(Closed) Please Help Can’t Decide Bridgewaters or Battery Gardens???

posted 10 years ago in New York City
  • poll: Where should I have my reception?
    Bridgewaters : (4 votes)
    27 %
    Battery Gardens : (11 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 3
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    359 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    That’s actually really funny. We loved Bridgewaters and Battery Gardens as well. Ultimately, we chose Battery Gardens because of the outdoor ceremony area, the views, and the food. We also had a "small" NYC wedding of 125 people and Bridgewaters would have been too big.

    Also it helped that our good friend who was getting married 2 weeks after us chose Bridgewaters, but they had 225 guests. It worked out well for us bc we both got to enjoy both venues (and we clearly planned our weddings together!)

     Other than size, consider the decor. Battery Gardens is pretty modern and white. Bridgewaters is a little bit more traditional. If stairs is an issue for you, then the reception area of Battery Gardens might be a turn off, whereas, Bridgewaters has easy access with elevators. Evaluate the overall feel you want your wedding to be.

    Post # 5
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    103 posts
    Blushing bee

    hi, we had our wedding at BG and highly recommend it.. feel free to PM me if u have questions.  we had the ceremony on the patio, it was lovely, our guests are still raving about the lamb chops and fresh pasta station and amaaaazing desserts.  

    Post # 8
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    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I personally love Bridgewaters.  We are getting married there in February with 100 people.  The one thing about Bridgewaters in the summer (i.e. using the outside area) is that you are right near the FDR, which might be a consideration for you.  Also, Bridgewaters’ prices drop drastically in the winter.  My bet is that their prices would drop for March too. 

    Post # 9
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    26 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I looked at both places and decided on Battery Gardens in September for 150 people.

    Post # 10
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    5 posts
    Newbee

    I am getting married at Battery Gardens in May of 2010!  I was curious about Bridgewaters too but at that point we had looked at tons of places across NJ and NY.  Battery Gardens felt right so we ended our search! 

    Post # 12
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    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    Congrats!

    Post # 13
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    7 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I am getting married at Bridgewaters in the winter.  A friend did a summer wedding at Battery Gardens which is nice, but it depends on the size.  Hers may have been a bit too big for the venue.  It was also a little annoying going up and down stairs.  She did a welcome downstairs, ceremony upstairs, cocktail hour downstairs and then reception upstairs.  It is a modern space, very clean, so if that is what you are looking for, great.

    We chose Bridgewaters because of the season and the view.  I thought it would be nice for people to see South Street seaport, it is such a quaint area and as we will be doing a welcome dinner and morning after brunch, the Seaport area was perfect as it is so well contained, people are less likely to get lost.  I am a bit concerned that it is so formal.  I originally wanted a funky loft.  My parents love the formality and at least the ceiling makes it look a little industrial.  We will have to really focus on making the decorations look funkier.  Because it is evening winter, it will be black tie optional, no real way of getting around that.

    Post # 14
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    49 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I went to a wedding at the Bridgewaters in November.  It was elegant and lovely… I loved the view of SS Seaport (for a small donation, you can ask the caretaker organization – not sure who it is – of the old ships in port to turn on the lights for a beautiful, dramatic background).

    Great choice, congrats! 

    Post # 15
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    11 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    I got married in Bridgewaters in January 09, had a great time and love the venue! Worked with Beth Fink, she’s awesome! I’m very happy to hear you chose Bridgewaters, I think they’re great! The food was AMAZING! And they were willing to meet many of our needs and special requests! Also they are very professional and know how to run a wedding!

    Post # 16
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    20 posts
    Newbee

    I recently photographed a wedding at bridgewaters, I thought it was a lovely venue, with nice city views, some photos can be seen here

    Good luck with your decision!

    http://www.vimeo.com/1783789

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