(Closed) NYC Wedding Venues: Info for Brides Looking

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Post # 33
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Blushing bee

@rthed:  ugh luckyyyy !!! Is it diff between off/on peak? Or $235 all year round 

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Mocha_Latte:  Not sure, but ours is Saturday night peak!

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Kwhoa:  I was told $333 with a 150 minimum! Ridic!

Post # 36
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Blushing bee

@rthed:  ooh okay thanks! Did you look anywhere else?? 

Post # 37
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Mocha_Latte:  A bunch of places — Rebar and The New York Palace were the only others that we were remotely interested in after that.

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just chiming in on Brooklyn Winery.  This venue is definitely more expensive than you’d think, but it seems they’re experimenting w/their rates.  I was quoted $240/person for a minimum of 100 people on a Saturday night, or $225/person for a minimum of 120 people.

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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Picnic House or Boathouse in Prospect Park: Site fee of $2500-4500. Catering (can use one of several approved for the Picnic House) ranging $150-225pp. Boathouse has one approved caterer: $200/pp

the Palm in Brooklyn Botanical Garden: Min. 100-175 guests depending on the time. Price range $116-195 per person depending on season/day/time of day. Botanical garden fee: $1000-2,200. Membership fee: $75. Ceremony fee: $8/person. All per person pricing plus a 23% admin fee and NY sales tax.

Brooklyn Winery: Rehearsal Dinners: $125 per person for 3 hours with a cocktail hour, full dinner service, and open bar. WEDDINGS: $200 per person, but pretty much everything is included.

Lilland and Goldman Stone Mill: minimum of 75 or 90 guests depending on the day. $140-170 per person. Botanical Garden Fee of $1000-1350. Ceremony fee: $5 per person. Required membership fee: $75. All prices plus a 23% admin fee and NY sales tax

 

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Kwhoa:  Whoa! Is that for a Saturday during prime season? I know a few people who are having weddings there and I just can’t imagine them all spending that much.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BkLegalBee:  I asked for a quote for any Friday or Saturday from Winter 2013 to Summer 2014. Yikes! 

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Newbee

I recently finished my search and wanted to pay it forward too! Good luck with your search, ladies!

 

This list is geared toward parties of 50-75 which I found was that magic (stressful?) number that had the least amount of coverage  – you can find private rooms at restaurants for under 20, and elopement packages, and gorgeous big venues like the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Palm House for larger groups around 150; less so for 50-75 guests. Most of these venues are flexible on the upper end; that is, they go up to 100 or so guests.

This list is geared for $100-200 a head before tax and gratuity.

Pricing info collected Oct-2012 to September-2013 for a wedding in Spring of 2014.

 

Women’s Club of Englewood – 20 minute cab ride from Manhattan (about $50 fare) or you can take a bus which will take 1-1 1/2 hours. Venue fee $1,300 + club steward fee of $150. You can choose your own caterer. 8 hour rental, max capacity of 100 people. This venue fee applies Fri, Sat, Sun, insofar as I know, and they only rent the club once per day. Gorgeous outdoor lawn and the carriage house itself is nice. The pics, as many say, don’t do it justice. I recommend googling for photos on photographer blogs. Having the choice of your own caterer/doing your own alcohol is a huge money saver if you’re willing to do some of the work yourself. Plus, Maria is awesome to talk to and she’s saved many things from weddings over the years that past brides have donated so you may be able to get most of your decoratign needs from the venue free of charge. Don’t forget that they have an arbor/arch which, if you haven’t looked into it yet, can cost $500-800 in NYC to have delivered.

Radegast Hall & Biergarten – Have you seen photos of the interior of this place? It’s gorgeous, with red brick and gorgeous windows and a high ceiling/lofted feel. Up to 125 guests. No venue fee. Friday/Sat/Sun Brunch has a $6,500 cost for 3 hours (includes food and bev of up to 6000 a). Each additional hour is an additional $2000 minimum. Saturday night is $8,000 for 3 hours, includes food and bev of up to $7,000 and each additional hours is $2,500 additional minimum. This DOES NOT include sales tax and gratuity. The a la carte add on of the menu can match many budgets. $15pp/hr for open bar, Passed Hors d’oeuvres $20pp for 2 hours. Open Grill $15 pp for 2 hours of grill, and $5 pp for each additional hour. If you do other things on the menu, it becomes $10 pp rather than $15pp. Brunch is $15 pp. “For the table” smorgasbord is $40 pp. Dessert $5pp. Whole roast pig is market price. 

Eventi Hotel – This is one of the better kept secrets in the city, I think. They post all their menus on their website so I encourage you to go look. What I discovered in my search was that hiring your own servers, renting equipment, etc. ended up adding up very quickly so that it ended up being a lot of hassle for next to no savings. Eventi does it all, and the quality of what you get for the money is pretty surprising. It’s not the most ‘budget’ option, but it’s a nice compromise of something reasonable per head (for manhattan) and what you get for the money. Their options range from $185-235 pp. Note that their materials stay they start at $235 pp. For $185 pp, you get 1 hour of passed hors d’oeuvrs, three course dinner and open bar for 5 hours (look at the menu online, it’s good stuff). For $235 pp you get a fair amount more. The guest list I was looking at was like 60 guests, so I think the lower pricing is if you take advantage of some of their other non-ballroom rooms which are, btw gorgeous and lofted ceiling as well with great light. The best part? Their pricing applies to both daytime and nighttime events. For a nighttime event in the city, I don’t think you can beat this pricing at this level of quality. I don’t remember what the cap was on headcount. 

Waldorf Astoria – Yuck. The sales manager was so incredibly snooty and I would never hold an event here after meeting their sales staff, but I realize some people might like the old world charm of it. They have a really gorgeous room that has an older, highly detailed, fireside banquet hall feel called The Conrad which would be gorgeous at night. In the daytime it looked a little old and run down to me, but it was really not my style.  They charge list price of $275 pp but I had my price down to about $230 pp for a four hour event which was open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and 3 course meal.

Top of the Strand –  $7,000 food and bev minimum but they dont’ do seated meals on the rooftop, you’d have to go to the bistro downstairs for that. This would be a nice option for couples going for a cocktail feel. Gorgeous for a night time event. Open bar prices: premium open bar $27 pp/hour, standard open bar $23 pp/hour, Beer and Wine $19 pp /hour. Really interesting passed hors d’oeuvres options and a selection of two col and two hot is $19 pp/hour. Party platters & stations are available and are about $125 a platter (grilled vegetable skeweres, flatbread platters, charcuterie platters, beef and bby pulled pork sliders, cheeese platters, crudites, mac & cheese, oysters, shrimp cocktail, etc.). If you did a brunch, they have a 3 hour unlimited brunch cocktail package of $55pp total which includes 1 hour of passed hors d’oeuvres. They have a food station options like carvign station (filet mignon, pork loin, lamb), sushi station, pasta, caviar bar. Each are about $20-30 pp. Buffet style dinner starts at $75 pp. Buffet lunch starts at $70 pp. 

Upstairs at the Kimberley- Has won many accolades as one of the most gorgeous rooftops in the City. It’s got a sultry, glam vibe and good for a cocktail style/station style event. For night time, it requires $15k to close out the rooftop. Open par is $35pp first hour and then 15-20 per hour additional after that in stair step. Passed hours d’oeuvres are $20 pp/hr.  

Omni Berkshire Hotel – $175 pp for all food and drinks for 5 hours. With a min of 65 people they include a complimentary suite for one night which can be the bridal suite.

Per Se – At some point I realized that if I were going to spend this ridiculous amount of money per head, that I was basically paying for the best of best restaurants, so I inquired at the best of the best. They’ve done weddings before. Let’s be honest, the food would be absolutely rad, the ceremony space leaves a little to be desired and would be a little casual. For dinner, menu formats begin at $185 pp for a four course menu. That does NOT include alcohol. Wines start at $100 per bottle.  Their private room can seat 60-72. The main dining room can seat 75-80 but note that the buyout of the mainidning roomis EXPENSIVE ( 65k minimum). I would consider this only for the private room. Lunches, by the way, are even more affordable, I think it was $125 pp for lunch four course.

David Burke at the Benjamin Hotel (Soho) – A real gem. This would me MAGICAL at night and worth checking out. They can do 50-100 guests I believe pretty comfortable in this space and the magic is in the outdoor patio where your event ocudl take place. Food an bev minimum for that patio is list price of $15k but when I was there they were hammering a deal out with a minumum under 10k for a night time saturday event. It depends on whether you’re in peak season or not (peak starts one of the weekends in May). Summer dinner  pricing is $125 pp for three course meal. Summer brunch pricing is $65 pp. This DOES NOT include alcohol. They have an adorable bar set up on the patio with cocktail tables set up though for the event.

The Hermitage (NJ) –  Cute little building and cute grounds. They work with Take Away Gourmet as their caterer. Buffet meal starts at $60 pp, cocktail reception starts at $29 pp. 

Ici (Brooklyn) – $42-46 pp for three course meal, $48 pp for 3 hrs of open par, $14 pp for each additional hour. Private dining room fee of $300-500. This felt way too small for 50 people even though they said it could be done. People are in different rooms, it’s very broken up, not really what I wanted for my event. $250 ceremony fee.

The Park – I thought the restaurant’s rooms were gorgeous, but the pricing wasn’t really that great. Here are minimums for each room. Wouldn’t really feel private for most of the spaces.  Atrium & upper tier of garden : $3,500. Red Room: $5,000. Penthouse: $7,500. Garden is 35k on friday and 45k on saturday. Open Bar for four hour event plus cocktail hour and two course meal (technically three since there is a dessert platter) is $175pp. 5 hours is $190 pp. The ceremony fee here was a deal killer for me. $2,500 for penthouse ceremony. $5,000 fee for garden ceremony. 

Remi – Ridiculous amounts of food. 4 course meal with 10 hors d’oeuvres (the standard I’ve seen is 4): $175 pp . 5 hour event w open bar. 

Revel – They have a gorgeous, spacious back garden/atrium. Very expensive for night time (garden buyout is 35k). But for a brunch event 8am-4pm buyout for the garden is $12k. For a Sunday I got the buyout down to $10k. Really awesome area of Manhattan (Meatpacking District).

Paradou – Much more casual feel, incredibly affordable which is why it made it on here. I never ended up visiting. Rates for day time Saturday is $6,500. Sunday $8,000. Brunch is their peak time so counterintuitively you get better rates if you got for an evening event. It didn’t sound like they do many of these and I haven’t visited so I don’t know how a final package would shake out. Not sure how long those events would get (they implied it would be 3 hours). Their prix fixe menus with unlimited champagne cocktails, entree and dessert was $50 (we never got down to the detail of whether for a wedding this would be the same price as what’s on the website)

Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill (Ny Botanical Garden) (2014) – Just in case anyone was a little confused about the information out there on this one, Abigail Kirsch has been the caterer here for many years. Recently, Stephen Starr Events took up the contract. Their policies and pricing are slightly different than what you may have found looking online when the venue was run by Abigail Kirsch. You can get $125 pp pricing on non-peak times/days but I think the normal rate is $150 pp. Minimum headcount differs depending on day and time. Venue fee is $1,980 on a Sunday, $2,330 on a Saturday.

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@NYCMiniBee133:  Such great info, I wish I had this while I was looking!  What venue did you end up going with??

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@NYCMiniBee133:  

I seriously considered Radegast for a long time until I realized that the room with the amazing windows and high ceiling was NOT on the table for the event.  You are actually paying for use of the small back room called the Bierhaus or something like that and they don’t close down the entirity of the bar.. this one was too good to be true.

Post # 45
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Newbee

@MsLabRat:  Oh no! I didn’t realize as we didn’t end up going with them. It won’t let me update my post. Thanks for clearing that up

Post # 46
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Newbee

I had to post another potential space I stumbled on tonight because I really think it could be just that good. Bahche Cafe in Brooklyn looks like a restaurant that just opened up a month or two ago. I honestly have NO idea what the food is like but looks like the initial reviews are good. It would probably be more casual fare (artisanal, gourmet sandwiches) but this restaurant is just GORGEOUS at night. I felt like I had stumbled on some quaint little European side street. The daytime pictures posted on Yelp don’t do this justice. I bet you could have your event for less than $30 pp for food, and they have a GORGEOUS set up of outdoor space and indoor space. Since I was walking past I only got a good look at the outside courtyard which is huge by NYC standards (had seating for 50-60 maybe? And could definitely fit more). It would be a fantastic little courtyard to dance in. 

 

 

 

It might be worth checking out. I suspect they haven’t done weddings and they may in fact say no, but I found that the best deals were at places off the beaten path and that comes with a little more leg work. I would totally be considering this if I hadn’t already forked over a ridiculous amount of money and signed a contract! Five or six blocks from several train stations. I wish I could have a look at this!

 

Post # 47
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@nushka:  How was your wedding at the metropolitan pavillion? we are going to look saturday do you think we will need a wedding planner, also what about onsite ceremony, hotels / shuttles, after party anything to add?

 

Thanks!!

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