Post # 1
Help! I just get engaged and am totally and completely overwhelmed at the prospect of finding a reasonably priced wedding venue for 125 people — our budget is small, say around $110 a person max. Any ideas?
Post # 3
Does it have to be in Manhattan? We have roughly the same budget (and guest list) and I found some beautiful venues in Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as northern New Jersey.
Post # 4
Would you be willing to consider a restaurant or possibily a Friday or Sunday night wedding? Check out NY Magazine’s online list of venues/locations to get an idea of pricing–
I’ve been to a wedding at Bridgewaters which had great views and seemed to be reasonably priced. And I went to a rehearsal dinner at Il Buco on Bond Street and one at Public down in Nolita which was a really cool venue. You can save money by going the restaurant route since you don’t have to worry too much about decor. Good luck!
Post # 5
There’s a place at chelsea piers- not the lighthouse but something like Sunset Terrace. A “hidden gem” if you will- very reasonable and I think holds your size wedding.
Post # 6
No it totally doesn’t have to be in Manhattan. I’m willing to consider the boroughs, Long Island and northern New Jersey. Also, considering the whole tax/tip issue, I think my budget is more reasonable at $100 a person. I’m totally happy to do a Friday night or Saturday day wedding.
Bridgewaters is on the list to consider, but I’d appreciate any and all suggestions. I’ll look at that other Pier 60 place too.
Thanks so much!
Post # 7
I love our venue and totally recommend it – Snug Harbor in the Staten Island Botanical Gardens. Its on Richmond Terrace not far over the bridge, its a lovely garden setting with fabulous food and a truly dramatic room. Plus – you have your chioce of where to do the ceremony/reception – inside, outside, or in a Japanese Garden! We booked in 09 for an April wedding at about $105/pp.
We also looked at Bubbies in Brooklyn, and a few places in Jersey – the women’s clubs are a great resource if you don’t mind renting furniture.
Post # 9
Manhattan Penthouse and Battery Gardens might be in that range, if you were willing to consider a Friday/Saturday afternoon/ Sunday and a low-season (roughly Nov – March) month. Though I’m pretty sure you would need to do both a low season month AND a non-Saturday night, not just one or the other, for it to be in that price range. They’re both nice (I’m actually getting married at BG next summer, so clearly I like it!) and somewhat open to price negotiation. Good luck!
Post # 10
Just an FYI – I wouldn’t recommend the Foundry with your budget. Its gorgeous, but the rental fee when I checked in ’09 was $7k. Which of course is before food, rentals, booze, etc. Beautiful space though…
Post # 11
Ditto – Fondry is well over that price. The recs so far I agree with; you can also try a lot of the Marriotts (though the one in Brooklyn is the most reasonably priced). Definitely keep an eye for the outer boroughs – your dollar will go farther.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
Surprisingly, Tavern on the Green (when we were booking in 08) was about $95 per person. I looked at Bridgewaters and Pier 60 and they were more than $110
Post # 13
Tavern isn’t taking any new contracts yet, as they are still revamping and redoing the interior, as it’s under new management. You should check in and find out when, maybe as a way of getting new business, you can get a good deal.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
there’s also city hall restaurant, and bubby’s in brooklyn. i’ve seen photos from a few weddings at bubby’s and it looks really fun–plus the brides absolutely rave about the customer service and the food.
Post # 15
Great that you are being flexible in terms of times and dates but Manhattan unfortunately can be a pain on tight budgets.
Something to also keep in mind is that some venues require a minimum number of people and you might have to pay for 160 people even if you only plan on having 125. Sometimes venues will work with you if you are not a peak time or season but just be aware of this at some of the larger places.
Also keep in mind service charges/person. Most places I spoke with quoted me between 20-22% on top of the $/person number they like to quote (because it makes it seem cheaper), and don’t forget you get taxed at our super high rate on that little guy, too. Quick example, a place quotes you $100/person then you add $20 for the service, now we are at $120, and then tax at 8.75%. Suddenly the $100/person is $130.50/person. They do not consider the 20% service charge a tip or gratuity.
See if places are negotiable in terms of the menu, maybe leaving off a course or doing buffet instead of sit down. Also the day time/brunch might be a more affordable option if you want to stick with limited alcohol (sooo expensive) and do fun twists on mimosas and bloody marys.
Places that were definitely above your target range based on my experience calling them: Pier 60, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 583 Park Avenue, American Museum of Natural History, Gotham Hall, and Bridgewaters based on conversations I had with all of them regarding a Sunday evening in August. Most of these places are on the larger side but hopefully it saves you a bit of time by crossing them off of your list.
I wish I could be more helpful.
Post # 16
What about New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park?