dante’s

 

Long Island:

– Coyote Grill

– Chateau Briand

-Jericho Terrace

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Has anyone gotten a quote on Remi?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@heather25: no, sorry, we didn’t look there–it’s a restaurant right? I would check indiebride.com’s forum (it’s called kvetch), I  feel like I’ve seen that name pop up there before

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hilsy85: can i ask how early you had to book the boathouse for sept/oct 2010? i’m looking at possibly that time in 2011 and wasn’t sure if i’d be locked out of the boathouse because i’m sure it fills up fast.

 

@lauren810c: excellent idea!  thanks for sharing girls, this is SO helpful (it is so hard to find pricing anywhere on ny venues)!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@hilsy85: Yeh its a restaurant on 53rd.  Beautiful atrium.  I will check out Indie and report back if I find anything!  TKS.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@esqbee: I went to tour the boathouse in early August and put a “soft hold” on our date. We didn’t put down our deposit and sign the contract til early Sept, and he didn’t mention anything about anyone asking after our date. However, we did do a Friday, which might have been less popular than a Saturday. I will say that I started touring venues really early–like 15 months out–just because I wanted to pick a place and have a date solidified.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I highly recommend Guastavino’s!  We had a great experience with the venue and all of their staff.   Prices vary by season, they include service in their quote unlike most venues so make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Range for 200 guests was $195 to $235 for a Sat night.  No ceremony fee.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Thanks Hilsy!  That is super helpful, as i really can’t put a deposit down until i’ve settled on a budget but it is our top choice and i was worried we’d be closed out already for much of the season.  We have a decent number of out of towners, so we’re hoping to avoid a friday night, but we’ll see.  I’m hoping it’ll help us that we are not ‘married’ to any particular date, just looking to get married sometime over the fall 2011.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@esqbee: that’s exactly how we felt–we picked our date based on what the boathouse had available. Let me know if you have any question on the boathouse or any of the vendors! 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Has anyone looked at the foundry as a venue??? Me and my Fiance dont want to choose a place till about 3 months before the wedding due to money constraints. Whats the latest u would consider booking ur venue at?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

A suggestion also, if you are looking for prices for NY venues and catering, New York magazine’s website has a whole wedding section with tons of venues, I would say that a majority have prices (I assume price upon request means mucho $$$$)…  I am not engaged yet, but it was helpful to get an idea of what the range of city prices are!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Ambellina13:Thanks! I will try that as well.  I just dont know how long I can wait to book the venue. I am also looking at smaller venues like budakan or le souk lounge for a reception. May go the restaurant route. I got a year to plan though…..

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